Kiwi Bred Sprinters Feature At Manukau On Sunday

Kiwi Bred Sprinters Feature At Manukau On Sunday


The Kiwi bred sprinters contested three 318m heats for the $8,500 NZRS Sprint series last Sunday which now sees the straight-out speed merchants supporting Sunday’s Group 1 $35,000 Waterloo Cup decider. They dash for Breeders’ bonus payments for their respective breeders in race 9.


Pictured: Suspicious Minds following his bold 18.44s Sunday 318m NZRS Sprint heat win


The inform Suspicious Minds was the quickest of the three 318m heat winners when he stopped the clock in 18.44s. The Ben Craik prepared sprinter is in solid current form as seen by his recent 318m and 375m wins which includes another strong 21.25s Thursday Cambridge 375m win. The son of Black Enforcer and Just Jordana will be loaded away into the six trap on Sunday.


The sharp sprinter Kiwi Boy requires no introduction to the Sunday Manukau Stadium faithful. The Jared Udy and Denise Cottam trained son of Kilty Lad and Kiwi Girl will be contesting his 51st Manukau 318m sprint on Sunday after he claimed his heat win in 18.66s. He has won 28 of those sprints (ten minors). He will be absolutely rapt to draw his favoured eight trap for this dash.   


The nation’s leading conditioner Lisa Cole is returning north with two finalists, plus she also provides the first reserve. She produced the third heat winner when Bigtime Kiss stylishly won her Manukau track debut outing in 18.49s. She is a member of the handy Fabregas and Kissing Gwyneth litter and she displayed great track sense when delivering her heat win. Being allocated the two trap for Sunday can assist her, especially if she uses her known early pace.


Her kennelmate Cheese And Chalk was also making his track debut when he was sighted contesting the early heat pace. He yielded to Kiwi Boy when rounding the bend from where this son of Fernando Bale and Ocotillo kicked back boldly when winding up a half-length heat second.  He hasn’t been provided with any favours as he’s required to hop away from trap five.




Manukau Sunday NZRS Sprint heat winners were Kiwi Boy (left), Bigtime Kiss while her kennelmate Cheese And Chalk was a heat runner up


Bigtime Pearl will occupy the first possie on the reserves bench for Cole after she also jumped handy to the pace from where she whacked away soundly for her 6.2 length heat third to Suspicious Minds. This daughter of Barcia Bale and Night Pearl will race in the memory of her dad if she’s required here after he passed away earlier this week.


Wayne and Tracey Steele qualified three finalists and they certainly add to the competitive nature of this field. Jinja Mongo has recently resumed from a spell and his second up six-length heat second to Suspicious Minds was solid. Further improvement can be expected from this son of Fabregas and Jinja Ruby in this final.


The drawn field is completed by three littermates representing the talented Captain Coutts and La Cigale October 2017 whelped litter. Captain Kev has displayed a fair amount of potential for the Steele’s. He was sighted contesting the early pace in his heat from where he pressed on for his four-length third behind Bigtime Kiss. He can make his presence felt if he jumps ono the pace from his trap one draw here.


His litter sister Electric Dancer also completed her heat assignment in third when finishing up just a length astern of Kiwi Boy after racing handy to the pace throughout. She must employ similar on the pace racing tactics from trap four here also for the Steele’s.


The third litter member contesting this final is the Bob Bond trained Ashen who is compiling a solid looking Manukau 318m record. She gamely sprinted after Bigtime Kiss when she wound up 2.75 lengths behind her in second. She won her only previous race from trap seven and she will be sighted wearing the black racing vest in this decider.




Three members of the talented Captain Coutts and La Cigale litter will contest Sunday’s Manukau hosted NZRS Sprint final – they are from left: Captain Kev; Electric Dancer; Ashen


Marsha Black supplies the second reserve Mobility Scooter who was the quickest of the heat fourth place getters when this vastly experienced son of Piggy Back and Thrilling Abra whacked away stoutly for his 2.5 length heat fourth behind Kiwi Boy.


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 04 October 2019

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