Talent stacked St Leger and Oaks Heats

In 2020 Ozzie and Big Time Elsa took out the St Leger and New Zealand Oaks respectively. This year's heats promise to deliver some cracking contests leading to the Finals on Friday, May 14. On a night where all races are over 520m or longer, both age-group features have four heats of all males in The St. Leger, and bitches for the Oaks.  
 
Race two sees Drink Shoeys head South for the first time to take on Ozzie and Its A Blaze in what should be an early highlight on the night.


NZ ST. LEGER HEAT 1

 

  1. ONESIE L WARETINI

Pulled off a career-best victory from box 2 last Thursday in a 30.47s. Probably outclassed by a few others in this heat, but he has gained a handy draw and is a dog on the improve.

 

  1. KNOW ACCOUNT. G CLEEVE

Like many Cleeve greyhounds, this boy is a strong finisher. His best winning time of 30.12s would be more than competitive. Likely to settle back in the field and rely on luck a bit before storming home late. Some quick early pace here puts him to some disadvantage.

 

  1. SHONKY STICKER. J & D FAHEY

West Australian import who looks to have a bit of early pace. Has won over the sprint and middle distance journeys. Has run a 29.90 over the 520m Cannington track which is very handy for a young dog.

 

  1. UPSTART CROW. A BRADSHAW

Has a motor but box manners have been letting him down. Box 4 is not particularly ideal for his racing mannerisms either. Would need a lot to go his way to qualify for the final, against a quality field.

 

  1. MURMUR. L COLE

Talented greyhound who trials some quick times. Has yet to put it all together on the race track yet. His run for fourth to Pedro Lee in the Derby heat was bit underwhelming. Is capable of being in the finish for a race like this.

 

  1. PEDRO LEE. P FERGUSON

New Zealand Derby winner who so far performs better on the one turn tracks. His talent and speed is obviously unquestionable, but can he make a big impression over the 520m on a new track? We will find out Thursday evening.

 

  1. CLARKE’S SARKI. B DANN

A greyhound who has broken the 30-second barrier, albeit from a better draw and in the lower grades. Shows promise, but this is his hardest test to date. Crossing from the wide could present a problem.

 

  1. EPIC CRUZE. J MCCOOK

Class 3 graded canine who has run some consistent races. Yet to put together a winning time of substance, and this box will probably fail to aid his claims of a top-two finish.

 

 

NZ ST. LEGER HEAT 2

 

  1. SPEED MACHINE. L COLE

Impressive NZ Derby campaign which included a heat win and a third in the final. He is a dog who runs to the line strongly, and box 1 will definitely help his claims. A definite threat in this field.

 

  1. ADOBE BRO. M ROBERTS

Not the bravest, but can show early speed and solid strength at times. Box 2 is a big assist and if he can find the front early he will be difficult to peg back.

 

  1. BEST BALL. D LANE

A greyhound with a high ceiling. His best winning time of 29.75s would take this out, but he is not gilt edged and can be costly at times. Likes to run off a tad but one would expect a competitive performance here.

 

  1. YOUNG MASE. J MCCOOK

A nice young dog who has run some handy races. A race like this could test him and he would want to avoid Best Ball early.

 

  1. DIAMOND CRUSADE. M GRANT

A dog who promised a bit early on but has only won twice from 29 starts. His win Tuesday was by far his best yet. Hard to see him being in the finish here.

 

  1. CHROME. J & D FAHEY

New South Wales import who has won from off the pace at Wentworth Park in a best on night 29.80. Looks like he will be a big threat in this.

 

  1. HOMEBUSH BOMBER. J MCINERNEY

A sprinter who has yet to win over the middle distance at Addington Raceway. Likely to show up early but will probably struggle to hold out some of these runners.

 

  1. OPAWA BOYS PAID. J & D FAHEY

Should get a nice run round the outside with a railer on his inside. His best winning time would be competitive, and has won from box 8 before.

 

 

NZ ST. LEGER HEAT 3

 

  1. ROCK ON JOHN. J & D FAHEY

New Zealand Cup winner who is down on his best. His win on premier night at Cambridge hinted at him coming back into some form again. Securing this box draw will be incredibly helpful to his chances.

 

  1. ZIPPING MARLIN. D ROBERTS

Yet to feature over the track & distance. Picks on some handy greyhounds in this race. His form at Dunedin has been decent though as seen by his second two back to Opawa Star.

 

  1. OPAWA SOLOMON. J & D FAHEY

Close up second behind Opawa Lucy in a 29.99s is great form for this race. Giving away a bit of class to some of his opponents. His best is definitely good enough to feature.

 

  1. PENALTY DROP. D LANE

His 30.01 win in February defeating his kennel mate Best Ball showed he has what it takes. That was nearly three months ago though and he is terribly inconsistent. What Penalty Drop will show up Thursday night?

 

  1. POWER BOOM. L COLE

Coming up the grades quickly with smart victories. His time of 25.59s on Monday at Manawatu demonstrates his potential as a future star. Still young and is picking on some fast dogs here. First look at the track, but pick up speed is of a high level.

 

  1. SAM AND SI. J MCINERNEY.

Better known as a sprinter. Could play a role in how the race pans out early in the piece, but it would be hard to see him featuring against some of these experienced middle-distance chasers.

 

  1. ALLEGRO NIXON. L COLE.

Fresh up for this assignment after some ordinary form late in his last campaign. He has seen the track here twice before and his outside box stats are good. Could play a part in this race depending on how the 6 begins.

 

  1. KNOW GRIZZLES. G CLEEVE

Usually begins a lot handier than his littermates. This box draw could aid his chances at the business end. He could fill a first four thin end spot.

 

 

NZ ST. LEGER. HEAT 4

 

  1. NANGAR RIDGE. L COLE

Costly as hot favourites in his last two at Whanganui. Seems to like wider box draws as opposed to inside traps. Has a great deal of speed when near the pace. Would need to begin on terms to be any chance of qualifying.

 

  1. HE’S ALI. C ROBERTS

Never really kicked on from his streak of wins at the end of last year. His best recent racing has been at Dunedin and would have to improve on the Addington form to play a part.

 

  1. OPAWA STAR. J & D FAHEY

Rolled as favourite to Jelly Fish last week from this draw. Win at Dunedin beforehand was slick. He will be in this race with a clean start.

 

  1. BLACK VINYL. J & D FAHEY

Promising greyhound who has started his career well. This is a massive step up though and will most likely to struggle with some of these.

 

  1. KNOW KEEPER. G CLEEVE

One of New Zealand’s most exciting greyhounds. If he is anywhere near them down the back expect him to power over the top of anything in this field.

 

  1. GRITTY. D LANE

Yet to win at Addington 520m in 11 starts. Has shown glimpses but is unlikely to defeat some of these canines. Could place if he is on his A-game.

 

  1. AMURI BATMAN. J MCINERNEY

Another dog better known as a sprinter. Has won 1 from 8 on the track and distance and paid a massive price. Will be at a similar quote for this.

  1. NOTORIOUS HEIST. A BRADSHAW

A handy dog in the lower grades. This race presents many challenges for him. Most likely to be outclassed and this box draw is unlikely to help.

 

 

NZ OAKS. HEAT 1

 

  1. GOLDSTAR TUDOR. R EVANS

Strong bitch who failed over 650m at Cambridge. Box one will suit a lot more, and the two running wide should give her ample room on the rails.

 

  1. DRAGSTER DORY. A BRADSHAW

Her father was a freak over this trip. She has yet to race over the middle distance though and this is a tough introduction.

 

  1. TOKYO BIRD. C ROBERTS

Promising bitch who is capable of running super times. Found all sorts of trouble last week, but is far better than that. Box 3 is a softer draw. Top chance.

 

  1. OPAWA RAINBOW. J & D FAHEY

Started her career in great fashion. Has been well travelled for a young dog with runs at Whanganui and Auckland. Has had a month off and is a danger to the 3 and 7 dogs.

 

  1. SMOOTHIE. J & D FAHEY

Another promising young Fahey trained bitch, who has started her career well. This could be a bit tough for her at this stage though.

 

  1. DIAMOND HARMONY. M GRANT

Two starts for nothing over the middle distance so far but is class 5 assessed as a sprinter. Could show up early and make things interesting. Will battle late though.

 

  1. BIG TIME KAYLEE. L COLE

A special bitch who has already won a Group 1 here at Addington. Her recent form is unblemished and her box 7 stats are flawless. Top pick for this.

 

  1. KNOW EGO. G CLEEVE

Best winning time here is decent but a few others have more scope. She does not enjoy drawing wide either which will be detrimental to her chances.

 

 

NZ OAKS. HEAT 2.

 

  1. JUST AS MUCH. S LOZELL

Capable of showing some cheek in front in a race like this. She has yet to win over the middle distance but has run some decent placings. The last 100 metres will be a test for her.

 

  1. FREEDOM LEAGUE. L COLE

The start to her career has been sound. Won last start in a relatively slow time at Whanganui. Could show up early here but a few others should have her measure.

 

  1. LIGHTFOOT LUNA. A BRADSHAW

Will have to be on her game to clear the early pack here. Hard to see her featuring against some of her rivals here.

 

  1. UNO ME NOW. A J CHRISTIANSEN

29.99 front running victory Friday at Whanganui showed some serious class. First look on the track, if she can cop it and jump she’s a threat.

 

  1. ALLEGRO TAMMY. L COLE

She has raced here 4 times before for a placing. Not racing like she will challenge some of these but stranger things have happened.

 

  1. NALAYA BALE. C ROBERTS

Was looking like she was heading to the top grade, but form has tapered off. She gets her chance to redeem herself in this.

 

  1. FAIRLY ABLE. J & D FAHEY

Can fly early at times. Has beaten better fields than this before. Box 7 is a slight concern but she can overcome this. One of the leading chances.

 

  1. MINTER RISE. J MCCOOK

Victorian import who run a 29.60 at Sandown over the 515m last December. That form would stack up against this field.

 

 

NZ OAKS. HEAT 3

 

  1. KNOW PICK. G CLEEVE

Yet to run over the middle distance but her last two sprint victories have been smart and in good times. Gets the gun draw and could be a surprise packet.

 

  1. BELLA FORTUNA. B DANN

Has won 1 from 4 over this trip in a moderate time. Recent racing has been over the sprint journey. Hard ask for her to feature here.

 

  1. TAIERI FINN. R CASEY

Joins her inner runners with predominantly sprinting form. Could show up early, beyond that is anyone’s guess.

 

  1. FOND OF YOU. A BRADSHAW

Nice young bitch who shows promise. This is best exemplified by her 30.21s demolition two starts ago from a similar draw.

 

  1. BOX VACANT

 

  1. JELLY FISH. J & D FAHEY

Career best win last Thursday in defeating Opawa Star in a 30.25s. Good time on new track surface and is a threat in this once again.

 

  1. OPAWA LUCY. J & D FAHEY

Boasts the only sub 30 second run in the field. That was from an inside draw though. Like the 6 she is a talent and is also a winning chance.

 

  1. BIG TIME SMILE. L COLE

She is now C5 graded after her win at Manawatu Monday. Will have to be super to cross the 6 and 7 who hold the track experience and perhaps a bit more strength.

 

 

NZ OAKS. HEAT 4

 

  1. JUST OLIVE. S LOZELL

Formerly trained in the south and has track experience. Last two sprinting wins had merit. An early lead here would not surprise all though box 1 may not suit.

 

  1. ALLEGRO PIPPA. L COLE

She has won or placed 10 times out of the inside 2 boxes with a 100 percent strike rate. Her recent form has been much improved and is a confident dog. Could be a chance in this.

 

  1. OPAWA LIGHTNING. R WALES

Early career form was flawless. Has struggled a bit since coming up the grade and is now back to C1 grading. Probably a few sharper here.

 

  1. BIG TIME GIGI. L COLE

Nice young bitch on the up who likes to use a bit of the track. The vacant box on the outside will help, despite no track experience, she could play a part.

 

  1. BOX VACANT

 

  1. ANGRY JANE. M ROBERTS

Class 4 assessed bitch from Cawbourne Brick’s first litter. Has won against some nice company over this trip. Her best winning time of 30.12 would see her go close.

 

  1. HUMBLING. J & D FAHEY

Immensely versatile bitch who won her first distance race two back in a good time. Will appreciate drawing wide and has the box stats to prove she is a leading contender.

 

  1. NOVA RAPIDE. A BRADSHAW

The majority of her career has been spent sprinting. Has placed over the 520m journey a couple of times. She has good wide box stats but she would have to take a flyer to be any chance.

 

Posted on 05 May 2021

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