Racing Wraps – November 2021
RACING WRAP – Sunday 28th November
Weather conditions yesterday were ‘picture perfect’, sunny overhead with a pleasant cooling breeze, with importantly track conditions to match.
Once again, the club was able to present a nine race programme for dogs trained within the Auckland border. Six of the races were over the 318m trip with a feature of the racing was under a two length margin between first split times from dogs graded from maidens to Class 5. (4.57secs, – 4.67secs,). Fernando Charm took the BOD first split , however the eye opener was the 4.61secs. split time of kennel mate Hurricane Bob who was making his race day debut.
Winning spoils were shared amongst six kennels with Tracey and Lisa Craik team notching three winners with Serbian Ace saluting over the 527m and Portland Wonder a BOD 18.46secs. and House Surgeon over the sprint trip. Team Farrell matched last Sunday’s brace with the promising Opawa Kirk’s win by a wide margin and Zipping Spook successful in the last.
Once again producing the upset result of the day was Thayne Green’s Fernando Charm, when victorious in the Mt Wellington TAB Stakes. He is owned by the Mt. Wellington TAB Syndicate therefore the winning stake returned some of the sponsorship money they generously have provided the club over many years.
Marie Prangley’s Thrilling Freddy made it four in a row, by leading throughout the 527m trip. He is a genuine chaser. Buckland Boy has the good looks and a real presence about him and yesterday he made it 3 wins from 6 starts for Rob Roper.
Hayley Mullane has produced maiden winners at the previous two meetings and yesterday Drifter Dodge delivered her the hat trick when he hugged the rail to score in an excellent time for a maiden chaser.
With today’s confirmation from The Beehive that protocols are changing on Friday allowing a conditional return of patrons to the track. The club will advise exactly what the requirements for entry to the Sports Bowl Complex will be once we have final detail from GRNZ.
As always, a thank you to all participants, staff and officials who contributed to the meeting’s success.
Trials – Wednesday December 1st to be conducted under Level 3 Protocols.
Our next Race Meeting – Sunday 5th December.
RACING WRAP – Sunday 21st November.
Yesterday’s meeting was the last of the appreciated Delta Double Vax Stakes meeting for Auckland based participants. It was great to see the generous stakes money on offer being shared far and wide, with six kennels enjoying the victory spoils.
Bookending the programme were two chasers from the Hayley Mullane kennels, firstly with Frank Castle going one better than last week. Allegro Bertie overcame his box 6 draw to record his first Manukau win at the juicy odds of $21/1.
That was not the highest dividend of the day with Thayne Green’s Fernando Charm exiting box 7 to score in a matching PB of 18.49secs. at the longshot odds of nearly $32/1.
Staying with the box 6 winning trend was Glennis Farrell’s duo of 527m chasers; Zipping Lockett and Opawa Kirk, the latter taking the time honours for the day recording 30.73secs. With Lockett now scoring back to back wins and Kirk winning nearly by 6 lengths the Farrell team are beginning to go through the gears. No doubt when kennel star Zipping Barty and the “Barty Army” reunite in the weeks ahead they will back in top gear.
Also scoring a brace of wins were Tracey and Lisa Craik, with kennel star, Wheels On Fire and the consistent chaser Portland Art. The fact that their homebred team just keep delivering it must give the girls a deep sense of satisfaction and reward for the commitment to them from day 1 in the whelping box.
Rob Roper kenneled four dogs at the commencement of the meeting and with Big Time Felix, saluting the judge and placings with Allegro Rory and React Respond it was another successful day for the team. He is having a purple match.
Rounding out the day’s winners was Marie Prangley’s, “Mr. Reliable” Thrilling Freddy. Since returning from the ‘Lockdown Adjournment’ his form line reads; 1-1-2-1-4-1-1 and rising through the grades from Class 2 to Class 5 and stake earnings of over $20k to Marie’s family Three Sisters Syndicate. Onya Freddy.
Congratulations to all winners and a vote of thanks to all on track who made the meeting a successful one.
A deserved acknowledgement to Trackside commentators, Aaron White and Andy Mc Cook and presenter Pip Morris, doing a tremendous job over recent weeks working from the studio. The quality of your preparation for our meetings and professional presentation on the day are drivers of interest to our valued punters who enjoy a recreational spend on our code.
Trials – Wednesday 24th November to be held under Level 3 restrictions.
Next closed Race Meeting – Sunday 28th November.