Racing Wraps – February, 2022
RACING WRAP – Sunday 27th February.
As in past years, heats day for the Cup and Railway produced a great day’s racing. Yesterday saw a strong representation of top performers from both the South Island and the lower North Island taking on the best from the north.
With five heats conducted the final field positions coming from the five winners and the three fastest seconds.
The opening heat saw local Portland Wonder win first up after a break of two months. Big Time Prada after a moderate beginning quickly recovered to finish just over a length behind. Heat time 18.41secs., both qualified
Heat 2, an outstanding track debut from southerner Master Porthos in a BOD 18.08secs. Runner up, five and a half lengths astern another southerner Nevada Phil. Both qualified.
Heat 3, saw local ‘favourite son” Wheels on Fire rail through to win in a nippy 18.32secs. Runner up Victoria Lu was four and half lengths behind. Her time saw her take the first reserve spot.
Heat 4, provided the closest of heat finishes with Wild Kiwi edging out Golden Fern by a neck in 18.32secs. Both locals qualified.
Heat 5, a just reward for Pina Colada, who has placed in her last seven starts. Her 18.50secs. wins saw her graduate to C5. Runner up, Drifter Dodge took the second reserve spot.
With four heats of the Cup the clock came out of the equation with winner and runner up into the final.
Heat 1, saw futures favourite Opawa Superstar, live up to his billing, winning by a four length margin from Bahati Bale, running a quality 30.16secs. Both southerners having their first race day Manukau starts.
Heat 2, another southerner Raja Bale ran down local Opawa Albert, who had poured the pressure on his rivals mid race. Heat time 30.13secs.
Heat 3, another heat win for the Craig Roberts team, with Talbingo Bale running a BOD 30.05secs., scoring from last year’s runner up Know Keeper, who powered home from a tricky mid field position mid race. Winning margin two and a half lengths.
Heat 4 a tight finish between southerner Opawa Wayne and Waikato based Thrilling Risk, both runners were having their debut runs on our track. Race time 30.43secs.
Box draws were completed at the conclusion of the meeting. Next week’s finals are races not to be missed.
Zipping Spook made it a double, backing up from Thursday’s win, nudging his PB down to an 18.58secs. The two final events saw the Tracey and Lisa Craik partnership make it three wins on the day with House Surgeon and the C2 grade record breaking run of Georgia’s Girl.
The day’s racing was a great curtain raiser to next Sunday’s premier day. Our two Group 1 Finals will be supported by a quality Invitation Races and Grade Finals. Although we will be racing under Covid ‘Red Light’ restrictions, planning is underway to give all involved the best possible experience for those able to attend.
Congratulations to all successful trainers, owners and breeders. A special thank you to our track and kennel staff, our lure driver. The importance of the outcome to participants of yesterday’s programme, put an added pressure on you all. An appreciation also to Gary and his friendly catering team for their level of service provided while adhering to the Red Light protocols.
Next trials; Wednesday 2nd March, commencing at 10,00am.
Premier Race Day; Sunday 6th March,
RACING WRAP – Thursday 24th February.
Yesterday’s meeting included five heats leading into finals to be run at our premier meeting on Sunday 6th March.
There were three heats for the C2 sprinters including the stunning 18.25secs. win by Georgia’s Girl. Other heat winners were; Major Margaret 18.48secs and Lucy Mirko 18.63secs. giving the Tracey and Lisa Craik partnership a very strong hand in the final.
The two heats of the C1 527m saw winners scoring at long odds. Youngster Opawa Meg 30.89secs. at odds of $19/1 took out the first for Corey Steele, while Diamond Tiger 31.05secs. at odds of $27/1, was impressive in the second heat for Wayne and Tracy Steele. With the first four from each heat making including some well fancied place getters, the final will be a wide open, affair.
Wayne and Tracy nabbed a deserved brace with Opawa Oliver’s third win from five runs at Manukau.
For this greyhound racing tragic, Waiterimu Ripper jumped the gun when winning his 23rd race at appearance 198 as a victory on start 200 would have made a great story. However, those of us who watch him up on his toes in the parade ring, ready to race for Ross and Lynne Udy, know it could it could still happen for him. Approaching 5 years of age, he still just loves to race.
After three placings from four previous starts Jack Sparrow scored a decisive 18.63secs. maiden win for Phil Green. A time that suggests there are more wins in store. Zipping Spook produced a nippy first up win after a three month break to score for his proud syndicate of owners, who were on course to cheered him home. Team Farrell made it a training double with Opawa Slick’s PB 30.48secs win later in the card.
Continuing their recent run of success, the Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts partnership also chimed in with double success. Both Big Time Andy and Drifter Dodge, showing the polish they receive by running PB’s in their respective races.
Congratulations to all winners and a thank you to all who made the meeting another successful one.
The Auckland Cup and Railway heats just two days away, a warm welcome to all our visiting trainers and good fortune to all competing for places in prestigious Grp.1 Finals. There have been some outstanding greyhounds win these races in the past.
Box draws will be completed on course on Sunday. They will be published on this page within minutes of being finalized.
RACING WRAP – Sunday 20th February.
After last Sunday’s rain and strong winds, Auckland’s normal summer warm humid weather conditions returned.
Enjoying a very successful afternoon’s racing was the Ron & Nyomi O’Regan training partnership, producing three winners and cementing their recent run of success. Taking full advantage of an inside draw, Big Time Dory bounced back into form with a narrow win over the 527m trip. Honey Lantree, a recent arrival to the kennel from the South Island saluted the judge on her debut for the kennel. As has been the pattern over the last two weeks, Team O’Regan took out our final event, this time with the veteran Belmont’s returning his followers a healthy $13/1 dividend.
The powerful Palmerston North based Lisa Cole kennel produced a brace of winners. The highly talented speedster Typhoon Tim, scored win 29 of his career running a BOD and PB of 18.32secs., now winning both of his Manukau recent assignments. These wins are in preparation for the sprinter’s ‘big dance’, the Grp 1 Railway Stakes for which heats will be contested next Sunday. Their home bred youngster Allegro Asher’s C1 win made it 3 victories from just 5 starts. He is a son of former kennel star Bigtime Paddy, the 2018 NZ Greyhound of the Year, winner of 44 races and $221k in stakes.
The second C5 sprint was taken out by My Mate Speight, with another powerful performance. He is in the zone for Jared Udy & Denise Cottam as a real contender for a spot in the Railway Final. His sire Kilchurn, is a half brother to Bigtime Paddy.
The heat box draws will be crucial for all runners.
Also nailing a brace was the in form Glennis Farrell team, with Zipping Aubrey graduating to open company with a nippy PB of 18.39secs. He will no doubt join the kennel’s assault on the Railway. Opawa Albert after recent solid placings, displayed his strength finishing over the top of rivals in the C4/5 527m Mt Wellington TAB Stakes. Look for him in next week’s Cup heats.
The Performance of the Day, went to the regally bred Dark Hazard, with a classy 30.45secs. 6 length victory for Team Steele. They also provided the place getters in the C2/3 527m event.
Taking full advantage of a second opportunity for a maiden victory after Thursday’s win, was the Peter Ferguson trained, Ian O’Neill owned Romantic Belle, a younger sister to Ian’s bonny chaser Romantic Dancer. Their dam Eva Diva, was a Railway Sprint finalist in 2017. Allegro Berkley took the chocolates for the Mullane/Potts partnership, he seems to enjoy an outside draw. Making his NZ debut for Thayne Green was Loyal Redeemer, who from a moderate beginning, chased strongly to score over the 318m trip. He had two starts in Aussie, winning over the 520m trip and his performance yesterday indicates he will make his mark over the longer trips here.
Congratulations to all winning connections and an appreciation of thanks to all participants, patrons, staff, caterers and officials as we are continuing to operate successfully within the Red Light protocols, due to the full co-operation we receive from all involved.
Next Trial Date; Tuesday 22nd February, commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Days; Thursday 24th February, first race 4.13pm.
Sunday 27thFebruary, first race scheduled for 1.12pm.
RACING WRAP – Sunday 13th February.
Sunday morning’s high winds and driving rain that were the sting in the tail of Cyclone Dovi certainly were challenging to participants travelling to Manukau. They also provided difficulties in track preparation and during kenneling activities. These conditions continued during pre-race trials however began to abate during the race programme. The effect of these conditions, were reflected in race times, however a safe track surface was skillfully presented for racing.
Our eleven race programme, saw a winning braces for three kennels. Continuing his recent run of success, Corey Steele nabbed an early double with Opawa Luke and Opawa Andrew, both scoring at the second Manukau starts.
The last meeting or two have been their standards quiet ones for Tracey and Lisa Craik. Yesterday they produced Major Margaret and Portland Berry to win over the 318m trip. Watch out in coming weeks for this partnership as they have some nippy pups completing their education. Pups that will certainly make their mark on race day.
Victory in both the meeting’s open grade races, made it a very successful day for Glennis Farrell. Opawa Kirk made it 3 wins in a row over the 527m. Zipping Derek stamped his authority over a very competitive field of C5 sprinters, extending to win by a margin of nearly 4 lengths.
Opawa Kirk’s kennel mates, Zipping Barty and Opawa Albert placed behind him, putting the icing on the cake for Team Farrell.
For any trainer preparing a chaser to top the podium for the first time is a something special. Full of Secrets, did just that for Linda Laing, who like many others had a tough trip up to Manukau in the nasty weather. A memorable win and a huge improvement in the weather would have made the trip home a very enjoyable one.
Racing in the worst of the weather Teeing Off, broke through for his maiden win at his fourth attempt for the successful Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts partnership. Their kennel is a definitely a busy one at the moment as they also have a couple of very young litters to care for.
Opawa Sandridge continued the successes of recent weeks for Wayne and Tracy Steele. He now has a 2 win, 3 placing record from just 8 Manukau starts.
Seldom a meeting goes by without one or more of our Te Kauwhata based kennels saluting the judge. That trend continued yesterday, with Jared Udy and Neisy Cottam’s Great Work, rewarded with a deserved win after two previous placings behind the very talented Thrilling Fern.
To many punters the last race is affectionately known as the “Get Out Stakes”. At last week’s meeting the Ron and Nyomi O’Regan trained Allegro Ella delivered at odds of $9/1. Fast forward a week and this bonny little chaser did it again at odds of $18/1 for her followers.
Congratulations to all winning connections, and due to the weather that prevailed early in the programme, a special thank you to all participants, staff and officials. We are currently experiencing a summer that has been throwing up extremes in the temperature, humidity and winds.
Next Trials – Wednesday 16th Feb. commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting – Sunday 20th, first race scheduled for 1.15pm.
RACING WRAP – Sunday 6th February.
Luckily, we were able to stage our race meeting between the two bands of the steady rain that were welcomed by all rural communities and urban gardeners alike.
The presence of Opawa Kirk at last Sunday’s meeting denied the C1 assessed Thrilling Fern, the meeting’s time honours over the 527m trip. Yesterday the honours were all hers, running a slick 30.33secs. an improvement of nearly a length on last week’s run. Mark down this talented bitch to go through the grades under the guidance of her trainer Karen Walsh.
Also, after topping the podium last week, the bonny little Thrilling Gem scored back to back wins, with a superb new PB of 30.44secs., elevating her to the open grade for Team Codlin.
Recording his first win at his twenty second Manukau start was the Glennis Farrell trained Opawa Slick, cutting out the trip in 30.70secs. when winning the Happy Birthday Thayne Green Stakes. The birthday was a milestone one for Thayne, a life member of the AGRC, whose contribution to the club over many decades has been invaluable.
Taking time honours over the 318m trip with a PB of 18.35secs. was Team Farrell’s Zipping Saint. Owned by NSW based breeder Camo Hallinan it’s great to see her bounce back to winning form.
Another brace of wins for Te Kauwhata based Ross and Lynne Udy, with Smash Misfit and Ford Man scoring in consecutive races for the popular partnership.
Our opening event saw Thrilling Polly, a litter mate to Thrilling Fern top the podium at her second start for the Hayley Mullane/Emma Potts partnership. Another victory for this successful partnership came later in the programme with the consistent Drifter Dodge making the most of his rails draw.
Also producing a PB and scoring in C5 for the first time was Tracey & Lisa Craik’s consistent chaser Mirko, his time a slick 18.38secs. Corey’s Steele’s team is settling well into the northern scene with Opawa Andrew making his Manukau debut a winning one.
Howie Scott is enjoying a purple patch with his small team with Hillbilly Brewed scoring his 8th win. A member of the homebred Paw Licking/ Rotovegas Sparky litter, it would have been a satisfying trip home to Tokovegas. Our final event saw another popular partnership end the day on a high as Allegro Ella scored for Ron & Nyomi O’Regan. The win her third at Manukau.
Another feature of the day was the remarkable success of chasers jumping from box 2. Seven of the twelve race card winners saw the striped rug salute the judge. By wagering a $1 coin on each of the runners exiting the box during the day would have returned a healthy $54,10 collect.
Again, an appreciation from the club’s board to all participants, patrons, caterers, staff and officials for allowing the meeting to be successfully held under the current Covid restrictions. We trust you all enjoyed your afternoon.
Next trials; Wednesday 9th Feb commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting; Sunday 13th Feb first race scheduled for 1.07pm.