Our season’s premier sprint final is always a hotly contested race where both box draw and the courage to mix it in close quarter racing comes to the fore.
Yesterday’s final was no exception, with the leader the local sprinter Wild Kiwi reaching the first sectional mark in a nippy 4.56secs. With other race rivals in hot pursuit, it was another local Golden Fern shouldering his way through to challenge the leader, then extend to score in a PB of 18.45secs. The win pleasing the local punters who took the long odds on offer.
His trainer and club Life Member Thayne Green, has had great success in racing both greyhounds and thoroughbreds, including the great mare Sunline, however this was his first Railway Final victory.
Thayne, shares in the ownership of Golden Fern with other syndicate members; John Smith, Greg Pomeroy, and Ken McLeod, all long standing members of the AGRC. It was great to see Greg’s wife Jenny, back at Manukau again after battling through her health issues.
For Greg, it was his second Railway Final success as he trained the winner 2003 winner Stanton Bale.
Finally, a shout out to his race day handler Mark Smith who has such a calm manner with his charges on race day. He, together with Danielle Elder are also involved in the kennel’s operations.