Performance Of The Day  – March, 2022

27th March 2022

Performance of the Day – PORTLAND WONDER.
For the second time this month this bonny sprinter takes the honours.
Does she have that special blend of determination, balance and pace to be a great sprinter? It’s a definite, YES!
Is she a “Party Animal”? It’s a definite, NO!
When she reaches the lure at race end, she is not one to join in the fun and excitement of the “After Race Party” so much enjoyed be her fellow chasers. Instead, it’s a brisk trot away 50 metres from lure to stand quietly waiting to share a private pat and cuddle with her trusted handler, before returning to the others at Party Central.
Her now 23 wins have come from just 55 starts. Looking at her winning box stats., from box 1 to 8, they read; 3-4-3-3-2-2-3-3. Testimony of both her brilliance and track sense.
Congratulations to Team Craik and her proud owners the Sparkle and Fade Syndicate whose members are based on both sides of the Tasman.

20th March 2022

Performance of the Day – ZIPPING HEWITT.

Just 17 hours after his litter brother Zipping Kyrgios, produced a powerful finishing burst to win the inaugural Stockman & Paddock Country Challenge Final, the world’s richest 600m race at Dubbo in NSW, Zipping Hewitt defied both the testing weather conditions and his race rivals to score a front running win in our C4/5 527m event.
Although the winning stake money was far away from the $125k winning stake Kyrgios earned at Dubbo, Hewitt’s matching his PB and returning to the top of the podium would be very pleasing to connections. Congratulations to his owner Pam Schofield and trainer Glennis Farrell.
Today’s result was another notch on the belt for this prolific Aussie Infrared- Zipping Lilly litter, now winners of 88 races and over $600k from 293 starts.

13th March 2022

Performance of the Day – PORTLAND WONDER.
Backing up from her splendid run for third in last week’s Grp. 1 Railway Sprint, Portland Wonder after contesting the early pace with fellow Railway finalist Pina Colada, dashed away to score by a margin of two lengths from kennel mate Wheels On Fire. Her winning time, a BOD 18.27secs., just a whisker away from her PB.

The daughter of Black Magic Opal – Simple and Plain has now won 21 races, with stakes earnings of $45k. She is one of the leading lights in a very successful litter of 8, all winners of now 88 races and approaching $200k in stakes.


to Team Craik and the Sparkle and Fade Syndicate.

*** Soon to commence their race careers are Simple and Plain’s second litter.
By Magic Sprite, who is the sire of Black Magic Opal, making them three quarter relatives of her highly successful first litter. Look out for some smart ones in this litter too.



Group 1 – $30,000.00 RAILWAY SPRINT FINAL.


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.



Declared the pre post favourite when markets opened, Qpawa Superstar certainly delivered for his connections and many supporters. Yesterday’s all the way win was his 19th from just 25 starts.
At just 29kgs. he is similar in size and stature to his champion sire Fernando Bale, who retired from the Australian tracks with a record of 35 wins from 44 starts and $1,299mil. in stakes.
Congratulations to owners Opawa Racing and Allen Davidson and trainers Jean & Dave Fahey. The Opawa Racing/ Fahey combination also provided the runner up Opawa Wayne. (Another son of Fernando Bale).
Superstar’s decisive four length victory saw a locally bred greyhound top the podium in the Cup for the first time in eight years.