Racing Wraps – June, 2022
RACING WRAP – Sunday 19th June.
After a week if inclement weather throughout the week, the skies cleared to give participants a fine winter’s day of racing.
Success on the day for young trainer Sean Codlin did not stop with the POD of Sweet Potential as Thrilling Watson topped the podium in the C3/4 Know Keeper Stakes. No doubt this win would have given Sean a special sense of satisfaction due to the fact that Thrilling Watson is owned by his father Steve who has given him much support as he establishes a successful career as a greyhound trainer. Thrilling Watson is a son of Thrilling Boris, whose 33 runners to race have returned nearly $400k in stakes money to date and have an impressive 21% wins to starts ratio.
Sean in the coming season will surely have success with the progeny of Pinny Mack. A young black son from his first litter bounced out of Sean’s arms and chased hard after the lure like a true professional when having his first hand slip at last Wednesday trials. Pinny Mack a dual Grp.1 winner is standing at stud with Sean.
The stunning debut victory of the Jared Udy/Neisy Cottam trained Mint As, gave Thrilling Boris another winner on the card. His winning time has only been better once this season, the time standard being set by Georgia’s Girl with a low flying 18.33. Stopping the clock at 18.49. Mint As now shares the second fastest season’s time with Sweet Potential, certainly placing him in great company.
Nearing another season milestone is the Tracey & Lisa Craik partnership as yesterday’s trio of winners; Kettle Pot, Go Ahead Caller and Portland Jake lifted their kennel victories to 149 for the season. With the vast majority of their chasers reared, educated and trained from their Drury property it is due reward for the considerable effort they put in.
The knack of keeping older chasers happy gave Marsha Black another winner. Ruby Express took her season’s victory tally to 12. Add in an impressive 60 placings and she certainly has the formula for success.
After racing at Cambridge during her last 9 starts the Phil Green trained Thrilling Stella return to Manukau scoring her first win on the track in 18.78. Another returning to Manukau after recent Cambridge starts was Big Time Storm for trainer Rob Roper producing an authoritative 6 length win in the C2 527m Opawa Slick Stakes.
For Corey Steele his trip home to Te Awamutu was made a happy one with Opawa Bailey saluting the judge in the 6th race on the programme. Success came in the last for his parents, Wayne and Tracy with kennel mates Opawa Solomon and Born Katie running the quinella.
Our other winner on the programme was the new race centurion Medusa Who, her win giving her this week’s Sunday Bouquet.
Congratulations to all winning connections. With Sunday’s race meeting extending over 4.5 hours it was a long day for our kennel, track and administration staff and on behalf of the AGRC Board thank you for your efforts.
Next Scheduled Trials; Wednesday 22nd June, commencing at 10.00am.
Next Race Meeting; Sunday 26th June.
Programmed is a Preferred Box Draw C 1 sprint. Trainers if nominating must check the GRNZ protocols for these types of races. Please check race guides later in the week for the starting time of the first race.
12th June, 2022
Group 1 Waterloo Cup – TALBINGO BALE
The successful relationship between Craig Roberts and the Muringo NSW based Wheeler family spans decades. In recent seasons this partnership have enjoyed Grp. 1 success in 2019 Silver Collar with Dyna Weslyn. The partnership’s previous Waterloo Cup winners are; Daphne Bale (2005), Dyna Vikkers (2015) and Leonard Bale (2020). They have also shared many other Grp1. successes with the likes of Dirk Bale and Dalisha Bale, just to name a couple.
With a display of brilliance at box rise, sheer speed and chase, Talbingo Bale led the field throughout the 527m trip, recording sectionals of; 4.68, 15.40 to the back mark, with a power packed 14.48 run home, overall time of 29.88secs. This on a cold day with gusting winds matched Drink Shoeys’ time, set in heat of the Auckland Cup on a warm sunny day in March 2021. The time is the equal fastest for a male greyhound over our 527m trip. Only the champion bitch Winsome Ashley has gone faster with her record-breaking runs of 29.81 and 29.77 back in 2008.
Credit must go the second placed Jean & Dave Fahey trained Opawa Wayne as he was also second in this year’s Grp.1 Auckland Cup to kennel mate Opawa Superstar.
Craig commented after the race that could Talbingo Bale could possibly be his best yet as he has both speed and a professional attitude to his racing. The aim now is to qualify and receive the invitation to represent NZ at the Australian National Finals, to be held at Wentworth Park in August.
It was great to see Greg Pomeroy assisting Craig with handling duties. Greg and Craig have shared a friendship that spans decades. It’s now 27 years since Greg sent his bonny bitch Madonna Swift down to Craig, together they enjoyed success in the New Zealand Oaks. Greg’s final duty of the day was to bring Talbingo Bale into the lounge for a “meet and greet”. This Talbingo Bale handled in style, with his good looks he would be a hit with the ladies at a coffee shop, with laid back attitude would be good to go for a few beers with the boys at the pub.
***Being a nerd, I needed to research the Talbingo in Talbingo Bale. Talbingo is a small town on the edge of the Snowy Mountains in NSW.
RACING WRAP – Sunday 5th June.
“Atrocious”, was the word used by our race caller Aaron White, in regard to the weather conditions throughout the meeting. Persistent rain set in prior to racing and remained for the entire meeting. While all outdoors had to contend with conditions, due to their roles in proceedings our starter Cornelia, RIB steward Mike Austin and the Trackside camera operator endured them for the entire programme.
With heats for next week’s Premier Day of racing, South Island trainers made the long trip north. It was pleasing to see them take top honours in four races and also qualify other runners for next week’s high stakes finals. Their participation adds depth to the final’s fields and the club looks forward to welcoming you back next Sunday.
The two most anticipated races on the programme were the heats of the SENZ Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar. Two greyhounds undefeated in distance races (albeit a different stages of their careers) kept the records intact. Thrilling Rogue, the new comer to the staying ranks made it three from three for Walsh/Harding combination in the first heat. Super stayer, Know Keeper was dominant in the second Garry Cleeve, extending his unbeaten sequence in distance events to sixteen. Their clash next week is not to be missed.
With three other heats in the Waterloo Cup already raced at other tracks the remaining two places in the final went to A J Christiansen’s bonny bitch Uno Me Know and the southerner Milky Tea.
With $15k in stake money the Hifi Allegro Sprint Final is a rich reward for our sprinters. The versatile Thrilling Freddy, with a BOD 18.49secs., scored in the first heat for Marie Prangley. The second heat saw this seasons Grp.1 Railway Sprint winner, Golden Fern top the podium for Thayne Green.
Hifi Allegro was an amazing little sprinter, winning a remarkable 88 races and a former Manukau 318m track record holder. Fittingly there was connection to her yesterday with her son Allegro Gun, siring Zoe Star who was victorious in the C4 sprint for trainer Peter Heterick.
There were two other sets of heats for finals next week. For Class 3’s over the 318m trip Verdun Bale for Matt Roberts and Coolibah Kid for the Udy/Cottam team saluted the judge. The 527m Class 1 saw a real up and comer Opawa Dragon, running a BOD 30.62secs. in the first heaT. Kennel mate Opawa Barrel victorious in the second. Both promising types trained by Jean and Dave Fahey.
Always present at our premier days are the powerful Palmerston North based Lisa Cole kennel. Top Out Classy, made a winning Manukau debut taking out the C3 Major John Blakely Stakes. John Blakey’s rich involvement in the Silver Collar has been well documented in the excellent booklet on the Silver Collar written by Peter Fenemor. Copies are available from the office.
As was the case at our previous meeting Team Craik had to wait until the last to take home a winner. Queen Nancy put up another stylish performance to score by nearly 3 lengths. A daughter of Railway Sprint winner Just One Smile she is on her way to the top grade.
Finally, a special mention of the efforts of Deyne and Nigel for the preparation prior to the meeting and the maintenance throughout the meeting of our track surface. Well done gentlemen.
Congratulations to all winning connections and as always, an appreciation to the ‘small village’ that it takes to run a race meeting. Next Sunday’s meetings with the Silver Collar Final will have great fields throughout the card.