Keeping you informed of the Happenings at the Manukau Stadium
26th May 2017
The Board are pleased to be involved with the new GRNZ Feature race ‘The Amazing Chase.
The race will be the ‘encore call’ for the 2016-17 Racing Season and will be held at the Club’s final meeting on Sunday 30th July.
The race is based on the concept of the Sandown GRC’s Speedball but brings in a Kiwi regional representation into the composition of the field. Full conditions of the Amazing Chase are available on GRNZ (thedogs) website.
It is proposed that the Auckland solo trials will be held prior to race meetings.
Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar
There is just four weeks to ‘Our Great Race’ the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar, recognised by GRNZ as a Group 1 Race.
The Series will be run on the 4th June (Heats) and 11th June over the distance of 779metres. The Board is pleased to announce that Plasterboard Ltd has renewed their sponsorship of the race.
The race will be supported by a strong support card including; Invitation Distance (779m), $6,000 Peter Earley Classic (Invitation), $3,500 Hifi Allegro Sprint, Major Blakeley Memorial Stakes and the Sunline Trophy.
There will be a $1,000 prize for Punters will have a Punters Challenge, a team event.
The Board has completed a review of Qualifying Times for the track.
The review comprised analysing results of all qualifying trials (145) conducted over the last three seasons. Whilst the average winner’s time of 19.02 since the track upgrade in December was slower by .07 seconds they were of the opinion that there was no justification to adjust the Qualifying Time of 19.40 seconds. The summary of the Qualifying Results is available from the office.
There had been only two trials (2016/17 & 2014/15) in the three seasons where the winner’s time did not better the qualifying standard.
GRNZ Strategic Plan
The GRNZ Management Team will present their 3 year Strategic Plan detailing priorities, vision and how they plan to move the great sport of greyhound racing forward.
Everyone from the industry is invited to attend the GRNZ Roadshow to be held in the Hospitality Room on Monday 15th May 2017 at 6pm. Come along enjoy some light refreshments and a chance to talk with the team and each other about the future of our sport.
The NZRB and GRNZ have now requested that the Club Early Start Trial be extended throughout May. Last week saw us start proceedings at 1.00 pm and we were very pleased with the results both on and off course. We are scheduled to have starts around this time right through to the end of May , and we are hoping that the turnover continue as it did last week.
21 April 2017
Easter is over for another year and our only Saturday meeting of the year had excellent off course turnover which was very pleasing as the meeting was not comingled with Australia.
The AGRC were delighted to see the Waikato Club have such a grand night of racing on New Zealand Derby Night, even though the weather was less than pleasant. It is well done to the team at Cambridge for getting through the night.
We are back at Manukau this Sunday afternoon with a 13 race card and a start time of 1.04pm and the lure rolling for the last at 4.45pm.
There are four heats of the NZ Racing Novice Series over 527mtrs. We have several visiting trainers and some very promising young dogs are engaged, so this coupled with a tidy support card and fine weather forecast, means that Manukau is the place to be this Sunday afternoon.
Just a reminder that if LPs have any issue they wish raised and discussed by the AGRC Board , please do not hesitate to talk with Hayley Mullane . Hayley, as we know is a public trainer and we are delighted to have her on the Board. Hayley is very willing to bring your concerns up for discussions, and likewise please let her know of anything that you think is being well handled. I can assure you that we are always very happy to receive constructive feedback.
It is really pleasing to see Greyhound Stakes raising by 10% from 1st May and even more heartening to hear of further funds being freed up for stakes by the New Zealand Racing Board. We all know how tough it is in all three codes and this is an excellent move in the right direction.
Our rain gauge indicated 81.4mls of rain on Tuesday night, and there were other areas of Auckland that had more than this amount. It was pleasing that our track handled the huge volume of water well and in fact we trialled on the track on Wednesday morning.
The constant rain is hindering progress on our list of prioritised projects, but surely it must ease and allow us to move forward.
Racing on Sunday
The two race meetings last week produced 10races Sunday and 8 Monday, both meetings went well .
This week we look forward to a 12 race program on Sunday, with some very even fields. The Hewlett Electrical Stakes (C4) has a most interesting line up, as does Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Sprint (C5). The balance of the card contains some promising younger dogs coming through the grades, so we can look forward to some good action on, just maybe , a reasonable day of weather.
It is interesting to note the late Quaddie pools have been very well supported, exceeding $15k of late. Last week’s payout of $176 on well supported runners was attractive, so that may well be the way to chase down a good return. Join us on course on Sunday and let’s see if we can make a dollar.
30 March 2017
Well Auckland’s autumn weather has produced some large volumes of rain, this week being heavy deluges in shorter time frames. Some areas of South Auckland have had nearly 300% of their usual March rainfall, so it’s been wet for sure. Whilst the Manukau Stadium copped most of the rain the track has withstood the rain and will be ready for arcing on Sunday.
This week we have back to back meetings with a 10 race card on Sunday and the lower grades are well catered for on Monday with an 8 race program. This meeting is to ensure the lower graded dogs are catered for this coming week, as Thursday is heats of the Mike Stent NZ Derby at Cambridge.
Early Start Trials
We are still battling the New Zealand Racing Board over start times on Sundays.
Every week we put forward the obvious reasons and results to get back to our standard 2.15pm/2.30pm start time. We have on several occasions offered a 1.30pm compromise , which we see us finish somewhere around 4.45pm.Last Sunday confirmed that it is just not working for our on course turnover, which is so vital to our operations but the NZRB staff are adamant the trial must go the full 12 weeks.
As soon as we have progress here, we will inform you.
24th March 2017
$5,000 Manukau Gold
The greyhound racing population trained within the Northern Region will be tested in the 1st week of April.
Racing in the region will be highlighted by the heats of the Group races the Mike Stent Decorators New Zealand Derby and the Teressa McDonald Memorial Cup at Cambridge Raceway. However it will be the racing schedule at the Manukau Stadium that will test the depth of the greyhound racing population.
The Club has race meetings on the Sunday 2nd April and Monday 3rd April.
Sunday’s meeting is for the higher grade dogs featuring the Easter Cup and Stitches Upholstery (C4 sprint) heats. While Monday’s meeting is accommodating the lower grade dogs.
Centre stage will be the Manukau Gold Series for the CO middle distance dogs with $2,000 heats and a $5,000 Manukau Gold Final to be staged at the race meeting on Easter Saturday, 15th April 2017.
Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar
Time Flies! Yes planning has commenced for our feature event the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar to be run on Sunday 4th June (Heats) and Sunday 11th June 2017.
The Group 1 Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar will have a stake of $80,000.
Your Board has approved Schedules to provide a strong support card on each day to complement the Collar. On the 4th June will be the Auckland Oaks, Sunline Trophy and Hifi Allegro Sprint Heats. The Schedule for Sunday 11th June includes the Peter Earley Classic, Hifi Allegro Sprint, Major John Blakeley Memorial Stakes and an Invitation Distance.
The Board invite your suggestion for promotional activities to make our feature day a very exciting event. We are hoping to have a very good support card on Collar Day, so it is something to look forward to.
Now that the ASB Polyfest has concluded we can get with business of the Special Projects. There are a number of projects that need to be concluded before the onslaught of winter. An additional project being considered by the Board is to extend the safety fence to thee 318m starting point.
This week we are back to Sunday racing at Manukau, with an interesting card of racing set for this week. We are still battling with the powers that be as regards starting times of our meetings. The mid day starts are just not doing what we need and we will continue to push this issue.
It would be great to see as many of you back on course this Sunday and let’s hope we can all find a winner.
The Members Jackpot draw will take place after race 10. The pool is $50.
10th March 2017
Auckland Cup Carnival
Another Auckland Cup has come and gone and we witnessed a very strong performance by He's all Power in the Plasterboard Auckland Cup. It was a real privilege to see Swimming Goat in the Railway Sprint. When they go 4.42 for the first section and run like he does, then the result becomes very obvious.
The AGRC acknowledges the wonderful support of Plasterboard Ltd (Roy and Karen Thomson and Jim and Alice Sirey) in sponsoring the Cup. Their support is much appreciated.
Following Sunday’s meeting, the infield of the track is used for the annual Polyfest. This means a there is no race meeting on Sunday 19th March. Note there are two meetings at Cambridge Raceway during the week. The next trial day at Auckland is on Wednesday 22nd March. It takes a couple of days for the festival to tidy up and of course the track needs to be prepared.
12 Noon Trials
Your Board is a long way from being satisfied with the results of the early starts on Sunday. We are in participate in weekly reviews with the NZRB and are putting our position forward in a strong manner.
We have offered a compromise, with a starting time of 1.30pm and finishing just before 5.00pm. This has yet to be accepted, but if things do not lift, we will be pushing things even more.
Plasterboard Auckland Cup
Here we are at Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint day, this Sunday, starting at 12.32pm.
We congratulate the owners and trainers of all Finalists. Both fields are full of possibilities and great contests are assured.
It is prudent that we recognise the sponsors of our Cup. Roy Thomson and Jim Sirey from Plasterboard Ltd are very generous with their support of the AGRC and we thank them so much.
Sunday also sees the retirement of Erena Koreheke, our highly respected lure driver.
We certainly wish Erena all the very best and trust we will see her at the greyhounds from time to time.
We have had many comments re the earlier starts at our Sunday meetings.
Cup Day Punters Challenge
This Sunday we will be putting up a $1,000 prize for a punters contest. This competition is an individual entry. For details on entry and Competition Rules contact the office. Note we need at least 10 entries to ensure this contest gets off the ground. These contests are very well run and have proved very popular in the past.
NZRB Early Start Trials
Sunday’s meeting will be the third week of the NZRB early start. We are not at all happy with the first two weeks results and have made this plainly clear to the NZRB and will be getting very loud in our disapproval if results are poor this week.
We can confirm that, in conjunction with GRNZ, the security cameras servicing the Trainers Carpark, the parade ring and the track are now fully functional and providing very clear pictures. It is just so important to give people that bit more comfort that security is good in these areas. It is pleasing to have the project completed.
Water Filling Station
We can also advise that the first stage of altering the gate access for the water truck and tractor was completed during the week. When this project is completed it will allow for easier positioning for the water truck at the filling station. The concrete will need a little longer to cure so a temporary position will be used this week.
Racing on Sunday
The fields for Sunday are very good. In particular the Clover Park which has some very good chasers including Thrilling Boris. The 13 race card contains 7 races over 527m, which is a huge lift from previous weeks. All grades are catered for in the 527mtr events.
Race names again recognise past Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint winners. The start time is 12.16pm and we would love to see a good crowd on course to see the action.
We can advise that the security cameras servicing the Trainers’ Carpark, the parade ring area and the over the entire track are installed and operational. This now gives us excellent CCTV coverage of our facilities.
During the course of next week we hope to have the first of the concreting done to enable us to shift the gate onto the track by the 527meter start. This work will be completed in two sections, so we can continue with normal track maintenance and allow loner drying and setting time for the concrete.
The 603meter starting boxes have arrived in Auckland. Our track staff will arrange delivery to the site and install them so we can resume 603m racesr
Greyhound Racing New Zealand LPS MeetingSunday 12th February 2017
Notice is hereby given of a meeting with LPs to be held in the Hospitality Room on Sunday 12th February 2017 commencing at 11.30am
Greg Kerr, Head of Racing, and Stu Cashin, Special Projects Manager, will be updating the LPs on current developments at Greyhound Racing New Zealand.
There will also be time at the meeting to raise any questions you may have on the GRNZ operations.
Your Feedback on the Earlier Starts
Today marks the first of the New Zealand Racing Boards twelve week trial of our Sunday meetings starting at 12 noon.
Gravel Road, the NZRB advisors, are of the opinion that by starting the Club’s meetings earlier creates a window of opportunity after our meeting to import more overseas product. They estimate the value of this window at $9,600,000 turnover per annum. The profit on this turnover will benefit all three codes.
We are going to be monitoring the implications of this change very carefully. The main area of concern is the on course turnover and what effect the earlier starts will have on it. As you are aware on course turnover is crucial to the club's income and there is no way we can afford any decline in oncourse commissions under the current GRNZ Clubs Funding Policy.
GRNZ have agreed to underwrite our oncourse commissions for the duration of the trial.
Our 2.30pm starts have been developed over a ten year period. Field sizes, the number of visiting trainers, patronage and oncourse turnover indicate we have a balanced and viable product and weekly entertainment package. We do appreciate that there is always a need for a review with the objective of improving our performance hence our participation in the trial.
We would certainly appreciate any feedback from trainers, owners and punters as to what impact these earlier starts will have on you and your operations. You can forward your comments by email Robert@greyhounds.co.nz, fax or directly to the office or Board members.
Thayne Green Classic
Your Board has recognised the contribution of Thayne Green to greyhound racing by renaming one of their feature races the Thayne Green Stakes.
The race is a $5,000 restricted age race, formerly known as the Auckland Classic, and it is the feature race on the final day of the Auckland Cup meeting.
To date Thayne has owned and trained winners of the Club’s Group 1 Races the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar (Go You Halves, Steiny Blue & Brydee’s Girl) & Auckland Cup (Monalty). He currently training about a dozen runners from his Ardmore Kennels.
A Life Member of the Club Thayne has served in the capacity of both President (1995-1999) and Committee Member of the Club. As well as being the GRNZ Northern Region Board Member and GRNZ representative on the New Zealand Racing Board.
The race acknowledges an outstanding contribution to greyhound racing made by a passionate follower of the sport.
Change to Start Time
We are getting very close to starting the twelve week trial of our Sunday race meetings starting at noon or shortly after. The first of these is on the 5th of February.
Change of Date
The NZRB has approved a change to the national calendar and the low grade meeting is now on Monday 27 February.
This is the day after the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway sprint heats. It is likely that the great majority of Sundays races will be heats for these two Group One events. The Monday meeting is designed to provide racing opportunties for all classes.
Racing Review 15th January
Last week we saw a number of trainers having good success. The Jarrod Udy & Denise Cottam team continued their good run ,bagging three wins. Wayne and Tracy Steele also in good form had dual success and Denis Schofield continued on his winning ways with another double.
Gold Class scored nicely in the C3/4 527m event and Eva Diva scored a nice win in the C4/5 sprint.
13 January 2017
Auckland Cup Carnival
The countdown has begun-It is now only 6 weeks to we see the heats for the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint.
It’s nice to see a number of young dogs in the very early stages of their preparations at the trials. Let’s hope we have some smart chasers coming through to bolster up our racing stock.
603metre Staring Boxes
We are awaiting confirmation from NZGRA as to whether a new/reconditioned set of starting boxes is available for the 603 metre starting point. It would be great if we could coincide the remedial work with a installation of new boxes for that starting point. We will be pushing the issue as quickly as we can so that we can resume scheduling 603metre races.
Last week racing was interesting with a number of longshots getting home. The last Quaddie only had a small percentage of the pool struck and Place6 showed what a good return is on offer if one or two well supported runners miss a place.
Lisa Ahern, Halley Mullane and Wayne & Tracy Steele had dual success. Opawa Kuru was rather impressive when driving through gaps to score in the Hewlett Electrical Stakes (C4/5) and Don't Brag caught punters on the wrong foot with a strong win in the C5 Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Sprint.
Plasterboard Auckland Cup & Railway Sprint
The Board of the AGRC has resolved to run the Plasterboard Auckland Cup as a Heats and Final Series only for 2017.
The Board are concerned at the lower number of C5 middle distance dogs racing at present and do not want to have heats that almost all dogs would qualify to compete in Semi Finals .We would rather have competitive Heat racing and have a Final on the back of those Heats.
All C5 dogs will be guaranteed a Heat start. C4 and lower grade dogs will be ultilised to ‘fill’ Heats and provide reserves. Obviously the lowest grade of that qualifies for the series will be dictated to by the number of Heats.
The same format will also apply for the Railway Sprint, i e the Series will comprise Heats and Final only.
In making the decision we have also taken into consideration that there is always a large number of visiting South Island trainers for our Cup meeting and we are critically aware of the number of C5 chasers in that region. The road situation following the Kaikoura earthquake has impacted on the southerners’ travelling time and therefore by changing the format may entice their continued support.
The Board will be reviewing the situation for the 2018 event.
The AGRC is most appreciative of the sponsorship of Plasterboard Ltd are pleased to advise that it has been renewed for this year’s event. A big vote of thanks to Roy Thomson and Jim Sirey for their loyalty to the AGRC.
Change of Dates
The NZRB has approved a change to our racing calendar. The change is as follows:
Race meeting on Monday 20 February is transferred to Monday 27th February 2017.
This date transfer is a follow on from the change to the format of the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint is to realign the low grade meeting that follows Heats day.
Our New Year’s Day race meeting was a resounding success. There was a good crowd in attendance and the on course turnover exceeded budget.
With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, we did not want to lose a day of racing for the stakeholders. So for the additional costs and the risk involved in racing on such a busy day the Board were delighted with the outcome.
The racing was highlighted by Flying Merkel’s win in the Hewlett Electrical Stakes. Flying Merkel, was having his first start for trainer Steve Clark, speared to the lead and thereafter it was race over with the eventual winning margin of 2 ½ lengths. Fantastic Lucy took out the C5 sprint in a slick 18.33 seconds.
Training honours were spread with Steve Clark, Denis Schofield and the Ross Udy & Lynne Bliek kennels each producing two winners.
Racing on Thursday 5th January saw some good evening of racing with Sketchy Chief, trained by Greg Hore & Peter Ferguson, scoring in the Greyhounds As Pets Sprint a quick 18.29 seconds. Sketchy Chief is owned by the Gallops, Harness & Hounds Syndicate: whose members include Margaret Harvey, Matt Bray, Murray Logan, Gary Rogerson and Auckland TC Racing Manager Kevin Smith.
Flying Merkel backed up winning the C3/2 middle distance event.
James Black & Alysha Steele, Steve Clark, Denis Schofield and Halley Mullane kennels shared the training honours each producing two winners.
Trial meeting revert back to Tuesday and Wednesday this week, as long as we get sufficient numbers pre-booked.
We have our annual chemical clean of the toilet facilities in the grandstand and kennelling area booked for Monday. This should not disrupt anybody and will keep things tidy and in order .
The AGRC and advisors are continuing to monitor the recent major upgrade of its track. We have had four race meetings on the new surface and the track itself seems to be settling very well. Each day that goes by it is settling more .We are constantly monitoring readings and watching for any trends with the track and will keep all concerned right up to date.
Whilst we are pleased with the improvement in the track each meeting that as gone by, we still need to be mindful of the fact that it was a major job and we are searching for the best possible preparation for the new surface.
Happy New Year
We trust that everyone had a very good Christmas and we wish all a very Happy New Year and may it be a prosperous one on the punting front.
We have a New Year’s Day meeting starting at 2.14pm and race 12 leaves the traps at 5.33pm. We cannot recall a New Year’s Day meeting at Manukau, so let’s hope we have a good crowd on course and enjoy some exciting K9 action.
The racing surface has continued to settle and I can assure you we are monitoring all readings and results very carefully. We have yet to have a heavy downpour of rain since the work was complete, so we will be keeping a close eye on that when it occurs, but we are confident that it will handle it.
Our thanks go to Phil Green for his input into this project. He has been a tower of strength to the Board with his knowledge and background of this track and he has been extremely supportive to the Club , right the way through. Thank you so much Phil.
The new printer has finally arrived it was delayed at border control for some time.
The 28th December race meeting was pleasing, with a good on course turnover and nice crowd on course. Steve Clark had a good day training three winners, including Triple Park in the days feature event the Pump & Engineering Services Stakes. Part owned by Trackside presenter Elizabeth Whelan, Triple Park was in front all the way and held gamely in the run home.
Dennis Schofield and Jarrod Udy & Denise Cottam both trained two winners.
It had been a long time between wins for Glen Hunt, but he has had two wins during December. Well done to Glen.
603m Starting Boxes & 5th January Schedule
The Club wishes to advise that in accordance with Rule 42.7 GRNZ has approved changes to the Schedule approved and published for the race meeting to be held on the 5th January 2017.
The changes are as follows:
1 Additional race Stitches Upholstery Series Final C0 527m $2,500
This race was omitted from the Schedule approved for the 5th January 2017. Heats were advertised on the meeting held on the 27th December 2016. Trainers of the field for the Final were notified when the fields were released on the 23rd December 2016.
2 Delete the Greyhounds North Distance C2d 603m
Reason the Club recently undertook a track upgrade and as a result of that upgrade the 603m starting boxes are currently inoperable.
Please be advised that the Club cannot currently card any 603m grade races or stage any 603m trials. The remedial work has been authorized and commenced. We will update you when 603m races can recommence.
We apologise for any inconvenience to stakeholders.
It is nearly Christmas and the end of another year. We are all a little older and hopefully a little wiser. The Club would like to thank our regular faithful on course punters for their support during 2016 and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Our race days through the holiday period are this Sunday 18th December-starting at 2.36pm, Thursday 22 December-starting at 4.06pm and Tuesday 27December-starting 2.30pm and a New Year’s Day January 1st also with a 2.30pm start
We wish our sister club, Waikato GRC, a very successful two days of feature racing through the Xmas period. Good punting to everyone having a flutter through the holidays
The major track upgrade has been completed during the week. A trial was conducted on Friday with a RIU Steward in attendance. Both the RIU Steward and long standing greyhound trainers expressed satisfaction of the track composition and the improved cambers and we are all set for racing on Sunday.
Sunday is Founders Day Cup and Founders Trophy have drawn very good fields and should provide excellent contests. There is a very even support fields so a good day racing looks in store.
Review Sunday 11th December
Jared Udy and Denise Cottam team enjoyed a good day at the office producing a hat-trick of winners an early hat-trick of winners, namely Gimme Hot Chips, Scott The Looks and Fortis Flier, early on the day. Not to be out done Denis Schofield did likewise with Bold Sassy, Fantastic Ricki and Zipping Kasey.
Just As Gentle and Lloyd Attack both continued their winning sequence for trainer Mike Lozell.
Von Trapp scored a strong win in 18.22 in the Pump & Engineering Sprint. His clash with Fabrelee in the Founders Trophy will be a drawcard.
After a couple of false starts we can confirm everything is set to start on the track upgrade on Monday 12th December 2016. Fulton Hogan already has their equipment on site.
This is a large project with 100 tonne of material being removed from the track to be replaced by 270 tonne of East Coast Inshore sand, a finer sand, hopefully it will prevent the track from baking rock hard in hot or dry conditions by maintaining the moisture. The camber is also being lifted by 0.5%. I can assure you that your Board has followed every bit of advice we have been given planning for this project and we are look forward to a successful result. The work will take three days and this will allow time for the track to settle and for the finishing touches to be applied for racing next, so let’s hope for good weather to assist us along.
We are awaiting delivery of a new printing device, so trail times can be available instantly for trainers.
Review Racing 4 December
Last week we saw a really large spread of results. Tokoroa trainer Mike Lozell enjoyed a good day with Just As Gentle and Lloyd Attack both winning. Well done Mike. Denis Schofield produced a trifecta in the Hewlett Electrical C4 Sprint Series Final and Thayne Green and Jarrod Udy & Denise Cottam kennels each had quinella result.
Oncourse turnover was in line with the previous three Sundays so thank you to our faithful as betting commissions are a vital part of our funding.
Our Founders Day race meeting on Sunday the 18th December celebrates the 28th anniversary of the commencement of racing at the Manukau Stadium.
See You on Sunday
This week we have a 12 race card, commencing 2.27pm and all over at 5.39pm. The fields are very even and that early Quaddie. with the $2,000 bonus, looks good an interesting betting option to chase. Also we have the popular ‘Christmas Ham’ as our raffle prizes.The feature race on Sunday is the 6th running of the Gary Donovan Memorial Sprint and we welcome the members of the Donovan family to the track. Whilst the feature race did not attract sufficient nominators the C5/4 grade race is headed by the Nangar Star, 2016 Railway Sprint winner, Belcroft Banker, Powder Jack and Zipping Steve.
Sunday 20th November Review
The Carol’s TAB Stakes, C5 middle distance, sees the return of the NZ Cup Finalist Spud Missile to the Stadium taking on Blazing Spirit, Kimetto and last week’s impressive winner Jinja Squeak. An interesting new comer in the field is Martin Clegg (C5), trained by Phil Green, who has won 15 races from 32 starts in New South Wales but last raced on the 15th November 2015.
$2,000 Bonus Quaddie
A week after the NZRB removed the $10,000 guaranteed Quaddies because their reserves had ‘taken a hit’ we have received an early Christmas present on Thursday with the announcement of $2,000 Bonus Quaddies for the next five weeks. Who said Santa Claws did not exist.
The Bonus Quaddies commence on Sunday with first Quaddie, races 2 to 5, on Sunday and Magic Clock (R2), the impressive maiden winner at Cambridge on Thursday, makes this virtually a treble.
Thursday 24th November
Note we also race on Thursday 24th November, as the Waikato GRC cannot race at Cambridge Raceway due to the facilities being utilised for the Cambridge A & P Show. Hopefully to avoid the motorway congestion it has been scheduled as a twilight meeting with our first race is scheduled for 3.36pm and the last at 7.46pm
Review Sunday 13th November
The Denis Schofield Blazing Spirit won the Pump and Engineering Stakes (C5/4) in a close finish over kennel mates Multicam Ranger, Untraceable and Nangar Gem completed the First 4. Well done to all involved.
The turnover on the 11 race card was a tad over the $10k and we thank our faithful for their continued support at the tail-end of possibly NZ’s highest turnover and most demanding week on punters in the racing calendar. Our turnover achieved despite the TAB Bookies stifling any turnover on race 2 when they opened Saint Sazzy at ‘Black Caviar, odds of $1 20 quickly tightened to $1.10. The average fixed odds win turnover on a Manukau race is $4,950 this race generated $875.
11 November 2016
Last week we had a 10 race program due to the effects of kennel cough. We have 11 races this week which is a little better. Dogs impacted within kennel cough get a mandatory 21 day stand down so we look fowrd to returning to normal programming as these dogs return to racing.
Even though there were less races, the meeting generated reasonably good turnover, which we really appreciate and thank our on course patrons.
Racing Review 6 November
We saw some really good races last week, especially Fabralee, who downed Subic Bay in a quick 18.20 in the Hewlett Electrical Sprint. She certainly can move on her day. Blazing Spirit was extra good in winning the Greyhound As Pets Stakes (C2 527m) in 30.32. There is more in store for this fellow.
Three trainers had doubles: Dennis Schofield (Blazing Spirit and New Look), Jared Udy& Denise Cottam (Mega Munchies &Rocky Awesome) and Greg Hore & Peter Ferguson (Powder Jack & Tumbalioo).
The Board has been presented with a proposal from GRNZ regarding the track upgrade. Negotiations are continuing with NZGRA on this proposal so it will be business (trials and racing) as usual next week.
Racing this Week
Start time is a little later this week at 2.38pm but with just eleven races we are all done by 5.32pm.
It has been busy racing period so if you have not kept up with the form our Punter’s Guide ‘Whats on the Lure” to give you the winning edge.
Annual General Meeting
Thirteen members attended the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday night.
John Roberts was re-elected unopposed as President and Hayley Mullane was elected onto the Board, also unopposed. Copies of the Annual Report can be uplifted from the Administration Office.
As discussed at the meeting on course turnover is important to our club. So we really do appreciate the support from ‘our faithful’.
The AGM had plenty of discussion and some excellent points were covered. I thank those that were able to attend and can assure you that your Board will be doing everything possible to keep Manukau Stadium as an excellent facility to enjoy greyhound racing.
$10k Quaddies Curtailed
The NZRB has curtailed the $10,000 guaranteed Quaddies for the month of November. The bonus money available to the greyhound code is quite rightly being applied to the New Zealand Cup night. The Board will continue to pursue the NZRB for ‘Prize Pools’ for our Sunday meetings. These are required as a stimulus for turnover growth.
NZRB Trials 12 Noon Starts
The Board has agreed to a three month trial of 12 noon start time for our Sunday race meetings commencing 1 February 2017. The trial is part of the NZRB Project to optimise the racing calendar. They predicted that an earlier start will provide an opportunity to import a further 12 Australian races and generate a further $9.4 million per annum ($200k per week) that will benefit the stakeholders for all codes.
The Board have an assurance from the NZRB that our condensed time (3½ hours for ten races) will be maintained. Also GRNZ will guarantee our oncourse commissions for the duration of the trial to protect cash position.
Michael Schneider has been put through his paces during the last two Sundays and his appointment confirmed by the Racing Integrity Unit to allow him to start officiating at our meetings today. We certainly wish Michael all the best and look forward to working with him.
The new racing vests have arrived. Handlers and catchers are reminded to treat the vests with respect when placing them on and taking them on their dogs. Whilst they are essential they are also expensive. The previous vests’ lives were shortened by handlers that delighted in poking holes through the Lycra.
Review Sunday 30th October
Last week we saw some good racing with track record holder Subic Bay again dealing to a good field of C5 sprinters in quick time. He just loves racing on our Manukau track. The Pump & Engineering Services Ltd Stakes (C3/4) was won by Sharella, one of the smallest bitches going around. She bounced and found the lead, and kept going gamely.
Ben Craik (Bloomingdales & Sharella), Lisa Ahern (Allegro Boom & Subic Bay) and the Greg Hore & Peter Ferguson partnership (Bonus Lotto & Tumbalaioo) each produced two winners on the day.
Racing this Week
Again, this week numbers are down with nominations being impacted by kennel cough and we have a 10 race program.
The racing action starts at 2.18pm and we finish up at 4.57pm. Nice even fields have been drawn, with Subic Bay being the day's stand out performer.
We congratulate Tracy Potts(owner) and Steve Clark on graduating Spud Missile to the New Zealand Cup and we wish them all the best in the $100,000 Final next Thursday night.
Steve know what is required to producing the cup winner having trained Blitzem Mayhem to win the Cup in 2014.
Thrilling Boris Staying Home
Karen Walsh has reported that Thrilling Boris's Melbourne has had to abandoned.
Due to fly out on Friday the trip has been cancelled due to kennel cough. Thrilling Boris is one of many dogs in the Tirau kennel that has had to be sidelined with kennel cough.
Thrilling Boris through his win in the Group 1 Waterloo Cup gained a semi final berth in the rich Melbourne Cup series that culminates in the $600,000 Final on 18th November.
28th October 2016
The major upgrade of the track has been deferred so it is business as usual next week with trials on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are still waiting on approval of the project from GRNZ.
Review 23rd October
We saw some good racing last week. It was very pleasant to race with sunshine and good a racing surface.
Subic Bay again showed his love affair with the Manukau circuit and the red rug with a very quick victory in the Howick Club Sprint. Instant Success caused an upset with a strong front running display in the Pat’s Garage Stakes holding out the tiny bitch Sharella , who went her usual honest race.
James Black & Alyesha Steele team produced the winners of the last two races, Le Roi and Opawa Poppy. While Lisa Ahern (Subic Bay and Cranky Pants) and Ben Craik (Bloomingdales and Baymax) kennels also produced two winners.
This week we have only an 11 race card, due to kennel cough presently making its presence felt, with proceedings kicking off at 2.17pm. There are some nice even fields carded, with Subic Bay appearing again, Subic Bay has box 4 and his arch rival Nangar Star has box three , so that looks like being a good battle.
Labour Weekend Racing
Visitors to Auckland and holidaymakers are welcome to our race meeting on Sunday. We have a 13 race program, starting a little earlier at 2.03, with the last race at 5.43pm.
Our guests on the day include Staff and members of Pats Garage Sports Club. It is always a privilege to entertain their members.
Good fields are assembled with the feature races being the Pat’s Garage Stakes where the C4 middle distance dogs get a race restricted to their own grade this week, and that looks to be a very even line up.
Track record holder Subic Bay heads a quality field in The Howick Club Sprint for the C5 sprinters.
The Quaddie with a Guaranteed Pool of $10,000 is up for grabs again, starting race two, so join us for some good racing on Sunday.
Major Track Upgrade
We have been advised which type of sand would be considered best for our track and are in discussions with NZGRA to finalise this much needed project.
All going well the upgrade will take place on the Monday 31st October and the 1st and 2nd November which will mean there will be no trials meetings that week. We will hopefully able to confirm this on Tuesday
Review 16 October
Finally we had a clear day for racing and we witnessed some very good action. Spud Missile continued on his rich vein of form with a strong all the way win in the Plasterboard Stakes (C5/4).
Subic Bay took full advantage of the trouble in behind him in the Stitches Upholstery Sprint and scored a very easy win.
Ben Craik three winners: Cookie Monster, Formation and Skyler White. Whilst Halley Mullane and Denis Schofield each scored with two runners
Racing This Sunday 16th October
This week we have another 13 race card with some really competitive fields. Hopefully we can gain some relief from this weather and have a fine day for the meeting.
The TAB has again guaranteed a $10 k Quaddie, commencing on race 2.
It is really important the greyhound punters to get ensure we meet in behind this guarantee, so we have a strong case for the guarantee to continue. If in doubt take an easy bet.
It would be nice to see a good crowd for the K9 action this Sunday, so please do join us at Manukau. First race 2.33pm
Racing Review 9th October
Auckland's big wet continued into last weekend causing havoc to the northern galloping meeting scheduled for Saturday. Fortunately we escaped long enough to have the track prepared to a good standard for Manukau Cup race day.
Spud Missile produced a super performance, burning along in front and stopping the clock at a very quick 30.10 seconds to win the $5,000 Manukau Cup for owner Potts and trainer Steve Clark.. Spud Missile has certainly recaptured his best form when you consider he won the Sunline Trophy Stakes (C0-C2)0 in September.
Subic Bay, our track record holder, who seems blessed with the red rug at Manukau was successful in the Qualified Pet Services Sprint, railing inside Nangar Star and proving too strong.
Ben Craik and the Jared Udy & Denise Cottam kennels each produced two wins a piece on a good days racing.
Manukau Cup draws Quality Field
Prophecy heads a quality field in the $5,000 Manukau Cup (R10) on Sunday. He has been freshened since he was a game fifth in the Group 1 Waterloo Cup, 18th September, after chasing Thrilling Boris in vain. The winners time of 29.97 was the first time the 30 second barrier has been broken in the last five years.
Ideally drawn at Box 2 Prophecy should dictate the early pace. His biggest dangers are Global Conquest, Spud Missile and Kimetto. The unknown quantity is Yaps My Mum who last raced on the 14th August at Wanganui.
Best bets of the day would be Subic Bay in the Qualified Pet Services Sprint (R11), the spring find Obstinaus (R7) who is seeking his fifth win on the track and Raging Demon(R12)
The awards associated with the 2015-2016 Racing Season will be presented throughout the meeting.
Farewell Luke Ashby
Sunday is Luke Ashby final day behind the bar as he is heading to Tasmania. Lukes friendly face and top service has been a benchmark at the Stadium for the last six years. On behalf of the Manukau faithful we extend our sincere thanks to Luke and wish him all the best for the future.
The first race on Sunday is at 2.20pm and the $10,000 guaranteed Quaddie commences on race 2.
Review of Sunday 2nd October
The Ardmore Kennels of Thayne Green enjoyed a very good day producing three winners Simply Yeti, Cool Marlow and Cosmic Rover. Whilst on winning a C0 race the manner in which Cosmic Rover drove the rails to win by 3 ½ lengths in a time of 30.73 seconds indicates he is a dog that can be followed in forthcoming races. To top the day off for the property Spotted Flyer recaptured form to win the closing event for Mark & John Smith.
Subic Bay took full advantage of his Box 1 draw to win his thirteenth race on the track in the Greyhound Function centre sprint in a very slick time of 18.25seconds on a track that was not conducive to fast times.
Nominations for Offices
A reminder to AGRC Members that nominations for the office of President and Board Members close on Monday 10th October 2016 at 4pm.
30 September 2016
$10,000 Quaddies Extended
Good news for the punters is that the $10,000 guarantees for the early Quaddie will be continued throughout October.
The early Quaddie (Race 2-2.42pm) on Sunday presents a real challenge with perhaps Denis Schofield trained Blazing Spirit, making his NZ debut, being the potential anchor.
The other highlight on the day is the Greyhound Function Centre Sprint (Race 11) that sees the return to Manukau of Subic Bay to take on a very strong formline field headed by Fantastic Lucy and the NZRS Sprint Series winner Britney Star.
AGRC Members are reminded that there is an Informal Meeting in the Hospitality Room at 1.25pm to consider the Proposed Rule Amendments to be presented at the forthcoming GRNZ Annual Meeting.
Bathroom Upgrade Completed
McGhie Plumbing has returned a sterling effort in coordinating the upgrade of the bathrooms in the Greyhound Lounge. The bathrooms were long overdue for an upgrade and now the rooms look very smart.
Annual General Meeting 31st October 2016
BY now all members should have received the notice of the Annual General meeting to be held on Monday 31st October 2016.
Nominations for the President and a Board Member close on Monday 9th October 2016. Following Steve Clarks resignation from the Board there is a vacancy for a Board Member.
Review Race Meeting Sunday 25th September
Following a weekend of torrential rain Mike Sammons presented a very good track for racing. Throughout the last two months Mike has managed the track well. The exception being Thursday 25th August where light misty rain penetrated the track prior to a period of heavy rain saw the meeting abandoned. We look forward to improved weather to facilitate Fulton Hogan upgrading the cambers and resurfacing the track.
The Steve Clark trained Spud Missile won the feature race the John Palino Friend of the Farmers Café caught the jump and lead early thereby avoiding the skirmish on the first turn that checked several runners. Thereafter he controlled proceedings at fast clip running away to win by 2¼ lengths from Sharella and Global Conquest.
The Bond Cheer Squad excelled in full voice throughout the day with Bob Bond training a hat-trick of winners Made Time, Hallo Star and Hows Your Mum.
Percentage Girl and Belcroft Banker continued the good form of the Laagland Kennel
GRNZ Proposed Rule Amendments
Notice is hereby given that an Informal meeting of members will be held in the Hospitality Room, Greyhound Stadium on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 1.15pm to consider the Proposed Rule Amendments for the 2016 GRNZ Annual Meeting.
Copies of the Amendments can be uplifted from the Administration Office or you can email Robert@greyhounds.co.nz to have a copy to be emailed.
16 September 2016
Its Group 1 Action at Manukau and in the words of Racings George Simon Bring it On
The field assembled Opawa Shackley, the best greyhound racing in New Zealand taking on the emerging talent of Majestic Action and Thrilling Boris. The unique format of this race with the heats staged at Christchurch, Wanganui and Manukau brings another dimension to many of the dogs have not competed recently at Manukau and the box draws is critical.
When you consider the past winners of the Waterloo cup include Thrilling Lucy, magic Spike, Thrilling Shelley, Sergio, Little Mother, Have A Yap Blitzing Mayhem and Dyna Vikkers you realise this race is won by the best. It is Group 1 racing so make sure you are trackside for this race.
Remember the winner has automatic entry to a Semi Final of the $600,000 Melbourne Cup thanks to the Sandown GRC so will take on the best in Australasia
The support card is very strong with the $8,000 NZ Racing Series Sprint Final, including the speedsters Fabrelee, Allegro Class and Tee kay Yapper.
The Delis Sports Bar Clendon Inn (C5) Sprint is an absolute cracker of a field with the highly talented Vegas Burst stepping up to C5 and taking on Fantastic Lucy, Effective Power, My Girl Chloe and the Jean & Dave Fahey trained American Warrior.
For the punters there is a $10,000 Guarantee on the first Quaddie (Race 2) and there is a $5,000 Bonus into First 4 pool on the Waterloo Cup.
Oncourse we have a new competition called Survivor, Legs Eleven and giveaways. Tommy Thompson will be the MC so come along and join us on Sunday at Manukau for our great day.
Our special guests on Sunday are Greg Miller, CEO of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club and David Gleeson, Board member, and their wives Danielle and Pam . We extend to you all very warm welcome to them to Auckland.
We thank to the Board of the Sandown GRC for providing the opportunity for the winner of the Waterloo Cup to have entry into the Melbourne Cup series.
AGRC Board News
Steve Clark has resigned his position from the AGRC Board for personal reasons. We thank Steve for his input whilst on the Board.
The second and final stage of the Bathroom Upgrade in the Greyhound Lounge commences next week. We are hoping this will have no impact on the racing dates and look forward to the project being completed, and presenting much more modern facilities.
Great Days Racing On Sunday
Our thirteen race program on Sunday has assembled a great day of racing.
Spearheaded by two quality Waterloo Cup Heats, races 8 and 9, it was fortunate that we secured enough nominations to run the two heats on Sunday, with Waikato nominations not sufficient to run their heat.
What very competitive fields these heats are with some top quality dogs, some new comers and some promising younger dogs. Two races of this quality is something we have not had at Manukau for some time. Coupled with three NZ Racing Series Sprint Heats and an excellent support card makes for a great days racing.
$10k Guaranteed Quaddies
The risk of placing the $10k guaranteed Quaddie on Race 2 has proved very successful and that guarantee is again there for Sunday.
This Quaddie has a very even C1 middle distance race as its first leg and then the three strong heats of the Sprint series. It presents an excellent challenge for the punters.
Sunday 4th September Review
Last week the winners being very evenly spread among the kennels, Steve Clark and Mike Lozell preparing two winners each.
Spud Missile was impressive in winning the Sunline Trophy.
Global Conquest proved his 35/1 win of the previous week to be no fluke by scoring again, very nicely out in front all the way win in Happy Birthday Carolle Roberts Stakes. Fabrelee indicated that open ranks will not stop her progress in the Carols TAB Clendon Inn Sprint.
Ron O'Regan looks to have a very nice sprinter on his hands with Obstinatus, who again was impressive.
Please join us on Sunday for some top class K9 action at the Manukau stadium, first race 2.16pm
Adam Bailey Report
We have received the report from Adam Bailey , the Australian curator who visited Manukau in July.
He has raised several points of interest that your Board are working through at present and will be making every effort, in conjunction with GRNZ, to make the necessary improvements recommended in the report.
As we progress you will be updated via this column.
Clean Up after Your Dog
Just one issue, trainers and handlers are reminded when emptying your dog(s) prior to kennelling, it is essential that clean up after your dog. Please ensure that all droppings are picked up and placed in the buckets are provided.
We must improve in this area to maintain the correct image.
Review Sunday 28th August
What a difference 3 days makes. We went from a dreadful Thursday night to a very pleasant day on Sunday and had a very good racing surface.
There were some very good performances on Sunday, none better than Vegas Burst who graduated to open class in the C4 sprint. scoring in 18.17 seconds . My word there will be some grand sprints coming up in open grade, with some very quick dogs around at the moment.
The Happy Birthday Carolle Roberts, C5 527metres, was won by rank outsider Global Conquest for Wayne & Tracy Steele who did it in front all the way. The odds a season high at 35/1. Subic Bay scored again in the C5 sprint
Ben Craik scored a treble with Sometime Soon, Sharella and Formation. Denis Schofield and the Ron & Nyomi O'Regan team had doubles.
Fathers Day Sunday 4th September
This Sunday we again have a thirteen races, starting at 2.11pm. Nice fields are carded particularly for the Sunline Trophy Stakes and the Carols TAB Clendon Inn Sprint.
There is a $10k guaranteed Quaddie is available on Race 2. This is proving very popular.
If you are looking to take the family out to celebrate Fathers Day we would welcome you on course this Sunday for the action and hopefully some successful punting.
26th August 2016
The Auckland weather trapped us on Thursday night, with continual rain putting the track in a condition that meant safe racing could not be guaranteed. It was one of those situations that we may have been ok, but there also could have been issues. Animal welfare is paramount. It is the very last thing that we want to do is loose a meeting and we will continue to our very best to provide opportunities, but this race meeting was one that could not be proceeded with.
Lets hope that the weather improves for Sunday.
Review 21st August
Last week Dennis Schofield scored with three runners, Whilst Steve Clark and the Jarrod Udy & Denise Cottam each produced two winners.
It was great to see Prophecy return to his best for Glennis Farrell in the Hewlett Electrical Stakes (C5). This dog is big on ability and has had a number of issues, so the success is deserved. Glennis has her team really firing at present.
Track record holder, Subic Bay, was in the Winners Circle again and Zipping Link looked very good in claiming kennel mate Lochinvar Marlow in the Trophies Plus Stakes (C3).
Sunday 28th August 2016
This week we have another 13 race card, starting at 2.16pm. Again the early Quaddie, commencing on race 2, is guaranteed at $10k. The greyhound punters have certainly enjoyed the guarantees and it is very satisfying to see the guarantees been met.
We are still trying very hard to get a Terminating Pick6 on a Sunday afternoon. Figures confirm we deserve this betting type and we will keep you up to date with our efforts.
There are some nice dogs on display this Sunday making for very competitive racing, so join us trackside for the action from 2.16pm.
19th August 2016
What a difference a week makes with Auckland enjoying a week of beautiful fine days and we may well get a fine day for Sunday's thirteen race card.
Starter and Lure Driver
We are currently seeking a starter and lure driver (commencing duties in March 2017). For further details see Situations Vacant
New racing vests are being sourced from Australia, it will take 4-/6 weeks for the order to be delivered, but the situation is in hand.
Racing Review 21st August
Last week in the NZ Racing Series Graduation Final, C2/3 middle distance chasers, saw Miss Velocette jumped from the red rug and held the front all the way. Opawa Kuru finished strongly for second and Sharella held on to the third placing.
This was a great tonic for the Laagland kennels as neither Leo nor Henny have been in the best of health lately. They certainly had a day to remember, as they took the first two placings with Belcroft Banker and Kimetto in the C5 Hewlett Electrical Stakes. Congratulations to all involved on a job well done.
Denis Schofield produced four winners, with Lochinvar Brogue being most impressive in his NZ debut. He looks to have a very bright future here. The James Black-Alyesha Steele team produced two winners.
GRNZ Chief Executive Officer
We will be welcoming Phil Holden the CEO of GRNZ to our August Board meeting to be held on Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Racing this Week
This Sunday we are away at the earlier time of 1.53 pm and have a very nice days racing carded. . The Quaddie starting on race two again has the $10k guarantee and it just so pleasing to see us continue to reach that guarantee.
Join us at Manukau for the action and hopefully some punting success.
The battle through winter continues on , but at least we have had a couple of ok days during this week and lets hope that we get a fine day for the races on Sunday.
You will have noticed advertisements for a lure driver for the Northern Region and a starter for Auckland. The starters position is vacant now and we will be seeking the right person straight away.
The Lure Drivers position is not vacant until March 2017 when the wonderful Erena retires, but it is essential that her replacement is given as much training as possible by the best in the business, hence the early advertisement.
Administration Office Upgrade
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be repainting the offices, downstairs kitchen, hospitality room and passages. It needs a spruce up and will be completed by own resources, hence the cost will be minimal. This will be fitted in amongst other duties but John Dearsly has considerable painting experience, so we will leave the project in his capable hands.
We have had confirmation that two senior board members from the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club will be on course for the Waterloo Cup Final on 18th September 2016.
We are pleased to confirm that the winner of the Waterloo Cup will gain automatic entry into a semi-final of the Melbourne Cup. This is a very generous gesture by the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club, as we all know that the Melbourne Cup is the richest Greyhound race in the world. More news on the Waterloo Cup will be made over the next week or two.
Sunday 7th August Review
Last Sunday we saw heats for the NZRS Graduation Series for the C2/3 chasers. The heat winners, Opawa Kuru and Opawa Zena who ran similar times ,so a grand final looks on the cards. It is scheduled for Race 4 at 3.18pm and forms part of our $10k guaranteed early Quaddie.
There was a real spread of trainers having success on Sunday with only Dennis Schofield having two wins, plus he also trained a trifecta in the C2/3 527mtr event.
It was most pleasing to see the early Quaddie exceed its $10k guarantee. As you know , we have the guarantee for August and September , so it would be tremendous if we could keep the momentum going . The more ammunition we get , the more I will continue to seek bigger guarantees for our loyal greyhound punters to chase down.
This Sunday we have thirteen races carded for Sunday , kicking away at 2.15pm. Please join us on course at Manukau for some excellent K9 action
5th August 2016
Grand Season Finale
Firstly our thanks e greyhound punters who showed great support and loyalty to the code during the Terminating Pick6 during July, this support culminated in a sensational pool of nearly $39k last Sunday.
This certainly gives us ammunition to put forward a strong case to the NZRB for further pick six pools.
We have managed to gain a $10k guaranteed Quaddies every Sunday throughout August and September. It was thought prudent to try and maximise betting and have therefore opted to have the guarantee on the early Quaddie that commences on race two..
The Laaglands kennels had a day to remember, producing three good winners- Kimetto, Percentage Girl and Belcroft Banker, on the day and all returning good odds. It was a great effort from Henny and Leo and all concerned.
Congratulations also to Richard Jones, Chris Sonua, Roy Thomson and Craig Rendle who part own Subic Bay, who wrapped up GRNZ Sprinter of the Year Award. This dog raced at Auckland a lot during the season and had a real affinity with the trackand also now owns the 318mt track record.
Craig Rendle Re-appointed
Congratulations to Craig Rendle on been re-appointed, unopposed, as the Northern Region Representative on Greyhound Racing New Zealand. Craig has served the region well during his first term.
Sunday 7th August
This Sunday we have a thirteen race card starting at 2.15pm.There are some handy dogs engaged and with the lure of a guaranteed $10,000 Quaddie early on the card, we would love to see as many as possible at Manukau on Sunday.
29th July 2016
Last Sunday we endured heavy showers throughout the meeting but the track stood up well and the racing was good.
Denis Schofields kennels certainly is on a winning roll at present and bagged another five victories, including a quinella. He certainly has some nice dogs in his kennels at present.
The C5 races were won by Yap's My Mum, Plasterboard Stakes over the 527metre with a strong front running display. While Subic Bay continued his love affair with Manukau in the Happy Birthday Craig Rendle Sprint and in doing so moved to a narrow lead in the GRNZ Sprinter of the Year contest.
SPEC LURE ARM
Following feedback from trainers you may have noticed that modifications have been made to the Spec Lure Arm and this is now ready for trialling.
Over the next three weeks the following opportunities for trialling the Spec Lure Arm will be available:
* Wednesday Trials
The trials will start with all pre-arranged (notified by 12 noon on Tuesday) requests for the traditional arm and thereafter the Spec Arm will be used.
* Sunday Spec Arm Field Trials
Ideally these will comprise a minimum of 4 dogs and will be filmed by Trackside to enable GRNZ, Club and trainers to fully analyse the races. Reserve dog and other Field trials will be with the traditional lure.
Note all Tuesday trials will be with the traditional lure.
We thank you for your support in trialling this Spec Arm and would appreciate your continued feedback.
$25k Terminating Pick6
The on course syndicate shared in the payout in last weeks pick six, though we certainly didn't get rich on it. This week we have the final of the $25k terminators allotted for the month of July. It has been great to see the turnover over the guarantee and lets see if we can finish in style.
The $10 per share tickets will be available on course again and lets hope that we can get the right K9's up .
For the months of August and September we have been advised that a guaranteed $10k Quaddie will be available on a Sunday afternoon at Manukau. We will keep you informed.
Hopefully we can get some reasonable weather over the weekend and get through a days racing without the rain. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at the track on Sunday. First race 2.17pm.
22nd July 2016
The winter weather is certainly hanging around Auckland, with a week of rain and strong winds. It's certainly that time of the year but we just have to keep going and at least we have had some good K9 action to assist us through.
Our General Manager, Robert Death, is progressing well after his recent operation and we certainly wish him all the very best during his recovery period.
Last week we saw the running of the Auckland Derby. It was won very nicely by Cawbourne Cooks who held off a late charge by Opawa Norris with Joe Joe completing the trifecta. Track specialist and record holder Subic Bay scored in the C5 sprint, gunning down the very game Bright Star. Skuzi scored a strong win in the C5 527 mts event. Visiting trainer Lisa Ahern stole the honours with three winners and Dennis Schofield produced a double.
This Sunday we certainly hope for better conditions, as we have a nice program carded. The $25k terminating Pick6 is again up for grabs. Last week our on course syndicate had 5 winners, close but no cigar. The $10 a share tickets will be available on course and we will be doing our absolute best to reward are faithful supporters.
If your free on Sunday afternoon, we certainly will welcome you to Manukau for the action, remember we are fully enclosed and have refreshments on course at very reasonable prices.
15th July 2016
We are certainly in the middle of winter, with some very cool weather around and plenty of rain. So far we have managed well and long may it continue.
The lure arm has been modified, after speaking with trainers, and should be ready to trial next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please give feedback and further suggestions, because we want to get this right.
There is a Clubs Meeting on Saturday 30th July. This is to discuss the new Constitution and other than drafting alterations, there does not appear to be anything new since the last proposal that has already been discussed. We will keep you right up to date with progress.
Remits are being put forward for consideration prior to the AGM by the clubs. AGRC members will be consulted at an informal meeting prior to the AGM in October to discuss these remits.
Last week we again reached the $25k guarantee of the pick six, which was no mean feat, considering the amount of money that flooded into Lotto the previous day. This is very pleasing. Lets keep proving to the TAB that we deserve these guarantees.
We will again have our on course syndicate running this Sunday at $10per share and it must be about time we hit form. . It was great to see an on course punter share in last weeks $15k payout. Congratulations to that punter, very well done.
Last week we saw some very good racing, including Cawbourne Brick confirming his liking of the Manukau track in the C5 527mtr event. The C5 sprint saw and amazing line of all runners for the first 75 or so meters before Stylish Fancy zipped round the outside to claim victory.
Dennis Schofield produced three winners, including two quinellas and he has a couple of very handy looking dogs coming through the grades. Phil Green and Rob Roper also produced doubles.
This Sunday we have twelve races and some very good fields, including the Auckland Derby. It would be great to see a big ground on course to chase the Pick Six pool.
9th July 2016
Adam Bailey Visit
Last week we had respected Victorian Track Curator Adam Bailey oncourse to work alongside our track staff Mike Sammons and John Dearsly which was excellent. We are confident that our track staff have gained additional knowledge and we await his report and recommendations with keen interest.
$25,000 Terminating Pick6
Last Sunday the punters sent the Pick6 in excess of $28,000 which was great. The challenge was too great for many with the pool being distributed on the count back to five winners with a full unit returning $3k.
Remember we have $25k terminating Pick6s throughout July. It would be satisfying if we could reach or exceed the guarantee throughout the month. Don't forget a percentage bet can win the entire pool.
Indications are that we will get $10,000 guaranteed Quaddies in August and September which again is very pleasing and we hope it will stimulate our oncourse turnovers.
Spec Arm Lure
The Spec Arm Lure has been trialed for the last two weeks and after consulting with the LPS is being modified and hopefully will be available for next weeks trials. The pre race trials this Sunday will be with the traditional arm.
We appreciate the feedback we have been given and will be working alongside you in testing the revamped Spec Arm. it is absolutely imperative that we get this right before we are to move forward.to field trials.
last Sunday saw Bright Star return to the winners' list in the Hewlett Electrical Sprint, an absolute marvel after a litter of pups, being nearly six years old and crossing from the outside box. Remember that was an open class sprint, so well done to the grand sprinter and her owner /trainer Bob Bond.
Rangariri trainer Denis Schofield produced four winners, including Yap's My mum who led all the way in the C5 Plasterboard Ltd Stakes and held a very good field at bay in a time of 30.46 seconds. Other winners were Good return, Fantastic Ava and Rockin Fancy
Jared Udy & Denise Cottam had a double with Waerenga Star and Rocky McAwesome
Racing this Sunday
We again have a thirteen race programme kicking off at 2.17pm. Good fields have been assembled and will offer another challenge to the Pick6 investors. We will have our AGRC Pick6 Syndicate, tickets being just $10.,
This Sunday we have Adam Bailey,a very well respected track curator,from Victoria on course.He will be advising our track people during the day and making suggestions how we can further improve our track.
LP's are welcome to meet Adam and put forward their own questions during the day.
During July, we have a $25k terminating pick six every Sunday at Manukau.It is imperative that we show the TAB that we can reach that guarantee,so we seek all greyhound punters support in chasing the big pools.
We will have an on course syndicate at $10 per share available on course and the tipsters will be after the gold on behalf of the syndicate.
26 June 2016
We had an excellent day's racing last week with Gary Cleeve again confirming his dominance of the NZ Sires Produce Race, not only winning it with Know Jinx, but producing the first four home. Congratulations to the kennel,a super achievement.
The C5 527m event produced a grandstand finish with Joe Joe just nailing Prophecy on the line with Sharella inline as well.Great to have a high grade 527m event on the card. Nangar Star returned to the winners Dias in the open sprint race and Simple and Plain scored again to keep her form line intact.
We again have some excellent fields carded for Sunday,so join us at Manukau in the chase for the Pick Six
New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes
Christchurch trainer Garry Cleeve is seeking his fifth consecutive win in the New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes on Sunday. He has a strong hand to attack the race with five starters headed by Know Decision, who was placed third in the Plasterboard Auckland Cup. The Northern Region has just one runner Our Heisenberg.
This race is complemented by a strong support card and we look forward to an excellent day's racing on Sunday. First race is at 2.23pm
Spec Arm Lure
As many of you will be aware the Club, in conjunction with GRNZ, are going to be trialling a 'Spec Arm' lure over the next two weeks . The trials with the arm will be the first trials at each day. Those trainers wanting the existing arm that will be available after the 'Spec Arm' trials.
We will be looking to use the 'Spec Arm' lure for the field trials prior to the race meeting to be held on the 10th July 2016.
it is very important that we get your feedback on the 'Spec Arm' so please share your thoughts with Robert or any Board Member.
It is hoped that the 'Spec Arm' will improve safety aspects of racing, particularly at the first bend and in the catching area. It is essential that we are al comfortable with are aspects of the trialling the 'Spec Arm'.
We welcome the news from GRNZ that nine dogs, previously we were required to have 10 dogs, will now make up a sprint field. This will assist in providing racing opportunities for the higher grades. The number of dogs nominating for C4 and C5 has reduced significantly over the last twelve months.
Your Board has approved changes to the Field Directive relating to High Grade meetings. A copy of the Field Directive can be found under the selection Criteria tab.
Adam Baily, a very highly respected Victorian track curator, will be visiting the track on the 2nd and 3rd July. He will spend time with our track staff Mike Sammons and John Dearsly to review and discuss track preparation. Hopefully we can source any ideas to further improve our track and greyhound safety.
Bathroom Upgrade Project
McGhie Plumbing this week commenced the bathroom upgrade in the Greyhound Lounge by installing the new vanities. The second part of this project is the replacing of the cubicles and pans.
19 June Review
Last week we saw some very good racing with track record holder Subic Bay scoring in avery quick 18.26 in the Carol's TAB Clendon Inn Sprint.
Sharella was very brave in winning the feature race the Stitches Upholstery Stakes over fantastic Ricki and Calypso Star. Her win completed the hatrick of wins for trainer Ben Craik , who had won earlier in the day with Mittyesque and Formation.
Jarrard Udy and Denise Cottam also had a good training Fortis Fiona and Fortis Flier to win.
Plasterboard Ltd Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Review
Cambridge trainer Arch Lawrence and wife Gloria were very nervous prior to the running of 'Our Great Race' but litter sisters Teemaria and Shandell gave no cause for concern running the quinella. Most saw Shandell as the logical winner, but Teemaria stole a march on her prior to the home straight and recorded a very strong victory.
Seeking Justice, the Australian visitor was a game third.
Congratulations to Arch and his family on a tremendous result in a race he loves.
A very special thanks to Roy Thomson and Jim Sirey for their wonderful sponsorship of the great race.
Joe Joe, trained v by James Black & Aleshya Steele scored a strong win in the Peter Earley Classic and Speedy Beat emerged out f the rain the victor in the Hifi Allegro Sprint.
It was of particular interest to see the $10k Guaranteed Quaddie pool swell to $22k. Your Board made strenuous attempts to get the TAB to support the day with a Guaranteed Quaddie and we were delighted with the result.
We can confirm that a further approach has been made to the NZRB, via NZGRA, to put in place a $10k Guaranteed Quaddie each and every Sunday at Manukau for a twelve month period. The Club and the greyhound code deserves some support if we are to grow turnover and we will not be relenting on this issue. You will kept up to date with our quest via this site.
Sunday 19th June
This Sunday we have a Low Grade Meeting that has generated an interesting and challenging card of betting. The first race is at 2.24pm and the last race is scheduled for 5.48pm .
If you are in the Auckland area we encourage you to come along and join us at the Manukau Stadium.
Last Sunday was heats day for 'Our Great Race' and we trea ted to a power display of galloping by a champion staying bitch Shandell. She blitzed her rivals in the quickest time of the two heats and after drawing box two in the Final will be one of the shortest price favourites to start in the Silver Collar.
Trainer Arch Lawrence also qualified Teemaria, who could be the big improver from the heats, who has already proved she can back up in a heats and final situation in the Wanganui Stayers Cup.
Master trainer Ray Adcock also qualified two for the Final Catch Me Tim, who adopted front running tactics and hanging on to score over Teemaria, and Willis.
Seeking Justice, the Australian visitor, was a bold second to Shandell for Denis Schofield. Seeking Justice will gain significant improvement from his first look at the track.
Congratulations to all finalists and we wish everyone the best of luck in chasing down the $80,000 in is time honoured event.
Yap's Me Mum was a convincing winner of the Auckland Oaks scoring an all the way win over kennelmate Fantastic Ricki.
Have A Yap, the dam of Yap's Me Mum, was also an Auckland Oaks winner, so a wonderful result for owner-trainer Denis Schofield and his hard working team.
Sunday 12 June
We welcome Phil Holden, recently appointed CEO of Greyhound Racing New Zealand, to his first race meeting in the Northern Region.
Complementing the Plasterboard Ltd Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar on Sunday is a very strong support card including the Peter Earley Classic, Hifi Allegro Sprint, Major John Blakeley Memorial Stakes and the Greyhounds North Distance Feature.
The NZRB have come to the party with a Terminating Quaddie with a Guaranteed Pool of $10,000 commencing on race 9.
Tom Thompson will again be the Master Of Ceremonies on the day.
Plasterboard Ltd Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar
Well it has rolled around to winter again and of course that means it is time for 'Our Great Race' the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar.
The 46th edition of the Silver Collar is presented in association with valued sponsors Plasterboard Ltd and we thank Roy Thomson and Jim Sirey for their generous sponsorship.
There are two very good heats which have assembled the best available stayers from throughout the country, including the 2015 GRNZ Stayer of the Year Shandell. There is also an Australian representative Seeking Justice who has entered the kennel of Denis Schofield for the series. Seeking Justice won the Group 1 Sky Racing Galaxy Distance, 719 metres, at Cannington and with 21 wins from 51 starts he certainly adds an interesting dimension to the Series.
The box draw for the $80,000 Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar will take place in the Greyhound Lounge on Sunday afternoon.
The $8,000 Auckland Oaks and the inaugural Sunline Trophy Stakes headline a very strong support card on Sunday afternoon. Certainly a day to ensure you catch the action Trackside.
Punters' Pot of Gold
Punters we continue with our pursuit for a 'Pot of Gold' for you to pursue at our weekly meetings. Our latest request is for a $25k terminating Pick6 and a$10k Guaranteed Quaddie next Sunday. We certainly have had no favours in recent times with guaranteed pools to drive turnover to the next level, so we wait with interest to the outcome of our latest request.
Remember to get your entry in for our $1,000 Punters Challenge oncourse next Sunday.
Racing Review 29 May
Last weekend Auckland endure a huge amount of rain but our track held up really very well and provided good safe going.
Gimme Hot Chips, the greyhound that The Rock FM personalities share in the ownership, ran a very bold second at her first start. It was good to see the crew oncourse to enjoy the occasion. Gimme Hot Chips races again on Sunday.
Visiting trainer Lisa Ahern and Ben Craik both produced two winners on the day. The Performance of the Day was Effective Power winning the Greyhound Function Centre Sprint (C4) in 18.45.
Racing Review 2 June
Thursday night's racing was highlighted by Vegas's firstly the Peter Henley trained Vegas Burst winning the C1 sprint in 18.49 and then Crying In Vegas, trained by Steve Clark convincingly winning the Greyhounds North Maiden Distance (603m) in 35.52
There were nine teams in the Last One Standing competition with two teams still competing in the last race of the competition. Congratulations to 'Poker Dogs', the winning team who collected the $250 giving them an all win of $405.
We have been in contact with the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club and are very pleased to confirm that the winner of 2016 Waterloo Cup will again be exempt from the ballot and progress straight to the Semi Finals of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup. We are very grateful to maintain this arrangement with the Sandown Club and are hoping that we will have some of their Board of Directors here for the Waterloo Cup race meeting .
Racing Review 22 May 2016
Cambridge trainer Bob Bond produced a double, Made Time and On Demand, early in the day. This feat was repeated by Mr Mumbles and Sacred You Can to give Ron & Nyomi O'Regan two winners and not to be outdone Denis Schofield produced Fantastic Rikki and Lovely Rita to win.
The Performance of the Day was Yeboah who won the Deli's Sports Bar Clendon Inn Sprint in a very slick 18.27 on a rain affected track.
Simple And Plain contiunue her winning sequence making it five wins from five starts in NZ. She now to step up in distance to contest the Auckland Oaks.
Sunday 29th May 2016
We will be welcoming to the Stadium members of the Mangawhai Club to our 10 race programme.
This meeting is the final qualifying races for the quarterly Sunline Trophy for middle distance dogs. The enhancements to the Series appear to have generated a good field of emerging middle distance dogs to contest the inaugural running of the $3,000 Sunline Trophy Stakes.
The C5 DogZone Sprint (Race 10) will highlight the racing on the day with Subic Bay heading a field of very potent sprinters. The balance of the card is very even and will be a good challenge to punters, especially the last Quaddie. Note that the new NZRB Rules of Quaddies are introduced this week so if the early Quaddie is not struck the pool carries forward to the second Quaddie.
Make sure you are trackside to catch the action.
Footnote Winter has certainly arrived in Auckland with plenty of rain around that the catchment from the Stadium roof filling the tanks. There was no need to call on the waterbore.
22 May 2016
Upgrade to Courtyard
Your Board has approved an upgrade to the turning bay in the courtyard of the Implement Shed. This will involve the installation of some concrete pads and retaining walls. The improvements will be an assist with the tractor and other vehicles coming off the track. They have also approved the construction of a new gate in this area, which is well overdue.
Rules of Greyhound Racing New Zealand
It is that time of year again when the remits for new or amendments to the existing Rules of New Zealand Greyhound Racing need to be forwarded to GRNZ.
If you wish to amend an existing Rule of have an overview of a new Rule please see either Robert Death or any AGRC Board Member or email email@example.com before the 25th May 2016.
Note you do not have to re-draft the Rule or write the proposed Rule all you need is to forward the concept.
Racing Review 15th May 2016
The Denis Schofield juggernaut rolls on with the kennel producing three winners namely Calamity Free, Lochinvar Belle and Stylish Fancy.
Whilst Ben Craik produced a double with litter brothers Von Trapp and Cookie Monster. Wayne & Tracy Steele also produce two winners Opawa Uno and Opawa Kuru. In fact they trained the trifecta in Opawa Kurus race a very fine effort.
Racing Again on Sunday
We again have a thirteen race programme, starting at 2.19pm and finishing at 5.55pm. We have some visiting trainers, Lisa Ahern and Jake Bell, with runners engaged throughout the day that also adds another dimension to the racing.
Silver Collar Quiz
Keep a look out on the website for the Silver Collar quiz, your chance to win a $50 bet Allup bet on Plasterboard Ltd Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar day.
Health & Safety Update
During the course of this week Adam Smith, John Roberts and Robert Death had a walk around the entire complex, including the perimeter of the track, Grandstand and Kennelling Area. Some issues that need attention were highlighted, some minor and some will require considerable expenditure. These will be discussed at the next Board meeting (Tuesday 17th May 2016) and and prioritised. It is essential that we try to keep on top of things before they become problems.
318 metre Starting Boxes.
The 318 metre starting boxes functioned as they should at last Sunday's Race meeting. We are a long way from being satisfied with their overall performance of the boxes and will continue the process to ensure satisfaction from the manufacturer
Review of 8th May 2016
Last week we saw James Black & Alyesha Steele's (Opawa Poppy & Scott My Money) Steve Clark's (Eva Kaneva & Yeboah) and Jared Udy & Denise Cottam ( Fortis Flier & Kapai Lana) kennels each secure two wins on the day.
The top class sprinter Yeboah was very impressive winning in a slick 18.20.
But it was a day to remember for Richard Jones when the first dog he trains, Becoming Paw, scored at it's very first start for Richard in the C4 Deli's Sports Bar Clendon Inn Sprint. They say box speed is gold and Becoming Paw flew the boxes and held on to score bravely at very generous odds. Well done Richard, an impressive effort.
Sunday 15th April 2016
This Sunday we have a 13 race card starting at 2.24pm and finishing at 6.03pm. The highlight of the day will be Yeboah starting from box 1 in Race 10 Carol's TAB Clendon Inn Sprint. He is an exceptional sprinter so will be worth a look. If you cannot make it to the Stadium check it out on Trackside Television.
PlasterBoard Ltd Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar
Plan to be part of 'Our Great Race' the Silver Collar action by checking the Silver Collar tab. Details of Reserved Tables options plus there is a Silver Collar Punters' Challenge, $1,000 must be won
7th May 18
318metre Starting Boxes
As you are aware the 318metre starting boxes have been causing numerous problems to the Club in recent times and in fact have not been totally satisfactory since they were delivered in October 2015. We have had continual issues with them and as we have fixed one issue another occurs.
A 'new' solenoid was delivered late Thursday afternoon. On inspection our staff recognised the solenoid as one returned to the supplier for maintenance. On installation it quickly obvious that they work had been completed on the solenoid. It is destined to be returned to Wanganui. The original solenoid has been re-installed and Hewlett Electrical Ltd have reviewed all of electrics. Further adjustments have been made to the mechanism and boxes fully tested. The boxes are operating effectively and hopefully resolved the issues of last Sunday.
Your Board knows exactly how annoying these ongoing issues are but we have not left anything to chance in our care and maintenance of these boxes and are fast becoming very frustrated with their performance.
On the other hand the new 527metre boxes appear to work perfectly though they do not get the race day or trial use of the 318metre boxes.
Be assured we will be cracking the whip at the maker of these boxes to improve the standards. The starting boxes, as we all know, are a most vital piece of the equipment in greyhound racing.
Note trials next week will be confined to Wednesday 11th May 2016 only. The weather forecast looks good and Fulton Hogan have been confirmed to complete the quarterly recambering of the track on Monday. We maybe over cautious but we are confining the trials to Wednesday to provide sufficent time to ensure this work is completed and the track is prepared for the trials
To assist trainers with breaking dogs in from the starting boxes the Club are offering a second jump out. Club members pay for the first trial ($7) and the second jump out on the same day is free. The only stipulation is that the neither trial, i e first or second trial, can be the full 318m journey. It is purely designed to help with box practice, e.g jumping from the 318m boxes and pulling up at the end of the back straight.
Hopefully this will assist young dogs in becoming confident in the boxes. As always we welcome any feedback on this idea.
Review Sunday 1st May
Last week saw the Craik and Schofield Kennels produce two winners on the day. There are some very smart younger dogs coming through the ranks presently , Simple And Plain being one of these. She looks to have a big motor and greyhound supporters will follow her progress with interest.
This week we have a twelve race card. Note due to there being four domestic meetings we have a slightly later starting time of 2.43pm
Glamour sprinter Yeboah is opposed buy a nice field in Race 11- DogZone Sprint, including Bright Star resuming after a let up.
The rest of the card has some nice K9s engaged so join us for the action on Sunday afternoon.
During the week LED lights have been installed in the area covering the finishing post. The lights were used for the first time on Thursday night and cast a much improved brightness around that area. This should enhance those photographs on the Winner's Podium.
Weather permitting Fulton Hogan will undertake the quarterly re-cambering on the track on Monday 9th May 2016. Should the work proceed there will only be Wednesday trials that week.
Good news filtered through from the Racing Safety & Development Board with the approval of a grant for the Club to upgrade the bathrooms in the Greyhound Lounge. We need now just to co-ordinate the contractors involved to get this project started. The project will possibly be broken down to areas, with the vanities being replaced first as the current ones are in very poor state. The GRNZ also received a grant to complete the security camera project. Cameras will be installed in the Trainers' Car Park and overlooking the entire track.
Hewlett Electrical Ltd
We welcome Hewlett Electrical Ltd as a new sponsor to the Club. John Hewlett and his team do a superb job on our major electrical projects and maintenenance. Their hoarding by the 318 metre starting boxes is impressive.
Sunday 24th April
On Sunday 24th April Denis Schofield gained four wins (Lucky Collect, Nangar Gem, Stylish Fancy & Oscar Tron) whilst James Black & Alyesha Steele ( Idol Gee & Uno Nathan) and Ben Craik (Prairie Kachina & Von Trapp) each trained two winners. The most impressive performance of the day was Calypso Star in the Plasterboard Stakes. A recent import into Karen Walsh's kennel this win was his second win for the week after scoring at Cambridge during the week.
Bee Litcher rewarded part owner Barry Litcher for attending the meeting. This win being the first Barry has witnessed. Other owners were labelling Barry as a jinx.
The members of the Howick Club enjoyed their afternoon and indicated that they will be returning on for the heats of the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Heats on the 5th June.the
Thursday 28th April
James Black & Alyesha Steele ( Scott No Limbs & Scott No Odds) , Ben Craik ( Plain And Simple & Speed Lorde ) and Denis Schofield ( Stylish Fancy & Fantastic Rikki ) each train two winners.
It was good to see Yeboah back in winning form. After a false start due to a mechanical fault in the boxes he jumped to the lead and never looked in danger of defeat.
Talking of C5 sprinters earlier in the night Bright Star completed the obligatory Satisfactory Trial , after being a mum, and will more than likely return to racing on Mothers' Day, Sunday 8th May.
Performance of the Night would be Plain And Simple she simply outclassed the Cl sprinters winning by 9 lengths in a good time of 18.34 seconds,
The Last One Standing Competition proved too big of a challenge four the nine teams that entered the competition. This competition will be held again at out next Thursday night meeting on the 9th June.
Middle Distance Racing
First it was distance racing now it is middle distance races that are becoming a major concern. Currently we cannot provide regular racing opportunities in all grades. In fact we are reliant on combing grades to provide racing.
Your Board is exploring ways to revitalise middle distance racing as follows;
- The revamped Sunline Trophy Series for C0- C2 grades. The cash bonuses will be paid out for the first quarter on the 31st May and the inaugural Sunline Trophy Stakes ($3,000) will be held on the 5th June 2016
- Scheduled regular features for all grades.
- Scheduling monthly Heats & Final Series for C0 greyhounds. The stakes for the Finals will be $3,000 if the heats are staged and $2,500 if the series is a Final only
The Board has also made a submission to the GRNZ Board to review standard stake levels for all middle distance grades for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season
Sam Fletcher Memorial Stakes
The Sam Fletcher Memorial Stakes was won by the Prophecy,owned and trained by Glennis Farrell, in the time of 30.65. It was pleasing to see Prophecy return to the winner's podium after being plagued by injury throughout the summer.
Mrs Avis Fletcher and family were oncourse for the running of the event and indications are that the family wishes the event to become an annual feature.
The other feature on the day the New Zealand Racing Novice Series Final was won by Fortis Flier. Raced by the Ownagreyhound.co .nz (managed by Adam Smith) did not get everything her own way this time and had to run down the pacemaking Scott No Value in the home straight.
Thrilling Forest provided Jarod Udy and Denise Cottam with there second winner on the day. Others trainers with two winners were Denis Schofield ( Zipping Dee & Zipping Steve) and Lisa Ahern ( Sweet Lovin & Speedy Beat)
It proved to be a challenging day for the Punters - the winners were well rewarded with Place 6 paying $400. The final Quaddie ( Jump On it -$9, Speedy Beat- $15, Kimetto - $6 and Sprite Of Time - $$15) proved too tough. The unstruck pool of $4,300 disappearing from the greyhound code to subsidise equine Turbo Quaddies. Just image what our pools would get to if the the NZRB would provide a Sunday afternoon Guaranteed Quaddie .
Updates from the Board Meeting include
- Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar
The Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Series has been revamped. The heats will be staged on Sunday 5 June 2016 for a stake of $3,500 and the Group 1 Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Final will be run on Sunday 12th June 2016 for a stake of $80,000.
Rather than a Consolation an Invitation Distance will be carded for a stake of $6,000. All of these races are over the distances of 779 metres..
- Health & Safety
The Club's Healh & Safety was reviewed. In accordance with a directive from GRNZ all Trainers and Handlers will be inducted to the Scheme. This is not a major timewise so please co-operate when the Induction Form is presented to you for signoff. Remember if you have any safety concerns regarding our race and trial meetings please do not hesitate to liaise with our Health & Safety Officers
Note the Board has approved that race and trial days only Licensed Trainers , Handlers and Catchers can handle dogs.
- Track Recambering
Fulton Hogan will be completing the quarterly recambering of the track in May. We will keep you informed on time frames and any changes to trial days.
- Andrew Coker Retirement
Andrew Coker has announced his retirement and will finish up with the Club on Friday 29th April 2016. Andrew has been with the Club since January 2005 in the roles of Track Curator and more recently Groundsperson. Andrew takes with him a wealth of knowledge on track preparation. A presentation will be made to Andrew on Thursday to acknowledge his service to the Club.
Racing this Week
There is a twelve race card on Sunday 24th April 2016, being a holiday weekend any visitors to Auckland would be welcomed oncourse. First race is at 2.29pm and the last is at 5.55pm
The feature race being the Howick Club Stakes.
Then we race again on Thursday , 28th April , with the feature race being the Andrew Coker Retirement Stakes. First race 4.28pm. This night will also feature the popular oncourse promotion Last One Standing.
14 April 2016
Race Meeting 17th April
Sam Fletcher Memorial Stakes
Sunday's race meeting sees the running of the Sam Fletcher Memorial Stakes. Sam passed away on the 11th February 2016, aged 93. He was a life Member of the Club and Patron.
His contribution to greyhound racing and the Club is recounted by fellow Life Member Thayne Green.
"'New Zealand greyhound racing is indebted to Sam Fletcher for his valued contribution as an Administrator. I, as chairman of the development committee to establish Manukau Greyhound Stadium, spent many hours with Sam and Sir Barry Curtis, Mayor of Manukau City at the time and friend of Sam, at meetings and completing various submissions and plans. In getting the project started, it was because of Sam we the members, owners and trainers have this wonderful facility,
Sam in later years was in a rest home but in regular calls to me he kept up with what was happening in the greyhound industry and the Auckland Club. If any bad publicly appeared in the newspaper or on radio I could guarantee a phone call. My last call was about 6 weeks before his passing he could not speak, but I knew he wanted and update on what was happening. The Auckland Club owes a lot to Sam, who will live on in the memory of those that knew him and worked with him'
Avis, Sam's wife, and rgeir family will be on track on Sunday.
Carol's TAB Manurewa Farewell
Sunday's running of the Carols TAB Manurewa Sprint draws to an end a naming rights sponsorship with the Club that has spanned three decades.
This week Carol Delamore concludes her contracts with the New Zealand Racing Board. During that time Carol has developed and maintained the TAB at Manurewa to be one of the highest turnover TABs in the country. This is a remarkable achievement in the ever changing landscape of the gambling industry.
The good news for the Club is that Carol & Brian are going to focus on their latest project the Clendon Inn, with Carols TAB at the Clendon Inn being one of their promotional tools.
The Club is grateful that Carol & Brian have indicated that they wish to continue their association with the Club. So in today we say Farewell to Carols TAB Manurewa and welcome Carols TAB at the Clendon Inn.
It is a 12 race meeting with the first race 2.24pm and last race 5.36pm
Don't forget Legs Eleven ' - Your chance to experience the thrill of racing a greyhound for a stake of $500 continues throughout April. Last week's winner Darryl drewtalkin Fancy , the winner of race 11, and Darryl went home with $300.
7th April Review.
Denis Schofield had a field day last Sunday, he trained the winner of 5 of the 14 races. The achievement is greater in that he only had dogs in 9 races. His winners were Fantastic Ricki, Zipping Dee, Simply Sam, Kit And Caboodle and Talkin Fancy. On top of the winners he trained the trifecta in race 3 and a quinella. Well done Denis and Pam
Three winners, including Subic bay in the Batesy & Muzza Waiuku Top Dog Championship Sprint, made the trip north by the Lisa Ahern Kennel r.
The boys from the Waiuku Golf Club had a grand time oncourse and we certainly hope to see them back again.
Health & Safety Act
The revised Health & safety Act came into force on the 4th April 2016 and the Club must comply with all requirements.
Our existing Health & Safety Plan needs to be extended. The Club will be requiring all Trainers and handlers to be inducted into their Heath & Safety Scheme. The documentation has been finalised by the NZRB and we seek the Trainers and handlers co-operation to complete their documentation at forthcoming race meetings.
Additional signage is currently be manufactured for the grandstand, track and kennel block.
There are sevvere penalties if the Club do not comply with the new requirements of the Act, so we will be making every effort to comply.
527metre Starting Boxes Replaced
In cojunction with GRNZ a new set of starting boxes were installed at the 527 metre starting point during the week. The new boxes have been fully tested in prepapration for Sunday's race meeting.
This is stage 2 of the project with the 318m starting boxes being replaced in October 2015. The next stage is for a set of re-furhbished boxes to be delivered to replace the 603metre set. This will hopefully be completed prior to the end of the season.
The new boxes look very smart against the blue running rail and they certainly tidy up our visual appearance.
Monday 11th April 2016 Cancelled
It was disappointing that a lack of entries saw the race meeting scheduled for Monday 11th April 2016.being cancelled
The Board and Management tried everything they coyuld to get both Sunday's and Monday's race meetings off the ground but in the end it was obvious that there was not sufficent numbers. Every effort was made to ensure as many dogs were given racing opportunities on Sunday hence the 14 race card
The Board appreciate that one of the roles of a a racemeetng is to distribute stakemoney to the stakeholders. The Club will investigate every opportunity to stage additional races at our forthcoming meetings in an endeavour to ensure that the $20,000 of stakemoney allocated to Monday's meeting is not lost to the stakeholders in the Northern Region.
Sunday 10 April
The Waiuku Golf Club will be our guests on Sunday. Their Club Members have uplifted the naming rights to 11 races on the day.
The racing is again highlighted by the C5 Sprinters. The three big guns Nangar Star, Subic Bayand Yeboah all face the starter. Last week's contest saw Yeboah hit the ground running and he was too strong. This week the box draw appears to favour Subic Bay.
Don't forget Legs Eleven is back for April. Bob Bond won a MTA Gift Voucher last week.
Daylight Saving Ends
Don't forget to put your clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving finishes this weekend. Another summer over.
There is a thirteeen race card this Sunday and the undoubted highlight will be the Jack's Wholesale Meats Sprint (C5). at 4.55pm. What a field is assembled with track record holder Subic Bay , Railway Sprint and New Zeland Derby winner Nangar Star and leading northern sprinter Yeobah agmonst them. My word that is worth having a look at. If you cannot make it to the track make sure you watch it on Trackside TV.
There are just interesting fields throughout the card, with Palmerston North trainer Lisa Ahern adding spice to the day.
The Saturday afternoon meeting was a very successfull day of racing. Good racing plus a healthy tote turnover. Perhaps GRNZ should investigate more Saturday afternoon opportunities
Denis Schofield produced three winners namely Simply Sam, Kit And Caboodle and Zafonic Sound. Whisper Magic and Ruby Murray's wins created a double for Phil Green. Whilst John & Mark Smith equalled the feat with Zipping Sasha and Spotted Flyer.
The Smith boys look to have a very nice sort in Zipping Sasha . She likes the Manukau track and can run a very strong 527metres So we will look forward to following her progress.
We have completed several major projects during the past twelve months and have others planned such as upgrading the Grbathrooms in the Greyhound Lounge, painting the outside of the building and track /carparking security cameras..
The track is due to be recambered in late April.
GRNZ are providing us witha new set of starting boxes at the 527m starting point this week.
The Board remain hopeful that some form of guaranteed Quaddie comes our way shortly. The Greyhound code had the Sunday Pick6 taken from them because the NZRB beilevd the hharness Code would generate more turnover. That is debatable. We have requested that GRNZ make a formal application for a guranteed Quaddie each week on Sunday afternoon. We look forward to the NZRB response.
The AGRC Board revised their Trais Policy for Trials and Race meetings at their March meeting. Changes to the policy include
- In accordance to a GRNZ Directive all Qualifying and Satisfactory Trials sashall be held on a race day
- All greyhounds entered in a qualifying trial will be weighed before racing
- Presentation times for greyhounds racing in qualifying and satisfactory trials
A copy of the Trials Policy can be found on the Racing Calender Page.
Anne Weston, an AGRc member, sadly passed away on the 20th March 2016. To Alan and their family we extend our sincere condolences.
Anne was a member of the "Manukau faithfull' that regualarly attend and support our racemeetings and promotions
Anne was a passionate greuhound supporter and was involved in the ownership of So Insignificant, John Deed, Indeed Unique and What That Does.
Handlers parading greyhounds on saturday will be invited to wear a special Anne cap in memory of Anne.
Track Sensation 17.99
The Plasterboard Auckland Cup Carnival finished in sensational style on Sunday with the magical 18 second barrier being broken for the first time by the flying Subic Bay.
Subic Bay, the Railway Sprint runner up, pinged brilliantly from box 5 and was never going to be caught, stopping the clocki at 17.99 seconds. This smashed the track record of 18.02 jointly held by Mercy, Another gale and hifi Allegro.
How fitting was it that Roy Thomson, principal of Plasterboard Ltd, shares in the ownership alomng with Richard Jones, co sponsor of the Double R Cup .
Subic Bay is trained by Lisa Ahern and raced by The Waypoint Syndicate. His career record reads 39 starts 15 wins, 10 seconds, 3 thirds stake earnings -$33 305
Other Highlights from Sunday
The Longstanding Calss 1 record was broken by Simple And Plain, trained by Ben Craik. Simple And Plain was making her NZ debut on Sunday and she clocked a very quick of 18.10 bettering the previous record of 18.07 set by Ava Appeal. She had a similar run home time to Subic Bay indicating that there is more in store here.
It was a great day of racing with Tripled Parked bouncing straight to the lead in the $5,000 Misty Anna Classic and clinging on gamely for her part owner Liz Whelan.
Then Yaps Me Mum did what we knew she was capable of when pinging away from box 7 and scoring a big win in the restricted age feature the $5,000 Auckland Classic.
Denis Schofield and Lisa Ahern both produced three winners on the day and Jared Udy & Denise Cottam had a double.
With the Manukau Sportsbowl being ultilised for the Polyfest this week the action moves to Cambridge Raceway for the annual Tokoroa GRC 's meeting. the first race is at the earlier time of 12.10pm.
The Polyfest is a massive event and with the clean up due to be finished on Monday night there will only be one trial day next week on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, commencing at 10.00am This enable time for the track to be prepared on Tuesday for the trials.
The Easter Weekend provides a further treat with a race meeting at the Stadium on Saturday 26 March, first race 12.04pm
Finally a big thank you to all our faithful supporters for ensuring that the Plasterboard Auckland Cup carnival contained such a high quality of racing
Well it is fair to say that Plasterboard Ltd Auckland Cup Day , presented one of the best days racing we have at Manukau for some time.
The lasting memory will be the deeds of Dyna Vikkers in winning the Cup. He had no right to win the event from where he was and the very good dogs that were in front of him. But win he did and made it Group One win five, the effort of an absolute quality K9.
Nangar Star proved too quick for a quality field of sprinter in the other Group One , the Railway Sprint. From the red rug he was off and gone and scored very well in 18.10.
The two Cup Night Invitations were won by Artic Action for the Fahey team, and a very nice win it was. The Cup Night Invitation Sprint saw an upset with Speed Lorde scoring for the Craik kennels from box five. He scored well and the $20 win price could be considered a bonus to those that backed him, because he had been racing well.
The initial staging of the 603m Double R Cup was a great race, with Who Dat Boy leading all the way for Halley Mullane. The club is hopeful this race will become a regular feature of Cup day.
Halley Mullane produced two winners, along with Dennis Schofield and Ben Craik produced three winners, all in excess of $10win price.
Racing continues with a good card on this coming Sunday, including the Misty Anna Classic and the Auckland Classic. The weather looks to be holding, so come along on Sunday for some good K9 racing.
Wouldn't it be nice if the TAB would offer a $10k guaranteed quaddie on the last four races on a Sunday. Once again we made the guarantee on Pick Six last week, and the Greyhound Punters are renowned for chasing pots.
Just a reminder that there are no trial meetings at the Stadium next week as the Manukau Sportsbowl is being utilised by the Polyfest.
Next trials meeting Wednesday 23 M arch 2016.
It is that time of the year ,Group 1 racing with the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint on Sunday at the Stadium.
This year the series racing comprising the heats (Sunday 21st February) and the Semi Finals (Sunday 28th February ) has generated grand line ups in each Final.
The box draws have really laid the platform for some interesting racing. Can Kava Blu hold up and lead the Cup? If so will Dyna Vikkers be able to get to him ? Does Nangar Star use box 1 to full use or does Country Gun enjoy his slightly wider box this week? These are the questions that will be answered on Sunday afternoon . But the chances do not stop there; as there are several other very good dogs in both races that can offer stern competition.
Couple this up with an excellent support card including the Cup Day Invitation Stakes (527m), Double R Cup (603) and the Cup Night Invitation Sprint and we have grand day of K9 action.
Our very generous sponsors of the Cup , Plasterboard Ltd, have asked that some finger food be provided for the Manukau faithful and this will be availiable in the Greyhound Lounge. Announcements will be made . They will also be presenting to each finalist in the Auckland Cup and Railway a commemorative collar and lead.
Oncourse activities include :
- All Up betting Competition , the jackpot pool stands at $400.
- $1,000 can be won in the Cup Day Punters, see page for details
- Jack's Wholesale Meat Pack Raffles
Tom Thomson will be getting the latest updates and comments from the Owners and Trainers to ensure you have all the information for an enjoyable and profitable day.
Itis very pleasing for the Board that most of our valued sponsors will be oncourse to share in the day's events. We will also be welcoming JCA and NZGRA Board members to the Stadium.
It would be great to see many punters for this prestigious day of racing.
First race 2.38pm
It is very pleasing to see that the NZRB has returned Pick6 to its rightful Sunday spot .- the greyhounds at Manukau. Enjoy it as we only have it for Cup day but make sure we show the NZRB that the greyhound code is capable of exceeding the NZRB promoted pool.
On Sunday it is being promoted as a $25,000 terminating Pick6. It must be won.
While the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint Heats were much talked about and discussed the main focus of attention during the week has been on the track.
The state of the track was subject to scrutiny at Wednesday's AGRC Board meeting, attended by GRNZ Chairman Craig Rendle.
During the meeting a telephone call was made to a very highly respected Australian track curator to seek guidance with what was required to assist with the track preparation for our forthcoming meetings. He was most helpful with his advice and we have prepared this week's track with those recommendations to the forefront.
We have also spoken with the curator of another major NZ track and have taken on board a number of ideas from that conversation.
As we know every track is different and the elements play a huge part in the track presented but the staff have worked very hard to implement the best advice we can source to prepare this week's racing surface.
It does not stop there. it is hoped that with the assistance of GRNZ we will be able to have the leading Australian curator to come to Auckland (and Waikato) to assist with track preparation for a meeting and advise our curators in the best possible methods in track care.
Plasterboard Ltd Auckland Cup Carnival
It is Plasterboard Auckland Cup & Railway Sprint Semi Final Day on Sunday, first race on 2.31pm
Certainly some very good dogs qualified for the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint Semi Finals. Dave and Jean Faheys pair Kava Blu and Opawa Shackley were very impressive in winning their heats and Dyna Vikkers confirmed his liking of the Manukau surface. Jessie Surfs and Cawbourne Brick scored very well in the other heats. One of the best placed runs came from Fanatastic Syd and he looks a major threat in the Cup.
Bob Bond has Hallo Star flying a present and she was very strong in winning her heat of the Railway Sprint. Country Gun was very impressive for Karen Walsh and a final spot looks a formality. Subic Bay and Talkin Fancy won the other heats and both have drawn well in their semi-finals.
Yes it is a again a great days racing with races 7 to 12 being the Semi Final races. So lets get along to the Stadium to witness tha action live. If you cannot to the Stadium it a must see on Trackside television.
The very best of luck to all semi finalist.
Our very popular Last One Standing Competition was very keenly contested last week, but all four live teams missed on the last race. We will give yoiu all another chance on Sunday, the $250 bonus is up for grabs. It cost you nothing to enter, you just need four 'mates' and a will to be the Last One Standing.
Happy Retirement Sel
Selwyn Loader, Manager at the Mangere TAB, retires on Saturday 5th March 2016 after providing 30 years sterling service to the NZ Racing Board. We wish Selwyn a happy retirement.
His retirement also draws to an end the sponsorship of the from Sels TAB Mangere.
The Board of thank Selwyn for his generosity over the last five years.
Auckland Cup Punters Competition
Indications are that this competition will proceed with 7 confirmed entrys. Full details are on the Plasterboard Auckland Cup page. Are you up to the Challenge.?