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Keeping up with the Racing Action at Manukau

17th November

Northern Connection in Group 1 Glory

Congratulations to Roy & Karen Thomson, Chris Saunoa and Richard Jones on winning NZ’s richest greyhound race the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Greyhound Cup on Thursday night.

It was case of ‘dreams turning to reality’ with a well-planned cup campaign delivering the results at Addington on Thursday night.  It was a very gutsy run by Nature’s Gent who after enduring severe interference shortly early gained a rails run and then unleashed a powerful finishing burst to run down the pace making Catus Jack to claim Group 1 glory.  Raced by the Bookies and Us Syndicate Nature’s Gent is trained by Angela Turnwald.

In the Group 1 Galaxy Sprint Highland Laddie was a game second.  After jumping brilliantly Swimming Goat had too much speed for him and he was left chasing him in vain.  Trained by Hayley Mullane Highland Laddie is race by the Novics Choice Syndicate.

Stadium Spring Clean

Now Fulton Hogan have completed the maintenance  on the track we are going to embark on other projects and a ‘spring clean’ (yes Spring was late this year) of the compound that will include tidying up behind the 527metre starting point. None of this should hinder trials days. 


Remember we have a Thursday night meeting this coming week, so there will only be on Tuesday.

Racing This Week

This Sunday we have a 14 race card, starting at 12.49am and last race jumping at 4.38pm.  There are 10 527metre events, which we have not seen at Manukau for many a long day.

The feature race is the Gary Donovan Memorial Sprint, (C5 sprinters) where the Henny Laagland trained Belcroft Banker, the winner of 12 at the track, ideally boxed at 8.  His biggest dangers are Hallo Star and Sun Is Shining.  The Plasterboard Stakes (R11) has drawn a nice field of C4/5 chasers, including Lochinvar Brogue, Westworld and Pat Tama.

There are plenty of youngsters on display in the support card with I'm A Leo (R13) for Leo Laagland has really taken the eye in the last two weeks and looks an exciting prospect.

Last Sunday we had a better crowd and correspondingly a better turnover. I can't help but wonder if this is due to the fields being published in the The Informant.

We are very reliant on oncourse turnover to assist the club, so we really to appreciate your attendance on track.  

Track Re-Cambering

Thankfully the weather played its part to allow Fulton Hogan to complete their maintenance on the track on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Overnight rain has assisted to settle the track and the final preparations have been completed for racing on Sunday.

Whilst this work is not cheap, it is essential that it is completed on a four-monthly cycle.

We thank you for your patience in trialling on Monday morning.

Normal trials days will recommence this week coming.

Now that the track work has been completed we will be proceeding with other jobs, including a tidy up around and above to 527mtr starting point.

Racing This Sunday

We again have a thirteen race card, and whilst we have no top grade dogs on display, there are fields that present good betting races with some nice young dogs on display.

NZ Cup Week

Next week sees the focal point of the New Zealand racing calendar -NZ Cup Week.  We wish the Christchurch GRC all the best for a successful carniva;l both racing and turnover.  This week is has a huge bearing on the future domestic racing.

We certainly wish Hayley Mullane the very best of luck with Highland Laddie in the Galaxy Sprint Final.

Three of our oncourse regulars in Roy Thompson, Richard Jones and Chris Sonoua have an interest in Natures Gent contesting the $100,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Greyhound Cup.  Likewise we wish these three esteemed gentleman the very best of luck.

Remember, we really appreciate oncourse patronage and would welcome you to join us on Sunday afternoon for some good Greyhound Action

27 October 2017

Sensational Christchurch Casino NZ Prelude

Last week a very good field lined up for the Christchurch Casino NZ Cup Prelude and there was plenty of action and trouble on the first turn.

 Natures Gent managed to get through along the rails and somehow missed the trouble and ran out a big winner. 

Favourite, Christiane Cyborg coped plenty of interference around the first turn and pushed wide on the track.  She recovered brilliantly and ran out the race strongly to get up for second.

Nature’s Gent and Cristiane Cyborg are now entitled to proceed to a NZ Cup Semi Final and it is fair to say that these two deserved that right and will be worthy representatives.

Highland Laddie was rewarded for good recent form and a fast beginning was the key to him winning the C5 sprint.

Congratulations to the Henni and Leo Laagland for producing Statman Dave and I’m A Leo to quinella the maiden sprint.  Both dogs were making their racing debuts.  Neither Henni nor Leo have enjoyed the best of health recently and these youngsters will give you them a real boost along.

29th October

This Sunday is mainly a lower graded meeting with a 14 race card highlighted by Beaumont in the C4/3 Plasterboard Stakes and the Qualified Pet Services Sprint

The extended card means we start slightly earlier at 1.02pm and head home just after the last at 4.45pm

There are plenty of highly regarded youngsters engaged during the day and it is always exciting to see them gain confidence and move into their careers.

Bigtime Paddy

Reports have indicated that Waterloo Cup winner Bigtime Paddy has arrived safely in Melbourne in pursuit of the Melbourne Cup.  He has his first look around Sandown Park on Tuesday.

20th October

There is no better way to celebrate the long weekend than to enjoy an afternoon of racing at the Manukau Stadium

The Christchurch Casino NZ Greyhound Cup Prelude has attracted a very good field headed by Cristiane Cyborg, Soaring Hawke and Beautiful Boy.  An interesting runner is Nature’s Gent from the Central Region, who is obviously looking for the stepping stone for the NZ Cup.

There is also a very good open class sprint field in the Hewlett Electrical Sprint, carded as race 8. The support card contains some nice even fields and promising dogs so good racing looks assured for Sunday from 1.18pm.

Trainers are reminded that next Sunday 29 October is classified as a low-grade meeting, so will be selected from lower grades up.  There has been a number of qualifying trials of late, so there are a number of young dogs about to start their careers. over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile we look forward to seeing our faithful punters on Sunday at Manukau

13th October

Christchurch Casino NZ Greyhound Cup Prelude

Next week the Club hosts the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Greyhound Cup Prelude.

This is a great innovation by the Christchurch GRC as it means that the first two placed greyhounds gain automatic selection to a NZ Greyhound Cup Prelude.  As we know it is very hard work travelling South on three occasions, so direct entry into the semi-finals would be a very good incentive.  The Wnganui GRC is also staging a prelude on Friday night.

Additional C1 Races

It is disappointing to not be able to card a 13th race on Sunday to provide a racing opportunity for the C1 Sprinters.  Our application was declined as the GRNZ allocation of races (9 nationwide) had already been used for the week.

This is the second occasion we have missed out in recent weeks.

With an increase in the greyhound racing population there appears to be an anomaly in the system used to allocate the races.  The Club will be requesting that the allocation system reverts back to the original scheme of three races per region per week.  This scheme prevented one region from monopolising the races.  It also appears if the nine races are not used in a week these races are not carried forward.

Track Update

We are still awaiting delivery of a replacement finishing post sensor. Whilst Brooks Australia dispatched the package 10 days ago it has to be processed through border control.  It is anticipated that Customs will release the package within a week.

Fulton Hogan have yet to confirm the date for track maintenance: early indications are the first week of November.

Racing this week commences at 1.32pm with the 12th race carded at 4.44pm.  The feature race is the C5 Qualified Pet Services Ltd Sprint.

Review 1 October

Quality racing was the order of the day.  What the ‘weather gods’ delivered was certainly offset by good, the racing.

Bigtime Paddy’s Waterloo Cup

The Group 1 Waterloo Cup was taken out by Bigtime Paddy, with a very bold front running display. He opened up a decent lead down the back straight and held on very gamely to withstand the very fast finishing Christiane Cyborg, The Plasterboard Auckland Cup winner He's All Power nailed down third.

Congratulations to all involved owners Lisa Cole and Craig Rendle and the Cole training operation.  The win provided Craig Rendle with hi first Group 1 victory at the track.

The connections advised that there is every likelihood that they will take Bigtime Paddy to Melbourne and uplift the guaranteed place in one of eight Melbourne Cup heats that come as part of the winning the Waterloo Cup.

This is great news for the Club and will be exciting for local greyhound supporters to follow during the November.

We again thank Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club for their support in recognising the Waterloo Cup as an ‘exempt’ race and providing this incentive.  We really value our relationship with that club.

NZ Racing Series Sprint Final

The support feature the New Zealand Racing Series Sprint generated one of the tightest finishes at the Stadium.  Three dogs flashed across the line locked together. Opinions were divided as to who had got the decision, with some saying Highland Laddie had held on others adamant that Wong All Along has grabbed victory and sandwiched between them was Belcroft Banker.  The outcome was that the judge could not split Highland Laddie and Belcroft Banker and declared a dead heat for first placing.  The ‘Manukau angle’ caught a few out again with Wong All Along half a head away in third.

It was a good result for Halley Mullane, having just missed Group One spoils with Christiane Cyborg, and a real tonic for Henni Laagland with Belcroft Banker. Well done to all connections.

Track maintenance

Trainers please note that the Club will be having Fulton Hogan re-cambering the bends and carry out the regular track maintenance later this month.  This requires at up to four to five days of continual fine weather, which as we all know is proving difficult to get, to enable the track to settle.  This will mean an alteration to trial days for the week in question, but we will give you all as much notice as possible as to what date this work will commence.

Racing Sunday 8th October

Meanwhile we have a very good card of 13 races this Sunday, kicking off at 1.17pm, so join on us at Manukau for the action.  The big question that will be answered is ‘Can Cristiane Cyborg overcome her box 1 draw?’

Note the Manukau Sportsbowl is also the venue of event for the Diwali celebration.  Indications from the Auckland Council are it should not impact on our race meeting.  The Diwali attendees are using the Boundary Road entrance.

29th September

It’s Group One day this Sunday, with the time honoured Waterloo Cup  set as Race 10 , due to be dispatched at 3.54pm.

This year’s field is a beauty with Plasterboard Auckland Cup winner He’s All Power and the hugely promising Christiane Cyborg heading affairs. Chances do not end there, as both those runners will need some luck with their racing styles. 

The big event is supported by the NZ Racing Series Sprint Final( R11) , and that also contains some very quick dogs.

The undercard has aC5 sprint and middle distance event, so a really good days racing looks assured.

Last week the AGRC hosted a team of 31 people from Pats Garage Sports Club. This Group are regulars at Manukau , and love their days at Manukau.  They certainly know how to enjoy themselves and are always welcome at Manukau.

Groups like these are very good for the AGRC and we are always happy to look after them.

$500 must be won in a Special Legs Eleven Competition

Let’s see as many as possible on course for the action on Sunday

22nd September 2017

2016-2017 Awards

Last Sunday we made the presentation of awards for the 2016-17 Racing Season

Obstinatus, trained by for Ron and Nyomi O'Regan, and Lochinvar Brogue, trained by Denis Schofield, were named joint winners of the Greyhound of the Year.

These same two dogs also won their respective divisions with Obstinatus being Sprinter of the Year and Lochinvar Brogue Middle Distance Greyhound of the Year.

Obstinatus proved what a consistent sprinter he has been throughout the year, also bagging the Manukau Trackstar of the Year, with a very creditable 11.5 wins earning a cash prize of $250 for his connections.

Alex Attack, trained by Jared Udy & Denise Cottam, was the NZ Bred Greyhound of the Year.

Ring the Bell was Stayer of the Year

Greg Hore and Peter Ferguson were the UDR Strike Rate Trainers

Denis Schofield was the Leading Trainer.

Congratulations and very well done to all our award winners.

Waterloo Cup

This Sunday we stage the time honoured Waterloo Cup and a very nice field is assembled.  To support this we have three good quality heats of the NZ Racing Series Sprint Heats.

We also welcome Pats Garage Sports Club back for the day and look forward to entertaining their Club.

Join us for some exciting K9 action at Manukau from 1.24pm on Sunday.


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