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Ring The Bell Arrives for Silver Collar

The Victorian chaser Ring The Bell arrives in Auckland today for a tilt at the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar.

Ring The Bell is the winner of 14 distance races throughout Australia including Ubet National Distance Championship (731m) at Angle Park, Super Stayers (710m) at Albion Park and the Fireball Stayers (725m) at The Meadows.  Trained by Gerry O’Keeffe for the Frothys Syndicate Ring The Bell’s career record is 62 starts 18 wins 18 seconds 6 thirds for stake earnings of $274,718.

Ring The Bell is being kennelled at Thayne Green’s Ardmore Kennels during his stay in Auckland.  He will trial at Manukau before contesting the Silver Collar Heats on Sunday 4th June.

Auckland Oaks

After attracting only nine entries the 2017 Auckland Oaks will be a final only on the 4th June for a stake of $8,000.

Review 21 May

Lochinvar Brogue completed a hat-trick of wins at Manukau by taking out the feature race the Swift Fantasy Stakes.  Currently in sublime form Lochinvar Brogue took control of the race early and was never really challenged winning by over Kava Blu and Gold Class.  His winning margin was 2 ½ lengths and the time of 30.31.

The Ron & Nyomi O’Regan Obstinatus put in a sustained late run to win the Leathwick .A.Asia Sprint (C5) from the pace making Fantastic Lucy and Belcroft Banker.  His win took his career record to 33 starts 11wins 12 placings for stake earnings of $15,794.

Peter Leathwick, race sponsor, presented each runner with a Phat Sack Mat.  Peter also presented a mat for the Performance of the Day awarded to Joe Joe in the Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Stakes

A notable performance of the day was by the Bob Bond trained Audrette, 18.83, in the Maiden Sprint.  Audrette is the first progeny of sprinting superstar Bright Star; the winner of 73 races at the Manukau Stadium.  Whilst Audrette showed she had inherited some of Bright Star’s box speed to lead she also indicated the need to improve her ringcraft as she drifted out across the track from the home turn.  Audrette also credited her sire Captain Coutts with his first winner.

Review 7 May

The racing was highlighted by the win of Bigtime Opal (Cosmic Rumble-Allegro Star) who flew the boxes and score in the Trophies Plus Sprint (C1) by 6¼ lengths in a very good time of 18.28.

This was Bigtime Opal’s 7th win in from 8 starts.  Belcroft Banker’s time in winning the C4 sprint was 18.34.

Lochinvar Brogue confirmed his liking for the Manukau track in winning the Plasterboard Stakes.  The win took his track statistics to 14starts for 5 wins and 6 placings.

Training honours went to Ben Craik with three winners namely Space Oddity, Just One Smile and Make It Snow.  Make It Snow chalked up the 18th win for the El Grand Senor-Just Jordana litter.

Review 30 April

Following persistent rain on Saturday the track was presented in good condition with the racing surfacing improving throughout the meeting.

New Zealand Racing Series Novice Final

Bigtime Flyer, who avoided the general tightening of the field on the first turn, was a convincing winner of the New Zealand Racing Novice Series Final in a time of 30.73.

Princess Alea was a game second after being on the pace and Opawa Sophie ran on strongly for third.  Beautiful Boy, $1.70 favourite, was fourth. He was slow away and whilst inconvenienced on the first turn he never really got into the race

Owned by Lisa Cole and Craig Rendle; Bigtime Flyer’s win was his fourth win in nine starts

Nangar Star

Nangar Star having his third run back after an enforced fourth month absence from racing stepped back up in the Winner’s Podium after winning the Carols’ TAB Clendon Inn (C5) sprint in a good time of 18.43.  It was good to see the NZ Derby and Railway Sprint winner recapture his winning form.

Trainer Denis Schofield also produced Lochinvar Brogue to take out the Happy Birthday Peter Earley Stakes.  Multicam Ranger gave Denis three winners for the day.

Other Highlights

Steve Clark (On The Hunt & Jimmy’s Rocket) and Jared Udy & Denise Cottam (Gimme Hot Chips & Scott Tied Up) both produced two winners.

One of the gamest wins was recorded by southern visitor Opawa Plum in the Stitches Upholstery (c1) Stakes.  Trained by Jean and Dave Fahey she was relegated to the rear division after being hindered on the first turn and produced a big finish to win by 1½ lengths in a time of 30.79.

Racing Sunday 30th April

This Sunday is a 12 race card , away at 1.06pm and all done by 4.19pm.

The feature event is the NZ Racing Series Novice Final.  Four heats were staged attracting dogs from throughout the region.  The heat winners were Beautiful Boy (30.58), Bigtime Phantom ( 30.89), Jinja Bella (30.86) and Opawa Denise (30.95).  Beautiful Boy, who led throughout his heat scampering away to win by 5 ¼ lengths, has drawn box 1 and will be hard to beat in the Final.

The support card is good and with six 527mtr events on the program, we have an exact split of middle distance and sprint racing, which frames up a good afternoons racing.

Being the last Sunday of the month it The Monthly Members’ Draw.

Our Thursday day meeting good result with a good turnover.  Denis Schofield’s Kennel produced four winners, Fantastic Lucy, Yooldome, Blazing Spirit and Multicam Ranger.  It was good to see Fantastic Lucy regain her form.  Steve Clark and Ben Craik each trained three winners.


Review 26th March 2017

Lochinvar Brogue capitalised on his draw to win the feature event the Hewlett Electrical Stakes (C5/4) on Sunday.

From box one he tracked Belcroft Banker throughout before sweeping to the lead on the home turn to race away and win by 6 lengths.  Trained by Denis Schofield he has been a model of consistency since resuming racing in February after a layoff of eight wins. His career record is 27 starts, nine wins and 13 placings for stake earnings of $22,037.

Lochinvar Brogue was one of four winners produced by Denis Schofield on the day the others being Fantastic Ava, Multicam Ranger and Yooldome.

Ben Craik (Call My Name, Diorling and Kawaii) and Ross & Lynne Udy ( Bigtime happy, Halo Star and Kapai Lana) trained three winners on the day.

Racing was conducted on a dead track following the track been power harrowed after the ASB Polyfest.

21 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.

ASB Polyfest

The Manukau Sports Bowl is the venue of the ASB Polyfest from the 13th to the 20th March 2017.

Therefore there will be no trials meetings on the following dates

  • Tuesday 14th March 2017
  • Wednesday 15th March 2017
  • Tuesday 21st March 2017

The next trials at the Manukau Stadium will be on Wednesday 22nd March 2017

There is also no race meeting on Sunday 19th March 2017.  The Tokoroa Greyhound Racing Club has a race meeting at Cambridge Raceway on this day.

Plasterboard Auckland Cup

Courtesy of Peter Fenemor (edited)

It certainly was an appropriate racing name that was given to the Dave and Jean Fahey prepared greyhound He’s All Power.

He was precisely that when he powered to his Group 1 Plasterboard Auckland Cup victory on Sunday.

He’s All Power hinted at what was to come seven days earlier when he stormed home to nail his Auckland Cup Heat win.

In a pre-final interview co-trainer Dave Fahey suggested that his charge would have benefited from his first look at the Manukau 527m trip.

He thought that He’s All Power would place himself handier to the early pace.  He was spot on with his thoughts.  It was very apparent when the field entered the back straight during the final that He’s All Power was perfectly positioned to unleash his known powerful finish.   The winning margin was credited at a comfortable four length margin, while he completed his 527m task in 30.48s.

The minor placings was occupied by greyhounds by Paul Dozer and Belcroft Banker.  The Angela Turnwald prepared Paul Dozer maintained a solid gallop down the back straight. He was rewarded for using his smart on the pace racing tactic by securing the $19,500 runners-up prize.

Henny Laagland stated pre-race that she considered it an absolute honour to have qualified Belcroft Banker for the Auckland Cup. Both her and husband Leo rewarded when their home bred son stuck to his task to claim his Group 1 third placing a further 1.25 lengths behind.  Belcroft Banker bank his biggest career stake ($11,700) with his placing, but he also provided Laagland with an additional $1,000 being the bonus NZ Breeders’ Bonus.

There was an early sensation when a stride or two from the 527m traps the warm race favourite Thrilling Boris (box two) tangled up with Zipping Jordan (box one) with the later only just staying on her paws when she stumbled.  That terminated any claims this pair of warmly supported runners

“He’s All Power was sent over to us for Restricted Age racing. He trialed fairly average when he arrived here.  It wasn’t until after his second Addington win (520m in 30.24s) when Dave recognised he was Group race potential. It was after that when the Auckland Cup, which wasn’t planned, became a possible target.

“I didn’t really want to look when they went into the first turn – I closed my eyes, expecting trouble. When I looked for him going into the back straight and he was in third, I then started thinking this should be our race, knowing how strong he is. It was a big thrill to see him getting up to win the cup,” advised Jean Fahey.

Swimming Goat takes Railway Sprint

Swimming Goat emphatically proved he is the best short course sprinter in the nation when he scampered to his effortless victory in Sunday’s $25,000 Railway Sprint.

The Group 1 sprint was all over as a contest when the Calum Weir mentored flying machine on paws cut out his first sectional in a swift 4.45s. His start from the two trap was an exact replica of the start he made when he won Galaxy Sprint.

Swimming Goat cruised through his assignment, clocking 18.38s, when leading home Allegro Lass the margins being three lengths.  Allegro Lass gained $1,000 NZ Breeders Bonus.

Swimming Goat has been a publicity machine for New Zealand greyhound racing since he arrived from Australia a year ago

His series of winning streaks, which included the national record of 22 consecutive race wins, has been well documented. Prior to his Manukau visit all of his Kiwi races had been over the Addington 295m sprint, which includes his 17.69s 295m track record.

It was a brave effort by this son of El Grand Senor and Kingsbrae Molly just to make the Railway Sprint final after he endured a horror road trip north from Weir’s Canterbury base.  His trainer considered scratching him

The experienced gained on that first trip saw a much more relaxed Swimming Goat making the return trek north as Weir mentioned, “He snoozed all the way up this time.”

“Jumping clear made it so much easier for him – his fast first sectional helped to take him clear. I was able to relax and watch him after his start. This is huge to come away from Addington to win another Group 1 race on a completely different track. Yes, I’m rapt to achieve the Group 1 double with him.  “I planned this race a long time ago, but as we know plans doesn’t always work out the way you want them to. What is also very special for us was him winning this for the huge fan base he has generated both here and in Australia.

It was a real gutsy sprint the Ben Craik trained Simple And Plain produced as she was denied early racing room from the five trap. Undeterred she knuckled down to her task which saw her claiming third just a head behind, while holding a l¾ length advantage Eva Diva


Plasterboard Auckland Cup Preview

Courtesy of Peter Fenemor

The powerful greyhound Thrilling Boris has drawn to win his third Group 1 title on Sunday at Manukau where he takes his place in the $80,000 Plasterboard Ltd Auckland Cup final.

Thrilling Boris stamped his authority on his Auckland Cup rivals when he scampered to his impressive 527m heat win last Sunday.  His 30.41s winning time was three lengths faster than the next quickest Cup heat.

Things got even better for the Karen Walsh trained $1.70 Final Field favourite (option 949) chaser after he was allocated the two trap to step away from.  “If he can do the same again – get an early break on them, then yes I will be happy as it can give him a bit of a breather. He had been on the lead going into his heat which explains why he didn’t run out the 527m as strongly as he can. His draw is good for him,” advised Walsh.

Canterbury trainers Dave and Jean Fahey are lethal conditioners of Group 1 finalists. 46 winners at the very elite level proves that statement (96 Group race winners overall).

They produced He’s All Power ($3.50) to deliver a potent heat win where he came from an absolute hopeless early field position to nail his 30.58s heat win. Watch out for this bloke if he can get himself into a handier early field position on Sunday.

“I didn’t think he was that good when he first arrived here (from Australia). Yes, he is going alright now. He’s a strong dog, who is now a good chance. I expect him to jump better after having his first look up there (Manukau). He is jumping better at Addington, so hopefully he will on Sunday. He has pulled up good from his heat,” said Dave Fahey.

The Fahey’s has qualified a back-up contender for this event after Majestic Action ($26) stuck on stoutly to claim his three length heat second behind Zipping Jordan. He has been provided with no favours as he is required to step away from the lousy five trap draw.

“I feel it would be best for him to slightly miss the jump from that draw as he will head straight down to the rail from where he can take advantage of any trouble that may occur in front of him. Yes, he will be looking for early luck whatever happens to him from the traps,” said Fahey, who also has Opawa Kevin ($26) sitting as the second reserve after his three length heat third to Letron James.

Craig Roberts mentored Dyna Vikkers to victory in last year’s Auckland Cup and on this occasion he is looking towards Letron James ($18) to provide him with back to back Cup winners. He made no mistake when seizing the early race lead from trap two to lead his rivals throughout. He completed his 527m task in 30.59s. He will be sighted wearing the pink racing vest on Sunday.

“Yes he finally got a draw in his heat and he showed what he is capable of doing by winning it. I’m not concerned about him being out in the eight for the final – it’s his second best box (stats wise). If he can ping out he will hunt up around the outside. I knew when he led his heat field that they wouldn’t catch him as he is very strong. He has been a box of beans since being back home. If he’s in front, then he will use catch me if you can tactics,” suggested Roberts.

Zipping Jordan ($4.50) was the New Zealand Cup runner up back in November for Callum Weir. Obviously her trainer is hoping that she can go one better in this final, while also ending a frustrating run of feature race minor placings.

She was gallant in the manner that she stuck to her heat task which resulted in her 30.65s win. Being loaded away into trap one will greatly assist her towards that goal.

“I was pretty rapt with her heat run, especially as she didn’t jump as good as what she can. She can lead out, hopefully she does which makes the others having to try to run her down. She certainly deserves a big race win. I don’t think I can have her in any better condition. She is perfect and the travelling hasn’t affected her,” said Weir.

The locals will go ballistic if the Henny Laagland prepared Belcroft Banker ($31) can snatch an upset win on Sunday.

If doing so it will represent a massive triumph for the smaller owner/breeder kennels as this bloke is a home bred chaser who will be vying with Thrilling Boris for the $1,000 NZ Breeders’ prize awarded to the first Kiwi bred chaser to finish in this Group 1 event.  His heat effort was full of merit as it took the strong finishing He’s All Power to nail him by a neck margin.

“I guess you can say it is surprising he has qualified, but we did prepared him to make it and we are thrilled that he has. It was a long slog to get him right – he had a lot of injuries and wrong box draws which affected his confidence. Leo (husband) took down to Cambridge for a 375m sprint which saw him regaining his confidence when winning down there. If he decides to jump and puts his mine to it he can give it a real good go. It will also be a feather in the cap for his mum (Kitty’s Thunder). It is an honour to have a finalist in a Group 1 race; he is our first in 17 years of involvement in greyhound racing,” a rightfully proud Laagland stated.

On the other paw, the newly established Cambridge training partnership of Greg Hore and Peter Fergusson hasn’t wasted any time in qualifying their first Group 1 contender. Soaring Hawke ($51). She was real bold when she chased home Thrilling Boris to claim her final field position 1.75 lengths behind the star chaser. That meant their girl actually clocked the second fastest overall heat time.

“Yes, it is a big buzz for us to have a Group 1 runner so soon. She is a real honest, consistent greyhound and we decided to give the Auckland Cup a crack after she won her C3 527m race the week before. She deserved a chance, so we rolled the dice and have made it. She is in the right frame of mine and we’re happy with her going into Sunday. Her draw (seven) isn’t the worse. It has been a real team effort to get her into the final, with my wife Wendy and Danny Lang helping out around the kennels,’ said Fergusson.

The drawn field is completed by Paul Dozer ($31) who also provides his trainer Angela Turnwald with dual Group 1 kennel representation on Sunday. His heat was also bold when he raced on the pace throughout when chasing home Letron James, a length and a half behind him. His efforts prior to this assignment contained merit.

“We are very happy with him and he has come through his heat magnificently. His downfall is that he isn’t a consistent beginner – it is all about the jump for him. There are a lot of possible scenarios for him, although that revolves around on what he does at the jump,” explained Paul Freeman.

The first reserve is the Lisa Cole prepared Timma Turtle ($21) who is a leading prospect in the support Invitation Stakes (race 7) if he isn’t required here. He led his heat into the straight from where he was run by a neck and half a length by He’s All Power.

Railway Sprint Preview

Courtesy Peter Fenemor

The four 318m Railway Sprint heats held last Sunday threw up more questions than answers in terms of trying to establish which sharp sprinter will taste Group 1 glory after the running of this $25,000 dash.

It is an intriguing looking field of short course sprinters who will be loaded away into the Manukau 318m traps (race 11) on Sunday afternoon.

Taking the time honours from those heats was the Lisa Cole trained Hatrick 305m track record holder Allegro Gun.  His Manukau track debut was impressive when flew away from the four trap to dictate the terms to his rivals when delivering his free-wheeling 18.39s heat win.  A repeat of that start from trap six here can see this bloke serving up a repeat dose.

“It all depends on the run into the first turn on how he will fare. It is likely to be a fair foot (paw) race into it. He is a good young dog who has strength with a huge motor. His run home was very fast and he has pleased us since Sunday,” said Brendon Cole.

Kennelmate Allegro Lass has tasted feature race sprinting success before and she certainly isn’t a forlorn looking prospect from trap eight here, especially as she tends to race slightly away from the rail. In her heat she did hang out a tad wide when setting the early pace which allowed My Girl Chloe to slip through underneath her.  She then maintain a strong sprint to the judge, resulting in her 1.75 length heat second.

“She won’t jam down and she will mind her own business, therefore being out in the eight isn’t likely to harm her chances. In fact the Manukau sprint eight trap seems to provide runners from there a slingshot into the first turn.  She is proven at the highest level and she is very reliable over the first sectional. She has trained on good during the week,” added Cole.

The Cole trained pair of finalists are both Kiwi bred sprinters and the only other locally bred sprinter in the final is provided by 81 year old conditioner Freddy Kite with Sedgebrook Babe. This trio are now in their own separate race to decide who will claim the Group 1 bonus $1,000 payment payable to the first NZ Bred finisher.

Kite bred, owns and trains the ultra consistent Hatrick Friday evening 305m sprinter Sedgebrook Babe. Her track debut heat effort contained merit when she ranged up handy to the early pace from where she pressed on stoutly to claim her two length heat second behind Eva Diva.

“She’ll go the traps on Sunday in one hundred percent order. It was a last minute decision to give it a go (Railway) and I’m pleased I did as she went real good up there. She handled her first long distance trip up there great. She does jump good and I expect her to from the three in the final - she learns quickly. She’s a hard chaser and there’s only one thing she wants – the lure!” said Kite, who recalls it was back in the late 1990’s when he produced his last Group 1 runner. “It’s been a long time between drinks,” he chuckled.

Denis Schofield has enjoyed consistent success over the Manukau 318m sprint for numerous Sunday’s with his sprinter Eva Diva. The trainer of last year’s Railway Sprint winner (Nangar Star) is now looking towards her to provide him with back to back Railway winners. She is in the right nick to achieve that distinction as she was sighted punching forward during the early rush in her heat. That translated into her setting the pace throughout to land her win in 18.49s. Her consistent 318m efforts can be rewarded here.

Sunday 26th February

We welcome all visitors to Manukau for the heats of the Plasterboard Auckland Cup and Railway Sprint.

A great card of racing, see previews below.

For the Punters there is a $2,000 Bonus Quaddie and the All Star Punters Challenge

Two Chances to Win a $100 Bet

Here’s your opportunity to win a $100 bet on the Group 1 Plasterboard Auckland Cup and/or the Group1 Railway sprint on Sunday March 5.

Simply be oncourse on Sunday 26th February and entered the Pick the Finalist Competition, ie you need to select the eight Finalists for the Auckland Cup or Railway Sprint

Plasterboard Auckland Cup Heats

Very competitive chasing looms during the four 527m Plasterboard Auckland Cup heats at the Manukau Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the cream of the nation’s middle distance greyhounds hunt down places for the $80,000 Final.

Those chasers are seeking to finish in the first two placings, which will ensure a return to contest the Group 1 Final next Sunday. Here’s a run down on those heats, including their TAB Futures market (winner of the final) quotes – Win option 951, Top 3 Finish option 952 courtesy of NZ's leading greyhound journalist Peter Fenemor.

Plasterboard Auckland Cup Heat 1, race 7

  1. Kava Blu $9 & $3:
    He was the runner up in last year’s Auckland Cup and he signaled his intention of contesting another final via his stylish 30.49s Addington 520m win on Thursday.
  2. Stinger $101 & $26:
    His form line says look elsewhere here, although his tidy trap-2 stats says consider for the minors.
  3. Mina Allen $61 & $18:
    That was a bold 1.6 length Addington $7,500 feature 520m third she delivered on Thursday. She must punch forward early here.
  4. Absinthe Minded $81 & $21:
    Delivered a gutsy last start effort when trying to lead a 645m field throughout. His last 527m race here was a creditable second in a 527m feature event.
  5. Fantastic Ricki $81 & $21:
    Struck early traffic problems in her last start Cambridge 457m $10,000 feature event. She can and she must contest the early pace.
  6. Berridale Lad $21 & $5.50:
    This bloke owns a sharp second sectional which he used to carry him into his Hatrick Group 1 520m third two races ago.
  7. Thrilling Boris $3 & $1.50:
    He’s a dual Group 1 winner, including a smart 29.97s 527m win here. Completely forget about his 527m Sunday miss and keep him safe here.
  8. Soaring Hawke $101 & $26:
    He led a C3 527m field all the way here when winning in 30.86s Sunday. This is considerably tougher.
  9. Thrilling Raider $8 & $3:
    He’s only sitting on the reserves bench owing to his C3 grading. He can feature if he gains a race start here.
  10. Tranquil Rue $51 & $14:
    This will be a massive rise in class for him if he required here following his last start Hatrick C2 30.35s 520m win.

Plasterboard Auckland Cup Heat 2, race 8

  1. Opawa Norris $26 & $7:
    He placed in his only previous 527m outing around here. This draw says keep him very safe here.
  2. Helena Allen $61 & $18:
    She occupied the rear group throughout during her last start Addington 520m outing from this trap. Her track debut here is the concern.
  3. Cawbourne Clover $61 & $16:
    She was an Auckland Cup finalist last year, although she has now dropped back into the C4 chasing ranks.
  4. He’s All Power $5 & $2:
    He seems to be appropriately named judging by his powerful recent Addington 520m wins. Respect him.
  5. Timma Turtle $14 & $4.20:
    That was a stylish track debut 2.5 length second he delivered in last Sunday’s $5,000 feature 527m event.
  6. Belcroft Banker $61 & $16:
    He has been short course Cambridge 375m sprinting lately. Has no option but to search out the early pace from trap rise here.
  7. Blazing Spirit $61 & $16:
    His qualifying claims here cannot be lightly dismissed as his 527m record around here is sound.
  8. Lochinvar Brogue $61 & $16:
    He has done everything right in his three Cambridge 375m sprints since resuming from a spell. He’ll be ready to produce a strong 527m race here.
  9. Thrilling Raider $8 & $3:
    See heat 1 for comment.
  10. Tranquil Rue $51 & $14:
    See heat 1 for comment.

Plasterboard Auckland Cup Heat 3, race 9 

  1. Opawa Kevin $26 & $6.50:
    A tardy start proved to be costly for him from trap eight in Thursday’s Addington $7,500 520m feature. His top stats from this trap says he can advance.
  2. Letron James $41 & $22:
    He was jammed up in midfield traffic for the entire trip during his Addington $7,500 Thursday feature outing. He must jump straight onto the early pace.
  3. Paul Dozer $41 & $11:
    He holds a current C4 grading, however his recent 457m and 520m efforts suggests that he isn’t a forlorn prospect in this heat.
  4. Loose Unit $14 & $4.20:
    He stylishly handled his track debut outing on Sunday when leading a C3/4 527m field throughout for his 30.86s win. He’s a likely improver.
  5. Timmy Trumpet $5.50 & $2.20:
    He strongly dealt to his $5,000 feature 527m rivals in 30.60s last Sunday from this trap. Expect him to serve up a repeat dose again.
  6. Gold Class $61 & $16:
    She didn’t pick the jump from trap seven last Sunday and she suffered from traffic problems. She must use her known early pace here.
  7. Zipping Marlisa $41 & $11:
    She has missed from this trap in her latest Addington 520m assignments. That’s a concern for this track debuting girl here.
  8. Kimetto $61 & $16:
    He owns just one minor placing from seven previous races from this trap. That’s the worry for him from out here.
  9. Thrilling Raider $8 & $3:
    See heat 1 for comment.
  10. Tranquil Rue $51 & $14:
    See heat 1 for comment

Plasterboard Auckland Cup Heat 4, race 10

  1. Fantastic Ava $151 & $36:
    She controlled the pace throughout when delivering her 18.47s 318m C4 Sunday win. Securing this trap has enhanced her qualifying claims here.
  2. Opawa Kuru $101 & $26:
    He was roughed up and lost all claims when going into the first turn in Sunday’s $5,000 feature 520m. He finished strongly for his prior 527m wins here.
  3. Majestic Action $41 & $11:
    He was held in the midfield, then pressed on during the run home for his three length Addington 520m Thursday fourth. Must start better here.
  4. Mark’s Boy $41 & $11:
    He set the pace down the back straight, then he was impeded when on track debut $5,000 527m feature on Sunday. Improver after that outing.
  5. Our Sambo $81 & $21:
    He has been delivering really bold recent races in strong 527m fields. His qualifying claims cannot be ignored owing those efforts.
  6. Cawbourne Brick $21 & $6:
    He ran fourth in last year’s Auckland Cup final. He’s had a strong build up for this series meaning he’s match fit and race hardened for this assignment.
  7. Spud Missile $26 & $7:
    He has hinted lately that he is returning to his known bold on the pace racing style that he has so effectively used in the past.
  8. Zipping Jordan $14 & $3.80:
    Her pace-making tactics must be rewarded soon. The NZ Cup runner up was again run down late when finishing second in Thursday’s $7,500 Addington 520m feature.
  9. Thrilling Raider $8 & $3:
    See heat 1 for comment.
  10. Tranquil Rue $51 & $14:
    See heat 1 for comment.


Railway Sprint

Explosive short course sprinting action will be the order of the afternoon on Sunday as the speed merchant’s chase after final field positions for the $25,000 Railway Sprint final at Group 1 level. Pictured: Nangar Star, last year’s Railway Sprint winner 

Four 318m heats will see the first two place-getters being rewarded with a place in next Sunday’s dash for cash. Here’s a run down on those heats, including their TAB Futures market (winner of the final) quotes – Win option 953, Top 3 Finish option 954.

Railway Sprint Heat 1, race 3

  1. My Girl Chloe $3 & $1.50: She won the Hatrick 305m Group 2 Dash For Cash and she has drawn to advance through to this final based on her current solid 318m form.
  2. Harkonen Bale $61 & $16: He’s picking on a tough series to celebrate his 100th career race in this dash, especially being on track debut.
  3. Solarian $81 & $21: He ran fourth in last year’s final and his recent strong Cambridge 375m sprints says he’s in the right form to make this final.
  4. Cawbourne Midget $101 & $26: Her latest 305m sprints has been in C2/3 company, therefore obviously this is a considerably tougher task. She raced 305m on Friday.
  5. Speed Lorde $81 & $21: This bloke is a proven sharp 318m sprinter on this circuit. The worry is that he can be hit or miss at the jump.
  6. Allegro Lass $10 & $3: She has tasted feature sprinting success before. Her recent 318m sprints around here says she in right form to make her presence felt here.
  7. Tumbalioo $61 & $16: He’s had one taste of open class sprinting. He isn’t the quickest into stride, which is a concern in this line-up.
  8. Bigtime Ellie $81 & $21: Promising sprinter, who will be facing her toughest career test in this sprint after her last start C3 305m win. She raced 305m on Friday.
  9. Fresco Star $201 & $51: He’s a dead set railing sprinter, who isn’t the quickest away from the traps. That’s the biggest concern for him at this level.
  10. Allegro Boom $101 & $26: She’s a recently downgraded open class sprinter who must improve on her 18.79s 318m best time if she’s racing here. She raced 305m on

Railway Sprint Heat 2, race 4

  1. Jump Up $51 & $13: The switch back to an inside trap, after recent wide draws, is likely to assist him here as he can push forward along the rail.
  2. Ekali $81 & $21: He certainly isn’t the quickest away from the traps which means he looks for racing luck. He does owns a potent finish which he can use to telling effect.
  3. Spelling Misteak $61 & $16: Track debuting visitor who has no option but to win the break if he’s going to feature at the business end here.
  4. Allegro Gun $8 & $2.60: Being on track debut is the concern, however he commands total respect by being the Hatrick 17.07s 305m track record holder.
  5. Vegas Burst $51 & $13: He has been sighted finishing strong from early midfield positions after jumping from wide traps. He cops a rough draw here. .
  6. Unileven $101 & $26: His sprint here will come down to how he exits from this trap. He has been known to ping away and he can feature by using that healthy tactic here.
  7. Sopoaga $61 & $14: He was trying to push up onto the early pace when he was jostled, losing all claims during his Addington 295m warm up dash for this on Thursday.
  8. Cawbourne Mezza $41 & $11: He delivered the meet best 21.40s Manawatu 375m time last Monday. His sound wide trap stats says he must be considered from out here
  9. Fresco Star $201 & $51: See heat 1 comment
  10. Allegro Boom $101 & $26: See heat 1 comment

Railway Sprint Heat 3, race 5

  1. Cawbourne Elpaso $51 & $13: He finished fourth in the Group 1 295m Galaxy Sprint. He’s better from a wide draw, although his stats from this trap makes for tidy reading.
  2. Stole Me Wallet $61 & $16: She has been competitive since she recently stepped up to open class sprinting. Track debut here makes it tougher. She raced 305m on Friday.
  3. Swimming Goat $3.50 & $1.60: Addington 295m track record holder who owns amazing stats over that dash. Demands total respect, even though this is his first race away from home.
  4. Fantastic Sid $81 & $21: The start will be crucial for him and for those drawn inside him as he is likely to turn hard left. He’s strong and is likely to finish stoutly from where ever he settles.
  5. Simple And Plain $14 & $4: She’s a sharp 318m sprinter who is quite capable of leading this field throughout, especially if provided with a clear early racing passage.
  6. Effective Power $41 & $11: She regained her open class sprinting stripes when leading throughout to win her C4/5 318m sprint in a meet best 18.31s last Sunday when C4 graded.
  7. Lover $26 & $7: He is a known strong Hatrick 305m sprinter who tends to mix his race starts. That’s the worry surrounding his claims from out here.
  8. Bigtime Thinker $26 & $7: She is on track debut here, however her qualifying claims has been boosted by being allocated this trap. She owns tidy trap-8 stats.
  9. Fresco Star $201 & $51: See heat 1 comment
  10. Allegro Boom $101 & $26: See heat 1 comment

Railway Sprint Heat 4, race 6

  1. Von Trap $26 & $7: He’s a potent sprinter over this 318m dash, although he is more effective from the wider traps. Cannot dismiss his qualifying claims.
  2. American Warrior $8 & $2.40: NZ Cup winner who endured a luckless Addington 295m sprint on Thursday when resuming. He won his only 318m here in a smart 18.28s.
  3. Eva Diva $21 & $6: She’s an ultra consistent Sunday 318m sprinter around here. Her claims over this dash can never be ignored.
  4. Kennel Boy $81 & $21: Tardy starts has been his Achilles paw lately. He can finish strongly, however he cannot afford to blow the start in this dash. He raced 305m on Friday.
  5. Sedgebrook Babe $26 & $7: She has been a marvellously consistent Hatrick 305m sprinter for a very long time. Cops a rough draw for her track debut, however she can jump quickly.
  6. Cawbourne Matty $81 & $21: He has been contesting the pace in his recent C4 assignments. He must do likewise in this dash. He raced 305m on Friday.
  7. Daisy Lara $61 & $14: She’s a recent open class graduate, who was hindered following a slow start here last Sunday. She must use her known early pace here.
  8. Cawbourne Craig $81 & $21: He was sighted doing his best work at the business end in his recent South Island 310m and 390m sprints. He owns sound trap-8 form.
  9. Fresco Star $201 & $51: See heat 1 comment
  10. Allegro Boom $101 & $26: See heat 1 comment



Clover Park to Karen Walsh

It was the Walsh prepared multiple Group race winner Thrilling Boris who was sent to the Manukau 527m traps on Sunday as the raging $1.50 favourite for the feature $5,000 Clover Park Cup.

A moderate start saw him being caught in some degree of jostling going into the first turn from where he suffered from traffic problems resulting in him finishing fourth. 

His inform kennelmate Timmy Trumpet came away nicely from trap five to undertake the pace-making duties. He relished his task when in cruise control throughout, resulting in him securing his race win by a two and a half margin, clocking 30.60s.

Timma Turtle trekked up to the Auckland headquarters to make his track debut for his mentor Lisa Cole. It was stylish effort that he put in when sighted racing just in behind the pace. He kicked on solidly, which saw him claiming second 1.75 lengths in front of Our Sambo, who again really stepped up to the mark for his conditioner Mike Lozell when finishing three quarters of a length in front of Thrilling Boris.

The event sure was an interesting warm up race for next Sunday’s round of 527m heats for the Group 1 $80,000 Plaster Board Auckland Cup.  Timmy Trumpet was the runner up (to Thrilling Boris) in the recent Hatrick Classic at Group 1 level. Following that he produced a searing 25.33s Cambridge 457m win.

Timmy Trumpet is owned in Victoria by the Thompson Family syndicate, who are high profile industry participants over there.

Timmy trumpet will now head into his Auckland heat assignment as the winner of 33 of his 57 career races and after adding in a further 14 minor placings sees his stakes earnings now sitting at a tidy $90,997.


Update 603m Starting Boxes .

The new boxes have finally arrived on site this morning and it is planned to have them installed this week.  The installation is more than just positioning the boxes and completing the electrical.  The boxes have to be raised and realigned to the higher camber on the track and the mats have to be lifted to align with boxes.

We believe it is too risky to card a 603m race tomorrow for Monday 28th February 2017 with the hope (and a prayer) that the work is completed in time.

Therefore we have today  applied  to GRNZ to amend the Schedule for the 28th February and have the 603m feature deleted.  This will enable you to amend your nominations accordingly

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have created for you.


 Racing Review 12th February

Boris takes Plasterboard Stakes

Thrilling Boris was a courageous winner of the Plasterboard Stakes on Sunday.

Whilst the time (30.86) and the winning margin indicate that the race was merely ‘a stroll in the park affair’ for Boris this was not the case.

After a tardy beginning he was severely hampered on the first turn and unbalanced.  It was gutsy run that saw him take control in the back straight and hold on for the win.  The dead track was not conducive for a quick time.  Our Sambo returned a solid run for second.

This was Thrilling Boris first run on the new surface at the Stadium.  His last appearance was when he won the Waterloo Cup win in September.  He returns to Manukau on Sunday for the $5,000 Clover Park Cup.

Other Highlights

Other highlights on the day were:

  • Allegro Lass leading throughout to win the C4/5 Snicko Sprint ahead of My Girl Chloe and Eva Diva in a time of 18.55
  • Eye catching win by Green Jersey to win first up for Steve Clark
  • The winning runs of litter brothers Call My Name and Beautiful Boy for trainer Ben Craik.
  • Other trainers to record two wins on the day were Lisa Ahern ( Bigtime Ellie and Allegro Lass), James Black & Alysha Steele (Idol Gee and Opawa Poppy),Denis Schofield (Zipping Link and Bold Sassy) and Jared Udy & Denise Cottam (Alex Attack and Thrilling Forest

All Stars Punters Challenge

We are just a week away from the ‘Day of the Stars’ race meeting where the racing should be confined to either heats of Plasterboard Auckland Cup or Railway Sprint with all of the stars racing.

The All Stars Punters Challenge provides an opportunity for you to bring your mates and family to witness this great day and win $1,500.  See All Stars Punters Challenge page for full details.

Sunday 19th February

The racing comprises seven middle distance races highlighted by the inaugural Clover Park Cup.  Here Thrilling Boris meets a strong line up including Timmy Trumpet, Timma Turtle, Gold Class and Mark’s Boy

Central District’s trainer Lisa Ahern has a baker’s dozen entered including four in the Plasterboard Sprint.

Again it is an early start, first race 12.16pm, with a $2,000 Bonus Quaddie on race 2.

Start Time

The Club has applied to the NZRB for a 2.30pm start time for the Auckland Cup meetings.  An outcome for this application is still pending.

$2,000 Bonus Quaddie

The NZRB have announced on Friday $2,000 Bonus Pool for the early Quaddie for February to draw the attention of Punters to the early start trial at Manukau.

Gold Class Takes Anniversary Day Cup

Early pace is a wise tactic to use when contesting open class feature events. Gold Class owns early pace and using that asset set her firmly on course to win Monday’s $5,000 Auckland Anniversary Day Cup.

The Denis Schofield trained chaser jumped away sweetly from trap two to seize the early race lead. It was a race lead she was never going relinquish as seen when she cruised home holding a comfortable 3.5 length margin. She cut out the 527m trip in 30.83s.

It was a gutsy effort that the Lisa Ahern prepared Absinthe Minded produced to claim the runners up prize. He was backing up from his brave, albeit distant, fourth place finish in the previous Friday’s Group 1, $25,000 Hatrick Classic. He was sighted running on to claim his first Manukau podium position. In doing so he held a 1.25 length margin over a gallant Triple Parked who finished stoutly for her third placing for her conditioner Steve Clark.

Gold Class is a daughter of Have A Yap (by Premier Fantasy) who in 2010 and 2011 made the Manukau 527m distance her own personal event. Gold Class has tasted feature 527m success here before, having won the 2015 edition of the Auckland Oaks. Monday’s win advanced her career stake earning to $44,620, the result of winning 17 races, plus also the same number of minor placings from her 69 race day outings               (P Fenemor)

Railway Bound

My Girl Chloe turned the City of Sails in a one act affair when cruising away to a 3¼ length victory in 18.29 seconds.  Chasing in vain were Sketchy Chief and Eva Diva.  My Girl Chloe is trained by Karen Walsh for Gary Harding.

My Girl Chloe surely must have the Group 1 Railway Sprint Series as a target race.

Other Highlights

  • Imperial Court, Clockwise Rap and Good Job gave Phil Green a hat-trick of wins
  • Opawa Velocette made it a winning northern debut for Wayne & Tracy Steele in the Dogzone Stakes
  • Thrilling Hettie (Sergio – Thrilling Ella) also made a on track debut when she was simply too good in the C3 Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Stakes
  • Rejuvenated Fresco Star made it two wins in the week for new trainer Hayley Mullane


Manukau Gold

The low grade meeting on Monday 3rd April will be highlighted by the Manukau Gold Series Heats.

The Board has finalized the details of Manukau Gold, a C0 middle distance series, with heats on the 3rd April and the $5,000 Final on Easter Saturday.  The Manukau Gold Series is a part of the Club’s ongoing strategy to nurture middle distance

In finalizing the details of the Manukau Gold Series Chairman John Roberts indicated that the Board has developed a series of races for all grades over the two days to as incentives for the back to back racing at Manukau on the 2nd & 3rd April. 

The back to back meetings at Manukau are designed to complement the NZ Derby Heats night at Cambridge and provide continuity of racing opportunities for all grades of dogs in the northern region.

The Club has done its part now it rests with the LPs as to whether all meetings are held.

Racing Review 22nd January

Last Stride Win

Opawa Kuru grabbed a last stride win over Gold Class in the feature race of the day the Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Stakes.

From box 8 Opawa Kuru gained an uninterrupted run by scouting wide in the early stages then dropping for a trail behind the pace making Gold Class.  Opawa Kuru sustained a strong run in the straight catching Gold Class right on the finishing post.  The winning margin a nose margin and the time of 30.91.  Triple Parked was 2¾ lengths away in third placing.

Opawa Kuru is trained by Wayne & Tracy Steele for Opawa Racing Ltd.

Clock Keeps Ticking

Clockwise Rap led throughout to take the Pump & Engineering Services Final over 527m on Sunday.  His time of 30.81 on a slow track following overnight rain, the first significant rain since the track upgrade, suggests that Clockwise Rap will be more than competitive in the higher grades.  Westworld ran on strongly for second.

With litter brother Magic Clock winning the Greyhound Function Centre Stakes earlier in the day gave Phil Green two winners on the card.

Clockwise Rap and Magic Clock have each won three races in January.

First winner for Sean

Irinka Darcy’s victory in the Trophies Plus credited Sean Codlin with his first training success.  Imported from Australia Irinka Darcy (Barcia Bale-Irinka Alice) won by 3 ¼ lengths in a time of 18.46.

Proudly watching over the victory dais celebrations, from the grandstand, was his grandmother Audrey Laing.

Twenty one years old Sean indicates that his passion for greyhound racing has developed through watching greyhound racing on Trackside as a kid and attending the Taranaki Easter meetings.  His greatest motivator no doubt was sprinting sensation Bright Star.  Sean created the ‘Bright Star Fan Club’ and rarely missed a race contested by the mighty sprinter.

Sean commenced training this season and currently has a racing team of three Irinka Darcy, Zarzuella and Howlin’ Ace.

Speed Lord takes Sprint

Aptly named Speed Lorde flew the boxes to lead throughout to win the Plasterboard Ltd Sprint in 18.45, run home 13.88.  Raced by Matt Bell, Tom Rodewald and Mike Stevens Speed Lorde recorded his first win since October.

With the Group 1 Railway Sprint just four weeks away it was a timely win for Speed Lorde who after completing a hat trick of wins in October was campaigned unsuccessfully in the Galaxy from the

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