Racing News

Keeping up with the Racing Action at Manukau

1st September 2017

This Sunday we again have a 13 race card with the boxes opening for the first at 1.31pm and the last jumping at 5.11pm.

Feature of the day is the Winsome Ashley Series Final (Race 9) that has attracted a very handy field of bitches face the starter, including the highly promising Cristiane Cyborg  and Zipping Kirby.

A nice even field of C4/5 chasers will face up to boxes in Plasterboard Stakes, race 11.  We are not far away from the Waterloo Cup Heats , so dogs with aspirations for this race will be looking to run into or hold form.

The C5 sprint, Carols TAB Clendon Inn Stakes (Race 12) sees a quality line up headed by Just One Smile, Belcroft Banker and Highland laddie.  The open class  sprints are always keenly contested at Manukau and this week’s event promises another good contest.

There is a $10,000k guaranteed Quaddie, starting on R10, so let’s see as many of you as possible to join us on Sunday at Manukau

25th August

Spring has arrived and hopefully we are in for some good racing on Sunday.  There is again a 13 race card at Manukau on Sunday, with a 1.27pm kick off and the last at 4.59pm.

There are some interesting fields carded:

The Plasterboard Stakes (C4/5) is a very even field headed by the ultra-consistent Manukau performer Lochinvar Brogue.  While Bigtime Opal, Obstinatus and Just One Smile are the leading contenders in race 10, an excellent C5 sprint.  Both these races being part of the $10k guaranteed Quaddie, which is popular with our punters.

The Carols TAB Clendon Inn Maiden Final has a rather promising type in Beaumont as the hot favourite, after an impressive heat win.

Race 5 sees a 603metre maiden distance event. It is always good to see 603 events on the card.  Here the classy Westworld steps up to distance racing

Join us on Sunday for the K9 action at Manukau.  .We appreciate the efforts our’ faithful’ make to be present.

AGRC Members being the last Sunday of the Month it is Members Draw after race 10.

18 August

Sunday 20th August

It is the turn for the lower grade chasers this Sunday, with a 13 race card, the feature being the NZ Racing Series Graduation Final, carded as race 11.

The highly promising bitch, Christiane Cyborg is all the rage. She has been very carefully placed by trainer, Hayley Mullane and despite a picket line form line, still well positioned in the grades.  Top marks to Hayley for the forward planning with this greyhound.

The balance of the card contains some promising youngsters, whose performances will be watched with interest.

$10,000 Guaranteed Quaddie

The last four races form up the $10k guaranteed quaddie. The pools have been good to date demonstrating greyhound punters do love to chase down a good pot.

We are grateful to our Manukau regulars for their support through this wet winter and hope to see some more faces on course this Sunday.

10 August 2017

Weather Costing Turnover

Gosh, this winter just has to be one of the bleakest and wet we have had for many years. The water table level in the soil is just so high, that the additional rainfall has got nowhere to go, meaning soaked paddocks and training facilities for our Licensed Persons.

There has been any number of thoroughbred meetings lost this winter.  This is costing the industry much needed turnover.  To date the greyhound code has been very lucky that we have escaped that fate, with there being sufficient breaks in the weather to enable our tracks to recover and be prepared for race days.

Sunday 13th August

This Sunday sees heats for NZ Racing Graduation Series.   The highlight will be the appearance of Christiane Cyborg in the first of the heats.  She looks to be the North's most promising middle distance chaser coming through the grades and she will watched with lots of interest, in this her toughest test to date.

The Plasterboard Stakes (C4)I is very open race.  Whilst the Hewlett Electrical Sprint (c5) has attracted the best in the northern Nitology and Yeboah taking on the CD’s very capable Bigtime Opal.  An interesting runner will be Just One Smile who has just graduated to this grade but has been clocking good times on her way through the grades.

$10k Quaddie

There is a  $10k guaranteed Quaddie starting on race 10.  These pools always see a good payout when on offer.

Join us on Sunday for a 1.16pm kick off and 13 races later a 4.47pm finish. This time frame seems the most acceptable during the winter months

Amazing Chase Match Ups Finalized

The draw for the match ups in the Formpro Amazing Chase was completed in a draw on DogZone..  The match ups being:

Match 1 (3.39pm)

1 Thrilling Flo $14 (Karen Walsh)

2 Tom Tee $2.70 (Ray Adcock)

Match 2 (3.50pm)

3 Bigtime Bell $21 (Lisa Cole)

4 Bigtime Paddy $5.50 (Lisa Cole)

Match 3 (4.01pm)

5 Thrilling Raider $9 (Karen Walsh)

6 Ridin’ Shotgun $4 (Karen Walsh)

Match 4 (4.12pm)

7 Cawbourne Trixy $14 (Matt Roberts)

8 Shantui $5.50 (Dave & Jean Fahey)

Reserves Translator $21 and Westworld $16 

Review 23 July

Solo Trials Changes Amazing Chase Field

On the last day of qualifying six Amazing Chase contenders solo trialed over 527m, while five eligible greyhounds contested 527m races on what was officially described a dead.

It was the following Solo Trials that reshaped the field for the Amazing Chase:

  • Absinthe Minded       31.03
  • Thrilling Raider          30.35s
  • Bigtime Bell               31.11s
  • Ridin’ Shotgun           30.27s
  • Bigtime Welldone      30.83
  • Thrilling Flo                30.51s

While five dogs raced on the day none could improve their rating for the Formpro Amazing Chase field.

Lochinvar Brogue take AGRC Board Cup

Lochinvar Brogue confirmed his liking for the Manukau Stadium by convincingly winning the AGRC Board Cup: his 11th win at the track this season.  Raced by Cindy Gordon Lochinvar Brogue career record is 43 starts- 17wins -14 placings for stake earnings of $45,707.

Beltom completed the quinella for trainer Denis Schofield and Clockwise Rap was a game third after setting the early pace.

Nitrology Steals AGRC Board Sprint

After a slow beginning from box 2 Nitrology scooted through along the rails across the top to secure the lead and thereafter it was race over in the AGRC Board Sprint.  His time a 18.40 on cold winter day.  Jump Up held on gamely for second, after leading early, ahead of Raging Demon.

Performance of the Day

The performance of the Day award went to Cristiane Cyborg, who continued to dominate the lower grades by winning her g=heat of the Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Series in a 30.66.  The other heat winners Jetsun Jamie and Gee Thunder both recorded 31.08.

Preview 16 July

My word, the whole country has been dealt a hand from mother nature this week , with horrific  conditions throughout.  We admire how the LPs throughout the country keep the code ticking over even in the most unpleasant weather.

Amazing Chase

Planning is well advanced for Amazing Chase Day on Sunday 30th July, with real interest in the times being recorded as entrants chase down one of the eight spaces LP'S , please refresh yourselves with the five feature races carded for this day.  The Club is very keen to see these races well supported  to ensure a great day at the dogs.

Yap’s Me Mum is completing a solo trial prior to racing on Sunday.

Terminating Pick6

It is really satisfying to see thePick6 exceed the $25k guarantee again last week.  This week’s fields look slightly more friendly to punters, but we have said that before and suffered the consequences.

We will again have our $10 syndicate for on course punters and hopefully have a result.

Turnover last week was sound, especially off course

Remember we are inside for viewing at Manukau, so join us on Sunday for the 14 race card, first race at 1.38pm.

Preview 9th July

It really is winter, with Auckland being hit with foul weather for most of the week and more rain forecast.   The track has withstood the rain are would currently be rated good.

We certainly hope the weather improves for Sunday as we have four dogs looking for good times to enhance their chances of reaching the Amazing Chase. Those dogs are Lochinvar Brogue, Westworld, Yaps My Mum and Zipping Silva.

Changes to 29th July Schedule

Preview 9th July

It really is winter, with Auckland being hit with foul weather for most of the week and more rain forecast.   The track has withstood the rain are would currently be rated good.

We certainly hope the weather improves for Sunday as we have four dogs looking for good times to enhance their chances of reaching the Amazing Chase. Those dogs are Lochinvar Brogue, Westworld, Yaps My Mum and Zipping Silva.

Changes to 29th July Schedule

GRNZ wants the 29th July to be an Amazing Race Day.

Yes it is the inaugural Amazing Chase ($30,000) but they have provided the Club with an additional $5,000 to spice up the stakes for the supporting card.

Trainers are advised that GRNZ has approved changes to the advertised Schedule and five additional feature races have been added namely:

  • C5       527m              $6,000
  • C5       318m              $3,500
  • C4       527m              $5,000
  • C4       318m              $2.800
  • C2d     603m              $5,000

The Official Schedule has been updated on the GRNZ website

The Board thank GRNZ for these additional features.

There will be further announcements from GRNZ relating to the Amazing Chase next week.


Terminating Pick6

It was most pleasing to see our first week of July's $25k terminating Pick6 exceed the guarantee.

$25k is on offer again this Sunday and we will have our Pick6 Syndicate, $10 per share, on course.  Last week we had 5 winners last week, close but no cigar as they say.  Note there was a $2 payout because our investors got shut out on one investment (it would have been a losing ticket)

Lets hope this week sees us successful.

We value are on course punters and would love to see you in attendance on Sunday for some good racing and a chance to chase down that $25k.

Review 2nd July

Westworld Sweeps in Amazing Chase Countdown

The Ben Craik trained Westworld came with a strong finishing run to take out the Plasterboard Stakes (C5).  At the line the pacemakers Blazing Spirit and Gold Class held on to take the monor placings 1 ½ lengths behind the winner

Westworld’s time of 30.55 projected him into second position for the Amazing Chase.  See Amazing Chase Leaders Board.

Westworld was one of four winners prepared by Ben Craik on the day.  The others being Beautiful Boy and littermates Bodyguard and Emoji.

Other highlights

  • Return to the Winner’s Dais by top sprinter Yeboah at his second start following seven month absence from racing
  • Jump Up’s victory in the Pump & Engineering Services Stakes in a slick 18.22
  • 1.58 winning units in the $25,000 Terminating Pick6.  Each unit receiving $17,342.
  • Steve Clark (Bitters & Yeboah) and Hayley Mullane (Kuri Pai & Jump Up) each trained two winners.
  • By winning R11Irinka Darcy delivered $300 to Thayne Green in the weekly Legs Eleven promotion.

Preview 30th June 2017

Pick6 Returns Home

It is terrific news that Pick6 has returned to its rightful Sunday residence.

Yes we’ve got a Terminating $25,000 Pick6s at Manukau, on all five Sundays in July.

We thank the TAB for this move and trust all Greyhound punters will chase down the pot of gold

There will be a Syndicate on course at $10 per ticket.

We hope our ‘experts’ crack the Pick6 and hope to get early success. So join us at Manukau on Sunday for some excellent racing and a chance to share in a big pot.

Remember they are terminating, so someone has to win.

Amazing Chase

Well we get another week closer to the Amazing Chase

Already we have an outstanding time of 30.22 at Auckland and that was from the C0 527m winner last Sunday in Ridin Shotgun. That huge win has promoted Ridin’ Shotgun to Fixed odds favourite at this time, and even though he is very much lacking in race expertise, you cannot blame the TAB for their actions.  This dog has a massive motor.

On Sunday we see Yaps My Mum, Westworld, Lochinvar Brogue, Beautiful Boy and Thrilling Flo looking to register a smart time in their endeavours to qualify for the Amazing Chase.

This race on 30th July is generating huge interest and the AGRC are very keen to support GRNZ and make this a really special race day.

Review 25 June 2017

Opawa Brad takes New Zealand Sires Produce

The Opawa Racing team has strongly encompassed that package and that translated into Opawa Brad effortlessly winning the Group 2 NZ Sires’ Produce Stakes.

The race victory also took Opawa Brad’s conditioners, the Dave and Jean Fahey training partnership to 99 Group race victories – an absolutely phenomenal achievement!

The Opawa team, headed by Robin Wales along with his close mates Graham Campbell and Ron Todd, has been breeding their own racing team for numerous races. They initially raced Australian bred greyhounds, then on the completion of their racing careers, they made the conscious decision to breed locally from those imported chasers.  They also formed a close relationship with the Fahey’s with the husband and wife training team churning out Black type after Black type winners for Opawa Racing.

Winsome Opawa (Spiral Nikita – Winsome Gem), bred by the Opawa boys and trained by the Fahey’s, enjoyed a successful racing career winning 47 races, being placed on 26 occasions and earning $172, 689 from his 86 races from September 2009 through to November 2011.

He was then put to stud siring numerous quality litters. It was in January 2015 when nine pups were whelped from the Winsome Opawa and Opawa Andrea mating. Included were Opawa Brad and Opawa Racer.

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon at the Manukau Stadium and the litter siblings paraded to the 527m traps to contest the NZ Sires’ Produce Stakes. Brad was in the stripes, while Racer was in the green racing vest.

The early favourite Thrilling Surge was scratched from trap one by his trainer Karen Walsh, which saw Opawa Brad jumping as the $2.50 favourite. It was the Jared Udy and Denise Cottam reserve runner Hey Khali who won the break. Getting away nicely from out wide was Bloomingdales for Ben Craik.

Punching up along the rail was Opawa Brad, who then seized the race lead going into the first turn. It was a race lead he was never going to hand up as he cruised through to win by 5 lengths. in a tidy 30.36s.

Bigtime Welldone showed the value of having made her Manukau track debut outing the previous Sunday when this daughter of Bigtime Kinvara and Bigtime Karen finished strongly to comfortably claim second for Lisa Cole. Also finishing stoutly, although another 5 ¾lengths behind, was Opawa Racer who cut out the brave Bloomingdales of the third placing by a ½ length.  (Courtesy Peter Fenemor edited).

Ridin’ Shotgun Shatters Record

It may have only been a C0 527m event but the race captured nationwide attention as the highly rated Ridin’ Shotgun made his Manukau debut.

After pinging the boxes Ridin’ Shotgun showed no mercy and simply just increased his lead winning by 18¼ lengths in a new class record time of 30.22.  This bettered the previous record of 30.33 set by Ava Appeal in 2009.

This time also set the benchmark time for the Manukau track in the forthcoming Amazing Chase.

Nitrology Creams Sprinters

Rising star Nitrology quickly strode to the front from the outside box to lead throughout to win the Plasterboard Sprint (C5) in a very slick 18.30.  Obstinatus and Bigtime Ellie filled the minor placings.

The win was Nitrolgy’s first straight open class victory and maintained his unbeaten record for trainer Steve Clark.  His career record is now 16 starts-12wins and 2 placings with stake earnings of 417,737.

Other Highlights

Lochinvar Brogue won the Carol’s TAB Clendon Inn Stakes (C5) in a time of 30.56.

Steve Clark (Bitters & Nitrology), Carolyn Henley ( Hey pretty Girl & Southern Blue) and Jared Udy & Denise Cottam (All Hail Caesar & Ima Lucky Zarr) each trained two winnersRacing Preview23 June 2017

Preview 25 June 2017

New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes

This week we stage our last Group race for the 2016-2017 Season the Group 2 New Zealand  Sires Produce Stakes.

The race has attracted a very strong lineup of NZ sired runners headed by Thrilling Surge, Thrilling Hettie and Opawa Brad.  It is race 10 at 4.29pm.

The support card is very good with the budding sprinting star Nitrology in race 8 the Plasterboard Sprint. 

Whilst Lochinvar Brogue and NZ Derby winner Storm Warning head a very strong Carol’s TAB Clendon Stakes.

There will be huge interest in race four, which sees Ridin Shotgun run out his maiden nominations. He was a massive winner at Cambridge in sensational time on Thursday.  Note he holds a nomination for the Amazing Chase.  A maiden when nominated, but this is no ordinary dog and his progress will be exciting to watch.  The nature of this series may well suit his undoubted speed.  It certainly adds to the intrigue of this race.

Amazing Chase

It is really pleasing to see 30 nominations for the Amazing Chase.

There are some excellent quality dogs nominated and the spred of dogs throughout the regions.  It will be fascinating to see who qualifies and where to be the eight finalists on the Sunday 30th July 2017.

We will update weekly the various leaderboards.

Plasterboard Ltd Silver Collar Day

The Bell Rang Powerfully at Manukau

For me, this win is bigger than either the Sandown Cup or the Australian National Distance winners I trained,” commented Victorian conditioner Gerry O’Keeffe following the effortless victory he mentored his charge Ring The Bell to in Sunday’s $80,000 Plasterboard Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar.

That’s a huge statement because O’Keeffe prepared Ring The Bell to win that Australian National Distance title, plus his litter sister Bell’s Are Ringing to win the world’s richest staying race, the A$250,000 Sandown Cup.

“I set a plan for Ring The Bell after he won in Adelaide (Aussie National Distance) to aim him towards the Silver Collar. I was aware of the race and the prestigious nature of it. I also wanted to try Ring The Bell over the extreme 779m race distance. I had the full support of his owners (Four Frothys Syndicate) to go ahead with the plan.

“It was six months in the planning, therefore, to pull it off made Sunday’s win so immensely satisfying. I am so proud of Disco (kennel name). I thought if I could get him down to around the 46.20s mark (he won his heat in 46.31s), then yes he could win the race,” advised O’Keeffe.

He was spot on as Ring The Bell completed his Sunday 779m assignment in 46.22s, demolishing his Kiwi-trained rivals by an emphatic 11.75 length margin. Yes, there was some early anxiety for O’Keeffe as he explains. “My first thoughts when I saw Shandell leading for the first 100 yards, was how are we going to get past her? I really respect her proven record as stayer, especially in this race”

The Arch Lawrence trained Shandell was contesting her third Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar Final after winning it in 2015, then running second to Teemaria last year. The 46.52s heat winner led the field away from the 779m traps.  It was to be a short lift race lead as Ring The Bell stalked Shandell into the home straight for the first occasion and he had assumed control of the race with a lap left to complete. It was all over as a contest from that point with only the minor placings having to be decided.

Shandell was really gallant in bravely leading the vain chase after the pacemaker and she held strongly for her deserved runner-up’s prize and with it, she claimed the $1,000 Breeders’ prize for being the first NZ bred greyhound to finish in the Group 1 event.  Third possie on the podium was snatched late by the strong finishing Know Jinx. It was a massive effort by the Gary Cleeve trained stayer to achieve her placing as she was severely checked when approaching the final turn. It was a remarkable recovery by her.

We have to also acknowledge the performances delivered by the two Maiden graded stayers in this field. Electric Lotto was only cut out of third over the final few bounds. Her trainers Greg Hore and Peter Fergusson have every right to feel very proud of her achievement. The Matt Roberts trained Cawbourne Kai finished nearly in line with her. Both of these stayers will be sighted in forthcoming feature staying events based on their gutsy efforts in the great race.

We have to leave the last words to the victorious trainer. “I’m extremely impressed with your greyhound racing over here. It is every professionally run not only on the track but also off it. The hospitality I was extended during my visit was absolutely fantastic. I wish to congratulate all other trainers involved in the Silver Collar – they were so very sporting and generous in their congratulations. They did New Zealand greyhound racing proud.

“I have to sincerely thank Thayne Green who went out of his way to accommodate myself and Ring The Bell, while Mark and John Smith made sure everything went smoothly for me throughout the trip. Yes, winning the Silver Collar is my career highlight,” added O’Keeffe.  (Courtesy Peter Fenemor  GRNZ) 

Peter Earley Classic to Lochinvar Brogue

The $6,000 Peter Earley Classic, Sunday’s edition saw the Denis Schofield trained Lochinvar Brogue installed as the warm race favourite. He never gave his supporters any concern whatsoever by seizing the early race lead. It was a lead he was never going to hand up, cruising through his assignment to stop the clock in 30.47s holding a two-length margin over his rivals.  Westworld and Gold Class filled the minor placings

It was the 14th career win for the Australian owned Lochinvar Brogue. He has also placed on another 14 occasions which now sees his stake earnings sitting at $36,967 from his 39 race day outings.

The Peter Earley Classic recognises of an outstanding contribution to greyhound racing by race caller Peter Earley.  On the day he called his 45th Silver Collar- this surely is an Australasian record for calling consecutive Group 1 races.

Other Highlights

Bigtime Ellie won the Hifi Allegro Sprint in 18.52

Silver Collar day saw birthday’s being celebrated by Karen Thomson and Auckland Chairman John Roberts  

The Club presented the trainers of all Silver Collar finalists with a special collar and lead set.

The Last Man Standing promotion was easily won by the “Misfits” team Graeme Calverley, Dave Emerson, Rupert Fairbrother, Greg Kerr and Danny Laing

Our Great Race

Well Our Great Race; the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar is scheduled as Race 10 at 4.26pm this Sunday.

It is tremendous line up and is also the first leg of the $7,500 Bonus Quaddie.

I would like to acknowledge the most generous sponsorship of this great race by Roy and Karen Thomson and Jim and Alice Sirey of Plasterboard Ltd. They are wonderful supporters of the Club and their loyalty is hugely appreciated.

The Great Race is certainly not just a two dog race between the heat winners; the grand bitch Shandell and the Australian representative Ring the Bell. Both were huge in their heats.  But drop the pre race favourite Tranqil Blossom at your peril as she was unlucky in her heat  and could well get the run she desires from box 8.

The young dog Augello went very well in his heat, and could back up well and the southern bitch Know Jinx was held wide throughout in her strong and could be the surprise package.

All in all, this promises to be a grand contest and certainly worthwhile being on course to view.

There is a good support card , featuring the Peter Earley Classic and Hi Fi Allegro Sprint.

Great Achievement

Sunday will see the 47th edition of the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar being decided.

For colourful northern greyhound commentator Peter Earley it will be his 45th call of the great race.  That has to be a New Zealand record for race calling.

The support race the Peter Earley Classic acknowledges this great achievement.  Peter is the only person to have witnessed all previous editions of the Great Race.

Racing Review 4 June

Outstanding that is what best describes the performances witnessed during the Plasterboard Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar Heats.

Both heats resulted in strong pace-making victories.

First up we saw the Queen of the Kiwi stayers Shandell strongly railing underneath the initial pacemaker Tron Bradman when racing into the first turn.   From there the 2015 Silver Collar winner produced a freewheeling gallop to cruise into her third Silver Collar Final stylishly taking out her heat by four lengths in 46.52s.  Bradam Begins made a complete hash of the race start when flopping out of the traps; therefore it was a stylish effort by him to weave his way past the other six heat contenders to nail his second placing. . He held a 2½ length margin over the exceptionally brave maiden chaser Cawbourne Kai (3rd) and Know Jinx.

It was the black racing vest worn by Australian National Distance title holder Ring The Bell that speared straight into the race lead in the second heat. The further they went the further the Gerry O’Keeffe prepared stayer extended his race lead. At the judge, he had built a comfortable 12½ length margin over his rivals, when returning 46.31s.

Without taking anything away from the winner whatsoever there was a fair amount of jostling on the final turn which severely impacted on a number of runners.  Slipping around the outer, avoiding the incident was the promising young stayer Augello. He pressed on solidly to claim second.  The pre-series favourite Tranquil Blossom was mounting her known powerful finish when she was stopped dead on her paws. It was a gutsy effort by her to pick herself up to regain her momentum to arrive home a further 4¾ lengths behind for third.  Capitalising on the opportunity presented to her in the incident was the $201/1finals prospect Electric Lotto.

The big loser in the melee was the defending Lawrence prepared Silver Collar title holder Teemaria, who after looking to easily qualify, she had to re-gather her impetus which saw her winding up in fifth and second reserve for the Silver Collar.

It is now all set for yet another compelling edition of Our Great Race.  (Courtesy Peter Fenemor)

Breath-taking. That’ is the only way to describe the electric manner in which Bigtime Bell won the Auckland Oaks.

Bloomingdales flew the lids and set the field a merry chase cutting out the first section in 30.56.  There was general jostling into the first turn that enable Bloomingdales to extend her lead.  Whilst the pack slow closed on Bloomingdales she looked home for any money.  However that was not to be the outcome Bigtime Bell put in some telling big strides to grab victory right on the finishing line.  Bigtime Bell official margin was a head in a winning time of 30.56.

Raced by Lisa Cole and Craig Rendle Bigtime Bell’s career stats read 37 starts  8 wins 20 placings for stake earnings of $31,126.

Review 28 May

Kava Blu’s consistency was rewarded when he won the Thrilling Brat Stakes (C4/5).  Westworld stormed home from rear division on the home turn to get within a ½ length at the line.  The winning time was 30.69.  Kava Blu is trained by Wayne and Tracy Steele for the Pave The Way Syndicate.

Other highlights on the day:

  • Nitrology made it two wins in the week when winning the Deli’s Sports Bar Clendon Inn Sprint in 18 52.
  • Bob Bond (Amazing Contact & How’s Your Mum), Ben Craik (Emoji & Bodyguard) and Jared & Denise Udy (Waerenga Star & Little Moo) each trained two winners.
  • Allegro Lass (Spring Gun – Hifi Allegro) stepped back up on the winner’s dais in the C5 Plasterboard Sprint having last won on here on the 12th February.  The win taking her career record to 61 starts-15 wins- 23 placings for stake earnings of $30,235.

Ring The Bell trialled over approximately 700m; his first section cut out in a slick 4.50.

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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