Finalists sought tonight for G1 races
"This series is restricted to New Zealand-bred greyhounds only, which sees the heat fields being dominated by chasers from the powerful Lisa Cole kennels."
GROUP 1 racing returns to the Hatrick Raceway this evening with two heats for the New Zealand Breeders’ Stakes being decided over 520m.
This series is restricted to New Zealand-bred greyhounds only, which sees the heat fields being dominated by chasers from the powerful Lisa Cole kennels.
The first four finishers in each heat will advance to next Friday’s $45,420 final.
Included in the heats are the Cole prepared first two finishers in last Monday’s Group 2 North Island Challenge Stakes final held at the Manawatu Raceway.
Bigtime Levi strongly won that 457m event, clocking a swift 25.75s.
He quickly hopped away from the five trap then lines up in the second heat (race 7) here from trap six.
Kennelmate Bigtime Tears endured a luckless Monday outing.
She owns volumes of early pace which is an asset she must use when exiting from trap five.
Bigtime Forest is a capable chaser who has drawn handily enough in trap three, while Bigtime Wendle can swoop from trap eight.
Adding interest to this heat is the presence of Tyson’s Quest, who is prepared by the Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club chairman Brian Marsh.
His charge is a recent addition to the open class chasing ranks and his qualifying claims cannot be lightly dismissed.
The first heat features the dual Group 1-winning Bigtime Paddy, who overcame a moderate start in Monday’s feature to chase home Bigtime Levi, 1.75 lengths behind him.
His start from trap four will be crucial for him, owing to his kennelmate No Time Toulouse drawing on his immediate outside.
She has a habit of cutting hard down towards the rail when she exits from the traps.
If Bigtime Paddy isn’t hindered by her, then he’s the logical winner of this heat.
No Time Toulouse owns plenty of early pace and she can advance to the final by leading her heat rivals around the first turn.
Completely overlook Bigtime Lily’s traffic impeded last start miss.
She has drawn the ace trap here from where she can book her final field position.
Bigtime Caleb is a much better chaser than what his current form line indicates. He is provided with qualifying claims from trap two here.
Marcie Flipp applies the finishing touches to the strong finishing Idol Tom.
This slow starter has placed in a Group 1 520m at this venue and he can be expected to be sighted flying home at the business end.