Fi­nal­ists sought tonight for G1 races

Wanganui Chronicle - - Racing - By Peter Fen­emor

"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.

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