STRONG WAIKATO UNDERCARD EVENTS
It was an extremely strong undercard that supported the three Group races finals held during the rain swept NZ Derby meeting last Thursday evening. Pictured: American Warrior strongly winning the Jack Hanon Memorial Cup – pic Phil Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org
American Warrior has proven to be a potent greyhound on the big sweeping one turn tracks. The Waikato Cup winner returned to the Cambridge Raceway last Thursday as the winner of all seven of his races on the three horseshoe shaped tracks in the country. The Dave and Jean Fahey prepared NZ Cup title holder departed the northern venue having won his eighth straight race on the big power based circuits.
He had to be good, very good to win the $5,000 Jack Hannon Memorial Cup. He was relegated back to last after being impeded just after the jump from the 457m traps. From that point, he weaved his way past his rivals to chase the two pace-setters into the sweeping bend. He kept the throttle fully open when rounding that turn from where he flicked on the turbochargers to cruise clear for what turned into an emphatic three-length victory clocking 25.60s.
American Warrior after his Jack Hannon Memorial Cup win; the trophies & dress rugs for the three Group races decided on NZ Derby night; as usual all connections of NZ Derby finalists received mementos – on this occasion it was engraved glasses with Dave Fahey and Mark Lin receiving theirs from race sponsor Mike Stent (2nd from right)
The NZ Derby night racing action kicked away with Diva Pose landing her 375m win, seen here with co-trainer Mark Smith; the first of the Lisa Cole trained winners for the evening came when Bigtime Fever struck in the second – she’s with handler Sam Lozell, who was celebrating his 21st birthday; Matt Roberts trained the Quinella in the feature 650m race – he’s seen here with winner Cawbourne Buckle
Our Heisenberg jumped in from off the reserves bench to prevail in a blanket finish for Ben Craik, seen here with Tracey Craik; Hallo Star has been charging back up through the grades for Ross and Lynne Udy – she’s pictured with handler Marsha Black; Winsome Dash is a recent Aussie import for the Wayne and Tracey Steele training partnership, seen here with Melissa and Tracey Steele after his stylish 457m win
Sketchy Chief is the inform northern sprinter as seen in his smart 375m win for local trainers Greg Hore and Peter Fergusson; Spring Allegro was exceptionally brave when he won the last race open class 457m event and in doing so he capped off a top night for trainer Lisa Cole; trainers table were decorated which included an NZ Derby figurine on all of them
By Peter Fenemor