Racing a build-up for rich finals

By Peter Fenemor

This evening's racing at the Hatrick Raceway is the lull before the storm occurs at this venue next Friday, when the majority of the nation's best greyhounds will descend on the River City.

That's when the competitive heats for the $37,000 Spion Rose over 520m at Group 1 level, plus the straight out sprinters, will contest their Group 2 heats in the 295m $12,600 Dash For Cash sprint series.

The rich finals will be hosted by the Wanganui club on Friday, December 14.

The locally trained chasers complete their preparations for those events tonight, where five open class races will be decided.

The last four of them form tonight's TAB Quaddie.

Kicking off proceedings are the sprinters in race 9 (7.35pm), where an improved draw for Ciao For Now can see him reversing last week's miss.

The closer to the rail he draws, the better he performs.

Monday's strong Palmerston North 375m winner Ate Power demands respect and he can make his presence felt here by swooping around the outer.

And consider the fresh-up Stumpy Khaskow as the potential blow-out prospect from the good draw he has here.

Three Inch Nail delivered a bold Palmerston North 457m third on Monday and he has drawn to deliver a competitive race in the second leg.

Cool Izmir has proven hard to run down if he finds the early race lead.

And his kennelmate Unprofessional is a chaser who has a huge future in front of her. She returns from a spell tonight and her claims cannot be ignored here.

Complicit, who was severely checked last Friday, has drawn poorly in the third leg, but his record on this track demands the utmost respect.

Tiz Now has yet to deliver on the huge reputation he brought across the Tasman with him he receives the opportunity to do so in this sprint.

And the northern visitor Motherlee has developed a proven record on this track and she won't mind exiting from the wide trap she has been allocated here.

On to the final leg, where last Friday's impressive winner Guru Goose will be strongly supported to serve up a repeat dose.

There's no question he's talented enough to do that, however his kennelmate Stiff looms as a potential blocker to him.

Rosemore Osti continues to deliver competitive sprint here, while if there is to be a Quaddie boil-over then northern visitor Flying Flynn is poised to deliver that knock-out blow.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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