One of the better open class 520m fields seen for a quite a while will contest tomorrow evening's main event (Race 9) at Hatrick Raceway.

Last Friday's slippery 520m winner Allegro Gun (29.92s) is back to seek revenge for his badly-impeded 457m Palmerston North outing on Monday.

The Lisa Cole-prepared greyhound was sublime in the manner that he took apart his rivals last week when posting his 22nd track win (sixth over 520m) by an effortless fourth length margin last week.

The talented chaser Nitehawk Rose is poised to give Allegro Gun everything she has and then some.


She is match fit and race hardened after her recent Nancy Cobain 660m campaign.

Nitehawk Rose was completely luckless in that Group 2 final when she was carved up during the early stages for her conditioner Bill Hodgson, who is also the Chairman of the Wanganui GRC.

She owns a power-packed finish and she will be flying home late here.

Adding spice to this paw wrestle is the presence of last Sunday's Waterloo Cup finalist Soaring Hawke.

She is prepared by leading harness driver Peter Ferguson, who was delighted to see his charge contesting the early pace in the Group 1 event before finishing a gallant fifth.

She briefly led the initial rush from the Manukau 527m traps and she can really spice up this event by using those same smart racing tactics this evening.

The time honoured Waterloo Cup was stylishly won by Hatrick's regular Friday evening attendee Bigtime Paddy, for Cole.

In doing so, he earned himself a prized invitation to contest a heat for the world's richest greyhound race - the A$600,000 Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park in November.

Cole's husband Brendon said immediately afterwards they will be taking up the invitation and they will possibly take Allegro Gun and Bigtime Crackem across the Tasman to contest support Melbourne races.

Co-owner Craig Rendle is correct when he stated, "I believe in 'horses for courses' with getting the right dog onto the right track, and I believe Paddy with his box speed is the perfect dog to race at Sandown".

The 515m Sandown Park distance generally rewards greyhounds who owns slick early pace and those who can maintain that pace throughout.

Bigtime Paddy owns an abundance of that asset - just check out his low flying 29.79s Hatrick best 520m winning time to confirm that.