Bago Eyes Group 1 Double

Back to back Group 1 titles looms for the Queensland owned greyhound Bago Bye Bye who will exit from the Hatrick seven trap on Friday evening as the warm favourite to emulate his recent victory in the $125,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup.

Peter Fenemor

4 December 2018

Back to back Group 1 titles looms for the Queensland owned greyhound Bago Bye Bye who will exit from the Hatrick seven trap on Friday evening as the warm favourite to emulate his recent victory in the $125,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup.

On this occasion the Dave and Jean Fahey mentored chaser is contesting the $46,000 The Spion Rose Final, also over 520m.

It required remarkable athletic agility by Bago Bye Bye just to qualify for this decider after he made his track debut appearance on the Wanganui based circuit in last Friday’s heats.

Going into the first turn he was checked by an inside runner and his race monetarily hung in the balance. Once he rebalanced, he set off after the freewheeling pace-making Idol Dude, easily gathering him in and slipping clear for his 2.5 length win, achieved in 30.27s.

“Yes, that was a bit scary on the first turn. I was a bit worried on how he would handle a new track, however it worked out all good for him. We are happy with him going into Friday, although his draw (trap seven) isn’t the best,” commented Dave Fahey.

Analyzing the way the rest of the field has drawn could actually work in Bago Bye Bye’s favour. Expected to spear forward from trap five is the Steve Clark prepared Pinny Mack and if he does so Bago Bye Bye could very well receive a nice drag into the first turn.

Pinny Mack was brave in the manner he won his heat, even if it came in a more sedate 30.34s. He engaged in a pace making dual with Nature’s Gent, from the locally based Angela Turnwald kennels.

Nature’s Gent is regarded as a strong chaser and he was racing in his preferred rails position, therefore it was gutsy effort by Pinny Mack to outstay him when he prevailed by a length margin.

“Rapt, really happy in the manner that Pinny out gunned Nature’s Gent. He had every reason to struggle late as I had given him an easy time after his New Zealand Cup (luckless) race. He would have taken great benefit from that race and he has come through that super,” advised Clark, who added, “I’m not worried about his draw.”

Turnwald has qualified three finalists which aside from Nature’s Gent (third in last year’s edition) also includes the litter siblings Waitohi and Diddilee, who both filled minor heat placings. The trainers’ partner Paul Freeman updates us on their prospects.

“Nature’s Gent has drawn okay (three) and hopefully he takes up a forward early position. We feel he’ll be an improver from the heats. We expect Waitohi to finish strongly, while Diddilee has really come of age lately.”

It was a father and son combination who provided the other pair of heat winners. Craig Roberts hasn’t enjoyed a great deal of recent success and he’ll be looking to his pace making 30.26s heat winner Dyna Monty to change that luck around from the one trap.

“I was pleased with the way he delivered his heat win and if he holds the rail he can deliver a competitive race. He is strong and I reckon only Bago Bye Bye is the only other dog who could run him down,” suggested Roberts whose son Daniel will be lining up his first Group 1 finalist after Barge Bale produced the quickest of the heat times when clocking 30.22s.

It was a bold effort by Barge Bale as he was last when going into the first turn from where he displayed great track sense when improving his field position to finish strongly to nail his heat win.

“I’m very excited to have a finalist however he must do everything right from trap six. He’s ready for it,” said Roberts junior.

It’s entirely understandable if the Marcie Flipp trained Idol Dude feels a tad intimidated in this decider as he’s the only Kiwi bred greyhound to make the final field after he had set up the pace prior to being run down by Bago Bye Bye.

“Hey, he’s in the field and drawing out in trap eight is ideal for him,” confirmed Flipp.

Galaxy Repeat In Dash For Cash

It’s a repeat clash from the recent Group 1 Galaxy Sprint looming in the Dash For Cash sprint final over 305m at Group 2 level.

The Lisa Cole prepared Sir Duggie was the strong winner of that Addington 295m sprint final, while Sheza Rippa from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels finished three quarters of a length behind him.

Sir Duggie delivered a sharp 17.34s heat win last Friday. “He’s flying at the moment, wining his races with his sharp fist sectionals – we expect similar from him on Friday,” said Brendon Cole about their charge who will wear the black racing vest.

Sheza Rippa receives the draw advantage via trap one on this occasion after she won her track debut heat outing in 17.40s. “Her draw puts her right into the race and we couldn’t be happier with her going it,” confirmed Dave Fahey.