Federal Infrared Goes One Better To Land NZ Cup
FEDERAL Infrared proved herself once again to be the toast of NZ greyhounds when landing Thursday's Group 1 NZ Cup at Addington.
FEDERAL Infrared proved herself once again to be the toast of NZ greyhound racing when leading throughout to win Thursday's Group 1 New Zealand Cup (520m) at Addington.
The gifted bitch sped to the front soon after box rise from her box five draw and always had control of the rich final.
She held on to down Blazin' Master and Opawa Hugo for her40th victory in 58 starts to take her career prizemoney tally to $310,000.
For the grand bitch's connections and trainer Lisa Cole it added to her G1 victory in the Spion Rose and also made up for her second in the New Zealand Cup in 2022.
And, it was her 14th win in her past 15 starts.
She has also won the G2 North Island Challenge and the Manawatu Cup.
Lisa Cole also trains the runner-up in the Cup, Blazin' Master.
The winner ran 30.17.
WHEELER sprint star, Levi Bale (Zambora Brockie-Kenju Bale) overcame a wide draw to win his first Group 1 when scoring in the NZ Galaxy for Jan Wheeler and trainer Craig Roberts.
He downed Mint As and Opawa Fat in 17.04 and took his remarkable record to 68 starts for 36 wins and 15 placings.
It was his 20th win at Addington.
Levi Bale's mother, Kenju Bale, is a litter sister to legend Fernando Bale.
BOB Pringle landed a moment to savour when the only dog he trains, Grande Vue Ace, wore down early leader Sweet Buddy to win the G1 NZ Stayers Cup (732m). Opawa Louise was third.
Bob owns and trains the bitch, by Dyna Dave-Replica Casino who traces to the famed Flying Amy along her damline. It was the ninth win in 58 starts for Grande Vue Ace and took her stakes to $58,000.