Faheys have two in hunt for cup
The names Jean and Dave Fahey are synonymous with big-race success in New Zealand greyhound racing and tonight the Balcairn training duo will look to notch another major win.
The potent combination have two runners in the $100,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington.
The New Zealand Cup has been kind to the training duo in the past. They had four successive victories in the race with Winsome Show (2006), Winsome Daisy (2007), Rockabye Lad (2008) and Winsome Bucks (2009).
Tonight they are represented by the talented pairing of Jinjarango and White Air, both of whom were impressive semifinal winners last week on the Addington track.
However, Jinjarango will jump from the squeeze box of four which could prove difficult.
"It certainly isn't an ideal draw for Jinjarango, especially with those drawn around him," Dave Fahey said.
"He is going to have to either miss it (start) or fly out or he's likely to get hung out."
Other than the draw, Fahey can't find any faults in the Pave The Way Syndicate-owned dog who has won 18 of his 28 career starts - five of those at Addington.
"He is very well within himself, capable enough, so it now comes down to what type of run he receives."
Surprisingly, Jinjarango's stats out of the four box would cancel out the Fahey's concerns as he has had one start in the blue rug for one victory.
Their second representative, White Air, was highly impressive in his semifinal win last week, beating Emily Baxter.
He will jump from the outside eight box, a draw from which he has earned five placings from six starts.
"He is OK drawn out wide but in saying that, what he needs to do is to jump away smartly.
"I will be looking for him to hopefully be on or handy to the pace racing into the first turn . . .
"He's all good and ready."
Jinjarango is rated a $7 chance with bookmakers heading into the race, while White Air is at $5.
Favouritism is an even-fought affair between Emily Baxter ($3.50) and Another Dollar ($3.20) who have drawn well in boxes one and two for leading trainer John McInerney.
Tonight's secondary feature at Addington is the Galaxy Sprint Final, in which the Faheys dominate with the two favourites for the race - the aptly named Pretty Good, who has drawn box one, and Zebidiah.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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