The Jan Finneran trained greyhound Big Lesson showed he had quickly adapted to the Casino track with a strong win last Friday afternoon.
Having only his second run on the circuit, he raced around a packing field going into the back and quickly stamped his authority, by racing well clear.
Holding that healthy margin to the wire, he won by 4 3/4 lengths in a handy 27.70. All of his previous six wins have been at Lismore, making him a top grader there, so Jan has placed the dog well coming back to a fifth grade at Casino.
Coastal Fire took the time honours over the 484 metres with a slashing 27.58 win in the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies stake. The Bruce Caden trained galloper came from box eight and went past the rest of the field like they were standing still in the back straight. Romping away, he scored by eight and a half lengths. It was only his second win, but keen judges would have noticed that his other win was in the best time of the day at Armidale last month.
Local condtioner Brad Northfield led in three winners on the day. Kingsbrae Power was his initial winner when he came from well back to win his maiden in 23.60 for owner Charlie Northfield. Tequila Breeze kept the momentum up with an all of the way victory in the Casino RSM Club FFA clocking 27.63, whilst Bralyn Lilly also was never headed, winning the Ranvet stake by 1 1/2 lengths in 23.21.
Juicy Chief was only having his fouth race start, but he clocked 27.68 in winning the Big Dog Racing stake by a length for Jeffrey Smith, and Procord kept up trainer Chris Schaefer’s good run when she won the Charcoal Inn distance stake. She headed the early pacemaker Growth State as they went through the catching pen for the first time, and held on well to salute by 1 1/4 lengths in 35.81.
Dean Turley’s Mel’s Magic led throughout in the Mc Donald’s Phamacy maiden winning by 3/4 length in 28.24, while first starter Patriotic Boy won the Westlawn Finance maiden over 411 metres by four lengths. He ran 23.68 for Byron Miller.
Elite Escort held on to win by the narrowest of margins in the opening event for Claude Dacey, scoring by a half head, whist Sleek Silhouette made full use of her rails box to win the Blue Paws final in 27.64 for Maurie Mc Cardle.
This Friday sees the final Casino meeting for 2008, and the club will be in recess until January 23rd for track maintainence.