Last Friday celebrated the 75th Anniversary of greyhound racing at Casino, and it was great to see some names that have been synonymous with the club over the years getting some of the “spoils” on the day.
Opening up proceedings was the win of Enquisitor who won for former committeeman Greg Hancock. It was second away and railed through down the back to win it’s maiden in 23.70. Greg’s late father Laurie was also a great stalwart, and an ex president.
The next maiden went to another former ex servant of the club in Bill Gilbert. He trains Banko We Know for current Vice President Warren Ensby, and it showed good pace from box one and kicked clear at the first turn. Going right on with the job, it won by 5 lengths in 23.42.
The Simpson family, who lived only a few doors from the track for many years, added to the successes with Peter Simpson landing a winner with Best Behave. After winning it’s maiden last week, it backed up to win a 5th grade in fine style. It held on well to score by a length in 27.82.
The feature race on the day was the Anniversary Cup over 484 metres. Brad and Lynne Northfield had three runners engaged, and they landed the trifecta. It was a case of first out, first home, with Bralyn Stripes beating Bralyn Sal by 1 3/4 lengths in a fast 27.27. Bralyn Midge was a length away in third place. Another member of the kennel scored earlier in the shape of Bralyn Riley, making the day one to remember..
Racing in the Casino area is booming, with many litters being registered. It ensures greyhound racing will prosper and may continue here for the next 75 years and perhaps beyond.