Last weekend’s Akubra Cup Carnival concluded brilliantly for the Kempsey Macleay Greyhound Club with the long 300 kilometre trip southbound certainly paying off for Yorklea( about forty minutes away from Lismore) mentor Mal Cuneo who picked up four winners on the twelve race card.
The first of Cuneo’s quaddie came in race seven, the Frank Brady Memorial Final which was taken out by the promising Yorklea Anthony who paid $2.00 for the win on course. The blue son of Collision was only having his sixth start last Saturday but was able to score his second win when claiming the $2000 winner’s cheque. Using box eight well, the 28 kilogram lightweight was able to hold off kennelmate Pod’s Princess on the line by three quarters of a length in a handy 20.51 seconds.
Cuneo’s other three winners came in races ten, eleven and twelve respectively with Raging Bull dominating the eighth event by a widening five lengths on the line. The fourth grade event over the 350 metre scamper distance offered $600 for first prize with the son of Head Bound never looking in danger from box eight. The win in the short course event was the black dogs seventh from 45 track appearances but he is certainly bred to run being out of the good producer Natalia who has thrown some nice pups throughout her career as a broodbitch.
Race ten saw another pink rug runner triumph for the loyal Rabbitohs supporter as Rare Bred crossed the line in the prime position by one and one quarter lengths over Lucks Me. The three year old son of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Token Whiz carried good form into the race with a fourth behind Jackson Tyne the week prior in a heat of the Akubra Cup. The win on Saturday was his sixth race success whilst he also has the solid record of sixteen placings to his name after 48 appearances.
The last of Cuneo’s runners to win on Saturday was Black As Soot who scored in the last by the narrowest possible margin of a nose on the line. Paying an ominous $1.50 for the win the well-bred three and a half year old by Bit Chilli out of Candy Supreme was having her 15th start on Saturday afternoon with the victory on the weekend taking her total to four wins with another six minors. The 27 kilogram bitch has recorded some nippy times at Hunter Valley tracks during her short career including wins over the 400 metres at Maitland (22.50 seconds) and Unibet Gardens (23.01 seconds).
The main event of the day, the Akubra Cup final was taken out by the ultra-consistent Nintendo Bones who managed to overcome a poor draw in box five to land a narrow ½ head victory over Daisy Doaks. The Robert Brandolini trained greyhound went into the event as the fastest heat winner the week prior clocking a fast 29.80 seconds for the 508 metre distance over fellow finalist Glenreagh Rocket whilst he zipped around in 29.94 seconds for the final. The red fawn and white dog has been a good money spinner for connections winning nine of his fifty two racetrack appearances and in this time the son of Pure Octane has turned into a true country track specialist with wins at Taree, Grafton and Wauchope throughout his career. Nintendo Bones has also been racing in excellent form over his recent starts winning six of his last twelve appearances with another four placings also accumulated during that time. The win in the feature took his stakes earnings to just over the $10,000 mark with more victories sure to follow based on his classy performance. Daisy Doaks ran a fantastic race in second for Shane Watkin whilst Sienna Breeze was five and one quarter lengths behind her in third position. Race favourite Jackson Tyne was well beaten back in sixth position for Debbie Spurgin.
Congratulations to the Kempsey Macleay Club on another successful carnival. Not many people realise how much work goes into organizing and preparing for these special events and it is fantastic to see the small clubs who are the heart of the industry still going strong and attracting quality fields for their premier race meetings.