Pitch Blue Chief goes into this week’s Charcoal Inn Casino Cup heats as one of the best local hopes after another scintillating win in the sprint Free For All last Friday.
He made it two wins on the trot when he came out in front of a packing field at the first bend, and skipped clear down the back. Although little Green Lee tried hard to catch him, Pitch Blue Chief held too bigger break and went on to win by 4 1/4 lengths.
The step up to 484 metres should hold no fears for the Danial Armfield trained sprinter, as he has a fast 27.37 win to his credit over that distance.
Strong greyhound Big Cool Ronny should also be right in the “mix” after his win in the 4th and 5th grade race. Teddy She Goes was the early leader, but when Big Cool Ronny railed into third place in the back section, he was always going to be hard to hold out. The leader was running her usual honest race up front, but Ronny came home hard to score by a length in 27.52. The Group Three Charcoal Inn Casino Cup on Friday week is worth $15,000 to the winner, so the fields for the heats should ooze all class.
First starter Propela made an auspicious start to his racing career when he won the Sullivan Electrical maiden. Originally drawn as a reserve, he gained a start from box one and used it to full advantage by holding the rails to the first bend, before clearing out. Chasing kennly over the final stages, he won by two lengths in 23.63. Chris Schafer is his trainer, and he also owned his mother Soottee, who won the Casino RSM / DG Waldron Trophy a few years back.
The biggest cheer all day was for the Andrew Monaghan trained Christian Congo who won the South Casino Butchery stake. Well supported on course, as he had box six and is a wide runner, he used plenty on the track, but still ran a speedy 27.55 in scoring by 1 3/4 lengths.
Diminutive sprinter Nice Way might have been the smallest runner in the field, but this did not stop her taking out the Casino Rural Traders stake. Beginning well from box five, she raced away from her rivals to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 23.14. It was her first win at her local track for trainer Bob Cooke.
Calladawn finished too well for the early leader Lady Proper to win the opening race in 23.37 for Jan Humphrey, and Blazing Bonfire kept up Chris Supple’s good strike rate at Casino when she won the Ranvet stake by 2 1/2 lengths. She clocked 27.66.
Quick Answer kept the favourite punters happy when he led most of the way for Garry Burt and Steve Keep in the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden. He won by two lengths and ran 27.71, a good time for a maiden performer.
Old Bonalbo trainer Matthew Reid landed another winner when Grand Canyon won the Westlawn Finance stake. This thirty five kilo dog went head and head with Farmer’s Image before taking over at the top turn. He held off his rival over the concluding stages to win by a length in 23.14.
In other events Max Result got the maximum result for Des Gilroy when she recorded her first win in 23.50; Uncle Ernietta was too strong in the Charcoal Inn distance stake winning in 35.64 for John Dart, and John Corrigan’s Marvellous held on by a neck in 35.72 in the other distance race.
The local area lost a great stalwart of greyhound racing when Stan Springer passed away last week. Stan loved his dogs, and was always trackside. We express our condolences to wife Margaret, family and friends.
Next Friday begins the October Carnival of racing with six TAB meetings in the month.