As expected, the faultless beginner Mystical Mandy led them up, but when Allegro Charm strolled into second place down the back, partons knew there would be a tight finish coming up.
Leaders have an advantage at Casino, but when Mystical Mandy drifted off the track near home, Allegro Charm was able to dart through to grab the prize. The margin was only a half head, and the time was the fastest of the day over the 484 metres- 27.61.
It was great to see so many members of the Casey family on track for the second running of the event, which remembes Ab Casey, a breeder, owner, trainer, bookmaker and committeeman of the Casino club. I’m sure the winning trainer Neville Robson and Ab would have had many battles over many years on all of the Northern Rivers tracks.
Margaret Dwyer started three runners on the day, and went home with a winning treble. All three were from her great producer Shy Sal with first starter Surin’ Sal commencing proceedings by leading all of the way in the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden. She ran a very speedy 27.64 and won by 4 3/4 lengths. With the current grading system in place, Lismore track record holder Roman’s Know was produced in a 4th and 5th grade, and duly landed the prize. Getting a lttle tired near home after a tough run early, he had enough in hand to score by a head in 23.39. To top off the day for Margaret, She’s Gold, a litter sister to Surin’ Sal, railed through on the circle to win her second race by two lengths in 23.32.
Trevor Salmoni always has runners at the Casino meetings, and he was rewarded when Lucky Luca won the Westlawn Finance stake. The speedy Taxapro led the field, and looked as though she had a winning break near home, but Lucky Luca came with a late surge to get the judge’s pat by 3/4 length. The winner ran 28 seconds even.
Mackenzie Bell kept the Danial Armfield kennel in the limelight when she was never headed running 27.73, and Teddy She Goes led from the first turn before running 27.72 for Jason Fredericks.
Woodview trainer Garry Cluss had a welcome change of luck when Dame Bluebelle scraped paint along the fence to win the Madsen’s Meats maiden by a head in 23.60, whilst Yorklea Thunder scooted around a packing field at the first bend before kicking clear and recording a 5 1/2 length win in 23.36 for Bill and Penny Gilbert.
In other races Sing Hallelujah got to the front early and took out the Casino RSM Club distance race in 36.07 for Des Girloy; Disruption followed a good trial to run 23.32 for Paul Hull, and Day Seas Cassie recorded the same time, after she got a good break on the field in the back straight. The Claude Dacey trained galloper won by 3 1/2 lengths.
Casino continues to attract strong and numerous nominations, so an attractive meeting will be assured for this Friday.