Veteran sprinter Brother Tom returned to his best form with a solid win in the Richmond Bakery stake at Casino last Friday.
The rising four year old gave his younger rivals plenty of cheek when he flew out of the traps to take up the running at the first bend. He got a good break at that point, and although challenged by Spin Me Round near home, had enough in hand to win by a neck in a handy 23.30.
Local trainer Athol Bradley only has a small team in work, with Brother Tom being the “star”. A handy second in a Steward’s trial the week before indicated a win was at close hand.
Genista Reign looked the best placed greyhound all day, and he was able to salute but not before some anxious moments for his supporters. Having his first run over the longer journey of 620 metres, he was expected to be in the leading division, but when the field settled down he was back near the tail. Railing well past the winning post the first time he was able to make up plenty of ground, but as they went down the back he was still a long way off the leader Ann’s Princess. Sprouting wings as they turned for home, Genista Reign was able to grab the front, and so fast did he finish that he won by two lengths. Trainer Neil Falls never doubted his staying ability and it will be intesting to see where he is placed in the future now that he has that run under his belt.
Versatile performer Kidatee Alf made it three wins on the trot when he took out the Casino RSM Club Flying. Beginning like a shot out of a gun, he went straight to the lead and the issue was never in doubt. Running the best time of the day – 23.06, the Brad Northfield trained sprinter won by 1 3/4 lengths. With several of the owners on track, there was plenty of cheering when the judge called a halt.
Promising puppy Azure Allegro set the time standard for the Blue Paws heats with a dazzling display of front running. She ran her rivals off their legs to win by 10 3/4 lengths in 27.83 for Alstonville conditioner Neville Robson. The next best time was recorded by Tylah’s Impact who led throughout in 27.67 for Rob Ensby, while Michelea ran 27.83 for Bill Kennedy. He took over down the side of the track and won by 2 3/4 lengths. The final heat went to Jan Finneran’s Dady La Plume. He was never headed running 27.99, and got home by a head in a blanket finish.
Calladawn atoned for recent placings when she raced to win by 6 1/4 lengths in 23.51 for Jan Humphrey, and Gemfest also finished stoutly to win the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden by 2 1/2 lengths for owner trainer Jason Fredericks.
Murwillumbah trainer Des Gilroy tool the training honours with a double. Sing Hallelijah had the punters singing her praises when she raced away with the 5th grade distance event scoring by 6 1/2 lengths in 35.98, whilst Annie Maree kicked clear down the back before taking out the Charcoal Inn maiden by 3 1/4 lengths. She ran 28.19.
Casino will race again this Friday afternoon with another action packed card.