Exciting young prospect Madeline Trick gave her more experienced rivals a start, and a beating, in the Charcoal Inn distance stake on Friday. It was only her third race start, and her first over the gruelling 620 metres, but she handled her assignment like a veteran.
Another slow beginning saw her at the tail of the field after they had gone fifty metres, but she slowly worked her way between runners to take over as the went through the catching pen the first time. Exploding away at this point, she put some ten lengths on her rivals, and held this advantage to thr finishing line. The Darryl Schafer trained galloper ran a very handy 35.56, and wins on the city tracks are not beyond her.
Local favourite Beaver Fever scored his twentieth win at the Casino track when he took out the Casino RSM Club Free For All. Speedy performers Kidatee Alf and Katakolo led the brigade early, but they had plenty to worry about when the “Beaver” positioned in third spot. Just as Kidatee Alf shook off Katakolo, Beaver Fever swooped and hit the front. It was all over from there, with the Rob Andrews trained galloper scoring by 3 1/4 lengths in 27.75.
There were plenty of tips around for Good Old Blue in the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden, and he didn’t let supporters down with an all of the way victory. Despite the good backing, the Steve Casey trained galloper still paid 2/1 on the TAB, and won by 5 1/4 lengths clocking a respectable 28.20.
Chris Supple continued his good training form when True Buzz got home in the Shane Newstead Automotive stake. Beginning fairly from his rails draw, True Buzz got a “dream” run at the first bend, and within a few strides was in front. Being such a strong greyhound, he was able to race away and win by 2 1/4 lengths running 27.43. It was Chris’ third winner within the week, with True Buzz being a winner at Tweed last Saturday, and Skeg saluting in Brisbane on Wednesday. “Have dog, will travel” must be his motto.
One of the most improved dogs in training is the Greg Hancock trained Lotto Dude. He stepped up in grade to beat a very handy field that had won over forty races between them. It was his third win on the trot, and he ran a personal best time of 23.27.
Miss Grip It won her first race on home soil when she led led all of the way in the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies stake clocking 27.68 for Ryan Newstaed, whilst first starter Easy Country used his rails draw to full advantage by winning in similar fashion for Bruce Caden. He won by four lengths and ran 23.66.
Shane Robinson had his usual winner whem Royal Rach held on well to run 23.56 in the Casino Rural Traders stake, while Bellbird Park overcame box five to win the Richmond Bakery maiden in 23.58 for Matthew Reid.
Darren Russell always has some handy performers in his kennel, and Gelegnite Kid produced the goods in running the best of the day over 484 metres – 27.37. Earlier, Gemini Tears won the other distance event, getting home late to score by a length in 36.16.
Another action packed day awaits greyhound fans this Friday afternoon. First race at 12.30.