Consistent galloper Nice Product overcame a few difficulties before taking out the Meat E Vite Extra Pro stake at Casino last Friday. Beginning well from box eight, she couldn’t cross the field, and at the winning post the first time was trapped three wide.
That pattern continued as they went down the back straight. and although chasing keenly, it seemed Peg Rose Hi had her measure. As they turned for home Nice Product came again with a final surge and got the verdict by 3/4 length.
Trainer Bob Cooke has her racing well, and she seems to like the Casino track where she has only been out of a place once from seven starts.
The following race was nearly a repIica with both Mudgee Man and Halie Rose Hi staging a “two dog war” from the back. On this occassion the inside runner, Mudgee Man proved too strong scoring by a half length in 27.53, the best time of the day over 484 metres. Mitch Northfield puts the polish on the winner who scored his eleventh career victory.
Zip Zip Marina made it back to back victories when won the distance race for Shane Robinson. As last week she sped out from box seven to lead all of the way. Runner up Promises Pretty tried valiantly over the concluding stages to catch the leader, but the zip zip girl proved to strong winning by 1 1/4 lengths in 35.88.
The Beryl Stephens trained Bacadi Breeze consolidated her position as the most “in form” sprinter when she again won the Free For All. She just jumped out from the rails alley and led the others a “merry dance” to salute by three lengths in 23.02. It was her tenth win here.
Punters who backed last start winners continued to collect when Penny Adios scored in the Royal Hotel stake for Kevin Ackling. She led form the first turn and ran 23.57. Later, Gems Babe finally broke her maiden status when she ran 23.66 for trainer Robbie Andrews and owner Jason Fredericks.
Queensland visitor John Pay landed the quinella when No Entry beat the kennel mate Surf The Reef in 23.29, whilst Turborg Girl made a mess of the 484 metre maiden field winning by eight lengths in 27.64 for Garry Streatfield.
In other races, Localise won the opening maiden by leading throughout in 23.28; Casa Express pinged the lids to be an all of the way winner in 23.12; Slick Chick clocked 27.66 in a 2 3/4 length win, and Cheeky Nera won the “lucky” last in 23.26 for Jim Madigan.
Racing will hot up in the next few weeks leading up to the Casino Cup heats to be held at the end of September. This will lead into our October Racing Carnival.