Cashmere Queen, trained at Upper Lansdowne by Dianne Craig, earned her right to be named queen of the track when she blitzed her opposition in winning the Taree Greyhound NSW Country Challenge final at the Kanangra Drive track.
Starting from the 537 metre number two box the black bitch jumped well. After coming out of the first turn she had established a good position and from the back straight to the winning post she clung to the rail in a blistering display of pace and won by eight and a half lengths in the very quick time of 30.7 seconds.
Second place went to Colunder trained by Robert Munn (Duri) and Our Elite Bell (John Lawson, Aberdeen) filled the third spot by a further 3.25 lengths.
The other feature event, the Ausure Country Cup final was won by Illusionist Leo trained by David Betts of St Marys for Paul Head. This dog is now entitled to represent Taree in the final to be held at Maitland on November 6.
Locally trained Wallamba Digger (Bob Glover) and Sarah Sannette (Kevin Johnson) gained second and third placing.
Ausure Insurance Group representative Josh Watson presented the trophy to the winner.
Darryl Diver from Medowie brought with him an enthusiastic entourage as well as some very tasty prawns and had a very successful day with his Diver’s Bundy, Diver’s Eagle and Diver’s Dallwood all winning their races and his other three starters, Diver’s Magic, Diver’s Jaydee and Diver’s Princess all running second. These dogs are all from the same litter and it looks as though Diver will have a lot more fun with them as their careers progress.
Local trainers had a reasonable day with Rustic dream (Garry Sharrock, Taree) Maltese Princess (Mick McGuire, Taree) Bridal Suite (Garry Sharrock) and You Bet (Barry Austin, Bohnock) winning their races.
A good crowd was on hand and enjoyed an entertaining afternoon of racing with the women taking advantage of “ladies hat day” and displaying a magnificent array of headware. Racing continues at Taree on November 1.
Courtesy : Mick McDonald, Manning River Times