Good money spinner She Rose Hi was rewarded for her consistency when she took out the rich Blue Paws Final at Casino yesterday.
It was no place for the faint hearted up front, with no fewer that four greyhounds vying for the lead. It was then that She Rose Hi stamped her authority on the race by charging though the pack to take over.
Going right on with it, she went on to win by four lengths in a handy 27.66. The Trevor Thompson trained sprinter has now had fourteen career wins and finally broke through after placings at her last four starts.
Promising maiden Hasty Flight lived up to his potential in taking out the Jim Caden Memorial Mixed Final in good style. Coming off a good second in the heat, the Peter Simpson trained galloper looked perfectly boxed in the eight, and he swooped around the leading pack in the back straight to take up the premier position. Racing away over the concluding stages he won by four lengths in 23.04. The Caden family sponsor this race every year, and it was touching to hear Jim’s grand daughter Shirley read out a tribute to him at the presentation.
Pitch Blue Chief showed he is on track for next months Casino Cup series with a strong win in the Casino RSM Club Flying. As is customary, the speedy Within Site led them up, but near home Pitch Blue Chief came with a late burst to grab the prize by a neck. He ran a fast 22.85 for his trainer Danial Armfield, and he has now won seven races from thirteen starts on his home circuit.
Matthew Reid’s Bellbird Park resumed from a two months spell to score an emphatic win in the Ranvet stake. Beginning with her rivals, she took over as they went into the back and sped away. Going away on the line she won by 4 3/4 lengths and ran a fast 23.04.
Again, two distance races were held, and they certainly create a lot of interest. The first of these went to the good performer Procord who trailed the early leader to the back before getting to the lead at the top turn . She held on well to win by 1 3/4 lengths and clocked 35.81 which equals her best time. Chris Schaefer prepares her. The other staying event was won by the Glenda Dart trained Miss Jersey. She led all of the way, winning by 7 1/2 lengths in a quick 35.35.
Rapid Puzzle returned to his best form when he saluted in the Mecca Cafe stake. Charlie Northfield trains him, and he went straight to the lead from box seven and was never headed. Running 27.61 in a 3 1/4 length victory, the time got down to near his 27.57 that he recorded in a maiden win here in July.
Jason Frederick’s Teddy She Goes was another who led throughout when he won the Westlawn Finance stake by a length in 27.64, while Mondo Queen ran 27.70 in the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden for Bruce Wood. She was well supported after a good second last week.
In other events, Cairo India won the Tweed to Casino final in 23.13 for John Falvey; Shot Firer showed good pace to take out the Charcoal Inn stake in 23.14 for Andrew Monaghan, and Just Elvis won the opening maiden in 23.62 for Tim Billin and Byron Miller.
Casino will host another twelve event card this Friday as a prelude to the October Racing Carnival, when six TAB meetings will be staged.