Nimbin trainer Lesley Green is having a great run with her greyhounds at present, and it continued at Casino last Friday when Original State won the inaugural Tweed Heads to Casino final.
Heats were run at Border Park, and with Original State being the equal fastest qualifier, and also getting box one, she was always going to be hard to toss. It was a mad charge going into the first corner, but Original State held her ground and was able to take a handy lead going into the back straight. Although getting a little tired near home, she had enough in hand to beat All About You by a head in a handy 23.31. It was her seventh career win, but only her first at Casino.
Three strong heats of the Jim Caden Memorial Maiden were held with the opening heat won by Mystical Mandy. She took over at the first turn and ran 23.30 for Des Gilroy.
Next up was Where's George who made a big run down the back before winning by 4 1/2 lengths in 23.47 for Stephen Keep. I
t was left to first starter Lady Nessie to run the fastest heat time, and she came out running to clock 23.01 in a 6 3/4 length victory. She's trained by Brad Northfield who completed a winning double on the day with Kidatee Mark winning the Mc Donald's Pharmcy stake. He went to the lead at the first turn and ran away to win by 3 3/4 lengths.
The well performed speedster Blimey may be looking at a Casino Cup start next month when she ran 27.62 to win the Big Dog Racing Supplements stake. Crossing quickly from box seven, she took up the running and was never headed winning by 2 1/2 lengths. It was her first start at Casino and she is trained at Fairy Hill by John Free.
Katakolo is also in the mix for the cup, and she backed up from a Lismore win on Tuesday to run the fastest time of the day 27.50. Later, No Too Shabby recorded 27.62 when having her first run over 484 metres. She led from the first turn, and held on to score by 3/4 length for good Casino supporter Les Purnell.
Dean Turley's Bombadier held off all challenges to win the Casino RSM Club Flying by 1 3/4 lengths in 23.26, and Graftonian Jim Madigan was again successful in the final event with Shy Shazoni. She came from box five and won by a length in 27.52.
In the two Blue Paws distance heats, Hewitt served it up to his rivals by leading all of the way in 35.46, whilst King Ivan was prominent throughout and clocked 35.54. With these two speedy beginners engaged, it should be an exciting final this Friday.