It was a tenacious win, as both Crown Beauty, and favourite Ultra Rumble, issued strong challenges near home, but Teddy (aka Fred), was too strong, and got home by 3/4 length. He’s building up a strong record at Casino, now having won four races from seven starts.
A step back in distance didn’t stop Charlie Northfield’s Elite Jessica from recording successive victories. She won her 484 metre maiden last week, and this week over 411 metres, was able to step out and go with noted speedsters Top Marc and Mecca Magic as they went to the back straight. Having the rails running, she was able to gain the advantage and went on to win by 1/2 length in 23.43.
The popular Tweed Heads to Casino series continued, and the punters were happy when the fastest qualifier, Miss Lyndan saluted. The Terry Jordan trained galloper jumped well from box seven, and although being challenged early, held too much class to go on and score by three lengths. She ran the equal best time of the day – 23.11.
That time of 23.11 was shared by the top graders, and Kelsey Kate showed that the rise in class wasn’t beyond her with another victory. As with most races at this level, it was a an even field that turned into the back section, but Kelsey Kate is racing in great heart, and when she saw daylight she rattled home to win by 3 3/4 lengths. George Morschel has done a wonderful job with this locally bred youngster, and there are more wins in store.
Jovial Bob Humphery was back in the winners circle when Sunset Ride went around a jamming pack near home to get the money in 23.78, and Peter Simpson’s Spin Me Round won the other maiden by 3 3/4 lengths, clocking 23.35.
John Mc Grory has Happy Hopper going great “guns” at present, and he won his fifth race in a row in the Casino Rural Traders stake. He overcame box six, and went straight to the lead to run 27.31, the fastest time over 484 metres. John will be looking for the richer races with this speedster.
Good supporter Darren Russell took training honours on the day with a double. Keen judges saw Write Off Bart finish powerfully at the previous Lismore meeting, and he was too strong in the distance event after taking over with a lap to go. He ran 35.74 in winning by three lengths. Later, the enigmatic Kidatee Matt was to speedy for his rivals winning the Charcoal Inn stake by 1 3/4 lengths in 27.48.
Day Seas Cracker won the Mc Donald’s Pharmacy maiden by two lengths in 28.12, while Dark Mariner used his rails box to full advantage to take out the “lucky last” in 23.14. Denise Robinson trains him at Dyrabba.
This Friday afternoon will see the Casino Club race again on the top class grass surface at Queen Elizabeth Park.