Queen of kennel eyes Cup

Porky Teller with Stratheden owner-trainer Toni Northfield (right), with family friend Tameika Woollsey in Friday's Group 3 Charcoal Inn Casino Cup (484m).
Porky Teller with Stratheden owner-trainer Toni Northfield (right), with family friend Tameika Woollsey in Friday's Group 3 Charcoal Inn Casino Cup (484m). Lisa Vanderstok

PORKY Teller is the "queen” of Toni Northfield's greyhound kennel - and she could be ready to reign over the Charcoal Inn Casino Cup tomorrow.

The greyhound jumps from box one for the Stratheden owner-trainer in the $25,000-to-the-winner decider, one of the biggest races of the year in the Northern Rivers.

Porky Teller reached the final with a smart 27.93 run over the 484m in last week's heats in what was her 110th career start.

The evergreen greyhound is in terrific form - and certainly will not be lacking in confidence for the big race.

"She has the run of our kennel,” Northfield said. "She seems to be the queen and our younger pups look up to her.

"I'm so proud of her for (as) she's a lovely greyhound who likes nothing better than a cuddle.

"We also call her our 'learner' greyhound as we use her to teach our kids how to handle and box our greyhounds.”

Porky Teller looks a decent chance for the final, with three wins in her last five starts extending her overall record to a solid 31 triumphs and 33 minor placings.

She has won five of her 12 previous starts from box one and won from the same draw in Casino in July.

"We actually wanted her drawn in box three or four,” Northfield said. "She races best from there (and) we didn't want her close to the rail.

"Having said that, we'll take box one as it stops someone else having it.

"She seems to go better over this distance at Casino (than anywhere else) and she's in good form.

"These finals are so tough but I'm optimistic.”

Fastest heat qualifier Nangar Thunder (box two) looks the one to beat, with in-form Aristotle (box eight) looking the best roughie chance.

It promises be a memorable evening for Northfield, who owns and trains greyhounds alongside husband Charlie and who won last year's Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup with Kingsbrae Nelly.

The Northfields are one of the most well-known greyhound racing families in NSW and have enjoyed plenty of success over the years.

"We've won a few country cups, but we've never managed to win our hometown cup,” Northfield said. "It would mean so much to win this.

"I shed a few tears of joy when we won the Lismore Cup. Hopefully we'll have some more this time.”

The Casino Cup is race eight of 11 at Casino on Friday and jumps at 6.14pm.

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