8000 reasons to celebrate
THERE could be a few sore heads around Charlie Northfield's place today - but he will not mind one bit.
Casino-based trainer Northfield saw his charge Kingsbrae Molly take the headline race, the $11,200 Pop Northfield Final, on his home track yesterday.
This was the 40th anniversary of the race, which is named in honour of Northfield's grandfather Charles.
After seeing his 20-month-old runner hurtle to victory in front of hordes of specially invited family members, Northfield junior said the celebrations would be memorable.
"I think they will roll on to the middle of the night!" he said. "Everyone is coming back to mine, so it should be a good night.
"Everyone was going crazy at the finish, but I could not believe it.
"Greyhound racing is a family sport and you cannot race without having the support of your family.
"This was a special win."
The 19-month-old racer took the $8000 top prize in commanding fashion, securing a four-and-a-half-length win over runner-up Capella.
Victory in the 411m race was the $4.90 shot's first victory in four career outings.
Northfield, whose brothers Brad and Glen have previously won the race as fellow trainers, admitted he was surprised at his racer's triumph.
"Everyone was offering congratulations at the finish but I was stunned," he said.
"There are not many dogs that capture their maiden win with an $8000 prize.
"This day really is a family thing for us. We have a lot of good fun.
"I guess I have bragging rights for the next 12 months as well."
Northfield thanked fellow trainer Shane Robinson for his assistance preparing Kingsbrae Molly.
There was double delight for Northfield, who enjoyed a win later in the day with another of his charges.
Two-year-old Jessica's Last won the 484m Formaggins Plumbing Stakes. It was a seventh win in 23 outings for the $4.90 shot, which edged out Statement Made by just half a neck.