Apache Aero (left) about to make her run to win at Casino last Friday.
Apache Aero (left) about to make her run to win at Casino last Friday. LISA VANDERSTOK

'Two dog war' at Blue Paws

AN intriguing battle between Lady Proper and Apache Aero highlighted the second of the Blue Paws 484 metre maiden heats at Casino last Friday.

It was a 'two-dog war' after the greyhounds scooted away from their rivals early in proceedings then settling down to fight the race out.

Lady Proper held the whip hand early with a clear break but as they went down the back Apache Aero narrowed the margin. She took over at the top turn and held her advantage to the line to win by 1¼ lengths in a handy 27.73 seconds. The holidaying Donna Batesse owns the winner which is trained by Shane Robinson.

The other heat was won by Sawadeeca, a recent aquisition to the Chris Supple kennel. Broken Hill visitor Carly Bale led them up and looked to have their measure, but Sawadeeca came with a late burst to grab the judge's verdict by the narrowest of margins. She ran 27.93s.

Four heats of a 5th grade sprint were also run with the fastest qualifier being John Free's Perfect Phanton who ran a fast 22.96s. He was in second place to the back where he took over. Both Jeff Smith's Andad's Boy and Rob Ensby's Tylah's Impact ran 23.01s in their respective heats, while Lucky Rose Hi rounded out the run offs with a 23.15s victory. With little separating the winners on time, this week's final has a very open appearance.

Older half-sister to Lucky Rose Hi, She Rose Hi, gave Trevor Thompson a double when she won the Ranvet Free For All by 6¾ lengths in 23.01s.

Veteran performer Oakland Spirit used his rails draw to perfection in winning the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies Distance stake.

Darryl Schafer's Fly By Trick made a one-act affair of the other distance event winning by a 'mere' 13 lengths.

Wannabe First gave Bruce Caden a welcome change of luck when he saluted by 1¼ lengths in 27.66s and Pitch Blue Chief continued on his winning way when he ran the best time over the 484 metres - 27.41s.

Casino hosts the Casino Cougars Rugby League club this Friday on what should be another interesting afternoon of racing.



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