Cup wide open
By JOHN SCHOLTEN
THE final of the $26,500 Lismore Workers Club Cup (520m) at the Colemans Point greyhound raceway tonight is wide open following the box draw.
The three fastest heat winners have drawn poorly, with Jaylo Blush in four, Oxley Fawn in five and Khalia Keroma in six.
Oxley Fawn was the fastest qualifier when he broke the track record with a scintillating 29.42-second all-the-way victory from box two for John Young.
Fools State, which has drawn the inside box in the Group 3 final, finished second, 41/2 lengths away.
Reg Kay, the trainer of Fools State, was delighted with the run ? her first start for four weeks ? and he expects her to improve.
Jaylo Blush put in an amazing performance to win her heat for Mick Abbott.
The South Coast greyhound was last at the winning post the first time but railed through into second spot on the home turn then cleared out for a 51/4-length victory over Penny Dancer in a fast 29.67s.
Khalia Keroma stretched her wins to six for David Irwin.
She was third away and strode to the lead down the back straight to stop the clock at 29.62s in an impressive performance.
Local hope Hot Syrup, a winner of six from seven starts over 520m in Lismore, led all the way to record 29.93s when he a won by a neck for Robert Cooke.
Hot Syrup has speed to burn in the first 100 metres and has recorded a best time of 29.77s over the 520m.
The eight Cup finalists have won 146 races between them, including 43 metropolitan wins, and comprise the classiest line-up to face the starter in Lismore for many years.
Oxley Fawn will probably start favourite following his record-breaking heat win but luck in running in the all-important charge to the first turn is crucial.
Sky Channel's Michael Radley will be on course for a trackside hosting and all the late mail; a punters' club will be conducted with Bob Lane; and there will be great prizes for the most originally dressed male and female patron.
The first race is set down for 6.44pm.