Double celebration at Casino
By Bruce Knight
TRACK regulars who saw the trial of Ellie Vista the previous week, would have certainly been in the 'money' when she repeated the dose in the Westlawn Finance stake last Friday.
From box two she 'pinged' straight to the front and was never headed.
In doing so ran the best time of the day (23.01s) and won by two lengths.
She is trained by Julie Gauld, and the family had a double cause for celebration when Julie's mum, Jan led in Calladot who won the Brumby Lad @ Stud stake.
She had the inside draw and just led her rivals into the first bend.
There she seemed to 'bounce' off the outside dogs that were crossing to the fence.
This kicked her clear, and she had the momentum to race right away.
On the wire she won by 10 3/4 lengths and clocked a handy 23.28. Well done girls!
Some exciting and well bred maiden performers were unearthed in the two heats of the Blue Paws Maiden.
The Mitch Northfield trained Kooringa Charles (Solve The Puzzle Sally Kooringa) went straight to the front in his heat and clocked a very speedy 23.18 in beating Bralyn Mercedes by 1 3/4 lengths.
In the following heat Mega Rose (Token Prince Primrose Bride) was in traffic early, but was able to forge her way to the front on the circle before winning by 1/2 a length in 23.86. Both winners were debutantes and were obviously set for the series that has a Blue Paws bonus of $1000, plus the winner's cheque of $750.
Highly promising puppy Real Exciting made it two in a row when she led throughout in the final event.
The Dean Turley trained galloper ran 27.67 in saluting by three 1/2 lengths, a time that was only three 100's of a second slower that her time of last week.
Owned by John Wilcox, she is by Excite Ability from Real Trick and many more wins are in store.
Jeff Smith's Solva Bar proved the step up to the top grade was not a cause for any concern when she defeated the well performed Kingsbrae Di in the Casino RSM Club stake.
It was a two dog 'war' in the back straight with Solva Bar having the rails running.
This may have proven the winning factor, as in the run to the line Solva Bar was able to hang on and score by 1/2 length.
Again the time of 23.02 was excellent and a credit to the track and the curator.
Market Boy stayed out of trouble when he circled the field to win the Mc Donald's Maiden in 28.39 for John Corrigan and Swearagen prevailed over Laser Drive in the Charcoal Inn stake.
Both dogs went together with Swearagen gaining the upper hand over the final stages.
She seems to love racing on grass and in the 'wash up' scored by 1 1/4 lengths for trainer Cyril Boylett.
Neville Robson's Joyful Lee led all of the way in the Nature Vet distance stake scoring by three lengths in 36.04 while Puddin' Pie squeezed along the rails to win the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies stake for Rob Andrews. He won by a neck in 28 seconds even.
Modern Walker won the other event on the program when he raced clear down the side and won by 4 1/4 lengths in 23.56 for the Brown connection from Frederickton.
The club will again be racing this Friday with 11 TAB events.