Kingsbrae Di a model of consistency
By BRUCE KNIGHT
TOP-CLASS sprinter Kingsbrae Di recorded her best career time at a Casino greyhounds meeting with an all-the-way victory in the COW-FM Free For All last Friday.
The Charlie Northfield-trained sprinter recorded 23.05s, which bettered her previous best of 23.12s.
She has been a model of consistency, going around in the top grade at Casino and Lismore in recent weeks.
Still well placed on points in the GRNSW Country Challenge series, it will be interesting to see where the greyhound heads in the concluding heats.
Miss Milanca is also in good form at Queen Elizabeth Park, and she continued that with a win in the Maree and Barry Martin Stake.
Secrets We Know led the field up, but when the pressure was applied Miss Milanca shone through. Racing away over the concluding stages, she scored by three lengths for trainer Rob Andrews, who is having a good run.
Rob Duncan, the trainer of Hey We Know, has not been in the best of health in the past week, so the win of Hey We Know would have brightened his spirits.
Hey We Know took over at the first turn in the Breakfast With The Jock Stake, and defied all challenges to run him down.
In clocking 28.36s he won by three-quarters of a length and took his record to three wins from 10 career starts.
The most impressive winner on the day was the Claude Dacey trained Akadan.
He got into the clear going into the back straight and took off after the leaders with giant strides.
Breezing past them, he went on to win by 51⁄4 lengths and in doing so clocked the best time of the day (23.05s).
The trainer believes Akadan is better drawn out wide, and when he saw daylight last Friday he flew.
Bob Thompson's He Rose High took up the running in the distance race, and was never headed.
It was his first race win at Casino, and when you are in front you cannot get into much trouble.
Holding on to score by three-quarters of a length, he clocked a respectable 36.04s.
The favourite, Bralyn Mel, was back in traffic throughout and never got a look in.
Makin Friends finally broke through for Bob Wilson after a string of minor placings, running 23.39s, while first starter Another Illusion hit the lead in the back section before going on to score well for Paul Wasson. She ran 23.54s in winning by three lengths.
Shane Robinson's Lori Benshoff got the better of her rivals in a 'rough and tumble' affair, saluting by 31⁄4 lengths in 28.59s, while Lady Sind kept up her unbeaten run at Casino with a good win in a fifth grade. She overcame box five to win by 23⁄4 lengths for trainer Marilyn Johnson.
Fasten Up ran the best time over the 484m (27.72s) in scoring for veteran mentor Harry McCarthy, while All About Time made it two in a row for Robin Palmer. She hugged the rails all of the way to hang on by a nose in 23.53s.