Lismore track rises above big wet
By JOHN SCHOLTEN
THE Lismore Greyhound Club bounced back strongly after the devastation caused by the recent flood and conducted a 10-event program on Tuesday night.
Although the track was heavy and times were slow, the racing was keenly contested.
The feature event of the night the Lismore Workers Club Stake, won in good style by Hajime Gaz for Casino mentor Ross Macqueen. Hajime Gaz landed in front from box two and was never in danger as he cruised to an easy win over Sherry's Road with Starline Sal a further five lengths away third in 24.91 secs.
Former West Australian sprinter Really Rosie, who is now owned and trained by Jim Robinson, at Yorklea, created a huge impression with an effortless eight-lengths victory in the Western Star Trucks Stake 420m.
The time of 24.57 secs was easily the best of the night and more wins are in store.
The Peter Fuller-trained Loti revelled in the heavy conditions, finishing powerfully to win by three lengths in 31.13 secs for the 520m.
Some trainers were critical of the heavy state of the track, but club officials were more than happy.
Less than three weeks ago, the track was pounded by floodwaters and the efforts of contractors and volunteers to have the track up and running in such a short space of time should be commended, not criticised.