Long trips prove well worth it
FOUR return trips from Cowra to Lismore covering 8000km paid a huge $12,000 dividend for owner Bradley Griffiths and trainer Stephen Cleary when Bargero took out the Renzo Park Future Stars Final at the Lismore greyhounds on Tuesday night. Bargero, a $4.20 chance, took full advantage of his inside draw when he landed in front. Splash Of Class ($5.30), for local trainer Julie King, pressed Bargero all the way and looked the likely winner as heads were turned for home, but Bargero found plenty to prevail by one-and-a-half lengths in a best-of-the-night time of 24.10 seconds with Evil Adams ($5.50) another three-and-a-quarter lengths back third. Bogie Ace, the $2.70 favourite, was never in the hunt after missing the start and being shunted back through the field to finish 11-1/2 lengths from the winner a disappointing last. It was a training triumph for Stephen Cleary. He travelled with Bargero to trial at the Lismore track, then returned on December 5 to win his qualifying heat in 24.46s and on December 12 when a gallant second to Bogie Ace in 24.16s in the semi-finals. He improved on that to clock 24.10s in the final. A bumper crowd was on hand, with standing room only as the runners paraded to the boxes. Race sponsors Peter and Helen Simpson, owners of Renzo Park Rearing and Spelling Kennels, were ecstatic with the night and have indicated that they will be part of a bigger and better series next year.