Ten long years
By Steve Spinks
IT'S been 10 long years since a Casino trainer has claimed the $20,000 Casino Cup (1400m).
In 1997 Michael Trihey won with Sir Sensible.
At the time the price of petrol was about 70 cents a litre, the internet was a novelty and mobile phones were the size of a besser brick.
In other words, it's been a long time.
That's why Casino trainers Shane Randall and Leo Clapham are desperate to stop the rot this Sunday.
"It would be everything," Randall said when asked what it would mean to win the Casino RSM Club Cup. "But it's a hard race to win."
Randall has six-year-old Epic Sky entered for the Cup, which starts at 4.10pm.
"He (Epic Sky) is going pretty well at the moment," Randall said.
"I have Darron Coleman on him and he's rode him for most of his career.
"He's had two runs at Beef Week Cups and one at the Gold Cup, but he's always drawn barrier 15 or 16 and been caught four wide.
"He drew seven, so that will help."
Epic Sky has had some success in local cups.
He's won the Lennox Head, Tabulam and the Lismore Truck Show cups in recent seasons.
Clapham has entered Pay Day Lass.
"She bled in the Cup last year so she was out for three months after that," Clapham said.
"Hopefully we'll do a bit better this year."
Kevin Forrester will ride the seven-year-old who drew barrier eight.
"I guess it depends a bit on the track but she's trained on it so she's a chance," Clapham said.
It will be a big day at the Casino track.
There will be fashions in the field, the Byron Bay kids club and plenty of good racing.
And who knows, a 10-year drought may be broken.