Pitch Blue Chief heads the field on his way to winning the Free For All at Casino’s Queen Elizabeth Park track last Friday.
Pitch Blue Chief heads the field on his way to winning the Free For All at Casino’s Queen Elizabeth Park track last Friday. LISA VANDERSTOK

Blue chief in hot form for Cup

PITCH Blue Chief goes into the Charcoal Inn Casino Cup heats this week as one of the best local hopes after another a scintillating win in the sprint Free For All last Friday.

He made it two wins on the trot when he came out in front of a packing field at the first bend, and skipped clear down the back.

Although little Green Lee tried hard to catch him, Pitch Blue Chief ($2.20 favourite) held too big a break and won by 4-1/4 lengths.

The step up to 484m should hold no fears for the Danial Armfield trained sprinter, as he has a fast 27.37s win over that distance.

Strong greyhound Big Cool Ronny should also be right in the mix after his win in the 4th and 5th Grade race.

Teddy She Goes led early, but Big Cool Ronny was always going to be hard to hold out. The leader was running her usual honest race up front, but Ronny came home hard to score by a length in 27.52s.

The Group Three Charcoal Inn Casino Cup on Friday week is worth $15,000 to the winner, so the heat fields should ooze class.

First starter Propela made an auspicious beginning to his racing career when he won the Sullivan Electrical Maiden.

Originally drawn as a reserve, he gained a start from box one and used it to full advantage by holding the rails to the first bend, before clearing out. Chasing keenly over the final stages, he won by two lengths in 23.63s.

Chris Schafer is his trainer, and he also owned his mother Soottee, which won the DG Waldron Trophy a few years ago.

The biggest cheer all day was for the Andrew Monaghan trained Christian Congo, which won the South Casino Butchery Stake.

Well supported on course, as he had box six and is a wide runner, he used plenty on the track, but still ran a speedy 27.55s in scoring by 1-3/4 lengths.

Diminutive sprinter Nice Way, the smallest runner in the field, took out the Casino Rural Traders Stake.

Beginning well from box five, she raced away from her rivals to win by 4-1/4 lengths in 23.14s. It was her first win at her local track for trainer Bob Cooke.

Calladawn finished too well for the early leader Lady Proper to win the opening race in 23.37s for Jan Humphrey, and Blazing Bonfire kept up Chris Supple's good strike rate at Casino when she won the Ranvet Stake by 2-1/2 lengths. She clocked 27.66s.

Quick Answer kept the favourite punters happy when he led most of the way for Garry Burt and Steve Keep in the McDonald's Pharmacy Maiden. He won by two lengths and ran a good maiden time of 27.71s.

Old Bonalbo trainer Matthew Reid landed another winner when Grand Canyon won the Westlawn Finance Stake. This 35kg dog went head to head with Farmer's Image before taking over at the top turn. He held off his rival to win by a length in 23.14s.

In other events, Max Result recorded her first win in 23.50s; Uncle Ernietta was too strong in the Charcoal Inn distance stake, winning in 35.64s for John Dart, and John Corrigan's Marvellous held on by a neck in 35.72s in the other distance event.

This Friday begins the October Carnival of racing with six TAB meetings in the month.

• The area lost a stalwart of greyhound racing when Stan Springer died last week.

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