FASTEST QUALIFIER: Azure Allegro in action at Casino.
FASTEST QUALIFIER: Azure Allegro in action at Casino. TARRAH VANDERSTOK

Bolt from the blue

A CLASSY field of greyhounds will face the starter in this Friday’s Group Three Charcoal Inn Casino Cup, after the heats were run last week.

The fastest qualifier was the track record holder over 484 metres, Azure Allegro, who was just outside her best with a 27.17 win.

The Neville Robson-trained sprinter led from the first turn and held on well to beat Amazing Phantom, who also qualifies, by one-and-a-half lengths.

Azure Allegro goes into the final as an unbeaten commodity over the 484 metres at Casino, a similar record to the well performed Bralyn Maisie who won the cup a couple of years back.

Within Site ran the next best time of 27.29 and she shares the current track record over the 411 metres.

Within Site showed that early pace to set up a winning break down the back holding on well to beat the fast finishing Kamikaze Magpie. Her early speed will be a vital factor in the final.

Mystical Mandy, also a fast starter, did all of her work at the start and had the race won a long way from home.

Reg Hazelgrove’s Whirly Storm was the next to reach the final when she got the better of Kidatee Alf down the side before winning in 27.41, while Big Cool Ronny made it two on the trot in winning heat five in 27.48. He came home strongly along the rails to win by three-and-a-half lengths.

Between them, the eight finalists have won over 120 races, and a cool $15,000 awaits the winner.

Meanwhile, Robert Andrews returned to the winners list at Queen Elizabeth Park with a bang, landing three winners last week.

The first of these was Short Crust who won the Casino RSM Club stake. He railed through at the home turn and won by one-and-a-half lengths.

Next up was Miss Sterling who led from start to finish in the Relay For Life stake and to top off the day, Within Radar showed great pace to circumnavigate the field at the first turn before hanging on valiantly to win by a head in 23.01.

Owner Tony Marras had two winners when Yorklea Beauty won her maiden and Yorklea Sunrise ran 23.06 in a three-length victory.

They both led all of the way, and are trained for Tony by Roy O’Malley and Gary Peel.

This week sees a swap between The Gardens and Casino in time slots, with the Casino Cup meeting moving to the Twilight Zone.

This will give full focus to the Group Three feature. The first race will start from 3.47pm with the Cup around 6pm.

Twilight racing will also be held on Sunday, with heats of the Rapidvite Pop Northfield maiden.

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