Can Mitcharlie Mia bring owner $40,000 present?
MITCH Northfield is hoping for the birthday present of a lifetime in tonight's Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup (520m).
The Dobies Bight owner-trainer looks to have a great chance of scoring the $40,000 top prize with Mitcharlie Mia, who jumps from box one in the decider.
Mitcharlie Mia scored a track record 29.48 in last week's heats.
With six wins from seven previous starts from box one, she looks ideally positioned to take the cup for birthday boy Northfield.
"I certainly hope so,” Northfield, who turns 66 today, said with a grin.
"I was really excited to see the box draw. It was a bonus after she ran so well last week.
"There's some real quality greyhounds involved in this so to get box one was great (and) it could be decisive.”
Mitcharlie Mia has enjoyed a dream 2016 for the retired plasterer, who is part of the renowned Northern Rivers greyhound racing family clan.
She won the Group 2 Richmond Oaks earlier this year, qualified for the final of the Golden Easter Egg - one of the country's biggest races - and has almost $90,000 prize money to her name.
After a below-par period in the winter, she has won her last three races and looks tough to beat in the final.
Major Jackpot (box seven), trained by Woodview's Robert Cooke, ran just .01 slower than Mitcharlie Mia last week and has claims.
Split Image (box five) is a quality contender from the gun Queensland kennel of Tony Brett, while Maja Mahi Mahi (box three) is currently racing well and looks the best value chance.
A win would also be the perfect health tonic for Northfield, who has been suffering from the flu in the run up to the big race.
"I'm feeling pretty crook but thankfully Mitcharlie Mia is looking better than I am,” he said.
"It's been wonderful taking her to Sydney and racing her there but winning a Lismore Cup would be the best feeling.
"I daresay there'll be a few Northfields cheering her on so it would be lovely to win it for them.
"It's just great to be involved in a Lismore Cup - to win it would be unbelievable.”
The final is part of a great night's racing at Ladbrokes Park Lismore.
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.47pm.
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