Casino Cup greyhound race a family affair
WHEN family bragging rights come with a $25,000 reward, you know things could get lively.
Three of the Northfield tribe - the Northern Rivers' premier greyhound racing clan - have hopefuls in the $25,000 Group 3 Charcoal Inn Casino Cup (484m).
Brad has race favourite Bralyn Stalker going from box eight but Charlie's Kingsbrae Molly has a remarkable record at Casino and cannot be discounted from box six.
Charlie said there would be some memorable family banter whoever wins.
"I'm sure I'll be into them before the race," he said with a grin.
"There's a bit of a tradition at Casino that whoever wins the feature races has to get the drinks, so whoever wins it's winner's shout."
Bralyn Stalker was the fastest in last week's heats of the $25,000-to-the-winner, securing a fifth successive win. Peter Simpson's Pace Ventura (box seven) is dangerous, while Glen's Dayseas Jet has got the handy inside draw.
Lightly raced Kingsbrae Molly has placed in every one of her 20 career outings - all at Casino's Queen Elizabeth Park track.
She was due to be retired after an injury-hampered career but she cannot keep away from the track.
Nevaeh Beach (box three) impressed in last week's heats, while box five's Birkdale Beauty won again at Lismore on Tuesday night.
Charlie said Bralyn Stalker, who now has 10 wins from 14 starts, was the main danger.
"He's the dog with all the runs on the board," he said.
"Having said that, this is his probably his first test at the top grade.
"It's a good day for the family. We all want to win but if I don't then I would love to see either Brad or Glen win."
The final goes at 6.08pm.