CUP CONTENDER: Kingsbrae Nelly will have the backing of Charlie Northfield and these young supporters when she goes in the Lismore Workers Club Cup Final (520m) tonight.
CUP CONTENDER: Kingsbrae Nelly will have the backing of Charlie Northfield and these young supporters when she goes in the Lismore Workers Club Cup Final (520m) tonight. Lisa Vanderstok

Kingsbrae Nelly vying to be the top dog at tonight's cup

ANYTHING you can do, I can do too - that is what Toni Northfield of Stratheden is hoping to show in the Group 2 Lismore Workers Club Cup (520m) tonight.

Northfield has Kingsbrae Nelly jumping from box two in the $40,000-to-the-winner final - the biggest greyhound race of the year on the Northern Rivers.

Kingsbrae Nelly is the in-form finalist, having won three straight in recent weeks.

Part of the renowned Northern Rivers Northfield training clan including husband Charlie, his brother Mitch and cousin Brad, Toni will have plenty of support.

"I think we'll have about 25 friends and family there on the night," she said.

"Nelly will certainly have a good cheer squad.

"Most of our greyhounds are in Charlie's name but when Nelly was a baby I said, 'she's mine'.

"I will certainly let the boys know about it if I can win. It will be good to have the bragging rights.

"Nelly has hit her straps and hopefully she can do it."

Kingsbrae Nelly was only an $11.50 shot for her heat last week but outlasted Fabulous Storm to claim a terrific win.

That extended her record to eight wins and four placings from 31 starts, including four triumphs at Lismore.

Although she has had two previous unsuccessful starts from box two, she has been jumping superbly recently and should be in contention at the first turn.

She scored a super 30.32s win in the heats last week, defeating Group winners Fabulous Storm and Uno Suzie.

Her trainer was feeling confident going into the big race.

"She's had a few niggling injuries but now she just seems to be feeling good in herself," Northfield said.

"We would have preferred box eight but box two isn't bad. If she comes out the way she has been doing, she can do it.

"We're just hoping she carries on her good form for at least one more race."

It should be a terrific decider, with all eight finalists having realistic chances.

Miner's Moss (box seven) was the fastest qualifier in 29.98s and will look to score a second Group title of the month for Yorklea trainer Mathew Reid.

Queenslander Simpatico (box six), which has been in hot form over the past six months, ran 30.24s last week to qualify and should benefit from that run.

Lachie Lyndan (box three), trained by Ettrick's Terry Jordan, is in great form and won his heat from the same draw in a terrific 30.19s.

The race jumps at 9.38pm and is part of a 10-race card at Lismore.

 

WHAT ODDS?

Lismore Workers Club Cup Final market (courtesy Sportsbet)

War Picture (Box 1) $10

Kingsbrae Nelly (Box 2) $17

Lachie Lyndan (Box 3) $4.80

Head Shy (Box 4) $12

Fabulous Storm (Box 5) $15

Simpatico (Box 6) $2.80

Miner's Moss (Box 7) $2.80

Hopping Hougenie (Box 8) $31

 

HERE'S A TIP

Lismore selections today (from http://www.thedogs.com.au)

Race 1: Double Swatza (Box 4)

Race 2: Chilli Sierra (Box 1)

Race 3: Cheeky Maxi (Box 5)

Race 4: Wazza King (Box 6)

Race 5: Shesa Keen Size (Box 5)

Race 6: Elusive Desire (Box 3)

Race 7: Hougenie (Box 7)

Race 8: Simpatico (Box 6)

Race 9: Zabaltea (Box 1)

Race 10: Vincent (Box 1)



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