LYNNE NORTHFIELD: Bralyn County showed when he was breaking in that he was going to be good. Bralyn Maisie was a good little bitch and he is following in her footsteps.Bralyn County with Lynne’s husband Brad.
LYNNE NORTHFIELD: Bralyn County showed when he was breaking in that he was going to be good. Bralyn Maisie was a good little bitch and he is following in her footsteps.Bralyn County with Lynne’s husband Brad. Contributed

County countdown

OWNERS Brad and Lynne Northfield are counting the moments until one of their charges competes for a $40,000 jackpot.

The Backmede pair has Bralyn County among the line-up for this Thursday's $55,000 450m GE Industrea Mining Gold Cup Final at Maitland.

A strong run in last week's heats had the four-year-old book its place in the final, which features some of the state's handiest runners.

Lynne Northfield said anticipation was mounting ahead of the big night.

"When it gets closer, it will be exciting," she said.

"It will test him, but he should go well.

"It will be hard, but we will see how he goes."

The dog will go into the race with some solid recent form to its name, having placed on its last three outings.

It faces competition from a tough field, though, including two racers with daunting records.

Box Three runner Johnny Fire has placed on each of its 19 career outings, while Black Magic Opal (box seven) has achieved a podium finish in every one of its 14 starts so far.

Bralyn County has a handy pedigree, with sire Hallucinate and dam Bralyn Maisie both useful performers and winners at Wentworth Park.

The racer is looked after by Queensland trainer Dave Irwin, who has overseen its progress from the early days on behalf of the experienced couple.

"Dave has done a good job with the dog," Lynne Northfield said.

"The dog showed when he was being broken in that he was going to be good.

"Bralyn Maisie was a good little bitch and he is following in her footsteps."

Although her charge has been given an awkward draw, Northfield said she was hopeful the racer could spring a surprise and claim the lucrative top prize.

"Box one can be awkward," she said. "I think it is better to be there than starting from the middle (though).

"He goes well over the first 50 metres and then usually really starts to motor.

"Hopefully we can go well again."

The race is one of 10 on offer on the night and starts at 9.58pm.



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