Owner-trainer Matthew Reid with Do That at Casino last Friday.
Owner-trainer Matthew Reid with Do That at Casino last Friday. Lisa Vanderstok

Do That does her thing

EXCITING young prospect Do That set the time standard through the Meat-E-Vite Extra Pro heats at the Casino greyhounds last Friday with a scintillating 27.41s demolition of her rivals.

Overcoming box six, she soon found the fence and trailed the leader Lucky Rose Hi as they went down the back. Coming down the side, she railed through to take the lead and scooted away to win by 5-1/2 lengths.

Do That has now had four starts for three wins and, after the final this week, may go to race in Victoria.

She’s owned and trained by Matthew Reid, who also had another runner through in Bolero Queen. She also railed well, and held off Norway Miss to win by a half length in 28.13s.

That made it a treble for Reid, as earlier in the day Mansell had decisively scored in the Rural Traders Distance race, winning by 6-1/4 lengths in 35.96s.

The other two heats of the Meat-E-Vite Extra Pro Trophy went to Just Elvis, which ran 28.10s for Craig Nowlan, and Sid Rose Hi, which recorded 27.77s for Trevor Thompson.

Do That has plenty of time on her opponents in the final on Friday and looks to have a mortgage on the race. Inexperience could be her only drawback.

Brad Northfield was again into the action with two winners. The Maiden final runner-up last week, Hayden’s Run atoned for that defeat by leading all the way in the Westlawn Finance Stake. He ran 23.09s, the best of the day over the shorts.

Bralyn Shorty converted the double when he made a big run in the middle stages to run past the leaders and clock 23.36s. He won by 1-1/2 lengths.

Track specialist Zip Zip Marina took the step up to the top grade in her stride by taking out the Casino RSM Club Free For All. She led from the first bend and kicked clear.

Although Bralyn Sal tried hard, Zip Zip Marina had too much start and held on to win by a neck in 27.62s. Shane Robinson trains her.

After a training double at the previous meeting, Chris Supple was again in the winners’ circle when Surf Raft scored. Getting over from box five he railed to perfection to take up the running before saluting by a length in 23.74s.

Flaming Grace defied all attempts to run her down when she took out the second distance race in 35.98s for Steve Casey, and the string of minor placings for Lawless Larrikin was broken when he was able to take out the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden in 27.95s for Pat Lavis.

In the other event Solo Adios continued Kevin Ackling’s good run when she won the Richmond Valley Pet Foods maiden in 23.50s.

Finally a wrap for track curator Wayne Greber.

After a week of rain (about 300mm), he was able to prepare the track in outstanding condition as some of the above times show. It’s a painstaking job with little reward.

Casino greyhounds race again this Friday afternoon.

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