Double the joy for trainers
IT was a day of winning doubles for a number of trainers at the Casino greyhounds TAB meeting last Friday.
Local mentor Charlie Northfield picked up his double early on.
Promising youngster Easy Drinking (Knocka Norris - Rapid Midnight) had to work hard to take out a Maiden (484m).
Beginning only fairly from box three, he worked his way through the field and moved inside the leader Sharlarni mid-race before holding out Ruth Vale to score in 27.78 seconds.
The second leg of the winning double came with litter mate Kingsbrae Knocker, which stamped his authority early in his Maiden (411m) before stopping the clock at 23.09s.
Beginning well from box eight, Kingsbrae Knocker clearly appreciated the wide draw and plenty of room.
Lyn and Brad Northfield brought the brilliant Bralyn Midge back to racing in great order and the greyhound set the standard for the day in taking out a 4th/5th Grade (411m).
The greyhound was resuming after falling in a race at Grafton in February.
After beginning well from box seven he was quickly in control, although Miami Gold, also resuming from a long spell, tried hard to keep in touch.
Bralyn Midge had 3½ lengths to spare on the line from Miami Gold in a slick 22.90s and remains unbeaten over the 411m at Casino.
The Northfields were in the winner's circle again in the Betfair Blue Paws Super Series Final (484m).
Exciting youngster Bralyn Dave (Bit Chili - Bralyn Maisie) carved across from box eight and opened up a winning break to score by seven lengths in 27.16s.
It was the greyhound's sixth career win from 14 starts and his third from four starts over 484m.
In addition to the prize-money of $2000, Bralyn Dave also picked up a $2500 Blue Paws bonus.
Regular visitor Des Gilroy, from Dulguigan, was another to pick up a double.
Grand old campaigner Give 'Em Curry again showed his liking for the Casino circle and box one when he spreadeagled his opposition in taking out a 4th/5th Grade (620m).
Having his 96th start, Give 'Em Curry (Bit Chili - Nightmare Lil) worked his way to the lead in the middle stages before drawing away and scoring in 35.78s.
The Dean Turley trained Witchen Hour ( Watch The Web - Real Exciting) upset a handy field in taking out a Non-Graded (484m).
Starting the outsider in the field, she was quickly away from box three and defied all attempts to run her down.
The win was her 14th and she saluted again at double-figure odds.
Tweed-trained Limko Dryva (Collision - Jay Jay's Dancer) recorded her first Casino win in a 5th Grade (484m).
Prepared by Trevor Wilson, Limko Dryva made it eight wins from only 12 outings and added $730 to the prizemoney by collecting the trainers' jackpot.