Drinks on Darryl if Logger Luke wins
DARRYL Armfield was left picking up the drinks tab at Casino last week but he will be more than happy to dip into his pocket again today.
The Casino trainer has Logger Luke jumping from box eight in the final of the Pop Northfield Memorial Maiden (411m) at his home track. Tripum (box one) looks the favourite to take out the $8,000 top prize but Logger Luke looks a decent outside bet, having scored an impressive win in last week's semi-finals.
Armfield's greyhound edged out promising Kyogle Camel, trained by his good friend Brad Northfield, last week and Armfield is hoping for a repeat here.
"Brad is a good mate, so that was a bittersweet moment," Armfield said.
"I still bought a beer to celebrate (though).
"This is the first time I've been in the Pop Northfield (final).
"It's one they like to win up here in the Northern Rivers and it would be great to win it."
Lady Luck has shone on Logger Luke so far in the series.
The greyhound was originally only a second reserve for his semi-final after finishing fifth in the heats two weeks ago, but scorched home in a terrific 23.61 from box five after getting a run.
He has drawn box eight for the final and Armfield thinks his greyhound can threaten here.
"I'm really happy with the box draw," he said.
"I think the speed greyhounds are on the inside here. There could be trouble at the first corner, so I hope with his early speed he can get round them.
"I think whoever gets to that first corner in the lead won't be beaten."
This is a terrific race, with most of the finalists having realistic claims for one of the Northern Rivers' biggest races of the year.
Tripum (box one) scored a terrific 23.37 victory last week, his second sub-24 second run of the series.
He is a son of Collision and Surin' Sal, mother of trainer Darren' Russell's Group 2 Gosford Cup placegetter and multiple Albion Park winner Farmer's Gold.
Sibling Blue Pointer (box seven) has scored two wins from two so far in the series, clocking 23.63 on both occasions and winning from this same draw last week.
Larsie Lou (box four) is a steadily improving pup who scored her first win on her fourth start last week for Brad Northfield in 23.54.
The final is the eighth of 10 races on the card at Queen Elizabeth Park and jumps at 2.52pm.
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CASINO THURSDAY PICKS
Race 1: Flying Wot (box 5)
Race 2: Dana Lettie (2)
Race 3: Dark Sprite (2)
Race 4: Handsome Hombre (1)
Race 5: Wazza Bulldog (1)
Race 6: Fancy Dancer (7)
Race 7: Robell Summer (7)
Race 8: Tripum (1)
Race 9: Ditto (5)
Race 10: Heading Home (3)