Duo chasing more winners
MAYBE Stephen and Debbie Casey were always destined to make a great pairing.
The Doubtful Creek couple, who will be aiming for success when two of their promising charges go head-to-head at Lismore tonight, met several years ago at the same race meeting.
Since then they have forged a handy partnership and currently have a handful of decent dogs to their name.
Although it can be a tough job at times, Debbie, whose parents had greyhounds, said she wouldn't have it any other way.
"I always think having greyhounds is like a farmer milking his cows," she said. "You have to be with them in the morning and you have to be with them at night.
"It is time-consuming, but it is mostly fun as well.
"Obviously you like the winning, but I like the people you meet as well."
Greyhounds have become a way of life for the couple, who has four children and four grandchildren.
Son Dean is interested in the dogs, while their grandchildren are responsible for devising pups' kennel names.
"Sometimes we watch the races on television together," Debbie said.
"I suppose it is a family affair kind of thing."
It could be a night to remember for the couple, with their fifth grandchild due any day soon.
Country Breeze was due to contest the Liberty Service Station Stakes at the Colemans Point track tonight, but he is likely to be scratched.
The Caseys' spotlight is likely to be on the $1645 Thistles Boys Nek Minute Syndo Stakes (420m), which will feature two of their runners.
Country Royal (box four) and All Gassed Up (box seven) have both made decent starts to their racing careers, although both are yet to run at Lismore.
"I think All Gassed Up is more of a short course runner," Debbie said. "I think he is the better of the two dogs, but he just cannot quite get the distance yet.
"I'm not saying either of them will win, but I think Country Royal would be a better pick."
There is 10 races are on the card and action starts at 6.40pm.
TURNER'S TIPS FOR LISMORE
Sheza Sonnet (box six, race five): Patchy record at Lismore but is in good form and looks the pick of the field.
Mr Corsair (box four, race seven): Has gone okay at 635m and could be the standout in an unremarkable field.
Elvee Express (box six, race nine): Really hitting his straps in recent weeks. Question mark over his best distance but should be the best here.