Edge is ready to return for Lismore Workers Club Cup
PUNTERS, be alert - a fast-improving campaigner may soon be back in the region.
Edge, who was a standout at Lismore earlier this year under the care of couple Warwick Hall and Jan Finneran, racked up an impressive $6670 victory at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
The Naughtons Gap couple enjoyed a successful period with the dog before returning him to owner Graeme Barnett for a crack at the metropolitan tracks.
With Barnett now considering sending the dog north for a shot at next month's Lismore Workers Club Cup, the couple are hoping to have another chance at working with the handy racer.
"If he keeps his current form going, he will be right in it," Hall said.
"I am not surprised at all to see him going so well.
"We sent him back to Sydney as we thought there were some good races down there he could do well in.
"We like to think that if dogs come to us, they do not normally go backwards in terms of progression.
"It is great seeing him do so well."
The pair took charge of the dog, which had already had experience at city tracks, earlier this year after Barnett went on holiday.
Edge won four of its six starts under the care of the couple, including three wins over 520m at Lismore.
The dog, which has 12 wins and nine other placings from 31 starts, was heavily backed for the $13,500 Cosmic Rumble final at Lismore earlier this year but finished third behind winner Semi Earner.
After returning to Barnett's care, the dog has maintained his impressive form with some excellent performances.
The three-year-old took a $6200 race over 520m at Wentworth Park early last month and also captured the Winter Olympic Stakes at the same venue on Saturday.
Hall said he was delighted the dog was continuing to shine.
"It is bloody terrific," he said.
"When you lose your excitement at seeing dogs win $6,000 races, you know it's time to leave racing.
"You have a lot of failures in this game, so you take your successes when they come along.
Hall said Barnett was due to decide soon if the dog would have a crack at heats for the Cup, which takes place on Tuesday, October 22.
Heats will be run the week before.
Meanwhile, racing continues at Lismore tomorrow night.
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.43pm.
TURNER'S TIPS FOR LISMORE
SASSY DIOR (Box Seven, Race Seven): Superb record over 520m at the track this year.
ALLEGRO DIVA (Box Four, race Six): Up against a solid field but has a great record at the track and is always worth a punt.
MAGIC DISPLAY (Box Four, Race Three): Promising runner who is stepping up well through the distances.