Nice Product leads the pack at Casino last Friday.
Nice Product leads the pack at Casino last Friday. Lisa Vanderstok

Even times a racing rarity

SINCE the introduction of electric timing bringing the clocking of dogs down to 1/100th of a second, it is strange to see exact times being recorded at a meeting. On Friday at Casino though, three greyhounds clocked 27.59 in their respective races over the 484-metre trip.

First up was Nice Product who had been knocking on the door at her recent runs. From box eight she began well and trailed the pace to the top turn. With two hard runs at the track under her belt, she finished too strongly to beat Wild Addisun by 2¾ lengths. Bob Cooke trains her for her third career win, and her first over the longer journey.

Suzie Be Good, who last week raced in sprint Free For All class, dropped back in grade when she took on the 484 metres for the first time. She showed her customary speed, and when the judge called a halt she had also won by 2¾ lengths beating Melon Coshy.

To round off the trifecta, the ever consistent Kennstrelle used the one box to full advantage to win by ¾ of a length for Mavis Wilkinson.

The best time of the day, however, went to Darryl Armfield’s Road Toll who ran 27.44. Peg Rose Hi led them early, but Road Toll rounded him in as they went to the back before going on to score by 2½ lengths. Keep an eye on the third placegetter Nyngan, who made up many lengths.

The maiden went to Kulu Storm who ran 27.88 for trainer Bill Gilbert. After putting the writing on the wall with a second last week, she held them out from box one to retain the lead at the first bend.

The comment was made that it is unusual for a Neville Robson trained dog to be at better than 2/1 when it wins, but this was the case in the Casino RSM Club Flying with Azure Allegro. Yet another who recorded a good second at the previous meeting, she was with the leading pack all of the way before railing strongly to score. Punters put their faith in Bacardi Breeze who has a good record in recent runs, but Azure Allegro was too strong on the day running 22.99.

A promising puppy, Balboa Trick ran 23.15 to win its maiden by 7 ½ lengths for Susan and Darryl Schafer, whilst the other sprint maiden went to Regal Chereve trained by Shane Staples. She ran 23.39 in a strong victory.

Mad Max who has had a troublesome time with injury returned to his best to clock 23.45 for Margaret Dwyer, and Vard’s Choice won his first short course event for Shane Robinson recording 23.38.

Casino race again this Friday afternoon.

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