Bundanoon the fastest heat winner
BOLD front-running displays highlighted the two heats of the Beaver Fever Distance Trophy at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.
The fastest of the heat winners at Queen Elizabeth Park was Bundanoon which, although a little tardy to begin, soon took up the running.
At the winning post the first time she was well clear, and treated her rivals with disdain as she raced away to win by 8-1/2 lengths in the handy time of 35.29 seconds.
It was the first distance win for the Jeffrey Smith trained galloper and she looked very strong.
The Brad Northfield trained Bralyn Sal took out the other heat in similar fashion, running 35.85s.
The time was only fractionally slower than her best as she won by 6-1/2 lengths.
The pace should be a cracker in the final this week, with all the early speed.
Alan Lang’s dogs are going great guns and he was rewarded with a winning double.
After a good third at the previous meeting, Who Says took over going into the back and saluted by 3-3/4 lengths in 23.38s.
Not to be outdone, litter sister Snitcher raced away with the Shane Newstead Stake, winning by six lengths in 27.62s.
Neil Falls’ Maxie’s Chariot is racing in great heart, and he made it two in a row when he took out the Casino RSM Club Free For All.
A small but select field faced the starter and as course commentator Paul Dolan said, you could have thrown a handkerchief over the entire field as they went as ‘one’.
Maxie’s Chariot finally gained the upper hand at the top bend and slipped away to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 23.03s.
Webby Dude finally broke the drought for Greg Hancock when she led all the way in the Charcoal Inn Maiden, clocking 23.56s.
Hancock has been having a shocking run with injuries to his dogs, and the wheel may have finally turned.
Go Hard certainly went hard when he led all the way, running 23.43s for Rob Andrews, while Halie Rose Hi clocked the best time of the day over the 484 metres when she ran 27.34s for Trevor Thompson.
In other races, former Casino Cup winner Hot Syrup stamped his mark on the meeting when his son Hot Frog came out running to win the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden in 27.88s; Late Debate was never headed in running 27.51s; and Flying Fatty scored by 7-1/2 lengths in 23.22s for Steve Sherwell.
Finally, a special mention to the old marvel Kidatee Alf, which won his 19th race.
After a good second the previous week, he flew the lids and led all the way, clocking 23.25s.
He is nearly four years of age but is still racing with great zest. He’s had more than 100 starts and most trainers would love to have one like him in the kennels.
Casino will hold another 12-race card this Friday.