Fredericks wants grand finish
THERE are 8000 reasons why Jason Fredericks wants to make a bit of history in Pop Northfield Memorial Maiden Series Final (411m) at Casino tonight.
Spring Grove owner/trainer Fredericks has unbeaten sprinter She Goes Woosh jumping from box three in the race, and aiming for a third consecutive win to start her career.
This is the last feature race before a loam surface is installed at the Queen Elizabeth Park track, replacing the grass of more than 70 years' standing.
Fredericks' grandfather, Dick, is in the record books for training the first ever winner at Lismore almost 80 years ago and his grandson wants to claim a similarly memorable win.
"I would be over the moon to win," he said. "This is a big race for the locals.
"The Northfields have been in the game for a while and they are trying to win this one as well. I'm really looking forward to it."
She Goes Woosh she has made an impressive start to her racing career with two wins from two starts, both at Casino.
The promising chaser recorded a solid 23.08-second run to win last week's heats and qualify for the $8000-to-the-winner final, one of the biggest races of the year on the Northern Rivers circuit.
"I've got big raps on her," Fredericks said. "I'm looking forward to having some fun with her. She's has been going 'woosh' with her finishes - she is going unreal. She needs a bit of luck here, but I think she can win."
Hobby trainer Fredericks, who works as a carpenter, helped his grandfather work his greyhounds and has been training himself for about 15 years.
"I have to work, but I get to play around with the dogs as well," he said. "You put a lot of work in with the greyhounds and it's great when you get the rewards."
Fastest qualifier Western Dave goes from box one and looks hard to stop, although his Tregeagle owner/trainer, Pat Lavis, thinks littermate and fellow finalist Mincin' Machine (box five) is a better prospect.
The final is the seventh of 10 races are on the card at Casino and action starts at 3.25pm.
Queen Elizabeth Park
This is the last feature race at Casino on its grass turf, which has been used at the track for nearly 80 years.
The track goes into recess after next Friday's meeting while a new loam surface is installed.
Racing resumes at Casino on Friday, February 6.
Top picks for this Thursday's meeting, courtesy http://www.thedogs.com.au: Best Bet: Macie's Princess (Race 2); Best Value: Stormy Kate (Race 3)