Grand Canyon wins again

THE consistent Grand Canyon continued on his winning way to set the time standard of 22.95s when Casino greyhound racing resumed at Queen Elizabeth Park last Friday.

Beginning fast with the speedy Mystical Mandy, Grand Canyon bullocked his way to the front and set up a winning break down the back.

Chasing hard to the wire, he held his advantage to score by 3-1/2 lengths.

Trainer Matthew Reid has this fellow going great guns with three wins from his past four starts.

Five heats of a Blue Paws Fifth Grade series were held, and strangely three of the winners came from box six.

Mudgee Man, the fastest qualifier, impressed by racing away in the back straight to run 23.10s for Trevor Salmoni.

Salmoni has two runners in the rich final this week, with Forceful Harry getting through with a second to Bralyn Sal, which scored for Brad Northfield. She ran 23.17s after leading all the way.

Northfield will also rug up two runners as Bralyn Shorty scored by two lengths in 23.35.

Mecca Magic won her heat in a fast 23.15s for Jan Finneran and the Casey family, while Surfer Richie got home hard along the fence to run 23.66s for Garry Cluss.

The final should be a great spectacle with the box draw perhaps deciding the winner.

Charlie and Toni Northfield were also in the limelight with two winners on the day.

Kingsbrae Dust overcame the dreaded five box to lead all the way in the Royal Hotel Maiden, hanging on by half a length in 23.64s, while the well- bred Ink Pot was never headed in taking out the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden (484m) by 2-1/4 lengths in 27.97s.

Miss Sterling got to the lead at the first bend to race away with the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies Stake, winning by 5 3/4 lengths in 27.59s for Rob Andrews, while that Northfield name appeared again when Glen trained the staying race winner, Hippy Free Love.

The well-performed Thanos made it nine wins fom 20 starts when he ran the fastest over the 484 metres (27.41s) for Darren Russell, and Max Rose Hi won the opening maiden in 23.36s for Trevor Thompson.

TAB racing will continue at Casino this Friday with another 12-event card.

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