Casino winner still classy
HE’S CLASSY may be getting into the veteran class, but he showed he is still racing in great zest by winning his first distance start at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.
He has been finishing off his races well, so trainer Alf Love decided to try him over the longer trip – with great success.
He powered into the race after a lap and ran away from his rivals to win by three lengths.
His time of 35.85s is very competitive, and showed another win is not far away.
Alf Love, always a gentleman, is somewhat of a veteran himself, having being around greyhounds for longer than he can remember.
Keeping with the ‘oldies’ theme was another winner, Kidatee Alf.
He was having his 100th start in the Casino RSM Club Free For All and read the script well to record an all-the-way win.
He ran 23.11s, just outside his personal best, in holding on from Karanne Star to score by half a length.
The racecaller on the day was Mark Arandale, who is a part owner. He kept his cool as old Alf swept to the front and professionally called the event.
The odds of 22-1 may have appealed to the others who share in his ownership. He has now won more than $30,000 in prizemoney.
The best time of the day went to the highly improved Kooringa Squirt, which ran 23.04s.
She is a faultless beginner and from box eight was soon in the lead.
Bralyn Sal went after her, but when Kooringa Spirit was running so fast up front there was no way there would be an upset.
She has now won her past three for owner/trainer Mitch Northfield.
Allegro Charm also made it three on the trot when she won the Meat-E-Vite Extra Pro Stake for Neville Robson.
After running a record over the 620m two meetings ago, she reverted to the 484m trip and was never headed in clocking a fast 27.01s to win by seven lengths.
Steve Casey looks to have a handy one in Tomanike, which had her second win from only four starts in the opening race.
Relishing the rails, she was quickly in the lead and held on well to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 23.36s.
Gold Hannah finally broke through for Denise Robinson when she won the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden in a good 27.59s, while Tsunami Tears railed through on the circle to take out the opening maiden in 23.39s for Bill Smith.
The Wylie / McCalman combination saluted again when Oxley County won the last in 23.12s, and local knowledge assisted Hillcrest Gwen take out the Tweed to Casino Final. She made a strong run to reach the lead out of the back straight and went on to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 23.14s.
In the other races, Paw Form belied his name by breaking his maiden in 23.30s for Jeff Ahern; Perfect Student held on to win the second distance race in 35.57s for Darren Russell; and Outreach led throughout in 23.37s for Gerrard Bowe.
There is no meeting at Casino this week, being Good Friday.
Racing will resume on April 9 with Fifth Grade heats.