Golden Earing pips Hayden’s Run (3) to win the Royal Hotel Stake at Casino last Friday.
Golden Earing pips Hayden’s Run (3) to win the Royal Hotel Stake at Casino last Friday. Lisa Vanderstok

Golden run to the finish line

IT WAS a case of history nearly repeating itself when Golden Earing and Hayden’s Run battled out the Royal Hotel Stake at Casino last Friday.

The same pair could not be separated last week and when they broke away from the pack on Friday, another battle for supremacy was taking place.

Close to home little separated the two, but right on the wire Golden Earing stuck her head out to get the verdict in 27.68 seconds, taking to five wins from eight attempts at Casino for owner-trainer Frank Hancock.

In what has been an eventful week for the Ensby family, the well-bred Holly We Know saluted the judges for Rob and Warren.

Living up to her steward’s trial in June, she raced clear in the back section to win by three lengths in a handy 23.32s.

Bruce Caden had a change of luck when Jessie Be Good won the Northern Rivers Vet Clinic stake.

Well-positioned early, she was able to grab the front as they went into the back where she raced away. Hanging on strongly, she defeated Snitcher by three lengths in 27.70s.

Two heats of a Blue Paws Maiden series over 484 metres were run with the fastest heat going to Bralyn Miami who ran 27.50s.

The other heat went to the unusually named Ovvio Uno. Down in class from the rich maiden series at Grafton, he got to the lead at the top bend and went on to score by neck from Bralyn Alvin in 28.09s.

Casino will host another 12-event card again this Friday.



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