Hancock litter racks up the wins
AFTER a two-win haul at the Albion Park greyhound meeting in Brisbane the previous night, the Primo Uno / Hannalore litter kept performing for Edith and Frank Hancock with Pretty Malaika taking out the Casino RSM Club Free For All at Queen Elizabeth Park last Friday.
When the favourite Kooringa Squirt was left out on a limb early, Pretty Malakia took full advantage of the rails and skipped away with a winning break.
At the post she had a neck to spare, holding out the fast-finishing Karanne Star in a fast 23.17s.
Hannalore won 52 races in Queensland before the Hancocks moved to the Northern Rivers, and she has certainly thrown speed and stamina to her youngsters.
Jolly Jonna showed all her customary speed to seal a win in the Charcoal Inn Stake. She began like a bullet and had a big lead in the back straight.
Although the Hancocks’ Piccolo Bacio finished hard, Jolly Jonna had enough in hand to win by a half a length in 27.88s, much to the joy of her multitude of owners. Shane Robinson is the trainer.
The McCalman / Wylie combination is having a top run at Casino and they again took out a double.
Steal De Bullion, which looked well placed in a Fifth Grade, stole the money when he raced clear going into the back. He won by 5-3/4 lengths in a fast 23.24s. His sister Go Wild Caza also shot away in the middle stages, winning by 2-1/4 lengths in 23.26s.
Dame Bluebell made it two in a row for Garry Cluss when she won the first of the two distance races. She led most of the way and clocked 35.90s.
The second stayers’ race went to the well bred and well supported Cheeky Prince, which ran 36.02s. He is a rising five-year-old but was never in danger, leading all the way to win by 2-3/4 lengths.
A quick winning trip to Moree last week didn’t stop Propela from producing her best in winning the Ranvet Stake for Chris Schafer in 23.37s, while Veni La Vici led throughout in the Casino Rural Traders Stake, scoring by a length in 23.56s for Pat Lavis.
Alan Lang won the opening maiden with Somebody’s Crying, which ran 23.56s, and Maverick was dealt a winning hand when he broke his duck in running 23.36s for Trevor Salmoni.
Bellbird Park ran the best time of the day over 484 metres (27.36s) for Matt Reid, and Canford Cliffs made it consecutive wins with a 5-1/2 length romp in 27.61s.