Heat winners dominate final
AS expected, the two heat winners of the Beaver Fever Distance Trophy dominated the final at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.
Bundanoon and Bralyn Sal had led throughout in the heats, and soon after the start of the final Bralyn Sal was highballing out in front.
As the field went out of the straight for the first time danger loomed as Bundanoon positioned himself right behind the leader.
In a great chasing exhibition both went together, but on the circle Bundanoon proved that little stronger and grabbed the front before going on to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 35.76s.
He’s owned and trained by Jeff Smith, and he had a double reason to celebrate as litter sister Goarder had won the race before, the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden. She also came home strongly to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 27.65s.
Local greyhound industry heavyweight Peter Simpson also landed a double when he dominated the early sprint races.
Light Of Trey got out well and kicked clear in the back section to bolt away with the Richmond Valley Pet Foods Stake. He scored by nine lengths in a fast 22.93s.
Ferocious Lad also began fast and held the rails as they went to the back. Scooting away, he went on to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 23.33s for owner Don Jones.
Besides his rearing and training at Renzo Park, Simpson also runs a greyhound courier business, so he’s on the job seven days a week.
Tah Bella was rewarded for her consistency when she held off a determined Kingsbrae Jane in 23.42s. The Steve Casey trained sprinter seems to like Casino where she has had nine starts for two wins and three placings. The win last Friday was a best time.
The Margaret Dwyer trained Woodview Lass won her second distance race at the track when she was an all-the-way winner in the Rapidvite Stake. Getting staright on to the bunny she waltzed away to win by 3-1/4 lengths. She also improved her time to run 35.91s.
Jo Jo’s Delight returned Richie Vrckoff to the winners’ list when she ran 23.51s in taking out the opening maiden, and Bacardi Breeze was first out and first home for Beryl and Brian Stephens in a 3-1/2 length victory. She was back in grade and ran 23.09s.
Dean Turley’s Bouncy trailed the leader to the back before taking the lead and running 27.50s, while Sammy’s Tears jumped straight to the front to run the best time of the night over 484 metres (27.35s). Neil Falls puts the polish on her.
Ted Rose Hi gave Trevor Thompson his usual winner when he ran 27.89s, and Cheeky Nera ran 23.21s in a win for Jim Madigan.
Casino race again at Queen Elizabeth Park this Friday afternoon.