Joyful result for connections
PROMISING young greyhound Miss Joyful added to her impressive record with a strong win in a 5th Grade (484m) at Casino last Friday.
Owned and trained locally by Bob Cooke and Fayzy, Miss Joyful (Collision - Joyful Lee) made it five wins from 10 starts when accounting for a handy field at her first attempt over 484m.
Beginning well from box five, Miss Joyful carved a quick first section and ran out the race strongly, scoring by 4¼ lengths from Flying Quality and Killer Octane in a respectable 27.61s on a rain-affected track.
The win was the second leg of a double for connections after Wal's Bonanza (Hot Syrup - Teddy's Jackpot) took out the opening heat of a 5th Grade series over 411m.
Beginning fairly from an awkward box six, Wal's Bonanza took advantage of a gap in the field in the middle stages and quickly raced clear for a strong win.
The greyhound was due for a change of luck.
In the second heat of the series, Lyn and Brad Northfield's Bralyn Bobbie made it three wins from four starts.
Bralyn Bobbie (Bit Chili - Bralyn Maisie) had to work hard three wide before drawing clear and scoring in 23.53s from the fast-finishing Elite Midnight and Gotcha Fired Up.
In the third heat, the consistent Didn't Mean It (Collision - Who's An Express) came again after being headed by the favourite Sarah's Ace and scored narrowly in 23.68s.
Prepared locally by Jan Humphries, Didn't Mean It was quickly away and raced clear in the middle stages before recording her first Casino win.
Veteran local trainer Vic Sorrenson produced the winner of the fourth heat when the well-supported Diamond Daughter ( Surf Lorian - Diamond Deb) led most of the way and scored by 5½ lengths in 23.34s.
The win was a welcome change for connections following three seconds at the greyhound's past three starts, all at Tweed Heads.
The fifth heat went to the Helen and Peter Simpson trained Vomatron ( Dragon Fire - Sobbing Queen).
Beginning fairly from box four, Vomatron worked through the field and gained a run inside the leader Moet mid-race before forging clear and scoring in 23.27s, which was the best of the day for the distance.
The final of the heats will be part of a 12-event meeting this Friday.
Half Track (Hallucinate - Vizcaya), owned and trained locally by Sarah and Andrew Monaghan, made full use of box one and defied all attempts to run him down in a FFA (484m).
Beginning well, Half Track beat off the early challenge of Bralyn Stripes then dug deep to hold out a fast-finishing Uki Sheila.
In a Non-Graded race over 411m, the Grafton owned and trained Royal Victory scored in 23.48s.
By El Galo - Cheeky Renegade and prepared by Jim Madigan for his daughter Brooke, Royal Victory beat off challenges from Frisky Melody and Four Winds in racking up her third win from seven starts over the distance at Casino.
The trainers' jackpot was not won at $8850 when Ripped Unit was unplaced in his event.