Nelly is barking for tonight's Workers Cup
KINGSBRAE Nelly was happy to let the world know she could win this year's Lismore Workers Club Cup (520m) and Stratheden owner-trainer Toni Northfield hopes her greyhound can continue her successful form tonight.
The greyhound jumps from box two in the Ladbrokes Bet Anywhere Stakes (420m, race five) at Lismore fresh from her victory in the $40,000-to-the-winner race at the track last Friday night.
Kingsbrae Nelly was only a $10.70 shot for the final but cruised home in an impressive 30.01 to win the decider.
It was a first Group victory as a trainer for Northfield, whose greyhound had certainly been primed and ready pre-race.
"On the Friday morning she was a making a real racket in her kennels," Northfield said.
"I thought it was one of the young pups carrying on but it was her.
"She must have known something big was happening that night.
"We were all cranky with her for making such a noise, but after the way she ran on Friday night she can make as much noise as she wants now."
Jumping brilliantly from box two, Kingsbrae Nelly led all the way to defeat a quality field by two-and-a-half-lengths and secure a first Group title for Northfield as a trainer.
The daughter of Bralyn County and Kingsbrae Sam has now won her last four starts and Northfield is confident of another win tonight.
The fine victory in the cup final extended Kingsbrae Nelly's injury-hampered career record to nine wins and four minor placings from 32 starts.
It was a memorable night for Northfield, who is part of the renowned Northern Rivers racing clan which also includes husband and fellow trainer Charlie.
"It was definitely a big weekend for us as it was Charlie's mother's birthday yesterday," she said.
"I took the trophy down to show all the family there.
"Greyhounds are our lives, really - we love them so much. It just makes all the long hours and early mornings worthwhile when you win a race like this."