Northfield's winning treble
RELIABLE beginner and fastest qualifier Hayden’s Run gave local trainer Brad Northfield one of his three winners when he led all the way to take out the Rapidvite Blue Paws Final (484m) at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.
Sweeping to the front, he gave nothing a else a chance as he carved out a fast 27.17s to win by 3-1/2 lengths.
All his career runs have been at Casino where he has now built up the impressive record of seven wins from only 14 starts.
Northfield trains this son of Brumby Lad for Mavis and Barry Wilkinson and his prizemoney has now topped the $10,000 mark.
It didn’t stop there for Northfield as earlier Bralyn Shorty won the Casino RSM Club Free For All.
Unlike Hayden’s Run, he is a slow starter, but when the favourite Kooringa Squirt ran a little wide going through the pen, Shorty darted through along the fence to take up the running.
He was too strong from that point and won by 2-1/4 lengths in a handy 23.14s.
Later, Bralyn Sal was never headed as she coasted to a 2-1/4 length win in the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies distance stake. Sheran 35.83s.
There was plenty of cheering when Maxie’s Chariot railed through to grab the lead in the Rapidvite Appreciation Stake.
The owners were in full voice as Maxie darted clear before holding off She Rose Hi to win by a half length in a best time of 23.08s.
He has had only one start back from a spell where he finished a good third to speedster Pitch Blue Chief and, back in a Fifth Grade, he looked the goods and duly saluted.
It was a welcome return to the winners’ circle to Jim Saunders when Lilly Elite took out the McDonald’s Pharmacy Maiden. After a string of minor placings, Saunders stepped her up to the 484m and, after jumping second, she railed through to lead at the first bend.
Saunders, a long-time trainer at Casino, trains her for friend Garth Lewis, and she ran 27.95s in winning by 2-1/2 lengths. There may be more wins in store over this longer journey.
Jolly Jonna ran the best time of the day when she recorded 22.98s in the Shane Newstead Automotive Stake.
It was a two-dog battle from the boxes with It’s My Life and Jolly Jonna matching it for the entire trip.
On the wire the Shane Robinson trained sprinter got the better of her rival and saluted by half a length.
Miss Jodito, a daughter of the inaugural GRNSW Country Challenge winner Kingsbrae Di, had her initial success in the opening eventfor Toni Northfield.
She railed under the leaders in the back and scooted away to win by 9-3/4 lengths in 23.17. She looked strong and is another that will probably take a step upin distance.
Jan Finneran’s Hangover Harry seems to reserve his best for Casino, and he won his fourth race at the track when he equalled his beat time of 27.76s, while Federer’s Boy served up his best for trainer Chris Supple when he raced around the field to win by 5-1/4 lengths. He ran 27.62s.
In other races, Chainsaw Tommy railed well to win the other distance race in 35.82s for Reg Gardoll; Ebony Revenge came again along the paint to run 23.30s for Jim Madigan; and Thourton Addis tracked wide throughout but was still too powerful in clocking 23.14s.
The club thanked Peter Bryce form Rapidvite for being on track to give the trainers some tips on his company’s products, and also race caller Rod Fuller, who filled in for Bob Lane over the past two meetings.