Punters start on right foot
CONSISTENT maiden performer Rumble Zone opened his account – and set the punters off on the right foot – when he won the opening event of the Casino greyhounds program at Queen Elizabeth Park last Friday.
Despite galloping all over the leader’s back as they went down the back straight, he was too classy for his opponents, postinga time of 28.06 seconds ina three-quarter length victory.
Local trainer Stephen Keep trains the well bred son of Where’s Pedro for owner Steve Kavanagh.
After having clocked 27.69s in a stewards trial in August, he did look the goods and duly saluted.
Seven heats of the Casino RSM Club / Don Waldron Anniversary Trophy (484m) highlighted the program and some classy performances were registered.
Brad Northfield had three winners in the heats and they each won in different fashion.
Bralyn Stripes exploded out of the boxes to lead all the way in 27.43s, the best time of the heats.
Bralyn Miami, a slow beginner, came from near last to take out his heat.
A distance winner last week, he was too strong over the concluding stages to run 27.74s.
Bralyn Alvin rounded off the treble of winners by clocking 27.48s. He was also a little tardy at the start, but railed through at the first bend to grab the front.
Another impressive winner was Tallow Beach, which scored for Andrew and Sarah Monaghan.
She was in a ‘two-dog war’ with Sure Destiny all the way with neither greyhound giving an inch.
Courtesy of the rails running, Tallow Beach prevailed on the line, recording a time of 27.87s.
Miss Kay Tee used her rails draw to full advantage in running 27.59s in a 3-1/4 length win for Terry Jordan, while Arissa speared out of the traps to lead all the way for Dean Turley. She ran a creditable 27.60s in winning by 3-1/2 lengths.
Rounding out the heats was Kingsbrae Sam, which took over as they went into the back before winning by 4-1/2 lengths. She ran 27.54s for Charlie Northfield.
It was his second winner of the day with Kingsbrae Dust taking out the 4th/5th Grade sprint.
She ran her usual honest race to clear the pack at the first bend and win by two lengths in 23.32s.
In the other races, birthday boy Reg Hazelgrove watched his charge Our Movie Queen prove too powerful in the distance event in clocking 35.94s; Problem Prince returned to the winners circle to run 27.76s for Jim Robinson; and Mya Pixie took out the last for Beryl Stephens, running 23.33s.
There are two meetings at Casino coming up this week, with the usual 12 races on Friday followed by a Sunday twilight TAB meeting featuring the Pop Northfield Maiden heats.