Record set in stone
PROMISING young greyhound Stone Arch had his name added to the record books when scoring a hollow win in a fifth grade 411m at last Friday's Casino Greyhounds meeting.
Owned by Robert Burt and prepared at Ettrick by Darryl Schafer, Stone Arch (Hallucinate-Evonne Trick) recorded 22.66 seconds in scoring by 10 lengths.
Having only its 20th race start and his first on the Casino circle, Stone Arch was well away from box one and recorded a strong first section before scorching home in 14.16 seconds in racking up his 10th victory.
Second placegetter Vintage Elijah continued his good Casino form, having won at his only two previous starts and indicated he is continuing to improve as it was only his fifth start.
Local trainers Peter and Helen Simpson again recorded a winning double.
Sobbing Rocket (Dragon Fire-Sobbing Queen) broke out of maiden company with a strong win over 411m in 23.28 seconds.
In her ninth start, Sobbing Rocket had previously been placed on five occasions.
In the second leg of the double, Wah Wah Face was successful in a mixed stk 620, drawing away in the closing stages after being right on the pace for most of the race, scoring by 2 ¼ lengths in 35.90 seconds.
Beaudesert-based trainer Darren Russell also recorded a winning double.
Innisplain Kid (Mogambo-Sprightly Girl) was best away from box seven and quickly opened up a winning break before scoring by 3 ¾ lengths in 23.31 seconds at its first start.
His second victory came when Killer Octane (Pure Octain-Cheeky Renegade) scored an all-the-way win in a fifth grade 484m, clocking a smart 27.41 seconds in her first attempt at the journey.
Queensland-trained Babe Watch gave favourite backers some anxious moments before scoring in a fifth grade 620.
Beginning fairly from box five, Babe Watch (Made to Size-Star Lady) got squeezed out to last at the post on the first occasion before weaving her way through the field in the closing stages, drawing away to score by 2 ½ lengths.
Prepared by Greg Cannon, it was her third win on end, having won her last two starts at Albion Park.
Ettrick-owned and trained Lyndan Bandit appreciated the drop in distance when a convincing winner in a non-graded 411m.
Beginning well, Lyndan Bandit (Collision-Danterry Lass) streaked away in the middle stages and went on to score in 22.99 secsonds.
Prepared by Lyn and Terry Jordan, it was the greyhound's eighth win from 20 starts.