Speedy Malaika (No 3) nudges out Mudgee Man to win in 23.09 seconds.  
Speedy Malaika (No 3) nudges out Mudgee Man to win in 23.09 seconds.   LISA VANDERSTOK

Speedy by name and nature

A FAST beginning gave the aptly named Speedy Malaika the quickest time of the Casino Rural Traders sprint heats at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.

The Frank Hancock-trained sprinter led most of the way to record a fast 23.09s in her win.

She didn’t get it all her own way though, as near the finishing line Mudgee Man sneaked up along the fence to make the judges’ decision an interesting one.

The official margin was a nose and, depending on the box draw, both runners will have support for the rich final this week.

The next fastest qualifier was Jan Finneran’s Hangover Harry, which was another last stride winner when he got in by half a lengthin 23.26s.

There wasn’t much between the next three heat winners with the in-form Jaydo’s Neglect running 23.35s, Kingsbrae Dust clocking 23.36s, and Sugar Mouth recording 23.38s. All three greyhounds led their respective events.

A much-improved Kooringa Squirt made the step up to the top grade with great aplomb by running a handy 23.10s in disposing of a handy set of sprinters. She is a faultless beginner, and again she was straight to the lead to run the field a merry dance.

She won by three lengths for owner/trainer Mitch Northfield, and her record now stands at seven wins from only 19 starts.

Shane Robinson always has a team of greyhounds entered at Casino and he was rewarded with a winning double last Friday.

Jolly Jonna showed she has a bright future when she led throughout in the McDonald’s Pharmacy maiden, winning by three lengths in 27.59s.

Later, Aero Ace sneaked across from box four to take up the running at the first turn before scoring by 7½ lengths in 27.27s; it was clearly the best time over the 484 metres.

Sudoku Princess, originally drawn as a reserve, got a run from box six and quickly sped to the front to win the Charcoal Inn Stake for Keith Anderson in 27.56s.

Nyngan broke his maiden in fine style for Elizabeth Salmoni when he ran 23.25s in a 1¾-length victory.

It’s always good to see two staying races on the card, and the novice distance stake went to Trevor Thompson’s Ted Rose Hi in 36.25s.

In a day of close finishes he won by a half length. The other event was won by Mansell who completed a double for Matthew Reid. She took over in the back section and romped in by 6¾ lengths in 35.42s.

Casino will race again this Friday with the Casino Rural Traders Sprint Final and heats of the Buckingham Chuck Blue Paws Maiden (484m) highlighting the card.

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