Sprinter Bralyn Stalker finishes Casino Cup in style
BRALYN Stalker will now be aimed for the top after providing Bradley Northfield with the perfect leaving present.
The exciting sprinter is being transferred to Victorian trainer Kel Greenough after producing a superb run to capture the $25,000-to-the-winner Group 3 Charcoal Inn Casino Cup (484m), one of the biggest races of the year in the Northern Rivers.
Bralyn Stalker is following in the footsteps of another Northern Rivers product, Paw Licking, who cut his teeth in the region under Allan Lang before later becoming one of the country's most successful sprinters under Greenough.
Northfield said the greyhound was capable of further success in Victoria after securing Friday's win.
"I think Bralyn Stalker can go a fair way," said Northfield, whose wife Lynne owns the greyhound.
"Whether he gets to the top I think depends on how he adapts to the tracks in Victoria.
"I think he will be competitive in better company and be suited to the 450m races they have for the country cups in Victoria.
"It's sad to say goodbye but you've got to give these good dogs every opportunity."
Bralyn Stalker was the pre-race $2.40 favourite and produced a strong run from box eight to triumph.
Pace Ventura (box seven) threatened to overhaul him but Northfield's charge held on to win by two lengths.
The win was Bralyn Stalker's 11th win in 15 starts and also secured a third Casino Cup triumph for Northfield.
It also meant he enjoyed bragging rights over brother Glen and cousin Charlie, who both had greyhounds in the race.
"For sure I gave them some after the race," Northfield said with a grin. "We have a friendly rivalry.
"There were lots of friends and family there, so it was a tremendous moment.
"You look after your dogs and then you win a race like this - it's great.
"The celebrations went late into Friday night."
Dayseas Jet finished third for Glen Northfield.
Bradley Northfield is now preparing some of his promising greyhounds for the forthcoming Pop Northfield Memorial Cup at Casino.
These include Bralyn Bauple, who has trialled well at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Meanwhile, racing continues at Lismore tonight. Ones to watch include Raging Thunder (race three), Zipping Zorro in race eight and race nine's Al Senor.
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 6.43pm.