Track record goes at Casino
THE Margaret Dwyer owned and trained Surin’ Sal showed all her customary early speed in breaking the Queen Elizabeth Park 411m track record at the Casino greyhounds last Friday.
Spearing the boxes, she ran a fast 8.55s to the first section, and it seemed something special was about to happen.
Charging away from her rivals over the final stages, she stopped the clock at 22.72s, breaking the previous record held by the flying Mystic Rumble by 0.01s.
Surin’ Sal is by the boom sire Surf Lorian from Dwyer’s good producer Shy Sal and her record at Casino now stands at seven wins from 13 starts.
Dwyer does a top job with her dogs and was rewarded again, much to the delight of an enthusiastic fan club.
Some smart sprinters contested 484m heats of the Blue Paws series with some exceptional wins recorded.
The fastest qualifier was the Shane Robinson trained Vard’s Choice, which ran 27.39s.
Overcoming box six, he was with the leaders early and took over down the back. Racing clear, he scored by 4-3/4 lengths.
Mudgee Man had the rails draw in his heat, and although tardy at the start, he kept scraping paint to join the leader Sammy’s Tears as they went through the pen.
They went together to the top turn, where Mudgee Man got the upper hand before going on to score by 2-1/4 lengths in 27.45s.
Boom puppy Bralyn County kept his unbeaten record intact when he ran 27.58s. He appeared to hit the running rail early in proceedings, and did well to get up and win.
Hangover Harry rounded off the heats with a 27.73s win for Jan Finneran. He couldn’t get a run on the top turn, but finally got clear to motor home.
A top-class final is on the cards for this Friday.
Midnite Mischief backed up from a good run in Brisbane earlier in the week to clock 23.42s for Jake and Glen Northfield, while Bacardi Breeze made it two on the trot when she won the Casino RSM Club Free For All for Beryl Stephens. She ran a best time of 22.93s.
The club continues to attract plenty of nominations for its staying races and two were again programmed.
Promises Plenty, which has been knocking on the door, won the first of these in 35.67s, while Bundanoon continued on his winning way to run 35.47s for Jeffrey Smith.
In the maiden races, Charlie Bond won the sprint in 23.32s for Janice McLean; Andad’s Girl won the 484m for new purchasers the Shearers Confederacy in 27.96s; and Favoured One was the favourite, scoring for Maurie McCardle in 27.55s.
There is another 12-race program this Friday afternoon.