Winning double delights
LOCAL greyhound mentors Lyn and Brad Northfield took training honours at the Casino greyhound meeting last Friday with a winning double.
They opened their account in a fifth grade with recent acquisition Lilly Fly High (Premier Fantasy-Sky Fly High) after it scored a hard-fought win over 411m in 23.24 seconds.
Beginning well from box eight, Lilly Fly High reached the lead mid-race and then withstood the finish of Didn't Mean It, prevailing by one and one quarter lengths.
The greyhound had previously raced with some success at Gosford.
The second win came per medium of Bralyn Bobbie (Bit Chili-Bralyn Maisie) in a fifth grade 411m.
Bralyn Bobbie tracked early leader Sarah's Silence until the closing stages before surging to the lead and scoring by one and three quarter lengths.
It was the greyhound's second win in three starts and the manner in which she won indicates she has a bright future.
In the stayers stk 620m, veteran chaser Give Em Curry was rewarded for his recent efforts with an all the way win to hold off Mystery Rumble and Wah Wah Face.
Having only his third attempt at the 620m journey at Casino, Give Em Curry led as he had at his previous attempts but on this occasion proved stronger in the closing stages.
Queensland-trained Bay of Pearls kept up her good strike rate at Casino with an all the way win in a fourth/fifth 411m.
Beginning brilliantly from box seven, Bay of Pearls (Go Wild Teddy-Kath's a Star) quickly opened up a winning break before going on to score by three lengths in 23.24 seconds.
Prepared by Peter Sullivan she has now won on three occasions from only four outings over 411m at Casino.
Local owner-trainer Jo Knight made a welcome return to the winners' circle when Weave the Web (Watch the Web-Pretty Kingsbrae) overcame box four to lead most of the way in a maiden 484m.
Starting one of the outsiders in the event, Weave the Web made light of her double figure odds to score at her seventh outing.
Lord of Thunder (Clappin Thunder-Pearl Hazard) appreciated the drop in company in box one when it took out a fifth grade 411m.
Prepared locally by Stephen and Deb Casey, Lord of Thunder had been racing in non-graded company at recent outings.
He has an impressive career record of 14 wins and 13 minor placings from 48 starts.
Pippi Keeping showed she had derived benefit from her outing on the track last week with a hard fought win in a fifth grade 484m.
Prepared by James Whiticker at Jamisontown, Pippi Keeping (Brett Lee-Late Edition) was quickly away and avoided a scrimmage on the first turn, holding out Lyrical Genius and Sebastian Vale in 27.69 seconds.
In contrast much-travelled greyhound Ricky Remarkable (Pure Octane-Sunshine Riley) began well from box eight at his first start on the track and scored a sound win in a fifth grade 484m.
The greyhound has raced on tracks from Cairns to Goulburn in recent months.
The trainers' jackpot continues and again was not won at $8100 when Tee Boned was unsuccessful in her event.