Blazing Bonfire returned to her best form to lead all of the way in the Rapidvite stake at Casino last Friday. She is normally a fast beginner, but hasn't been the best to begin at her last few starts at Tweed Heads.
Relishing the return to her home track, she gave nothing else a chance winning by 4 1/2 lengths in the handy time of 27.78. Chris Supple prepares the son of Primo Uno for his son Paul, and now that she has broken back into the winners circle there may be more wins in store.
Kevin Ackling is another trainer who has been who has been racing on the Tweed, and he bought Jim Adios back to Casino to win the Charcoal Inn stake. Settling in behind the leaders, he obtained a dream rails run when there was jostling up front to race to the lead. Going right on with the job he raced away to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 23.39.
Greg Hancock's Bar Dude, who showed good promise earlier in his career, has been battling bad box draws in his recent efforts. Hopes looked a little forelorn when he drew box five again, but he showed dazzling speed to go straight to the front at the first bend, and race clear. He held on tenaciously in the run to the wire to beat a handy 4th and 5th grade field in 23.37.
Teddy She Goes took the step up in grade with great aplomb to win the Casino RSM Club Flying in all of the way fashion. A 23 second winner the week prior, she ran just outside that time (23.04) to beat Kidatee Alf by a length. Owner / Trainer Jason Fredericks is on the crest of a winning wave at the moment, and he also owns the sister Short Crust who won the opening event. She also showed pace to lead from the first turn, and held on to score by a head in 23.46.
Jan McLean's Farmer's Image showed she might have a promising career ahead of him when she ran a speedy 23.12 to win the Richmond Bakery maiden by four lengths, whilst the judge couldn't separate Just A Lakie and Handsome Bloke in the other maiden. They ran a much slower 24.08 in a race that had plenty of interference.
It is pleasing to see two distance races on the program and the first of these went to Day Seas Cracker trained by popular Claude Dacey. She led from the back straight and held on to beat Hippy Free Love by half a length in 35.97. Seasoned stayer Diana Trick won the other stayers in 35.56 for Darrly Schafer. She and Go Wild Me went hard together for the first half of the race, and she did a good job to go on and win after she had shook him off.
The well performed Uno Midnight finally broke her Casino "duck" when she won the Madsen's Gourmet Meats 4th and 5th grade for Shane Robinson. A winner of 14 races before Friday, she looked well placed, and led from the first turn running the best over 484 metres - 27.56. Shane may be eyeing off a start with him in next months Group Three Casino Cup.
Maurie McCardle has done a great job with Findings who returned from a 10 months spell to win the Casino Rural Traders stake in 27.76, and Just Honey clung to the fence to prevail in a three way photo in the 484 metre maiden. She ran 28.03.
Casino will be holding another action packed 12 race card next Friday afternoon.