Fast beginner Rapid Puzzle atoned for a couple of minor placings to race away with the Casino Rural Traders stake last Friday.
Down in class on his recent efforts, he began like a bullet to go straight to the lead and had a winning break as they went into the back section. Going strongly to the line he won by 9 1/2 lengths in a personal best time of 27.30.
He has been a model of consistency throughout his career, notching up six wins from only sixteen starts for owner trainer Charlie Northfield.
Surin' Sal, who was the favourite for last week's Blue Paws feature, bounced back into the winners circle with an all of the way victory in the Westlawn Finance stake. Like Rapid Puzzle, she went straight to the front from box eight and ran her rivals off their legs. The Margaret Dwyer trained galloper had four lengths to spare on the wire, and ran the best time over the 484 metres - 27.15.
The Chris Supple trained Life Raft, who put the writing on the wall with a good second last week, made amends with a solid win in the Ranvet stake. Well drawn in box eight, he was yet another to cross the field and take up the running. He raced away to salute by 4 1/4 lengths in 23 seconds neat.
Good Casino supporter Pat Lavis had a change of luck when first starter Muller Road won the opening maiden event. The beautifully coloured red dog raced away down the back and scored by 8 1/2 lengths clocking 23.39. Pat bred this fellow from his former handy sprinter / stayer Vene Vidi Vici, and he looks like he can go on to better class. Kieth Anderson had the second maiden winner in Ocean In Motion who ran nearly the same time (23.40) in his event. He railed through down the side to get up by 3/4 length.
It was a case of where to look in the Novice distance race where there was action a plenty. In what turned out to be a mixing affair, Madge Wildfire came from well back with a sustained rails run to take out the event. The time of 36.49 told all, but you can only win, and it has been a matter of preseverence for trainer Garry Cluss who prepared this daughter of Sir Florian for her second win from forty seven starts.
The second of the staying races was won by the consistent Day Seas Penny who led all of the way in 35.75 for Claude Dacey, while Jan Finneran's Hopscotch Girl won the Mc Donald's Pharmacy maiden on debut. She clocked a handy 27.77.
I mentioned Kid Middy as a up and coming galloper a few weeks ago, and he returned to the fray with a 5 3/4 length victory running 23.24 in the Royal Hotel / Motel stake, whilst Shot Firer clocked 23.17 in winning the Charcoal Inn stake. Andrew Monaghan puts the polish on him.
Kee won the Tweed to Casino final in 23.61 for Muriel Dalton, and Katakolo returned to his best form to take out the Free For All in 22.97 for Denise Robinson.
The Casino Club will stage another bumper 12 race card this Friday afternoon.