Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Casino Dogs and Mrs Slocombe Steal Show; No Catching Casey Pair and Neave's Runner

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Casino Dogs and Mrs Slocombe Steal Show; No Catching Casey Pair and Neave's Runner

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Byline: brad ellis sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

CASINO trainer Stephen Casey has all but monopolised 305-metre racing in recent weeks at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club, with his team of greyhounds seemingly taking a liking to those boxes.

On Thursday afternoon that run continued, with Lord Of Thunder and Chinese Five each tasting success.

Lord Of Thunder brilliantly won the Village Green Hotel final after showing a great turn of speed from the boxes.

Backing up after a solid 17.80-second heat win, Lord Of Thunder entered the final on the fifth line of betting at $8.20 but the way in which he won you would have thought he was one of the favourites.

Lord Of Thunder went to the line with 1.5 lengths to spare over Nasty Kantasta, which ran on nicely for second, while Maddie Louise was third a further 1.5 lengths back.

Chinese Five scored a tenacious neck victory over Miss Zipsta.

The effort of the winner was good, because he was not the best away from his tricky box five draw and had to force his way along the rail to take the lead before holding off the late challenge of the runner-up.

Chinese Five recorded the time of 17.86 seconds, with Hi Gary Again finishing third.

Trainer Jan Finneran and owners Marion and Rodney Magnay have been having plenty of success with their Drunken Treasure progeny and the track record run of Fire Hawk on Thursday was the icing on the cake.

Fire Hawk has brilliant early speed and that was on display again in spades when he broke the first-section record on the way to new figures of 17.31 seconds for the 305 metres.

Fire Hawk defeated Hanify's Idol by 2.25 lengths, with Northern Echo a further 1.75 lengths away in third in the Henwoods Hot Bread Shop stake.

The McGrath Foundation would be pleased with the efforts of the aeight the pinka runners, with $2000 finding its way into that organisation's kitty, thanks to Greyhound Racing New South Wales' initiative and the four winners that started from the eight box. …

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