Visitor freezes out Cup field
GLASSHOUSE Mountains flyer Carlinford Frost made a one-act affair of the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club Anniversary Cup final, romping home an eight-length victor.
The Elizabeth Griffin-trained big dog was sent out the favourite, ahead of fellow heat winner Formula One Fury, paying $2, and he gave nothing else a chance.
Up and comer Ledaro Cleo finished second, with Carlinford Sam, a kennel-mate to Carlinford Frost, a further four and a quarter lengths away in third position.
But all honours belonged to the winner which clocked a brilliant 31.50sec.
She is unbeaten in four runs at Thabeban Park, and her overall record is also very good now with 11 wins, nine seconds and six thirds from 62 starts.
Ledaro Cleo’s trainer Ron Brook, of Gin Gin, was pleased to finish second, but he was even happier to win the final two events on the program with Ledaro Midge and Live Wire Lakoda respectively.
Ledaro Midge ($6.50) was a surprise winner in the Best 8, nosing out Disco Roberta ($2.10), with Greyhound of the Year runaway leader Can Acker Run ($1.85) a further two and a half lengths away in third berth.
Can Acker Run had defeated aged champion Back Page into second position at five of their previous six starts, while Ledaro Midge had filled third behind them in the last two in a string of four straight third placings.
Most expected that pair to fight it out again but it was Ledaro Midge’s day, and while Can Acker Run was far from disgraced in taking the minor money, Back Page struck trouble and finished at the tail of the field.
No-one could deny Ledaro Midge her moment of glory as she has been a model of consistency, taking her record to 10 wins, four seconds and six thirds from 28 starts in the Rum City.
Live Wire Lakoda, a litter sister to Ledaro Cleo, returned to form in the fifth grade, paying $3.40 and proving too strong for favourites Majestic Jewels ($2.15) and Great Alexa ($2.25).
After starting her career with two wins and two placings from her first four starts, she had blotted her copy-book with three straight unplaced runs, but the black daughter of Black Enforcer redeemed herself.
Meanwhile, club vice-president Marie Richards also claimed a double, getting the money with litter siblings Richo’s Jewel and Elite Looking in the Fifth Grade Battlers and Fourth Grade respectively.
Tizz Any Good ($2.10) continued her progression for Bundaberg trainer Paul Burgess with a good and popular win in the Craft Party Hire Fifth Grade.
But visitors took out the first two events with Tea Lady, which is trained in Gracemere by Garry Bevan and had been placed at seven of her first 10 starts, scoring a narrow but good win in the maiden.
Lily Vale ($2.10), from the Caboolture kennels of Paul Bateman, strode to a five-length victory in the Novice.