Olsen family claim second Cairns Cup
It was an historic in greyhound racing in the north on Saturday night, after veteran Alligator Creek trainer Robert Olsen claimed the $6,510 Pet Café Cairns Cup Final (544m) with young outsider Mingela Cosmo, meanwhile it was twenty-four years ago since Robert's father Joe claimed the 1991 Cairns Cup with Swanky Gun.
Official Box Draw; Private Talk (1), Zambezi Rock (2), Listen (3), Miss Denmark (4), Odd Sox (5), Little Trish (6), Asa Extreme (7), Mingela Cosmo (8). The betting showed last week's fastest heat winner Little Trish at $5.00 for Robert Olsen, but it was the 33.7kg black chasers moment of glory which jumped from box eight to record the winning time of 32.44sec.
Raced and prepared by Robert Olsen, the April' 2013 son of Cosmic Chief - Aunty Joan had scored by one and a quarter lengths to Asa Extreme (Michael Hickmott) and Zambezi Rock (Michael Fusco) in third. It was the greyhounds' sixth career win from twenty-nine starts. The race record for the cup is still held by Terrific Style (2011) in 31.22sec.
Photo courtesy of Cairns GRC.
Lound claims graded final with Captain Lonestar
Experienced Jensen-based trainer Robert Lound had made the long awaited return to the winners circle on Saturday night, after ex-south east Brisbane chaser Captain Lonestar claimed the $700 Fishery Falls 4/5th Grade Final (410m) from box four. Raced by Anthony Maloney, the March' 2013 son of Cosmic Rumble - Ritza Debbie had scored by two and a half lengths to Blue Stitch (2) and Cosmic Freeze (1) in the official race time of 24.31sec. It was the greyhounds' fifth career win from twenty-four starts.
Elusive Diva scores in Irene Drury for Hickmott
Veteran Bluewater-based trainer Michael Hickmott was success in claiming yet another feature at Cannon Park on Saturday night, after Elusive Diva narrowly claimed the third running of the time honoured $1,995 Irene Drury Maiden Memorial (410m) during the Cairns Cup meeting.
The Philip Thomson-owned chaser had finished second to the Clarence Wilcox-trained Shotgun Lady in the heats the week prior meanwhile, the 27.2kg chaser was the third favourite at punters at $3.50.
Recording the official race time of 24.70sec from box four, the June' 2013 daughter of Surf Lorian - Tad Smarter had scored by a quarter of a length to One Foot Behind (6) and Magic Chaos (7) in third. It was the greyhounds' first official career win from fifteen starts. Past Irene Drury Maiden Memorial Winners; Jack Sprite (2013), Rebel Dictator (2014), Elusive Diva (2015).
Veteran Yogi Blue claims consolation for Goodwin
On a campaign towards next month's $25,000 Group 3 Townsville Cup, veteran south east chaser Yogi Blue had been transferred to the Deeragun kennel of Rhonda Goodwin. Making the five hour trip to Cairns on Saturday night, Yogi Blue had given his owners some compensation by taking out the Cairns Cup Consolation (544m) during the eight race cup program.
Official Box Draw; Snake Proof (1), Selfie (2), Knock The Top (3), Cosmic Lamp (4), Cool Sprite (5), Yogi Blue (6), Post Box (7), Tickford (8). Yogi Blue was unsuccessful in the heats the week prior, after finish fourth to the Jay Schafer-trained Listen in 32.30sec.
Raced by the P & A O'Reilly partnership managed by Peter O'Reilly, the April' 2011 son of Cool Effort - Opal Assassin had scored by one and a quarter lengths to Post Box and Cosmic Lamp, in the official race time of 32.32sec. It was the greyhounds' twenty-six career win from one hundred and ten starts.
Photo Courtesy of Cairns GRC.