Assassin kills rivals
FLEET Assassin and Lord Aragorn are off to Tweed Heads for the Final of The North Coast Challenge.
Fleet Assassin, trained by Marlene Ellis, used his box speed to advantage and set up what was to be a winning break on his opposition on Saturday afternoon.
This young chaser has now won four of his six starts and is bound to make his presence felt in the final.
While Fleet Assassin was out on the bunny, the runner-up, Lord Aragorn, only began moderately and had to work his way through the field to grab second place, Lord Aragorn had previously won his past two starts at Grafton in 23.22 and Tweed Heads in 23.62 so he also will be very competitive in the final.
Fleet Assassin won by eight- and-a-half lengths in the good time of 23.12.
The Highland Pet Food Final was the other feature this week and this went to the favourite Millordo, trained by John Corrigan.
Millordo didn't get the race all his own way as he and Go Wild Shadow had a bumping duel along the back straight and this allowed the Brad Northfield-trained Security Star to skip away with what looked like a winning lead, but, Millordo when clear stormed home to grab victory in the last stride by a half head in 23.46.
The win was the sixth from 10 starts for Millordo who is a litter brother to Fleet Assassin.
Training honours for the meeting went to Coutts Crossing trainer Gary Smith, who led in a winning double.
Arara Chief was his first winner when he came home too well for his opposition in the top grade sprint over 407m, Arara Chief won by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 23.20.
In the following race Arara Opal for Gary had to work hard for her win as she was challenged until the top of the home straight before she accelerated away to score by two-and-three-quarter lengths in 23.77.
The Reg Gardoll trained Watch The Web took the time standard for the day when he won by six-and-a-half lengths in 23.07.
Watch The Web has now won his lest three in a row and plenty more wins are in store for this talented galloper.
Race one the Grafton District Services Club maiden went to the Deborah Lowe trained Turlowe Tank who led all the way in the good time for a maiden of 23.25, Turlowe Tank won by a length from Roley Dipstick.
Junction Hill trainers were successful in three races at Lismore on Tuesday night and they continued on their winning way again Saturday.
Jim Madigan started it off when Ebony Stardust led all the way and scored by a-length-and-three-quarters in 23.38.