FOUR quality heats of the Gillespie Plumbing Easter Maiden h
FOUR quality heats of the Gillespie Plumbing Easter Maiden highlighted a great day of racing on Thursday afternoon with the Jan Finneran trained Toein' The Line taking time honours with his brilliant 22.91 second victory.
Previously trained in Queensland and set for the recent big Ipswich Maiden, Toein' The Line bungled the start in that mission but didn't put a foot wrong when leading all the way in his heat.
Surprisingly for his supporters, Toein' The Line paid a handsome $6.20 dividend despite the small field of just six starters. Kohana Bo and Sharapova Valley tried hard for the minors but were no match for the winner.
The opening heat saw promising local greyhound Sonnet's Special score a 23.19 second heat win. Sonnet's Special was fairly into stride but once he positioned himself second on the turn behind Express Five he was being hailed as the winner. Sonnet's Special, although taking some time to pass Express Five, raced away to a strong 3.5 length win over that runner which was very game in defeat while Big Red Cubban finished on for third.
The second heat saw a good betting duel between the Dave Irwin trained Just Imposing and the Darryl Schafer trained I'm Loyal Trick and while Just Imposing came out on top in that battle it was I'm Loyal Trick which took out the race.
The fourth and final heat was taken out by the Darren Smith trained Cause Why which had previously ventured to the track on two occasions with each of these resulting in a minor placing. Cause Why set up the victory with a smart 8.45 second first section and he rallied well to hold off Twinks McCool by 0.75 of a length in 23.34 seconds.
Likable Queensland trainer Mike Stephenson had an enjoyable visit which was made even better with a running double in races 8 and 9 with his Hara's named greyhounds.
Prior to the running of the Clarence Valley Sheds stake Stephenson had declared that if Hara's Dereck was anywhere near them when they straightened that he would be a big show as he possesses a powerful finish and that is exactly how it panned out. As the field approached the finishing line it appeared that Beaver's Joy was going take the prize however Hara's Dereck appeared from the clouds to win. Then in the following event Hara's Sammy produced an almost identical run to claim victory.