CUP BONUS:

The Northern Star - - SPORT / RACING -

Trainer Eve­lyn Har­ris with Cos­mic Bonus, the fastest qual­i­fier for the Char­coal Inn Casino Cup (484m) at Queen Elizabeth Park this Fri­day. Cos­mic Bonus clocked 27.51 sec­onds in its heat last week, push­ing its to­tal prize­money to nearly $180,000. Kings­brae Missy also qual­i­fied by run­ning sec­ond for Char­lie North­field in 27.68s. “It wouldn’t be a Casino fi­nal with­out a North­field in it,” club sec­re­tary-man­ager Ron Herd said. Among the other cup hope­fuls, 2017 win­ner Terra Torra ran 27.69 for trainer Bill New­stead with Snug sec­ond in that heat in 27.71 for trainer Dar­ren Rus­sell. Nikki Net­tle ran a good race in 27.69 for Queensland trainer Claude Dacey with Solta­dor three lengths be­hind in 27.90s for trainer Andrew Mon­aghan. Loch Fred­die ran 27.61 for Gold Coast trainer Tom Tzou­vils and Fab Fit ran 27.66 for trainer Dar­ren Rus­sell, only half a length be­hind. “This field is by far the best we have had in a num­ber of years,” Herd said. “There were a few favourites that missed out with the Dar­ren Rus­sell trained Go Lassie Go not mak­ing the fi­nal ei­ther.”

Photo: Lisa Van­der­stok

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