Ipswich top place for 'Cash'
AS the family celebration fired up in the Northern Rivers yesterday, winning trainer Robert Cooke offered plenty of praise for Ipswich.
"I like the Ipswich track,'' Cooke said about to enjoy a post-race celebratory drink with wife Faye.
"I think it's a better track than Albion (Park) because you get a better chance, especially if you have got a dog that has to come from behind. The big straights really help.''
That's exactly what happened in Saturday night's $50,000 City of Ipswich Gold Cup final at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
The aptly-named Cash in Motion chased down early leader Macnivek over the closing stages to secure the $31,500 winner's prize for connections.
Elusive Desire finished third, overseen by another Northern Rivers trainer Col Graham.
"We are good friends with Col. He's not that far from here,'' said Faye, who is nicknamed Tammy by her friends.
The Graham and Cooke families live near Casino.
Robert was delighted with Cash in Motion's best success so far in Saturday night's Group 3 race, having finished second in the recent Ipswich Futurity final.
"She's very hard to beat because she's very strong,'' Robert said of the black bitch who turned two in September.
When asked about her temperament, he answered: "Beautiful''.
It was Cash in Motion's 12th win from 24 starts, and her sixth final.
"It is a good bonus,'' Robert said.
"All the work has paid off.''
Among Cash in Motion's next targets is the Brisbane Cup at Albion Park, over the same 520m trip. Cash in Motion won the recent Molly Campbell Silver Dollars final at the Brisbane circuit.
Robert and Faye have enjoyed success with other dogs in the Casino Cup and Young Guns series.
However, for the weekend at least, the focus was on Ipswich and the enjoyment a terrific family of dog lovers enjoyed.
"We both love the dogs,'' Faye said.
"I'm in charge of cleaning and spoiling.
"Everything is for the dogs.
"They get done and then we say 'well what are we having for dinner?'''
Faye has been around dogs all her life.
Like her husband, she was stoked with the win, staying at home to look after the other dogs in work on their five acre property at Woodview.
"The phones haven't stopped ringing,'' Faye said.
"It's even more pleasing when you've bred them yourself and trained them and done all that.
"Then to get something that goes like that is unbelievable.''
Faye chose the winning greyhound's name.
"I did see it written somewhere on television or a show once, a long time ago,'' she said.
"I said to Robert 'I'm going to call a dog that'.
"I said Cash in Motion suits her. She's in motion and it's cash.''
After such a fast-finishing effort on the Ipswich sand, the extra cash will be handy.
"We'll tuck it away. You never know them rainy days come along,'' Faye said.
As Faye concluded her chat, Robert arrived home with a few drinks.
"He reckons there could be a celebration on here this afternoon,'' the personable greyhound enthusiast said.
"He does a lot of travelling with them and that so you've got to relax sometimes.
"It's pretty full-on all week.''
IPSWICH Greyhound Racing Club manager Merv Page was pleased with Saturday night's program despite the rainy conditions over the city.
"The track was good. The times were real fast,'' Page said.
"Everything went perfect.''
Page praised NSW trainers like Robert Cooke and Col Graham for supporting the $50,000 City of Ipswich Gold Cup, which has been run for 33 years.
The Ipswich club's next major event is the annual Vince Curry Maiden series in January/February at the Showgrounds facility.