Pop Northfield Classic Stays In The Family

TONI Northfield had to step in during the past two weeks and settle a "family" dispute, and it's lucky she did, writes David Brasch.

David Brasch

22 October 2020

TONI Northfield had to step in during the past two weeks and settle a “family” dispute, and it’s lucky she did.

That’s because it resulted in Kingsbrae Kenzie’s all-the-way victory in Thursday’s time-honoured Pop Northfield Maiden Classic Final (411m) at Casino.

Toni and husband Charlie landed the quinella when Kingsbrae Kota chased home her kennelmate for second with Another Day in third. Kenzie was the rank outsider in the field at $34.

“My husband Charlie has a real love-hate relationship with Kingsbrae Kenzie,” said Toni.

“He reckons around the kennels at home she is a real pain in the backside.

“But, to me she is a lovely little dog. And, that’s why I have handled her for the past two weeks.”

Toni led out Kingsbrae Kenzie to heat and final victories in the Pop Northfield Maiden, the third time Charlie and Toni have won the series named in honour of the legend of the Northfield family.

Toni won the race when training the kennel with Amber Phoenix and Charlie landed the race with Kingsbrae Molly which relegated her soon-to-be famous litter brother Paw Licking into the minor placings.

Kingsbrae Kenzie is by Spring Gun from former smart race bitch Spare Cash.

Spare Cash, runner-up in a Group 2 Queensland Futurity, was raced by Toni and Charlie’s son Andrew.

“When she whelped the litter to Spring Gun, Charlie decided to sell them all but do our usual thing and keep one of the pups,” said Toni.

“He let everyone else have the pick and the one left over is Kingsbrae Kenzie. We got the left over.”

Andrew ended up selling Spare Cash and put that “spare cash” towards buying his first home as an 18-year-old.

Toni and Charlie headed to Casino for the heats of the Pop Northfield not expecting a winner, but landed two. They headed to Casino today not expecting to win the final.

“We reckoned Steve Kavanagh’s dogs were going to be hard to beat,” said Toni.

Charlie’s “pain in the backside” never looked like being beaten when she began brilliantly from the three box, got well clear when trouble put paid to several of those behind her, and gave Toni and Charlie their third victory in the race.