Box draw test for favourite
THE Grafton District Services Club Final over 407 metres highlights what is a very attractive 10-race program at the Grafton Greyhound raceway today.
No doubt the most impressive of the four heat winners was the Mitch Northfield trained Go Wild Bean.
Go Wild Bean is starting to build an impressive record and his quick 23.22 second (best of day) heat victory was bracketed by his smart victories at the Lismore circuit.
In his heat victory, Go Wild Bean was able to sit on the outside of Kingsbrae Di in the early stages before powering away from that runner in the final stages in a performance that had class written all over it.
The question mark in the final is whether Go Wild Bean can begin well enough from box 5 to stay in touch with Kingsbrae Di, who is a very reliable beginner and almost certain to lead from her box 4 draw.
Kingsbrae Di has three moderate beginners drawn inside her and, should Go Wild Bean find any early trouble, could be off with the prize for her trainer Charlie Northfield.
Alstonville trainer Neville Robson has managed to qualify two runners for the final in the shape of Big Frank from box 1 and High Ace from out in box 7 and although both have their share of ability will need 'Bean' and 'Di' to find trouble if they are to figure for the big end of the prize.
Looking for a best bet of the day, I will plump for another Charlie Northfield runner in Lord Aragorn.
Although proving costly to punters of late at Grafton, Lord Aragorn should be able to position himself closer to the lead today as there is not a lot of early pace in his race, the Malcolm Gooden Grade Stake over 480 metres.
On face value his box 2 draw is not ideal as he does like to use a bit of the track, but on the corner start of the 480 metres the inside draw does help considerably.
Starcraft boost for stud
SYDNEY. ? Multiple Group One winner Starcraft will stand alongside sire sensation Redoute's Choice next breeding season with John Messara's Arrowfield Stud confirming it has bought a share in the globetrotter.
Recently crowned champion international miler (1600m) following his victories in the Prix Du Moulin in France and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in England, the Paul Makinowned five-year-old is being readied for a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Classic in New York tomorrow week.
Arrowfield's interest won't come into effect until after that race but Messara said a win would only increase his value as a stallion.
"Starcraft is a multiple Group One winner in both hemispheres. He was Australia's and New Zealand's champion three-year-old in 2003-04."