Carnival fever grips
IT is the time of the year when the blood begins to boil for all racing enthusiasts on the Clarence.
For followers of greyhound racing it all begins today with three heats of the 3rd/4th grade Low Pressure Surf Co and five heats of the Grafton District Services Club 5th grade, highlighting an attractive 12-race program.
One of the real attractions will be the clash of two of the fastest greyhounds in the area in the shape of the Dave Robertson-trained Hazavar Jet and the Reg Gardoll-trained Leanne's Memory.
This talented duo will clash in heat two of the Low Pressure Surf Co Stake with Hazavar Jet drawing nicely in box one and Leanne's Memory well suited by his box eight draw.
There is not a struck match between them with Hazavar Jet having been successful in six of his seven starts and Leanne's Memory victorious in nine of his 13 appearances.
If forced to make a selection it will be for Leanne's Memory narrowly over Hazavar Jet.
Leanne's Memory will benefit from his recent racing which includes two good victories over the smart Energy on Fire, while Hazavar Jet has not started for a month and Leanne's Memory may just have a fitness edge.
Heat one looks to be there for the taking for the wellboxed Spring Royal.
Spring Royal, drawn out in box seven, has a moderate beginner on his outside and a desperate railer on his inside and with a clear run early, the Denise Robinson-trained sprinter will go mighty close.
There looks to be a standout in heat three in the shape of the Bernadette Connor-trained Satan's Chant.
As the winner of four of his past five starts in slick times, both here and at Lismore, Satan's Chant looks to have the natural ability to handle his class rise from 5th grade to 3rd/4th grade company today.
The best bet of the GDSC 5th grade heats looks to be the Jeff Droy-trained Big River Sid who recently took out the North Coast Country Tracks Final at the rich Tweed Heads Galaxy Carnival. Big River Sid has been a model of consistency in his three wins at the Grafton circuit with winning times of 23.33, 23.32 and 23.30 seconds and a repeat of any of these should be enough to see this son of Cyrus The Virus safely through to the final.
Story: Grafton Greyhound Club