THE countdown to a highly anticipated July Greyhound racing carnival is well and truly underway as is evidenced by an attractive nine-event program set down for decision today.
Ettrick based trainer Daryl Schafer looks to have a strong hand starting with Angelica Trick in the top graded CUB Stake.
Angelica Trick has been racing in rare form of late with four wins in a row over the tough 457 metre journey at the Gold Coast.
Including in these is a sizzling 25.86-second victory defeating the smart Gozo Maria by 4 3/4 lengths.
Toughest to beat may be Cheeky Outlaw, who does look to be the early leader and once in front is very hard to run down.
Schafer will rug up two runners in the opening event, the Westlawn Finances mixed grade, and should either of these runners have any ability they will prove very hard to beat.
Another chaser that looks very hard to beat is the Deborah Lowe trained Turlowe Tank.
Turlowe Tank has drawn very nicely in box 2 with the slow beginning Explode To Glory in box 1.
Turlowe Tank is a last start winner at the Grafton circuit in a slick 23.25 seconds then confirmed that form with a good performance in winning at the Gold Coast from an unsuitable box 6 draw on Tuesday.
Now that he has hit his straps he should continue on with it today.
Perhaps the most interesting runner of the day is the Rick Godwin trained Energy On Fire.
Energy On Fire has recorded the second fastest time to date on the new loam surface of 22.84 seconds over 407 metres and today makes his first appearance over the longer 480 metre journey.
In what is a race of little early speed it would not surprise if Energy On Fire was to jump straight on the bunny and if this is the case it would take a super performance from his rivals to run him down.
Best of luck to our local trainers Gary Smith and John Haaring who are travelling to Tweed Heads to take on the rich Galaxy Series worth $30,000 to the winner.
The heats are to be conducted today with the final to be run on Monday.
ROUND 6 of the NSW Hill Climb Championship series revs up this weekend on the Mountain View Motor Sport Complex.
The circuit is 10km north of Grafton on the Clarence Way via Summerland Way and the event is conducted by the Grafton Sporting Car Club.
This event is of historic importance as the club celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year in August.