Cracklin Dave pops past post
WHILE the exciting clash between promising greyhounds Cracklin Dave and Banklee didn't eventuate, the former continued on his winning way at Grafton greyhounds on Saturday.
Cracklin Dave, a last-start 16-lengths winner at Gosford, maintained his winning momentum scoring by 3-3/4 lengths in the Village Green Hotel 5th Grade event.
His major rival, Barklee, who bolted in by 26 lengths in a Lismore maiden last start, was scratched from the event.
Cracklin Dave was the second leg of a winning double for trainer Denise Robinson.
Louise Booker opened the trainer's account winning the Eagle Boys Pizza top grade before Cracklin Dave scored as the odds-on favourite.
Other trainers with winning doubles at the meeting were Gary Clusswho started the ball rolling when he won race two the Clarence Valley Sheds maiden with Where's Felix who spaced his rivals to win by 10 lengths in the good time of 23.33.
Gary didn't have to wait long for his next winner as in the following race the Diet Coke mixed Sunburnt Raymond came from fifth at the first turn and finished powerfully to score by two and a quarter lengths in 23.68.
Kyogle trainer Ron Herd was the other trainer to land a winning double, Ron's first winner was Best Allegro in the Tooheys New fifth grade who raced to the front at the first turn and just held on to score by a neck in 23.38.
Ron then had to wait until race 11, the Woolgoolga Garden Centre fifth grade where Leemond finished hard along the rails to win by a half length in 23.47.
Local trainers weren't left out of the winners altogether as Reg Gardoll, John North, Geoff Cowan and Mick Patterson were able to get winners.
Gardoll won the Grafton District Services Club third and fourth grade over 480 metres with Kiera's Lucky who circled the field to win by three quarters of a length in 27.98.
John North was successful when Chaptain Ice won the Malcolm Gooden fifth grade over 480 metres by three and a quarter lengths in 27.88.
The win could be just the tonic John needs as he hasn't been to well lately.
Rockin Pneumonia, trained by Geoff Cowan, won the XXXX Gold fifth grade when he out paced his rivals to score by three and three quarter lengths in 23.37.
Stick By Me gave his trainer Mick Patterson some concern when he was last away, but he then made a fast run to be third at the home turn and finished full of running to win the Tooheys Dry third and fourth grade by five and a half lengths in 23.41.
The Coca Cola maiden was won by Wild Weapon trained by John Free.
Wild Weapon went to the front along the back and then held out Boris Trick to win by a length and three quarters in 23.64.