SPEEDBLUR: The field races down the back straight in race six at the Grafton Greyhound Club meeting on Saturday. Photo: SIMON H
SPEEDBLUR: The field races down the back straight in race six at the Grafton Greyhound Club meeting on Saturday. Photo: SIMON H

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TWO keenly contested finals were run on Saturday afternoon at the Grafton greyhounds.

The Blue Michaels Take Away fifth grade final saw three greyhounds contesting the lead to the first turn where the Geoff Cowan-trained Rockin Pneumonia slipped along the rails and gained what proved to be a winning break.

Sheena's Lucky and With Integrity were both checked at the first turn and this cost them any winning chance.

In front is the place to be in any race and this is where Rockin Pneumonia was and he scored by two length from Sheena's Lucky in 23.41.

In the Tooheys maiden final three greyhounds were vying for the lead at the first turn the favourite Tad Smarter, Bondi and Missy Doons with Atomic Drover back in fifth place.

As the field raced around the circle Atomic Drover raced around the field to be chasing Tad Smarter into the straight where he finished too strongly for this dog to win by a neck in 23.36.

It took the Michael Beach-trained dog 27 starts to win a maiden now he has won two in a row and judging by Saturday's win he will win more races as they get longer.

The best time of the meeting over the 407 metre trip was recorded by a maiden dog, who if he races as he did on Saturday, will win plenty of races.

The Tom Richards-trained Mr. Miracle bounced straight to the front at box rise in the Grafton District Services Club maiden and ran a very quick first section of 8.38, probably the quickest since the electric timing has gone in and then raced right away to win by nine lengths in 23.16.

This was the first leg of a winning double for this litter they are by new season sire Lochinvar Jet out of John Hayes' speedy bitch Fair Hazard.

John trains the other winner Pearl Hazard, who also displayed good early pace in the Clarence Valley Sheds maiden to win by seven and a half lengths in 23.64.

Security Star, trained by Brad and Lyn Northfield, raced around the field at the first turn in the Arc Attack Engineering top grade over 407 metres and from this point Security Star was never threatened and scored by five and a quarter lengths in 23.37.

Like wise, in the Seaview Tavern top grade over 480 metres the Charlie Northfield-trained Kingsbrae Di sped around the field through the catching pen to set up a winning lead and then went on to win by two and a half lengths in 27.57.

The John Free-trained Free Phantom raced to the front along the back straight and continued on his good recent form when he won the Diet Coke fifth grade by a length and a quarter in 23.51.

Sonnet Princess, trained by Paul Wasson, has a liking for the Grafton loam where she has now had three starts for two wins.

This week she took the lead past the 407 metre boxes and won the XXXX Gold fifth grade by two and a half lengths in 27.75.

The Gary Cluss-trained Sunburnt Cruiser upset the long odds on favourite when he jumped well and was soon in front to race away and win by nine and a half lengths in the Tooheys New fourth grade in a quick 23.19.

Ellangowan Park trained by Stephen Williams won a re run of the Coca Cola fourth and fifth grade over 480 metres, Ellangowan Park came right away to score by five and a half lengths in 28.01.

The club now goes into recess and will resume on March 4

The club will be trialling right through February on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with booked trials.



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