First dog meeting sets the tone
WITH the passing of June and the arrival of July, that can mean only one thing in Grafton and that of course, is racing.
If the opening meeting of the Greyhound Racing Carnival is any indication then this is going to be a very high quality carnival indeed.
One only needs to look at the Mackelly & Co. non-graded over 407 metres for proof of this as this talented line up of chasers have amassed an incredible tally of 168 race victories between them.
Any race club in Australia would be over the moon with a field of this calibre in their program.
This field includes the current King of Grafton, Scar Bar, who is the current 407 metre track record holder and a winner of 16 of his 22 starts, and Quiz Kid, who is the Gold Coast 373metre record and is a winner of 20 of his 38 starts.
In addition, the brilliant Queenslander Don Paco, who holds the Gold Coast 401 metre record, last week equaled the Albion Park first sectional record. Don Paco has recorded 17 victories to date from 32 starts.
Throw in the likes of Hot Syrup (30 from 53) from box 1, Kihael Cruiser, Montagu Crew, Amber Phoenix and Crystal Fire and you have a race which should not be missed.
Another mouth watering clash will take place in the very next event, the Iluka Bowling Club Non-Graded over 610 metres.
Here we see the clash between two of the finest middle distance chasers in New South Wales and Queensland, namely Cheeky Sprite who is trained locally by Jim Madigan and Devine Gem who is trained in Queensland by Thomas Noble.
Local knowledge should see Cheeky Sprite start as favourite for the event, however Devine Gem is a very adaptable race bitch and on the score of ability there is not a struck match between the two.
This is a rare opportunity to see the likes of these two greyhounds race on a country track against each other.