THE official opening of the new loam track was performed by CEO of GRNSW George Bawtree on Saturday, but it was on the loam track where all the action was.
Punters should remember the name Fleet Assassin as this young dog has plenty of ability and is sure to win many more races after his decisive win in the GBOTA Grafton Easter Maiden on Saturday afternoon.
Bred and raced by Marlene and Brad Ellis, the son of Modern Assassin and Destiny Bear began on level terms with his litter brother Mass Assassin.
Fleet Assassin then soon out sped him and the rest of his rivals to be two lengths in front at the at the first turn.
From this point Fleet Assassin really accelerated on the loam and raced away in the straight to win by eleven and a half lengths in 23.14 seconds.
To put Fleet Assassins time in perspective the race before the Oaks was won by the classic winner Cheeky Renegade in 23.26 and the race after the Derby was won by Crazy Bob in 23.60.
The Ellises were able to qui- nella the race as Mass Assassin held on for second with Louis Booker two and three quarter lengths away third.
The Jim Madigan-trained Cheeky Renegade really showed her class when she began in fourth spot then got to the outside of her rivals to be in second place on the home turn from here the Oaks as in her keeping.
This powerful sprinter came right away to win by four-andthree-quarter-lengths in 23.26.
Considering it was her first run at the track and over a distance that is considered not suitable, the win was meritorious.
A welcome change of luck for the Derby winner Crazy Bob at the Grafton track as in the final of the July Maiden Crazy Bob had no luck at all when he finished third.
In the Derby Crazy Bob railed inside the field on the circle and the Janice McLean trained sprinter was able to hold off the finishing burst of the Jack Irwin trained Sir Mint to win by three lengths in 23.60.