Gardoll's treble hitback
LOCAL greyhound trainer Reg Gardoll bagged a treble at the Grafton Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon.
Included in his treble was the win of Lonesome Road in the final of the Clarence Valley Sheds mixed in the very quick time of 23.02.
This youngster by Brett Lee out of Divorce Remorse ran second in his heat to the final favourite Pandemic, but with a little more luck in the early stages Lonesome Road was soon in front and went on to score by two and a half lengths from Proper Doug with Pandemic a further five and three quarter lengths away third.
The time of 23.02 was the best of the day and certainly one of the quickest for a maiden on the loam track.
Earlier in the day the real Bar Fine Bob stood up for the Gardoll kennel when he won the XXXX Gold fourth grade by two and a quarter lengths from Tranquil Lyn in 23.57.
Then in the Zero Coke top grade the talented Leanne's Glory led all the way to beat the fast-finishing Energy On Fire by a half length in 23.31.
If Reg can keep this dogs mind on the job he will win a lot more races.
The treble was sweet for the kennel as at the previous meeting they had five second placings.
Two heats of the North Coast Challenge were run with the $1500 final at Tweed Heads on June 12.
The first heat went to the Jeff Droy trained Big River Sid, who chased the early leader London Lizzie to the home turn, where he took over and came away to win by three and a half lengths in 23.30. The win was some consolation for Jeff as he had the favourite in the maiden final.
Norma Jean Trick trained by Darryl Schafer blitzed her rivals when she scored by seven and three quarter lengths in 23.08 in the other heat and if she can take her Grafton form to Tweed Heads she certainly will make her presence felt in the final.
Norma Jean Trick has now had five starts at Grafton for three wins and a second.
Jan and Tom McLean are good supporters of the Grafton track and Paris Star made their trip to Grafton worth while on Saturday she was a lot closer to the leaders then normal and was far too strong in the run home to win by two lengths in the Village Green Hotel fifth grade over 480 metres in the time of 27.69.
Leeville trainer Dean Turley is another trainer who not only races a lot at Grafton but also does a lot of his trialling at the track so it was good to see his dog Turls bounce to the front and lead all the way to score by four and a half lengths in 23.31.
The radio 2GF maiden was won by the Jason Fredrick's trained Plenty Yabba who scored by four and a quarter lengths in 23.63, the Grafton District Services Club maiden went to the John North- trained Bugs Russan who won by a length and a quarter in 23.66.
The club hopes to have the program for July out in the coming week if we can get our race dates from GRNSW.