RACING: Punters head to the Grafton track this afternoon for an 11-race program.
RACING: Punters head to the Grafton track this afternoon for an 11-race program.

Gun greyhounds clash in Grafton

SOMETHING quite remarkable for greyhound racing occurred on Tuesday night when a young sprinter by the name of Cracklin Dave scored by an incredible 16 lengths in a maiden event at Gosford.

At the time, the Sky Channel announcer on duty declared that this would be the easiest victory of the night, even going so far as to say that he would put his own head on the chopping block if he was wrong.

Then of course, it happened.

One hour later in a maiden event at Lismore, a greyhound called Banklee rocketed around the track to score by ? you guessed it ? 26 lengths.

Our brave announcer did indeed have the proverbial egg on his face.

What relevance does this have to greyhound racing in Grafton? As coincidence would have it, both these youngsters will face off in the Village Green Hotel 5th Grade at Grafton today.

Cracklin Dave, trained by Denise Robinson, recorded the flying time of 30.19 seconds for the 515-metre journey which was faster than the winner recorded in the $25,000-to-the-winner Woy Woy Poultry Gosford Cup on the same evening.

The Ron Herd-trained Banklee recorded a nippy 30.39 seconds for the 520-metre journey at Lismore. This is believed to be the fastest time recorded by a maiden greyhound for that journey at Lismore since the track was resurfaced following the floods midway through last year.

The clash of these two youngsters promises to be one not to be missed.

Brilliant speedster Go Wild Bean will be looking to start 2006 the way he left off in 2005 with another rousing victory this afternoon.

Go Wild Bean became one of only five greyhounds to break the magical 23-second barrier on the new loam surface when he recorded a breath-taking 22.90 seconds when victorious in October last year.

Proving this was no fluke, this talented son of Go Wild Teddy and Kooringa Flyer then recorded a 23.00-second victory over the speedy Quiz Kid. While his box four draw has done him no favours, Go Wild Bean does possess a good turn of acceleration and barring bad luck looks set to 'get the dough' in the top graded Eagle Boys Pizza Grafton and Yamba Stake for his trainer John Corrigan.

The main challenger should be the Denise Robinson-trained Louis Booker, which is racing in fine form with impressive victories both here at Albion Park in Brisbane.

One of the better bets of the day, aside from Go Wild Bean, appears to be the Helen Simpson-trained Bondi, which raced well in the recent rich maiden series at Lismore, recording a second placing in his qualifying trial behind Dance On A Dime, followed by another second in his semi-final, before finding plenty of interference in the final behind Command Prince.

The kennel of James Robinson and Linda Benn have experienced the highs and lows of greyhound racing in recent weeks with a healthy run of success being dampened by injuries to their smart sprinters Quiz Kid and Much Much More. Today another of their team will be looking to fly the flag in the shape of Nitrix.

With three bookmakers, the TAB on course and 11 action-packed events, it promises to be a great day of racing at the Grafton Greyhound Raceway today.

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