Little in size, big in spirit
SHE may be the smallest greyhound racing today at just 22 kilograms, but Kingsbrae Di will be looking to stand out above her rivals when she steps out in the Westlawn Finance Maiden Final over 407 metres.
The Charlie Northfieldtrained sprinter recorded not only the fastest time of the three maiden heats, but also the best time of the day for the 407 metre trip, when she scored a hollow 71/2 length victory in 23.32 seconds.
Next best heat time was 23.72 seconds recorded by Sunburnt Raymond.
Kingsbrae Di has very good box manners, which coupled with her explosive early speed, should see her prove much too good for her opposition in the $500 to the winner final.
Charlie has also qualified Di's litter brothers, Kingsbrae Kid and Kingsbrae Rob, and, with luck in run- ning, could even train the trifecta.
Iluka trainer Reg Gardoll has a kennel full of very smart young greyhounds at the moment, however it is fair to say that the majority of these have been experiencing some bad luck in running of late.
This all looks set to change today when Watch the Web steps out from box 8 in the Ranvet Stake over 480 metres.
Watch the Web has recorded the very slick time of 23.07 seconds for the 407 metre journey and will have no trouble at all with the 480 metre trip as he has been racing well in much harder class in Brisbane over 520 metres.
Watch the Web looks to be a put in and take out proposition.
Races over 610 metre are always a great spectacle and today a field of six will do battle in the Clarence Valley Sheds Stake over that journey.
Daryl Schaefer will have a strong say in the outcome of this event with his three littermates Dorothy Trick, Jessica Trick and Robin Trick all with undeniable chances, but the selection for the event will be Kiera's Lucky once again for Reg Gardoll.
Kiera's Lucky is stepping out over 610 metres for the first time, but does give every indication that she will run out the distance and does appear to be the early leader which is a big start in any greyhound race.
All the action gets underway at 1.15pm this afternoon with 10 events set down for decision.
MELBOURNE. ? Makybe Diva will make her first public appearance since her trip to Japan when she contests a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Monday.
Trainer Lee Freedman has entered her in a 1000m trial, scheduled to be run at 2.50pm, against eight rivals.
The dual Melbourne Cup-winning mare was crowned Australia's Champion Racehorse of the Year earlier this month with Freedman and owner Tony Santic announcing plans to target the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
Makybe Diva is scheduled to resume in the Group Two $250,000 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on September 10, a race in which she was runner-up to Delzao last year when it was known as the Feehan Stakes.
Now a seven-year-old, Makybe Diva followed her second Melbourne Cup victory last spring with brilliant wins at weight-forage in the Australian Cup and The BMW in the autumn.