Punters score at the Grafton races
By GEOFF HEATH
GRAFTON'S first TAB meeting in 11 years was a great success with a good crowd in attendance and big dividends the order of the day.
The biggest of these was $9,504 on the first four on race three.
Four of the other races on the program returned in excess of $3000 for the first four numbers.
Sandy Shore looks on track for a tilt at the feature races during the July Carnival after a strong win over Aquatic Drive and Rodeo Chute Out in the 2050m Open Hcp on Saturday.
Taken on for the lead, Sandy Shore got into speed battle with lightweight Timesto and they raced well clear of the small field to the turn where Timesto started to feel the pinch and dropped out sharply.
Aquatic Drive ran home well with Rodeo Chute out but they were never going to trouble the winner.
Trainer Brett Bellamy was pleased with Raqeeb's win over well fancied Red Sun in the 1400m Class Two Hcp.
Beautifully placed after winning a 1400m Class two here on May 1, Raqeeb has now had six starts for the Coffs Harbour trainer for three wins and three seconds.
Bellamy said after the race that Raqeeb just keeps improving and fights on if he looks like being headed.
The two staged a battle royal for the length of the straight on Saturday with Raqeeb showing great tenacity to prevail on the line.
Riding honours went to Danny Peisley with a double aboard longshot Frisco's Tip for trainer Debbie Baker.
The second leg was on second favourite Pretty Neat for Ballina trainer Terry McCarthy.