Puppies take centre stage



GREYHOUND racing continues today at the widely acclaimed Grafton racetrack with the puppies taking centre stage as six heats of the GBOTA Easter Maiden will be conducted.

The quality of the breeding of the pups which will face the starter have delighted club officials with fields that would compose favourably with the July Maiden Classic of recent years.

Some of the well-bred pups that are having their first start include Arara Queen, who is a litter sister to last years Jacaranda Maiden winner and half sister the Young Star Classic winner in Sydney namely Scream Machine, the Gary Peel trained Azezi who is out of the top producer Salmazar, Iluka Natalie who is a litter sister to Stick By Me which was the fastest qualifier for the Jacaranda Maiden Final.

Others to watch for could be the Reg Gardoll trained littermates Roley Dipstick and Watch The Web, the Col de Fenker pair Dreamtime Dolly and Dreamtime Buffy who are out of Black Jackal which is the dam of Singleton track record holder Sparkling Bubbles, while Louis Booker for Denise Robinson and Fawn Pro for Chris Schaefer stand out as well.

Of those who have faced the starter, the Marlene Ellistrained Fleet Assassin should race well on his sub-24-second performance in a qualifying trial at Lismore in December.

Having drawn poorly in box 7, Fleet Assassin will need to curb his trait of crashing towards the rails at box rise if he is to figure.

On a day which looks very hard to find a 'good thing' we will plump for the Jeffrey Smith trained Private Bar as the best bet. Although not blessed with good box manners, Private Bar has drawn beautifully in box 1 and she receives a clear run throughout.



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