Stick with him for value
By BRAD ELLIS
IN late October, a young greyhound having its first race start set the Grafton track alight with a sizzling victory.
Although that was his only Grafton victory we will stick by him as our best bet on the program at the meeting in Grafton this afternoon.
As the omen would suggest, that greyhound is the Mick Patterson-trained Stick By Me and on the above mentioned occasion he recorded the sizzling time of 22.78 seconds. Stick By Me does not possess a lot of early pace but does have a devastating finishing burst and with just a touch of luck in the run, should finish right over the top of its rivals.
In a direct contrast to Stick By Me, the Neville Robson-trained Vollee is one greyhound which does have brilliant early speed.
Vollee will line up today from box 8 in the Carlton Mid-Strength Stake and this talented daughter of Brett Lee should have little trouble in leading her opposition, and if this is the case, will be very hard to beat.
An interesting battle looms in the opening event of the day between local sprinter Street Assassin and the Lismore-based Crown Gem. Both greyhounds have raced against each other in their last three race appearances with around a length separating them on each occasion. The score stands at 2-1 in the favour of Crown Gem, however, today, off box 1, Street Assassin should make it two-all. He won't be quoted at flash odds by the bookies but does appear to be very hard to beat.
Looking for a bit of value on the program for punters we will select the Kevin Inglistrained Makoshka as an each-way special in race eight.
Makoshka appears to be running back into form and from box 1 at around 3 or 4/1 looks an each-way bet to nothing.
Hardest to beat will certainly be Arara Chief and Cheeky Outlaw who will each be vying for favouritism but off box 1 ? Makoshka will run a very cheeky race.