Successful greyhound carnival
THE BEST July Carnival that the Grafton Greyhound Club has held for many years concluded on Saturday afternoon with the running of 15 races.
The feedback from owners and trainers certainly vindicated the decision of the club to go ahead and put in a loam track.
Highlights of the big day of racing were the running of the Hill Stakes final over 480m and the running of the South Grafton Services Club fifth grade over 407m.
The Hill Stakes, sponsored by those campers who are on the hill behind the driving tower, went to the Reg Gardoll-trained Keira's Lucky, who finished far too strongly for her opposition to win by two and a quarter lengths in 27.73.
The $1000 prize money was some consolation for the Gardoll camp as they had certainly run their share of second placings over the carnival.
Although he had run a good race in his heat, the Greg Roberts-trained Mistree Surfie was one of the outsiders in the South Grafton Services Club final after he drew box five.
This didn't deter Mistree Surfie as he began on terms with the field and reached the lead at the first turn and then held on well to win by a half length in 23.58.
The trainer of the carnival and the greyhound of the carnival both were sponsored by Richmond Valley Pet Supplies.
The trainer of the carnival was local trainer Jim Madigan who has certainly supported the club since the conversion to loam and the greyhound of the carnival was certainly well deserved as Kihael Secret won four out of four starts over the carnival, a great effort by her trainer Mick Causley to keep her pinging the lids.
Visiting trainer Bev Beesley, from Victoria, hadn't been to a carnival for around 20 years but this didn't stop her winning a race with her bitch Saint Kayla.
Saint Kayla jumped in front and then had to hold off the strong finishing run of Panic Not to win by a half head in the best time of the day, 23.33.
Millordo, trained by John Corrigan, made it two wins for the week when he backed up after winning on Wednesday night to win the Shiralee Poultry third grade by a length and a half in 23.48.
Two young greyhounds were impressive in their wins.
Go Wild Bean, trained by Mitchell Northfield, went very quickly after the start to lead at the first turn and came away to win by eight lengths in 23.36.
Regal Keroma, trained by Dave Irwin, was too strong in the run home and scored by two and a quarter lengths in the best time of the day over 480m ? 27.64.
The Jacaranda Hotel Veterans Stake was an exciting race with Mr Titanic, trained by Tom Richards, just getting there by a half head from the six-year-old dog Settlers Way, with Bobniapap a length and a quarter away third in the respectable time of 23.71.
Other winners on this big card of racing were Freakie Frankie for Dean Turley in 28.00, Sienna Bear for Marlene Ellis in 24.00, Tranquil Royal for Sandy Robertson in 23.58, Shalana Girl for Jim Madigan in 27.78, Outer Reach for Merv Patching in 23.51, Lazer Vision for Julian Spiteri in 23.54, Boudica for Celina Grey in 28.10 and Sunny Dream capped off a good carnival for Earl Anderson when he won in 23.81.
The Grafton club hoped that all visiting trainers had a safe trip home, and wanted to see them all back next year for a bigger and better July carnival, an organiser said yesterday.