Win for promising youngster
THE final of the Grafton District Services Club Mixed Grade was run on Saturday afternoon with victory going to promising young dog Millordo.
Millordo owned by Melbourne providor Mick Ponte and trained locally by John Corrigan began well from box two and railed inside Juglan's Nigra along the back to lead at the first turn and this is where he gained a winning break to come away and score by four-and-three-quarter lengths in the best time of the day 23.14 seconds.
Millordo has now won three of his five starts and if he continues to begin as well as he did Saturday he will win a lot more races.
Cooladine Rock prepared by John and Jeannette McGrory made it three wins in a week when he finished strongly to win by a length over the 480m trip in 27.66.
Cooladine Rock had won at Grafton the previous Saturday in the best time of the day then went to Lismore Tuesday night and again recorded the best of the night 29.87 seconds, to win again Saturday off box six was a good effort.
Luck may have changed for wife and husband team Cynthia and Sandy Robertson they were able to win consecutive races Saturday.
Cynthia started the ball rolling when Tranquil Lyn trained by her led most of the way to win by a length-and-three-quarters in 23.52 seconds.
Not to be outdone Sandy saddled up Tranquil Retrac in the next race and he led all the way to score a good win in 23.76 seconds, Tranquil Retrac won by two-and-a-half lengths.
Energy Spin trained by Rick Godwin won the top grade over 407m with a quick mid-race dash and then was able to hold off the fast finishing Emily's Babe to score by an length in 23.23 seconds.
Brad Northfield hasn't had a starter at Grafton for some time but it didn't take him long to get back in the winners circle when Security Star upset some confident wagers on Go Wild Shadow, Security Star was able to hold on and win by a head in 23.228 seconds considering it was Security Star's first run at Grafton it was a good run.
Another trainer who couldn't remember when he trained his last winner at Grafton Gary Geary was all smiles when Cheyenne Skye led all the way to beat the well backed Direct Energy by a length in 23.68 seconds.
The first mixed went to the Garth Lewis-trained Saundo Max who finished too well for his rivals to win by a half length in 23.62 seconds.
Coutta Hawk, trained by Bill Riddle, bounded out of box two and was never headed to win a deceptive finish by a half head in 23.46.
It was a good training effort by Bill as Coutta Hawk hadn't raced since the 19th of February.
The Jan McLean-trained Farmer Paris was just the opposite she just got there in the last bound to score by a half-head in 23.74.
Farmer Paris has now won her last two starts on the loam at Grafton.
Grafton race next on May 14.