Youngster assassinates rivals
By JOHN CORRIGAN
THE Brad and Marlene Ellis youngster Fleet Assassin raced his way into the fifth grade final next week after another decisive win at the Grafton Greyhound Course on Saturday afternoon. From box seven, Fleet Assas- sin was soon in front and nev- er looked in danger of defeat he won easily by seven and a half lengths in the best time of the day, 23.02 seconds. This was Fleet Assassin's third win from as many starts on the new loam track. Second placegetter the Jim Madigan-trained Ebony Stardust also goes into the final. Crown Gem, trained by Ja- son Fredricks, was a good win- ner when she jumped in front from box one to lead all the way and win by a length and a quarter from Street Assassin in 23.19 seconds. If Crown Gem can draw in- side again next week she will prove the testing material for Fleet Assassin. Chemical Heart trained by Denise Robinson scored a strong win in her heat, win- ning by three quarters of a length in 23.51 seconds.
The final heat went to the Jeff Smith-trained Private Bar who went right along the fence to win by five and a quarter lengths in 23.60. This was the second leg of a winning double for Jeff and Gloria Smith who had earlier won the top grade event with Scar Bar who came from third last at box rise to score by three and a quarter lengths in 23.32 seconds. Denise Robinson was anoth- er trainer to land a winning double ? her first winner was Chemical Heart then in the fol- lowing race Mr Menagerie came from second last tand railed hard on the home turn and just arrived to win by a half length in 27.59 seconds. Arara Opal, trained by Gary Smith, was having her first start but this proved no barrier when she won her maiden by three lengths in 23.41 seconds. Mystery Sandra was reward- ed for consistent recent form when she won her maiden for trainer Kevin Inglis and his partner Mick Patterson by a head in the time of 23.78 sec- onds. The Gregg Duffy Apprecia- tion third and fourth grade went to the Bob Cooke trained Rebel Bob who has a liking for
the Grafton track where he has now registered four of his sev- en race wins. Rebel Bob was never headed
from box one when he scored by a half length in 23.73 sec- onds. In the final event the Geoff
Cowan-trained Rhythm Stick did just enough in the run home to win by a head in 23.41.