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Awesome foursome sets pace

PRETTY IN PINK: Orara Maree powers away to an easy win in the Disintergrate @ Stud Stakes (407m) at the Grafton greyhound meeting on Thursday. Photo: Adam Hourigan
PRETTY IN PINK: Orara Maree powers away to an easy win in the Disintergrate @ Stud Stakes (407m) at the Grafton greyhound meeting on Thursday. Photo: Adam Hourigan

THERE is a common thought that all good things come in threes but in the greyhound racing world of late all good things come in fours with Coutts Crossing trainer Gary Smith leading in four winners at the Grafton race meet on Thursday.

Smith's success came after fellow trainer Sandy Robertson produced four winners the previous week.

Smith's runners all carry the "Orara" prefix and to add merit to his performance, all four of his winners on Thursday - Orara Josh, Tank, Bella and Maree - were bred by Smith and are from the same litter.

The talent of the litter siblings (by Collision from Sweet Elite) was further highlighted when Orara Max, trained by Judith Risk, took out the final event on the card.

Smith enjoyed great success with the previous Collision-Sweet Elite litter, including Orara Flash, the 407m track record holder.

While there is some way to go before the current litter matches the previous litter's feats, there is no doubt that they do have ability.

Orara Josh produced a strong railing display from his unsuitable box 8 draw to take the prize from Ayar and Matoaka in 23.44 sec-onds.

 

Two races later Orara Tank burst out from box 3 in the J&C Bullen Roofing Mixed Grade (480m).

In an impressive display, he led from the start to beat home the strong Think About Me.

Orara Tank crossed in 27.32sec, 1.75 lengths ahead of Think About Me with Vibrant Cloud 3.75 lengths back in third.

 

Orara Bella started a $2.10 fav-ourite in the Hessions Auto Parts 5th Grade (305m) and although she was taken on early by Tewin A Lil', she never in danger as she took full advantage of her inside draw to race away for an easy 5.25-length victory, crossing in 17.41sec.

Tewin A Lil' finished second ahead of Gunna Cruise.

Orara Maree had little trouble dispatching her rivals in the Highland Petfoods 4/5th Grade (480m), winning by a comfortable 7.75 lengths over Luzon Lad and Independence.

While for the Judith Risk trained

Orara Max bounced back from an unlucky second last week to take out the day's final event, the Disintergrate @ Stud Stakes (407m).

After working hard to take the lead prior to the first turn, Orara Max held on to win in 23.52sec.

While Smith enjoyed a winning quadrella, fellow Coutts Crossing trainer Barry Walters claimed a winning double.

Dented State led from go to whoa in the Hairworx Stakes while littermate She's A Hummin produced a similar effort in the Grafton Truck & Trailer Repairs Stakes.

Dented State won in 17.34sec while She's A Hummin ran a personal best 23.01sec for the 407m journey.

The day's feature event, the Betfair Blue Paws Final was won by the Robert Brandolini-trained Nintendo Bones.

The Macksville dog Bones pushed through to lead past the catching pen and although he was challenged by rave favourite Bralyn Nicky, held on to win in 27.24sec.

Bralyn Nicky was 2.25 lengths away second with Marbec 4.75 lengths back in third.

Other winners on the day included Tranquil Cliff who made it two in a row for Sandy Robertson with victory in the Gillespie Plumbing 5th Grade and Mighty Bonus for Evelyn Harris in the Willow Park Pre Training 5th Grade.

The Darryl Schafer-trained Elly Mae Trick made a welcome return to the winners circle with victory in the Carters Canine Capers Free For All while Cawbourne Kyle broke his maiden status for Gavin Lowe in the Clarence Valley Sheds Mixed Grade (480m).



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