Bear rampage set for greyhound track

BLACK BEAR: The ultra-impressive Bokarm Bear (left), who was a close runner-up in the 2017 Taylor Family Maiden Final, will be aiming to add to his unbeaten record over the 480m at Grafton tonight.
BLACK BEAR: The ultra-impressive Bokarm Bear (left), who was a close runner-up in the 2017 Taylor Family Maiden Final, will be aiming to add to his unbeaten record over the 480m at Grafton tonight. Adam Hourigan

GRAFTON Greyhounds have a very attractive 10-event card set down for tonight, with the highlight being the appearance of promising young dog Bokarm Bear. We also see a Wauchope to Grafton final, with these dogs qualifying at the popular big track down South at Wauchope last Saturday. Finally three very strong heats of the Ladbrokes Red Dog Heats also highlight the card.

Trying to find a winner, we should look no further then to Race 5, the Westlawn Finance Stake over 480m. Here we see the appearance of the very promising Bokarm Bear.

Trained locally by Bobby and Kerry Merillo, Bokarm Bear has had 15 starts for 8 wins. Over this track and distance, the Bear has had three starts for three wins, with his fastest time being a smart 27.55. I'm tipping Bokarm Bear will get down to about 27.40 tonight, making him the standout bet on the program.

Dangers to Bokarm Bear may come from the Sandy Robertson-trained Tranquil Invader, who has the coveted red alley over the 480m. Tranquil Invader has recorded a very fast 17.44 over the 305m at Grafton. He has also sped over the 420m at Lismore in 23.93. You have to also mention the enigmatic Bitten Bye, who on his night can run slashing times but he just keeps finding trouble.

Another good bet on the program will be the Sonia and Warren Kempshall-trained La Ariel in Race 4, the Ladbrokes Red Dog Heat over 407m. La Ariel has the coveted red alley and has been flying at Casino, winning over the 411m over there in 23.56 and 28.08 over the 484m. Hardest to beat for La Ariel could be the Lesley Green-trained Fang Tasia,, drawn in the 5 box. Fang Tasia has won at Lismore over the 420m in a smart 24.00. Borasic Valley, drawn out in the 8, will also be a chance for popular Grafton trainer Desi Winters.

Race 6 on the program is the Wauchope to Grafton Final, with all of these dogs qualifying at the popular big Wauchope track just three hours down the road. My tip here is the Kevin Johnson-trained Youi Sannette, who was his heat winner in a fair 22.12. Youi Sannette can certainly go a lot faster than this evidenced by his best winning times of 21.67 over the 384m and 25.84 over the 457m. As I said, trained by leading trainer on the Mid North Coast in Kevin Johnson, Youi Sannette will start a short-priced favourite in this race.

Hardest to beat could be the Richard Taffe-trained She Is Diamonds, drawn out in the 8 box. This bitch has had 51 starts for 17 wins, winning her heat in a fair 22.08. Boasting a fast 22.66 winning time at Taree, She Is Diamonds certainly has a great chance of upsetting the favourite. I am sure we will see most of these dogs at the rich Wauchope Carnival starting on Boxing Day after their final tonight.

Another good bet on the night comes up in race 7, the Clarence Valley Sheds 305m 4th/5th Graded race. How do you go past the ultra consistent Kooringa Maizie?

The winner of her past three starts, the Mitch Northfield-trained bitch certainly looks the winner here. Already boasting a flying 17.46 over tonight's journey, Maizie will certainly be humming along in the lead.

The danger looks to be the ultra consistent David Lyndan, drawn out in the 8 box. David Lyndan's best time is a little slower in 17.57 but one thing guaranteed about David Lyndan is he always gives his best.

Punters looking to get out in the late races should play up Race 8 and Race 10. Soltador in Race 8, the second Ladbrokes Red Dog Heat, is as honest as they come and back in a fifth grade tonight I'm sure this bitch will be saluting tonight. And the final race on the program is the last of the Ladbrokes Red Dog heats and this looks a nice race for the promising Goldman Valley, trained by Dessy Winters. It could be a big night for Des, the former Grafton Ghosts premiership winner of 1977 when playing in the second row!

Goldman Valley has won over tonight's journey in a fast 23.18 and a repeat of this time will see him in the winner's circle. Looking for the danger, I would say the blue dog, Akaboru, trained by our good mate Mick Patterson.

Akaboru ran a great race last week going down by a head to the very promising Lucky Call and I am sure Patto will have him primed to run a big race tonight. The first race is on at 6.30pm and the last is 9.45pm so let's hope we see you on course.

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