AT THE TRACK: After having their last couple of meetings hampered by the weather, Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will be hoping for a clear night tonight.
AT THE TRACK: After having their last couple of meetings hampered by the weather, Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will be hoping for a clear night tonight. Matthew Elkerton

Bokarm Bear the top choice in final

RACING continues at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club tonight with 12 quality races set for decision highlighted by the running of the Ladbrokes Red Dog Final over 480 metres.

Three heats of the series were conducted last week with punters enduring a mixed bag of results with a couple of the hot pots going down in the first two heats before Bokarm Bear restored punters' faith taking out the final heat.

Heat 1 saw the Dave Irwin trained Slippery Valley go to the boxes as a solid $1.90 favourite; however the question was always going to be just how he would handle the step-up in distance to the tougher 480 metres.

Although he was made to work hard to get to the lead, he proved no match for the strong finishing Eternal Spring for Eternal Meteyard with the runner clocking 27.98 seconds in scoring by 2.5 lengths.

The second heat was once again another which contained question marks with Bokarm Dean sent to the boxes a well supported $2.10 favourite. He too was having his first look at the Grafton 480-metre journey and, once again, Bokarm Dean was made to work hard to find the lead and while racing wide, he was a sitting shot for the powerful Golden Kahn which raced away for a strong 3.75 length victory for Jeff Ahern in 27.83 seconds.

Favourite backers were feeling wounded by this stage. However they still stepped in to support the Bob Merillo trained Bokarm Bear which was also making his debut at the distance. Jumping as a $1.70 favourite, his supporters were never in danger as he jumped nicely from box 5 clocking a slick 12.36 section on the way to his best of the night 27.66 seconds defeating Five Of Spades by a comfortable 3.75 lengths.

Tonight the box draw has made for an interesting affair with little doubt that Bokarm Bear is the greyhound to beat despite having come up with box 6. Bokarm Bear traditionally runs a straight line from the boxes so a wide draw suits the talented performer and, with the solid railing Slippery Valley drawn on his inside and the slow beginning Five Of Spades on his outside, he should receive a nice run.

Perhaps the only fly in the ointment so to speak is Gundiva which has drawn in box 8.

On her day she can begin nicely and has shown a real desire to move left in search of the rails so she is a definite factor to be considered when assessing the chances and price which would want to be taken if placing your hard-earned on that runner.

Another runner well worthy of consideration and a definite big chance is Golden Kahn which does look to be nicely drawn in box 3. Golden Kahn is a moderate beginner which is traditionally a bad formula in greyhound racing, however this trait is probably the key to his chances tonight.

If only moderately away as expected, Golden Kahn should find the rails very quickly and from that position he should be able to follow the leading decision through before unleashing his powerful finishing burst.

Golden Kahn does his best work when finding the rails and in a field where there are not many keen railers, he should get a nice run and would be well worth a small investment at $4 plus.

Other chances look to be Eternal Spring who is also well drawn in box 1 while Five Of Spades if able to mend his recent bad box manners can also certainly take this race out.

All in all it looks to be an enthralling race with a number of scenarios. This writer will select a a photo finish between Bokarm Bear and Golden Kahn.

A best bet looks tough so we will stick with Golden Kahn on an each-way basis.

He should get a beautiful run in behind the speed and it is hard to see him not finishing in the placings.

If Bokarm Bear finds trouble then he would be the greyhound to beat but also given the right run and conditions he is still a chance of running that runner down, even if both runners were to receive a clear run.

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