Bonus gives race bite
THE Grafton Greyhound Racing Club is back in action after a five-week break with three exciting heats of the rich Betfair Blue Paws Super Series (407m).
Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Betfair betting agency are putting a fantastic bonus of $3500 on top of the prize pool for winning connections as part of their breeding incentive scheme.
The heats have drawn together some very promising youngsters on their way up and some tried and true local campaigners.
One youngster that has created a big impression in his short career to date is the Andrew Monaghan-trained Long Black Train.
Despite having just two race track appearances to his credit, Long Black Train set tongues wagging with a powerful 24.22 second maiden victory at Lismore two weeks ago before being pole axed in the final after being in a prominent position early.
The home bred son of Where’s Pedro and Vizcaya should have little trouble adapting to the Grafton circuit and he will be one to keep an eye on in the series.
Long Black Train will have to hold off Darryl Schafer’s proven local performer Gillard’s Trick, which has recorded sub-23second times at this venue, and the likes of Phantom Lion for John Free and the Trevor Thompson-trained Melly Rose Hi, which are both steadily building solid records.
There is plenty of depth also in the first heat with the Roger Green-trained Any Bank likely to start as the race favourite on the back of his 23.04second record over 407m here.
Any Bank will need to be on his best box manners to be able to cross the speedy Maddie Louise who has drawn the coveted rails alley while the Terry Guymer-trained Watch Me Burn is worthy of plenty of attention based on his tip top Albion Park form.
Queensland trainer Darren Russel is no stranger to unearthing a talented greyhound and Killer Octane in the third heat looks to be yet another of these.
The regally bred daughter of Pure Octane and Cheeky Renegade has amassed the impressive figures of seven wins from just 11 outings, and although she will be having her first run at Grafton, she is sure to be well schooled and ready for the assignment.
A mouth-watering clash looms in the B & B Trailers Stake (305m) with the classy Orara Jack resuming from a five-month injury lay off and the up-and-coming Blue Dart which has displayed explosive box manners at outside tracks. Throw in the speedy Lord Of Thunder and Only Time and an intriguing battle is assured.
Also on Saturday, the Grafton Club will play host to the Grafton Rhino’s Sporting Clubs with the much anticipated return of the Rhino versus Greyhound, human versus canine match race series.
Last year the Rhinos took all before them with two wins from two appearances but rest assured that the greyhound fraternity is ready to strike back this year.
For those wishing to attend a great afternoon of entertainment they should get along to the South Services Club tomorrow evening for the raffles as there will be numerous free passes handed out to interested patrons.