Dogs all set to go
AN EXCITING clash looms at the Grafton Greyhound race meeting today between the smart local youngster Northern Echo and the Queensland invader Jump In.
Although there racing careers have only just begun each have shown enormous potential albeit at tracks many miles apart. The Reg Gardoll-trained Northern Echo has been campaigning at the Lismore circuit while the Tricia Fuller-trained Jump In really enjoys Capalaba.
Northern Echo saluted impressively on debut at Lismore in 24.24 seconds, which was the best time of the night, before finishing a close second there on Tuesday. While Jump In tasted defeat at his first career start at Brisbane before reeling off three wins in a row at Capalaba. Most greyhounds who have shown form up the straight at Capalaba are well suited by a wide box draw here and based on that Jump In should appreciate box 8.
It could well come down to local knowledge so the locally trained Northern Echo narrowly gets the nod over Jump In.
Two interesting heats of the Grafton to Lismore series have also been scheduled over the 480 metre journey and Jim Madigan looks to hold the whip hand in each of these with his runners Shabro Augusto and Shalana Magic. The LJ Hooker Grafton heat 1 looks to be a race in three with Shabro Augusto, Chainsaw Tommy for Reg Gardoll and State Machine for Warren Alley the leading hopes. They are all moderate beginners so it is difficult to assess which will get the clear run on the tricky corner start of the 480-metre journey.
Chainsaw Tommy is the more seasoned campaigner over this distance and just may be the one to beat with a best time of 27.50 seconds. If he can run up to that time he will be winning but there is not a lot of confidence. Shabro Augusto’s hopes are just as strong based on his smart 23.13 second win recently over 407 metres while State Machine has run 23.20 seconds. It will be interesting to watch.
The Al’s Mechanical heat 2 looks to be a nice race for Shalana Magic who has drawn favourably in box 2. Shalana Magic has been racing consistently 407 metres and while having her first start over 480 metres does possess the necessary box manners and acceleration to take up a forward position from the outset and shouldn’t be getting run down. Shalana Magic looks to be the best bet of the day.
It is rare to be tipping one in a maiden event however Marilyn Johnson looks to have bright prospects in the Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden with Dateline. In what is a fairly quiet line-up, Dateline can run around the 23.50-23.60 second mark following recent placings here.
Tracey Lindsay has been having a good run of late with her small team and Okeechobee should go close to continuing that in the Hession’s Auto Parts & Accessories event over 480 metres. Okeechobee is drawn nicely in box 2 and looks to be the best boxed runner in the race.