Godwin takes greyhound racing cash
THE Rick Godwin-trained Rich Character earned an extra $1000 on top of the $600 first prize by being Blue Paws-registered when he won the Village Green Hotel Fifth Grade final on Saturday afternoon. Rich Character won by two-and-a-half lengths in 23.11 seconds.
Two trainers landed winning doubles. Junction Hill trainer Jim Madigan struck first when Ebony Renegade won by a length-and-a-half in the Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden, running 23.64. Captain Bravo held on to win the Mackelly and Co top grade over 480m by a nose in 27.48, the best time of the day.
Tommy Cash was the first leg of Reg Gardoll’s winning double, scoring in the Croppers Automotive top grade by a head in 23.13. Then in the District Brake and Steering Fifth Grade over 480m Chainsaw Tommy came from last early to win by a half-length in 27.50 - a good time for fifth graders and was backing up from a win at Lismore on Tuesday.
Best time of the day for the 407m went to the Sandy Robertson-trained Tranquil Black who charged to the lead at the first turn to win the Fuller Bus Services Fourth and Fifth Grade by five-and-a-half lengths in 23.08. Tranquil Black is another greyhound who likes the Grafton circuit where he has won four of his eight starts.
Belles Nightmare, trained by Ken Neave, finished well to win the Grafton District Services Club Fifth Grade by a head in 23.27.
Bently trainer John Clarson had earlier had three runners he thought could win but it was left to Kulu Royal to get him into the winner’s circle. Kulu Royal finished best along the rails to win the Coutts Crossing Tavern Fourth and Fifth Grade by a length-and-a-quarter in 27.74.
Watch The Rocks, trained by Faye Currey, led all the way to win the Nature Vet Maiden by a head in 23.58 and Siam Power, trained by John Free, won the Westlawn Finance Maiden.
The Grafton Club will race next on February 27.