Grafton heats draw hot dogs
THREE heats of the Betfair Blue Paws Series feature on a strong 12-event program at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club today.
The 480m heats, races 5, 7 and 10, have attracted strong fields with plenty of depth.
Punters looking for a winner in the first heat are faced with at least five genuine contenders but the box draw could have given the edge to the Darryl Schafer-trained Moe Trick which has drawn favourably in box 8.
Walgett, trained by Elizabeth Salmoni, has also fared well with the keen railer securing the plum rails draw.
Moe Trick has been racing in career-best form of late, scoring a couple of very smart come-from-behind wins over 420m at Lismore.
The style in which he scored those wins suggests that he is racing at the top of his game.
Walgett has been an injury-plagued greyhound for connections but he has displayed some ability.
Despite his recent mixed form at various tracks he is not without his chances in this race from his ideal box 1 draw.
Other chances include the John Corrigan-trained Larry Trick, Gary Smith's Orara Tank and Iluka Lass for Mick Patterson.
The Karen Grimley-trained Think About Me looks to hold the key to the second heat despite a less-than-glorious performance last start.
On that occasion Think About Me started a heavily supported $1.70 favourite but never gave her supporters a sight after bungling the start before showing a desire to race in the middle of the track.
With that said, her box 2 draw today does not look ideal however if she steps cleanly she can show some real pace as was displayed in her maiden victory at Lismore just two runs back.
The testing material could be the Leone North-trained Solve Our Title who impressively opened her account with a strong 23.12 second victory last week over 407m and in doing so showed enough to suggest that despite a rise in class he may well be suited by the 480m journey.
Also worth consideration are William Smith's Looks That Kill, Bralyn Nicky for Dave Irwin and the Patrick Marley-trained Marbec.
Today's third heat looks to have one of the better bets engaged in the form of the Michael Menken-trained Luzon Lad.
Luzon Lad was very impressive when he overcame the same box 5 draw at this distance for an easy 5.5-length victory last week in a smart 27.48 seconds.
He will be aided today by having a moderate beginner drawn inside and another drawn directly outside him and as a result he should nearly go straight to the front once again.
The Gary Smith-trained Orara Maree should also get a nice run across the field from her box 8 draw however she would need to lead Luzon Lad if she was to be a realistic chance of defeating him.
Other hopes include Tranquil Go To in box 1, which has been racing well for Sandy Robertson, and Little Down King for William Smith.
The first of 12 races kicks off at 2.14pm with the final event set for decision at 5.45pm.