Grafton’s top dogs to face off
ANOTHER jam-packed 12-race meeting takes place today as Grafton Greyhound Racing Club braces for the upcoming July Carnival.
The Chase Magazine Stakes (610m) for the stayers and the Another Bonus Racing Team Stakes Free For All event highlight the program, with the afternoon dominated by seven Greyhoundproductsdirect.com 407m heats.
Black Audit has drawn the coveted box one for the Chase Magazine Stakes at 3.24pm, but it will be the first start from an inside box in her sixth career start.
Trained by Grafton's Maxine Gleeson, Black Audit enjoyed consecutive wins at Lismore (520m) and Grafton (480m) in the eight box before improving over the 480m distance at Grafton for a third straight win in 27.27s.
Black Audit graduated to the 610m in her next, most recent start when third behind Echo Gal. As $2.30 favourite she could be excused on that occasion, experiencing interference on the first turn. She hugged the rails on the turn home which suggests she won't bothered by the unfamiliar draw or shirked by classy company.
Lord Golec trained by Michael Eberand in Sydney will likely start at short odds with consistent recent form on the tracks at Bulli and Richmond.
Lord Golec jumps from box two while in the three is Shez Sassy, who has the fastest registered track/distance time of 35.22s for Warragai Creek's Jim Gallaway.
The lightly-raced Shez Sassy is searching for her first win since March following an unsuccessful stint of racing at Albion Park and a last start third behind Price Rise over this distance at Grafton on June 1.
Im Zarr Wolf (box 6) trained by Tucabia's Malcolm Russell was an impressive last start winner in 35.49s over 610m at Grafton while Sandave Sapphire from (box 7) and impressive last start winner over 610m at Grafton while Sandave Sapphire also deserves consideration.
Immediately following at 3.44pm will be several of Grafton's top performers of the season chasing bragging rights in the Free For All event.
Slick Jappa can all but wrap up the 2014/15 Grafton Greyhound of the Year title for Sonia Kempshall - who has already mathematically retained her title of Grafton Trainer of the Year.
Slick Jappa is just eight points ahead of Jim Gallaway's Sudoku Rebel. As the penultimate meeting at Grafton for the season, three points for second place will be enough to Slick Jappa, who starts from box two.
However, a win or place cannot be guaranteed for Slick Jappa on current form, whereas Sudoku Rebel is red hot. He has won his last three, all over the 407m at Grafton and all at short odds.
Those wins came from the favourable one and eight boxes, but even from box three the veteran should be a huge chance of bringing up his 21st career win.
Carlyle Tycoon was second to Sudoku Rebel in their last start on June 18 having enjoyed the early running and will be a wise each-way option again from box one. Carlyle Tycoon currently sits fourth in the Grafton Greyhound of the Year standings for Dave Irwin.
The pace will be hot from the inside boxes which will make it tough for City Breeze (box 4), who is also chasing a fourth straight win for Doubtful Creek's Dean Casey.