Race 5 winner Orara Jack at Grafton last week.
Race 5 winner Orara Jack at Grafton last week. Brendan Ray

Sam Hi Rose in box seat for final

THE box draw for the 407m Clarence Valley Sheds final (race seven) at this afternoon’s Grafton greyhound races has thrown the event wide open, with likely favourite Orara Magic drawing poorly in box 4.

Orara Magic is desperate for an inside draw and will need some luck early to get across to that position.

The two runners with favourable draws are Dinjerra Blaze who has drawn the rails for Rod Sheather, and Sam Rose Hi which has drawn perfectly out in box 8 for Trevor Thompson.

Sam Rose Hi looks to be the obvious choice as the early leader in a field which lacks a lot of early pace.

His 27.73-second heat victory was his first run on the track for three months so a little improvement could be expected.

While Dinjerra Blaze is a perfect example of a greyhound which needs box one, where his overall record stands at three wins from four outings.

The fastest heat-winner was the Darren Russell-trained High Energy, which used his box 8 draw to perfection when rounding the field up before powering on to an impressive 27.65-second win.

In the final he has not drawn well in box three, with keen railers Orara Magic and Nicky Lyndan drawn directly on his outside, which only helps to add mystery to this race.

The meeting will also feature three heats of the Carter’s Canine Capers for maidens over 407 metres.

Heat 1 looks to be a good clash between the likes of Casual Trick, Thermal Image and Red John. Casual Trick looks to be the top selection in this based on his smart 23.32 second performance trial here last week.

Tricia Fuller is no stranger to feature race success here at Grafton and a bold run can be expected from Red John who has drawn nicely out in box 8.

While Red John has had just the one start, on the straight at Capalaba, he is a member of the Bombastic Shiraz - Hitech Star litter which have all raced here at Grafton with distinction.

Thermal Image will fly the flag for the locals and she was recently second to her brother Cipollini in a performance trial, beaten just 2.25 lengths in 23.28 seconds.

Heat 2 looks to be a nice race for the previously mentioned Cipollini, who has managed to find the weaker of the three heats. Milkcart Trick could be the likely leader based on his 8.44 first section when Performance trialling last week.

It may be a different race but it looks as though the same trainers are set to battle it out in heat 3 of the Carter’s Canine Capers maiden with Darryl Schafer, Hedren Trick, and Jeff Chapman, Late Invitation, the likely combatants. Hedren Trick finished a good second to kennel mate Casual Trick when beaten only 2.5 lengths in 23.28 seconds while Late Invitation finished 5 lengths adrift of his kennel mate Cipollini in 23.28 seconds. With natural improvement each of these runners should feature.

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