GREYHOUNDS: Battle of the best at local race track
THE Grafton Greyhound Racing Club has produced another mouthwatering showdown between two of the local big guns with De Blue Kahn and Nangar Thunder to clash tonight in the Greyhoundproducts direct.com Stakes (407m).
The current king of Grafton is without a doubt the Alan Lang-trained Kyogle Clodhoppa but in his absence, the Stephen Attwater-prepared De Blue Kahn will tonight look to state his case as heir apparent.
With an impressive line form including five wins from his past five appearances De Blue Kahn could not have been more impressive than he was here last Monday night when easily securing the Wauchope to Grafton final.
Jumping beautifully from box 4, De Blue Kahn quickly put paid to his rivals, clocking a smart 22.97 in the bleak wet conditions.
Earlier in his career De Blue Kahn was considered a moderate beginner but that is no longer the case and with three sub-23sec runs in his past three appearance at Grafton he looks like he will be hard to beat.
At the start of the year it was the Dave Irwin-trained Nangar Thunder which had tongues wagging following some brilliant lower-grade efforts here, including a flying 22.79sec run.
He has since tasted success at Maitland and Wentworth Park but those victories were over longer distances.
This may prove to be his downfall tonight when he drops back to the shorter 407m journey and being reliably moderate from the boxes he looks likely to be spotting a very smart greyhound quite a considerable headstart.
Giving De Blue Kahn a start then navigating his way through a field may just prove to be a hurdle too difficult for Nangar Thunder.
For the punters there are a few greyhounds that look tough to beat on the program.
The first of these is the Peter Simpson-trained Hot Fusion which will exit box 1 in the Grafton District Services Club Maiden (407m).
Hot Fusion has run some handy races in recent runs without saluting and tonight he gets a field to suit and will be close.
The next looks to be Country Thunder which, although boasting moderate form, does look nicely suited from box 2 in the Highland Petfoods Stakes (407m).
Country Thunder should get a nice run courtesy of Little Gesture which has drawn the inside box and if able to lead or sit right on that runner then he too should go close to picking up the major end of the prize for connections.
The third and final runner which looks hard to beat is Gary Smith's Orara Charlie in the Carters Canine Capers 5th Grade (407m).
Orara Charlie has good early speed and has drawn a field which does lack a lot of pace so he should have little trouble leading the way and if able to do so there is no runner engaged which could give him a start and a beating over the distance.
Tonight's 11-race program is set to start at 7.16pm.