Missile Flash is a strong chance of victory in the opening race on this afternoon's Grafton greyhounds program.
Missile Flash is a strong chance of victory in the opening race on this afternoon's Grafton greyhounds program. Adam Hourigan

Irwin eyes win in Stakes final

QUEENSLAND trainer Dave Irwin looks the trainer to beat in the final of the Caldwell Electrical Stakes at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club this afternoon.

Irwin provided two heat winners of the Stakes just over a week ago, and it would be an upset of sorts if the major placegetters of the feature race did not come from the Irwin kennel.

Leading the charge is the nicely drawn Imposing Design which was marginally the fastest heat winner in 27.89 seconds.

Imposing Design showed good early speed and plenty of tenacity to win a real speed battle early in that race and while that time is nothing outstanding, with a clear run this afternoon Imposing Design could get down around the 27.60 second mark and that should be more than enough to take home the chocolates.

Exiting box 8 once again the daughter of Just The Best and Vivacity should be able to lead this quite comfortably.

Litter and kennel mate Imposing In Pink is the second representative for the Irwin kennel and she too has prospects after clocking 27.96 seconds in her heat win. Although winning by a mere nose over Marg's Vene, Imposing In Pink did have to work hard for her win and could be improved with a clear run.

Marg's Vene ran a very cheeky race on that occasion at good odds for Arthur Clarke and it would be no surprise if she was right in the finish having come up with the plum box 1 draw.

The club was once again inundated with nominations and as is often the case as a result the fields have plenty of depth in them making winners very difficult to find.

One greyhound which looks to be a nice each way chance is the Glen Mills trained Better Bet Betty which is perfectly drawn in box 1 in the Westlawn Finance Maiden which is race number two on the program.

Better Bet Betty is a greyhound which has been crying out for an inside draw but prior to today has been positioned no closer to the fence than box 5. While it is the fastest way to the poor house to tip greyhounds with just one placing from five starts, Better Bet Betty does have plenty of ability and with a decent beginning and a touch of luck in running she will be right in the firing line when the whips are cracking at each way odds.

Stick with Ron

In greyhound racing when a particular greyhound strikes form it is often a good idea to stick with it and one such greyhound is the Robert McGregor trained Ron's Double.

Two starts back Ron's Double had his first look at the Grafton circuit when scoring a nice all the way win over 407m in 23.38 seconds before venturing to Tweed Heads on the weekend where he franked that form with an easy 23.70 second victory over the 420m journey there.

This afternoon Ron's Double will step out of box 4 in the Grafton Radio Taxi's stakes over 480m.

While this squeeze box draw from the tricky 480m start is usually a bad formula for success, Ron's Double does have some moderate beginners drawn outside him and he may just get the necessary early room he needs to find the front.

The dangers look to be the Gary Gardner trained Sudden Strike which is nicely drawn wide while Magic Splash is a 27.69 second winner at the journey but just may find his box 8 draw a tough assignment on this occasion.

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