Irwin has designs on win
THE action returns to the track this evening with the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club staging a 10-event race program highlighted by two heats of the Caldwell Electrical Stakes over 480m.
The opening heat is race five on the program, and the Dave Irwin-trained Imposing Design looks to be one of the better bets on the night in this race.
While Irwin would be the first to admit that Imposing Design is not one of the leading lights in the kennel, the daughter of Just The Best and Vivacity does look to be ideally drawn out in box 8 in a race that suits.
Imposing Design likes to shift a little to the right when she jumps so should receive the necessary early galloping room from the wide draw to lead this field and prove hard to catch.
Imposing Design has previously clocked about the 27.80sec mark when finishing second to Wave Rider and in a race restricted to one-race winners, that time should be enough to get away with this.
The testing material will come from the Col Graham-trained Elusive Strike, which broke its maiden status with a strong finishing win over 407m last week; however, he is a noted moderate beginner that will need luck through the catching pen on the first occasion.
The second heat looks to be an incredibly tough race to assess on paper with any number of chances in an even field.
Irwin will be represented by Imposing In Pink and, while all of his runners must be respected, she is likely to start at a shorter price than her form warrants so may not represent value for punters.
One of the chances at better odds is the Maxine Gleeson-trained You Think So, which has been a perennial placegetter throughout its career but is probably the fastest greyhound in the race.
You Think So does tend to miss the jump and finds trouble in his races but this is a field that suits.
Likewise, off box 1, Jack Cam Dan is boxed to run a cheeky race but as the winner of just one from 10, with only one other minor placing to his name, you would need to be receiving good odds to risk having an each-way wager.
Graceful Miss is the interesting runner in the heat, hailing from the Townsville region, and with consistent form any betting moves in the market should be closely monitored on debut here.
Greyhound punters like to back a leader and one greyhound that looks almost certain to lead her race is the Evelyn Harris-trained Classic Bonus.
While awkwardly drawn in box 5 in the Pullen's Produce stakes, Classic Bonus does possess brilliant early speed and is rarely led here over the 480m journey.
Classic Bonus has had five starts at the track and distance, resulting in two wins and two minors with a personal best time of 27.38sec.
Having said that, her supporters won't want to see the Brooke Madigan-trained Curlee Conners lining up because he is probably the class runner in the race and will certainly see out the 480m very strongly.
The top-graders will once again strut their stuff in the Highland Petfoods Free For All.
And, while all eyes and the weight of punters money will more than likely be on the old stager Bralyn County, there is a greyhound that looks to be perfectly drawn and could well end up causing an upset at each-way odds.
That runner is the Gavin Lowe-trained Nancy Trick.
Resuming from over two months off the scene, Nancy Trick is capable of clocking some slick sections on her day and is a last-start winner on the track in 23.15sec.
Fresh from a break, she is drawn to give plenty of cheek at potentially nice odds.