Kikem Kreation has staying power
PROMISING stayer Kikem Kreation looks a moral in tonight's Ladbrokes Boost Stayers (610m) event at the Grafton greyhounds.
The stayers' feature will be a highlight of a 12-race program at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club, and Kikem Kreations has impressed in her lead-up work.
Trained by the more-than-capable Fiona Geary, this bitch will be evens and for punters keen to turn $100 into $200, that's a fairly safe bet.
The young stayer scored at Casino over the distance on November 3, winning by over five lengths in a handy 36.65 seconds. Since then she has placed twice in three starts, including a last start third at Lismore over the longer trip.
Kikem Kreation copped more checks in that run than a bank teller on pay day and tonight she only needs a clear passage to get the chocolates.
Fiona Geary is a very good trainer and the dog would have been well schooled at Grafton, despite never having started here. Geary is building quite a solid team around her and the kennel has enjoyed good success at Albion Park in recent months.
Fiona's father Garry is a club stalwart who has been a regular at Grafton since the late 1970s.
Fellow local trainer, Warragai Creek's Stephen Keep has also been on fire in recent months with his team and he has chances in a number of races tonight.
He has seven runners, including two in a maiden - Kembla De Khan and Binalong Khan - and two in the 5th grade final - Need a Miracle and Rumble Soldier.
Need a Miracle is a pacey type which has drawn box five but this dog has speed to burn and with an even getaway could break 8.40 to the first mark, which puts it a couple of lengths clear.
Its box manners haven't been great so punters will know after 30 metres if it is a chance because this is a hot field and it can't do anything wrong against the other dogs.
Kennel mate Rumble Soldier is flying and is well suited in the pink jacket. It's a chance and may settle second chasing Need a Miracle.
One of the best bets of the night comes in the last race with Yoremmup set to continue on its winning way. It showed blistering pace to lead all the way last week and is open to good improvement.
Newcastle Brown is the knockout dog. He has good pace and led at Lismore last start before tiring.
The 480m is as far as he wants to go but from the pink he is a good chance of crossing and leading.
Slippery Valley is a good each-way chance in the Caldwell Electrical Stakes (407m). It has drawn awkwardly but has a touch of class and if it has any luck will be too good at juicy each-way odds.
First race on tonight's program is 6.48pm with the last set to jump at 10.28 pm. See you all at the track!