GOOD CHANCE Orara Lil has a great motor but has had some temprement problems punters will hope are behind her in tonight’s 5th grade heat.
GOOD CHANCE Orara Lil has a great motor but has had some temprement problems punters will hope are behind her in tonight’s 5th grade heat. Debrah Novak

New initiative gives extra chance to out of form dogs

FOUR heats of the Greyhoundproductsdirect .com highlight a strong 11-race program tonight which includes the welcome introduction of Greyhound Racing NSW Pathways racing.

The Pathways racing concept is a well received initiative which will each week provide a race start for greyhounds which have lost form in recent runs.

Greyhound races are graded on a point score system whereby the better your recent form the higher your entry point score is. Most greyhound races are graded on that point score system from the top down meaning those with the higher points are most likely to gain a start.

Greyhounds which may have lost form in recent runs can often struggle to secure a race start due to having a low point score however under this new system one race every week at TAB C tracks like Grafton will be set aside purely for the eight greyhounds with the lowest point scores at a given distance, thus providing greyhounds which may have otherwise missed out on gaining race starts a chance to race and earn additional grading points.

The Greyhound 5th grade heats commence at race 5 on the program and in the first of these the greyhounds to beat look to be the Sandy Robertson trained Tranquil Manu and Orara Lil for the Gary Smith stable.

Tranquil Manu is yet to win at the track and distance which could cause some concern for punters however he has been racing well at Lismore over the 420 metre distance and he has tasted success at Grafton over the longer 480 metre journey. While he probably hasn't been dealt any favours with his box 4 draw he does have that touch of class about him and should be one of the main contenders.

Orara Lil is a greyhound with a motor however in the past she has been a shade temperamental but does get her favoured box 8 draw and could sprint well fresh having been off the scene for over two months. She has a personal best time at the track and distance off 22.94 seconds and is the greyhound which all of her rivals will be worried about.

Heat number 2 looks a nice race for Kyogle Clodhoppa for Alan Lang. Last week the brother to the smart Weekend Binge punt in a nice effort when finishing a good second behind Aristotle in the best time of the night and he does look nicely drawn in box 1.

Supporters of Kyogle Clodhoppa will have their hearts in their mouths in the early stages as he can be a little tardy from the boxes however he does possess good acceleration and also seems to be able to handle himself well in a field.

Toughest to beat could be Oakey Boy which has run some nice races here and is dropping slightly in class while Robell Summer and De Blue Kahn will have their admirers.

Curriculum looks certain to start a short priced favourite in heat 3 for Dave Irwin after saluting at his only run on the track just two weeks ago. He is up slightly in class on that run however he did clock in at a handy 23.24 seconds and off the eight box tonight he should get every chance.

Pretty Socks will be the best backed runner to beat the favourite and despite being some what disappointing in recent runs he does have a good turn of toe and could well be the one leading at the first turn.

The fourth and final heat is probably the strongest heat of the four with plenty of depth in the field. Movida drawn in box 1 hails from the strong Glenda Dart kennel and he has been racing in very good form of late at Lismore and Casino, Orara Wal for Gary Smith is the winner of his past two runs at the track and distance, Magic Sparrow was a former smart young greyhound which is returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines while their is plenty of additional speed in the race with Slender Jappa and Land Lords Dip each racing well and each possessing the ability to lead a field like this.

For the record off box 1 Movida does look to be the greyhound to beat if he can hold is ground in the first 20-30 metres as he has very good acceleration after that.

The best bet of the night looks to be the Gavin Lowe trained General Cloud which has taken 610 metre racing by storm here at Grafton and he should prove too classy.

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