Outsiders’ winning run claims greyhound final
CASINO trainer Arther Clarke took the spoils as the favourites struggled to make an impression at the Grafton Greyhound Club yesterday.
Queensland's Dave Irwin looked to have the goods in the lead-up to the feature Caldwell Electrical 5th Grade Final.
His two starters, Imposing In Pink and Imposing Design, shaped up well with heat wins and drawing boxes two and eight, respectively. But it was Clarke's bitch, Marg's Vene in the one box, who ran away with the race and shocked the punters in the process, paying $9.80 on the tote.
Marg's Vene stopped the clock at 27.7 seconds to win by 2.5 lengths from Imposing in Pink ($3.70) with a further eight lengths to Imposing Design ($3.60).
Marg's Vene was beaten a nose by Imposing Pink in the heats and Clarke was confident of going one better in the final.
"It's fantastic," Clarke said post-race before driving back to Casino.
"I'm as happy as a pig in mud.
"She had a mishap last week and hurt a muscle, so I was pretty confident in her ability today."
Clarke said Marg's Vene will definitely make another appearance at the track.
"We'll be coming back here, she loves this track," he said.
"My dogs are no good at Casino, they can't handle the track there."
Ten different trainers won the 10 races on the card yesterday with Mick Landrigan's Gunna Cruise ($4.30) the shortest priced winner, in the last race of the day, the Pullen's Produce 5th Grade (407m).
The trend was set when $19.10 outsider Restore Order won for Dean Turley in the first, the www.bettowintips.com 4th/5th Grade.
"It's been shared around," GGRC secretary Brad Ellis said after the meeting.
"It's one of those days everyone goes home with something. A lot of long-shots got up."
The Carters Canine Capers 5th Grade (305m) saw Bokarm Baille ($16.60), trained by Bob Merillo, win from favourite Wild Roses ($3.50).
Meanwhile the unfancied Miss Gunfire, at $16.90, chose to fire for Gary Cluss in the Highland Petfood 5th Grade over 407m.