Calstar Bearings takes out last week’s Maiden over 407m.
Calstar Bearings takes out last week’s Maiden over 407m.

Punters look for a fun field day

TODAY’S Grafton greyhound race meeting is highlighted by three heats of the Blue Paws Fifth Grade over 407m, with some quality young sprinters taking part.

Should the winner of the final the following week be nominated for the Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) Blue Paws scheme then the lucky connections will be rewarded with an additional $1000 prizemoney courtesy of GRNSW.

The PFD Foodservices Heat 1 features the clash between two promising youngsters, Shalana Magic and Rich Accent.

Hailing from the Jim Madigan kennel, Shalana Magic resumes today from a three-month lay-off.

The Rick Godwin-trained Rich Accent impressed many in a smart 23.22-second victory here last week and although in box sixth.

The Beaurepaires Heat 2 looks to be quite a tricky affair.

The likely leader is the Lesley Green-trained No Force who carved out good sectionals when an all-the-way winner here last week in a smart 23.24 seconds from the same box two.

While No Force’s form had been a little patchy prior to that at Lismore, the greyhound relished the return to Grafton where he had earlier proven to be very competitive in the 2009 Jacaranda Maiden series.

Second selection is for Rich Character, who is reasonably well drawn in the fourth box.

Rich Character is a litter brother to the previously mentioned Rich Accent, both bred, reared and educated by Rick out at his Coutts Crossing property, and he also has a touch of quality about him.

Rich Character returned from a six-month break to win here first-up a fortnight ago before finishing a handy second in the Grafton to Lismore Final on Tuesday evening behind the Sandy Robertson-trained Tranquil Black who is really flying at the moment.

While not endowed with brilliant early speed, this son of Closing Argument-Rich Energy knows how to find the line.

Also not without a show is the Reg Gardoll-trained Mad Again, who continues to improve and has won his last two in good style at Lismore.

The Al’s Mechanical Blue Paws Heat 3 will see Rick Godwin saddle up another from his Rich Energy litter, with Rich Debate drawing nicely in box one.

Others to watch could be the Gary Smith-trained Orara Bill who has recorded the fastest time on the track of 23.10 seconds, however, he is horrifically drawn out in box eight, while the oddly named Okeechobee from the Tracey Lindsay kennel boasts quality.

The George’s Tree Services Best 8 over 610m has drawn together a top field of middle-distance performers and all eyes will be on the John Free-trained So Seductive who looks incredibly difficult to beat with her suitable box one draw.

It must be said, however, that this writer is reluctant to make a selection after last week declaring that only bad luck could stop Dolly Sprite in our distance event only to see her get knocked over at the first time.

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