Queen a cut above Qld dogs speedy
PROMINENT Queensland-based greyhound trainer Dave Irwin will be hoping to provide his group of first-time owners with the perfect introduction to greyhound ownership in next Thursday's George's Tree Services Jacaranda Maiden Final.
Their runner, Scissor Queen, took time honours in the heats at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday afternoon.
Stepping out in heat three of the George's Tree Services Jacaranda Maiden, Scissor Queen engaged in a betting duel with local greyhound Tranquil Zac, before eventually securing favouritism.
Those who took the $2.10 knew what they were doing as Scissor Queen showed blistering early speed to break away from the pack.
The lead which she was able to set up was too much for Tranquil Zac which tried valiantly to reel in the winner but the time of 23.08 seconds told the story.
Connections will be hoping for an inside box draw and if she can secure it, she will prove difficult to hold out.
Fellow Queenslander Glenn Smith will also be strongly represented in the final after his greyhound, Five Below, recorded a marginally slower time in the first of the heats, when recording 23.11 seconds.
Once again solidly supported by the punters, Five Below started the $2.00 elect. He relished his box 8 draw to lead all the way, defeating Tranquil Revenge by a comfortable 5.75 lengths with Rio in third.
The remaining heat resulted in a local victory when the Des Winters-trained Fagus Valley led most of the way in 23.48 seconds, with the $7.60 chance defeating the Bathurst visitor, Snow Singer, by 4.25 lengths.
Time honours for the day, over the 407m journey, went to the Gary Smith-trained Orara Jack, which was able to defy a moderate beginning before racing away on the circle to score an impressive victory over Where's Grug and Star Bomber, in a time of 23.02 seconds in the Henwoods Hot Bread Shop 3/4th grade.
The PFD Foodservices 4/5th grade, over 480m, looked to be one of the highlights of the day on paper and the finish did not let racegoers down. The betting suggested Rylee's Ebony at $2.50 and Stress Rate at $2.90 would fight the finish out and that is exactly how things panned out.
Rylee's Ebony quickly took up the running, while Stress Rate was busy overcoming early interference and when the former had set up a race-winning lead of 5-6 lengths on the top corner, many were heading to the payout queue.
While they were to eventually collect, the effort by Stress Rate to get within a neck on Rylee's Ebony was nothing short of sensational and he can be supported with confidence in the future, particularly from a wide draw. The time for the journey was 27.50 seconds.
Bentley trainer Marilyn Johnson looks to have found the key with her greyhound Quiztree Surfie, after that runner made it two from two over 407m and once again paid nice odds on the TAB, returning $10.60.
Quiztree Surfie showed good early speed and despite being challenged in the run to the post, he rallied strongly to hold on by a neck over Story To Tell and Rylee's Enforcer in 23.27 seconds.
Darryl Schafer had a mixed day but things were on the up in the Bailey & Gough Real Estate stake when Elly Mae Trick was too strong for her opposition in a smart 23.14 seconds. After an exasperating string of minor placings early in her career, Elly Mae Trick has really put things together now, winning her last three starts and is continuing to improve on the clock.
Two 305m events were run with the Gavin Lowe-trained Princess Cloud resuming from a spell in fine style when recording a slick 17.55 second win in the greyhoundproductsdirect.com stake. Princess Cloud defeated Echo Lad and Cool But Hot in the best time of the day, while Penny Adios overcame early trouble to take out the J & C Bullen Roofing stake in 17.74 seconds.
The remaining winner on the day was the Rick Godwin-trained Rich Character, which did look a good thing in the Grafton Radio Taxi's 5th grade.