Racing meet full of winners
THE running of the Village Green Hotel final over 480 metres is a race jam packed with winning hopes and in many ways this typifies the entire program this afternoon at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club.
The Ken Neave trained Gordon Ghekko will entire today's final as the fastest heat winner on the back of his impressive 27.47 second victory over the speedy Who's Fault after giving that greyhound a start and a beating however the box draw has done this fellow no favours what so ever. Gordon Ghekko is not always a noted good beginner and he will need to be right on is game from box 5 if he is to avoid any trouble at the start with the good beginners Stone Arch in box 4 and Who's Fault in box 6 drawn on either side of him.
One greyhound which does look well drawn is the Terence Jordan trained Lyndan Bear who is sitting up nicely in box 1. Lyndan Bear was only moderately into stride when finishing strongly for a nice second to Petie Pie beaten just two lengths in 27.65 seconds and, if he can step away cleanly and hold his position past the catching pen, he just may represent good each way value in a race with many chances.
Ettrick based trainer Darryl Schafer has been enjoying a tremendous run of success at Grafton over the past 18 months and the 2010-11 Grafton Trainer of the Year is once again off and running with an early lead in the premiership this year. Once again Darryl looks to have a strong hand in proceedings this afternoon with a number of leading hopes.
The best of these looks to be Nancy Trick which is lining up from box 7 in the Al's Mechanical Stake over 407 metres. Nancy Trick was responsible for a great second to the smart Caribbean Kid last week in the best time of the day and on the strength of that performance should be too good for her rivals today. In fact Darryl could even quinella this race as Jamie Lee Trick drawn outside her looks to be one of the main rivals.
In the following event Schapelle Trick will be looking to make amends for her second placing last week as favourite in the Sedgers Reef Hotel stakes. On that occasion Schapelle Trick started from box 8 but was unable to cross the early speed and from the same draw today but with less speed drawn inside her, she does look very hard to beat.
Darryl will saddle up Elly Mae Trick in the Clarence Valley Sheds maiden over 407 metres and while she is quickly becoming an enigma for favourite backers, she isn't going to find too many races easier than this one. Elly Mae Trick has been placed in five of her six career starts and is stepping up to 407 metres for the first time but she does look the likely early leader and there is no better place than that in greyhound racing.
The J & C Bullen Roofing stake over 407 metres looks to be a tough event to have a bet in but it does hold plenty of interest from an enthusiasts point of view with some big name greyhounds making a return to racing here in Grafton namely our 480 metre track record holder Orbison and the prolific winning Imposing Jett and Bralyn County all hailing from the Dave Irwin stable.