GO DOGS: Greyhounds return to Grafton in an exciting February meet.
GO DOGS: Greyhounds return to Grafton in an exciting February meet.

Small fields but dog fun returns

GREYHOUND racing resumes after a four-week break at the Grafton Greyhound Raceway today with small fields the order of the day.

As a result of the small fields we are set to witness some exciting clashes with most runners likely to receive every hope in running in their respective events.

Perhaps the most enthralling of these will be the clash of Sugar Mouth, Genista Apache and Young Mr Grace in race 10, the Coutts Crossing Fishing Club Fifth Grade over 407m.

All three of these youngsters have their share of ability and are certain to continue on to win many races for connections.

The speed battle in the race should come from the Neil Falls trained Genista Apache and Mathew Reid trained Sugar Mouth while Young Mr Grace will sit just off the pace for Ken Neave. Based on her favourable box 2 draw and a proven liking for the Grafton circuit, Genista Apache should be the one to beat particularly if able to hold Sugar Mouth, box 4, out in the run to the first turn.

Genista Apache has won here in a very quick 23.00secs and was a good second to Tranquil Black in smart time at her most recent start on this track.

Since then Genista Apache has acquitted herself well at Maitland with a win and second placing from 2 starts at that track.

Sugar Mouth is the veteran of only three starts which have resulted in a heat and final victory at the recent Armidale carnival and a third on debut at the Casino circuit.

Sugar Mouth is sure to be very well schooled being from the powerful Reid kennel and traditionally their dogs adapt to all track surfaces with ease.

This can be evidenced by Mathew’s overall success at the Armidale carnival with his six starters netting six victories which included three feature races.

Young Mr Grace may find these two a little nippy but from box 1 he is drawn to run a bold race and wont be too far away when the judge calls a hault.

Punters looking for a ‘sure thing’ could do much worse than placing their hard earned on the Sandy Robertson trained Tranquil Black who is sitting up nicely in box 3 in the Brian Thompson Horse Floats and Trailers Third/Fourth Grade over 407m.

There is no greyhound in the local area racing more consistently than Tranquil Black who’s last four starts have resulted in two smart victories here over this distance in 23.04 and 23.08secs, a slick 24.26sec victory over 420m at Lismore and a gallant second in good time to the highly talented Gold Nebo also at Lismore. Tranquil Black is a reliable beginner with very good acceleration and should be able to lead her opponents from start to finish. Toughest to beat will be the Reg Gardoll trained Jaydo’s Neglect (box 7) who although yet to win at this track does have some ability but this daughter of the prolific local producer Fair Hazzard will need to ‘miss’ the wide-running Bolero Queen (box 6) in the early stages.

Bouyed by their success with Tranquil Black, punters can then go ‘all-up’ in the next two races with Sammilicious looking tough to beat in the Matt Dougherty Fifth Grade over 407m as does Shabro Augusto in the Pullen’s Produce Fifth Grade also over 407m.

While Sammilicious has not raced since December of last year, her trainer Reg Gardoll would not be nominating if she wasnt ready to run a bold race.

Another of the Fair Hazzard progeny, Sammilicious has loads of early speed and has recorded a quick 23.09secs at this track and distance.

Toughest to beat is undoubtedly Sahalana Magic who has drawn a little wide in box 7 for Jim Madigan however the small six-dog field will suit her. The final leg of the ‘all-up’ Shabro Augusto is dropping back in distance from her recent 520m campaign at Lismore but from box 1 should be prominent enough in the early stages.

If this is the case then the Jim Madigan-trained sprinter should be too strong for her rivals and leave the punters counting their cash.

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