Stand Tall tipped to be number one

THE Grafton Greyhound Racing Club is racing again today with the final of the Bimbimbi Caravan Park 5th Grade over 407 metres highlighting another day of free entry entertainment at the course.

Weight of numbers proved too strong in last week’s Gillespie Plumbing Blue Paws final when Tricia Fuller took out the event with one of her three runners, and this week Andrew Monaghan will be hoping for a case of déjÀ vu as he rugs up his three runners in the Bimbimbi Caravan Park final.

Andrew provides the fastest heat winner in the shape of Agent Oso who was very impressive when winning in a slick 23.09 seconds. Leading from start to finish, Agent Oso scored by 2.75 lengths over Ted Rose Hi who ran a gallant race. On that occasion the son of Hallucinate-Vizcaya showed more dash than expected and will need a little luck from his box 7 draw.

Perhaps Andrew’s best hope will come from the ever-improving All The Smarties, who ran a good second to Rich Accent in 23.14 seconds. All The Smarties had to check off the leader’s heels at the top turn and could have finished much closer.

From box 3 in the final he should receive a clear passage. Very Nearly is Andrew’s third finalist, and he looks to have only rough hopes of taking this one out from box 8.

The runner which looks to hold the key to the race is Stand Tall, who is sitting up nicely in box 1. Stand Tall was unlucky when a close third to Berated in his heat, and it is worth noting that this is the first decent box draw Stand Tall has had, with all previous runs being from box 3,4,5 and 6. On the only occasion he drew box 3 Stand Tall blitzed his opposition to win in 23.09 sec- onds. If the Mick Patterson-trained runner can repeat that performance he is the one to beat.

In an incredibly even final, the Rick Godwin-trained Rich Accent is also right in the hunt. A smart heat winner in 23.24 sec- onds, Rich Accent has finished no worse than second in his four career starts, and although not well-drawn in box 6 looks to have plenty of wins in her.

Also featured on the program are two heats of the Clarence Valley Sheds Stake over 480 metres.

Heat 1 looks a tricky affair as it is a race where the main hopes on paper are all back-markers. Chainsaw Tommy is probably the fastest greyhound in the race but he is notably slow early.

The Reg Gardoll-trained greyhound put in a massive run when winning here back on April 24 when coming from well back to win in 27.63 seconds and has won here in 27.50 seconds. He is probably the one to beat, but supporters will have their hearts in their mouths to see where he positions himself early in the race.

Racing gets under way with the first event at 12.54pm and the last scheduled to jump at 3.53pm.

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