Toms Dial won race one at Grafton, over 305m, in 17.99 seconds.
Toms Dial won race one at Grafton, over 305m, in 17.99 seconds.

TAB racing hits Grafton

THE much-anticipated arrival of TAB racing hits the Grafton Greyhound Raceway today, with an attractive 10-event card set to start at 12.49pm.

The club is throwing its gates open, making entry free to today’s meeting.

Big and small punters alike will be able to “get set” with the TAB, either at the track, in clubs, pubs or the comfort of their home, with all the day’s action to be covered on the new Sky2 network.

Highlighting today’s meeting are four heats of the Gillespie Plumbing Blue Paws series over 407 metres. The winner of next week’s final will benefit from the increase in prize money at the TAB meetings, with winning connections to receive $1220, plus a Blue Paws bonus of an additional $1000 if Blue Paws-nominated.

The Blue Paws bonus is a breeding incentive scheme introduced by Greyhound Racing New South Wales. The addition of this bonus makes feature racing at Grafton attractive.

Heat one of the Gillespie Plumbing Blue Paws will be a cracker, with a brilliant field of sprinters engaged. Heading the list is the Reg Gardoll-trained Northern Echo, which has recorded some brilliant near-record times at this track and won the Coutts Crossing Cup last month.

The depth of the field is highlighted by the inclusion of the likes of It’s My Life, which has great form around Lismore, Tweed Heads and Casino, Star Bomber, a smart Queenslander with five wins from eight starts, and Argentina, which has recorded 10 wins from 27 starts around the Moree region.

Heat two looks to contain one of the better bets of the day in the shape of Sammilicious. Sammilicious is a top grader on the country track grading policy but drops back to fifth grade under the new TAB grading policy. With this in mind the dog, winner of 11 races, looks primed to add another to her resume today. Other hopes are Rich Character and Jump In.

Heat three looks to have thrown up another good thing, with Monkey Harris looking very hard to beat for Mathew Reid.

Monkey Harris has good early speed and has seven wins from 13 starts, including a slick 23.09 second victory at his only start at this track and distance.

For the trifecta throw in Chasing Slater and Rich Debate.

The fourth and final heat looks to be an interesting affair, with the Vic Irwin-trained Positano likely to be all the rage. Positano has won seven from 11 starts around Ipswich and Brisbane and comes into this with five wins on the trot. The last two were very smart wins at Brisbane, in 30.35 and 30.26 seconds. While he is dropping back to 407 metres he does have class on his side.

There is depth in this field, however, with the likes of Rich Harmony nicely drawn in box two, and Ratatouille, John Preston and All The Smarties sure to have their supporters.

For the best bets of the day stick with Sammilicious in race six and Monkey Harris in race seven.

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