Rich Harmony hits the finishing line in front at the Grafton Greyhound meeting on Thursday.
Rich Harmony hits the finishing line in front at the Grafton Greyhound meeting on Thursday.

Tough win in the Blue Paws final

THE eight-hour round trip from Bundamba in southern Queensland paid handsome dividends for trainer Peter Wilson when his greyhound In Brief scored a tough win in the Shiralee Produce Blue Paws final at the Grafton Greyhound race meeting conducted on Thursday.

Perfectly drawn out in box 8, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Skrat was well-supported by punters to start a solid second favourite at $4.80 behind the race favourite Smart Sam who was sent to the boxes at $2.40.

Both greyhounds began fairly and Smart Sam was forced to navigate around other runners from his box 3 draw.   

In Brief made full use of her draw by staying wide and out of trouble to round the field up in the run to the line to eventually defeat Smart Sam who finished on powerfully when clear by - just 1/2 length - with Rie’s Girl holding on for third in the time of 23.44 seconds.

As one of four Blue Paws nominated, Peter also secured an additional $600 bonus from Greyhound Racing NSW on top of the $1100 winner’s purse.

Peter was once again prominent in heat 2 of the Clarence Valley Sheds Grafton to Lismore series as he was in charge of Miss Tia for the day as fellow Bundamba trainer Elaine Klaassen was unable to make the trip south to Grafton on Thursday.

In a similar story Miss Tia ($6.00) also utilised box 8 to perfection in a run which was almost a carbon copy as she too hit the front in the home straight to score in 23.38 seconds over Jarrah’s Rocket with the unlucky Rich Accent in third.

As was mentioned in the preview of this greyhound meeting in the Thursday edition of The Daily Examiner, this race meeting was bristling with quality and as a result no less than four greyhounds broke the magical 23-second barrier for the 407 metre journey.

While there is no doubt that the track is kept in tremendous condition by course curator Rod Sheather, the greyhounds themselves can take most of the credit for the fast times.  

The first to break the barrier was the Stephen Attwater-trained Bond James Bond ($3.10) which stepped out in the Westlawn Finance Grafton to Lismore heat 1 and he produced a highly impressive 11-length victory in the time of 22.98 seconds.  

While the margin was exaggerated by first turn interference the time was unaffected and this fellow has a promising career ahead of him.

The next sub-23 second victor was none other than the recent Taylor family and Clarence Valley Sheds July Maiden Classic winner Ace Federer.

The Cary Grant-trained youngster was having his first run since that series and, while not winning by a large margin, gave his followers no cause for concern after jumping straight to the lead.

The $1.80 favourite recorded the time of 22.94 seconds in keeping his unbeaten record intact in the Al’s Mechanical Grafton to Lismore heat 3.

Not to be outdone by the above-mentioned greyhounds was the Dave Irwin-trained Sunro Clapo ($1.50) who stepped out in the District Brake and Steering Burwood Grafton to Lismore heat 4 for her quick 22.95 second win. Sunro Clapo made all the running following a clean getaway to defeat the gallant Belles Nightmare.  

The final, which will be run in Lismore on Tuesday, September 14, will be one greyhound enthusiasts should not miss.  

It takes a special greyhound to be able to break the 23 second barrier for the 407 metre journey at Grafton and those that do invariably lead all of the way, however.  

To do it from midfield is a feat which is nigh on impossible, but the Mathew Reid-trained Do That decided she would do just that in the BP Reliance stake for the top graders.  

The $2.90 race favourite is probably better suited over a longer journey but she showed her quality and tenacity to produce a powerful final sprint to reel in the early leader Bit Bonkers in the home straight before racing away to a three-length win in 22.95.  

The run of Bit Bonkers was also full of merit as it was her first outing at the track and in a field of that nature. The McLean family produced their usual winner with Cindy Bond proving too good in the Carter’s Canine Capers maiden over 305 metres.  

Cindy Bond blundered the start at her first race outing last week when rattling home for third and this week showed the benefit of the experience by beginning nicely before running away with the race in the good time of 17.71 seconds.  

Cindy Bond was well-supported to start as the $3.90 second favourite in defeating Hy Brumby and That Puzzle.  

Other winners on the day were Rich Harmony who relished her box 1 draw to take out the Grafton District Services Club 5th Grade for Rick Godwin, Onya Boss who exited the same alley in the Witt’s Amusement Hire 0404 915 975 maiden for Andrew Monaghan and Sammy’s Tears who returned to form in the Gillespie Plumbing 5th Grade over 480m for Neil Falls.

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