Trip south worth it for trainer
QUEENSLAND greyhound trainer Tricia Fuller rugged up three runners in the Gillespie Plumbing Blue Paws Final at the Grafton Greyhound Raceway on Thursday and she took full advantage of this with her runner Star Bomber upset the race favourite Monkey Harris to record an impressive victory.
Star Bomber went to the boxes as a $4.30 second favourite with punters courtesy of an equal fastest heat win in 23.17 seconds while Monkey Harris, who shared the same time honours, was the punters’ elect at a prohibitive $1.80.
Star Bomber was only moderately into stride while Monkey Harris settled into third position behind the early leader Cheeky Nera eventually getting the better of that runner on the turn but Star Bomber loomed ominously and by the time they straightened was challenging for the lead. Star Bomber went on to defeat Monkey Harris by half a length while John Preston finished on strongly for third in 23.30 seconds.
Also featuring on the program were four heats of the Bimbimbi Caravan Park Series for greyhounds with 1-3 wins.
The Bob Huntington trained Tax Man made it two from two here at Grafton when benefiting to an unfortunate injury to the John Free-trained Fire Dancer which was going beautifully out in front before suffering a severe injury.
Tax Man recorded 23.55 seconds in defeating Very Nearly for Andrew Monaghan and Hanson Shibaz for John Corrigan.
Heat 2 saw Rich Accent go to the boxes as a well backed $2.70 favourite with Jessie Be Good, for Bruce Caden, and All The Smarties, for Andrew Monaghan, the only other runners under double figures. All The Smarties won by 2 1/4 lengths with Melodious Lad a further 2 1/4 lengths back in third for Helen Cooper in the smart time of 23.14 seconds.
Already with two runners in the final, Andrew Monaghan entered the third heat with Agent Oso coming back in distance from recent racing and punters sent him to the boxes on the fourth line of betting at $7.10. Those who supported the son of Hallucinate-Vizcaya were on good terms with themselves when he jumped straight to the front from box 4. From that position he was never going to be run down and recorded the fastest time of the day of 23.09 seconds.
In the fourth and final heat was won by the Marlene Ellis-trained Berated. Berated, which has now put two wins together on the track from only three career starts and is showing real improvement.