Triple fun for Coutts trainer
THREE winners for Gary Smith on Saturday afternoon made it an enjoyable day for the Coutts Crossing trainer.
Smith arrived at the Grafton track on Saturday afternoon with six greyhounds nominated and went home with three winners two seconds and a third. All the winners were named with the Orara prefix.
Orara Lea started the winning run for Gary when she led most of the way to win the Richmond Valley Pet Supplies maiden by nine and a half lengths in 23.41.
Her litter sister Orara Flash showed her liking for the 480 metre trip when she led from the 407 metre boxes to win the Pullen's Produce heat of the Grafton to Lismore series from Spiritual Cloud, trained by Gavin Lowe, with Dinjerra Blaze, trained by Rod Sheather, in third place.
Orara Flash won by three and a quarter lengths in a quick 27.35 the best time of the day over 480 metres.
Orara Ron led most of the way to take out the Surf Lorian at Stud fifth grade by three and a half lengths in 23.12.
Gary deserves all the winners that he gets as he bred, reared and educated the two litters one by Bond out of Sweet Elite the other by local sire Fleet Assassin out of Orara Queen.
Alstonville couple Pauline and Neville Robson are always hard to beat when they come to Grafton and Saturday was no different when they went home with a winning double.
In the Anne Hunter Accountants maiden Pure Allegro led all the way to win by two and a quarter lengths in 23.22. Then Azure Allegro jumped well from box one in the L. .J. Hooker fifth grade to lead all the way and scored by six and a quarter lengths in equal best time of the day 23.00.
One Shy, trained by Reg Gardoll, took out the Beaurepaires heat of the Grafton to Lismore series when he cut across the field from box eight along the back straight and raced right away to beat Beck's Jaydee, trained by Denise Robinson, by seven and a quarter lengths with Kulu Royal, trained by Kim Gooding, a half head back third in 27.60.
The Denise Robinson-trained Moral Hit took out the Coutts Crossing Fishing Club third and fourth grade with the advantage of box one.
He was pressured for the lead along the back straight by the Gary Petterson-trained Borgata, but with the rails running he was able to hold Borgata out at the first turn and go on to win by two and a half lengths in equal best time of the day 23.00.
Crikey Cloud, trained by Gavin Lowe, was a drifter in betting, but this didn't stop him leading most of the way in the Nature Vet second and third grade over 480 metres.
The solid favourite Junior Jaydee and the second Favourite Dolly Sprite were in trouble early but would have needed to do everything right to beat Crikey Cloud as he recorded the good time of 27.37 and won by a length and three quarters.
The win takes Crikey Cloud well clear in the Beaurepaires greyhound of the year with just three meetings to go.
Go Gaz, trained by Neil Falls, did the right thing for yours truly in PFD Food Services fifth grade as I tipped him the best bet of the day in the paper on Saturday morning.
Go Gaz railed inside the early leader Flat Strap trained by his in-laws Bob and Kerrie Merillo at the home turn and went on to win by three and a quarter lengths in 23.20.