Weekend Binge to test track record
WHILE the heats of the Pullen's Produce Easter Maiden are the traditional racing highlights at this time of the year the reappearance of the sensational Weekend Binge is without a doubt the race everyone will be watching at the Grafton greyhound Club race meeting tonight.
Weekend Binge has quite rightly been the subject of plenty of attention since his brilliant debut in the Butch Monkley series at Wauchope in late December when blitzing his rivals through the heat and final series and his form since has been equally impressive.
Boasting seven wins from his ten career starts to date the son of El Grand Senor and Kingsbrae Di has recorded fast times wherever he has gone however none of these were more impressive than his brilliant 26.94 second effort over the 480 metre journey here at Grafton last week. Trainer Allan Lang was testing his kennel star beyond 420 metres for the first time and Weekend Binge responded in style going within 1/100th of a second of Fancy Dancer's track record of 26.93 seconds set just over one year ago.
While he didn't quite set the record for the entire distance he did break the long standing first section record of 12.08 seconds which was set by Sunro Clapo over five years ago. Weekend Binge rocketed to the first turn in the unfathomable time of 12.00 seconds when spacing his rivals.
This evening he will exit box 3 in the Caldwell Electrical stakes which is race 8 on the program and enthusiasts will be hoping to see him step cleanly once again to see if he can improve on his time. The week prior he did jump from box 7 which provided him with enough clear running early to show his brilliant acceleration and connections will be hoping he can secure similar galloping room tonight.
Interestingly Meer Jappa which had box 6 against Weekend Binge last week has once again drawn on his immediate inside this time in box 2. This could work in Weekend Binge's favour as Meer Jappa can show some speed and does like to push left from the boxes which should provide him enough early room to get into stride and with his acceleration he will only need ten metres of clear running to put his rivals away.
It also must be mentioned that the win of Weekend Binge was part of a sensational winning double by trainer Allan Lang last week with kennel mate Kyogle Clodhoppa recording a flying 22.70 second victory of the 407 metres in the following race. One could argue that never before has such an impressive winning double been seen at the Grafton if not ever then certainly in the last twenty years.
There will be three heats of the Pullen's Produce Easter Maiden which will see the youngsters strut their stuff and for a number of them it will be their first race track appearance. While more will be known following the heats some of the notables to keep an eye will be Miss Wyoming and Same Size in the first heat, Onyx Valley, Sheza Good Size and Lil Lola Breeze in the second heat and Currumbin Valley, Indulgence and Country Attack in the third heat.
The first of eleven races kicks off at the earlier time of 6.49pm and owners and trainers are reminded that kennelling times will close at 6.04pm this evening.