Greyhound calendar promises winners galore in 2015
WITH 2014 behind us there is no better time to usher in a fresh start with many winners highlighted for The Daily Examiner readers.
It has long been held that the last thing a greyhound trainer wants is to have it feature as the lead story of this column as this was considered an instant mock.
However it is time to wipe the slate clean and prove these theories wrong and who better to help with the improved credibility of this article than leading local trainer Sonia Kempshall.
Sonia looks to have strong prospects in the Pullens Produce Stakes with her smart youngster Hasegawa who looks to be one of the better bets on the program courtesy of his prized box 1 draw.
Boasting a personal best at the distance of 17.39 seconds, Hasegawa showed he had returned from a brief six week period on the sideline in fine style with an impressive 17.59s victory over Stan's Opinion just prior to Christmas.
From box 1 this afternoon he should show his opposition a clean set of paws and set the winning tone for this article.
The program is highlighted by two heats of the Caldwell Electrical Maiden Stakes over 480 metres which should prove a great spectacle with the rare opportunity for the young greyhounds to test their mettle over a longer distance.
In heat one all eyes will be on the Jim Madigan trained Sassy Ziva stepping out under race conditions for the first time.
By Collision out of the kennel's brilliant producer Sassy Sprite, Sassy Ziva is a half sister to the former champion all-distance greyhound Queen Lauryn, who was roundly regarded as one of the fastest chasers in Australia during her career.
While it is a long stretch to suggest that Sassy Ziva is near the same class as her illustrious relation, she does show promise and with a clear run is expected to give the opening heat a real shake and did clock a handy 27.56 seconds in a recent performance trial.
Her main dangers should come from the likes of Robell Heart from the Roberston kennel, Kas Kahn which is trained by Peter Simpson and Charlie Lyndan which is nicely drawn out wide for Terence Jordan.
The second heat looks an open race on paper however the Dale McIntosh trained Fear The Beach looks nicely drawn in box 8 and could well open her Grafton account at her debut on the track having done most of her recent racing over 520 metres at Lismore.
The Michale Patterson prepared El Sombrero will have her admirers from her favourable box 2 draw while Peter Simpson's runner Tokatee Kahn should also meet with solid support from punters.
Another greyhound doing most of its recent campaigning with a degree of success at the Lismore circuit is the Ken Neave trained Ferry Master.
Not necessarily the best of beginners, Ferry Master has shown tremendous field sense to navigate his way between, through and around his rivals and there is no reason he cannot bring that good form to Grafton and prove difficult to toss in the Taragreyhounds.com.au Stakes over 480 metres.
Racing kicks off at the much earlier time of 12.09pm with the last of 12 races set to jump at 3.27pm.