Yes, he's the man
BARRY Walters-trained greyhound I'm The Man was certainly the fastest man at the Grafton loam circuit on Saturday afternoon when he sped away from his rivals in the City Centre Newsagency heat of the Grafton to Lismore fifth grade series.
I'm The Man only began on terms with the field but raced to the lead along the back straight to lead clearly at the first turn before coming away in the straight to beat the John Free-trained Pretty Quick by five lengths in the best time of the day, 23.02 seconds.
Another runner trained at Coutts Crossing, Orara Flash (Gary Smith), was impressive when she ran down the early leader Abundia Gem (Bob Merillo) in the Grafton Radio Taxi's heat.
Abundia Gem began fast from box eight and set up what looked like a winning break. However, Orara Flash set out after her and joined her just before the post and scored by the barest margin- a nose - in the good time of 23.15.
Moral Hit, trained by Denise Robinson, led all the way in the Leighton Constructions heat. Moral Hit began well to lead along the back,
He was challenged on the circle by Orara Boss (Gary Smith), but was too strong in the run home and won by two-and-three-quarter lengths in 23.21.
The win helped Robinson maintain her lead in the Beaurepaires trainers' premiership.
In the Shiralee produce heat the Marlene Ellis-trained Chicky Bear did not give her rivals a chance.
She began brilliantly from box four to lead clearly at the first turn, and although Mecca Magic (Jan Finneran) tried hard, Chicky Bear won by four-and-a-quarter lengths in 23.22.
Two trainers landed winning doubles on Saturday.
Bentley trainer Marilyn Johnson won the Mackelly & Co mixed with Spiritual, which came from second last early to win by a length-and-a-quarter in 23.86. Her second winner came in the Grafton District Services Club fourth and fifth grade, where Uno Missie led most of the way to score by six lengths over the 480m trip in 27.71.
Alstonville trainer Neville Robson was the other trainer to land a double. Allegro Charm was well-supported when she won the Dinky Di Web Designs fourth grade by three-and-a-quarter lengths in 23.30.
The double was sealed in the Grafton Print third grade when Allegro Lilly had to run down the early leader Dented Pride to win by a length in 23.44.
The Village Green Hotel top grade saw the odds-on favourite Katakolo beaten into second place by the Les Purnell-trained Not Too Shabby, which, raced to the lead at the first turn and proved too strong in the run home to win by a length in 23.40. Not Too Shabby's victory will be a good confidence boost for her going in to next week's Country Challenge.
Born To Win (Faye and Trevor Benson) made full use of box one when she led most of the way in the Bailey and Gough Real Estate fifth grade, winning by four lengths in 23.49.
In the Iluka Bowls Club maiden the Reg Gardoll-trained One Shy finished best to win by a length in 23.86.