Grafton Greyhounds race tonight with the highlight being Race 5 the time Honoured Grafton Greyhounds Easter Maiden for 2018. As I said last week there have been some potential Top Liners come out this series in previous years and let's hope 2018 is no different. Fastest heat winner last week was run by the Dave Richardson trained Sandave Storm. Running splits of a fast 8.42 first section then a fair 14.89 run home for an overall time of 23.31. I am sure trainer Dave Richo will have this striking black dog by Fabregas a lot stronger in the final tonight.
First prize money tonight is a cool $2400 and I am making Sandave Storm by best bet of the night. Looking for the danger I am going for the bitch that run 2nd to Sandave Storm in the heat in the shape of the Mitch Northfield trained Kooringa Molly. This bitch was a great run in the heat after a tardy get away. Only running a first section of 8.61 if Molly can at least come out with the others on terms tonight I am sure she can keep the favourite honest.
Trainer Mitch Northfield certainly knows how to win a big race especially with bitches as his former Top liner Mitcharlee Mia was successful in the Group 2 2016 Richmond Oaks and also winning last year's Grafton Stayers Cup . Superbly bred by Magic Sprite out of former topliner Erin Norris Kooringa Molly might just give Northfield another feature race wins.
Even Barnacle Valley drawn in the yellow ally for Dessy Winters has a chance also after winning his heat in 23.44 when he had a great draw out in the 7 box. Although only a average beginner if Dessy can get Barnacle Valley near the leaders on the home turn he might just sail down the outside and win the final .Race 2 on the programme The Village Green Hotel Stakes over 480 m a 5th grade is a cracker with 4 live chances . Dulcafay for Jeff Ahearn looks pitch forked in a 5th Grade. 3 runs ago she was in a top Grade at Casino then she was extremely unlucky at Albion Park before blitzing a 5th grade field over the 620 m at Casino in a near record 35.74.
Back to the 480m tonight I can see Dulcafay settling a close 3rd behind the speedy Baron Von Strud and No Worries Cob and being too good in the run home. Baron Von Strud looks the leader in the race and as we all know leaders are hard to beat at Grafton but even trainer Reggie Gardoll would not want Dulcafay anywhere near him at any stage . The consistent No Worries Cob a winner at Lismore Tuesday night in a fair 30.17 is always a chance in these sorts of races but I just can't see him crossing the Baron in the early stages.
Another good race on the programme is Race 7 the Ladbrokes Cash In Stakes over 480m. Box 1 bandit Visigoth will probably start favourite but he is backing up from a good 3rd at Lismore on Tuesday over the gruelling 635m. But one thing we know about Gary Friends dogs is they thrive on racing. Sonic Thunder drawn in the 6 for Dean Turley was very impressive at Lismore Tuesday night winning in a smart 29.96. And of course the consistent Bokarm Dean for local trainer Manny Antonelli is always a chance in these type of races and Manny will be hoping his charge can make it 3 in a row over tonight's 480m event.
Punters looking to get out on a late race tonight should go to Race 10 the Grafton Taxis Stakes over 407m. Rusty Towbar for Frankie Hand looks a great bet from the red ally. Already a winner here over tonight's distance in a fast 23.08 it must be remembered that Rusty Towbar has had 6 starts from the 1 box for 5 wins. Also a winner at 2 provincial tracks in Melbourne ( Shepparton in 22.08 and Horsham 23.36) Rusty Towbar will certainly be the one they will have to run down in tonight's race. The danger tonight is Kooringa Maizie who flew here last week leading all the way beating the speedy Senor Izmir in a smart 23.06 and it will certainly be a great charge to the first turn tonight. Even Newcastle Brown drawn out wide in the 8 would not surprise as punters will just have to forget about his run last week when very badly checked at the first turn.
The first of 12 races tonight is set down for 6.02pm and the last will jump at 9.42pm.