Nan­gar’s chances hinge on early run

Ir­win run­ner favourite but Lock­hart has heart in Spades

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT GREYHOUNDS -

GRAFTON Grey­hound Rac­ing Club will tonight stage a solid 11- race pro­gram with the Lad­brokes Boost 0-1 Win fi­nal high­light­ing the night’s pro­ceed­ings.

The three heats of the re­stricted class race were con­ducted last week and th­ese were taken out by North­ern Nan­gar in 27.52 sec­onds, Plane Spot­ter in 27.98 sec­onds and Clover Bubba in 28.12 sec­onds.

The Dave Ir­win-trained North­ern Nan­gar en­tered the se­ries as the grey­hound most likely and he dis­played his abil­ity in clearly clock­ing the fastest time of the heats but he was made to work hard for his win by the run­ner-up Five Of Spades.

The Terry Lock­hart-trained run­ner showed good early dash and al­though he was stalked all the way by North­ern Nan­gar he did run a bold race to go un­der by just two lengths to the win­ner.

North­ern Nan­gar will tonight jump from box num­ber 3 in the fi­nal and that is a draw which doesn’t seem to be too bad on pa­per. Al­though just a mod­er­ate be­gin­ner, his main hope looks to once again hinge on his abil­ity to fol­low Five Of Spades through in the early stages as that run­ner can be ex­pected to once again lead from its suit­able box 1 draw.

If North­ern Nan­gar does hap­pen to miss the kick and find trou­ble then don’t be sur­prised if Five Of Spades opens up a lead too great for his ri­vals to bridge.

Clover Bubba may have clocked a slow time in tak­ing out his heat but the Chris Sup­ple-trained run­ner is pos­sessed with more abil­ity than that time would sug­gest and a for­ward show­ing can be ex­pected.

Clover Bubba had box 8 in his heat when be­gin­ning only mod­er­ately, which was ex­pected, but as he was try­ing to make a run around the field he did en­counter a fair de­gree of traf­fic and for a while it looked as though the in­ter­fer­ence may have cost him­self a chance of win­ning. He did lengthen stride nicely when en­ter­ing the home straight and the ef­fort to come again to win was good in the cir­cum­stances.

Plane Spot­ter has been a source of frus­tra­tion for her trainer Mar­i­lyn John­son as once again she is a grey­hound with greater abil­ity then her one win from 16 starts would sug­gest.

She has proven her­self to be a lit­tle clumsy in a field and does need that clear run­ning to show her best.

On face value the race looks to be a match be­tween the fin­ish­ing power of North­ern Nan­gar, the early speed of Five Of Spades and the un­pre­dictable abil­ity of Clover Bubba.

Also on the pro­gram are five heats of the Lad­brokes Red Dog se­ries over 407 me­tres with some handy young­sters chas­ing the cool $3000 fi­nal win­ners cheque.

Quite of­ten in a se­ries of this na­ture there are two or three stand­out per­form­ers but on this oc­ca­sion the whole se­ries looks to be very wide open and the likely se­ries win­ner is any­one’s guess.

Heat 1 looks par­tic­u­larly tough, as last start win­ners at the track, Kate’s Sledge and Nash Bonus, look to be the test­ing ma­te­rial for So­nia Kemp­shall and Eve­lyn Har­ris re­spec­tively.

Heat 2 will prob­a­bly see most tip­sters put the John An­tonelli-trained Bazaar McKen­zie on top and while that run­ner does have a real live show he will need a touch of luck early on from box 6 with Gun­diva, which is drawn out in box 8, be­ing a keen railer and a chance of caus­ing those drawn in­side her some trou­ble.

David Lyn­dan looks to be the likely leader in the third heat and if able to lead just may be able to pinch this race al­though there are sev­eral grey­hounds en­gaged in the race that are very ca­pa­ble should the right runs present them­selves.

Heat num­ber 4 looks to be the prover­bial lot­tery on pa­per and pun­ters might be a bet­ter chance of find­ing the win­ner us­ing a dart board than what they would by tak­ing no­tice of this writer.

How­ever, if pres­sured, the on-top se­lec­tion will be In­domi­nous Dane for trainer Dean Tur­ley.

In heat 5 the lack of early speed en­gaged in the race gives For­got­ten Val­ley a good chance of be­ing able to lead the race for Des Win­ters and if able to find the lure in the early part she could be a chance of hold­ing them off at a nice price.

A best bet looks too hard to find at a race meet­ing where there should be plenty of value on of­fer for pun­ters.

❝ If North­ern Nan­gar does hap­pen to miss the kick and find trou­ble then don’t be sur­prised if Five Of Spades was to open up a lead too great for his ri­vals to bridge.

GRAFTON GREY­HOUNDS BRAD EL­LIS

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