Nangar’s chances hinge on early run
Irwin runner favourite but Lockhart has heart in Spades
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.