Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Local Runners on Top in Easter Maiden Final

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Local Runners on Top in Easter Maiden Final

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Byline: John Corrigan Grafton Greyhound Club

LOCAL runners figured in the first three places in the GBOTA Easter maiden final at Grafton Greyhounds on Saturday.

Not only was it a local victory in the final but the three placegetters were bred locally, Gary Smith from Coutts Crossing trained and bred the first and second placegetters Orara Bill and Orara Jack and Marlene Ellis-trained the third placegetter Jarrah's Rocket.

Orara Bill was having only his second start in a race after winning his heat the previous week from box six in 23.23.

This week Orara Bill began on terms with the field then outsped his rivals to the first turn and safely held his kennel mate at bay in the run home to win by two and three quarter lengths in 23.10, a good run for an inexperienced dog.

The Mathew Reid-trained Skaise, who started odds-on favourite,was in plenty of trouble at the first turn after a moderate beginning and lost all chance at this point.

Later in the program Smith brought up a winning double when Orara Flash led all the way in theElite State at Studheat of the Grafton to Lismore series.

Beginning well from box four Orara Flash was soon in front then sped away to score by five and three quarter lengths from Little Corporal trained by Alan Lang in 27.53. This was the best time of the day over the 480m trip.

All Black Cloud, trained by Gavin Lowe, made it three wins in a row at Grafton when he won the Yamba Pumps and Irrigation heat of the Grafton to Lismore series.

All Black Cloud railed inside the early leaders on the circle then held Madeline Trick trained by Darryl Schafer to score by two lengths in 28.04.

This win also gave Lowe a winning double, as he had won the previous race, the Surf Lorian at Stud non-graded with Crikey Cloud, who won by a length in 27.65.

The remaining heat of the Grafton to Lismore series went to the John Free-trained Pretty Quick, who led from half way along the back straight and beat With Interest trained by Paul Wasson by five lengths in 27.78.

The field for the final to be held at Lismore over 520m on the 21/4/09 is; All Black Cloud, Madeline Trick, Bilko, Orara Flash, Little Corporal, Sir Snipalot, Pretty Quick, With Interest, 1st res Spiritual, 2nd res West Coast Smile. …

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