Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Member's Cup Wide Open; Greyhound Club Honours Dedicated Members in Race Finale

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Member's Cup Wide Open; Greyhound Club Honours Dedicated Members in Race Finale

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Byline: brad ellis sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will this afternoon conduct it's final race meeting for 2010 and, as has become customary, the club will pay tribute to it's life members for their dedication to Grafton Greyhound racing with the running of the Life Member's Cup Final (407m).

This year the final seems to be a wide-open affair following two closely contested heats last week.

Fastest heat winner Belles Nightmare has unfortunately for connections been scratched from the event due to injury however this has not depleted the strength of the field in any way with a quality final assured.

The box draw has done no harm to the likely favourites in the event with Northern Echo drawing nicely in box four underneath Four Winds who has drawn the five alley and also looks suited.

Northern Echo is likely to appreciate having Four Winds drawn on his outside as that runner possesses good early speed and is not likely to crash down on him in the run to the first turn and as such could run cover for the Reg Gardoll-trained runner.

Despite being beaten as favourite last week Northern Echo did run a slick 22.98 seconds in a Steward's Trial the week prior and is obviously going well.

The Jan Finneran-trained Four Winds is the only heat winner left in the field following the scratching of Belles Nightmare and he has been a model of consistency throughout his career with a number of top performances in high-quality races and with two slow beginners drawn outside him should receive a trouble-free run to the first turn.

Four Winds ran 23.21 seconds to take out his heat and has the ability to improve on that with another run on the track.

It is difficult to dismiss the chances of any of the finalists such is the depth in the race however when assessing the chances of the remainder, punters may look to the inside division with Chunka Change a proven top-class performer in Melbourne, Bond James Bond has been a prolific winner with a fast personal best on the Grafton track while out in box eight will be reserve runner Club Sportz who wasn't far off when fifth to Belles Nightmare in the heat. …

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