Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Paranorman on a Mission; Gift Dog Gets to Repay Geary Family for Patience

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Paranorman on a Mission; Gift Dog Gets to Repay Geary Family for Patience

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Byline: brad ellis sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT WILL be a good news story of quite some degree if youthful trainer the Fiona Geary-trained Paranorman is able to take out the Pullen's Produce Maiden - the opening event of the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club's 10-event program this afternoon.

Paranorman came to Fiona as a pup with one of his littermates on a deal where the Geary family would raise both pups and get to keep one for their efforts. The pups arrived at the Junction Hill property at three months of age and unfortunately in a freak accident the black pup tore the tendon away from his knee cap.

An injury like this is potentially a career-ending injury, however, Fiona decided that she would nurse the little fellow, which was full of beans, back to health and give him his chance at a racing career. For months he was confined to a small yard and kennel to allow the injury to heal before being eventually permitted to gallop in larger yards.

With his rearing and pre-education complete it was off to the track for Paranorman with a compulsory performance trial his next mission. Stepping out from box 1 Paranorman handled his assignment with aplomb leading from start to finish in the handy time of 17.60 seconds.

If he can overcome a potentially tough box 5 draw it could be one of the more popular wins on today's program.

If ever a greyhound was to be rewarded for its consistency then that should be Valentine King which lines up from box 2 in the Westlawn Finance Stakes (305m). The veteran of just seven career outings has been a model of consistency finishing in the money at six of those appearances and with even luck he should rack up win number two for trainer Kim Bates.

Kim is a relative newcomer to the greyhound racing game and Valentine King is the result of her venture into the breeding game and she would be quite proud of his achievements to date. As his record suggests, Valentine King is rarely far away at the finish and he does possess reliable box manners which will once again be the key to his chances. …

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