Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Heats Make for Hard Work; Punters to Do It Tough Finding Winner

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Heats Make for Hard Work; Punters to Do It Tough Finding Winner

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Byline: brad ellis

THE fast and furious action continues at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club tonight with five heats of the Blue Paws Series (407m) part of a strong 10-event race program.

Finding a race favourite in each of the heats is not an easy task while attempting to find an overall series favourite looks to be a forlorn prospect.

Heat number one is the opening race on the program and in this it is reasonable to suggest that the "Orara" greyhounds will go close to fighting out the finish.

After a fast 22.90second run in a stewards trial at Grafton, the Fiona Geary-trained Orara Ell has been placed twice at the venue in fair times and she is sure to have her share of admirers.

The Gary Smith-prepared Orara Bliss looks well suited in box 1 and she will be hoping to offset her disappointing fourth here last Thursday and as a sub-23sec winner here she is well capable of doing so.

Punters are also likely to support the Sandy Robertson-trained Robell Mel as she has the speed to lead the race and could well be the knockout runner.

The inside runners look to hold the key to the second heat with the well-drawn Price Rise jumping from box 1 for Sonia Kempshall while Cunnamulla Boy, trained by Patrick Marley, in box 2 and the Darryl Armfield-prepared Jaxon's Pedro in box 3 each possess good speed.

Price Rise returns to Grafton after racing over the 520m journey at Lismore with some success and if she can begin reasonably she will take a power of holding out as she will stay on the rails and finish powerfully late in the race.

The third heat looks to be a match in two between the Fiona Geary-trained Low Talker and Chris Field's Villainous

Low Talker should start favourite on the back of her smart 23.13sec maiden win two starts back.

Form students would do well to forget her sixth in the final at her next outing as she did begin well but then found plenty of trouble when crossed by another runner. …

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