Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Taxi's Final Anyone's Race; No Ideal Box Draw for Favourites

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Taxi's Final Anyone's Race; No Ideal Box Draw for Favourites

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Byline: brad ellis sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

The running of the Grafton Radio Taxis final over 480 metres highlights a strong ten-race card at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club this evening. However finding the winner with confidence looks almost as difficult as finding those lucky six numbers in Lotto.

Three heats were contested last week with less than a length separating the three winners. Quickest was Outa Luck for Frank Jamieson which recorded 27.59 seconds while Orara Lil ran 27.60s and All Apache was marginally slower in 27.65s for Ross Stephens.

If it is difficult to separate the winners based on times, then naturally the next thing to look at is the box draw with surely one of these runners securing a box draw which would assist their chances. This, in fact, has not happened and to make matters worse even the placegetters have drawn poorly.

Surely out of eight runners there would be a favourable box draw. But this just isn't the case so perhaps it is better to assess the final based on why each of the runners cannot win the final.

Drawn in box 1 is Heading Home for Frank Jamieson, normally a great box on the corner start. However this greyhound was comfortably held in his heat when beaten 4.75 lengths behind All Apache. He is a moderate beginner and does like to use the track in his races so he is in danger of being crossed and checked in the early stages. Heat time 27.99s.

Thoracic has drawn box 2 for trainer Stephen Keep and he finished a gallant second behind Orara Lil beaten 3.5 lengths. Thoracic had his chances in the heat after positioning himself on the winner's heels in the back straight but just lacked that midrace dash to hold his position. Would need to improve on the clock however he may be able to cross Heading Home in box 1 and take up a handy position. Heat time 27.85s.

Fastest heat winner Outa Luck surprised punters not only in saluting when sent out a drifting $16.80 chance but also when he found himself in second position along the back straight. Outa Luck is another moderate beginner who does need clear running in the early stages as he likes to race wide. From box 3 tonight it is likely he will find trouble from the outside division pushing towards the rails. Heat time 27.59s and the second finalist for Jamieson.

Box 4 is the Dean Turley trained One Won't Hurt which was beaten one length by All Apache after once again appearing to have his chances. He began okay from box 6 in his heat and has drawn no worse in box 4, however he will need to get on his bike early as All Apache in box 5 does like to run fairly heavily towards the rails. At his first placing here over the 480m One Won't Hurt ran 27.73s.

As mentioned above All Apache has been given the testing box 5 draw. He will need to show a more patience than normal as he does like to move left from the boxes as soon as they jump. …

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