Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sprinter Ready to Sock It to Runners; Impressive Pretty Socks Matching It with Miss Spritely

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sprinter Ready to Sock It to Runners; Impressive Pretty Socks Matching It with Miss Spritely

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GRAFTON GREYHOUNDS

BRAD ELLIS

GREYHOUNDS: Racing continues at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club this evening with a strong 10-race program highlighted by four heats of the Taragreyhounds.com.au 5th grade series over 480 metres.

There does look to be some intriguing clashes and nice bets for patrons on the evening.

Arguably the most interesting of the four heats is race 8 on the program which is the fourth and final heat where the impressive Casino speedster Pretty Socks will go head-to-head with impressive local greyhound Miss Spritely.

The Mitch Northfield prepared Pretty Socks has made quite an impression in recent runs, recording smart victories both here at Grafton and at the spacious Maitland circuit.

While Miss Spritely has shown that she is returning to the type of form she displayed early in her career with a brilliant 22.85-second victory here and also a slick 22.99 seconds when beaten into second place here the run prior.

Both greyhounds will be having their first test over the longer 480-metre distance in their heats so it is a touch hit and miss to accurately assess how they will handle the step up in distance. However on sectionals at the end of their 407-metre starts, the nod would have to go to Miss Spritely on the basis that she has shown that she can run home the stronger over 407 metres.

Miss Spritely is also perfectly drawn in box 1 tonight and she should be able to race on the speed and prove terribly difficult to hold out.

Pretty Socks certainly has the genuine acceleration when left alone from the boxes and she too could well lead this race; however from box 7 she will have to contend with the wide-running Kid Genius which is drawn directly on her inside.

For all of the reasons listed above, it is Miss Spritely which is the on-top selection.

The widely drawn runners look to hold the aces in heat number 1 with the winner likely to come from Handsome Hombre for Jim Madigan in box 6, Vincent for Evelyn Harris in box 7 and It's For Sure which will jump from box 8 for Sonia Kempshall.

Each of the greyhounds has differing racing styles with Handsome Hombre a good beginner which likes to head to the rails, Vincent which also begins ok and likes to race wide while It's For Sure is a strong finishing chaser which is better known over the staying distances, but is drawn well enough to take up a position. …

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