Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Spring Parade One to Beat in Feature; Trainer New to City out to Impress with Speedster

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Spring Parade One to Beat in Feature; Trainer New to City out to Impress with Speedster

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GRAFTON GREYHOUNDS

BRAD ELLIS

GREYHOUND racing fans will be spoiled for action at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club tonight with two quality finals highlighting a jam-packed 12-event race card.

The feature race of the night is the Ladbrokes Cash In final over 407 metres where Spring Parade looks the greyhound to beat.

Senor Wolf will carry most of the support in the Willow Park Pre Training final over 305 metres.

Both greyhounds are trained by two trainers who have recently made Grafton their home.

Ken Staines, who moved from Jerriwa, near Yass, will put the polish on Spring Parade and has built up quite a solid winning strike rate since moving to Grafton 12 months ago.

Senor Wolf is trained by Dave Richardson who moved to the area only three weeks ago.

Senor Wolf is Richardson's first and only starter since arriving from the Newcastle region.

Spring Parade saluted from box 2 in his heat, running a creditable 23.26 seconds after only being moderately into stride but did show good acceleration and from box 1 tonight he should be able to punch towards the lead along the back straight and give himself every possible chance.

The speedy David Lyndan in box 2 looks to be the likely natural leader.

He is a little susceptible in the finishing stages of his races over 407 metres and also likes to race away from the rails which should only enhance the opportunity for Spring Parade to obtain a saloon passage through on the rails.

Spring Parade can be expected to improve on the clock with a better beginning and it is worth noting that he has clocked a slick 8.38 and 23.13 second win here towards the end of last year.

David Lyndan for Terry Jordan will improve on the clock this week after running into the back of another runner on the first turn, while the Sonia Kempshall-trained Palazzo will enter the final as the fastest qualifier in 23.00 seconds.

Palazzo is a definite winning chance but she will need a touch of luck at the right time from her box 4 draw. …

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