Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Red Dog Final in Grafton Tonight; Greyhound Racing Action on Centre Stage in 12-Race Card

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Red Dog Final in Grafton Tonight; Greyhound Racing Action on Centre Stage in 12-Race Card

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GRAFTON GREYHOUNDS

BRAD ELLIS

THE Grafton Greyhound Racing Club roars back into action tonight with a bumper 12-event race card highlighted by the Ladbrokes Red Dog final where the John Antonelli- trained Bokarm Dean will jump as the obvious favourite.

Five heats of the Ladbrokes added prize money series were conducted last week. Clearly the fastest heat winner, Bokarm Dean gave nothing else a chance on the way to his impressive 23.11 second heat win which was 4.5 lengths faster than the next quickest heat winner Levi's Rocket, which recorded 23.42 seconds for Kevin Inglis.

The other heat winners were Gundiva for Michael Creighton in 23.60 seconds, Chasing Dollars which ran 23.74 seconds for Kim Bates and Left Me Out which ran the time of 23.56 seconds for Stephen Keep.

The fact that there is such a variance in times between the fastest heat winner and the next best is quite a shock as on paper all of the heats last week looked to be very even and difficult to predict, however I am not too sure many would have expected Bokarm Dean to jump straight to the front in a field which did contain some pretty speedy customers.

Once on the lure there was no way Bokarm Dean's opposition were going to be able to give him a start and a beating and that is exactly how it panned out with the son of Fancy Dean and Bokarm Ava racing away to a healthy 4.75 length winning margin over David Lyndan, which quite possibly is that runner's main danger again.

David Lyndan was expected to lead Bokarm Dean from the boxes so given that he was not able to do that his effort was solid but once again, he will need to lead this race to win it and quite possibly rely on Bokarm Dean to do a few things wrong in the run.

Although typically preferring a wide draw, Bokarm Dean has been done plenty of favours in the box draw. He has come up with box 2 in the final and should be advantaged by the slow beginning Cheeky Maxi in box 1, David Lyndan which has box 3 will show speed and does run a straight line to the turn while Bella Lyndan in box 4 likes to move to the right as it runs down the back straight so there really should be no excuses for Bokarm Dean. …

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