Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ladbrokes Red Dog Final Highlights Meet

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ladbrokes Red Dog Final Highlights Meet

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GRAFTON Greyhounds race tonight with a mammoth 12-event card set down for decision. Last week was a debacle when I only tipped three winners, but that was enough to win. Let's hope we can all redeem ourselves and tip some good winners tonight.

The highlight of the night will be Race 7 the Ladbrokes Red Dog Final over 407m worth a cool $2135 to the winner. This race has produced a very even final and the box draw has given every dog their chance.

My pick and each-way special of the night is the Glen Northfield-trained Noelas Boy, drawn beautifully in the one box. Noelas Boy was beaten in his heat from box 4 in fair time by Karaoke Cloud but I think tonight from the cherry this dog, beautifully bred by Paw Licking, can return to the winner's list. Noelas Boy was first up at Grafton last week and if you have a look at his winning times away from Grafton you will see he has a very good chance in tonight's final. A 23.55s winner at Casino, Wauchope 22.04, Lismore 24.33 and Albion Park 19.55 should put him with a great each-way chance tonight.

There are probably four other real good chances but I think Soltador is the knockout dog. Soltador had a very disappointing run last week when she led at the first turn only to be run over by the very strong Gavin Lowe-trained Karaoke Cloud. Knowing trainer Andrew Monaghan, I'm tipping if Soltador can spear out of the boxes she may just pinch the final. Leaders at Grafton are always hard to beat, especially in finals, so if Soltador can run up to her flying winning times at Casino, Lismore and Ipswich she may break her Grafton hoodoo tonight.

Dessie Winters' pair of Blusta Valley and Whistler Valley are always hard to beat because they are so honest, especially on their own track. Gavin Lowe's Karaoke Cloud, drawn in box 4, was most impressive, charging home from the pink last week but tonight I think will struggle from the unfavourable 4 alley. …

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