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Grafton Greyhounds | Monday January 20

Grafton Greyhounds race tonight with another very strong 10 event card set down for decision. Looking for our best bet tonight I have decided to go to Race 5 ‘The GDSC Stakes’ over 407m. I have tipped the Brian Stephens trained Mia Beryl May to get back into the winners list. This very honest bitch won her first 4 starts in a row including wins at Ipswich in a near track record time of 16.79 over the 288m and Lismore in a quick 14.92. 

She has form at Grafton winning in a flying 17.36 over the 305m. Last week at her first try over the longer 407m trip she was very gallant in defeat, going down by 1.5 lengths to another honest bitch in Country Cottage in a quick 23.23. Tonight, Mia Beryl May looks suited with the box draw coming up with box 2. The way the race is mapped out she will bounce straight on the bunny and if she can run last week’s first section time of 8.42, she will lead easily, and I think she will be way too good tonight. The first run over the distance will do her the world of good and I expect her to be just that little bit stronger in the run home and I’m expecting a time of 23.20 or close to it, which should see her getting the victory. 

Race 3 tonight, ‘The Village Green Hotel Stakes’ over 305m is a race worthy of July Carnival Cup status. I have gone through this tremendous race tonight and honestly would not be surprised if any of the 6 runners saluted tonight. I have tipped the Mitch Northfield trained Thanks Nelly to take home the $1700 first prize money. This little bitch has won 27 of her 83 starts and most times she races in top grade, should be too classy. 

She is a winner over tonight’s trip in an airborne 17.35 and despite being nearly 4 years of age she is still flying on the track. Her last 2 starts she was a winner at Lismore in a quick 24.05 over the 420m trip and then at her last start Northfield took her to Wentworth Park in Sydney and her run was tremendous. Drawing Box 5, she was uncharacteristically slow to begin but once she found the rails, she powered home to go down narrowly in a time of 16.24. I know you can’t miss the kick in these short races but tonight from this great Box 2 draw I’m tipping Thanks Nelly to get the chocolates. 

Cougar Lady trained by Terry Hickson has won her last 2 starts at Ipswich the latest in a flying 14.76 over the 288m trip and she has also won at Grafton in a quick 17.37. Twice As Noisy drawn out in the 8 box for Greg Hancock has won here in 17.43 and he was most unlucky last week from the 3 box. So, I have left out Wazza Kempshall’s Pirates Cut and the Kim Bates pair of Dixie’s Rebel and Blusta Valley and on their day these 3 dogs could certainly win this race. Furthering my claim that this is the race of the night! 

Race 2 tonight, ‘Willow Park Pre-Training/Rearing Stakes’ over 305m looks to have a good bet in the shape of the Gary Smith trained Orara Charlotte drawn in box 2. This bitch has won 5 races in her short career including wins at Grafton over the 407m trip in 23.16 and Casino over the 411m trip in 23.43. Orara Charlotte drops back to a 305m event tonight but she looks absolutely pitch forked into this 5th grade event. If she can step cleanly tonight, I think Orara Charlotte can get down to about 17.40 on the clock and this time would win tonight’s race easily. 

Race 7, the ‘Clarence Valley Shed Stakes’ over 407m should be a great spectacle for Kew trainer Thomas Roche. You see Tom has 4 of the 8 runners in tonight’s race so the odds are that Tommy should lead in the winner. I have tipped Tom’s runner Kiarni Jack drawn in box 2. Kiarni Jack has won 8 of his 24 starts mostly on the big tracks of Maitland and Grafton including a very quick 23.02 win here at Grafton and I am confident he can go home a winner for the Kiarni team. 

Tonight’s first of 10 races, begins at 6.20pm and the last is 9.18pm. 

Cheers Albert Gleeson.