The 2013 July racing carnival at Grafton is in full swing with ten heats of the Taylor Family Maiden Classic held on Monday and three heats of the Village Green Hotel Sprinters Cup to be held today on an action packed twelve race card. The Sprinters Cup has attracted some highly talented short course specialists that will be vying for a $6000 winner’s cheque and a free service to Don’t Knocka Him when the final is run next Wednesday.
Village Green Hotel Sprinters Cup Heat One
The first heat see’s the return of the brilliant Scissor Queen from box five. Scissor Queen is having just her second start back from a seven week break. Trained by Queenslander Dave Irwin, the red fawn speedster has won eighteen races with five seconds from just 29 career outings. The daughter of Knocka Norris and Surf Queen is also a litter sister to Golden Easter Egg winner Don’t Knocka Him so she has the right bloodlines to run and she definitely can with quick winning times recorded at Maitland (22.25 seconds), Albion Park (23.02 seconds) and Grafton (22.70 seconds). Scissor Queen is normally a flawless beginner and should handle this field if she jumps and can avoid early trouble from the horror draw.
The Evelyn Harris trained Hot Bonus is boxed to get a great run into the race from box three. The son of Bit Chilli has not had much luck in his recent starts finishing well behind the winner on each occasion, however he does have strong form overall with ten wins and fourteen minors from 38 starts. Hot Bonus is normally a good beginner and that should make all the difference in this speedy event.
Splash of Magic is also a good beginner and is boxed ideally out wide in the pink. The black chaser has been racing competitively against tough opposition in recent starts so should be up to the challenge. Splash of Magic has had four starts over the track and distance for two wins and two seconds, breaking the 23 second time barrier last start when finishing half a length behind Bralyn County in 22.99 seconds.
Best of the rest looks to be Charlie Northfield’s Take The Weight from box six. The Elite State dog is a winner of nine from 23 but will need to begin well from the poor draw.
Village Green Hotel Sprinters Cup Heat Two
Hunter Valley speedster Barb’s Kiwi is boxed to shine at his track debut from the cherry. The Warren Kelly trained dog has hit a purple patch of form stringing together three strong wins at Unibet Gardens ( 22.63, 22.75 seconds) and Gosford (23.26 seconds) at his most recent starts. The son of Knocka Norris is from great litter bred by Col Kneeshaw out of Diddy Shine and based on his current form he should be one of the main threats.
The class runner of the heat is no doubt Bralyn County from box five. The grand old campaigner turns five years of age next month, but is still racing with plenty of zest claiming five of his past eight starts including a heat of the group two Maitland Gold Cup in April. Bralyn County is a terrifically bred son of Hallucinate and Bralyn Maisie and comes from the top kennel of Dave Irwin. The black sprinter has won 26 races from 52 starts including eight from eleven over the track and distance with a best time of 22.61 seconds. The old bloke still has it and deserves another trophy to add to his collection after a great career on the race track.
El Galo youngster Runya Roy is putting together an impressive record with four wins and three minors from eleven starts but the rise in class is sure to be his acid test. Boxed out wide in the pink, the Darryl Schafer trained pup has won four races over the distance including a handy 22.93 seconds recorded in May.
Warragai Boy is also racing well at the moment with three consecutive wins at Capalaba (20.03, 20.23 seconds) and Grafton (23.03 seconds) with box three sure to be an advantage. The James Gallaway greyhound is another top contender for the event and has enough pace to be prominent early.
Village Green Hotel Sprinters Cup Heat Three
Heat three is particularly tough however Helen Pullman’s lid pinger Hunter Hummer looks the one to beat despite debuting at the track and drawn poorly in box four. The Cosmic Rumble sprinter had no luck at Tweed Heads in the galaxy series and has since returned to Richmond winning both starts in fine style (22.55, 23.02 seconds). The red fawn dynamo has won eleven from eighteen and is a star over the short course. With his usual quick beginning he will be hard to catch.
Another pup from the promising Magic Sprite x Splash Of Class litter will be beginning from box two in the final heat. Pink Jeanes is a handy bitch notching up four wins recently at Capalaba with her last start a solid third behind Bralyn County. From the draw she should get every chance and is a big hope.
Taper Jean Girl is trained by Glenda Dart and has strong claims from box one however she will also be having her first start at the track whilst One Inch Punch is very talented but will need to improve on his recent starts where he has been mixing form in a similar class.
Little Ed holds the track record at Maitland (22.11 seconds) but has not started since February after dropping a back muscle at Wentworth Park and comes up with an awkward draw in box six.
The first heat of the Village Green Hotel Sprinters Cup is race six and will jump at 4:49pm.