Hopes bad box antics are over
ELUSIVE Strike has provided a few headaches for Colin Graham but he may be maturing now into a reliable campaigner.
The two-year-old, which won last week at Lismore, sets out from box eight in the $1645 420m Glen Gallon @ Stud Stakes at tonight's race meeting.
Wianagee owner-trainer Graham has had to be patient with his charge, with box problems hampering his progress.
With four consecutive placings prior to last week's a Lismore win, Graham is now optimistic for more wins.
"When I started he was playing up in his box and missing his starts," he said. "I was pulling my hair out.
"I knew if he could jump with them then he could be beating them but he has been having to make up too much ground
"He is starting to settle down now. He has heaps of ability and I just hope he can keep this up."
Although the dog faces a tough field, Graham feels his charge could be a handy each-way bet.
Another of Graham's improving charges, Hanify's Gold, could be one to watch in the $2015 635m Sportingbet Stakes.
The two-year-old also won at the Colemans Point last week and seems to have settled well at 520m level.
Graham was introduced to dogs by family more than 40 years ago and has owned, bred and trained greyhounds.
Although he has had periods away from the sport due to "disillusionment", he said it remained his true love.
"I think it just gets in your blood," he said.
"I know fellows that have given up their greyhounds and gone to live at the beach. Five or six months later, they are back into it.
"I think it's something that you cannot shake off."
The 60-year-old said the thrill of finding the next handy runner kept him going.
"With the money involved in greyhounds now, if you get a good one then things can get interesting," he said.
"I'm not t going to try to stop looking. I think I'll have them until I cannot look after them anymore.
"There's no such thing as making them too comfortable."
Ten races are on the card and action starts at 7.05pm.
TURNER'S TIPS FOR LISMORE
RUMBLE COMET (box seven, race eight): Eye-catching placings record and should have too much class for this field.
HAKKASAN (box two, race three): Improving campaigner who has notched some decent results in recent weeks.
FLOAT YA BOAT (box eight, race seven): Good recent results and decent record from box eight.