Great night of chasing

Night chasing returns to Dawson Park on Friday, with an 11-race TAB card set to be decided under chilly conditions.

DOWN THE STRAIGHT: Eleven races are set down for decision at Dawson Park on Friday night. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

DOWN THE STRAIGHT: Eleven races are set down for decision at Dawson Park on Friday night. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club has been granted a number of meetings in the Friday night slot, a move away from the traditional Thursday afternoon that has been the club’s domain over the past few years.

The highlight race of the night should be the fourth event, the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes (318m), which brings together a field of runners that has won a combined 54 races.

Tony Taro, from the strong Graeme Smith kennel, is likely to start favourite after building an imposing record in the early stages of his career.

The Fabregas x Miss Taro dog has been to the track on 10 occasions for four wins and five minor placings.

His last five starts have yielded two wins and three second placings, and from box one he has drawn to get a lovely run throughout over the sprint course.

Mr Blake looms as Tony Taro’s main danger, with his recent form good and a best time of 18.20s over the course and distance almost two-tenths of a second quicker than any of his rivals.

He has a very good record from outside boxes, so box seven shouldn’t be an issue.

The chances don’t end there though, with the likes of Opal King, Just Like Jazz and Ditto Baby all legitimate chances in the race.

Meanwhile, one of the region’s in-form pups will be out to continue her recent good form when she lines up in the Memberships Now Due Stakes (516m).

Coco Twist had placed just once in four starts prior to this campaign but has resumed with three wins from as many starts this time in, and will be out to make it four in a row when she jumps from box six.

The most recent of those wins came at Dawson Park when the Collision x Double Twist bitch bounded to the front and was never headed in recording a time of 30.32s at her first look at the track.

If there is a danger it should be Chisel Miss, from the Pam Braddon kennel.

While she has won four races from 47 starts, the Smooth Fancy x Westend Laura bitch has placed five times from six starts out of box three and her best winning time over the track and distance is a slick 30.07s.

The first race on Friday night’s card is set down of 6.23pm with the last to be run at 9.46pm.