Quick times were the order of the day at Armidale’s Saturday race meeting, according to Armidale Greyhound Racing Club president Greg Nordstrom.
“It was a very good roll-up, there were 10 races and only one race didn’t have a full field at the close of nominations,” he said
“It turned out there were only four vacant boxes over the 10 races.”
The meeting attracted trainers from across the State and a number are scheduled to hit Armidale again for the finals this weekend.
Nordstrom said Shambler trains for Queensland’s Velocity Lodge Syndicate and Swanky is a very well bred greyhound – he said ‘she would make a good brood greyhound’.
“It was a good win.”
Nordstrom is anticipating Shambler will return to Armidale this weekend but it depends how the dogs pull-up after Saturday’s meet.
He said it is good to see the Queensland company sending their dogs to trainers outside Queensland to Uralla.
Aberdeen trainer John Lawson, who will be back for the finals this weekend, also had a successful day in Armidale with a double and a second place.
Nordstrom said the standout race was the best eight when Lawson’s dogs ran first and second.
“There was only a nose separating them in the end,” he said.
Lawson’s second winner was in the ninth race of the day with Our Elite Belle.
Nordstrom said Lawson is a trainer who likes to support country clubs so he will be back again this Saturday.
Lawson recently travelled out to Broken Hill to contest his titles there and Nordstrom said it is good for the clubs to have these trainers entering.
This weekend’s meeting is expected to be a success and Nordstrom encouraged people to head along to the finals – the day starts at 1pm with a race every 20 minutes.
Race 6, John Cannon Appreciation, best 8 440m; 1 Future Fund, John Lawson; 2 Drive Up, John Lawson; 3 Kings Man, Peter McAlister. Scr: 2
Race 9, AGRC Sprinters Heat 3 4th/5th 365m; 1 Our Elite Belle, John Lawson; 2 Travelling Wild, Peter McAlister; 3 Sixer’s Slip, Michelle Shambler. Scr: 9, 10
Courtesy : Judy Walker, Armidale Express