6.17pm – Pat C Meldaz (Trap 1)
Pat C Meldaz formerly raced at Daytona Beach so is a newcomer to the Palm Beach track. He is a very impressive performer who has eight wins to his name, all in Grade A and B. Considering his form, Grader could have been a lot harder on him and while obviously he will improve with a run at the track, the trap draw suggests he could have a clear run.
He has plenty of early pace and this track will certainly suit, so in Grade C he can play a big part on debut.
6.34pm – JD Rhetoric (Trap 7)
Race 3 on the card and basement stuff here with Grade J, but there are some interesting youngsters on show. JD Rhetoric has just five races but a few more than some of his rivals here so experience should count.
One win to date, but he has been very impressive with a couple of placed efforts and we are yet to see him at his best. This race gives him a big opportunity as he has enough early to lead off the outside. The time posted when finishing second a couple of starts ago will be more than good enough to keep him in front in this contest and it’s only a matter of time before he wins in this grade.
7.42pm – Atascocita Canna (Trap 5)
Atascocita Canna started off her career at Palm Beach so while it’s been a while since her last race here, she will be used to surroundings. Costly to follow recently but she has come in for plenty of support at Sanford and is running really well, in the mix in most of her recent races.
A return to Palm will be a blessing in disguise and generally sparks a bit of life into greyhounds. She also has good memories with a win here last year. Expect the money to come for this lady and her usual late surge might just get the win.
8.33pm – Dirty Tricks (Trap 3) (NAP)
This is a high-quality Grade B race and the selection for me is the NAP on the card. There are a couple of reasons for this, but six wins and eighteen seconds is always a help.
Dirty Tricks is ultra-consistent and crucially a return to form of late suggests that a win is around the corner. The fact that a couple of rivals are running here for the first time gives a big advantage and also the fact that the race is void of early pace suggests to me Trap 3 could be a long way in front down the back and can leave all the trouble behind. He’s our NAP selection for the card.
9.07pm – Grand Azul (Trap 4)
Returning after a much-needed break, Grand Azul showed her well-being with a very impressive winning sprint trial last time out. A Grade A-performer at best, she will be expected to go close here in Grade B on her return. She is a strong running performer, having found trouble in racing back in December and still won in Grade A.
Has it both ways in terms of early pace and stamina, and in all honesty looks in to win in this Grade. Luck in running may be all that’s required.