Lightning Frank among best talent in Warrnambool Classic race

LOOKING UP: WGRC manager Craig Monigatti. Picture: Amy Paton
LOOKING UP: WGRC manager Craig Monigatti. Picture: Amy Paton

DECORATED Allansford chaser Lightning Frank headlines a star-studded field of greyhounds vying for the 57th annual Warrnambool Classic prize.

The Mat Wright-trained speedster will jump from box four in the eighth heat leading into the prestigious race.

Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club general manager Craig Monigatti said bumper crowds were expected to descend on the Koroit Street track after a strong summer carnival.

He tipped Lightning Frank as a genuine chance for the $75,000 first place prize.

“We’ve ended up with 87 nominations, which means we have 11 heats. We have some real top-end quality racing in there, too,” Monigatti said.

“It’s not every day you have a two-time group winner racing in town and to have (Lightning Frank) as a local hope, it’s fantastic.

The first heat for the 2017 classic will kick off at 3.16pm on Tuesday. Racing will finish at 6.51pm.