20170714 – Mandurah Friday

“Wijnaldum causes major surprise in Free For All”

Wijnaldum is a greyhound that was bred by Canning Vale based trainer Jamie Marsh. He was named after Dutch soccer play Georginio Wijnaldum who currently plays for English side Liverpool. The greyhound displayed serious potential at the beginning of his career, winning 6 of his first 13 starts including a fast time of 30.10 over 520m at Cannington last October. However after slow getaways at his two most recent outings he finished out of the placings which led to him starting at huge odds tonight. Sent out at $42.40 with the WA TAB, the son of Collision sped out of box three and quickly tackled Fun Boss for the lead. Odds on favourite Astrozone had begun only fairly but mustered into third at the first turn. Wijnaldum shook off Fun Boss but Astrozone was finishing powerfully and turning for home there was only two lengths between the rank outsider and the short priced favourite. To the surprise of most Wijnaldum maintained that two length advantage and clocked a slashing 27.41 over the 490m distance. Astrozone finished second ahead of Cosmic Luck who rattled home for third. Wijnaldum has now won 9 of 23 career starts and is unlikely to ever start more than $21 ever again.

Box Draw

Box Greyhound Trainer
DESERT RAMPAGE C. Halse
WHO’S GOT SNOOP C. Halse
FIRE BLAZE L. Smithson
WEST ON JANET C. Halse
SHARED BONUS C. Halse
WEST ON LIAM C. Halse
MAX PROFIT C. White
SEMIKHAH J. Jeffries
Reserves    
DOC HUDSON T. Erenshaw
HELLO I’M LEO B. Maclean

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 6 WEST ON RUBY : Was shuffled back early but finished strongly to score very imprressively.

Race 5 Number 4 FIRE BLAZE : Didn’t lead but hit the line hard to lose narrowly in his Winter Sprint Heat.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Pictured : Brock Tonic