20180210 – Cannington Saturday

“Neil Monelli sizzles home to win Summer Chase”

The Summer Chase is a 600m feature race held at Cannington and last year was taken out by the fleet-footed Woodvale Flyer. Tonight a quality field was assembled with Neil Monelli (box 8) starting a warm favourite ahead of Astrozone (box 3) and Moment To Jive (box 1). Starlight Asha won the start and quickly crossed to the fence to lead Astrozone. Neil Monelli with a lap to go settled in fifth position but was only a few lengths from the leader. Astrozone reeled in Starlight Asha just before straightening but Neil Monelli was looming large on the outside. The pair straightened on equal terms but Neil Monelli unleashed a mighty finish to score by three lengths. He posted a near record 34.55 over the 600m distance and continues to impress over the longer journeys. In other staying news WA’s Quick Jagger has drawn box one in the upcoming Zoom Top Final at The Meadows (over 725m).

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 1 Number 1 EXPLOSIVE SMITH : Improved on his poor winning strike rate with a fast finishing win in 21.76.

Race 3 Number 7 CONSTANT RAMA : Was posted wide in a quality race and kept coming. He looks ready to win.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)