GARBRANDT (KC And All- Saving Bundles) recorded a smart come from behind win over the 520 metres. The Jamie Marsh trained dog was slowly away and then found the fence ensuring he didn’t have to go around a runner and he scored by a half length over Trifive in 30.47.
QUICK JAGGER (Dyna Nalin- Saving Bundles) led throughout on a rain effected track over the 715 metres and showed he is nearing his best with a 3 length win over Scott Keeping in 42.16. The Chris Halse trained star has won at his past 3 starts over all 3 distances here at Cannington. The star WA chaser will now be aimed at the Crocmedia Nationals to be held at Sandown in Melbourne.
VANDERWORP (Kelsos Fusileer- High Recall) returned to Perth from his Bendigo Cup win and put up a handy break going a long the back straight after crossing to the lead from box 8. The Chris Halse trained star then held off the fast finishing burst of Bundles Galore to win by a half length in 30.31.
“Awesome lineup assembled for Winter Sprint Final”
The Winter Sprint was first run at Mandurah over 410m in 2000 when Serpentine trainer Tony Simpson prepared Firefly Jack to victory. Other memorable winners were Black Watch (2005), Top Fuel (2009), Two Pot Screamer (2011), Buddy Be Cool (2012) and Mique (2016). Four heats were contested tonight over 380m at Cannington with the first being run in drizzling rain. All eight chasers began swiftly and at the first turn King Tony from box eight swept around the congestion to win in 22.11. Will Keeping who is back from an injury enforced spell finished second and also progressed to the final. Heat Two produced a sizzling performance from Doc Hudson who surged to the lead mid race before scoring in a slick 21.71. Last year’s winner Desert Rampage battled on well for second and will defend his title in the final. Heat Three came down to Marydoll versus Issue with the two pairing off at the first turn. Issue raced outside Marydoll throughout and gained the upper hand in the home straight winning by a length in 21.97. The last heat was won easily by Midnight Rama who relished box one, leading throughout in a brilliant 21.82. The Nick Minutillo prepared Zafonic Force chased him home for second and was beaten three lengths. The box draw for the 2018 Winter Sprint ;
HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :
Race 2 Number 4 VINAKA FIJI : Ran a great race at huge odds and was beaten just over a length.
Race 3 Number 1 EIGER MONELLI : Appreciated box one from the corner start and won easily in a fast 21.81.
Ryan Levitzke (commentator)
“Destroyer wins staying Free For All for Chris Halse”
Ex-Victorian based stayer Destroyer put in a solid performance this evening when he took out the 715m Free For All. Odds-on favourite Scott Keeping began only fairly from box two and was headed off at the first turn by Destroyer from box six. The son of Spring Gun soared clear with a lap to go and established a five length lead over kennel-mate Ramifications who was the closest pursuer. Outsider Chezzy Allen raced in third position ahead of Scott Keeping who began to build some momentum. Turning for home it was clear that Destroyer was going to lead all the way and while Scott Keeping rallied late he was beaten four lengths. Ramifications was another two lengths away third in advance of Chezzy Allen (fourth) and Moment To Jive (fifth). Destroyer was having his second start in WA after finding early trouble and running sixth over 520m. The Neil Young owned chaser has now started 46 times for 9 wins, 23 minor placings and over $64,000 in earnings.
HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :
Race 1 Number 1 FUNKY FACTS : Rocketed late to snatch third and won’t take long to win one.
Race 2 Number 5 LORENZO BLUE : Steamed home strongly again at long odds after flying home at his previous start.
Ryan Levitzke (commentator)
SCOTT KEEPING (Bekim Bale- Kim Keeping) made a mid race move to the lead and quickly put lengths on his rivals as they entered the back straight. The new purchase for trainer James Jeffries and his partner Gemma Jovanovic has now won at his past two starts over the 715 metres. The pair combined earlier in the night to win with Dave’s Entity who recorded a 4 length win over the 380 metres in 21.92. Pictured : Scott Keeping
EGYPTIAN PIRATE (Where’s Pedro- Little Egyptian) ran home well late to score a neck win over Tallulah in a busy finish over the 600 metres. The former NSW chaser is now in the care of trainer Ricky Valenti and stopped the clock at 35.38. The white and black dog was a winner at Richmond prior to coming West.
CROPDUSTER (KC And All- Sialia) led throughout in the opening heat of the Westchase series scoring by 5 lengths in a PB 29.91. The Paul Stuart trained bitch has won 5 of her past 6 runs including the Gr 2 WA Oaks in May. Owner Peter Cameron also part owns Vanderworp who took out the Gr 2 Bendigo Cup the previous night.