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Storm Warning for Mandurah Derby

Quick jumping youngster It’s A Storm can overcome a wide draw and maintain his perfect record when he lines up in the Mandurah Derby final (490m) this Friday night according to Steve Shinners, who will handle the greyhound on behalf of the trainer, his wife Krystal.

Shinners believes that It’s A Storm’s launching speed gives the greyhound a good chance to find the lead even though he’ll jump from box seven.

“It’s a final and he can’t afford to do anything wrong but it’s not such a bad draw for him because the dog on his inside, Mikey’s Rant, hasn’t got early pace,” he said.

“As long as he doesn’t get contacted by the eight dog (Sprite Monelli) in the first three or four steps he should get a clear run.

“He takes a half step right out the boxes and needs a couple of strides to rev up but once he gets going he is electric.”

It’s A Storm was unraced when he arrived at the Shinners kennel earlier this year, along with fellow promising chaser Consortium, after transferring from prominent Victorian trainer Kel Greenough.

The talented blue speedster was initially thought to be a handy 400m prospect but has raised expectations with his eye-catching performances so far.

He is undefeated from three attempts and produced an ultra-impressive performance in his first crack over the ‘500’ journey during last weekend’s Derby heats.

After a blistering start It’s A Storm shot away to a three-length break in the back straight.

He then showed resolve in the final stages to hold off a persistent challenge from the runner-up Sprite Monelli to score by half a length in a very slick 27.37.

It’s A Storm’s early brilliance is an obvious weapon but Shinners has been just as impressed by the greyhound’s competitive attitude.

“He’s definitely the type of dog that enjoys the contest and when a dog moves up on him, like Sprite Monelli in the heat, that drives him to go even harder,” Shinners said.

“He already thinks he’s the top dog in the kennel.

“He struts around with his chest puffed out like he’s Dermott Brereton or something.”

Shinners will also has high expectations the following night at Cannington when he leads out It’s A Bull in the Mixed Grade 4/5 over 600m.

The former Victorian chaser has been a great addition to the Shinners team since he arrived in February with five wins from nine starts in WA.

“He’s settled in really well over here and is chasing with renewed confidence,” Shinners said.


by James Broadhurst


The Cannington Track was scheduled for routine maintenance works Tuesday morning April 16. Due to the weather conditions this has been postponed until next Tuesday April 23. It will be deep raked to a depth of 65mm. The track will then bladed and rolled to reconstitute the racing surface. The track surface will be in good order for Public Trials Tuesday April 23 commencing at 5pm.

The Mandurah Track is scheduled for routine maintenance works Wednesday morning April 17 weather permitting. It will be deep raked to a depth of 65mm. The track will then bladed and rolled to reconstitute the racing surface. The track surface will be in good order for the race meeting Thursday April 18.

Awesome Orson on Target for Perth Cup

Is Orson Allen the best racedog in Australia?

Paul Stuart, who is hosting the brilliant sprinter here in WA on behalf of Victorian trainer Correy Grenfell, believes he could be.

The brilliant sprinter heads into this Saturday night’s Group 1 Sky Racing Perth Cup (520m) as a warm favourite following his stunning heat victory last weekend.

Orson Allen was jet-propelled out of the traps, clocking a 5.38 first section, before he stormed to the finish line more than nine lengths ahead in the fastest qualifying time of 29.32.

The performance came on the back of his track record equaling run to take out the Group 2 Horsham Cup the previous weekend.

The way the draw for the Perth Cup final has panned out Orson Allen is likely to get an advantageous run into the race from the box seven and he goes in as the dog to beat.

Now that he’s seen Orson Allen in action up close Stuart, who has two runners in the final himself with Campini and Eighty Eight, has upgraded his already high opinion of the greyhound.

“I’ve been a fan of this greyhound for a while and I’ve always thought that he’s probably one the best dogs going around,” Stuart said.

“He definitely showed everyone how good he is last week.

“Very few dogs can begin like he does.”

Orson Allen is normally based out of Correy Grenfell’s kennels in Avalon, near Geelong.

Grenfell concurs with Stuart’s assessment of the greyhound.

“He’s had ability from day dot,” he said of Orson Allen.

“When we were breaking him in he would trial in times that would win Free To Alls.”

Even with Orson Allen’s stellar form Grenfell is taking nothing for granted as he heads into the Perth Cup final where his chaser will encounter some genuine topliners including West On Augie and Dyna Patty.

“It’s safe to say that if he repeats what he did in his heat in the final he’ll be hard to beat but you can never count the cash before the race is run,” he said.

“Hopefully he brings his ‘A’ game, in a race like this you can’t afford to make mistakes.

“At first glance I wasn’t too pleased about drawing the seven but after looking at where everyone else is starting from it probably does help us.

“With the dog on our inside (Campini) likely to be searching for the fence we should get a clear run.”

It was a last-minute decision to send Orson Allen west to contest the Perth Cup series.

“We ummed and ahhed about sending him over to Perth after the Horsham win,” Grenfell explained.

“In the past when we’ve travelled interstate and he’s had to get on a plane it hasn’t worked out too well.

“This time he has handled it beautifully which is great and is an indication of his growing maturity and that he’s a more seasoned racedog.

“He’s at his peak right now.

“It also shows that he’s in good hands with Paul and I appreciate the way he’s looking after the dog over there.”

Stuart isn’t having any of it: he’s giving all the credit to the dog.

“He’s ironclad. You could train him from anywhere,” Stuart said of Orson Allen.

“You could train him from out of the back of a car and he’d still do well.”

If he wins the Perth Cup on the weekend Orson Allen will collect the first Group 1 trophy of his career.

He’ll also go a long way to proving that he is, indeed, the country’s best chaser.

By James Broadhurst

Pictured : Orson Allen with Handler Bevan Marshall

Dyna Patty Ready To Sizzle

A month away from racing at the start of the year has re-ignited the form of Dyna Patty and the now the star sprinter is on the hunt for another Group 1 title as she heads into the heats of the Perth Cup (520m) at Cannington on Saturday.

Dyna Patty has been in superb touch since she returned to the track in late February.

She won a heat and then the final of the Group 1 Australian Cup at the Meadows and brought that momentum over to Cannington in the Perth Cup Prelude last weekend.

It was an ominous run from the Andrea Dailly-trained speedster as she made a mess of a quality field of greyhounds, including leading local hope West On Augie, winning by more than six lengths in 29.56.

“We couldn’t be happier with the way she’s racing,” said Tom Dailly, partner of trainer Andrea Dailly.

“She’s getting out of the boxes really well at the moment so hopefully her form carries on for a bit longer.”

It’s a been a remarkable turnaround for the greyhound.

Dyna Patty has always been a quality chaser but she had a big dip in form following her victory in the Group 1 Maturity in the middle of last year.

She had only eked out three wins from her last 18 starts leading up to the break. Dailly identified that the problem was mental rather than physical.

“There wasn’t anything wrong with her she just needed a freshen up,” he explained.

“She’s a bit older now, just over three years old, and dogs can go a bit stale doing the same thing over and over.

“We had to do something to spark her up.

“We gave her the break and tried a few different things which seems to have worked.”

Dyna Patty will contest the second heat of the Perth Cup on Saturday night where she’ll be a clear favourite despite an awkward draw.

“She’s drawn box five which isn’t ideal but she should be alright,” Dailly said.

“We’ll see what happens when the lids flip open.”

The Daillys previously won the Perth Cup in 2005 with Sun Hero.

Some other big name chasers that are chasing Perth Cup glory in this series include Group 2 Horsham Cup winner Orson Allen.

Orson Allen goes around the opening heat where he’ll take on, among others, Not Available.

The third heat also shapes as an intriguing contest between Chips And Trains, Victorian raider Miss Splendamiro and the mercurial Campini.

Chips And Trains returns to the kennels of Chris Halse following a stint in Victoria.

Under Halse’s guidance last year Chips And Trains annexed the Group 2 All Stars Sprint and Group 3 Young Stars Classic.

The David Geall-trained Miss Splendamiro has amassed more than 30 career wins and over $215,000 in stakemoney.

She lands in WA on Friday and will get her first look at Cannington when she does a walk around the track that afternoon.

On his night Campini is a capable of anything, including sub-29.50 runs over the 520m journey, but his form has fluctuated wildly over the past couple of months.

By James Broadhurst

Dyna Patty & Tornado Tears at Cannington this Saturday

More big name racedogs have arrived in WA ahead of the Sky Racing Perth Cup/ Galaxy series which commences next weekend.

Topline chaser Dyna Patty will appear in the Perth Cup Prelude (520m) at Cannington on Saturday fresh from her victory in the Group 1 Australia Cup at the Meadows last weekend.

The Andrea Dailly-trained speedster has drawn the pole for her WA debut where she’ll take on a small but quality-packed field, which includes local champ West On Augie and last year’s Perth Cup Consolation winner Benali.

West On Augie, the reigning National Sprint Champion, returns to racing following a week off.

He has been in white hot form with wins from his past six attempts.

Also lined up against Dyna Patty is former kennel-mate Hecton Bale.

Hecton Bale claimed the 2018 Australian Cup for Dailly but is now based here in the west under the guidance of Enzo Crudeli.

Not Available and Eighty Eight, no slouches in their own right, round out what is cracking field.

Superstar stayer Tornado Tears’ assault on the Galaxy commences on Saturday.

The multiple group 1 winner gets his first look at the Cannington circuit in a 600m solo trial.

Former Victorian chaser Equilibrium, which has transferred into the kennels of David Hobby, will also go around in 600m solo trial.


By James Broadhurst

Pictured : Andrea Dailly with Dyna Patty