Don’t miss Perth’s biggest race!
2019 SKY Racing Perth Cup
Saturday 23 March
- Free entry
- Live band trackside
- Free kids activities
- Greyhounds As Pets
Racing from 7pm.
Phone 6350 4600 for more details.
Racing from 7pm.
Phone 6350 4600 for more details.
On Tuesday 19 February the Cannington track surface was deep raked to a depth of 70mm. The track was then rolled and bladed to reconstitute the racing surface. The track is in good order.
Here’s a quick look at the weekend ahead in chasing which is highlighted by the final of the Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial at Cannington on Saturday.
We kick off at Mandurah on Friday where Quara’s Emma is looking to make it five in row in the mixed grade 1/2 405m event.
The Birthday Cup champ encounters some decent opposition including veteran chaser Max Profit, which has the benefit of the rails alley.
Quara’s Emma has drawn six but she has enjoyed success from wide barriers in the past.
In the 490m Free To All the Chris Halse-trained Quids In has every opportunity to go back-to-back after drawing the pole.
The next evening at headquarters West On Augie heads the field in the Sandi’s Me Mum final.
The red fawn star has reeled off wins in his past three attempts and from the red he is in prime position to add another ‘picket’ to his form-line fence.
If he jumps to the lead he won’t be caught.
Campini made an impressive return from a spell last week with a sizzling run of 29.54 over the 520m journey.
He’s not drawn well in box six for the Free To All but is still likely to be a warm fancy.
Campini encounters some big-name opposition here such as Hecton Bale and Quick Jagger but neither greyhound is firing at the moment.
Following on from her victory in the Group 3 ‘Miata’ last week Moment To Jive looks very hard to beat in the 715m Free To All.
She’ll be a short priced favourite.
Don’t forget West Coast Eagles stars Brad Sheppard and Elliot Yeo will be doing a meet and greet at Cannington between 6.30 and 8pm on Saturday evening.
See you there!
By James Broadhurst
It’s an almost 600km round trip from the Wheatbelt town of North Baandee to the Mandurah greyhound track but it’s been a journey worth taking for trainer Trudi Mitchem and her veteran greyhound She’s All Aussie over the past couple of weeks.
She’s All Aussie notched her second victory in a row at the Peel circuit when she took out a 302m sprint race last Thursday night.
Mitchem, who runs her kennel with husband Brad and daughter Emily, recently moved back to WA following a ten-year stint in Victoria.
The chance to buy a property and settle down permanently after years of renting and shifting house was a big factor in the relocation.
The family choose North Baandee, a tiny hamlet halfway between Kellerberrin and Merredin, as the place to plant their roots because it suited their lifestyle preferences.
“We like the bush and we’ve always had livestock. We like to grow our veggies and produce our own meat,” Mitchem explained.
While she’s currently got a handful of sheep wandering around in the paddock Mitchum’s main focus is on her greyhounds.
She’s All Aussie, known as ‘Sarah’ around the kennel, travelled over with the Mitchums when the family returned to WA.
The six-year-old dark brindle had won a few races in the east but she had already been retired by the time she arrived.
She didn’t much fancy life on the sidelines however and let that fact be widely known.
“We kept Sarah as a broodbitch but she’d watch the other dogs training and go nuts,” Mitchem recalled.
“If we went to the racetrack without her she’d give you a look as if to say ‘you’re leaving without me!?’…and then she’d destroy the kennel when we were gone!
“I don’t think she realizes how old she is, she just wants to be racing.
“So we gave her a trial to see how she’d go and she blitzed it, which convinced us to bring her back.
“Whether she won or lost it didn’t matter to us, only that she was doing what she enjoyed.”
Of course winning is better than losing and after going zip and five at Cannington in the first few starts of her comeback She’s All Aussie has relished racing at Mandurah.
Not even the long drive to the track and back again fazes Mitchem or her greyhound.
“In Victoria we’d often travel four, five hours one way to get to a race so we are used to travelling,” she said.
She’s All Aussie ventured up to the city again yesterday (Monday) and again the result was a disappointing fourth place so we can expect to see her back at Mandurah sooner rather than later.
Mitchem, whose small team also includes recent winner Simply Gifted, is working on expanding the kennel and she has a litter of pups by Big Daddy Cool coming through.
“The long-term plan is to build up our numbers and we’d rather breed our own rather than buy in racedogs,” Mitchem said.
“Hopefully Sarah can keep going until the pups are ready to race but we’ll take it as it comes.
“She’ll let us know when she’s ready to call it a day.”
Elliot Yeo will be joining Brad Sheppard on Saturday night at Cannington.
Players will be oncourse between 6.30-8pm
Free facepainting for the kids!