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20181120 – Mandurah Tuesday

“Lawless Lou breaks through for maiden win at start 28”

Patience paid off for connections of Lawless Lou who finally broke her duck in tonight’s $29 Tuesday Buffet Maiden over 490m. The daughter of Above All had been placed in 12 of her first 27 starts and last Tuesday caught the eye with a fast finishing second behind Incredible Dream. She began cleanly from box four and in the small field of six settled in second position behind leader Gossiping Guess who set the pace for Jen Thompson. At half way Lawless Lou hit the lead and in the front straight she surged clear of rivals to post a seven length victory in a smart 27.95. Gossiping Guess held second ahead of former Victorian Lucy’s Quest who finished third for James Jeffries. Lawless Lou is owned by Leon Birch and trained by Barragup trainer Neville Smith. She is by Above All and now that she has won a Maiden is likely to be competitive over longer distances given how strong she was at the end of 490m. Trainer Neville Smith has enjoyed plenty of success in recent times with the likes of Dance Away and Pepper Tree.


Trial 2 Number 1 TYSON GUNDI : Flew around in 17.27 and looks an early maiden winner for Christine Bennett.

Race 3 Number 6 TALKING TOMMY : Made up many lengths in the run home after drifting a long way back and is one to follow on an each way basis.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20181119 – Cannington Monday

SUNNYSIDE UP (Don Chendo- Tricky Voilet) recorded her first win in WA for new trainer Linda Smithson. The white and black bitch found the front and then held off Quara’s Zade by a neck in 30.16. The former Tasmanian chaser had won 3 times before coming West.

QUARA’S EMMA (Fernando Bale- Quara Bale) was the third leg of a winning treble for trainer James Jeffries. The black bitch recorded her first win at Cannington with an all the way performance scoring by 4 lengths over Explosive Smith in 21.88. Jeffries also won with Maiden performer Quara’s Destiny and Quara Xavier scoring in 21.87 over the 380 metres in a Grade 5. All three greyhounds are from the same litter.

20181117 – Cannington Saturday

“Chips And Trains wins Young Stars Classic”

The Young Stars Classic is an age restricted event that was first staged at Cannington back in 1976. Notable winners of the feature race include Laddie’s A Star (1990), Johnny Palais (1993), Lindale Blue (2002), On Coin (2013) and Mandjoogoordap (2017). Leading Nambeelup trainer Chris Halse qualified four of the eight finalists for tonight’s final including race favourite Chips And Trains from box two. The son of Collide was well backed into a $2.50 favourite and after a clean getaway mustered to an outright lead past the catching pen on the first occasion. The Enzo Crudeli prepared Snazzy Whompo made ground in the front straight and was within a length on the line but Chips And Trains always looked comfortable in the lead. He recorded a smart 29.85 and the $25,000 winner’s cheque took his career earnings to over $105,000 after winning the All Stars earlier in the year. Snazzy Whompo’s run was mighty and his kennel-mate Bee Dee finished in third position after starting the roughest in the race at 40/1. Chris Halse’s partner in crime Linda Britton has won the race four times in the past, in 1996 with Tribute To Dad, in 2007 with Eye Murunna, in 2009 with How I Roll and in 2009 and Desert Spark in 2012. This was Halse’s first Young Stars victory in a year that has been nothing short of outstanding for the Nambeelup based trainer.


Race 1 Number 2 PACIFIC OWL : Put in a tenacious effort, hugging the rail throughout before bursting to a 3 length victory in the straight.

Race 4 Number 6 ALLEN MIKE : Battled on well to finish fourth in the FFA at long odds.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

The Following Greyhounds Qualified for the Final of the Grade 5 Series.

(In no particular order)
Dandalup Annie
Azalea Monelli
Ortega City
King Cigar
Peak Monelli
Aeroplane Tommy

RES 1. Toodle Lou
RES2. Tattooed Warrior

20181116 – Mandurah Friday

“Resting Toucher delivers over 405m for favourite backers”

Steve Withers trained chaser Resting Toucher was heavily backed into a $1.55 fixed odds favourite tonight from box one. The son of American sire Kc And All had won 3 of his last 5 starts including a five length victory over 380m at Cannington in a brisk 21.61. Tonight’s Sign Strategy sponsored 405m event was against a quality Provincial Class lineup. He began nicely off the inside draw and held out the likes of Everest Monelli (box 2), Bontem Delly (box 5) and Constant Rama (box 7) at the first turn. From that point he was always in control, cruising to a two length triumph in 22.71 over Everest Monelli and Silver Keeping. The 33kg light brindle coloured dog has now started 22 times for 8 wins and over $20,000 in earnings.


Race 2 Number 1 CATALONIA : Flew around in 22.59 and is destined for top grade.

Race 3 Number 5 BONTEM DELLY : Began well at long odds and although she couldn’t cross to the rail she battled on well to finish fourth.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Pictured : Benelli Monelli

Greyhounds WA Young Stars Classic Interview – Luke Townsend

This Saturday sees the running of the Greyhounds WA Young Stars Classic Final at Cannington. Four greyhounds are representing the Chris Halse kennels for this Group 3 race, including rising star Chips and Trains. We caught up with Kennel Foreman Luke Townsend during the week and met the greyhound that is racing for a very worthy cause.