Archive for Northam

20171030 – Northam Monday

“Lara Keeping chalks up her fifteenth career victory”

Honest railers generally boast solid records at the tight turning Northam circuit and the Graeme Hall prepared Lara Keeping is no exception. Today she began well from the 297m boxes, slotted in behind the leading pair So Shirokura and Sleep Again before railing through to win in 17.49. It was Lara Keeping’s fifteenth career victory from 103 starts and she has now won 5 of 15 over 297m at Northam. She is raced by C. Retta, A. Lopresti, T. Galipo and her Thornlie mentor Graeme Hall. Half an hour later trainer  Hall notched an early double when Pink Keeping also railed to a neat victory over the short distance.


Race 3 Number 6 NEO HA HA : Mustered quickly and recorded a slashing 17.12 over 297m.

Race 5 Number 2 FLYING ZARLI : Appreciated her first inside box for a while when she led throughout in a smart 29.75.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Note : Race replays will be available on Tuesday evening.

20171023 – Northam Monday

“Surf Torque wins by a whopping 15 lengths for Coldstream”

In-form sprinter Surf Torque put in a mighty performance today at Northam, leading throughout from box 8 in a fast 29.79. The son of Surf Mail had won 2 of his last 4 starts, one over 509m at Northam and the other over 405m at Mandurah. He was well supported today and didn’t let his backers down when he charged out of the boxes and crossed his rivals. Crocodile Crush and Ignore The Noise tangled behind Surf Torque which increased the leader’s margin. Mental Burst ran on well for second while Shing Lee finished third. Surf Torque is raced by V. Reid, P. Brown, S Shanahan and J. Shanahan, he has now won 4 of 30 career starts. Pictured : Derek Coldstream


Race 3 Number 6 WHAT ROAD : Powered home for a very strong second.

Race 6 Number 2 WILD WEST WILLY : Jumped brilliantly before cruising home for a 7 length win.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20171015 – Northam Sunday

20171009 – Northam Monday

Smithson wins Vince Caruana WA Bred Country Cup

The Northam edition of the WA Bred Country Cup was first run in 2002 when Ebony’s Girl won for trainer Vance Buttaro. Notable winners since include Stylish Speed (2005), Guinness Monelli (2007-2008), Valdahree (2011), Elite Angus (2014) and Hello I’m Leo (2016). Today’s event was billed as a clash between Starlight Asha (box 1) and Decimal (box 5). As the boxes opened Starlight Asha began like a rocket and Decimal began in the opposite fashion, blowing the start and then running wide at the first turn. Starlight Asha charged away for the easiest of wins, scoring by a whopping twelve lengths over the Ben Abercrombie prepared Toodle Lou. 100/1 outsider Bob Monelli ran a great third for Beverly trainer May Leach. Starlight Asha is trained by Nambeelup mentor Linda Smithson and has now won 15 of 36 career starts. She recorded a blazing 29.48 for the 509m distance, a time just over a length outside of the race record held by Delaque (29.39).


Race 4 Number 2 LARA KEEPING : Swept home powerfully to beat the highly fancied kennelmate Ya Get That.

Race 6 Number 1 STINKY PETE : Stuck on well to be a runner up in fast time behind Ochre Keroma.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20171003 – Northam Monday

The Linda Smithson kennel trained a treble with Em Morney, Rapid Intention and Starlight Asha taking out consecutive races.
Pictured : Starlight Asha with Adam Smithson