Archive for Northam

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

20170925 – Northam Monday

“Northam Anniversary Cup”

The Northam Anniversary Cup was first run in 1997 when Kathy Bromley won with Rip Van Rosco. Other notable winners of the time honoured event are Worthy Allegro (2002), Stylish Speed (2005), Elle Gee (2007), Sandeez Jack (2009), Spot On Pedro (2013) and Hello I’m Leo (last year). Another quality field was assembled for this year’s edition with veterans Crashing Packs and Hello Bobby both drawn well. Fastest qualifier and race favourite Ochre Keroma drew nicely in three whilst kennel mate and noted speedster Semikhah sported the pink stretch-vest. As the boxes flung open at the 509m start point outsider Blackwood Burst exploded for Bakers Hill trainer Peter Glenny, he rocketed across the face of the field and took the lead ahead of Iona Flyer (box 2) and Semikhah (box 8). Ochre Keroma and Crashing Packs entered the back straight in fourth and fifth positions but tangled badly and both dropped to the back of the field. This left Blackwood Burst three lengths clear leaving the back straight and while Semikhah was weakening, Iona Flyer and Thru The Years were both building momemtum. The buffer proved to be enough for Blackwood Burst who held on to win by one length. Thru The Years rocketed home for second ahead of Iona Flyer. With race favourite Ochre Keroma unplaced and the winner returning more than $30 on tote, the Trifecta returned $2,161 and the First Four was a mammoth $10,486. Blackwood Burst clocked 29.78 and has now won 10 of 48 career starts.


Race 3 Number 1 JUNKYARD SARGE : Mustered quickly and railed well to win easily. Looks ready for a rise in distance.

Race 5 Number 5 KARMA TRAIN : Flew from the boxes before leading throughout in an impressive 29.90.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20170918 – Northam Monday

“Northam Anniversary Cup Heats”

Three heats of the Cup were contested today with first and second along with the two fastest thirds progressing to next Monday’s Final. Oldstager Crashing Packs won Heat One for Stoneville trainer Max Julien. After a good jump he dashed to the front in the middle stages before beating Iona Flyer by 2.50 lengths in 30.02. It was win number 25 for Crashing Packs who turns five years of age next February. The second heat produced a much faster winning time with the in-form Ochre Keroma leading throughout in a blistering 29.26. She scored by ten lengths over Thru The Years who finished second, another six lengths in front of Karma Train. The final heat was won by Semikhah, who handled the rise in distance to lead throughout in a swift 29.71. The Ben Abercrombie trained Ultimate Wingman flooded home for second ahead of Blackwood Burst who finished third. Semikhah was James Jeffries second heat winner and added to his training dominance on the day.


Race 3 Number 1 FREEWAY MASK : Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve. Certainty beaten if we’ve ever seen one.

Race 5 Number 6 HAUNTED TO EXCEL : Impressed with a ten length victory in a fast 29.74.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)