20190518 – Cannington Saturday – W.A. Derby Heats

ROCKSTAR PATRIOT (Fernando Bale- Glory Of Love) recorded his first win since taking out the Gr 1 Sky Racing Galaxy in March. The Paul Stuart trained dog sat close to the leader Dyna Dean and worked to the lead going off the back straight. The black dog went on to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Reidy’s Runner in 42.09.

TANOAN CREEK (Kiowa Mon Manny- Brook Lee) caused an upset in the first leg of the Quaddie as he railed through to score by 2 1/4 lengths over Moto Doll in 30.26. The Colin Bainbridge trained dog had finished second behind Incredible Hero over the 600 metres at his prior run, however was sent out at the price of $40.90.

INCREDIBLE HERO (Barcia Bale- Oya Nine Wonwon) won the first heat of the Gr 2 Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby with a last stride nose win over It’s A Storm in 30.22. The win was an emotional one for trainer Fran Farrell and her husband Ben who has been battling Amyloidosis, an illness that requires regular chemotherapy treatment. The Harvey trainer will have her first Gr 2 finalist this week.

GOBLIN MONELLI (Magic Sprite- Jackie Bale) ran home well to defeat Magic Mamba who led early and the visiting NSW trained dog Rockstar Beav winning by 3/4 length in 30.04. The David Hobby trained dog had now raced since being unplaced in a heat of the Perth Cup in February and will strip fitter from the outing in next weeks Gr 2 final of the Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby.

Box Greyhound Trainer
IT’S A STORM K. Shinners
MAGIC MAMBA C. Dagostino

20190517 – Mandurah Friday

“New Echo causes upset result for Erenshaw”

Mandurah track specialist New Echo caused a boilover when he won tonight’s Essential Refrigeration Services Mixed 4/5 over 405m. The son of Barcia Bale drew awkwardly in box six and was coming up against the more favoured Red Rocket Jett (box 1), Savannah Ash (box 4) and Love Me Tinder (box 5). Red Rocket Jett was a grade-dropper while Savannah Ash won her last start at Cannington in a flying time of 30.00. Lover Me Tinder ran second in a Perth Cup heat in late March behind the eventual winner of the series Orson Allen. Despite starting $13.00 with the WA TAB New Echo was able to fly from the boxes and cross his more fancied rivals at the first turn. Love Me Tinder gave chase and did make ground late but New Echo was able to score by two lengths in a fast 22.79. It was the Terry Erenshaw trained chaser’s twelfth career victory from 34 starts. Seven of those triumphs have resulted at the Mandurah venue and the winning time was also a new personal best. Erenshaw prepares his greyhounds out of Canning Vale and has put the polish in the past on brilliant types Blue Goose, Zini’s Gump, Buddy Be Cool, Milly Keeping, Doc Hudson and Timmy Mac.


Race 1 Number 5 UNO LOZZA : Won her maiden strongly, charging away late to win by 5.50 lengths.

Race 2 Number 7 POWERED BY GAS : Rocketed late to snatch an unlikely second.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20190516 – Mandurah Thursday

“Hart View Dicky wins Free For All”

One of the country’s best box dogs Hart View Dicky stepped up to FFA company for the first time tonight and delivered in spades for Treeby trainer Nick Minutillo. Dicky has always been a brilliant beginner but until recently has found even the short distance of 302m a little bit too far. However four weeks ago the son of Dyna Double One took out a Grade 6 event from box two in 17.39 and he hasn’t looked back since. Tonight’s triumph gave him four wins from his last six starts and he effectively went from a grade 6 chaser to a FFA winner in the space of four weeks. He led throughout in 17.52 tonight and defeated Spur Monelli and Burn The Jetts. Owned by Stu Dowton and trained by Nick Minutillo the 32kg black dog won’t take long to again add to his record of 12 wins from 64 starts.


Race 2 Number 4 HELLO APRIL : Led to the first turn and soldiered on well to run a solid second behind the promising Shakey Shake.

Race 6 Number 8 LUCY’S NIMBUS : Stuck on well in good time over the 490m distance.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Hero’s Journey

By James Broadhurst

There’s extra meaning to Incredible Hero’s bid for a spot in next week’s WA Derby (520m) final for Harvey-based trainer Fran Farrell and her husband Ben.

The strong running chaser will contest a heat of the Group 2 feature at Cannington on Saturday night.

Farrell believes her greyhound is capable of winning but admits it’s a “tough ask” in a very competitive heat.

There are only six runners in the field but there is plenty of talent across the grid with the likes of Premium Share, Hastie Guess and Mandurah Derby winner It’s A Storm.

“He’s got his work cut out for him. Every dog in the field is really good,” Farrell said of Incredible Hero’s prospects.

In his favour Incredible Hero, with eight wins from 28 starts under his belt, has a big edge in experience over all of his rivals except Laptop Guru (31 starts).

Although he’s still in the early stages of his career Incredible Hero has already become very special to the Farrells.

Fran purchased the greyhound, along with his litter-sister Incredible Dream (winner of three races), as birthday present to herself and he quickly established him as a kennel favourite due to his keen attitude.

In his very first appearance on the racetrack Incredible Hero provided Farrell with a major training highlight.

Despite having numerous handy greyhounds with the ‘Incredible’ prefix over the past couple of decades Farrell had never claimed a city grade victory until Incredible Hero blitzed his maiden by nearly ten lengths last September.

“It only took me twenty-odd years to get a city graded winner but to do it in that style was pretty wonderful,” she enthused.

More importantly, working and achieving success with Incredible Hero has provided a joyful respite for the Farrells during a particularly rough period.

For the past year Ben has been battling Amyloidosis, an illness which requires regular chemotherapy treatment.

Every week the Farrells make the more-than-two-hour journey up from Harvey to Charlie Gardner Hospital in Nedlands for treatment.

“It’s been hard road for the past 12 months so what Incredible Hero has done has really given us a boost,” Farrell said.

“Our main hope is for him and all the other dogs to go around safely (on Saturday night) but if we do get into the final with him that would be really special.”

Incredible Hero’s path to the WA Derby series has been slightly unusual.

After flashing home late to run third in the Mandurah Derby two weeks ago he travelled up to the city last weekend to compete over 600m.

Farrell gave him a hit-out over the stayer’s journey as a strategy to re-build his confidence out of the boxes in race where the early speed wasn’t going to be as hot as in a sprint event.

Incredible Hero executed the plan to perfection when he led-all-the way to score by nine and half lengths in the very slick time of 34.66.

“He runs on well so we knew the extra distance wasn’t going to be a problem,” Farrell said.

“Basically, the idea was to get him on the lure.

“He can be a good beginner on his night but he’s been pretty inconsistent and often he’s coming out behind them and having to find his way through a field.

“We’re hoping that run was what he needed to be more reliable out the boxes.”

As Incredible Hero continues to mature as a racedog Farrell is looking forward to an exciting future with him on the track.

“It’s probably taken until now to get his racing brain, so to speak, and he’s made his own bad luck at times but you can’t fault his attitude,” she said.

“His desire to race is unquestioned.

“At home you practically have to drag him off the straight track, if you don’t, he’ll just keep going!

“He loves running, he loves being at the track, he loves everything about it.

“There’s only one thing on his mind and that’s chasing.”

20190515 – Cannington Wednesday

HERE COME’S JOSH (Fernando Bale- High Recall) recorded back to back wins after crossing from box 7 and scoring by 2 3/4 lengths in a PB 21.89. The Chris Halse trained dog was well supported again by his owners in the Second Of Many syndicate and started favourite. The black dog has now won 3 times from 9 career starts.

DANICA KEEPING (Barcia Bale- Becky Keeping) broke through for her maiden victory when she held off the challenges and won by a neck over Don’t Guess in 30.33. The Shayne Williams trained bitch clocked some slick early sectionals before getting a little weary over the concluding stages as just her 4th career start.

LA QUE (Razldazl Jayfkay- Jump The Queue) defeated her rivals by 1 1/2 lengths in a PB 21.91. The Margaret Hepple trained bitch has now won 4 times from 11 career starts after a late start to her racing career.