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Hecton Bale On Target For Lew Dorsa Memorial

By James Broadhurst

Hecton Bale will spearhead trainer Enzo Crudeli’s team of three chasers in the final of the Lew Dorsa Memorial (520m) at TABtouch Park Cannington on Saturday.

The classy veteran flexed his muscles with a commanding victory in 29.78 during his heat last weekend and now joins kennelmates Verne Allen and Snazzy Whompo in the trophy decider.

Hecton Bale will likely start as favourite but all three dogs have claims following a favourable box draw.

The Crudeli trio will occupy the first three alleys on the grid with Verne Allen in the pole, Snazzy Whompo next box over and Hecton Bale will launch out of three.

Given the other heat winner and main danger, Eighty Eight, has drawn awkwardly in box six the race has opened up for team Crudeli.

“I was joking before the draw that boxes one, two and three would be great so I won’t complain,” said kennel foreman Graham Crudeli.

“Our dogs are drawn to perfection.

“Hecton Bale should get a nice clear run to the corner but if either of the other two happen to be in front they’re both strong so they’ll be hard to run down.”

The Crudelis took a punt when they brought Hecton Bale over to WA late last year so they are understandably thrilled, not to mention a little relieved, to see the greyhound have success and have their investment pay dividends.

The 2018 Australia Cup winner was purchased along with several other high-profile greyhounds from the eastern states, including the likes of Verne Allen and Dyna Dean.

Hecton Bale was easily the jewel in the crown of that group despite the fact that he had been winless in his final six months of racing in Melbourne.

The speedy black chaser arrived here with a huge reputation but he had a slow start for his new kennel, producing a solitary win from his first seven starts.

“He came over with spilt webbing and was off for six weeks or so, which gave us the opportunity to put him to stud for a short stint,” Crudeli explained.

“When we put him back in work he trialled well but his first few races for us were sub-par.

“It wasn’t the start we wanted with him but he’s always had the ability and we knew it wouldn’t take him long to turn things around.”

Hecton Bale announced his return to form with an impressive win in a heat of the Perth Cup and then followed up with a very nice effort to finish second in the final behind Orson Allen.

His victory in last week’s Lew Dorsa heats confirmed his comeback.

“He’s raced against the best all his life so he knows what he’s doing,” Crudeli said.

“He’s pulled up (after the Lew Dorsa heat) a million dollars and is raring to go.

“He’s jumping out of his skin.”

Crudeli believes that Hecton Bale can hit some truly ominous form now that the greyhound is firing on all cylinders.

“Now he’s racing with confidence he should just get better and better,” Crudeli said.

“I think there’s more improvement in him and we should see the very best of Hecton in the next few weeks.”

The Lew Dorsa Memorial (race 5) is scheduled to jump at 8.32pm on Saturday night.

20190325 – Cannington Monday

DIAZ MONELLI (Mogambo- Sharon Monelli) was having her first start for new trainer Kaine Buckwell and she ran home strongly to win by q length in a PB 21.95. Earlier in the night Buckwell took his son Kooper into the Commentary box as the young 5 year old would like to be a race caller when he grows up. His favourite saying is when the caller says “green light on”.

ROMAN BLUE (Barcia Bale- She’s Historic) recorded his first win when he was able to cross from out wide and draw away to score by 2 1/4 lengths in 16.56. The Jen Thompson trained dog had been placed at his past 2 starts and 5 of 11 over all.

CLARITO TWEEDO (Fernando Bale- Saving Bundles) scored a 2 1/4 length win over Freddy Be Cool in a PB 22.09. The Lexia Isaac trained bitch recorded her Maiden victory 3 starts back over the 275 metres in 16.49.

MYSTERY GUESS (Fernando Bale- Winsome Charlie) recovery from a slow start to push through and score a head win over Ironbark Lass in 22.12. The Trevor Augustine trained dog has won at his past 2 starts.

20190325 Kooper Buckwell

20190325 Kooper Buckwell

20190320 – Cannington Wednesday

JUNIPER TWEDO (Fernando Bale- Saving Bundles) was beaten for early speed before pushing through to gain the lead going into the first corner. The Shayne Williams trained youngster, who doesn’t turn two years of age until August, raced away to win by 6 3/4 in her Maiden win in 30.01. The white and black bitch is raced by former leading trainer and Gerry O’Keefe award winner John Carmody and his wife Dianne, with the two enjoying retirement while still having a link to the WA greyhound industry.

WESTDALE ANNE (Kinloch Brae- Bluey’s Fate) recorded her first win at Cannington with an all the way victory scoring by 7 lengths over Hastie Guess in 30.02. The Andrew McLaren trained bitch had been well supported when finding trouble and placed at her past two starts. Once she jumped to the front there was never any doubt as the little 25kg bitch shot away down the back straight.

ZABEEKA (Fernando Bale- Winsome Charlie) gave trainer Shayne Williams an early winning double after holding out dead heaters Wagtail Cumin and Our Sovereign in 30.50. The white and fawn dog had been placed at 5 of his past 6 starts since his last win.

20190318 – Cannington Monday

HELLO I’M CIPHER (Barcia Bale- Aloysius) led from box 5 and recorded her Maiden victory for trainer Ben MacLean. The black bitch had been placed second 3 times from 17 prior starts. After jumping well, she raced away to win by 3 lengths from Roman Blue in 16.44.

OAKS VALLEY (Oaks Road- Mandy Charm) showed speed from box 6 and recorded his 3rd career victory. The Tim Mullany trained dog recorded a PB 22.26 in defeating Go Gettem Marls by a length.

THERMISTOCLES (Zulu Zeus- Scotch Bonnet) showed speed from box 4 and led throughout over the 275 metres winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 16.10. The Pete Brown dog has been in very good form winning twice from his past 2 starts and was placed second in between.


20190313 – Cannington Wednesday

BANJO’S GIRL (Banjo Boy- Beyond Resolve) led throughout from the 380 metre boxes to score by 5 lengths over Wikarie Phoebe in a PB 21.90. The Rod Noden trained bitch was having just her 4th career start and she doesn’t turn two years of age until July.

VENUS AND MARS (Kinloch Brae- West On Delly) worked across from her outside draw to settle second on the leader Expect A Spring before racing to the lead in the home straight and winning by 1 1 /2 lengths in 30.48. The Chris Halse trained bitch had been placed at 5 of her first 6 starts.

WILLIE GUNDI (My Bro Fabio- Senora Gundi) had finished in the placings at 10 of 14 starts at Cannington before he charged home to record a 1 3/4 length win over Westdale Anne. The Christine Bennett trained dog saluted in 30.23 in recording his 3rd career start in 19 outings.