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20200703 – Mandurah Friday

“Flake Monelli breaks Miata’s 647m track record”

Super stayer Flake Monelli (pictured) capitalised on drawing box one in tonight’s first heat of the Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge.

The daughter of Fernando Bale jumped well and enjoyed an uncontested lead before abandoning her pursuers with around 250m to gallop.

Kennel-mate and full brother Snickers Monelli tried his heart out to stay on her coat-tails but her elite endurance saw her dash clear and win by ten lengths.

Her time of 36.22 lowered Miata’s track record (36.40) that was recorded back in December of 2011 by three lengths.

She has now won 19 of 39 for David Hobby and will start a warm favourite in next Friday’s final.


Race 2 Number 3 HE’S A HOTSHOT : Mustered quickly into the first turn and ran a gallant second behind a promising type.

Race 6 Number 7 CINDY’S OLIVER : Overcame a poor jump and being posted wide to account for a top field at his Mandurah debut.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Races 8-12 were abandoned due to issues with the lure system.

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20200626 – Mandurah Friday

“Steve Monelli wins The Sandgroper”

Nambeelup based trainer David Hobby took out another feature race tonight when Steve Monelli overcame an awkward box and wet conditions to win The Sandgroper final in 27.49.

After running second in his heat the son of Fernando Bale reeled in Veyron Star before dashing away in the home straight to win by two lengths.

The Greg Martin prepared Harper’s Hero surged home for a strong second ahead of the Chris Halse trained West On Olvee who finished third.

Steve Monelli’s mother Serena Fly High was a terrific race bitch, accumulating twenty career wins and over $95,000 in earnings.

The Sandgroper trophy is the fifth David Hobby has won after winning in 2007 with Showpiece, in 2013 with Houdini Monelli, in 2016 with Senator Monelli and in 2017 with Mendoza Monelli.

Tonight’s triumph was also Hobby’s 198th of the calendar year.


Race 1 Number 6 JUST CLYDE : Won impressively first up from Queensland in a fast 17.16.

Race 4 Number 2 INCREDIBLE HERO : Surprisingly found the lead and posted a terrific all the way win at 40/1.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20200619 – Mandurah Friday

“Buck Monelli achieves a hat-trick for Hobby”

Fleet-footed sprinter Buck Monelli chalked up his third successive win tonight when he took out the Essential Refrigeration Grade 4 over 405m.

The son of Barcia Bale recorded a blistering 22.53 last December at a very young age but lost his way a bit between February and June where he failed to win despite showing so much promise.

On June 5 he bounced back when he sizzled out of box eight before leading throughout in a slick 22.65 and a week later repeated the dose with a 22.64 victory.

This evening he faced a grade rise and after a fair jump accelerated past his rivals and raced away to win by six lengths in 22.57.

His full sister and kennel-mate Farthing Monelli finished second and four lengths away third was Too Good John.

Buck Monelli is owned by Mike and Michelle Quinsee and has now won 9 of 29 career starts, all of which have been at the Mandurah track.

He is from a mighty April 2018 litter that includes Zack Monelli, Thrift Monelli and Crown Monelli.


Race 1 Number 4 FERNANDO MAN : Didn’t jump but surged home for a strong second over 302m.

Race 4 Number 4 ROCK QUEEN : Caught the eye with a fast finishing second behind Grumpy Lomar.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Pictured : Thrift Monelli


20200605 – Mandurah Friday

“West On Violet scores over 647m for Halse”

Honest money-spinning stayer West On Violet took advantage of an inside run at the first turn to post a smart win in tonight’s Mandurah Stockfeeds sponsored long distance event.

The daughter of Barcia Bale had only managed one minor placing from her last six starts and was sent out at $25 with the WA TAB.

Kennel-mate Hurricane Tears began well from box two and was in front at the winning post the first time but didn’t handle pressure around him and drifted back to the tail of the field.

Race favourite Quartararo surged past West on Violet in the middle stages but was reeled in by the time the pair reached the home straight.

Quartararo clawed his way back to challenge again but fell short by a head.

West On Violet has now started 62 times for leading trainer Chris Halse for 8 wins, 17 minor placings and over $45,000 in earnings.

Her owners Craig and Gary Weston have owned many great chasers in the past including recent champ West On Augie.


Race 2 Number 7 MISS LIBERTY : Chased tenaciously to work to the lead before winning impressively.

Race 5 Number 8 HE’S THE BOSS : Overcame box 8 to lead throughout and defeat Yunderup Magic.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20200529 – Mandurah Friday

“Love Me Tinder wins again at Mandurah”

The Morgan Turner trained Love Me Tinder surged to his twelfth Mandurah victory tonight when he whizzed around his rivals to win over 405m in 22.83.

The stormy conditions didn’t hold him back from box seven, and with a late scratching leaving box six vacant he appreciated the extra mustering room and capitalised.

The big brindle 35kg brindle dog crossed the field at the first turn before racing away to salute by three lengths over Romario (second) and Rolleston (third).

Love Me Tinder was fathered by American sire KC And All and his mother Wired For Speed has produced some fine sprinters in her time, namely Deberti, Neon, Optical, Infinity Speed and Applejack.

Love Me Tinder has now accumulated more than $45,000 in stakes for owners C. Reid and M. Adams.


Race 1 Number 1 FIORELLA FORWARD : Relished box one and scored comfortably in a new PB of 22.70.

Race 3 Number 2 PERFECT ZUMA : Caught the eye late with a fast finishing second.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)