Archive for middle distance

20180518 – Mandurah Friday

“Laid Back Jumbo remains undefeated for Campana”

Promising well bred youngster Laid Back Jumbo chalked up his fourth successive victory in tonight’s Love The Chase Novice over 490m. The son of Mogambo has just turned two and after winning his first three starts over 405m (in 22.68, 22.69 and 22.58) he handled the rise to 490m with ease. Following a brilliant jump he was able to lead throughout in a sizzling run of 27.39, defeating Blue Blaze by a comfortable margin of four lengths. Laid Back Jumbo is trained out of Canning Vale by Eric Campana and looks like charging up the grades in no time at all.


Race 2 Number 2 BLUE BLAZE : Battled on gamely to run second in approximately 27.64.

Race 5 Number 2 PATCHY KAT : Flew late to snatch third behind Fernando Monelli.

Race 6 Number 5 CHEZZY ALLEN : Relished the 647m journey, winning the Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge in 36.97.


Pictured : Chezzy Allen

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20180511 – Mandurah Friday

“Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge Box Draw”

The Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge Series (647m) was first staged in 2011 when the late Keith Harding prepared Barney Stinson to victory. Winners since are Roxy Mac, Pedro’s Finest, Reverberate, Expect A Guess, Dubliner and Serena Fly High last year. Tonight we had two heats with the first four from each event progressing to next Friday’s $15,000 Final. Heat One was taken out by former NSW chaser Smooth Over. The son of Smooth Fancy hadn’t won since August but the rise to 647m was in his favour and he made up many lengths to win in 37.34. Dandalup Annie battled on well for second ahead of Tallulah (third) and Techno (fourth) who both faded after sharing the lead at the top of the straight. Heat Two was taken out by the Enzo Crudeli trained Chezzy Allen who led throughout from box one in 37.06. Ramifications grinded out a gutsy second ahead of Goldie Rock’s and veteran Iona Carlson. Short priced favourite Petunia Monelli failed to fire at her first run since December finishing at the rear. Chezzy Allen has qualified fastest and chalked up her twenty first career victory at her sixtieth outing. The box draw for the final :

Box Draw

Box Greyhound Trainer
IONA CARLSON Michael Johnston
SMOOTH OVER Eric Campana
TECHNO Steve Withers
TALLULAH Nick Minutillo
FLED Steve Withers
SHE’S ROXZANN Jen Thompson


Race 1 Number 7 LAID BACK JUMBO : Remained undefeated with an explosive start and another all the way win in 22.58.

Race 4 Number 5 DIVA DE KAHN : Battled on gamely against quality opposition to finish third over 490m.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Pictured : Simply Ready with trainer Derek Coldstream and plenty of young fans.

20170623 – Mandurah Friday

SERENA FLY HIGH (Bit Chili- Sky Fly High) lifted the spirits of the Withers family with a narrow victory in the final of the Mandurah Middle Distance Championship. Trainer Steve Withers and his wife Kira lost their 2014 WA Oaks winner Free Candy during the week through illness. Serena Fly High had finished second in her heat behind Ashton Monelli and was crossed early by Topology who led until wobbling out of the fence on the home corner. In the home straight Withers bitch railed strongly and won by half a length in 36.90 to bring a smile to the families faces again. Pictured : Serena Fly High

VANDERWORP (Kelsos Fusileer- High Recall) jumped brilliantly from box 1 and then just put a margin on his rivals as he raced clear to win by 7 3/4 lengths in a PB 27.28. The Chris Halse youngster has now won 6 of 10 career starts including wins in heats of the Gr 2 WA Derby and Mandurah Derby.

ESS BEE (Spring Gun- Dashandy Black) jumped fairly and then was squeezed running into the first corner soon after the start. The red fawn bitch then balanced up and charged through to take the lead going off the back straight. The Derek Coldstream bitch then went on to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 27.82.

FUN BOSS (Kinloch Brae- Alotta Fun) was able to cross from box 8 and return to the winners circle for the first time since March with a 6 length victory over the in form Supreme Ollie in 27.71. The Lexia Isaac trained dog has now won 33 times in his 92 starts and over $230,000 in stakes as he approaches 4 years of age.