20170428 – Mandurah Friday

“Paul Stuart goes back to back in Mandurah Derby”

The Mandurah Derby was first run in 1994 when Cape Cuvier saluted for Hans Spykers. Other notable winners include Wits End (1995), Prince Of Tigers (1997), Benno (2009), Uno Reltub (2011) and Stanga Doug (2015). Never has a Mandurah Derby Final produced such a strong lineup with the West Pinjarra prepared Max Profit starting a $2.50 favourite. Things went to plan early for Max Profit who pinged from the boxes and held out early challengers Vanderworp (box 2) and Equanimity (box 5) to maintain an outright lead. The Paul Stuart (pictured) prepared Astrozone settled fourth and was railing strongly in the middle stages. Just prior to straightening Max profit was only a length in front with Astrozone closing quickly. With fifty metres to go Astrozone powered to the front before charging away to win by three lengths in a near record 27.09. The 520m Cannington track record holder Quick Jagger rattled home for second with Max Profit relegated to third. Trainer Paul Stuart also won the race last year when Topology scored in 27.82.

The Mandurah Oaks box draw did not take place tonight after the four heats with two ongoing steward’s enquiries taking place. The grader will release the final field on Tuesday afternoon.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 3 Number 8 SAHANNAH MONELLI : Finished like a rocket to snatch second despite looking to hit the rail earlier in the race.

Race 5 Number 6 SARA MONELLI : Made up an enormous amount of ground to win in 27.65.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)