20230106 – Mandurah Friday

“Launch Control charges into Birthday Cup Final”

Six heats of the Birthday Cup were contested tonight at Mandurah with all winners and the two fastest seconds advancing to next Friday’s final. Last year’s winner Bones McCoy was squeezed out of the first heat despite starting a $1.30 favourite and outsider Kip Keeping found the lead. However Launch Control came with a stunning surge to overtake Kip Keeping and win by a length in 22.78. Launch Control was one of three winners for Nambeelup trainer Lewis Clay who also tasted success with Ed Hocken and Gangnam Monelli. The other Birthday Cup heat winners were Crumble Monelli (22.31), Naval Guard (23.01), Fabriola Ali (22.93), Gangnam Monelli (22.65) and Fire Cloud (22.60). The box draw for the Cup ;

1. FABRIOLA ALI
2. LAUNCH CONTROL
3. WEST ON CIDER
4. CRUMBLE MONELLI
5. FIRE CLOUD
6. NAVAL GUARD
7. GANGNAM MONELLI
8. PANAMA PEPPER
9. KIP KEEPING
10. BUNDEGI

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 7 ED HOCKEN : Seems to be jumping better consistently and won again in 22.96.

Race 4 Number 4 WEST ON CIDER : Ran second behind the brilliant Crumble Monelli in around 22.60.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Pictured :Crumble Monelli