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Decision Time in WA Bred Championship

Up and coming chaser Jimmy’s Decision steps into another stern challenge when he contests the WA Bred Championship (520m) at Tabtouch Park Cannington on Saturday.

The talented red bindle chaser from Jai Jormananien-Davis’ kennels will jump from box seven in the trophy decider where he’ll face a quality field including heat winners Serong and Sunset Piper, as well as classy youngster Momentum.

Jormananien-Davis admits that Jimmy’s Decision, who turned two- years-old in August, has been thrown into the deep end early in his career but she’s happy with the way the greyhound has responded.

Jimmy’s Decision booked his place into the WA Bred Championship final after he clocked a PB time of 29.71 in his heat last weekend as a close runner-up behind Serong.

“He’s going to be tested in the final but he’s one of those dogs that loves to run and he loves to be at the racetrack,” Jormananien-Davis said of Jimmy’s Decision.

“He’s improving with every run and is developing a better field sense.

“I was super happy with his heat run.

“He ran a really nice time and got through the first bend much better than normal, which has been a problem for him in the past.

“It’s an extremely good field this week but I think he can play a part.

“The draw isn’t too bad for him as he runs a little wide anyway and if he makes it through the first corner without any interference he should come home strongly.”

Jormananien-Davis is also excited by the progress of Westdale Nikita.

Westdale Nikita heads into a much-anticipated clash with Pixie Monelli in the 490m Free To All at Mandurah tonight in top form.

She’s won four of her past five, including an eye-catching personal best run of 27.38 in her last start.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround from a greyhound that had only recorded four wins from her first 28 races.

Jormananien-Davis bred and owns Westdale Nikita and up until about six weeks ago was handling the training duties…but she’s happy to confess the greyhound has come along in leaps and bounds since transferring into a different kennel.

Westdale Nikita has thrived under the guidance of Andrew McLaren.

Jormananien-Davis is based in Dale, a rural area south-east of Perth and more than an hour and a half from the Mandurah track, while McLaren is situated in Nambeelup, which is a stone’s throw from the racecourse.

“She (Westdale Nikita) wasn’t coping with the travel and it was preventing her from being at her best,” Jormananien-Davis explained.

“We knew she ability so it was frustrating that she wasn’t showing it on racenight.

“It was definitely a relief when we were able to pinpoint the one thing that was holding her back.

“The decision to change kennel was a bit of a risk but it’s been the best decision.

“Andrew’s done a great job and we’re just happy to see her doing well regardless of who is training.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her go head-to-head with Pixie Monelli (tonight), it should be a good battle.

“Hopefully she’ll keep going the way she’s going and we can have another crack up in the city before long.”

By James Broadhurst

Serong Has Right Stuff

Trainer Paul Stuart wouldn’t swap his dog, Serong, for any other chaser in the Peter Thomas final (520m) at Tabtouch Park Cannington on Saturday.

Serong heads into the trophy decider as the likely favourite after clocking the fastest qualifying time during his heat last weekend.

The talented black racedog seized the lead from box two to control the race before holding out runner-up Harper’s Hero to score by more than two lengths in 29.78.

Serong faces a competitive field, including fellow heat winner Jimmy Decision, in the final but Stuart is optimistic about his dog’s prospects from box three.

“This is another test for him but he’s got no excuses,” Stuart said.

“He’s got a similar draw to last week and he comes in with the time on the board.

“He doesn’t need to lead to win but if he steps and gets a clear look at it I can’t see him being run down.”

Serong has now posted nine top-two finishes, including seven wins, from his past ten starts.

It was clear from early on that Serong had plenty of promise but he took some time to put it together on the track.

After clocking some quick trial times Serong made his debut in late February but struggled to find his feet racing against full fields.

Stuart remained patient and kept working with him.

After only managing a handful of starts in his first few months Serong has ‘clicked’ since his return from a break in June.

“He’s always had ability, he just took a little time to mature and learn,” Stuart said of the Fernando Bale-Starlight Shine chaser.

“He gets a little better with every run and continues to develop as a racedog.

“As far as demeanor goes he’s got the right attributes; he’s a perfect dog in the kennels and he’s got all the good habits.

“He’s still a bit hit or miss out of the boxes and he’s got more improvement ahead of him in regard to his racecraft but he’s getting there.

“I like where he’s going.”

The Peter Thomas final is schedule for Race 5 at Cannington on Saturday.

By James Broadhurst

Funeral of William “John” Smith – The Original Parade Steward

The Funeral of William John Smith will be held at Fremantle Cemetery, East Chapel on Monday 9 August at 3pm.

Greyhounds WA expresses deepest sympathy to the Smith Family on the passing of John.

John was the original parade steward from opening night to the late 90’s and was also worked as a Trial Supervisor at Cannington. He was well known for his yellow coat and hat and had a great rapport with handlers and greyhounds in the early years of racing at Cannington.

Rest In Peace John

 

Newspaper clipping of John standing behind Dennis Calleja (Worthsumor) and Fred Kersley after winning Race 4 on opening night December 12 , 1974

Bella on target for five in a row

With her exciting early pace in-form short courser Bella Can Browse is a big chance to notch her fifth victory on the trot in the Book Your Friday Nights Grade 5 (405m) at Tabtouch Park Mandurah tonight according to trainer David Magistro.

The speedy dark brindle has built her ‘picket fence’ with front-running efforts in a variety of distances, with wins over 302m and 275m as well as the 405m.

“Hopefully she jumps to front and leads all the way,” Magistro said.

“She’s got box three but the draw doesn’t matter too much for her.

“It mainly depends on what the two dogs on either side of her do.

“She’s got good early speed and will only take a stride or two before she musters and gets on her way.”

“Fingers crossed that’s what she does tonight.”

Bella Can Browse is one half of sister-brother combo from an Unlawful Entry-Tijuana Icon litter that is performing well for Magistro.

Her sibling, He Can Browse, has also had an impact.

He Can Browse may have only won two races from 14 attempts but he’s actually collected more stakemoney than his sister due to the fact that he’s placed second on 11 occasions, including an incredible sequence of finishing runner-up in his past seven races.

Magistro, who’s had been training for more than two decades, credits his son Brandon, 23, for the success of the two Browse dogs.

“Brandon looks at the breeding side of things and makes the decisions about which greyhounds to purchase.

“He picked the dogs and has been hands on with them since they arrived as pups at John Righetti’s property for pre-training.”

“He’s taking over and I’m slowly becoming the support act,” Magistro joked.

Magistro hinted that the best ‘Browse’ dog may be yet to come with Sandy Can Browse (out of a Kinloch Brae-Dee Jay’s Sniper litter) set to make her long awaited Maiden debut at Cannington on Wednesday.

“(Sandy Can Browse) could be better than the other two,” the Yangebup based trainer said.

“She trialed at the same time as the others but she’s been off with a few little niggles.

“I’m looking for her to show something on Wednesday.

“Her qualifying time (30.91 over 520m) wasn’t so good but she had excuses and from box one we’ve hoping to get some joy.”

Picture: Bella Can Browse (red collar) plays around with kennelmates Sandy Can Browse and He Can Browse.

By James Broadhurst

National Sprint & Distance Finals Cancelled

This year’s National Sprint & Distance Finals scheduled to be held in Melbourne on Saturday August 28 have been cancelled due to covid issues.

The WA Sprint & Distance Championship Finals will go ahead as scheduled.

Click below to read media release:

NATIONALS MEDIA RELEASE 27 July 2021