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20240215 – Mandurah Thursday – Abandoned due to heat

Rwwa Stewards have abandoned tonight’s meeting at Mandurah due to the hot weather in the Mandurah region.

20240210 – Cannington Saturday – Abandoned due to heat

RWWA Stewards have abandoned tonight’s race meeting due to the hot weather.

The Puppy Classic heats will now be run on 17 Feb and new nominations will be called for with new box draws performed.

20240116 – Mandurah Tuesday – Abandoned

RWWA stewards have abandoned tonight’s Mandurah meeting due to the high temperatures (42c) in the Mandurah area.

20240114 – Cannington Saturday – Abandoned

RWWA stewards have abandoned tonight’s Cannington meeting due to the high temperature (41C) forecast for Perth today.

20231016 Northam Monday – Abandoned due to hot weather

The RWWA Stewards have advised that due to expected high temperatures todays Northam meeting has been abandoned.

20230913 – Cannington Wednesday – Meeting Abandoned

RWWA Stewards have advised due to today’s weather event in progress, tonight’s Cannington meeting has been abandoned.

Brett Honey’s Sandgroper Preview

After many months of hype, drama and pure excitement, the inaugural running of The Sandgroper is finally here! Race organisers would have to be thrilled with the stellar line up this slot race has produced, and it’s wonderful for the local industry to have 5 representatives racing for the $300,000 to the winner prize. We’ll look at both the local and interstate contenders in this preview, before a final word on who I think will be taking home the richest race in WA chasing history.

The Locals

WA dogs dominated the Perth Cup series despite some more than credible opposition coming across. Elite Machine is no doubt the top seed going into this race, but opinions are divided on how well he is suited here in box 8. I thought the Lew Dorsa Memorial final last Saturday was a perfect audition from Elite Machine. He handled box 7 beautifully, staying nice and wide and had too much in the tank late for a game Crumble Monelli. That was an outstanding field of WA dogs, and I think he can do something similar from the pink this Saturday and take all sorts of stopping.

Crumble Monelli (box 4) I thought was also very good last week. He has been leading his races for fun and with Couch Surfer on his outside and Wow She’s Fast underneath, he will get room to operate for those first few strides which is precisely what he needs. What’s promising for Crumble was that he managed to hold off Electrified late and got his run home down to 11.40. He can give a lot of cheek out in front.

Electrified (box 7) has been a model of consistency in recent months but the draw does him no favours at all here. Fernando Mick (box 6) is a very good beginner, who stays dead straight out of the boxes whilst Elite Machine will be showing his early pace from the outside. I’m just not sure where Electrified will get to and for that reason, I think he will have his work cut out.

Couch Surfer will be looking to produce a Yachi Bale effort to win the Sandgroper (if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and watch last year’s Melbourne Cup). Whilst he will need a ton of luck to get the cash here, one positive is that he won’t be concerning himself with the early speed battle up front and he can pounce on any trouble that is ahead of him. Can certainly run into the minors.

Momentum is an absolute warrior, and the draw gives him every chance to produce his best. Boxes 2 and 3 aren’t known as much for their early pace and punters could be forgetting that Momentum can begin very well. If he produces that 5.49 early, which he showed during the Perth Cup series, he could be camped on them, and we know he is very strong to the line.

The Interstate Raiders

Out of the three interstate runners engaged in The Sandgroper, there’s been no shortage of hype around Victa Damian and Wow She’s Fast, but I happen to see things much differently.

There’s an element of trust to be had if you’re backing either of those two. Victa Damian has trialled well here, going 29.63 on Cup heat night. The main concern I have with him is where he gets to at the first bend. With Crumble crossing over from box 4 and Momentum punching up from the red, I see him getting too far back here and his tendency to go around dogs doesn’t do him any favours.

Wow She’s Fast is the pin up girl for greyhound racing and it’s wonderful to have her in WA for the first running of this race. She’s won the only other two slot races to be held in Australia, which is the key point her backers have made in assessing her chances. Box 3 looks good on paper, but the same problems that Victa Damian will encounter applies to this girl as well. I can’t see her leading, and by the time she finds some galloping room, the likes of Fernando Mick, Elite Machine and Crumble could be off and gone.

Fernando Mick is a marvel and in his 107th start, has the opportunity to become a million-dollar dog. He won the Australian Cup back in February and has begun beautifully his last two starts back in Victoria. He didn’t get the start right in his only attempt at Cannington, but the look at the track can only help. He runs a nice straight line out of the boxes so the green rug will be no problems and make no mistake, if he leads, they’ll have to be very good to catch him. I thought out of the three interstaters, Fernando Mick will have the greatest chance of producing his best.

The Verdict: Elite Machine (numbers 8,4,6,1)

I think Elite Machine will do everything right from box 8 and be too good in the 1st running of The Sandgroper. His preparation has been faultless, he handles wide draws perfectly, and a few of his key rivals may not get the race run to suit. Crumble Monelli is the most likely leader for mine and given he his getting slightly stronger week by week, is an undeniable chance. Fernando Mick has to be respected from the middle draw, with his early and mid-race dash taking him a long way. I’d love to see Momentum give this an almighty shake and he can do just that from the red.

What a marvellous race this is going to be and if you’re in the Perth area, make sure you get down to Greyhounds WA Cannington for will be a historic night of chasing!!

Perth Cup & Galaxy Box Draws

20220926 – Northam Monday

(Pic:) Larkin Monelli – Northam Anniversary Cup winner, trained by Eric Campana.
Weight Variations
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Hurricane Warning for WA Derby

“He just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.”

That’s trainer Eric Campana’s plan for his chaser, Hurricane Taylor, in the final of the Group 2 Britton’s WA Derby over 520m at Cannington on Saturday.

Hurricane Taylor has won his past three starts and comes into the Derby as the fastest qualifier from last weekend’s heats.

After finding the lead early Hurricane Taylor was challenged midrace by Hinto and conceded the front running position, but he kicked again in the home straight to reclaim the advantage and snare victory in 29.97.

Campana was impressed by the run and believes that the result is an indication that Hurricane Taylor is ready to cash in on his potential.

“You’re not always going to have it all your own way so for him to win in that manner showed he’s chasing well,” the Treeby-based trainer said.

“I’ve always had a high opinion of him.

“He hasn’t always backed that up on the track and he’s been a bit of work but hopefully we’ve over that now.”

“I think there’s more in him than what we’ve seen so far.”

Hinto (box one) and Hurricane Taylor (two) will launch side-by-side in the trophy decider.

Other challengers include powerful chaser Mick Flash, Perth Cup finalist West On Finn and heat winner Barrio Beast.

Hurricane Taylor comes into the race in great touch but Campana is taking nothing for granted in what is his greyhound’s biggest test to date.

“He pulled up beautifully (from his heat) and has worked well during the week,” he said of Hurricane Taylor.

“Hopefully he’ll use his speed to get to the front or, at worst, be close behind Hinto early.

“It’s a really nice field, pretty much every dog in there is a chance.

“Even if your preparation is spot on you still need a little bit of luck to go your way in a race like this.”

Campana also has six dogs across the four WA Oaks heats on Saturday.

He rates Safari Train (heat 3) and Aerodynamic Girl (heat 4) as his best two.

“Safari Train is chasing out of her skin,” Campana said.

“She probably lacks a little bit of ability but she’s chasing really well and is doing everything that I ask of her.

“Aerodynamic Girl has an inside box and she’s been in pretty good form since she came back from a spell at the start of last month.”

The Group 2 WA Derby is scheduled for race 4 at Cannington on Saturday.

By James Broadhurst