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Jackson County in the hunt for Summer Chase

By James Broadhurst

Jackson Country isn’t “just going around” in the final of the Summer Chase (600m) at Cannington at Saturday according to trainer Damien Crudeli.

The consistent chaser comes into the race after a comfortable victory in his heat last weekend.

Despite a brief mid-race falter, where he got wrong footed as he turned into the backstraight, Jackson Country rolled on to win by nearly two lengths in 35.14.

“I was stoked with the run, even with the little ‘brain fade’ he had there,” Crudeli said.

“His first section was really quick and he finished strongly as he always does.

“He’s worked beautifully this week and is looking really good.”

Jackson Country has drawn box seven for the trophy decider where he’ll take on likely favourite Sir Monty.

Sir Monty is racing in top form with wins from his past four starts and enters the final after winning his heat by more than five lengths in 34.90.

“It’s a tough race so you can’t be super confident but we’re definitely going in with the aim of a podium finish,” Crudeli said of Jackson County’s chances.

“I was happy with the wide draw because there’s a lot of dogs on his inside that go hard left out of the boxes and he’ll miss all that.

“Obviously he’ll need to start well but if he can straighten up in second or third spot he’ll be in business.

“Can he run down Sir Monty if Sir Monty is on the arm? I don’t know…but he’ll give it a crack.”

Jackson County has been standout performer for Crudeli’s newly established kennel.

In 18 starts for the trainer the powerful running black chaser has finished no worse than fourth place and has racked up six wins during that stretch.

Crudeli has had a lifetime involvement in greyhound racing and was a key component in the rise of ‘Team Crudeli’, working alongside his father Enzo and brother Graham to build what has become one of the successful racing kennels in the state.

In late 2019 Crudeli struck out on his own as a trainer and after slow start in the first few months the kennel, which is across the road from his father’s, quickly built momentum.

With his scrappy team of cast-offs and hand-me-down racedogs Damien zeroed in on a successful formula of targeting country and provincial races.

The approach has paid dividends: Crudeli was second on Mandurah trainer’s premiership table in 2020 with more than 120 winners.

“The system is fantastic because I don’t need to win the bigger races to keep the kennel going,” he said.

“My wife Mandy and the kids are a big part of running the kennel which is great to do it together as family.

“We don’t rush things with the dogs, we take our time with them which creates a good environment and encourages the best out of them.

“A lot of the greyhounds I get have been good dogs in the past or have shown some talent but have tailed off for whatever reason.

“The biggest factor is that we are able to place the dogs into the right races, often in lower grades, and build them up from there.”

“By racing them in the easier company we can build their confidence back and get them winning again.”

Crudeli recently bred a litter of pups which hints at his ambition and future plans expansion for the kennel but he says he isn’t straying too far from what’s worked for him, at least for the moment.

“It’s exciting to have the pups and lot of fun for the kids but I think we’ll keep the breeding as side thing for now because it’s a lot of work,” he said.

As he hits 2021 full of momentum the number of dogs in Crudeli’s kennel continues to grow and he expects to have up to 30 racedogs up and running for him within a month or so.

This year shapes as even better than the last for Crudeli.

Jackson County might just give him a flying start on Saturday night.

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2020

Thursday 31st December

TRACKSIDE INFORMATION

  • Free entry
  • Live band
  • Free kids activities
  • Greyhounds As Pets
  • First race approx 7.00pm

Trackside activities will conclude after the race meeting (approx 10:30pm) however you are more than welcome to stay and see in the new year.

You are permitted to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages oncourse.
NO BYO ALCOHOL. BAGS AND ESKYS WILL BE CHECKED AT THE GATE. 

CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS MUST BE WITH A PARENT/GUARDIAN.
UNACCOMPANIED JUVENILES WILL BE DENIED ENTRY. 

PLEASE NOTE: No fireworks for NYE 2020

BOX 1 RESTAURANT INFORMATION

  • Roast carvery and seafood buffet
    • Adults – $75
    • 12-17 yrs – $45
    • 5-11 yrs – $30
    • Under 5 – Free
  • Restaurant doors open 5:30pm
  • Buffet from 6pm.
  • DJ in restaurant from 8pm – late
  • BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL AND PRE PAYMENT IS REQUIRED. 

Racing will conclude at approx 10:45pm. Box 1 will remain open until after midnight. 

PLEASE NOTE: No fireworks for NYE 2020

WA Country Cup Final

Please see below the finalists for the WA Country Cup to be held at Cannington next Monday 12th October.

Not in box draw order

BURNT STAR

SUNSET NUCLEAR

SANTA’S MAGIC

KIRRA MONELLI

LE JURY MONELLI

GOBLIN MONELLI

WESTDALE OPHELIA

HELLO I’M DOM

 

RES 1 – KABARANGI

RES 2 – GO GETTEM BINGO

Oliver Looking For More In Paradise Street

By James Broadhurst

Cindy’s Oliver announced himself as a huge threat for Saturday’s Paradise Street Trophy final (600m) following his exceptional heat victory last weekend.

The Galaxy runner-up bustled his way to the front from box six and then streaked away to a race winning advantage.

Cindy’s Oliver rolled on to score in 34.34, nearly six lengths ahead of the second placed Inversion.

The Joe Dailly-trained racedog will be racing for his first feature race trophy on the weekend.

In the earlier heat Banjo’s Girl won by an even greater margin.

After launching quickly from box five Banjo’s Girl captured the lead and then pushed on to win by eight lengths in 34.67.

The handy chaser from Michael Johnston kennels has now accumulated 13 wins from 53 starts.

At the Mandurah last Friday night Thrift Monelli and Veyron Star won their respective heats of the Sandgroper (490m).

Thrift Monelli was particularly impressive, winning her heat by more than three lengths ahead of kennelmate Steve Monelli in a super quick 27.29.

Veyron Star snapped a for race losing sequence when she scored in 27.70.

Ghost stole WA Derby

Imagine winning your first Group race and not being able to be there.

Well Matt Clark didn’t have to image because last night Catch The Thief claimed the $32,000 to-the-winner WA Derby at Cannington.

Covid-19 restrictions prevented Matt Clark from making the trip over to WA but Catch The Thief was in the trusted hands of Steve and Krystal Shinners who finished second behind Catch The Thief with Buster The Brute.

“If Catch The Thief wasn’t in the race, Steve would have won. It’s a testament to his character and I can’t thank him enough,” Matt Clark said.

“It was surreal and strange watching the race from afar. It is disappointing not to being able to experience it all, but I am thrilled with the win.”

“When you see the list of greyhounds who have won this race in the past and what they have gone onto do it makes me really excited about the future with him.”

Catch The Thief didn’t just win the WA Derby, he won it in a race record time of 29.32sec (520m) which is a length outside of the current track record held by Campini (29.26sec).

A winner of 11 races from just 18 career starts, Catch The Thief has now recorded five consecutive victories.

The son of Aussie Infrared and Dundee Ally will stay in Western Australia for the next couple of weeks as he embarks on his second feature campaign – the Winter Cup at Cannington (heats Saturday 6 June).

“After the Winter Cup we will then look towards the Maturity Classic at The Meadows.”

Heats of the $100,000 to-the-winner Group 1 Maturity Classic will be run on Saturday 18th July with the final being held on Saturday 25th July at The Meadows.

By Molly Haines