20240521 – Mandurah Tuesday

“Miss Vivas wins a keenly contested Sign Strategy Novice”

Race Five tonight was a very competitive race with no less than six greyhounds looking like a winning chance at the top of the home straight. Odds-on favourite Pecorino Monelli led from box one but looked very vulnerable turning for home with challengers galore. The Damien Crudeli trained Miss Vivas swept down the outside to claim victory in 22.95. She is owned by the Susanne Smith managed Champagne Syndicate and has now on 3 of 17. A neck away second was Rosie Browne and a length away third was Sunset Lightning.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 1 Number 3 OUR GIRL BLOOM : Improved at box rise to lead throughout in a handy 17.31.

Race 4 Number 6 UNCOMPROMISED : Led throughout from box six and was always in control of winning the race.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20240520 – Northam Monday

20240519 – Cannington Sunday

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20240518 – Cannington Saturday


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SUNSET LASSO (Hard Style Rico-Sunset Kodiak) was able to get to the front underneath of Sassy Snickers going off the back straight before holding off Girls Like You to win the opening heat of the Gr 2 WA Oaks. The David Hobby trained bitch recorded just her second career victory from 21 starts with a 30.08 win.

SUNSET SERENGETI (Hard Style Rico- Sunset Kodiak) rattled home along the fence to claim Miss Envy on the line winning by a neck in 30 seconds in the second heat of the WA Oaks. The David Hobby trained bitch has now won 10 times from 28 starts and over $81,000 in stakes.

RACING BARBIE (Zack Monelli- Rekall Kelsos) led throughout in the third heat of the Gr2 WA Oaks holding off the late finishing burst of Shy Emoji to win by a nose in 30.02. The Christine Robartson trained bitch doesn’t turn two years of age until September and has now won 3 of 7 career starts.

SNEAKY EMOJI (Sunset Spitfire-Corona Monelli) ran past his kennel mate Sunset Frazier in the straight to win the Gr 2 Britton’s Formal Wear WA Derby final. The David Hobby trained dog had finished second in his heat the week before behind Fire Lighter. Once he sat so close to the favourite Sunset Frazier the race was his to lose and he won by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.72.

Peter O’Neill (Commentator)

20240517 – Mandurah Friday

“Our Benson charges into The Chase Final”

‘The Chase’ is a 400m series conducted at Mandurah and notable winners from the past include Kanoala (1994), Car Park Keith (1997), Flying Typhoon (2008), Mottza (2019) and West On Fever (2023). Three heats were contested tonight and Our Benson could not have been more impressive in the first one. He fired out quickly to post a fast first section of 6.22 before beating a top field by four lengths in a new PB of 22.02. Solid Tank soldiered on well for second from box eight and half a length away third was Lil Bit Twisted. Our Benson is trained by Kody Charles and took his career record to 24 starts for 12 wins and 7 seconds. The other heats were won by What A Ripper (22.31) and Sunset Nightjar (22.18). The box draw for next Friday’s Final :

1) BARRIO BEAST
2) OUR BENSON
3) FANCY THAT FRED
4) CANYA CRACKEN
5) SOLID TANK
6) SUNSET NIGHTJAR
7) WHAT A RIPPER
8) LIL BIT TWISTED
9) PAUA OF MOLLY
10) MOLFETTA CRUISE

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 4 FIZZY CHRISSY : Brought her excellent Cannington form to Mandurah and scored brilliantly in 22.25.

Race 5 Number 4 MOLFETTA CRUISE : Ran on nicely and was forced wide on straightening, follow next start especially over a little longer.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

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Brett Honey’s WA Derby Final and WA Oaks Heats Preview

Race 1 WA Oaks Heat 520m

A cracking heat of the Oaks gets us underway on Saturday night where Sunset Hornet (box 8) is a commanding odds-on favourite. Any doubts about her running the 520 were swiftly quashed last week, posting an impressive 29.71 and defeating the likes of Disco Daisy and Sunset Serengeti. She deserves favouritism and is clearly the one in the race who can run the best times. Box 8 does throw some questions however, given she can be hit and miss early.

Girls Like You (box 1) is drawn beautifully on the inside for Paul Kaltsis and has a strong record from boxes 1 and 2. She has run home as quick as 11.29, therefore if she can navigate the first turn safely, she is one who can run into a place or capitalise on any trouble should Sunset Hornet find bother.

Bet: #1 Girls Like You (each way, heavier the place)

Race 2 WA Oaks Heat 520m

The second heat of the Oaks seemingly looks a race in two between Sunset Serengeti (box 8) and Miss Envy (box 3) but whilst they are the two fastest dogs in the race, both are drawn poorly. Sunset Serengeti is far more effective from an inside draw and wants the rail quickly. It is a big ask to get over from there. Miss Envy was a very impressive maiden winner, posting a blistering 29.53. She can be tardy out of the boxes, and I expect West On Miley in two to show early speed and move up the track.

In looking for a greyhound who may be able to capitalise on this questionable map, look no further than Such A Vibe in box 1. The rails draw will suit her, and she is improving with each start. Whilst she’s gone nowhere near the times of some of her opposition, she looks the one that gets a great run in transit. At the double figures, is certainly worth consideration.

Bet: #1 Such A Vibe (each way, heavier the place)

Race 3 WA Oaks Heat 520m

Connections of Wise Barra would have been doing the Hokey Pokey when seeing the heat she drew for the Oaks, and box 6 only helps her cause. Wise Barra has a commanding record at Cannington and has gone toe-to-toe with some of the better dogs in the state. She runs a wide line and with no real pace to speak of on her outside, she gets every conceivable chance.

Shy Emoji in box 8 is the other in the race who can run fast time but box 8 does her no favours. I found it tough to find anything in this to knock off the 6.

Bet: #6 Wise Barra

Race 4 WA Derby Final (Group 2) 520m

What a race. Eight deserving greyhounds all get their chance to take out what is the strongest Derby in years. Fingers crossed we see clean racing and the best dog wins.

Sunset Frazier (box 8) opened $3 earlier in the week and has been well supported throughout betting, to the point he is now into $2.40. The box holds no problems for him and looks a near-certainty to lead. The 29.56 he posted last week would see him go a long way from there.

The other dog who ran 29.56 last week was Fire Lighter (box 4), however there are far greater concerns about his draw. Uncle Tommy in 5 will show his customary early speed and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in finding a spot. It’s also important to note that although Fire Lighter went 5.40 to the mark last week, he was never fool proof out of the boxes at Wentworth Park. He’s been a big drifter and the map would have much to do with that.

There are three dogs outside of those two who I think can run a big race and they are Bergelmir (box 2), Uncle Tommy (box 5) and My Anarchy Boy (box 6). Bergelmir (pictured with trainer Jamie Marsh) was the recipient of a fortuitous run last week but he’s every chance of getting a similar run this week. He has been beginning much better and if he were to miss Kanan Stark early, he can run into the race from there.

Uncle Tommy (box 5) has the task ahead of him from the squeeze, but his character takes him a long way in races. You only have to look at his Perth Cup triumph when running down Frazier for proof of that. Boxed outside Fire Lighter, will he get close enough?

My Anarchy Boy is the longest of those three but was a good thing beat last week. His Mandurah Derby triumph was superb and is capable of bringing that form to Cannington. Needs luck but is a threat.

I could keep writing; this is such a good race. I have Sunset Frazier on top but is getting very short now. Looks a great race to play exotics.

Bet: #8 Sunset Frazier, play exotics around numbers 2,5,6,8.

Other Bets On The Card

Race 5 #2 Hippy Trail (place heavy)

Race 7 #4 Chobe Star

Race 8 #2 Penny Magic

Race 10 #2 Cadia Gold

20240516 – Mandurah Thursday

“Jumpin’ Jules wins at her 300m debut”

Speedy sprinter Jumpin’ Jules capitalised on box one in tonight’s Tommy Shelby At Stud Grade 4 over 300m. The daughter of Beast Unleashed began like a rocket from the inside trap and quickly established an outright lead. She then sailed away to score by two lengths in 17.03 over the Brad Cook trained Terramungamine. A length away third was the Kaine Buckwell prepared Opal Deluxe. Jumpin’ Jules is trained by Rod Noden out of Canning Vale and has now won 9 of 78 career starts and earned over $49,000.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 3 Number 6 YAKI EXPRESS : Improved sharply to win from box six over 300m.

Race 4 Number 10 WEST ON BAMBI : Ran on nicely at her third start back from a spell.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

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20240516 – Greyhound Gold

20240515 – Cannington Wednesday

OLIVE GRACE (Shima Shine-jo Jo) burst to the front and was too speedy for her rivals defeating Narnak by 1 1/4 lengths in 16.16. The Brad Cook trained bitch had won her Maiden back in September as a young pup before being purchased to race in the West. The former Queensland chaser has now won twice from 4 starts.

RED CAN KING (Aussie Infrared-Canya Lilly) missed the start, found trouble on the first corner before still being good enough to run down the leader and win by 1 1/2 lengths over Charos Elite in 22.73. The Shayne Williams trained youngster was heavily supported before winning on debut.

TRANSCENDENT ( Aston Dee Bee-Miss America) scored a narrow nose Maiden victory on debut after having to overcome trouble going into the first corner. The Krystal Shinners trained youngster had trialed considerably quicker than the 30.74 winning time he recorded when defeating Tilly Rose.

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20240515 – Wednesday Preview


Let’s get ready to rumble in the WA Derby, as the boys face off in their preview of the Group 2 final along with the heats of the WA Oaks.