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20160603 Mandurah Friday

“Dubliner clinches Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge”

The Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge (over 647m) was first run in 2011 when Keith Harding trained Barney Stinson to victory. Since then the winners have been Roxy Mac (Kylie McLennan), Pedro’s Finest (John Iwanyk), Reverberate (Linda Britton) and Expect A Guess (Christine Robartson). Senator Monelli qualified fastest and in his heat recorded a mighty 36.44, a time less than a length outside of the great Miata’s track record (36.40). Given that performance he was sent out a warm favourite from box 3 ahead of Dubliner (box 2) who also won her heat but in a much slower time (36.98). Tonight Dubliner jumped sweetly from box 2 and found an uncontested lead at the first turn while Senator Monelli had begun only fairly and was working into second position. At half way Dubliner was two lengths in front of Senator Monelli and the pair had raced away from their opponents. As they swung for home they almost matched strides but Dubliner was able to find more stamina and win by a length. Five lengths away third was West On Dossy, a kennel mate of the winner. Dubliner made it 6 wins from 6 starts over 647m and posted a fast 36.56, both her and Senator Monelli are going to make great stayers in the future.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 4 Number 5 STANGAFIED : Resumed with a bold second over 405m, finishing just behind Activator and just in front of Astrophysic.

Race 6 Number 2 LIVING PROOF : Chalked up win number 20 and surpassed $150,000 in prize money.

RYAN LEVITZKE (commentator)