Archive for 20170217

20170217 – Mandurah Friday

“Mendoza Monelli wins The Sandgroper for Hobby”

High quality sprinter Mendoza Monelli made full use of box one in tonight’s Sandgroper Final when an all the way winner of the WA bred event. The race was first run back in 2003 when Tilly Whim saluted for Tony Bishop. Since then notable winners include Blunatik (2006), Showpiece (2007), Uno Reltub (2011), Houdini Monelli (2013), Star Recall (2014), Astronomize (2015) and Senator Monelli (last year). Despite jumping from box six Equanimity started a warm favourite after qualifying fastest (27.52) and just two weeks ago he won the Group One Perth Cup at Cannington. This evening he began only fairly and from the awkward box found himself in traffic before being squeezed out the back. Meanwhile the David Hobby trained Mendoza Monelli was able to drive through on the rail and win by six lengths. The Chris Halse prepared Capital Zed finished second ahead of rank outsider Black Herc. The Sandgroper victory was Hobby’s fourth after winning in 2007, 2013 and 2016.
Pictured : Mendoza Monelli

Race 1 Number 4 RICKSHAW MILLIE : Displayed brilliant box manners and was coming again in the home straight. Was beaten in good time and is ready to win.

Race 6 Number 5 BLACK HERC : Caught the eye with a fast finishing third against quality opposition.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)