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20180504 – Mandurah Friday

“Starlight Yoyo and Sieben Monelli take out Mandurah Oaks and Derby”

The inaugural Mandurah Oaks and Derby series were run in 1994 and the respective winners were Cape Cuvier and Hugs And Dreams. Quality lineups were assembled for tonight’s $8,000 to the winner finals. The Oaks was run first and while favourite Poppy Monelli dashed to an outright lead from box one unbeaten youngster Starlight Yoyo landed on the rail in second spot. Turning for home Starlight Yoyo railed to the front and scored narrowly in 27.51 to hand Nambeelup trainer Paul Stuart his first Mandurah Oaks. The Derby produced somewhat of a surprise with $1.50 favourite West On Augie fading late and finishing out of the placings. David Hobby won his third Mandurah Derby with Sieben Monelli who swept down the outside to beat It’s The Horse in 27.49. Hobby prepared Mario Monelli to victory in 2002 and Chuck Monelli in 2010. The upcoming WA Oaks/Derby series at Cannington (over 520m) promise plenty and often attract interstate raiders given the generous prize money on offer.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 4 Number 6 CROPDUSTER : Didn’t begin very well but rallied late to finish fourth. Definitely one to follow.

Race 6 Number 2 IONA CARLSON : Battled on well behind Decimal and Fire Blaze to run third in a smart time.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)