Archive for Birthday Cup

20240112 – Mandurah Friday

“Crumble Monelli goes back to back in the Birthday Cup”

Super sprinter Crumble Monelli has taken out tonight’s Group Two Birthday Cup at Mandurah. The son of Barcia Bale won last year over 405m and repeated the dose this evening over 400m, in turn becoming the second greyhound in history to win two on the trot. Back Tonight for John Iwanyk achieved the feat back in 2007 and 2008. This evening speedster Renegade Cochise set the pace from box two and Crumble Monelli settled in a clear second at the first turn. At half way Crumble opted to try and rail inside of the leader and on straightening took that gap. He dashed away to win by 3.25 lengths in 21.95. Renegade Cochise held on for second for Cosi Dagostino and 50/1 outsider Go Seek Kotoni filled third for Damien Crudeli. Crumble Monelli has now started 52 times for 28 wins, 6 seconds, 6 thirds and more than $649,000 in stake earnings.


Race 3 Number 2 SLOWLY DRIFTING : Finished strongly for second and looks close to a win.

Race 4 Number 2 WARM REGARDS : Powered home for another dominant victory over 652m.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)
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20220114 – Mandurah Friday – Birthday Cup

“Glen Currie wins Birthday Cup with Bones McCoy”

The Birthday Cup is a time honoured race that was first run back in 1979 when Newburn Lad won over the old 530m distance. Some big name winners have been Icy Monaro (1982), Fire Rock (1995), Zalock (2003), Back Tonight (2007 and 2008), Astrophysic (2016) and Miss Bamsy (2018). A rich field was assembled for tonight’s $60,000 Group Two Final and Bones McCoy and Destruction shared favouritism. The pair began beautifully and matched strides into the first turn with Bones McCoy using his inside advantage to hold the lead. The son of Aston Dee Bee motored away from his rivals in the middle stages and whilst Sunset Piper took ground off him late he scored by half a length. The former NSW chaser boasts a nice PB of 29.62 around Wentworth Park and was always going to be hard to beat once he led over 405m. He is prepared by comeback trainer Glen Currie who has been back training greyhounds for a couple of years out of Wundowie, a town in the Darling Range 67km north east of Perth. Currie trained plenty of winners in the 1990s in both NSW and WA and was proud as punch with his Group Two triumph tonight.


Race 2 Number 3 NED KEEPING : Led throughout first up in the state and will benefit from the run.

Race 3 Number 5 POPPY PASSION : Landed in front and kept going, winning over 647m by more than a length.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

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20210101 – Mandurah Friday – Birthday Cup Heats

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Birthday Cup Interview – Jamie Marsh


There’s an empty spot on the shelf on Andrew McLaren’s trophy cabinet which the Nambeelup-based trainer hopes to fill when he contests the Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup (405m) at Tabtouch Park Mandurah this Friday.

McLaren has claimed most feature races held at the Peel circuit but the Group 3 Birthday Cup, one of the biggest prizes on offer, has so far eluded him.

He has every opportunity to rectify that situation in this year’s edition where he will be represented by Westdale Prince and Alfa Tonic.

Alfa Tonic has drawn the pole in the trophy decider after winning his heat from the same box.

“He doesn’t have the early zip he used to have but he’s got the advantage of box one which will suit him and should put him in the race,” McLaren said of the 60 start veteran chaser.

Westdale Prince (box six) is mining a rich vein of form with four wins from his past six attempts, including a comfortable victory in 22.74 during the heat stage.

“Winning form is good form and Westdale Prince is possibly the better chance of my two,” McLaren said.

“The draw shouldn’t worry him and if he does what he can do, which is get out in front, he’ll be right up there.

“Hopefully he can hold out Cosmic Ox which I think is the dog to beat.”

Cosmic Ox is one of two runners in the race for rival trainer Jamie Marsh alongside littermate Cosmic Gas.

Both dogs are heat winners and impressive up-and-coming types although Cosmic Ox is the slightly more seasoned racedog of the pair.

Cosmic Ox is the fastest qualifier after clocking 22.62 during his heat and he has been ultra-consistent in his career to date with nine wins and six minor placings from 17 starts.

The Birthday Cup is one of two group races conducted at Mandurah and commemorates the opening the racetrack in 1979.

By James Broadhurst

20180112 – Mandurah Friday

“Miss Bamsy Wins Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup”

The Birthday Cup was first staged back in 1979 when Newburn Lad saluted on the old circuit over 530m. Notable winners of the feature event include Icy Monaro (1982), Black Digger (1991), Fire Rock (1995), Join The Dots (2004), Back Tonight (2007 and 2008) and the great Astrophysic (2016). Miss Bamsy started favourite in tonight’s $37,500 final after qualifying fastest and drawing box one. As usual, a star-studded field was assembled for the richest race run over the 405m distance all year.

As the boxes opened Miss Bamsy (box 1) and Marydoll (box 3) exploded to contest the lead while Perth Cup winner Equanimity settled close in third position. At half way Miss Bamsy and Marydoll were matching motors but Miss Bamsy held the inside advantage. As the pair straightened the Jackie Wilson trained Miss Bamsy found more and dashed away to score a tenacious win in 22.53, a time just 0.01 outside of her personal best of 22.52. Marydoll held second narrowly ahead of Equanimity and a breath away fourth was the fast finishing Dandalup Brutus. Miss Bamsy took 18 starts to win her first race, and that was in Adelaide last May. Since being purchased for just $2000 and coming to WA she has won an amazing 15 races from 22 starts at the Mandurah venue. She has also earned connections over $50,000 in stake money.


Race 6 Number 2 DANDALUP BRUTUS : Caught the eye with a fast finishing fourth in the Birthday Cup.

Race 7 Number 9 RAPID INTENTION : Overtook some handy types and is one to watch.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20170113 – Mandurah Friday

Pictured : Pepper Fire with trainer Chris Halse and Handler Luke Townsend. Winner of Group 3 Mandurah Mail Birthday Cup