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Ghost stole WA Derby

Imagine winning your first Group race and not being able to be there.

Well Matt Clark didn’t have to image because last night Catch The Thief claimed the $32,000 to-the-winner WA Derby at Cannington.

Covid-19 restrictions prevented Matt Clark from making the trip over to WA but Catch The Thief was in the trusted hands of Steve and Krystal Shinners who finished second behind Catch The Thief with Buster The Brute.

“If Catch The Thief wasn’t in the race, Steve would have won. It’s a testament to his character and I can’t thank him enough,” Matt Clark said.

“It was surreal and strange watching the race from afar. It is disappointing not to being able to experience it all, but I am thrilled with the win.”

“When you see the list of greyhounds who have won this race in the past and what they have gone onto do it makes me really excited about the future with him.”

Catch The Thief didn’t just win the WA Derby, he won it in a race record time of 29.32sec (520m) which is a length outside of the current track record held by Campini (29.26sec).

A winner of 11 races from just 18 career starts, Catch The Thief has now recorded five consecutive victories.

The son of Aussie Infrared and Dundee Ally will stay in Western Australia for the next couple of weeks as he embarks on his second feature campaign – the Winter Cup at Cannington (heats Saturday 6 June).

“After the Winter Cup we will then look towards the Maturity Classic at The Meadows.”

Heats of the $100,000 to-the-winner Group 1 Maturity Classic will be run on Saturday 18th July with the final being held on Saturday 25th July at The Meadows.

By Molly Haines

20200523 – Cannington Saturday – W.A. Derby Final & W.A Oaks Heats

CATCH THE THIEF (Aussie Infrared- Dundee Ally) led throughout to win the Group 2 Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby final by 6 lengths over Buster The Brute in a race record 29.32. The Matthew Clark trained Victorian dog clocked a 5.32 first split which put the race to bed before the first corner. The light fawn dog then raced away to record his 11th career win from 18 starts and almost doubled his stake earnings going past $70,000. Buster The Brute has now finished second in the Group 2 WA Derby and third in the Group 1 Perth Cup this year.

THRIFT MONELLI (Barcia Bale- Penny Monelli) claimed her kennel mate and leader Mermaid Monelli going along the back straight before driving away to win the opening heat of the Group 2 WA Oaks. The David Hobby pair were split on the line by Veyron Star with the winner going 30.05.

COBARGO (Burn One Down- Abby Normal) led throughout to take out the second heat of the Group 2 WA Oaks. The Kody Charles trained bitch was having just her 10th career start and she has now won 4 times. The black bitch defeated West On Magada by 1 1/4 lengths in 30.01 with Pixie Monelli back in third place.

Pictured : Catch The Thief and Krystal Shinners

 

Field for the WA Oaks final Saturday May 30.

Race 5   In box draw order
1 MERMAID MONELLI
2 THRIFT MONELLI
3 PIXIE MONELLI
4 VEYRON STAR
5 SPEED MISSILE
6 COBARGO
7 TRY CATCH TANYA
8 WEST ON MAGADA

9 STAR BOOK
10 YUNDERUP MAGIC

 

20190525 – Cannington Saturday – W.A. Oaks Heats & Derby Final

PREMIUM SHARE (Kinloch Brae- Shared Equity) demolished his rivals with a 9 length victory in the Gr 2 Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby final. The win gave trainer Chris Halse back to back wins in the Gr 2 final after West On Augie won last year. The well bred black dog has now won 5 times from just 12 starts and doesn’t turn two years of age until July. It’s a Storm, who led early finished second aged of Rockstar Beav in a slick 29.56.

CIRCLE OF DREAMS (Barcia Bale- Mepunga Mia) recorded a brilliant 4 length win in the opening heat of the Gr 2 WA Oaks. Now in the care of trainer Chris Halse, the Victorian owned bitch led into the first corner at her first look at the track before defeating fellow Victorian bitch She Will Bloom in 29.85. The Gr 1 and dual Gr 2 winner will take a power of beating in next weeks $60,000 final.

FANCY FRANCENE (Barcia Bale- Eyes Adorable) appreciated her look at the track the previous week as put paid to her rivals from box 1 in the second heat of the Gr 2 WA Oaks. The Chris Halse prepared chaser went 5.50 early before stopping the clock at 29.94, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of her nearest rival Banjo’s Girl.

KISS ME LINDA (Kinloch Brae- West On Bluebird) led throughout to win the third heat of the Gr 2 WA Oaks and give trainer wins in all 3 heats. The black bitch defeated Victorian raider Grace Ali by a half head in 29.93. Owned by the From the Jockeys Mouth syndicate, the little bitch competed in the GR 1 Perth Cup final earlier this year.

Box Greyhound Trainer
CIRCLE OF DREAMS C. Halse
GRACE ALI C. Halse
KISS ME LINDA C. Halse
MARVISTA M. Julien
FANCY FRANCENE C. Halse
SHE WILL BLOOM B. Pursell
NAUGHTY GUNN G. Horne
BANJO’S GIRL R. Noden
Reserves    
SWIFT TIMING T. Murray
ROOM TO BOOM K. Shinners

20190518 – Cannington Saturday – W.A. Derby Heats

ROCKSTAR PATRIOT (Fernando Bale- Glory Of Love) recorded his first win since taking out the Gr 1 Sky Racing Galaxy in March. The Paul Stuart trained dog sat close to the leader Dyna Dean and worked to the lead going off the back straight. The black dog went on to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Reidy’s Runner in 42.09.  Pictured : Rockstar Patriot.

TANOAN CREEK (Kiowa Mon Manny- Brook Lee) caused an upset in the first leg of the Quaddie as he railed through to score by 2 1/4 lengths over Moto Doll in 30.26. The Colin Bainbridge trained dog had finished second behind Incredible Hero over the 600 metres at his prior run, however was sent out at the price of $40.90.

INCREDIBLE HERO (Barcia Bale- Oya Nine Wonwon) won the first heat of the Gr 2 Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby with a last stride nose win over It’s A Storm in 30.22. The win was an emotional one for trainer Fran Farrell and her husband Ben who has been battling Amyloidosis, an illness that requires regular chemotherapy treatment. The Harvey trainer will have her first Gr 2 finalist this week.

GOBLIN MONELLI (Magic Sprite- Jackie Bale) ran home well to defeat Magic Mamba who led early and the visiting NSW trained dog Rockstar Beav winning by 3/4 length in 30.04. The David Hobby trained dog had now raced since being unplaced in a heat of the Perth Cup in February and will strip fitter from the outing in next weeks Gr 2 final of the Brittons Formal Wear WA Derby.

Box Greyhound Trainer
HASTIE GUESS L. Smithson
IT’S A STORM K. Shinners
GOBLIN MONELLI D. Hobby
MAGIC MAMBA C. Dagostino
INCREDIBLE HERO F. Farrell
PREMIUM SHARE C. Halse
BLACK EUPHORIA E. Crudeli
ROCKSTAR BEAV C. Nutt
Reserves
SPRITE MONELLI D. Hobby
BEST NOT ARGUE C. Halse

20190503 – Mandurah Friday – Derby Final & Oaks Heats

“It’s A Storm wins Mandurah Derby for Shinners”

A fine field was assembled for the 2019 edition of the Mandurah Derby with eight young male chasers lining up over the 490m distance. Premium Share (box 3), It’s A Storm (box 7) and Sprite Monelli (box 8) started favourites after qualifying in swift times last week. Hastie Guess (box 4) won the jump and was joined quickly in the early stages by the mustering Sprite Monelli. As the field charged down the back straight It’s A Storm surged to the front for Port Kennedy trainer Krystal Shinners. The son of Barcia Bale sustained his momentum and went on to win by a length in 27.56. Hastie Guess resurfaced late to be the runner up ahead of the Harvey based Incredible Hero who stole third. Sprite Monelli finished close up in fourth position for David Hobby. It’s A Storm is now unbeaten after four career starts all of which have been at the Mandurah circuit. He is owned by the Daniel Williams managed Storm Chasers Syndicate and looks set for a very bright future. Two heats of the Mandurah Oaks were also run tonight with the first four to finish from both events progressing to next Friday’s Final. Here is the box draw for the 490m female feature ;

Box Greyhound Trainer
MARVISTA M. Julien
KARA KEEPING B. Cook
SHE’S ALL TALK E. Crudeli
FANCY FRANCENE C. Halse
SPRITELY DOVE C. Dagostino
BANJO’S GIRL R. Noden
IT’S A DIAMOND K. Charles
VENUS AND MARS C. Halse
Reserves
HELLO I’M LETTY P. Worthington
JETT’S CHAMPION M. Rees

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 5 LISA MONELLI : Finished a close up fourth behind some very handy types.

Race 3 Number 4 FANTASTIC ZIP : Weaved through traffic at the first turn before posting his eighth Mandurah win of the year in 22.56.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)