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20200527 – Kody Charles Interview

James Broadhurst caught up with Cobargo trainer Kody Charles ahead of this Saturday’s Group 2 WA Oaks final at Cannington.

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



20200508 – Mandurah Friday – Mandurah Oaks

“Star Book conquers three Monellis to win Mandurah Oaks”

Brilliant young bitch Star Book overcame box five to take out tonight’s $30,000 Mandurah Oaks against a star-studded lineup.

Prepared by Canning Vale based trainer Jamie Marsh, the daughter of Barcia Bale began cleanly and drifted to the centre of the track whilst Mermaid Monelli flew out of box one to lead.

Entering the back straight Mermaid Monelli held a two length lead with litter sister Pixie Monelli in hot pursuit on the inside of Star Book.

The third of the David Hobby runners Thrift Monelli settled in fourth position ahead of West On Bloom.

Leaving the back straight Star Book made her move and challenged strongly for the front before surging away in the home straight to score by three lengths.

Pixie Monelli narrowly grabbed second over Thrift Monelli and a fading fourth was Mermaid Monelli.

Star Book is out of great producing dam Saving Bundles who has mothered the likes of Quick Jagger, Bundles Galore, Garbrandt, Rockhold and Skipper’s Ticket.

She has now racked up nine victories from sixteen career starts and tonight’s time of 27.10 was just over a length outside of Zack Monelli’s track record.

Later in the evening highly promising stayer Casus Belli scored over the 647m staying trip, giving Jamie Marsh a training double.


Race 1 Number 1 TURBO FUN : Bolted in from box one and clocked a flying 22.56, he turns two in September.

Race 3 Number 7 TANDEM AT PACE : Overcame a poor jump and first turn traffic problems to post a strong win in 22.82.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20200418 – Cannington Saturday – Keith Harding Canning Trophy

STEVE MONELLI (Fernando Bale- Serena Fly High) led throughout to take out the final of the listed Keith Harding Canning Trophy with a 5 length win over Neils’s Girl in 29.78. The David Hobby trained dog held the lead from the inside draw over the quick beginner Werewolf Monelli and from there dominated the race. The black dog gave Hobby his second win in the feature after winning with Mendoza Monelli in 2017. He has now won 9 times from 21 career starts and over $50,000 in stake earnings.

BURSWOOD BANDIT (Dyna Double One- Yanick Allen) improved on his unlucky Maiden run in late March to score a 1 3/4 length win over kennel mate Bago Moscato in 30.19. The Joe Dailly trained youngster doesn’t turn two years of age until September.

HELLO I’M RONGO (Barcia Bale- Sharon Monelli) recorded his first win over the 380 metres at Cannington after crossing from box 8. The Ben MacLean trained dog raced away for a 6 length win over Proper Charlie in 21.83 at his second try at the short course distance.

VAN BUREN (Bella Infrared- Benita Bale) ran home strongly with clear galloping room to score a half length win over West On Axel in 30.09. The Jamie Marsh trained dog flew around Mandurah at his previous start clocking a 27.44 win from box 3. The black dog has now won 3 times from 8 starts.