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20240517 – Mandurah Friday

“Our Benson charges into The Chase Final”

‘The Chase’ is a 400m series conducted at Mandurah and notable winners from the past include Kanoala (1994), Car Park Keith (1997), Flying Typhoon (2008), Mottza (2019) and West On Fever (2023). Three heats were contested tonight and Our Benson could not have been more impressive in the first one. He fired out quickly to post a fast first section of 6.22 before beating a top field by four lengths in a new PB of 22.02. Solid Tank soldiered on well for second from box eight and half a length away third was Lil Bit Twisted. Our Benson is trained by Kody Charles and took his career record to 24 starts for 12 wins and 7 seconds. The other heats were won by What A Ripper (22.31) and Sunset Nightjar (22.18). The box draw for next Friday’s Final :

1) BARRIO BEAST
2) OUR BENSON
3) FANCY THAT FRED
4) CANYA CRACKEN
5) SOLID TANK
6) SUNSET NIGHTJAR
7) WHAT A RIPPER
8) LIL BIT TWISTED
9) PAUA OF MOLLY
10) MOLFETTA CRUISE

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 4 FIZZY CHRISSY : Brought her excellent Cannington form to Mandurah and scored brilliantly in 22.25.

Race 5 Number 4 MOLFETTA CRUISE : Ran on nicely and was forced wide on straightening, follow next start especially over a little longer.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Weight Variations

20240510 – Mandurah Friday

“Jami Keeping wins over 652m for Williams”

The Shayne Williams prepared Jami Keeping appreciated box one in tonight’s Sign Strategy Mixed 4/5/6 over 652m. The daughter of Zipping Garth began cleanly and drove through to lead at the first turn but the well fancied Xylan Bale and Nifty Ned settled in second and third positions respectively. Xylan Bale leveled up at the top of the home straight while Nifty Ned hooked wide around their heels. Jami Keeping found more though and was able to win by half a length in a handy time of 37.23 given the wet conditions. Xylan Bale held second and 0.75 of a length away third was Nifty Ned. The favoured trio finished a long way ahead of the fourth placed Saganaki Kid. Jami Keeping has now raced 7 times over the staying journey at Mandurah for 2 wins and 4 seconds.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 2 CROOKED KELLY : Was well supported and scored accordingly, clocking a tidy 22.40 over 400m.

Race 6 Number 6 LUCIFER’S ANGEL : Appreciated the wide draw and won narrowly over 400m in 22.65.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Weight Variations

20240503 – Mandurah Friday

“David Hobby wins the Mandurah Oaks again”

Sunset Serengeti looks set for a big career in the care of David Hobby. The daughter of Hard Style Rico provided Hobby with his fourth victory in the Mandurah Oaks after winning previously in 2001 (Groovy Model), 2009 (Disturbia) and in 2013 (Sharon Monelli). Sunset Serengeti overcame plenty of interference to win her heat from box six and the slow time of 27.75 was a poor reflection on her magnificent performance. This evening from box two she avoided traffic by leaping to the front and scoring in deluxe fashion. The winning margin was a comfortable three lengths over kennel-mate Sunset Hornet and four lengths away third was outsider Lip Tricks. Her time of 26.98 was elite.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 1 Number 1 MRS CROPLEY : Mustered like the wind from box one to lead all the way in 17.06.

Race 3 Number 6 ALL ABOUT MARBLE : Stormed home to cause an upset and looks ready for a rise in distance.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20240426 – Mandurah Friday

“My Anarchy Boy wins Mandurah Derby for Adam Smithson”

A high quality field was assembled for tonight’s Mandurah Derby final after the heats were contested last Friday. Sunset Pepe flew out of box one and settled in front of Sunset Nightjar and Kanan Stark with race favourite My Anarchy Boy settling in fifth position. As the leaders packed up My Anarchy Boy railed with power and took the lead at the top of the straight. He then burst clear of his rivals to win by two lengths in a fast 27.05. Sunset Commanche finished strongly to claim second and a head away third was Kanan Stark. Next Friday the final of the Mandurah Oaks will be run over 488m. The three heat winners tonight were Sunset Hornet (27.22), Sunset Serengeti (27.75) and Wise Barra (27.05). The box draw :
1) SUNSET LASSO
2) SUNSET SERENGETI
3) SUNSET HORNET
4) WISE BARRA
5) WEST ON MILEY
6) TAHITI DREAMS
7) LIP TRICKS
8) SHY EMOJI
9) WISE ABALONE
10) GIRLS LIKE YOU

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 2 Number 1 CURATE’S EGG : Dropped in class and won easily over 400m, defeating Cupid’s Dream by three lengths.

Race 3 Number 5 FANCY THAT FRED : Accounted for a handy lineup tonight despite coursing very wide in the front straight.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

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20240419 – Mandurah Friday


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20240412 – Mandurah Friday

“Sunset Callisto impresses for Hobby”

Smart sprinter Sunset Callisto relished box seven tonight when he zoomed to the lead in the middle stages and won in 22.30. The son of Hard Style Rico had been placed in 4 of his previous 5 starts and last week overcame a slow start to run second to kennelmate Sunset Ali. He joined the leaders at the 300m mark before swooping around them and in the front straight looked very strong and was able to pull away by three lengths. The Max Julien trained Idle Awhile battled on well for second and a length away third was favourite West On Smoky. Sunset Callisto is owned by Clint Hobby, trained by David Hobby and after 26 starts now has 9 wins and 10 minor placings to his credit.

Pictured : Sunset Callisto

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 1 Number 7 CANYA GULFSTREAM : Powered away to win the first event by ten lengths.

Race 2 Number 2 GRAY GREY : Flew out to lead and win in a slick 17.01.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

Weight Variations

20240405 – Mandurah Friday

“Oreo Apprentice breaks losing sequence of 13 for Pierson”

Son of Mepunga Blazer Oreo Apprentice relished box two tonight when he booted up strongly to lead his rivals over 488m. He came into the race only having won 1 of 16 but had improved at his last couple to be placed over 400m and 488m. Tonight he sprinted clear in the back straight before winning by four lengths in 27.50. Race favourite Crossing ran second and half a length away third was All Grunt. Oreo Apprentice is trained out of Southern River by Colleen Pierson and is a full brother to handy types Jeep Broker, Blood Diamante, Not The Hair and Gold Jerry Gold.

Pictured: Nitro’s Ruby

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 3 Number 5 SUNSET PINBALL : Improved to fill third position at 70/1.

Race 5 Number 6 SUNSET ALI : Made light work of a quality field and clocked 22.08.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20240322 – Mandurah Friday

“Sunset Hornet sizzles into Good Friday Cup Final”

The Good Friday Cup has been contested three times with previous winners being Canya Cruise, Panama Pepper and last year Key Moment. Five heats were staged tonight with all winners and the three fastest thirds advancing to next Friday’s final. Heat One saw promising sprinter Sunset Hornet capitalise on box one, winning by four lengths in a blistering 21.90 that equaled Crumble Monelli’s track record. Ex-Victorian Get A Beer chased her home after showing terrific mid race speed. The second heat was taken out by track specialist Panadero Thunder who scored in 22.41 for Adam Smithson. Heat Three was taken out by Lil Bit Twisted who led throughout in 22.21 from box seven. Our Benson caused an upset in the fourth heat when he led throughout in 22.04 over Sunset Ali who was beaten 2.75 lengths. The final heat saw Sunset Frazier overcome a fair jump to win in 22.06 over outsider Agent Eleven. The box draw for the Good Friday Cup Final :

1) SUNSET ALI
2) BARRIO BEAST
3) GET A BEER
4) LIL BIT TWISTED
5) SUNSET FRAZIER
6) OUR BENSON
7) SUNSET HORNET
8) PANADERO THUNDER
9) AGENT ELEVEN
10) RUBIDIUM

Pictured : Sunset Hornet

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 5 Number 4 SUNSET TYSON : Had no luck but flashed home late to finish fourth and looks ready to win.

Race 7 Number 7 AGENT ELEVEN : Mustered early and stuck on well behind Sunset Frazier.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20240308 – Mandurah Friday

“Pretty Hot wins again for Adam Smithson”

Former Victorian Pretty Hot has relished racing since switching to racing at Mandurah over the 488m distance. The daughter of Orson Allen was unplaced at her first three WA starts at Cannington over 520m and 600m before Nambeelup trainer Adam Smithson nominated for Mandurah. She resumed with a tough second from box eight behind Erasmus Duke on February 23. Last Friday she went one better when victorious in 27.57 and this evening she repeated the dose with another win in 27.62. She unleashed a mighty surge in the middle stages to take the lead before holding off Butter Me Up (Rod Noden) and Marathon (Kevin Phillips) over the concluding stages. Her mother Tink was a consistent money-spinner in NSW accumulating 12 wins, 12 seconds and 10 thirds from her 55 career outings.

Pictured : Unleashed Mayhem

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 4 Number 8 LIP TRICKS : Caught the eye with a close up fourth.

Race 5 Number 7 WEST ON BOOMER : Flew over 488m and won by a whopping nine lengths.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20240301 – Mandurah Friday

“West On Boomer wins Great Western for Chris Halse”

Excellent young sprinter West On Boomer led throughout to win tonight’s GreyhoundsWA Great Western Final over 400m. The son of Kinloch Brae ran second in his heat last Friday behind Sunset Hornet but was able to hold off the challengers when it mattered tonight. Race favourite Our Benson came with a spirited late surge but fell a length short and finished a length in front of the third placed Sunset Hornet. West On Boomer clocked 22.31 and took his career record to 7 wins from 20 career starts. It was Halse’s second triumph in the WA bred feature event after West On Grit scored in 2021.

HOUNDS TO FOLLOW :

Race 1 Number 8 SUNSET BUBBLES : Powered over the top of Under She Goes to salute in bold fashion.

Race 2 Number 7 BUTTER ME UP : Matched Unleashed Mayhem for a long way and will be winning over 400m very soon.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)