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20240418 – Cannington Thursday – The Sandgroper

Hector Fawley wins 2024 Sandgroper for the Ladbrokes slot holders. Trained by Lisa Cockerell, Hector Fawley was last out and first home in 29.42 secs.

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20230414 – Cannington Friday – The Sandgroper Final

BLACK SALMON (West On Augie- Legit Boss) recorded his first win at Cannington after holding out Follow Me Home in the run to the line. The Jodie Reichard trained dog was in good form at Mandurah with 3 consecutive wins before being unplaced at his first two starts at Cannington.

ASH THE FLASH (My Redeemer-Moltisanti) broke through after 3 minor placings with a 2 1/4 length win over Rowdy Bourbski in 30.21. The Rod Noden trained bitch ended a losing sequence of 22 in saluting.

PAUA OF MOLLY (Sennachie-Paua To Admit) flashed late at Big If and won by a nose in 30.12. The Damien Crudeli trained dog recorded his first win in 9 starts at Cannington. The black bitch has now won 8 times from 33 starts.

GRANITE SONG (Aston Dee Bee-Juniper Twedo) scored a head win ove Pudding Monelli in a driving finish in the first ever running of The Sunchaser, the consolation for the Sandgroper. The Diane Carmody trained chaser has now won 21 of 67 starts and over $165000 in stakes.

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20190628 – Mandurah Friday – The Sandgroper

“Garbandt too good in Sandgroper”

The feature race was the WA bred restricted Sandgroper Final over 490m and with race favourite Kiss Me Linda a scratching there looked to be many winning chances on paper. Garbrandt who drew box one in his heat and scored in 27.70 was well backed into favourite. He was headed initially by Niobium (box two) but surged home in the front straight to claim victory by a length for owner/trainer Jamie Marsh. It was Garbrandt’s tenth career win and the $6,000 winner’s cheque took his career earnings over $50,000.

Pictured : Garbrandt

Brilliant chaser Starlight Yoyo put up a mighty effort to win tonight’s Mandurah Mail Free For All over 490m. The 25kg bitch began poorly from box three and found herself fifth at the first turn and with traffic problems. New Echo, Sunset Octavia and Black Bombshell all began well and were vying for the lead leaving the back straight as Starlight Yoyo ducked to the rail in fourth position. She burst through on the inside at the top of the straight before charging away to win by four lengths in a sizzling 27.46. New Echo held second spot for Terry Erenshaw ahead of the Enzo Crudeli trained Black Bombshell. Starlight Yoyo has now won 6 of 8 at the Mandurah track, 19 of 35 overall and over $96,000 in career earnings.


Race 2 Number 5 MAGIC MAMBA : Sizzled clear of rivals again for another effortless 405m victory in 22.53.

Race 4 Number 8 BROOKTON BOMBER : Mustered brilliantly from box 8 to be second at the first turn before losing gallantly by half a length.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20190627 – Jamie Marsh Interview

We caught up with Jamie Marsh to discuss the comeback of Cosmic Ox and Cosmic Gas as well his chances in Friday night’s The Sandgroper Final.

20190621 – Mandurah Friday – The Sandgroper Heats

“Kiss Me Linda qualifies fastest for Sandgroper Final”

Top shelf sprinter Kiss Me Linda made light work of her Sandgroper heat tonight, leading throughout in a fast 27.55 from box three. The fast beginner was heavily backed into $1.30 and didn’t let her supporters down, quickly establishing a buffer before recording a time that would win most Free For Alls over the 490m distance. The victory notched a hat-trick of wins after she won her previous two starts over 520m at Cannington. The daughter of Kinloch Brae ran second in the WA Oaks Final earlier this month and also was a Perth Cup finalist back in March. The Tania Thomas trained Spitting Venom ran a gallant second to her and was only beaten 2.75 lengths. The other three heat winners were Deberti (27.80), Venus And Mars (27.78) and Garbrandt (27.70).

Pictured : Kiss Me Linda

The box draw for next Friday’s Sandgroper Final :

Box Greyhound Trainer
NIOBIUM T. Erenshaw


Race 2 Number 5 MAGIC MAMBA : Began swiftly and carved out a sizzling 22.66 at his 405m debut.

Race 7 Number 5 COSMIC OX : Rocketed out and led all the way in a flying 22.40 for Jamie Marsh.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20180209 – Mandurah Friday

“The Sandgroper” winner West On Augie

20180202 – Mandurah Friday

“West On Augie equals 490m track record”

Freakish youngster West On Augie put in a blinder tonight, winning the first heat of The Sandgroper series by eleven lengths. Six nights earlier at Cannington he won by eight lengths over 520m clocking the fine times of 5.35 (first section) and 29.54 (overall). Tonight he held out an early challenge from Poppy Monelli before surging away from a top field and equalling the track record of 27.08. West On Augie is by Fernando Bale and is out of Te Amo, trained by Chris Halse and may well be the next Reggemite. The other two heats were won by veteran Lilly’s Spirit (in 27.68) and Black Bombshell (in 27.76). The box draw for next Friday’s Sandgroper Final :

Box Greyhound Trainer
Benny Monelli David Hobby
Lilly’s Spirt Greg Martin
Zinnia Monelli David Hobby
Patchy Cat Chris Halse
Lhotse Monelli David Hobby
Black Bombshell Enzo Crudeli
West On Augie Chris Halse
Poppy Monelli David Hobby
Waterloo Monelli David Hobby
Petria Monelli David Hobby


Race 2 Number 3 SUPREME OLLIE : Rocketed home at the finish to be fifth, but 5m after the post was second.

Race 3 Number 6 PEAK MONELLI : Caught the eye out wide to grab third a some very smart types.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20170210 – Mandurah Friday

“Star-studded lineup for this year’s Sandgroper Final”

The Sandgroper is a series restricted to WA Bred chasers who are either Grade 4 or 5 chasers at the Mandurah circuit. Notable past winners of the race are Showpiece (2007), Uno Reltub (2011), Star Recall (2014), Astronomize (2015) and Senator Monelli (2016). Three heats were contested tonight with first and second across the line guaranteed a start in next Friday’s Final. The Chris Halse prepared Capital Zed made a mess of the first heat, scoring by five lengths in 27.59 after setting up a big lead in the middle stages. Kennel mate West On Jill flooded home to run second a head in front of Bambam Gundi. Heat Two produced an upset result with track specialist Incognito Mac leading throughout for Kylie McLennan (pictured). Fellow outsider Black Herc ran second for Collie trainer Grant Campbell and the Exacta returned $750 with the WA TAB. Heat Three proved to be a walk in the park for favourite Equanimity who exploded out and won easily in 27.52. Six nights earlier the Enzo Crudeli trained chaser won the Group One Perth Cup and it was no surprise to see him glide to victory. Mendoza Monelli hit the line hard to finish second but was beaten eight lengths. Due to ongoing steward’s enquiries the box draw for the Sandgroper will be conducted by the grader on Tuesday.


Race 1 Number 1 SON OF CAESAR : Became mobile late to finish fifth but hit the line like a rocket.

Race 3 Number 2 INCOGNITO MAC : Won his 15th race over 490m from 47 starts. An underrated type who can give cheek in the final.

Ryan Levitzke (commentator)