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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

20200125 – Cannington Saturday – The Miata Heats

“Miata Final promises to be a ripper”
Two heats of the Miata were held tonight over 715m with the first four from each event progressing to next Saturday’s final. The first heat featured track record holder and earner of $870,000 Tornado Tears, who was sent out $1.30. The champ settled second at the first turn, tracking promising youngster Flake Monelli with Barcali and Abstract Miss lobbing third and fourth respectively. Tornado Tears (pictured) overhauled Flake Monelli in the shadows of the post and posted 41.78, a moderate time by his standards and well outside of his record of 41.25. Flake Monelli was beaten a length and two lengths away third was the strong finishing Barcali. Heat Two loomed as a showdown between SA visitor Zipping Galon and reigning National Distance winner Reidy’s Runner. Zipping Galon struck early interference and Reidy’s Runner suffered a minor injury in transit, allowing rank outsider Inversion to lead throughout. The box draw for the Miata Final :

Box Greyhound Trainer
Race 1 Number 9 QUARA’S ZADE : Caused an upset by leading throughout in a smart 30.19 which was his fifteenth career win.
Race 6 Number 5 ROCKSTAR PATRIOT : Ran on strongly in smart time and a rise to 715m will be on the cards soon in the lead up to The Galaxy.
Ryan Levitzke (commentator)

20191214 – Cannington Saturday

PROPER CHARLIE (Kinloch Brae- Little Charlie) scored a 3 length win in the opening race after railing underneath the leaders coming around the home corner. The John Iwanyk trained dog had been racing without luck after a recent win at the track in a similar time too his winning run of 22.02.

KAT’S HUGHY (Black Magic Opal- Big Kat) was the first of a number of new greyhounds from Victoria now in the care of Joe Dailly. The black dog and fellow Victorian Fab’s Excise showed speed from the middle boxes and he scored by 4 lengths over Bee Dee in 29.92.

Pictured: Shinboner Glory

20191026 – Cannington Saturday

ALICANTE BOUCHET (Kilty Lad- Mighty Chaos) recorded one of his and trainer Ben Rawlings biggest wins in the sport by taking out the Greyhounds WA Gr 2All Stars Sprint final. The SA chaser jumped brilliantly from box 6 and with the favoured runners being checked on the first corner, she raced away to record a 3 length win over Dyna Oscar in 29.75. The black bitch had tried to qualify for the Gr 1 Perth Cup earlier in the year without luck.

ROLO MONELLI (Fernando Bale- Dyna Sandy) ran home strongly to claim the leader Canya Oscar on the home corner before drawing away to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 30.01. The David Hobby trained youngster is yet to turn two years of age, however has recorded 3 wins from 13 starts and another 6 placings.

GOBLIN MONELLI (Magic Sprite- Jackie Bale) dominated at his first try over the 600 metres after leading throughout from box 7. The David Hobby trained dog dropped off his rivals as he went on to score by 7 lengths over Fantastic Ghost in 34.91. The black dog has now won 9 times from 29 starts.

20190720 – Cannington Saturday

FLYIN’ RYAN (David Bale- Tearsabout Tears) recorded his Maiden win at his second start back from injury. The talented pup was off the scene for 2 months and showed his improvement with a strong finish to score by a length over One Last Hurrah in 22.35 over the 380 metres.

BOOM DOWN (Magic Sprite- Lochinvar Vogue) weaved his way through the field to score a last stride head victory over Back On Lava over the 715 metres. The former Eastern States trained dog recorded his second win over the 715 metes relegating Gr 1 Sky Racing Galaxy winner back to third. The black dog clocked 42.32.   Pictured : Boom Down

EMPTY CHAMBER (Gun Hand- Crystal Hand) showed speed from box 8 and once in front was able to race away from his rivals to score an 11 length win in 29.97. The win was the brindle dogs first in WA since joining the kennels of Terry Erenshaw and takes his career tally to 6 from 46 career starts.

STARLIGHT YOYO (Fernando Bale- Starlight Delly) went 5.40 first split to lead the class FFA field into the back straight. The Paul Stuart trained bitch recorded her 4th consecutive victory scoring by 2 lengths over kennel mate Campini in 29.75.