Dave Hobby’s Sneaky Emoji triumphs in thrilling 2024 WA Derby

Sneaky Emoji
Sneaky Emoji gave trainer Dave Hobby his third win in the 2 and a feature race quinella beating .

Leading WA greyhound trainer Dave Hobby secured back-to-back wins in the WA Derby on Saturday night, May 18, 2024, when Sneaky Emoji led in a kennel quinella in the age and sex restricted race.

Hobby won the 2023 version of the same race with , and gave himself every chance of a repeat performance in the $60,000 to-the-winner race by qualifying three greyhounds in the 2024 final.

Greyhound betting sites sent Dave Hobby's 2024 The Sandgroper runner-up, Sunset Frazier, to the boxes as the +120 race favourite from box three, while his other two charges were given little hope by greyhound punters, with Sunset Tyson priced at +1300, and eventual winner Sneaky Emoji the rank outsider of the field at +1500.

Of interest, all three of Hobby's 2024 WA Derby finalists were sired by Sunset Spitfire, who was bred, owned, and trained by the Hobby family, and won 14 races and $93,100 in prizemoney in a short 17 start career.

At the lids flew, greyhound punters were on good terms with themselves as Sunset Frazier pinged the start to lead by a clear three lengths heading into the first corner.

But the writing was on the wall for punters when Sneaky Emoji, who has had three starts over the Cannington 600 metre middle distance for two wins and a second, was able to get to a clear second early.

By the time the two kennelmates headed past the 600 metre boxes, it was clear that Sneaky Emoji's stamina was going to be the decisive difference in the run to the line.

To the delight of greyhound bookmakers, at the finish line, Sneaky Emoji swept past the favourite and went on to win by 1.5 lengths in 29.72.

2024 Group 2 WA Derby Final – Sneaky Emoji (29.72) T: Dave Hobby

Sneaky Emoji lead in a Dave Hobby-trained quinella in the 2024 Group 2 WA Derby at Cannington.

Sneaky Emoji, by Sunset Spitfire from 2018 Group 2 WA Oaks finalist, , has now won nine races and run eight placings from 27 starts.

The 35-kg black dog who is bred, owned, and trained by Hobby has now $64,020 in career earnings.

Sneaky Emoji, a 2024 Group 1 finalist, like kennelmate and runner-up Sunset Frazier, gives Dave Hobby his third win in the time-honoured WA Derby as a trainer, having won with Crumble Monelli in 2023, and in 2008.

Sunset Frazier took his record to 10 wins and seven placings from 19 starts.

Bouyed by a second in this year's rich The Sandgroper slot-race, Sunset Frazier has earned $180,105 in prizemoney for Dave and Clint Hobby.

2024 Group 2 WA Derby

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