Stout Monelli has won the first feature final of 2022 for trainer Tim Aloisi, making it a threepeat of feature race wins with another brilliant performance in the Listed SA Sprint Championship final at Angle Park on Thursday night.
After taking out the final of the Ashes during the Festival of Fire and then the Kate’s A Scandal Xmas Sprint the son of Barcia Bale and Corona Monelli started a well supported favourite with Aussie bookies last night and he didn’t disappoint.
Jumping well from box 1, Stout Monelli withheld the challenge from Victa Grosso for Tony Rasmussen for the lead in the early stages to take control at the winning post on the first occasion.
While kennel mates Mallee Magic and Victa Mikey looked to grab a forward position, with Victa Haydn slotting in just off the speed for the Rasmussen team.
Going into the back straight and Stout Monelli was going strongly in the lead, quickly followed by Victa Grosso who was in hot pursuit with the two leaders opening up a break from Mallee Magic and Victa Haydn who was making good ground along the inside.
It looked a two dog race up the back straight as Victa Grosso closed onto the heels of Stout Monelli, with a further three lengths back to Victa Haydn.
Turning for home it looked like Victa Grosso was going to challenge for the lead however Stout Monelli slipped into another gear and raced away for an impressive all the way victory.
Stout Monelli won by one length from Victa Haydn who flew along the inside for second just ahead of Victa Grosso back in third.
Stout Monelli’s performance was highlighted by his time, running a brilliant 30.17 for the 530m journey, which was the quickest by a South Australian-trained greyhound on the newly redeveloped Angle Park greyhound track.
Stout Monelli is owned and trained by Tim Aloisi and now has the impressive record of 45 starts for 24 wins and 14 minor placings and prize money of over $226,000.
John Gray Heats results & box draw
The other feature on last nights program was five heats of the 2022 John Gray Grade 5 Feature where we saw some exciting greyhounds stake their claim for the $14,275 final next week.
John Gray heat results
Heat winners were:
Heat 1 – Brief 30.60
Heat 2 – It’s Smudgy 30.38
Heat 3 – Mr. Ticket 30.81
Heat 4 – Weblec Blade 30.60
Heat 5 – Sunset Toxic 30.30
John Gray box draw 2022
The box draw for the 2022 John Gray Grade 5 Feature final for next Thursday January 20 was conducted on track last night at Angle Park:
- Weblec Blade (Ray Barkla)
- Alfieri (Bill Wudarczyk)
- Mr. Ticket (Ben Rawlings)
- Brief (Kim Johnstone)
- It’s Smudgy (Clint Trengove)
- Springvale Maddi (Cherylee Barber)
- Steve Monelli (Adrien Chevalier)
- Sunset Toxic (Ken Gill)
- Aston Marlon (1st Res) (David Peckham)
- Enthusiastic (2nd Res) (Nicole Price)