The Sandgroper series kicks off on Friday night at Mandurah, with four heats being conducted for the best WA bred provincial grade greyhounds. Hopeland trainer Kody Charles has Tyler Rocks representing his kennels in the third heat, set to jump from the 490 metre boxes.
The son of Collide – Night Melody has had 11 starts for five wins and three minor placings. His luck with inside box draws has given him the leading edge in a number of his starts; the white and black dog will be making his debut from the green box in the Sandgroper heats.
“Last start he did a few things wrong and was given a satisfactory trial. He did his trial on Tuesday and went really good. He won the trial easy and did everything right, so he was cleared to run on Friday night.” Trainer Kody Charles explains.
“I think he should find the front, that’s obviously where he races best.”
The 32 kilo dog is stepping up in distance from recent starts; Charles doesn’t believe it will bother his chaser because he has won on multiple occasions over Northam’s 509 metre distance.
“He isn’t real strong, with a bit of time he could get the 500 at Cannington, but I’m not 100% sure he will make it. His mum was a sprinter; she nearly won the Birthday Cup (405metres) a couple of years ago.”
“The litter has been disappointing, he is the only pup to come out of Night Melody. She was a real good bitch so I expected a pretty handy litter. He is above average, with a good record and goes really well, but I thought there would have been a few more in the litter like him.”
“Night Melody has had another litter to Velocette in Queensland, I did a pup deal and have got one from the litter. I chose a dog; looking back I guess I made the right choice because of Tyler Rocks.”
“On paper, his heat looks to be one of the weaker heats. Linda Britton’s Magia is the dog that is going to be the hardest to beat. Tyler Rocks is improving all the time and he is an above average dog; his early box speed is what will give him his edge in the heats.”
Tyler Rocks’ heat is set to jump at 7.57 Perth time. Although he is yet to win over this distance he has great form coming into the race. Magia is jumping from box four; he has come off a speedy victory over 405 metres on Tuesday night. The black dog has had two starts over this distance for two wins, which should earn him favouritism.
Lexia Isaac has Fun Princess coming out of box two; she is making the trip down to Mandurah after finishing fourth at Cannington. The black bitches last two starts at Mandurah over 490 metres have seen her finish first past the post and she has won from a range of boxes; box seven looks to be her favourite, winning on three occasions. Miller’s Fury is looking for her fourth consecutive win; she has been winning over Northam’s 588 metre trip, making her hard to run down if she is in the lead.
Sissoko looks to be the dog to beat in the first heat of the Sandgroper, jumping at 7.17 Perth time. He is wearing the blue rug and is having his third start back from a stint on the sidelines. The black and white dog won the Peel Plate final over the 405 metre distance for trainer Jamie Marsh on Tuesday night. Although it was a messy race, with Rapid Kid and Lost Outlaw falling, he shot around the outside to win convincingly from box eight.
Peter Hepple’s Charity Earner is jumping from box one; she has won three of her last four races from a mixture of boxes. Although her last run was over 405 metres, she has stepped up to Northam’s 509 metre race and Cannington’s 530; so running out the 490 metre trip should not come as an issue for her.
Linda Britton has On Coins brother, West On Hudson, jumping from box two. The black dog is beautifully bred, but one downfall has been his box manners; which will do more harm than good over the Mandurah 490 metres. Premier Fun is stepping down from both Mandurah and Cannington’s 600 metre races. Strength will be on the Lexia Isaac trained chaser’s side, making it a very difficult task to run her down if she happens to jump to the front.
Linda Britton has two contenders in the second heat of the night (7.37 Perth time); West On Raven, also a brother to On Coin, and Bekim Maxim. West On Raven has finished no worse then second on her previous two encounters over this distance. Box five won’t be doing her any favours with fast dogs on her inside.
Bekim Maxim is in fine form at the moment and he is yet to run unplaced from his first four career starts. Paul Stuart’s Cee Sheen comes into the race without a win in his previous four starts. He ran third last week from box three after missing the start; he should bring strength into the race from his Cannington starts.
David Hobby’s Kova Monelli looks the dog to beat in the heat jumping from box two. Although running fourth last week at Cannington, he was able to run 30.53 two starts back from box two.
The last heat of the night, set to run at 8.12 Perth time, has the very exciting WA bred chaser Star Recall jumping from box four for Linda Britton. The little black bitch out of High Earner – No Recall has only run unplaced on one occasion in her six career starts. Britton’s second contender Rapid Kid is an unlikely starter after falling in the Peel Plate final on Tuesday night.
Where’s The Fun is jumping from box eight for trainer Lexia Isaac and will be searching for her fourth consecutive win; she has run 27.61 previously, which will put her in with a great place chance. Cool Cadel is making the trip to back to Mandurah after multiple successful starts at Northam and Cannington. Running over 509 and 530 metres should give her a helping hand in the strength department.
Kody Charles believes that the dog to beat in the heats is Linda Britton’s Star Recall. His excitement lay not in the heats, but with his pricey chaser Powerhouse, who is in the process of finding form after spending 12 weeks on an injury induced break.
“He is coming back after tearing his groin. He went in a bit underdone in his last couple of starts. We paid good money for him so we have to push on for Perth Cup.”