Mambo's Record Breaking Pace Sets Up Galaxy

STEVE Withers jokes that the 275m The Dart is coming up soon at Cannington and he might just produce Mambo Monelli in the series.

David Brasch

18 March 2022

STEVE Withers jokes that the 275m The Dart is coming up soon at Cannington and he might just produce Mambo Monelli in the series.

But first, Mambo Monelli (Se Tali Sundance-Camelia Monelli) is to start favourite in Saturday night’s Group 1 WA Galaxy … over 715m.

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The reason for Steve’s “mirth” is the fact in his first two starts over 715m (from the 275m boxes), Mambo Monelli first equalled the track record of 15.66 and then, in last week’s heats of the Galaxy, he went 15.65.

Mambo Monelli has been in the Withers kennel for just eight weeks coming from Dave Hobby who split up his kennel after refusing the Covid-19 vaccine mandate by WA racing authorities.

“Dave did a fantastic job building this dog into a special performer, another fantastic galloper,” said Withers. “I admire Dave Hobby for a lot of different reasons.”

Mambo Monelli won his Galaxy heat last week in a best of the night 41.56.

He has come up with box four in Saturday night’s rich finale.

“The box draw is not imperative to him,” said Withers. “He only needs to get his first step out of the boxes right and his early pace will see him in front.”

Withers is under no illusions the Galaxy final will be tough.

“The one (Zipping Virginia) and the eight (Mepunga Ruby) are perfectly boxed,” he said. “And Pilbara went terrific in the heats.”

Immediate plans are to get over the Galaxy run and then look to a Easter Egg carnival target with Mambo Monelli aimed at the Group 1 Association Cup in April.

“He will have a look at Wentworth Park of course,” said Steve.

Withers won last year’s Golden Easter Egg with kennel superstar Tommy Shelby.