2022 SA Sprint Championship Final Review Written by: Shaun Mathieson
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2022 SA Sprint Championship Final - Review

Last night’s first feature race of 2022 saw Stout Monelli for trainer Tim Aloisi make it a three peat of feature race wins with another brilliant performance in the Listed SA Sprint Championship final. 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 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 of the speed all for the Rasmussen team.

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 of the back straight as Victa Grosso closed onto the heels of Stout Monelli with a further 3 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. He won by 1 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 is the quickest by an SA trained greyhound on the newly redeveloped Angle Park track.


Stout Monelli is owned and trained by Tim Aloisi and now has the impressive record of 45 starts with 24 wins and 14 minor placings and prizemoney of over $226,000.


2022 John Gray Heats - 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. 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


The box draw for the 2022 John Gray Grade 5 Feature final for next Thursday 20thJanuray was conducted on track last night at Angle Park:

  1. Weblec Blade                                                     Ray Barkla
  2. Alfieri                                                                  Bill Wudarczyk
  3. Mr. Ticket                                                           Ben Rawlings
  4. Brief                                                                    Kim Johnstone
  5. It’s Smudgy                                                        Clint Trengove
  6. Springvale Maddi                                               Cherylee Barber
  7. Steve Monelli                                                     Adrien Chevalier
  8. Sunset Toxic                                                      Ken Gill
  9. Aston Marlon (1st Res)                                      David Peckham
  10. Enthusiastic (2nd Res)                                        Nicole Price


Photo: Tim Aloisi and Stout Monelli share some love

Credit: Kurt Donsberg Photography