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Well another year over and again an epic one for many different reasons. An 11th Trainer of the Year title and an 8th consecutive one certainly didn’t come easy and we were pushed all the way by Patrick Janssens who himself had a great year, indeed at one stage in late summer we were some 240 points behind my good friend and former Assistant Trainer but for a magical September and October where we not only won three Category 1 titles but we had the runners up in two of them scoring us huge points. The records show we had 221 open race winners and amassed an incredible 1120 points which included four Category 1 successes.

I’ve said in the press it was a game of two halves in 2019 and this was the case. Still dealing with the blow of losing Towcester in 2018 we had established ourselves at Henlow but the truth is that it’s hard to find owners at the well run track as Henlow is essentially racing for the bookmakers service, though promoter Kevin Boothby is as generous as he can be. Running a large graded kennel where I owned at least 33 % of the dogs is financial suicide, I’ve gradually ironed that out over the year and as we began to straighten up so our overall results have improved.
 
baroness_bullet_fd.JPGThe loss of the likes of Bruisers Bullet retiring early in the year and  the highly talented Baroness Bullet, due to injury, to our strength meant that we had to fight hard for everything we had and hope some new stock would be forthcoming. The winners in the first three months were hard to come by but there was a glimmer of hope as Antigua Fire (formerly Towcester Story) was a big money signing and a quality purchase for owners Amanda and Nic Jeal. We had to wait until March for our first competition winner when Chubbys Caviar took the Category 2 Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup and we were still struggling to keep pace with our challengers as again winners were few and far between.
 
 
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Step forward our legend Aayamza Breeze who ran a corker from off the pace to set up a thrilling finish in the Coral Regency final where she prevailed by the narrowest margin, I made this the Performance of 2019 just shading Bumblebee Bullet's TV Trophy win and Antigua Fire's Kent St Leger demolition.
 
The kennel was strengthened considerably when Nic and Amanda moved the rest of their team to us and the Bruiser Boyz shrewdly picked up a bargain in Bumblebee Bullet while we also nursed the near retired and high class Aayamza Express back to full health. The feelgood factor in the sport came back as Romford opened its new Grandstand and we quickly took advantage landing the Champion Stakes with Aayamza Express and then the following week bagged a 1-2 in the TV Trophy courtesy of Bumblebee Bullet beating Aayamza Breeze. Not that long after we poured in another kennel 1-2 when the brilliant Antigua Fire scorched around Crayford to land the Kent St Leger beating Brigadier Bullet. We pressed home our advantage and what seemed a lost cause at one stage was now almost a mere formality.
 
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There were other rough patches in the first half of the year, we lost a nice bitch through a serious virus, a meat contamination positive was harshly dealt with in my opinion and an example was made of me yet two months later a number of trainers were exonerated for exactly the same thing which left me scratching my head in disbelief. A slight trainer to trainer feud is something I won’t go into and then there was the sad loss of two outstanding people in Pete Vernon and Dick Barfoot in 2019. Thankfully we have come through and the enjoyment of the big race wins completely outweigh the negatives I've just mentioned.
 
As always I can not possibly achieve all the success without a fantastic family and staff around me. My wife Sarah is a total rock and I’ve so enjoyed our children Daniel and Emily taking a more active role in the kennel than ever before, they are awesome. Linda is there for us in the background and we have had the same staff all year and hope to again in 2020. Sid, Kat, Justine, Kevin and Kiera all ensure the Greyhounds' welfare is of paramount importance and we are thankful to them. We continue to heap praise on our physio Ron Mills who is a major part of our success and our owners have been completely behind us through thick and thin all year long and I’m glad so many have enjoyed some more great success rewarding their patience.
 
Our website continues to get massive praise and so it should as we work hard making it as up to date as possible and our new podcast is a welcome addition to 2019. Thank you to all of them and here’s hoping you enjoy reading our full review.
 
JANUARY
 
saleen_ash_fd.JPGAfter another successful 2018 the new year got off to a good start at Romford with a treble in the Coral Coronation Cup heats as Brigadier Bullet, Chubbys Caviar and Saleen Ash all won well. Romford was virtually still behind closed doors as ambitious plans were made to rebuild the stadium while the racing continued. Both Brigadier Bullet and Chubbys Caviar marched into the final with authoritative semi final wins.
 
We were hit hard by some major injuries in 2018 and the year couldn’t have started any worse on that front as promising stayer and one of the leading favourites for the Golden Jacket Baroness Bullet broke her stopper bone in a trial at Crayford and was immediately retired to the breeding paddocks, in my opinion that would cost us over 100 points in the Trainer of the Year standings as she looked set for a massive year.
 
bombers_bullet_fd.JPGIt was a disappointing week as Brigadier Bullet and Chubbys Caviar were second and third respectively behind Patrick Janssen’s Desperado Dan in the final of the Coronation Cup and the open race winners had dried up considerably.
 
We celebrated an excellent GBGB awards night at the plush Park Plaza in London with Bombers Bullet taking the Stayer of the Year award and I proudly picked up a stunning 10th Trainer of the Year award on behalf of our all conquering kennel.
 
FEBRUARY
 
brigadier_bullet_fd.JPGA disappointing month for us overall on the track. In form Brigadier Bullet, ante post favourite for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford made it an event for us to forget as he bowed out at the first stage when finding trouble in a hot heat while our other runners were also eliminated leaving us empty handed at the semi final stage. Our attempt to win an amazing eight successive Peter Bussey Memorial titles also came to an end as defending champion Saleen Ash was down the field in the final.
 
The Golden Jacket was won by Stardom who just shaded the Irish raider Towcester Story and shortly after there was dramatic news that we had snapped up the Irish star who had become available for sale and we were delighted to take him in for Amanda and Nic Jeal and he was renamed Antigua Fire.
 
After last year's temperatures as low as -15 degrees causing mayhem to the fixtures we were treated to an incredible mild February where temperatures touched 18 degrees at times, crazy!
 
Our website launched its new Retirement page with pictures of loads of our ex racers enjoying their retirement which is proving very popular. At the end of the month it was close at the top of the Trainer of the Year standings with my former assistant trainer and friend Patrick Janssens sitting proudly at the top after a great start to 2019.
 
MARCH
 
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March saw us take in a number of dogs from owners Amanda and Nic Jeal including 2018 Gymcrack winner Brinkleys Poet, this would considerably strengthen our open race team which was much needed after the retirement of Bruisers Bullet who came off sore from his comeback trials. Bruiser owed connections nothing and I’m sure he will be a major force in the coming years as a stud dog.
 
droopys_cruiser_fd.jpgA frantic start to the month with a number of competitions starting and a GTA Trainers Championship at Sheffield to look forward to at the start of April. Droopys Cruiser stepped up from graded racing at Henlow to make the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby final our first Category 1 finalist in 2019 but was taken out at the first bend when finishing down the field, a good achievement to make the final nonetheless.
 
Aayamza Breeze entering her 5th year ran well when runner up in the high class Greyhound Star Marathon at Henlow behind Goldies Hotspur, this was another battle between the two that would see them race against each other many times over the coming months. Also at Henlow, our fastest semi final winner of the Category 2 Maiden Gold Cup, Razldazl Valerie, poorly drawn in trap 4 was bowled over and our other runner Nothing But Love also finding trouble our luck seemed out this month and again we were unlucky in the Queen Mother heats at Sheffield as Antigua Fire’s debut race saw him eliminated in a tough first round heat.
 
News coming through was that Liz Mcnair pulled out of the GTA Trainers Championship meeting and reserve Matt Dartnall came in only to drop out himself shortly afterwards with John Mullins happily taking his place.
 
APRIL
 
The start of April was all about the Gain GTA Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield and I still feel that this event is second only to the Derby in terms of prestige and excitement, sadly the industry & bookmakers don’t seem to support it as much as they should, the event should have loads of appeal from a betting point of view and if the bookmakers got right behind it the owners ,trainers and kennelhands would do much better out of it. In the end the GTA do well to make it as special as they can, an excellent luncheon with the draw at Napoleons Casino for example, and Gain put up as much prize money as they can in sponsorship.
 
This year's event itself was as memorable as I can remember as a plethora of canine talent lined up for the eight races. We had to wait until leg 5 before we had a winner when Antigua Fire bolted in for a debut victory over 660m and we could count ourselves unlucky not to have scored more points during the event but as it was going into the last leg incredibly 5 of the 6 trainers involved mathematically still had a chance to win including ourselves. We had a lively outsider in Glory Snake but step forward Droopys Expert who never looked in danger giving Angela Harrison and her partner Jimmy Wright a deserving first victory in the competition.
 
chubbys_caviar_fd.JPGSadly our former kennelhand and one of the most popular people in Greyhound Racing Pete Vernon lost his battle against serious illness and passed away, many throughout the industry attended his funeral and paid tribute to a very nice,kind man.
 
Chubbys Caviar marched through to the Category 2 Bunny Gold Cup Final and amazingly we had four of the runners as Garryglass Champ, Busters Bullet and Towstar Arry all qualified with the other two finalists being trained by Paul Young. Chubbys Caviar ran really well to land the final by 1 1/2 lengths in 33.58.
 
Despite the Henlow success it wasn’t the greatest of months with three bitches Culchieland, Towstar Jess  andRazldazl Valerie all sustaining minor but career ending injuries and defending champion Parker’s Dynamite being eliminated from the Grand National at the first stage. The Coral Regency got under way at Hove and we had mixed results but veteran Aayamza Breeze made it through to her third consecutive final
 
We had a particular tough week, a hard bout of sickness was rife amongst many kennels and tracks and we sadly lost a bitch, Muxton Snowy, through a shocking hard hitting virus called Haemorrhagic Enteritis which sent shockwaves through the industry and tracks and kennels were having a huge disinfection clean up, thankfully it was a totally isolated incident.
 
A bright spot was the return to the track of the former top class Brinkleys Poet after serious injury, he had completed some excellent trials and had come off sound though he would struggle in his first couple of races back though he ran well enough.
 
aayamza_breeze_regency19.jpgThe tough month ended on an extraordinary high as our veteran Aayamza Breeze sensationally won the £10,000 Coral Regency Final coming from last to first to beat old rival Goldies Hotspur by the minimum margin in a flying 41.42. Incredibly it was her third consecutive final and was our second winner of the Regency to come back from serious injury to win the title following Billy’s Bullet’s emotional victory in 2016.
 
MAY
 
brinkleys_poet1.pngThe Regency win gave us some decent points towards the Trainer of the Year title defence which was much needed as my friend and former Assistant Trainer Patrick Janssens was racing clear at the top of the table but the beginning of the month didn’t go well as we failed to qualify for the final of the Category 1 George Ing St Leger final at Yarmouth, despite a strong hand, and our usual good luck at Crayford deserted us when we also couldn’t get a finalist in the Ladbrokes Vase at Crayford or the Maiden Gold Cup at Henlow. I was beginning to get worried why our team wasn’t firing and we were also looking at only 4 or 5 runners for the Greyhound Derby though a bright spot was Brinkleys Poet who returned to the winners podium with a scintillating 29.60 trial stake victory at Nottingham.
 
A good week before the Derby got underway when we had 7 open race winners from a dozen runners including a blistering marathon run from Aayamza Breeze who was 9 spots off the track record at Yarmouth when winning a marathon at short odds.
 
As the Derby kicked off it seemed that many people had now got used to the idea it was at Nottingham and indeed there was widespread praise for their helpfulness and excellent organisation. Three of our five entries qualified but sadly our big hope Brinkleys Piet endured a rough passage and was eliminated at the first stage.
 
JUNE
 
antigua_sands_fd.JPGThis month was all about the Derby and we managed to qualify Antigua Romeo and Antigua Sands to the 3rd round to keep our interest in the event. Monmore continued its twice monthly festival races for decent prize money and it gave us an excellent chance to get some races for our other open racers while the new Grandstand and changes to Romford were beginning to take shape and many who thought the Essex stadium was coming to an end began to get excited. Henlow’s regular Sunday opens provided us with some decent winners though we were slipping further behind Patrick Janssens in the Trainer of the Year standings as he seemed to be having winners all over the country.
 
antigua_romeo_fd.JPGA brilliant 3rd round of the Derby at Nottingham saw a lot of the cream come to the top and we were delighted to see the improving youngster Antigua Romeo reach the quarter final stage. Away from Nottingham winners were hard to come by but Aayamza Breeze qualified for a very warm Cesarewitch final over 873m at Crayford and, in the final, finished a credible third behind Burgess Honey.
 
Our Derby dreams ended at the quarter final stage when Antigua Romeo bowed out, though we would have plenty interest in the supporting competitions for the final night itself.
 
Nottingham erected temporary grandstands and marquees to accommodate a large greyhound Derby final crowd but there were problems as temperatures that day hit an unbearable 35° and when the racing started it was still an incredible 32° making it uncomfortable for all. Paul Hennessey magnificently won the Derby final with Irish raider Priceless Blake leading all the way and we had mixed results ourselves, but it was nice to win the RPGTV stayers final when Antigua Fire came from last to first to grab the spoils. Overall, it was a good night and Nottingham deserved praise for their efforts!
 
Irish greyhound Racing was rocked to the core after the damming RTE programme exposed the huge numbers of Greyhounds needlessly destroyed each year, although the figures would be largely disputed. This had a huge impact on sponsors across the board pulling out at many tracks.
 
At Romford, we waited a long time to find a competition winner but Chubbys Caviar took the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final.
 
JULY
 
Our popular five to follow competition got underway.
 
We were looking to have a good month with plenty of open race competitions beginning but worryingly our kennel seemed out of form. Antigua Fire and Chubbys Caviar were both knocked out at the semi final stage of the Three Steps to Victory, whilst we had no entries for the category one Henlow Puppy Derby.
 
antigua_rum_fd.JPGThere was hope for optimism as we introduced the high class Antigua Rum, Bumblebee Bullet and Aayamza Express who all had excellent Irish form and would strengthen up our open race team. But, Patrick Janssen’s Bockos Doomie winning the Henlow Puppy Derby rocketed him to a 200+ point lead in the Trainer of the year standings with many in the press writing our chances off of catching him.
 
The incredible warm weather continued throughout the month, this was a real issue with both travelling and at the kennels trying to keep the Greyhounds as comfortable as possible.
 
The greyhound world was saddened by the passing of Irish legend Michael Fortune, a fantastic journalist and broadcaster and instrumental in starting the popular ‘Night of the Stars’ festival at Shelbourne Park.
 
Antigua Fire recording a brilliant 37.37 at Monmore was the highlight of a largely disappointing month as both of our runners Antigua Rum and Brinkleys Poet we’re knocked out of the Sussex Cup at Hove.
 
AUGUST
 
At last, I felt like our open race dogs were beginning to run very well after a disappointing last few months. Antigua Fire particularly, as he made the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Final at Monmore and Antigua Rum made the Puppy Classic final at Nottingham. Aayamza Breeze took a marathon at Yarmouth just a length off the track record!
 
At Romford, the Champion Stakes were on the horizon and it was nice to see Aayamza Express warm up for the event by winning a minor Friday Night 500 Stayers Final.
 
antigue_vows_fd.JPGAntigua Fire ran a blinder to finish third in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers at Monmore behind Sheldan, though the 630 metres was just a little bit too sharp for him. Aayamza Express also showed that she could compete with the best when beating the high class duo of Desperado Dan and Sporting Dave in a Champion Stakes trial stake at Romford.
 
The grand opening of Romford’s new grandstand was only a couple weeks away and the Champion Stakes got underway with Antigua Vows winning well in her heat in 35.06 and with Aayamza Express scrambling to qualify back in third. There were also good open race wins for the likes of Avastorm and a fine performance from Antigua Rum to finish fourth behind the high class Ice On Fire in the Puppy Classic final at Nottingham.
 
SEPTEMBER
 
As we moved into the last four months of the year, we were some 240 points behind Patrick Janssens in the Trainer of the Year title race and though we faced a hard task, we felt we could still get close to defending our title and at last our dogs were hitting top form. Aayamza Express took her semi final of the Champion Stakes at Romford in a fastest 35.30 to make the category one final whilst Saleen Ash also qualified for another big Romford final when he was second in his semi.
 
aayamza_express_championsstakes19.JPGA magnificent night at Romford, not just for our kennel but the sport itself, as the new Grandstand opened with a superb gala card featuring the Champion Stakes final and the heats of the TV Trophy. A great draw in trap 1 for Aayamza Express was taken advantage of and our brilliant bitch raced clear to take the Category 1 title and £10,000 by just over two lengths in an excellent 34.90. Express had come back from serious injury in 2018 and nursed back to health firstly by Karol Ramsbottom in Ireland and then by ourselves with our physio Ron Mills taking deserving praise. After over 10 years as owners in our kennel without a Category 1 winner the ‘Ayamzaboys’ Syndicate picked up their second bit of top silverware after Aayamza Breeze’s Regency victory in April.
 
The TV Trophy heats also kicked off at Romford and we were treated to a high class renewal of the marathon Classic. Aayamza Breeze showed she was still a force taking her heat beating defending champion Savana Winner while our young hope Bumblebee Bullet was second to the mighty Irish challenger Riverside Honey who won by 7 lengths in a track record 54.58. A number of other winners at Romford and Monmore and also Antigua Romeo in the East Anglian Derby heats at Yarmouth finally saw our kennel in top form.
 
bumblebee_bullet_tvtrophy19.JPGWe didn’t have to wait long for another top class night of action at Romford as the following week from the Champion Stakes final we were entertained with a brilliant line up in the Coral TV Trophy final, if we didn’t think things could get any better well they did! Bumblebee Bullet, tipped up by our website at 16/1, made a mockery of her price when cracking out and leading at the first bend. It was a gruelling 925m but she kept pulling and it was kennelmate and legend Aayamza Breeze who threw down the biggest challenge and going into the last bend she looked all over the winner. Graham Holland’s odds on favourite Riverside Honey also challenged and in a dramatic finish the three crossed the line virtually together but it was Bumblebee Bullet, for the delighted Bruiser Boyz syndicate, who prevailed by a neck from kennelmate Aayamza Breeze with Riverside Honey a further neck away in 3rd. It was a tremendous 1-2 for the kennel and not only landed some nice bets but scored us huge points in the Trainer of the Year standings bringing us within 100 points of the leader Patrick Janssens.
 
coolavanny_messi_fd.JPGThe month also ended on a high at Yarmouth. We just missed out in the East Anglian Derby when Antigua Romeo was eliminated at the semi final stage but on finals night Coolavanny Messi, dropped back to sprinting, took the Green King IPA Sprint Final in a good 16.42. Antigua Fire, who had been on fire in one off races at Monmore festival meetings all year, returned to Crayford for the Category 1 Kent St Leger and after qualifying from his heat both he and Brigadier Bullet took their semi finals to go into the £7,500 decider.
 
Our winners were flowing at Monmore and Antigua Breeze, an exciting March 2018 British Bred pup clocked a superb 27.97 when winning again over 480m.
 
OCTOBER
 
News came that the Greyhound Derby would again be held at Nottingham in 2020 was more than welcome as was the news that the Oaks this year would go ahead at Swindon in December. The good vibes carried on in the sport as Henlow’s promoter Kevin Boothby announced a deal was being done for him to lease Towcester and he intended on reopening it in March 2020.
 
antigua_fire_kentstleger19.jpgA brilliant couple of months got even better at Crayford as Antigua Fire upped his game to produce a stunning performance to land the Jay and Kay Kent St Leger final over 714m giving his owners Amanda and Nic Jeal a first Category 1 title with us and rewarding them for a huge amount of support they had showed us in 2019 and hopefully long into the future. Indeed the icing was on the cake as far as Trainer of the Year points were concerned was an excellent performance from Brigadier Bullet who finished second to Antigua Fire 4 1/2 lengths away in a very good 44.93.
 
dick_barfoot.jpgWe did, however, have some sad news as one of our owners and a great friend to all in Greyhound Racing Dick Barfoot sadly passed away. Over the years Dick and his wife Ann and their family had been huge supporters of our kennel and he always liked to find a decent dog. He never moaned if the odd one ended up not the class he liked but said he was extremely lucky overall, and he was. Special Deal was his first dog with us and he provided some great moments but there was better to come. Glanmire Lad won the Category 1 Puppy Cup at his local track Romford, Adageo reached the Derby final and ran well when a 33/1 outsider, Blonde Razor was a brilliant open race dog and of course the legend himself Adageo Bob provided what Dick described as one of the best moments in his life when he landed the emotional Mitch Millward Essex Vase final, the second but best Category 1 race for the prolific Bob. Dick is sadly missed but not forgotten!
 
The competitions came thick and fast as we travelled to Doncaster for the Yorkshire St Leger and Antigua Fire won his first round heat in a fastest 41.22. There was controversy as one heat had to be rerun a few days later after Pond Natalya ran out on the inside of the track after a stride and the hare had to be stopped quickly. Aayamza Express and Avastorm were both in this heat and Aayamza Express won the re-run but the extra travelling and exertion took its toll and she was eliminated in the semis as was Antigua Fire by the narrowest of margins. However, Avastorm stepped up with her career best performance winning in the fastest of the three semi finals and expectations where high in the £12,500 final but for a change our luck ran out in the finals and she could only finish 4th.
 
alien_sea_fd.JPGBrinkleys Poet, stepped up in trip, bounced back to form with a good 33.39 victory at Crayford in a Ladbrokes Gold Collar Trial Stake and was made favourite for the competition but his inconsistency out the traps cost him as he bowed out at the first round stage after a missed break, though we racked up some more points as Chubbys Caviar and the emerging Alien Sea both won their heats but were eliminated in the semi finals.
 
 
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Pup Antigua Breeze put up a bold effort when runner up in the Seasons Scaffolding Puppy Trophy at Hove and our winners at Monmore ticked over nicely including a sensational 40.60 for the 684m.
 
At the end of the month we had incredibly established a 60 point lead at the top of the Trainer of the Year standings.
 
 
NOVEMBER
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The RPGTV St Leger kicked off at Perry Bar and our bid to win a sixth stayers Classic started well with Antigua Fire winning by 8 lengths in a fastest 41.33 of the night whilst there was also heat wins for Bumblebee Bullet and Avastorm. The points kept ticking over and the improved Have A Brandy took the Friday Night 500 Standard Final at Romford.
 
Antigua Fire took his semi final of the RPGTV St Leger coming from last to first and the ever improving Avastorm also qualified. A decent crowd was present at Perry Barr and we had excellent supporting wins for Coolavanny Messi and Bumblebee Bullet put the best marathon runners around to the sword but our luck ran out when Antigua Fire found trouble at the first bend and had way too much ground to make up on the leaders which included Avastorm who made an almighty effort to hold off Irish raider Redfer Ardfert but succumbed off the last two bends and was caught for second by Antigua Fire just over 4 lengths behind the winner.
 
We now held a lead of 120 pts in the Trainer of the Year standings and the title looked in the bag, we only had 3 runners in the Coral Essex Vase with just Alien Sea winning his heat and Towstar Billy produced a career best performance when taking the Friday Night 500m Standard Final.
 
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We ended the month with our first ever Podcast which will now be a regular feature on our website and I believe is the first in Greyhound Racing from any trainer. My 15 year old daughter Emily co hosts the podcast and is now heavily involved in the kennel and her own bitch Far Froman Angel was tearing up the grades at Henlow and an open race win or two was just around the corner.
 
 
 
DECEMBER
 
The month started a bit slowly as we missed out on a major finalist at Romford for the first time in as long as I can remember with nothing in the Essex Vase final and there was a touch of disappointment as our two main hopes for the Oaks at Swindon Antigua Sands and Chubbys Caviar were both eliminated at the first round stage.
 
tiffield_blueboy_fd.JPGWe made a brave decision to enter Antigua Fire in the 850 yds Championship race at the ‘Night of the Stars’ but he couldn’t get competitive but wasn’t beaten too far and his long season was now over as we rested him for 2020. Antigua Breeze had been in scintillating form but again finished runner up in the Category 2 Trafalgar Cup at Monmore when the useful Droopys Addition beat him in a flying 27.77 though we again picked up some good winners at the festival races including Antigua Rum who was impressive over 630m and special note must be made of Tiffield Blueboy Bred by our Gary Goulden at our partnerships Energize Kennels in Sligo, Blueboy rattled off an eight timer including three open race wins.
 
avastorm_fd.JPGAvastorm took her heat of the Mitch Millward Marathon at Romford beating Skillful Sandy with our old stager Aayamza Breeze also making another big final but it was rolls reversed in the final as Patrick Janssens bitch led up Avastorm but she never gave up and was a brave second. The winners were still flowing at Romford with Brinkleys Poet breaking 35.00 though unfortunately as his staying career was just getting going he injured his stopper bone and would be retired as would the high class Brigadier Bullet who had basically just fallen out of love with racing and the decision to end his career prematurely was a good one.
 
Talking of retirements Aayamza Breeze ended her career in the Boxing Day Marathon final at Crayford and though a triumphant ending would have been nice she had no answers to an impressive Micks Little Gem when runner up. The breeding paddocks await but Aayamza Breeze will go down as one of the all time great bitches in our kennels history alongside the likes of Star Of Dromin and Domino Storm to name but a few.
 
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We had one last competition winner when Kicking King took a Friday Night 500 Maiden Standard Final at Romford. Our last open race winner of the year was our Champion Stakes heroine Aayamza Express while Algo For You was not only our first graded winner of 2019 but our last of the year winning an A3 in style.
 
 
 

MAJOR COMPETITION WINS IN 2019

Category 1

AAYAMZA BREEZE - Coral Regency - Hove - £10,000
AAYAMZA EXPRESS - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - £10,000
BUMBLEBEE BULLET - Coral TV Trophy - Romford - £10,000
ANTIGUA FIRE - Jay & Kay Coach Tours Kent St Leger - Crayford - £7,500

Category 2 

CHUBBYS CAVIAR - Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup - Henlow - £2,500
ANTIGUA FIRE - RPGTV Stayers Trophy - Nottingham - £3,000

Category 3 

CHUBBYS CAVIAR - Friday Night 500 Stayers - Romford - £500
AAYAMZA EXPRESS - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers - Romford - £500
COOLAVANNY MESSI - Green King IPA Sprint - Yarmouth - £1,000
HAVE A BRANDY - Friday Night 500 Standard - Romford - £500
TOWSTAR BILLY - Friday Night 500 Standard - Romford - £500
KICKING KING - Friday Night 500 Maiden Standard - Romford - £500
 
MOST WINS IN 2019
 
1st - ANTIGUA FIRE .............. 15
2nd - Chubbys Caviar........... 13
3rd - Aayamza Breeze.......... 12
- Towstar Billy ................ 12
5th - Avastorm ..................... 11

WEBSITE MOST TOP PERFORMANCES

OPEN RACING 

1st - ANTIGUA FIRE ................. 5
2nd - Aayamza Express........... 4
3rd - Chubbys Caviar .............. 3
- Brinkleys Poet...................3
- Brigadier Bullet................ 3

GRADED 

1st - TOWSTAR ZELDA ............. 4
- FAR FROMAN ANGEL........ 4
- PING BE SLICK .................. 4
4th - Towstar Del Boy ............... 2
- Ballyfinn Jade ................... 2
- Adageo Zoomer ............... 2
- Towstar Billy ..................... 2
- Nothing But Love ............. 2
- Longacres Mikey .............. 2
- Shazzas Bullet ................... 2
- Swift Lisetta .......................2
- Jessies Sister ..................... 2
- Towstar Winston............... 2

IMPERIAL KENNELS TOP PERFORMANCE OF 2019

AAYAMZA BREEZE
(Winning Regency Final)

IMPERIAL KENNELS GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR 

ANTIGUA FIRE

IMPERIAL KENNELS GRADED GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR 

FAR FROMAN ANGEL

WEBSITE FIVE TO FOLLOW COMPETITION

1st - BILLYSBULLETS 4 .........348 pts (Billy Boyle)
2nd - ELVIS 4..........................343 pts (John Clements)
3rd - Gav’s Blues 1................. 340 pts (Gav Whitworth)

STAFF 5 TO FOLLOW COMPETITION

1st - Mark ............. 370 pts
2nd - Justine ........ 349 pts
3rd - Linda ........... 332 pts

WEBSITE 5 TO FOLLOW TOP SCORING DOGS

1st - ANTIGUA FIRE ............. 101 pts
2nd - AAYAMZA EXPRESS .. 96 pts
3rd - TIFFIELD BLUEBOY...... 92 pts

 


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