A ninth Trainer of the Year award with four Category 1 titles to our name sounds like just another ordinary year at Imperial Kennels but I can assure you it was not, far from it, a roller coast ride all year long gave us all the ups and downs that you can get in our beloved sport, and that's just on the track!
We could not have wished for a better start to 2017 as we racked up a century of open race winners in less than 100 days which is a first for the kennel. Along the way we dominated the Sky cards with wins in the Category 2 Coronation Cup and Prestige and followed that a couple of months later with our first two Category 1 victories as grand old servant Clondoty Alex landed the Coral Golden Sprint and Harlow's first ever Category 1 competition went to Rubys Razzle. She had a golden first four months which has earned her a nomination in the 'Bitch of the Year' category for the annual awards bash later this month. In the second half of the year it was Rubys Razzle's brother Rubys Rascal who dominated proceedings culminating into a fantastic William Hill St Leger victory, a fifth one for the kennel! He looks a shoe in for the 'Stayer of the Year'. Then to turn a good season into another exceptional one Bruisers Bullet scored a well deserved Category 1 win taking the Coral Olympic in fine style!
Of course we have highlighted all the above in depth below but does it tell everything, probably not, a trainer like me is only as good as the staff they have, the owners that supply the greyhounds to us and of course a decent track to be attached to. I have thanked many times all the people that have got us to where we are but for some reason it's been tougher than ever this year and for the first time in my training career I thought long and hard as to whether it's all worthwhile. The jealousy from within our sport is downright nasty at times and I'm a sensitive person believe it or not, the continued lack of understanding of what we do to keep our Greyhounds in the best possible condition by the very people who make millions out of our sport is disheartening and when you step up to the mark and voice your concerns and make a stance the lack of support from your fellow professionals is disgusting. Most would rather see us disappear for good but I have news for them Team Wallis is hear to stay!
Apart from from the highlights mentioned above we have to mention the Star Sports Greyhound Derby at Towcester. What a brilliant few weeks for the sport and only not having a runner in the final stopped it being one of the greatest sporting days I have ever witnessed. Towcester continue to lead the way in nearly every aspect of our sport and long may it continue.
In total we amassed 1087 points with 277 open race winners at a healthy 25% strike rate. We won an incredible 31 competitions , 4 Category 1's, 4 Category 2's and a stunning 26 Category 3's plus 3 valuable invitation races worth £1,000 or over.
So that's a ninth Trainer of the Year award and a sixth one in succession. Looking at our website awards my personal highlight was the brilliance of two old sluggers Clondoty Alex and Calco Flyer, both were magnificent until they retired and Kevin Dear, Nick Cheeseman and Paul Carpenter joyously celebrated a second Category 1 victory with Alex as he landed the Golden Sprint. What pleasure they brought and now both have beautiful homes which makes it even better. Who would have thought Shlowdown Sally, a bitch that 18 months ago couldn't win an A8! would be our leading race winner with 20 victories (15 opens). My Performance of the Year award was for Aayamza Breeze's amazing last to first victory in the 8 dog Dorando Marathon, the crowd on Derby final night hit a noise level that most of Northamptonshire must have heard as she picked off her rivals one by one to get up and snatch victory right on the line, magical! Bruisers Bullet's stunning Olympic win capped a great year off and without doubt he is one of the top five fastest dogs we have ever handled. If he stays sound he has the potential to land us a Derby or two and I couldn't be more pleased for the fantastic owners headed by Billy Boyle who so richly deserve plenty of success. Roswell Romanov is in danger of getting to that Adageo Bob stage of not winning a Category 1 in his prime and sometimes unfairly gets some stick but Evan Herbert's charge was still a force to be reckoned with and racked up 19 open race wins in 2017. Last but not least, John Clarke's duo of Rubys Rascal and Rubys Razzle have given us a proper year to remember. It's not all been plain sailing for both but Rubys Rascal at times took your breath away and his St Leger victory and year long campaign against the best dogs in training rightly see him as our Website's Greyhound of the Year.
That just leaves me to thank my wife Sarah who I couldn't do this without, all my staff - Sid, my son Daniel, Ryan, Kevin, Justine, Kiera, Kat, Pete and Ronnie, to Linda for her continued support as well as our regular physio Ron Mills, big thanks to Mick and Maureen who make all this website possible as well as running our successful Racing Club. A massive thank you to all our owners who live the dream with us and we wish everyone a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.
A brilliant 2016 was going to be a hard act to follow and we kicked off the year with some great news that this year's Greyhound Derby was confirmed to be at Towcester.
Our first opens of 2017 produced six winners at Romford. CLONDOTY ALEX was our first open race winner of the year, ROSWELL ROMANOV took his semi final of the Coronation Cup by 7 lengths in a flying 35.05 while CALCO FLYER rolled back the years and in his 4th year of racing produced a fine 23.88.
Our first competition win of 2017 came with a fine run from ROSWELL ROMANOV
as he landed the category 2 Coronation Cup at Romford worth £5,000 scoring by 2 lengths in 35.10. In a good week the winners were flowing including our 2016 St Leger hero FERRYFORTH FRAN who took the Lawrence Jones Festival 630m in 37.90 while a rare visit to Mildenhall saw us land a nice double with ROSWELL ROXANNE and GARRYGLASS TEDDY.
I made it known, after a tremendous start to the year, that Linda Mullins' outstanding record of sending out 364 open race winners in a calendar year was a target I had on my mind though I knew how difficult it would be. The winners were flying in especially at Romford as CAPPOQUIN JACK landed the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final in 35.64
The month got even better as RUBYS RAZZLE landed the Prestige at Hall Green in the second Sky programme of the year, Jesus! How much are we going to miss them this year! It was an excellent run from Rubys Razzle who showed a stunning burst of middle pace to win well beating Boylesports Star by 3 1/4 lengths in 39.16.
As usual we went to the excellent GBGB Awards night at a new venue in London The Brewery. We enjoyed a great night which saw DOMINO STORM picked up the 'Bitch of the Year' award for the second year running, that is some achievement! We couldn't get beat in the 'Stayer of the Year' award as we had all three nominations such was our domination of the stayers rank in 2016 and it was St Leger hero FERRYFORTH FRAN who came out on top over Billys Bullet and Rubys Rascal. On a personal highlight I was proud to pick up a record 8th 'Trainer of the Year' award on behalf of our kennel to complete a memorable night and a memorable month for the kennel.
Another month and another Sky final win as CLONDOTY ALEX takes The Silver Salver at Central Park in a tight finish. The first Category 1 event of 2017 kicked off at Crayford with the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket heats where Prestige winner RUBYS RAZZLE won well in a good 45.41.
We were sad to see one of the all time great bitches in our sport DOMINO STORM
leave our kennel to go to the breeding paddocks after an illustrious career, she was such a crowd pleaser and without doubt the best bitch we have ever trained. Meanwhile a super hot Golden Jacket reached the semi final stage and both RUBYS RAZZLE and FERRYFORTH FRAN qualified for the prestigious final with Rubys Rascal unluckily eliminated while our success at Romford continued as SAFFRONS TINA took the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final in 35.40.
A big night at Crayford and a brilliant run from RUBYS RASCAL who won a supporting 714m open in a stunning 44.61 while ROSWELL ROXANNE clocked up our 50th open race winner of the year over 540m and unbelievably RIBBLE AON
landed our sixth consecutive Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy Final in a fine 33.44. In a magnificent Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final RUBYS RAZZLE ran her heart out when leading but the strong Boylesports Star had her measure and beat her by 5 lengths in a fine 45.18 with Ferryforth Fran back in 5th.
The month ended well as MINGLERS TOURE beat kennelmate COTTON PANTS to land yet another Friday Night 500 final at Romford while SWIFT DARTMOOR took the Steve Simmonds Standard Trophy in a messy race while we were also having plenty of winners at Henlow on Sunday nights with SHLOWDOWN SALLY
proving a revelation in sprints racking up a four timer and both GARRYGLASS CHAMP and MUCHAS GRACIAS winning their semi finals of the Maiden Gold Cup. Our graded winners at Towcester were also flowing nicely and the track was going from strength to strength.
After the cracking start to the year we didn't think it could get much better but March was monumental for our kennel and there was plenty of talk about our kennel breaking Linda Mullins' all time record of sending out 364 open race winners in a calendar year which is nigh on impossible to achieve in this day and age. In a decent Category 2 competition GARRYGLASS CHAMP
took a trouble marred Henlow Maiden Gold Cup in good fashion. The Coral Golden Sprint at Romford also started well with wins for CLONDOTY ALEX and CALCO FLYER who recorded a fastest of the round 23.80.
Our website moved up a notch as we introduced our partnership with ENERGIZE BREEDING KENNELS
run by Gary Goulden near Sligo in Ireland where he will take some of our top class bitches to produce pups solely to supply to our kennel. His tremendous set up and operation gives owners of ours new and old to buy pups direct and I'm sure over the years it will prove highly successful. Meanwhile at Romford we were very unlucky only to get one finalist in the Coral Golden Sprint at Romford , namely Clondoty Alex.
The much talked about 'Match Race' between our RUBYS RASCAL and the formidable Roxholme Magic turned into a rout for Hayleigh Keightley's star with Rascal not quite at his best but that was quickly forgotten as CLONDOTY ALEX
, only a month away from his 4th birthday, simply destroyed his opposition from a perfect trap 1 slot to land our first Category 1 competition of 2017 the Coral Golden Sprint Final by just over a length in 24.09. A well deserved title to add to his East Anglian Derby crown again giving his loyal connections another big night to saver. ROSWELL ROMANOV made it a tremendous week by taking the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final.
At end the month it was a sad occasion as we took three runners to the final ever meeting at Wimbledon. The stadium was a pale shadow of its glory days but the racing circuit was still in great condition, all our 3 runners were second and ran really well but I couldn't help a last look deep look around as I left, after all we had won two Greyhound Derby's and four St Leger's at the stadium and those memories will never be forgotten.
If March wasn't busy enough we still had the GTA Trainers Championship meeting at Towcester and what a cracking quality event it was. At the start I was a bit dismissive of our chances but after RUBYS RASCAL's scintillating victory in the Stayers race and some consistent performances, which included a fantastic debut from Bruisers Bullet (2nd) in the puppy race, we found ourselves in front going into the final leg, four different results were possible and the excitement was intense. RUBYS RAZZLE dropped back in trip for the race failed to get any sort of run before finishing 5th and at the end Kevin Hutton's Velvet Blaze's second place finish was good enough to secure him a third straight victory. Despite a brilliant first 3 months I was left scratching my head on how we again managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!
As we started a new month we celebrated our website's 10th anniversary, truly amazing that we have managed to do weekly and daily updates without fail, something most other websites in our industry can not possibly achieve. I know I say it plenty of times but this website is only possible through the hard work of Mick and Maureen who I must drive mad at times! Watch out in the future for more exciting ideas to keep us at the top of what we do!
SAFFRONS TINA one of the team in our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club brilliantly made the Three Steps To Victory Final at Sheffield but was out of luck behind Carl Perry's first ever Category 1 winner Geelo Sapphire when down the field. The Tigerloanscompany.com Stayers kicked off at Harlow, their first ever Category 1 event and RUBYS RAZZLE won in the fastest time of the first round.
The disappointment of the Trainers Championship meeting was now forgotten as we raced to 100 open race winners in less than 100 days, without doubt the quickest century we had ever achieved. RUBYS RAZZLE being the 100th winner in the semi finals of the Tigerloanscompany.com Stayers while ROSWELL ROMANOV also qualified for the final at Harlow winning his semi final. The prolific ELA ELA GENIE
won his heat of the Bresmed Northern Sprint in a fastest 15.92 but was a dog struggling to get through some niggles. Once again we dominated Friday nights at Romford and a return of 7 winners from 11 runners had plenty of tongues wagging. RIBBLE AON, one of our unsung heros took the Friday Night 500m Stayers Final while AAYAMZABREEZE was an emerging marathon star of the future winning a 750m by 12 lengths in a flying 46.96.
he year got even better as RUBYS RAZZLE justified favouritism to land the Tigerloanscompany.com Stayers Final at Harlow a second Category 1 title of the year for us, she was always in control and held off the late challenge of the enigmatic Cooladerry Lid by just 3/4 length in 37.19 calculated with ROSWELL ROMANOV back in 4th. A brilliant double at Romford was one of the highlights of the year of the Calco syndicate as CALCO FLYER
in his 120th race of his career superbly won the Friday Night 500 Standard Final to the delight of an army of fans who loved the old dog and then CALCO SWIFT took the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers in great style, most memorable!
BRYNOFFA JASMIN surprised when winning her semi final of the Bresmed Northern Sprint to make the Category 1 final but she was out of luck as former kennel star Mashmad Eyebrows took the honours, while a stupendous week also included RUBYS RASCAL's and AYAMZABREEZE's heat wins in the Coral Regency at Hove. Both then treated us to a tremendous buckle in the semi final with RUBYS RASCAL coming out on top with both making it to the Category 1 final.
Veterans CLONDOTY ALEX and CALCO FLYER were churning out the wins at mainly Romford and Henlow getting rave reviews like you have never seen on RPGTV and indeed CALCO FLYER made it two Friday NightT 500 Standard Final wins in a row but over at Hove our first true bit of bad luck of the year occurred when AYAMZABREEZE was ko'd in the Coral Regency Final when challenging for the lead off the last two bends while RUBYS RASCAL got no run whatsoever when only 4th, a major disappointment but thankfully both came off ok. Tyrap Dragi was a first Category 1 win for the likeable Jason Heath who is a very good friend of mine.
The Star Sports Greyhound Derby was now only a few weeks away and the track was enjoying some excellent coverage with the Derby Trial Stakes getting huge interest. Step up BRUISERS BULLET who grabbed everybody's attention with a victory over likely Derby favourite Clare's Rocket in a very good 29.11 and his price was slashed from 50/1 to 25/1 for outright honours. A huge entry was expected especially from across the water while their controversial closure of Shelbourne Park was continuing. ROSWELL ROMANOV showed again what a wonderful Romford specialist he was with another competition victory taking the Stuart Robert Quicksilver Stakes Final in a blistering 34.82.
The Star Sports Greyhound Derby closed for entries and we put forward 11 with BRUISERS BULLET now established in the top 6 of the betting. I guested on RPGTV and we were the first kennel ever to win all four 'Flying Four' races as SHLOWDOWN SALLY, COTTON PANTS, CLONDOTY ALEX and AIRFORCE DUCHESS
all obliged raising £850 for the RGT as a £25 accumulator was kindly put on by Clive Lawrence.
The talking was finally over and the action kicked off in the a first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby and Towcester was treated to some glorious weather, proper crowds and some brilliant action which had all the doubters silenced especially those that voiced their concerns over the venue. Of our 11 entries 7 qualified with wins for RUBYS RASCAL and MINGLERS TOURE while BRUISERS BULLET lost nothing in defeat going down by a length to an on form Bubbly Bluebird in the heat of the round.
Away from Towcester the winners were flowing and we got to 150 open race winners in as many days with SCOLARI SOUND beating BRYNOFFA JASMIN in the Thursday Night 500 Sprint Final in a good 16.28.
Round 2 of the Derby had everything, track records, disqualifications, seeding disagreements!, shocks with some great finishes and races. Many of our qualifiers from the first round faced tough draws and races and it was no shock just to see two qualify MINGLERS TOURE and BRUISERS BULLET who were both second and no doubt the round will be remembered for the seeding row over Hiya Butt.
The third round action at Towcester was as hot as the incredibly warm weather we were treated to and BRUISERS BULLET kept our dreams alive with a scintillating 29.00 (-20) fastest of the round victory and was now 6/1 for outright honours with the sponsors though MINGLERS TOURE
was eliminated. Now the test was really on as we approached a potential three runs in 8 days and in the quarter finals BRUISERS BULLET had to work hard from another poor draw to qualify in 3rd behind Clare's Rocket. The semi's final came quick and once again the draw wasn't that kind and sadly the dream was over for BRUISERS BULLET who couldn't get any sort of run when 5th behind Hiya Butt. For a May 15 lightly raced dog it was a tremendous effort to reach a Derby semi final and maybe the three tough runs had an effect on him.
Away from Towcester we were still going well, particularly at Romford where ROSWELL ROMANOV racked up another Friday Night 500 Stayers Final scoring by over 8 lgths
Greyhound Derby Final night and if our sport and industry ever needed a shot in the arm then they got it on July 1st. A tremendous card with ticket and on the day sales going through the roof Towcester firmly announced that they were here and here to stay. Thousands paid for various hospitality packages or just simply turned up for the occasion and a beautiful summer's night was rewarded with some top class action. A lot of people said Towcester was not the right place to hold a Derby including eventual Derby winning trainer Seamus Cahill, to be fair he quickly changed his mind from round 1, as did many, and was rewarded with a first ever winner when outsider ASTUTE MISSILE
landed the Star Sports Greyhound Derby Final with a stunning display of early pace and stamina (exactly what should and is required to land the blue riband event).
We were desperate to win a race on the night at a track I had loads to do with two years before it was built and when BRUISERS BULLET won a facile victory in the Derby Invitation I was a proud man. His time of 28.78 (-10) was not only the fastest time of the night but the fastest calculated time of the whole event! The very next race was the brilliant idea to make the Dorando Marathon an eight dog race and such was the popularity they could have filled it three times over. No doubt for excitement it was the highlight of a special night as AAYAMZABREEZE
came from last to first to get up on the line and win. To say the noise was unreal in such a popular betting event was an understatement and her victory will live long in the memory as will this whole night, well done Towcester!
Veteran CALCO FLYER was still astounding racegoers almost approaching his 5th birthday with a Category 3 victory in the Friday Night 500 Standard. Our 2016 St Leger
hero FERRYFORTH FRAN hung his muzzle up this month when just beaten a short head in his final race at Towcester.
Disaster strikes at Hove as Dorando Marathon winner AAYAMZA BREEZE breaks her hock in a race while in a preparation trial for the Sussex Cup and BRUISERS BULLET comes off sore with a TFL muscle injury and faces at least six weeks on the sidelines. AAYAMZABREEZE is successfully operated on by Daniel Doherty and he is hopeful of a full return in 5-6 months' time. Our disappointing week continued as for the first time in a few years we didn't qualify anything in the finals of the William Hill Festival at Sunderland.
The likeable AIRFORCE DUCHESS was retired to the breeding paddocks whilst off the track there was a huge media rights storm was brewing that was set to rock the industry. Despite our kennel being slightly out of form ROSWELL ROMANOV wins the Friday Night 500 Dual Distance Final by 7 lengths but injures a dew claw in the process and is touch and go whether he makes the Champion Stakes just around the corner in which he would be a warm favourite.
The superb news that my friend, owner and massive greyhound enthusiast Paul Ephremsen was voted on the GBGB as the new Owners Representative was a step in the right direction for the sport as was the new Trainers Representative in Peter Harnden, Mark Bird was also announced as the new chief in overall charge, a decision I'm hoping will be one of the best that our industry has had in many a year. They all have much to do to bring the sport into a modern era that the last few regimes have blatantly failed to do.
Towcester again led the way in the sport with the start of the £10,000 to the winner Graded Derby sponsored by Stress Relief UK. Despite our graded runners all going well we were in the worse run of form I could remember and the slightest chance of winning the record amount of opens had completely disappeared, indeed a magnificent run by Seamus Cahill had seen him whittle our huge lead in the Trainer of the Year standings to under 200 points, a host of new arrivals bode well for the future though.
Emerging star COTTON PANTS
ran well to land another Friday Night 500 Standard Final at Romford but ROSWELL ROMANOV was one of four Coral Champion Stakes semi finalists that were eliminated. It's been a long time since we weren't involved in a major final at Romford such was our form. We also didn't have any finalists in both the East Anglian Derby Final and the Yorkshire St Leger both of which we won in 2016! Some of our new dogs like HONEST ROBBER (23.99) and ASHAKIRAN (a flying 23.62) at Romford were making an impact.
After being under an incredible amount of pressure it was nice to get away on the annual Calco golf trip and from Portugal we watched an incredible dream unfold as the Lionheart Syndicate formed by Paul Ephremsen, which I was part of, saw their new purchase BLACK FARREN
reach the Irish Derby final when winning his semi final in great style. A weekend in Ireland followed and virtually all the syndicate with guests and friends enjoyed an incredible night at Shelbourne where BLACK FARREN gallantly finished runner up to Good News. One thing for sure the head hurt the next day when travelling back!
r a couple of disappointing months it was nice to get back to some sort of form and without doubt one of the highlights of the year was the Front Runner TV Seniors Cup as the right decision was made to retire both CLONDOTY ALEX (right)
and CALCO FLYER
(left) after this event at Henlow and in the final it was dominated by our two runners with CALCO FLYER just holding off the gallant CLONDOTY ALEX in a memorable final. The pair had racked up 33 open race wins in 2017 as veterans and have epitomised how well our kennel does with regards to longevity!
The Trainer of the Year title was hotting up as Seamus Cahill's team were moving within striking distance of our lead but I was still confident to a big end to the year. NINJA FORTUNE made the Northern Puppy Derby Final at Newcastle though well beaten he scored valuable points and RUBYS RASCAL broke the Perry Barr track record in a St Leger trial stake showing he was back to his best and that the St Leger trip of 710m was right up his street.
At last the year was getting really exciting as RUBYS RASCAL made a warm William Hill St Leger final and BRUISERS BULLET came back with an impressive 29.41 trial at Nottingham ahead of his comeback race in the Eclipse while at Romford the winners were coming again including another Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers in the shape of DROOPYS DRESDEN. Meanwhile off the track a huge media rights war was now being staged by SIS and TRP (Arc) which was starting to look like 2018 would be having a real split in the industry.
BRUISERS BULLET's first race back since early July saw him perform excellently to qualify for the next round of the Betfred Eclipse while HONEST ROBBER took a second round heat of the valuable EEC Timber Puppy Derby at Towcester but all eyes were on a brilliant William Hill St Leger Final.
RUBY RUBY RUBY was the cry from the terraces as the magnificent RUBYS RASCAL owned by John Clarke showed pace, guts, determination and stamina to win the stayers' showpiece event of the year beating Charlie Lister's Keplar Nine by nearly 5 lengths in an excellent 42.99. It was a 5th St Leger victory for the kennel equalling Jack Harvey's record set back in the 60's and to be honest after a difficult few months was a welcome relief. As far as the Trainer of the Year title it was game, set & match!
The Romford winners were still coming including a four timer for DROOPYS DRESDEN in the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final though both the likeable youngsters HONEST ROBBER and KILCREE DIAMOND were out of luck in the EEC Timber Puppy Derby semi final while BRUISERS BULLET completed his comeback with an excellent third in the final of the Betfred Eclipse just a length away from the winner Bubbly Bluebird and runner up Dorotas Wildcat. RUBYS RASCAL steps up to a marathon for the TV Trophy and runs really well to finish second to Roxholme Magic, it was certainly a huge improvement from when they met in the 'match' race earlier in the year.
A tremendous night at Towcester saw BRUISERS BULLET finish second behind Dorotas Wildcat in the Star Sports Shootout while RUBYS RASCAL ran a stormer in the Colossus Bets TV Trophy Final when runner up to Patrick Janssen's Goldies Hotspur. Meanwhile dramatic news came from Romford that the stadium was having real issues with the fire and safety arrangements and had to cancel racing for over a week which meant the Essex Vase was cancelled.
With the end of 2017 only a few weeks away it was amazing that there was so much uncertainty within the industry. We were now almost certainly going to be without any Sky coverage in 2018 with the split between SIS and TRP though an agreement was reached to secure Racing Post Greyhound TV in a 3 year deal. News that Towcester had also agreed a good deal with TRP meant that a much needed extra meeting will start in the New Year. On the track RUBYS RASCAL just lost out by the narrowest margin in the Ballyregan Bob Memorial Trophy at Hove while KILCREE DIAMOND
was the latest of our kennel to mop another Friday Night 500 Maiden Final up at Romford winning by 4 lengths in 24.04.
A slightly under prepared BRUISERS BULLET used all his luck up qualifying in 3rd in the Coral Olympic at Hove and yet again we produced a 1-2 in a Friday night Romford final, this time it was BONZOS BULLET
beating HONEST ROBBER in 35.37.
We were now bounding clear of our rivals again and the last two months were becoming excellent. BRUISERS BULLET gave us something to look forward to over Christmas when winning a hot Olympic semi final whilst we took a minor stake at Henlow with ROSWELL ROMANOV scorching to a 33.00 in the Xmas Midi final and KILCREE DIAMOND showed us we had a huge talent on our hands with a scorching 23.73 Friday Night 500 Standard win, and he was still a pup!
How can we finish another fine year off in style? Step up BRUISERS BULLET.
No one could begrudge this super fast hound a decent victory and he didn't disappoint as he blew his rivals away in the last Category 1 event of the year the Coral Olympic at Hove. Sitting in 3rd place off the second bend he scorched down the back straight and chopped in at the 3rd bend in a race winning manoeuvre to go on and win by 5 lengths in a very good 29.69 turning what has been a very good year for dog and kennel into a fantastic one for both.
We weren't quite finished as our last runners of 2017 produced another Friday night final winner at Romford as SALEEN ASH beat some useful opponents in 35.57 in a Maiden Stayers final.
MAJOR COMPETITION WINS IN 2017
FERRYFORTH FRAN - Lawrence Jones Memorial 630m - Monmore - £1,000
CAPPOQUIN JACK - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers Final - Romford - £500
SAFFRONS TINA - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers Final - Romford - £500
CLONDOTY ALEX - The Silver Salver - Central Park - £2,000
MINGLERS TOURE - Friday Night 500 Maiden Final - Romford - £500
SWIFT DARTMOOR - Steve Simmonds Standard Final - Romford - £500
ROSWELL ROMANOV - Friday Night 500 Stayers Final - Romford - £500
RIBBLE AON - Friday Night Stayers Final - Romford - £500
CALCO FLYER - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
CALCO SWIFT - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
CALCO FLYER - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
ROSWELL ROMANOV - Stuart Roberts Quicksilver Trophy Final - Romford - £500
SCOLARI SOUND - Thursday Night 500 Sprint Final - Hove - £500
ROSWELL ROMANOV - Friday Night 500 Stayers Final - Romford - £500
BRUISERS BULLET - The Star Sports Invitation - Towcester - £2,000
AAYAMZA BREEZE - The Star Sports Dorando Marathon - Towcester - £2,000
CALCO FLYER - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
COTTON PANTS - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
CALCO FLYER - Front Runner TV Seniors Cup - Henlow - £1,000
DROOPYS DRESDEN - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers Final - Romford - £500
DROOPYS DRESDEN - Friday Night 500 Stayers Final - Romford - £500
KILCREE DIAMOND - Friday Night 500 Maiden Final - Romford - £500
BONZOS BULLET - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers Final - Romford - £500
ROSWELL ROMANOV - Xmas Midi Final - Henlow - £500
KILCREE DIAMOND - Friday Night 500 Standard Final - Romford - £500
SALEEN ASH - Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers Final - Romford - £500
ROSWELL ROMANOV - Coral Coronation Cup Final - Romford - £5,000
RUBYS RAZZLE - Greyhound Media Group Prestige Final - Hall Green - £6,000
RIBBLE AON - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy Final - Crayford - £2,000
GARRYGLASS CHAMP - Maiden Gold Cup - Henlow - £2,500
CLONDOTY ALEX - CORAL GOLDEN SPRINT FINAL - ROMFORD - £10,000
RUBYS RAZZLE - TIGERLOANSCOMPANY.COM STAYERS FINAL - HARLOW -
RUBYS RASCAL - WILLIAM HILL ST LEGER FINAL - PERRY BARR - £25,000
BRUISERS BULLET - CORAL OLYMPIC FINAL - HOVE - £7,500
MOST WINS IN 2017
1st - Shlowdown Sally - 20
2nd - Roswell Romanov - 19
3rd - Clondoty Alex - 18
4th - Rubys Rascal - 16
5th - Calco Flyer - 15
WEBSITE MOST TOP PERFORMANCES
1st - Calco Flyer - 6
Rubys Rascal - 6
3rd - Bruisers Bullet - 5
4th - Rubys Razzle - 4
Roswell Romanov -4
Cotton Pants - 4
1st - Micky Thebutcher - 4
2nd -Jazz Jake - 3
Jazz Jade 3
4th - Energize Jack - 2
Energize Honey - 2
Union Pride - 2
Catunda Daisy - 2
Tangled Upinblue - 2
Famais Hope - 2
Swift Windmill - 2
Saffrons Bonnie - 2
Swift Cobra - 2
Sovereign King - 2
IMPERIAL KENNELS TOP PERFORMANCE OF 2017
(8 dog Marathon from last to first!)
IMPERIAL GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR
WEBSITE FIVE TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
1st Kaan 4............................ 341 points (Kaan Hughes)
2nd Sports Travel Guru 2......329 points (Ben Moyle)
3rd Gabbs Bay.......................322 points (Keith Gamble)
STAFF 5 TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
1st Emily.............278 points
3rd Mark.............257 points
WEBSITE 5 TO FOLLOW TOP SCORING DOGS
1st Shlowdown Sally......96 points
2nd Rubys Rascal.........81 points
3rd Roswell Romanov....80 points