This week's newsletter:
A fairly quiet weekend with just a few opens at Romford on Friday and plenty of graded runners at Henlow Saturday, Sunday and Monday but we are busier this week as we travel to Monmore on Saturday with quite a few runners including Aayamza Royale in her last prep race before she begins her defence of the TV Trophy. She warmed up for the event with a blistering 40.45 trial over the 684m last Wednesday and she will need to be at her best to land the event as the competition is likely to be very hot this year.
Towcester at long last rolled out their new traps this week and thankfully there was no repeat of the debacle of previous weeks. The high class Maiden Derby kicked off last night and they had nearly 100 entries for the 36 runner event. We only managed to qualify one of our three entries with Antigua Socks who was 3rd in his heat. There were plenty of Derby trial stakes as well and in a hot race we had the perfect kennel result with the in form Ivy Hill Skyhigh and Drumcrow Brent dead heating in 29.98.
I watched the excellent Entain track championship at Hove on Saturday although seeing just a confined group taking part in these type of events just makes me miss the likes of the successful and popular Bags inter track competition and obviously the Trainers Championship meeting which for the second year running has been forgotten about, of which I’ve said plenty about in the past. I probably may not have watched it had I not had a rare bet which was on eventual winners Hove who I thought were good things beforehand, as it was they were made to work very hard for the victory by a strong Romford team. I did mention to Kevin Boothby to throw a challenge out there for the winners Hove to have a match against Towcester/Henlow but I’m sure the Entain group wouldn’t accept even if offered!
The seeding debate is raging on at the moment highlighted by the high profile withdrawal of Tenpin tonight at Newcastle in the Northern Flat Championship as connections feel that the trap 3 runner King Bruno is wrongly seeded. I do feel that it’s right to withdraw a dog if connections feel they are in jeopardy of injuring themselves or others without any disciplinary action. In horse racing connections are allowed to withdraw their horse quite easily if the ground doesn’t suit or for other reasons. Many would say that draws good or bad are a part of greyhound racing and that’s how to work out who’s going to win etc and it’s virtually impossible to get all six runners round the first two bends without some sort of crowding or trouble especially in open racing. The days where we had no middle seeding are long since gone and no doubt that seed helped a great deal in safer racing. There are so many different opinions on this seeding debate it’s impossible to please everyone that’s for sure.
There seems so many owners not happy in the current climate of greyhound racing - lack of opportunities for open racers, less tracks to run at, over racing of wide runners and the opposite for A2/3 rails seeds, owners not being able to watch their dogs run, seeding debates, media rights battles, purchase prices of dogs, and most importantly a general dip in prize money levels, I wonder sometimes how and why current and new owners want to be involved in the sport at all but we do seem to be taking plenty of enquiries into ownership and have seen plenty of new dogs come into the kennel. Our Racing Club has attracted new members and even some young pups we have at our Energize kennels partnership are selling quite well all of which pleasantly surprises me. We took a huge hit last year because of the pandemic but I can see light at the end of tunnel and it just goes to show if we can solve some of the problems above the sport and obviously our kennel can have a bright future.
As said last week Ivy Hill Skyhigh flew round Towcester last Tuesday winning a good Derby trial stake in a fast 29.32 before the meeting was abandoned because of problems with the traps.
We just had three runners on Friday but it turned out a shade disappointing, Drumcrow Bruce was beat in a 400m Maiden while Baby Bullet was caught in the very last stride in the Maiden Stayers final continuing a long losing run in these Friday Night finals, Playbook ran well in a bitches 400m when runner up.
On Thursday Formel Jet scored a well deserved success in an A3 in 27.94.
A frustrating weekend with a plethora of runner ups. On Saturday Swift Pinch and Rail Mccoy ran well. On Sunday Domino Charm, Scrahane Boss, Longacres Mikey and Saffrons Tiger all occupied that spot while on Monday it was the total washout for our runners.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - IVY HILL SKYHIGH
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
The open race circuit warms up and as well as our regular trips to Romford on Friday we have plenty of runners at Monmore on Saturday as we prepare for the TV Trophy heats and supporting opens.
Towcester have the semi finals of the KAB Maiden Derby on Tuesday as well as more Derby trial stakes.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our best bet for the Maiden Derby at Towcester Antigua Mememe found himself unlucky in the draw finding the toughest of the 6 heats and then just failed to grab that 3rd qualifying place.
Looking at trying to find a bet I can’t see too much but thought Coolavanny Kyser can get back on track as he goes to his favourite Monmore and there’s enough decent rivals to keep his price a backable one.
COOLAVANNY KYSER - 3 pts win - Monmore - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA MEMEME - 2 pts each way ante post 16/1 - KAB Maiden Derby - Towcester - lost