This week's newsletter:
Congratulations to owner David Firminger and winning trainer Graham Holland and his team for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby victory of Romeo Magico, a brilliant performance on the night. For ourselves it wasn’t a bad night either, three winners from five runners (two were in the same race) is always good on the sport's biggest night.
Ivy Hill Skyhigh bowed out in style when landing the opening race on the card for veterans, bolting out the traps he poached an unassailable lead in a fine 29.52, a great career that ended at Towcester where he had his biggest success a few months ago in the Blue Riband final. Bombardier turned the Stayers race into a procession winning by nearly 9 lengths in 43.55 to give us a quick fire double. We had to wait quite a bit later for our third winner and what a race Antigua Sugar ran, behind early and bumped wide at the first bend she worked herself into contention at the third bend and unleashed a powerful finish to score by 2 lengths in 29.59 to take the Greyhound Trader stakes final.
Myself and Sarah couldn’t attend the meeting as we were at our close friends' wedding in Cheltenham but did manage to catch the races on our phones. We were very proud to see our son Daniel and daughter Emily on hand at Towcester parading and collecting the trophies. It looked great to see so many people enjoying the Derby finals night and hopefully in the next few years we can ourselves get another Derby finalist as it seems a while since our last one.
This week we are back open racing at Monmore with some minor heats and finals but more importantly we see the return of Antigua Storm in a sprint trial before racing, hopefully all being well he will be aimed at the Gold Cup next month.
Apart from the Derby above we just had a couple of runners at Romford on Friday and Duggee Dodo was best of our finishers when 3rd.
SUFFOLK DOWNS & TOWCESTER REVIEW
Not the best week for the kennel at Suffolk Downs with just the progressive Slider Mccoy winning an A3 in 24.10 on Tuesday.
A better night at Towcester on Tuesday as Energize Eclipse took a D3 by a wide margin in 16.14. Another wide margin winner was Nearlylagertime who won by over 10 lengths in an A1 in a good 29.54. Pacey Michael came from way off the pace to win an A3 in 30.17 and to complete a good night Droopys Venus won well in another A1 in 29.73.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ANTIGUA SUGAR
WHATS ON NEXT WEEK
A few runners at Romford this evening and tomorrow we will be at both Monmore with a few runners and triallers while we just have one runner at Hove in Blueberry Bullet and some trials in preparation for the forthcoming Sussex Cup and Regency.
On Sunday we are at Towcester as we prepare some pups for the Juvenile Classic that starts the following Sunday.
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Ivy Hill Skyhigh did the buisness for us on Saturday at the Derby in his final race of a distinguished career and the 7/2 available in the morning was huge.
Not a great deal to look at this weekend though Sunday's Towcester card could see a couple of puppies of ours in with a shout but we will keep our powder dry for another week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
IVY HILL SKYHIGH - 5 pts win - Towcester - Saturday - WON 2/1