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Avastorm and Antigua Fire marched into the final of the RPGTV St Leger final after great performances at Perry Barr on Saturday. On a very wet night where a hare problem caused a half hour delay, Antigua Fire looked as if he had completely fluffed his lines when he missed his break and slightly stumbled leaving him a mountain to climb to qualify. He gradually picked up and started to make a move but still had a lot to do to qualify with a lap to go but down the back straight for the last time he moved to challenge for that all important second spot, he did that with ease and in a determined effort set off after the leader Summer Savvy. Looking a true champion he caught and passed the leader off the last bend and powered away to score by 2 1/2 lengths in a fine 43.83 (-50). In the second semi final Avastorm broke well again to lead up but our other runner Bumblebee Bullet was moderately away and found trouble on the run up and the first bend. Meanwhile Avastorm was quickly joined by Patrick Janssens Skilful Sandie who kicked on at the third bend drawing away to win by 5 1/2 lengths in a good 43.85 (-50), to be fair Avastorm did well to plug on and stay second to qualify for another major final following her Yorkshire St Leger final appearance last month when she finished 4th. Both have come out of the races in great shape and we will look forward to what looks a great final. We will be looking for our sixth success in this competition following wins for Kinda Easy (2009), Aero Majestic (2011), Blonde Reagan (2012), Ferryforth Fran (2016) and Rubys Rascal (2017).
Aayamza Express returned after a brief rest and ran well when second behind the evergreen Shotgun Bullet and is fully on course for a tilt at the Essex Vase/Champion Stakes double. The competition should be equally as hot as the champion stakes was and we could have a couple of other live contenders judging by last Friday's victories for Brinkleys Poet, who stepped up to the 575m trip for the first time to win by six lengths in a fastest of the night 35.30 and Alien Sea who ran the track much better than in previous efforts round there and also recorded a smart 35.41 en route to a five length success. Aayamza Express and Brinkleys Poet return this Friday and face some stiff opposition with the £10,000 competition getting underway a week Friday. I haven’t quite decided whether high class bitches Chubbys Caviar and Antigua Vows should have a crack at the Essex Vase or be diverted to Swindon for the forthcoming Oaks which starts a week after the Essex Vase gets underway. One bitch who will certainly be Swindon bound is Antigua Sands who, although just coming out of season, should be fit enough to take her chance.
Antigua Breeze seems to be a pup on everybody’s lips, especially after Saturday at Monmore where he won a high class puppy open by over 5 lengths in a brilliant 27.92. Though only trapping moderately he showed breathtaking early pace to lead up and he seems to relish the 480m trip at Monmore. The Trafalgar Cup also starts s week Saturday and we will be giving him another run this Saturday over track and trip in another puppy open.
It was great to see Anneliese Thompson, a real strong character in our sport, complete the New York marathon last week and it was very touching to see her running vest had a picture of our former assistant trainer Pete Vernon displayed for everyone to see. Pete who had become good friends with Anneliese sadly past away earlier this year, in completing the marathon she raised over £6,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Trust.
On Monday, in a high class Eclipse at Nottingham, both our runners Brinkleys Poet and Antigua Romeo ran well but were eliminated in the first round stage.
On Friday at Romford, as well as wins for Brinkleys Poet and Alien Sea, Cuil King
landed a good victory in the heats of the Friday night Standard. Trapping well from trap 6 he cut across the field at the first bend to win comfortably in a fine 23.99. Have A Brandy missed his break a little in his heat but ran on strong to secure a place in this Fridays final. Towstar Zelda also missed her break in the 575m standard final and finished down the field in 5th place.
As said, two fine performances from Antigua Fire and Avastorm to secure their places in the RPGTV St Leger final at Perry Barr on Saturday. And over at Monmore, as well as Antigua Breeze lighting up the midlands track, we had a double on the cards when Passing Stranger fulfilled some promising runs to win a 630m maiden 37.80 calculated. Other notable performers for us were Saleen Again and Coolavanny Messi who both ran well when runners up.
A great start to the week at Henlow where we had a four timer on Monday. Shazzas Bullet ran well to take an A8 in 28.51, Algo For You flew out the traps to win very well in an A4 in 27.78, Garryglass Royal has not looked back since Jim and Jan Davis bought him as he landed another fine victory in an A8 in 28.44, while veteran Jazz Jake completed the four timer when winning an A7 by the minimum margin in 28.36.
We had one winner on Tuesday night as improving youngster Garryglass Charm took an A10 in 28.92. We also only had one winner on Thursday as the popular Ping Be Slick
recorded her first win since injury taking an A7 in a career best 27.90.
No luck on Friday with a few runners and on Saturday we had a nice royal double as two queens both scored well, Glassmoss Queen took an S3 in 34.21 and Koroleva Queen scored well in an S2 in 34.06.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CUIL KING
GRADED - PING BE SLICK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
All our action this week centres around Friday and Saturday. On Friday we have plenty of runners at Romford which is on RPGTV. All eyes this week will be on Perry Barr with the £15,000 to the winner RPGTV St Leger taking place and we proudly have two runners in Antigua Fire and Avastorm who will hopefully give us a chance at landing a sixth St Leger in ten years! We will also have runners at Monmore with trial stakes for the forthcoming Trafalgar Cup and our hot puppy Antigua Breeze will be in action.
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A fantastic week for our supporters who follow our recommendations with Antigua Fire and our 33/1 selection both making the RPGTV St Leger final both should have a good chance at either landing the prestigious event or finishing in the first four for us to show a nice profit. While we were at it we also tipped up promising young stayer Passing Stranger who won well at Monmore on Saturday finishing at 2/1 with double those odds available in the morning! We will let our ante post St Leger bets be the main focus this week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5pts ew ante post 5/1 - RPGTV St Leger - Perry Barr - final this Saturday
AVASTORM - 1pt ew ante post 33/1 - RPGTV St Leger - Perry Barr - final this Saturday
PASSING STRANGER - 3pt win - Monmore - Saturday - WON 2/1