This week's newsletter:
The Laurels at Perry Barr continues this week with three semi finals and we managed to get three of our entries through with Coolavanny Kyser winning his heat narrowly in 28.75. Both Ivy Hill Skyhigh and Drumcrow Brent also qualified when second in their respective heats. No doubt this will be tough to qualify for next week's final and both Ivy Hill Skyhigh and Coolavanny Kyser are drawn together with Kyser having the better draw in trap 4, Drumcrow Brent is a strong running sort and is well drawn in the second semi final so hopefully we can be represented in the final. Of course we all have to try and beat the impressive Roxholme Sheikh for Hayley Keightley who goes in the last semi.
Towcester’s open race programme starts to take shape starting with last night's sprint final and then next week's RPGTV Juvenile. There are Derby trial stakes as well and at the start of May we have the Category 1 KAB Maiden Derby heats where we hope to have a few runners including exciting new intakes Antigua Mememe and Antigua Getaway while we will give the likes of Antigua Socks, Sheriff Master and Drumcrow Bruce a couple of looks around the track, all three have done really well lately at Henlow and should be suited to the stiff 500m and we may also have a couple more younger dogs if they can complete their qualifying trials in time. We won’t be too far away from the start of the Derby once that event is completed.
Towcester’s well touted pre Derby sales is next Wednesday and organiser Nathan Corden is working extra hard to make sure there is some real quality on show, the catalogue should be out later this week. You have to feel for Nathan as it’s not easy to bring a large amount of greyhounds across from Ireland these days and it’s not the pandemic that’s the issue but Brexit with all the new red tape involved. I might try and get over to the sales myself as I like to have a close look at the dogs in the flesh before I would buy them, I haven’t really bought many dogs from the sales over the years but the last one I bought, Far Froman Angel, from a Henlow sale a couple of years ago for a little over £1,000 did my daughter Emily proud and has been up to A2 at Henlow and won a couple of opens at Romford so it’s not impossible by any means to buy a decent quality one from any sales for not a huge outlay.
As said at Perry Barr last Thursday Coolavanny Kyser won his heat of the Laurels in 28.65 while both Drumcrow Brent and Ivy Hill Skyhigh ran very well to qualify for the semi finals. Antigua Romeo and Antigua Boy were a touch unlucky in their heats and will step back up to a sharp six bends while Black Eyed Molly, who never got much of a run in her heat, will return to Perry Barr for the bitches heats on Thursday
We just had the two runners at Romford on Friday and Aero Madrid ran well when 3rd in a 400m but Aayamza Lexie was disappointing in the Friday Night Stayers final and will be rested before she runs again.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
Just a few runners at Henlow on Monday with the consistent Run Free Snowy taking an A4 in a fine 27.93. On Tuesday the closest we came with our four runners was Baby Bullet who was 3rd in an A3.
On Saturday veteran Bobs Boy ran a blinder to win an A7 in 28.42 and Ice Cool Ellis was back on the podium winning an A6 in 28.22.
On Sunday we had two nice winners with Formel Jet taking an A3 in good style recording a fast 27.61 and in probably the best graded race I’ve seen at Henlow since we joined the track in 2018 was won impressively by our youngster Rail Mccoy who smashed out the traps and held some strong challengers at bay to win in a flying 27.41, he looks a lovely prospect.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - COOLAVANNY KYSER
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
Thursday we are back at Perry Barr for the semi finals of the Laurels and supporting competitions and we just have four runners at Romford on Friday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our recommendation for the Laurels Coolavanny Kyser won his heat and has a cracking chance to make the final when he has a nice draw in his semi final on Thursday. I thought Drumcrow Brent was well drawn in his semi final and though a tough race he’s a huge 33/1 chance for outright honours and I think it’s worth a small interest.
DRUMCROW BRENT - 1 pt each way ante post 33/1 (first three) - Arc Laurels - Perry Barr - semi finals Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
COOLAVANNY KYSER - 2 pts each way ante post 16/1 - Arc Laurels - Perry Barr - semi finals Thursday