10th April 2018
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Black Farren came into the Scottish Derby with little expectations after a weather interrupted preparation but he has performed admirably and last Saturday barged his way to the front and showed those battling qualities which enabled him to finish runner up in the Irish Derby to win by a couple of lengths in 29.38 (-20). Earlier we suffered the disappointment of seeing Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet knocked out of the competition. They and trap 3 Bull Run Button all came together badly at the first bend and any chance they had disappeared as early leaders The Other Reg and Dorotas Vic sped off into an unassailable lead. Black Farren is the first Scottish Derby finalist for the kennel in many years and we will enjoy the evening and though he has a tough draw in trap 2 outside of the middle running Lightfoot King he does posses lid pinging possibilities and if he can improve again we certainly have a shout of winning. The atmosphere at a Scottish Derby final is always electric and the crowd really gets quite loud, the betting ring is like the good old days of punters scrambling to get their bets on, despite the incredibly long drive there and back I can't wait!
Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet will go back to Towcester now as we build up to the Star Sports Derby which is a little over four weeks away now. Before that we have a small matter of the rearranged Trainers Championship meeting a week on Saturday. I had my team all ready for the fixture last month but I must admit now I'm undecided on who to pick in the majority of races. With the Scottish Derby at Shawfield and Derby trial Stakes at Towcester all this Saturday as well as the Track Championship final where we have Boylesports Duke and Rubys Razzle in the final I may well wait right up to the closing point on Tuesday before naming my team. With the likelihood of a plethora of railers likely to be entered tactically I might make a strong case for selecting some of our wider runners.
There were Incredible scenes in the Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup final on Sunday at Henlow where the hare cable snapped just as our Saleen Ash was about to hit the front at the paddock bend. Mayhem proceeded as the trap 5 runner ended up running across the middle towards the dogs that had carried on running and then taking a huge leap dived straight into the pond in the corner which Henlow use to water their track. Kevin Ulla who was on duty for us was one of the first on the scene trying to catch the dog said that it looked for a minute like he might have to go and jump in and rescue the dog, anyone who has been to Henlow knows the prospect of going into that pond is not a pretty one! Thankfully the dog climbed out and all was well, the race has been rescheduled for Thursday morning and Saleen Ash is well though quite literally anything can happen in the rerun.
The £8,0000 to the winner Grand National at Central Park starts on Friday and we will enter our three hurdlers Parkers Dynamite, Swift Dartmoor and Ninja Storm. It seems strange the event comes quite quickly after the Springbok and no doubt we all have to go some to beat the winner of that event Lenson Wilson but you have to be in to win and the Category 1 event obviously carries plenty of Trainer of the Year points so we will give it our best shot. The open race scene is in full flow now and we only hold a 30 odd point lead against Patrick Janssens who has his team of open racers in great form.
A quiet week just gone really. As said Black Farren won his semi final of the Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Saturday with Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet both knocked out.
On Tuesday only Cotton Pants qualified in the Bresmed Northern Sprint heats though we did see Rubys Rascal win a supporting race over 660m to keep him ticking over.
On Friday at Romford just three runners with Ninja Penny an odds on failure in the rearranged Friday Night 500 Stayers final, she never pinged like she can and once led was always in trouble. We did finish with a winner when Towstar Arry scored a debut success in good fashion in a supporting Maiden Stayers race in an excellent 35.39.
At Towcester on Saturday night three Derby Trial Stakes saw Ninja Fortune run best when an excellent second to Droopys Verve from a difficult draw in trap 5 with some big names like Murrys Act and Bubbly Bluebird behind him.
On Friday Garryglass Champ was made to work hard in the Gain Nutritional Stayers Final but got the job done winning by 3/4 length in 41.65. Corrig Grace followed up her surprise D2 win by taking some serious scalps in a D1 by 1 1/2 lengths in 15.53.
A decent Saturday morning where we had four winners. Cousin Dupree stayed on well to win an S4 in 42.52, in form Saffrons Honey took an A7 in 29.02 and Goldsmith Slick got off the mark in an A5 in a good 28.56 while Saltimbanco scored by an easy 2 1/2 lengths in a D3 in 15.83.
In the evening Parkers Dynamite took a very good H1 in an excellent 28.99 and Cincinnati came from off the pace to take a quality S1 in 41.83. Boylesports Duke took his semi final of the Track Championship by over 5 legths in 28.32 and Rubbys Razzle qualified in the other semi final when 3rd.
On Sunday we finished the evening well with two winners. The prolific Energize Jack took an A4 in a very good 28.40 while our exciting puppy Aayamza Bonnie won an A7 well in 28.91.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BLACK FARREN
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Cotton Pants faces a tough task in the Bresmed Northern Sprint semi finals tonight at Sheffield while the rearranged Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup Final is now on Thursday morning at Henlow.
The Grand National kicks off at Central Park Friday as well as open race action at Romford and then all eyes turn to Shawfield on Saturday when Black Farren bids to give us our first ever Scottish Derby winner.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
With Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet out of the Scottish Derby we still have Black Farren advised at 20/1 to hopefully make a nice profit.
I can't see too much else though for some reason I still see Parkers Dynamite as the type to do well in competitions over hurdles and will be worth an ew interest.
PARKERS DYNAMITE - 1.5 pts ew ante post - Grand National - Central Park - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRUISERS BULLET - 5 pts win ante post 5/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - lost
BOMBERS BULLET - 1.5 pts ew ante post 33/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - lost
BLACK FARREN - 2 pts ew ante post 20/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - final Saturday
KILCREE DIAMOND - 2 pts ew ante post 25/1 - Bresmed Northern Sprint - Sheffield - lost