10th August 2015
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A tremendous night's racing at Towcester on Saturday featuring the Collossus Bets TV Trophy heats and the start of the high class Lowther Stakes for bitches. A big crowd on a lovely warm evening with a great atmosphere was a pleasure to be at and the excellent facilities at the Northamptonshire venue were matched by some stunning action on the track. Surprise of the TV Trophy was the elimination of ante post favourite Roxholme Magic who was a touch unlucky in running but good heat winners in Ballymac Bonnie and Bubbly Time were followed by a track record by Droopys Cottage. For us Ribble Atom did remarkably well to finish second behind Droopys Cottage and give Towcester's owner Lord Hesketh a massive thrill making the Category 1 final. After a slow start she was fully 8 lengths behind at one stage but a strong burst of middle and finishing pace got her to within 3 1/4 lengths behind Dean Child's flying bitch. She is only a July 13 whelp and though likely to be one of the outsiders for the final she can improve more and with a decent pitch she could go close in Tuesday week's final, it promises to be a great night covered live on Sky.
Domino Storm got the Lowther Stakes off to a great start. Our current track record holder blasted out from trap 4 and once leading it was a race against the clock, scoring by 51/2 lengths she recorded an excellent 27.85 just 5 spots off her best time. This was matched in the next heat by Forest Twilight who beat our Deanridge Angel by over 6 lengths. Patchys Kerry just failed to get round the bend in front when eliminated behind Coolavanny Slip. Evanta Evita was made to work hard by her sister Aero Babooshka before just getting the better of her by 1/2 length in 28.36 with Airforce Duchess a touch unlucky in 4th. So that gives us four chances going into next Saturday's semi finals and we wait the draw made at the GBGB today with baited breath.
It's been a busy week with an appearance on RPGTV as well on Thursday where questions were fired at me at a rapid rate of knots but it was enjoyable overall and plenty of news from our sport. One of the most genuine people I've met over the years is trainer Harry Crapper and it was sad to see him retire. Harry had many great dogs over the years and was always difficult to beat on our travels, we wish him well. The musical merry go round of trainers continues and it came as no surprise to see Chris Allsopp on his way back to Monmore from Towcester but it was strange to see that Dean Childs was moving from the high class Hove to the Bags orientated Crayford with their busy schedule. With Chris's move from Towcester the track will be stretched to the limit on kennel strength but hopefully the open race side will continue to flourish over the next few months which will help this problem. The TV Trophy and Lowther Stakes will showcase what's great about this class of racing and is the way forward in my opinion.
On Thursday our trip to Hove proved fruitless and it was good to get some much needed winners on Friday at Romford. We only entered three dogs in the Doug Tyler Summer Cup and in heat 1 Swift Whirlwind went down when collared right near the line in a fastest 35.45. Blonde Razor got back to winning ways just holding on from Farneys Cookie in 35.81 and Jimmy Nailed On just got up to beat Vatican Ragnar in 35.57.
As said Saturday was a great night at Towcester with Ribble Atom qualifying for the Collossus Bets TV Trophy final a week tomorrow and two winners in the Lowther Stakes with four qualifiers in total. At Yarmouth Clondoty Alex used his superb early pace to land his heat of the East Anglian Challenge in 28.23 and he should improve again in Wednesday's final.
A good week with our graders performing well. Alice My Angel went off at short odds but won like a good thing on Friday in a good 28.44. Ferryforth Fran ground out a win in top grade 39.85 while Ribble Aon doubled up scoring well in an A3 in 28.46.
As well as the opens on Saturday, Parkers Star finished like a train to get up and score in S2 company in 40.00. In the top grade S1 Garryglass Pixie also doubled up when scoring well in a very good 39.47.
Just the one winner on Sunday when Vanbasten took an A3 well in 28.43.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Yarmouth on Wednesday sees the final of the East Anglian Challenge with Clondoty Alex trying to beat some useful local rivals. We have runners in total in supporting opens including the return of Blue Moment since his Derby exit.
The Doug Tyler Summer Cup is the feature of Romford's Friday night card and on Saturday three hot semi finals of the Lowther Stakes are must watch races.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
All our ante post bets at Towcester are still in tact after Saturday and we will stick with them this week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Collossus Bets TV Trophy - Towcester - final a week Tuesday
DOMINO STORM - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 6/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - semi finals Saturday
EVANTA EVITA - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - semi finals Saturday