10th March 2020
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At the start of what was an open Coral Golden Sprint at Romford I wasn’t sure if any of our four entries would get to the final but I’m so pleased to see that we managed to get one through to what looks a most open final. Tiffield Blueboy ran a cracker to finish second in the third semi final behind Badminton Donal, after being bumped and crowded around the opening two turns Blueboy ran superb down the back straight and powered home to qualify beaten just 1 1/4 lengths in 24.44 (-20) to make the Category 1 final His owners Bill and Jenny McColl were delighted as was his breeder Gary Goulden. Tiffield Blueboy is the first Category 1 finalist for Gary and our partnership with his Energize Kennels based near Sligo, his mother Evanta Evita was a real kennel star for us just a few years ago. We have drawn trap 2 in Friday’s final and Blueboy will have to look sharp to avoid the early paced Goldies Hoddle on his immediate inside, it’s a very open looking final and one that we last won three years ago with the brilliant Clondoty Alex and also triumphed in 2012 with Blonde Snapper who famously went on to win the Derby the same year.
It should be another cracking night at Romford on Friday as we also have the BGBF British Bred Maiden Final over 400m and we were so pleased with an excellent debut from the youngster Saffrons Xpress who showed great early pace to take a marginal lead from Loggies Arla in his heat but was just denied by a head close home in 24.64 (-10) and our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club potential star has drawn trap 6 in the £4,000 to the winner final. It’s great to see these British Bred competitions with such good prize money. We also have Alien Sea in the Friday Night 500 Stayers final after a 35.40 calculated victory in his heat.
An excellent week on the open race circuit saw a nice treble at Hove on Thursday as Antigua Fire warmed up for the forthcoming Regency with a good 41.32 victory over 695m beating talented kennel mate Avastorm by nearly 5 lengths. Aayamza Royale has reeled off a hat trick of staying races when taking another trial stake in impressive fashion recording a very good 41.47, she certainly has the wow factor! as all three of her victories have seen her come from last to first, it will be interesting to see what she does when stepping up in class as she will do this Thursday in a very good field over track and trip again. Antigua Breeze bounced back from his Juvenile defeat with a solid win over 500m in a good 29.11.
On Saturday at Sheffield we saw a disappointment as Coolavanny Messi was one of a number of short priced casualties that crashed out of the Steel City Cup heats though the prolific Antigua Romeo confirmed his lofty title at the head of the ante post betting with an excellent victory in his heat though he was pushed hard by Lenson Whelan before scoring by 1 length in 28.79. He has drawn a reasonable semi final this Saturday with plenty of early pace but he’s running so well at the moment and will take a good one to stop him. The semi final card will also be spiced up by the heats of the Queen Mother Cup over 660m and we will look to enter both Antigua Sands, who ran well behind the flying Roman Empire last Saturday, and also our Champion Stakes winner Aayamza Express, who thankfully is ok after a nasty looking fall at Monmore 10 days ago.
It’s a cracking week for sport with the Cheltenham festival getting underway today, I know nothing about horses so my lucky pin will be out to have some small each way bets, we have Champions League football mid week and on Thursday one of my favourite golf events tees off at Sawgrass with The Players Championship. I’m coming off the back of a 1-2 from the Arnold Palmer Invitation where I backed Tyrell Hatton and Marc Leishman at the weekend and I can see Rory Mcilroy bouncing back from a disappointing Sunday though 7/1 is a touch skinny. At longer odds I might have a little each way on the talented Joaquin Niemann at a huge 200/1 but this is an event where minimum stakes are needed and is one just to enjoy watching, especially the 17th hole, the most famous par 3 in the world, of course we in our sport have some excellent racing to look forward to as well.
A nice treble on Thursday at Hove with Antigua Fire, Aayamza Royale and Antigua Breeze all scoring well. A busy night on Friday at Romford and I had a good night with my daughter Emily and some of her friends as she celebrated her 16th birthday with a 400m bitches race in her name, unfortunately her little bitch, Far Froman Angel, was a bit highly tried and finished down the field. In the Golden Sprint semi finals Tiffield Blueboy qualified when second and Have A Brandy ran well in his semi final but just missed out when third. Saffrons Xpress ran well to make the BGBF British Bred Maiden Final and as said there was a good win for Alien Sea in the Friday Night 500 Stayers heats, our only other winner on the night was Kicking King who took a 400m well by 2 3/4 lengths in 24.13.
Antigua Fire took his heat of the Steel City Cup on Saturday night at Sheffield though Coolavanny Messi was eliminated after completely missing his break. Antigua Sands ran well when tried over 660m running a good race behind the fast Roman Empire finishing third.
On Tuesday morning Bobs Duke came closest of our runners when second and in the evening Calco Dare won well in an S2 in a good 33.87. Saleen Again was most impressive hammering a good S1 field by over 8 lengths in a fastest of the year 33.29, Jesses Sister made it a good night for the kennel winning an A3 very well in 27.83.
On Thursday Longacres Tyrur won an S2 well by over 6 lengths in 33.98 and an excellent Saturday where Jaxx Purple followed up last week's win with a victory in an A3 in a good 27.85. Ripley Guru is making up for some lost time on the sidelines with another win in an A8 in a good 28.40 and another long term injured dog Not So Hot returned with a fine 27.99 victory in a good A5. Energize Bingo was just denied in a similar race while Come Home, running out of her skin, completed a fine day winning an A7 in 28.38.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AAYAMZA ROYALE
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
We have more Regency Trial Stakes this Thursday at Hove with our TV Trophy winner Bumblebee Bullet returning to action and she has a tough introduction taking on the Golden Jacket winner Skilful Sandie while all eyes will also be on the exciting Aayamza Royale in the top division.
The Coral Golden Sprint Final is the feature race on Friday at Romford as Tiffield Blueboy keeps up our run of getting finalists in all the big competitions we have entered this year so far. We also have the exciting Saffrons Xpress in the BGBF British Bred Maiden Final and Alien Sea in the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final.
On Saturday an exciting night at Sheffield as Antigua Romeo bids to make his second Category 1 final when he goes from trap 5 in the first Steel City Cup semi final and we have the start of the Queen Mother Cup over 660m, we might also have runners at Monmore on Saturday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our supporters have had a great couple of months following our recommended bets and funds might have a major boost if our selection Tiffield Blueboy can land the spoils in the Coral Golden Sprint Final at Romford on Friday, highlighted at 33/1 a place in the first four would still see a nice profit.
Antigua Romeo is as low as 9/4 for the Steel City Cup but faces a stern test in his semi final on Saturday while if there is any ante post on the Queen Mother I would certainly be interested in backing Aayamza Express who has been right out of luck the last two or three months but ran a stormer in the Golden Jacket and the 660m trip should be perfect for her.
AAYAMZA EXPRESS - 2 pt each way ante post - Queen Mother Cup - Sheffield - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
TIFFIELD BLUEBOY - 1.5 pts each way ante post 33/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - final Friday
ANTIGUA ROMEO - 2.5 pts each way ante post 6/1 - Steel City Cup - Sheffield - semi final Friday