10th March 2021
A very quiet period in the greyhound world with not too many competitions or open races in the calendar has given us a chance to bed in plenty of new dogs that have arrived at the kennel in the past couple of weeks and we have plenty more coming in during the rest of March. Most are young pups that will start their careers off at either Henlow or Towcester and hopefully progress through the grades to open class. Over the next few weeks I will highlight a few potential stars of the future for our website readers to watch out for. As I mentioned last week we will have some youngsters available to buy that are ready to trial and race which will be on our For Sale page and we always have the very young pups available from Gary Goulden’s ‘Energize Kennels’ which you can follow as they are being reared and schooled. Hopefully the new intakes will strengthen our kennel as we push to try and regain our Trainer of the Year title, we are currently nearly 100 points clear at the top of the standings but of course its early days and we face a massive battle to stay at the top come the end of December.
More importantly we can see light at the end of the tunnel with this terrible pandemic that has been the most significant distraction to our way of living in my lifetime. It’s been exactly a year that this horrible virus has affected everything we do daily and has sadly caused the loss of thousands of lives. The lockdown will gradually be eased over the next couple of months and the government says we will be back to the ‘new normal’ by the end of June as the vast majority of the country will have had their first vaccine. For the sport we should be able to welcome back crowds to the tracks and enjoy a night/day at the dogs instead of just viewing them through live streaming behind closed doors. Many people wouldn’t realise how tough it’s been for thousands of trainers and staff to work in the strict conditions set out for racing to be able to continue and it will come as a welcome relief to have some normality back, who knows maybe greyhound racing can hit a boom time later in the year as the general public will be desperate to get out and about with what’s happened over the last year.
The Golden Sprint semi finals are this Friday at Romford and we still have Aero Madrid in the event. He completed a superb 3 timer when landing his heat last week and faces a tough semi with new ante post favourite Bockos Jon Jo in trap 1. There are supporting competitions this week including a strong 575m event and a 750m one where our Golden Jacket finalist Anhid News returns to a track and trip that really suits.
Aayamza Royale has accepted a challenge to run in a three dog match race at Towcester on March 30th over the gruelling 942m trip. She faces Redzer Renae who ran her so close in the TV Trophy at Hove and the emerging talent Savana Volcano. With no races available for marathon runners for a while it will be good to see her in action but will need at least two trials before to get her up to full fitness. We accepted as long as it’s kept friendly and is beneficial to promoting the sport which it certainly will be.
On Friday at Romford Aero Madrid came from off the pace to win his heat of the Golden Sprint though both Innfield Kaci and Playbook were eliminated. Antigua Bruiser couldn’t cope with a draw in trap 5 in the Maiden Stayers final when down the field.
It’s hard to get winners at Central Park on Sundays that’s for sure. Ardera Nidge qualified for the minor sprint final while both Aayamza Lexie and Coolavanny Kyser got beat at odds on though Kyser certainly was a touch unlucky. On Monday Agincourt Xena our only entry in the British Breeders Stakes at Nottingham was eliminated at the first round stage.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
Three nice winners to start the week at Henlow. The improving pup Swift Pinch won an A6 well in a good 28.29, Domino Charm got her head back in front when taking an A4 in 28.44 and Civils Jasmine scored again in an A3 in 28.10.
We had just the one winner at Towcester on Tuesday night when Pennys Plumber won well in an A2 in 29.76 and we just had the one winner at Henlow on Thursday with Bobs Queen taking an A6 in 28.63.
On Saturday at Henlow Swift Pinch again won well in an A5 in a very good 28.12. In a good A2 Saffrons Smash trapped well to beat kennel mate Sheriff Master by 3/4 length in 27.91.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AERO MADRID
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
The Golden Sprint semi finals at Romford take centre stage this Friday with supporting competitions.
Ardera Nidge goes in the minor sprint final at Central Park but overall it’s a quiet week on the open race front.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Aero Madrid continues to fly the flag in the Golden Sprint and has a fair chance of making the final for our supporters. On the Romford supporting card I think Anhid News can add to her growing reputation by winning her heat of the 750m event.
ANHID NEWS - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO MADRID - 2 pts each way ante post 25/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - semi finals Friday