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A reasonably quiet week this week as I get the chance to relax in the Algarve with a bit of sunshine and golf. Our annual Calco trip in September is always one I look forward to and after all that’s gone on over the last month or so I won’t lie, it can’t come quick enough! With Romford closed this week due to some maintenance work on the track and the only other big competitions away from Henlow being the East Anglian Derby, which we had nothing suitable for, I can enjoy my week in relative peace and quiet with only meetings at Henlow for my staff to cover. Kevin Ulla, our kennelhand who travels many miles around the country with our runners, is also on our trip and we have a two day tournament (Thursday /Friday) with 36 players in the Calco group,. I’s a fantastic bunch of guys, many who are in the syndicate which currently has two nice bitches in Calco Cool and Calco Swift and of course we remember the legendary Calco Flyer who retired last year. We enjoy ourselves to the maximum and nobody really takes the golf over seriously, it’s nice to win but we all try harder not to come last as that means you have to wear a moose’s outfit with antlers for the whole of the following day and night. I can tell you that’s not a pleasant experience having been there once (a chronic bad back was my excuse). I haven’t won yet but was runner up in 2013, this year I have a good feeling with a handicap of 19 which certainly should give me a chance if I can play sensible, no doubt though I will try and smash it as far as Dustin Johnson and play shots that even the great Seve couldn’t pull off!
When I get back we will be getting runners ready for both the Yorkshire St Leger at Doncaster and the Kent Derby at Central Park. Bombers Bullet will head our team to travel to Doncaster while Kilcree Diamond and Glory Snake will be aimed at the busy Central Park where their main opens return to Sunday nights. We had two runners qualify for the semi finals of the Henlow Summer Maiden Cup semi finals over 550m and both Chubbys Turkana and No Can Boogie look nice prospects into the staying ranks and if they could find another couple of lengths could well make the final a week Sunday.
I had a very positive reaction to a lengthy newsletter last week where I expressed many views on the current climate of our sport and that’s something I will touch on again in the coming weeks. Let’s hope we start to see some real positives as I reiterate the fact I think the industry is at an all time low and now really needs to fight back if we are all to have any sort of long term future.
Desperately seeking marathons for Aayamza Breeze we travelled to Sheffield with a small team and she duly won well by over 7 lengths at short odds, no luck with our other runners there.
On Friday we had another decent night at Romford. Adageo Joma, making his debut for Dick and Ann Barfoot got off to a great start landing a Puppy Open by 1 1/2 lengths in 24.26 at juicy odds of 14/1. Our flat/hurdler dog Swift Dartmoor loves popping up at decent odds and has a great record at Romford and again he smashed out to win a 400m Standard in 24.15. Ashakiran has been a touch in and out of late and was a big drifting favourite in a bitches open but never looked in any danger winning well in 23.95 and completing a good night Brigadier Bullet won a 575m beating kennelmate Garryglass Teddy by a length in 35.57.
At Henlow yesterday the heats of the Summer Maiden Cup saw Chubbys Turkarna qualify when beaten 2 lengths in 34.07. No Can Boogie has had a productive week and won his heat by a length in 34.49. In other opens Cotton Pants took a Sprint in 16.52 while Saleen Story was just beaten in a 460m Maiden.
On Monday from a few runners Roswell Martian took an intertrack race by 3 lengths in 28.27. On Tuesday we had three winners from six runners, Saleen Story made it a hat trick of wins when landing an A3 in 27.70, Chubbys Caviar ran well to take an A3 in a good 27.93 while No Can Boogie, who has taken to the track well, won an A5 by 3 1/2 lengths in 27.90.
On Thursday and Saturday we had plenty that ran well without winning while on Sunday as well as the opens we had a couple of graded runners where Aayamzabonnie took an A8 in 28.63.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ADAGEO JOMA
GRADED - ROSWELL MARTIAN
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
As said a quiet week with the semi finals on Sunday at Henlow of the Summer Maiden Cup and a few other opens.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
After a cracking few weeks with plenty of winners our small tip last week at Sheffield, Calco Cool, ran well without winning. Not too much happening this week so struggling to find a winner without any cards in front of me so we will leave any bets for next week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CALCO COOL - 2 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - lost