11th July 2016
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Domino Storm brilliantly added the Betfred Select Stakes title to her illustrious career last Tuesday at Nottingham. Our tiny little Oaks heroine went off at 6/1 when landing the prestigious one off race mainly due to the high class field and fears that trap 4 might be a problem. Having her first run since being eliminated in the Derby 3rd round she soon put those fears to bed with a smash break that trainers can only dream of the night before a big race, her early pace was devastating as she lea the quality field by two lengths at the bend and railing tightly she had set sail for home. Favourite Droopys Buick turned second and a roar from a large crowd went up as he showed a real turn of pace and closed 'Meryl' down to within 3/4 length at the 3rd bend but she was brave at that point and she dug deep to find another gear. Still in front at the last bend with Droopys Buick on her heels and Making Paper in third place coming home strong she breathtakingly drew clear again to cross the line 2 lengths to the good in a fantastic 29.34.
Domino Storm is certainly a once in a lifetime bitch for owner Kieron King and his family and he was delighted to pick the magnificent trophy up at the presentation and with all what's going on these days we have to thank both Betfred and Nottingham for their superb £7,500 to the winner sponsorship and warm hospitality. Our little pocket rocket is probably not only one of the best bitches in my era but any era in our sport, the likes of Roxholme Girl and Clenas Lady who have won this title recently may well dispute that statement but that's what makes our sport so great. Her breeder Ian Greaves was naturally delighted and credit to him and my team at Imperial Kennels as well as our physio Ron Mills for a magnificent performance. Having been third last year to her brother Swift Hoffman her longevity is a joy to behold and her next target the Lowther Stakes at Towcester next month will be an excellent chance to add to her growing reputation, she made the final last year but this time couldn't escape a poor draw in trap 4 when Forest Twilight brilliantly beat Evanta Evita.
After a pretty torrid weekend where everything at Sunderland seemed to go wrong it was great to bounce back so quickly on Tuesday with Domino Storm. Ela Ela Genie won a sprint well in 17.79 (+ 10) on the supporting card while in the other main race of the night the Betfred Stayers over 730m saw Billys Bullet run well though things got a bit messy up front and he just faded at the end and looked just in need of the race. Also giving us a quick bounce back was a battling Blastoff Bonnie who took the Maiden Stayers final at Towcester to complete an excellent night for the kennel.
The news from across the world in Australia that the main state New South Wales are to ban greyhound racing after a public outcry on cruelty issues has sent shock waves through other continents that enjoy our sport. Despite their shortcomings i was still very surprised to hear this news, Australia has over 80 tracks and greyhound racing is huge. The BBC rang me to ask for my comments on Thursday but I politely declined as I don't know enough about what's gone on to make any valid comments, also the first thing the reporter said to me was 'would I be prepared to discuss the levels of cruelty over here', if that set the tone for the questions possibly coming later then I certainly did the right thing. As far as I'm concerned there is NO cruelty in our sport, these beautiful animals are looked after day and night with the greatest of love and care from 99.99 % of people who work in our industry and if I thought for one moment I was acting in anyway cruel I would give up tomorrow, greyhounds love to chase and race they are not forced to!
The conspiracy theorists are out again judging by Mutley's comments in Saturday's Racing Post where it was mentioned that we have not had runners at Romford over the last few weeks. The fact we have had two recent trial sessions planned cancelled by Romford as well as having staff away on holiday has meant we haven't been able to trial some potential new Romford type dogs, we also have a big commitment to Towcester on Fridays & Saturday' which comes first and we have been busy with open race competitions elsewhere for the last month as well (Henlow, Sunderland etc), we can't travel with just 1 or 2 dogs either as its economically not viable. We hope to get some trials this week and I have a few pencilled in this Friday if we can get them. The Champion Stakes is just around the corner and the Romford Puppy Cup and we fully intend to be strong in both. The question whether we let Patchys Kerry defend her Champion Stakes title is uncertain as the Monmore Summer Classic final is scheduled to be the day before the Champion Stakes heats, great planning indeed from the GBGB Open Race Committee!!!
This Saturday at Towcester we are hosting our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club social night with around 50 members and guests enjoying the fabulous facilities in the executive box, we will sponsor a race and have our club dogs running. Our racing club is going from strength to strength and as well as our four runners we have a nice pup being reared in Ireland and we are trying to purchase a decent staying bitch. If anyone is at Towcester on Saturday and is interested in getting involved in our club I will make myself available after race 6 by the podium area and I can chat to them about joining.
The Coral Sussex Cup starts this Thursday and we hope to have a decent entry. Last week's trial stakes winner Swift Whirlwind will be joined by Calco Flyer, Rubys Rascal, Roswell Red Kite, Deanridge Madbye and Macs On Storm and we will be at Monmore this week as we build up to the Gold Cup and Summer Classic.
Domino Storm was the highlight of Tuesday winning the Betfred Select Stakes at Nottingham and Ela Ela Genie winning on the supporting card. At Towcester Blastoff Bonnie took the Maiden Stayers Final in 40.00 and Ribble Atom sent out a warning signal to other marathon runners coming for the T.V Trophy with a 10 length demolition in 56.20.
At Hove on Thursday Swift Whirlwind took a Sussex Cup Trial Stakes narrowly in 30.36 with Tellhimjohn best of our others when 3rd. On Saturday Clondoty Alex couldn't escape his draw in trap 4 in the William Hill Classic in a long journey up to Sunderland and didn't make the final.
On Tuesday as well as our open winners there was a win for Saffrons Honey in 29.34 (-10) while Swift Bravo and Airforce Karla were both second.
On Friday a few close calls before Ribble Rush scored for the first time since some major injuries in a fine 28.70. On Saturday plenty of runners with the highlight being Shlowdown Sally's demolition of an D2 in her first ever sprint in a fine 15.47. Sovereign King also scored narrowly in a P7 in 29.03 and Vangaal eased a class to A4 scored in 28.63.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Another marathon for Ribble Atom at Towcester tomorrow is the only open at Towcester.
The Sussex Cup gets underway at Hove Thursday and we have runners at Monmore as well. We are possibly at Romford on Friday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Domino Storm made it a good week with a 6/1 victory on Tuesday but Clondoty Alex bowed out the William Hill Classic.
With the Sussex Cup starting Thursday I'm expecting a decent run in the event and feel Rubys Rascal is still unexposed and is worth an e.w punt
RUBYS RASCAL - 2 pts e.w ante post - Coral Sussex Cup - Hove - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DOMINO STORM - 2 pt win 11/2 - Betfred Select Stakes - Nottingham - Tuesday - WON 6/1
BILLYS BULLET - 2 pt win 11/2 - Betfred Select Stayers - Nottingham - Tuesday - lost
CLONDOTY ALEX - 2 pts e.w ante post 25/1 - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - lost