11th May 2015
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A tough week for the kennel which has been difficult to cope with due to the injury sustained by Billys Bullet at Hove on Thursday. We have had a great season so far highlighted by an incredible amount of winners and a stack of competition wins but two setbacks have been major in the context of the year. Firstly what looked an unassailable lead at the halfway stage in the Trainers Championship meeting at Sittingbourne in March disintegrated as defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory, no problem we dusted ourselves down and produced a stunning set of results in the following weeks. On Thursday with two bends to go in heat 6 of the Coral Regency ante post favourite Billys Bullet looked set for another facile success but then disaster struck as he negotiated the last two bends, his stride shortened and he quickly fell back through the field virtually walking across the line, clearly something had gone seriously wrong. Sid Huett did a sterling job once he got to the dog and after the track vet looked at him it looked an obvious break in the hock. I was still working at the kennel at around 9.30 pm and was watching the proceedings on my iPad, to say my heart sunk as I saw what happened was an understatement but we had a job to do and Billys Bullet was made comfortable for his journey back to the kennel and first thing in the morning Sid took Billy to Daniel Doherty's for a full and proper examination,
Of course my thoughts went straight to the owners who were in attendance with many friends and Billy Boyle and Scott Murray where obviously gutted but also very appreciative of our situation. Daniel Doherty, noted as the top orthopaedic surgeon in the sport, x-rayed Billy and the break was as bad as it could be but he was confident an operation to repair the damage was possible. Two screws where inserted into the bone and his leg was set in a cast later that afternoon. Billy was collected the next morning by Sid and looked in great health, now we have to play a waiting game to see how the leg heels over the next couple of months. No expense, as with all our dogs, will be spared in his recovery and I'm happy to say all seems to have gone very well.
Superstar is sometimes an overused word but in Billys Bullet this is not the case. His record in his short career to date has been phenomenal and the sport, for the time being, has lost a superbly fast and powerful dog who was a joy to watch and train. He was without doubt the most in form and top class dog overall in training and our thanks go out to the many people who got in touch to ask about his well being.
Such a blow makes the game hard to do but we had to do our best and it was nice to have a few winners on Friday at Romford and Towcester and again Saturday night at a busy Towcester. Aero Twizzle flew out in a sprint at Romford to make all in a fast 13.59, this was his third comeback after a chipped bone in the wrist and a badly torn gracilis so anything's possible with Billys Bullet in mind.
The semi finals of the PCS Legal Puppy Oaks saw us qualify two for next Saturday's final. Parkers Poison was just denied by a head in the first semi but is safely through while Ribble Rush, having only her fifth race, showed good all round speed to land the second semi final much to the delight of owner Lord Hesketh. She is definitely on the march forward and in an open looking final could yet surprise again.
The Win And a Your In William Hill Derby Trial Stake was also on the card at Towcester on Saturday and what a line up it produced. Blue Moment again slightly missed his break from a better draw in 4 but he has lost that zip he had a few runs ago. Again Jolly Tricks took off out the boxes and to the first bend and blew his rivals away to win comfortably and picked up a lovely £2,000 + a free Derby entry, judging by that win he could certainly be a big player,. Rce of the night was undoubtedly the Novice 655m open where Garryglass Pixie led the field and looked set for a nice victory until an incredible late rattle from kennel mate Ferryforth Fran but the line came just in time as she gamely held on by a short tongue!, both these two look ones to follow in the coming months.
We are less than three weeks away from the start of the William Hill Derby now and as said many times the £250k carrot dangled by the sponsors has sparked a huge interest. For the first time ever that I can remember I went to book a few trials for their trial session this Wednesday and was told the spaces are full. Thankfully I didn't have anything urgent that couldn't wait until next week and I've taken the step of booking 20 dogs down for the trial session so we don't miss out. The entries close next Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how many are entered - we are looking at around 18-20. In last week's trial session Calco Flyer (engaged at Nottingham tonight) and Blonde Nipper caught the eye when Calco Flyer won by a head in a nice 28.68.
As said Thursday proved a bit of a disaster at Hove in the Coral Regency with the injury sustained to Billys Bullet but we did qualify both Aayamzamodel and Black Francis who were both 3rd with Aayamzamodel looking like she will come forward for the run, it certainly would be nice to gain some compensation if either were to go on and land the event. On the supporting card both Van Frankie and Toosey Fern ran well when 3rd.
At Romford on Friday Aero Twizzle ran superb winning the sprint while Evanta Fantasy performed an absolute stunning display to come from 5th to 1st in a 400m Bitches open, known only as a front runner she weaved her way through the field to get up in the shadow of the post, Aero Nemesis completely missed the break in his effort to follow up on last weeks scintillating success and finished down the field and he certainly looks vulnerable if he doesn't lead.
As said Towcester was a good night with the PCS Legal Puppy Oaks semi finals.
A couple of close calls on Friday but good wins for Vanmaestro in a fast 28.43 while Energize Master got off the mark with a 15.92 sprint win
On Saturday as well as the opens a few graded race saw both Ilewin Frimley and Westway Pearl come close when just beaten into second,.Clondoty Alex absolutely pinged the lids and was six clear down the back straight but did tie up noticeably at the finish but scored well in 28.35.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Calco Flyer is our only runner at Nottingham in the heats of the Trueform Stud Book Trophy and should go well with the final of the £2,500 to the winner event on Saturday.
On Thursday both Black Francis and Aayamzamodel will try and qualify for the Coral Regency Final next Wednesday at Hove.
Friday we will have some decent runners at Romford while on Saturday a big night is in store at Towcester with the final of the PCS Legal Puppy Oaks where Parkers Poison and Ribble Rush run for us. There are plenty of supporting opens planned for the night.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Sadly no Billys Bullet in the Coral Regency now but we still hold out hopes for Black Francis and I don't see why we shouldn't add Aayamzamodel to our bets now she has got through the first round, her first run of the season over a longer trip.
AAYAMZAMODEL - 2 pts e.w ante post 25/1 - Coral Regency- Hove - semis Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BILLYS BULLET - 5 pts win ante post 4/1- Coral Regency - Hove - lost
BLACK FRANCIS - 2 pts e.w ante post 33/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - semis Thursday