11th October 2016
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A tremendous week for the kennel on the open race circuit which resulted in a magnificent 13 winners from 20 runners in all. There were plenty of highlights including a double for the popular Billys Bullet firstly on the Sky card at Sittingbourne on Tuesday and then on Saturday a long trip to Newcastle paid dividends with a brave win in the heats of the Great North Run. There was a fine win from a back to form Swift Whirlwind on Friday at Romford and on Saturday also at Newcastle our Oaks heroine and 2015 Bitch of the Year Domino Storm returned from a short rest to a battling win in the Angel Of The North heats. They were just a few highlights of an excellent week.
In the third leg of the Bags Championship we helped Towcester out from a spot of bother in their group with two winners and two seconds scoring 34 points from a possible 40. With Monmore and Swindon looking to spoil the champions of 2015's party the wins from Macs On Storm and Ballymac Shirley helped Towcester back on to top spot,. With the next leg at Monmore, where they will field two runners in each race, Towcester have a decent advantage to keep it close for the final leg at Hall Green in November. If we don't win the group we should be well placed to take one of the two best runner up spots which will get a place in the final.
This week we had a welcome visitor when our hero of last year's Essex Vase Adageo Bob returned to the kennel en route to going down to Ernie Gaskin's Nazeing kennels under Dave Lee where he will now stand at stud. We spoiled him rotten and he was in magnificent condition coming from John Marriott's kennels. John has done a great job with his first year at stud and we look forward to his first litters hitting the tracks next year. Hopefully Bob will still get a few matings as all the reports suggest at the moment his pups currently on the ground are strong and healthy.
It's another busy week with the finals at Newcastle this Thursday live on Sky. After Towcester's trial session was cancelled we have to catch up with a dozen or so trials with some new and hopefully exciting pups qualifying on to the cards. On Sunday the Category 1 RPGTV Henlow Derby kicks off and both our two main entries Clondoty Alex and California recorded fine Trial Stake wins over track and trip last Sunday and should be big players in the event.
Amazingly the Trainer of the Year standings have seen both Paul Young & Seamus Cahill amass huge points totals and they are both enjoying fine years but they are still some 300 points behind ourselves which is testament to the brilliant year that we are again having. We should top my start of the year target of 1000 points this week and we are only in October! our record breaking eighth win is firmly in our hands and we will not be letting it slip!
As said a fine week. At Sittingbourne the night didn't quite start as well as we would like with Calco Flyer (2nd), Ela Ela Genie (3rd) and Ballymac Shirley (3rd) all beaten but an excellent 10 length win from Ribble Atom in the marathon in a fast 56.55 and a magnificent run from Billys Bullet over 642m beating the well fancied Starring Storm in 39.62 turned our night around.
On Friday at Romford in the heats of the 575m Friday Night Stayers Swift Whirlwind got back to winning ways. Trapping well he held off the strong Millwards Master to score by 3/4 length in 35.54. Roswell Romanov had to battle a lot harder in his heat and showed great track craft to lead and pull away to win by 3 lengths in 35.86. We nearly landed the treble but Evanta Fantasy was a touch unlucky when 2nd in a standard 400m.
On Saturday the long trip to Newcastle paid dividends as Rubys Rascal won comfortably by 2 3/4 lengths in 40.80. Billys Bullet lost 4 lengths out the box but showed terrific pace to get back in the race and lead at the 5th bend and hold off the strong Shellam Maeby in 41.21. Domino Storm having her first run for nearly 6 weeks looked in need of a race but held on gamely to win her heat of the Angel of the North Oaks by a short head in 28.74
Back to Henlow on Sunday and Chubbys Oak racked up a five timer winning the sprint by 3 lengths in a good 16.56. Saffrons Anna was 3rd in the mini over 428m and in the RPGTV Derby trial stakes our East Anglian Derby winner Clondoty Alex flew out to win a good race by 2 lengths in 27.42. California also trapped well and led at the first bend to take another trial stake by 3 1/2 lengths in 27.46.
Saltimbanco took the opening race on Tuesday in a career best 29.31 (-40) leading all the way.Later on in a first ever graded 500m contest a B2 Ballymac Sinbad won well in a good 30.06 (-50).
A handful of runners Friday saw Calco Swift battle to a game win back from a spell on the sidelines getting up to score by a short head in 29.18 and Saturday proved to be one of those nights with four of our runners all in second place though Swift Dante, Sosaidhs Blue, Cappoquin Jack and Swift Dartmoor all ran well.
There's no doubt Towcester needed a good result when travelling to Perry Barr for the third leg of the Bags Championship and after an SOS was put out to us after having no runners in a disappointing 2nd leg at Swindon and we obliged with a possible 34 points from a possible 40 from our four runners. From a poor draw in trap 4 youngster Adageo Gold managed to take 2nd place though just over 6 lengths away from the winner who clocked a fast 28.44. In a scrappy race with six raillers Macs On Storm grabbed the honours late on to win by a neck in 28.91. Farran Evans secured an excellent 2nd spot in a warm sprint race while in the elite race a most important win came from the classy Ballymac Shirley by 2 lengths in 28.46 helping Towcester to a morale boosting table topping score of 146 points, 24 points ahead of chief rival Monmore.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A couple of opens tonight at Towcester and on Thursday we travel to Newcastle for the Sky card where Billys Bullet and Rubys Rascal run in the Great North Run final and Domino Storm has a tough race in the Angel Of The North final. We should have runners in the supporting races as well.
Roswell Romanov and Swift Whirlwind lock horns in the Friday Night 575m Stayers final at Romford and on Sunday we return to Henlow for the heats of the RPGTV Derby.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Ribble Atom superbly obliged for us last week though the price was way too short. Looking at the RPGTV Henlow Derby on Sunday both California and Clondoty Alex are worth backing ante post though after their impressive trial stake wins last Sunday I won't be expecting big prices.
CLONDOTY ALEX - 2 pts ew ante post - RPGTV Henlow Derby - Henlow - starts Sunday
CALIFORNIA - 2 pts ew ante post - RPGTV Henlow Derby - Henlow - starts Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 5 pts win - Sittingbourne - Tuesday - WON 4-6