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With no runners in the East Anglian Derby and Rubys Rascal rather unluckily knocked out of the Yorkshire St Leger semi finals on Saturday our big race action has taken a bit of a knock the last two weeks. We will however move on to the next big competitions that start later this week. On Friday the Coral Romford Puppy Cup kicks gets underway and we are looking to have around 4-5 runners. Brinkleys Rosie (won the Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne last month) has her last qualifying trial tomorrow and could be an interesting runner if she takes to the track, being an October whelp she will have age on her side. We also hope to have Cheggs, Brinkleys Ranger and Saleen Story who all look early paced sorts. It's been a while since we last won the event and it would be great to unearth another Glanmire Lad type dog who was magnificent around the Essex track.
On Saturday the Ladbrokes Gold Collar starts at Crayford over 540m and I've decided to just put Rubys Razzle in the event. Our Golden Jacket runner up loves the tight track and should go well, an excellent 33.36 trial last week should put her spot on. We have been pretty lucky over the years at Crayford and hopefully the in form Cotton Pants can go well in the Guys & Dolls event with Parkers Dynamite while Ribble Atom will take her chance in the Cesarewitch over 874m. Overall I think our kennel is shaping up nicely for a strong end to the year.
This week I'm off to Portugal on our annual Calco Cup golf trip and I'm very much looking forward to catching up with all the Calco lads. Their legend Calco Flyer is just a couple of runs away from retirement and we will discuss while we are away what we do about a replacement. Syndicates can be great fun and makes it a lot more affordable as well as sociable. Talking of syndicates Paul Ephremsen's Lion-Heart Syndicate that he has put together (including myself) are having a real thrill with Black Farren who won his quarter final of the Irish Derby on Saturday and has a tremendous chance of making the final. Trap 1 in the weaker of the two semi's could mean we are all getting excited and all the syndicate could be in Dublin a week Saturday for the big night. Black Farren will come over to our kennel after the Derby all being well.
A brief look at the action last week starting at Sheffield on Tuesday where we came away with a winner when Toker Creek took a Maiden 500m in 29.36. On Friday at Romford not such a good night as Brinkleys Ranger was knocked over on debut but was thankfully ok, Ashakiran was beaten in the Friday Night 500 Maiden final though a poor draw in trap 3 with the wet track heavily favouring the outside not helping. Garryglass Champ proved last week's 750m win was no fluke as he romped to another victory in a very good 46.86
No luck with Rubys Rascal on Saturday at Doncaster in the semi final of the Yorkshire St Leger when he was knocked from pillar to post around the first two bends and despite running on strong missed out trying to defend his crown. A better night on Sunday as we had three winners from four runners at a Henlow, Shlowdown Sally racked another win up in the sprint in a very good 16.46, Forest Melanie took a Maiden 460m in 27.70, Sidarian Dino was a touch unlucky in his maiden but Garryglass Teddy
bounced back to his best when winning a 550m by over 5 lengths in a very good 33.19.
A few close calls on Tuesday but Meelin Princess was our only winner in good style taking an S3 by 8 lengths in 41.84.
On Saturday morning Swift Kaylee and Ribble Ghost were both just touched off in their respective races while at night time Plan Ahead was our only winner scoring in an A4 in a decent 28.35..
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - GARRYGLASS TEDDY
GRADED - MEELIN PRINCESS
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A couple of opens grace the card at Towcester tomorrow night and then we will wait until Friday for Romford where the heats of the Puppy Cup are the feature.
On Saturday as well as Towcester we will be at Crayford and Yarmouth.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Rubys Rascal was desperately unlucky on Saturday as he literally crashed out the Yorkshire St Leger. The Puppy Cup starts on Friday and I might just see how our pups run in the heats before I recommend any bets but we have to have an interest on Rubys Razzle in the Ladbrokes Gold Collar as she returns to one of her favourite tracks Crayford.
RUBYS RAZZLE - 3 pts win ante post - Ladbrokes Gold Collar - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 2.5 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - lost