12th February 2019
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We were really looking forward to the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket a few weeks ago as we looked likely to have a strong team to go to Crayford with but the first major competition of the year has proved very unlucky for our team. Firstly our star staying bitch Baroness Bullet suffered a career ending injury in a trial over track and trip three weeks ago. We looked to get over this disappointment as we had her brother Brigadier Bullet installed as ante post favourite after a couple of impressive displays in trial stakes but the luck wasn’t with us as we drew an ultra tough heat in the opening round on Saturday albeit we had the trap 6 draw. A slight stumble at the traps and a bump from trap 5 from Goldies Hotspur saw Brigadier turn in arrears around the first two bends, he showed great pace to get back within a length of the leading duo Affleck Bolt and Stardom but his run had ended coming off the last bend, though plugging on gamely the writing was on the wall for his chances of qualifying as the strong Goldies Hotspur picked him up for the vital 3rd place.
Of course there was an enormous sense of disappointment to see our star eliminated but it’s fine lines when in these kind of heats and the main thing is he has come off safe and sound and his day will come I’m sure. It wasn’t to be a lucky night for us as our other two entries Kiltrea Mike and Aayamza Breeze, drawn together in the last heat, proceeded to block each other a couple of times and though only beaten less than 4 lengths they were 4th and 5th respectively. It’s a hot competition this year but we will now have to look on and wish the other contenders well. It’s never an easy one to win and we will wait another year to get that third winner to follow Hometown Honey and Patches Kerry’s exploits when they superbly took the title for us.
So now we have to concentrate on trying to land the Peter Bussey Memorial for an unbelievable eighth time. I singled out Chubbys Caviar as our most likely winner this year but a split webb three week’s ago in her last race at Romford put paid to that. A couple of other potential runners fell by the wayside so we will try and get last year’s hero Saleen Ash to try and defend his crown. No doubt, despite a magnificent 2018 for Mike Davis’s star, he has been hard to catch right the last couple of months but if we can get him back to his best we have a chance. Shrewd Honcho, who possesses good early pace for these kind of trips will also take her chance though she will need to improve on her trial from last week. These races are on Saturday morning this week and there are a couple of supporting opens as well.
The other big news from the kennel this week is the return of our Derby finalist and Olympic champion Bruisers Bullet who on Thursday is booked to have a handslip at Monmore. Hopefully all will be sound afterwards and we will return with a sprint the following week. I felt that Monmore was a great track to trial back at as it’s easy to run, I have no problem with Henlow but its quirky nature might not suit a big 38 kilo dog like Bruiser and he trialled well at Monmore last year. What happens over the next couple of weeks will decide whether he will be a player this year or not, wrist injuries are never easy but we have him in tip top shape just for this handslip.
We are just starting to bring some of our long term injured ones back and hopefully this will be an enormous boost for the kennel. As well as a Bruisers Bullet we gave a handslip to Towstar Arry last week, he was looking like a great stayer last year before injury struck at Towcester. Tiffield Lady, sister to Brigadier and Baroness Bullet, who also broke down at Towcester had a successful handslip and sprint trial at Henlow is one hopefully to keep an eye on this year as we thought a lot of her when she began her career. Towstar Jess, Towstar Billy and Brinkleys Rosie will be back with handslips or trials this week while Chubbys Turkana is trialling back out of season. It would be fantastic if all these were to stay fit and healthy. This week we also have an influx of new pups to come in from Gary Goulden (Energize Kennels) as the next litter from Evanta Evita by Ballymac Vic arrive and they are all showing huge promise. We have also bought a few decent pups that will race possibly in Ireland first before they come over to us in the spring/summer. I must admit there does seem a healthy appetite for people still willing to buy some half decent dogs despite everything that has happened in the sport and some people’s vision a year or so ago that greyhound racing will finish in the near future seems way off, progress is being made on everything in our sport, especially the welfare side.
Just a few runners at Romford on Friday with veteran Swift Dartmoor scrambling home in a 400m in 24.46 our only winner.
As said not the best of nights at Crayford on Saturday with all three of our Golden Jacket entries eliminated.
On Tuesday morning Towstar Winston ran well to hold on from kennelmate Flip The Tyre to score by a neck in 28.28 (-20). Energize Bobadoo ran a brave race to win an A7 by 3/4 length in 28.89 (-30) at juicy odds of 10/1.
On Saturday we saw a rare win for Bobs Boy in an A11 in 28.76. On Sunday Glassmoss Sis, Swift Windmill and Silva Hill were all close to winning but Towstar Evita was our only winner scoring well in 28.81 (-30)
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SWIFT DARTMOOR
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight we make a trip up to Sheffield with four runners with a view to looking at the track for the forthcoming events there including the Trainers Championship meeting.
On Thursday we have a busy day including a trip to Monmore where Bruisers Bullet returns with a handslip . On Friday we will be back to Romford with a few runners.
On Saturday morning we travel to Crayford as we try and win the Peter Bussey Memorial for an eighth time on the trot and on Sunday I'm hoping a few opens fill at Henlow.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
The Golden Jacket expectations and recommended bets took a bad hit as our runners crashed out of the event but hopefully we can bounce back. As said Saleen Ash is proving a touch difficult to catch right these days but remains our best chance of landing the Peter Bussey Memorial and he's likely to go off a similar price to last year when he sensationally won the event giving our supporters a decent pay day.
SALEEN ASH - 2 pts each way ante post - Peter Bussey Memorial - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIGADIER BULLET - 5 pts win ante post 6/1 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - lost
AAYAMZA BREEZE - 2 pts each way ante post 25/1 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - lost