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What a relief to come out of one of the worst cold spells I have experienced and Monday was like a summer's day compared to the previous few days with temperatures well above freezing. The open race scene has gone crazy with plenty of competitions on the go, we had mixed results but as we start a new week we have plenty to look forward to.
On Monday, where a sensible decision was made to reschedule the heats of the Essex Vase and Golden Sprint at Romford was made, in the Golden Sprint heats unfortunately all four of our entries were eliminated after finding troubled passages on the run up to the bend. It was slightly better news in the Essex Vase as Roswell Romanov
led up in his heat and turned on the power to beat kennelmate Ninja Penny by over seven lengths to record the fastest time of the 6 heats a fine 34.98. Our other three entries Boylesports Duke, Saleen Ash and Not So Classical all found plenty of trouble and were also eliminated, not a great Monday afternoon. With only two of our entries left as we travelled back to Romford on Friday Roswell Romanov was pitched in the toughest semi final which contained 5 heat scorers but he superbly tracked into a good position off the second bend before unleashing a powerful finish to win well in 36.08(-45) on a slow track. In the second semi final Ninja Penny confirmed the promise of the heats when chasing home Barricane Carina to make her first ever Category 1 final. It promises to be a great night's racing this Friday with both finals on its just a shame there is restricted access into the stadium and it’s not covered by RPGTV! Roswell Romanov has a dream draw in trap 1 to work from while Ninja Penny will need a flyer to have a chance, she does tend to move off from the inside and Romanov will need no second invitation if that does happen. He has a brilliant record of 36 open race wins from 64 races (29 from 49 at Romford) and I’ve no doubt a Category 1 success is well deserving. It won’t be as easy as that for sure as all the other finalists are very decent, particularly Murrys Act who will not be caught if he leads.
Before Friday we travelled to Monmore on Wednesday for the heats of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby with just one runner in Brinkleys Twirl and I thought she ran really well when second in her heat. In this Wednesday’s semi final it’s a tough race but she’s not without a chance of qualifying for the final.
On Saturday we faced some stiff opposition in the Astute Electronics Gold Cup at Towcester and both of our runners Ninja Fortune and Plan Ahead ran with credit in their respective semi finals finishing 3rd but didn’t make the final. Next week's final will be a cracker with some of the best dogs in training on view. Our top four bender Bruisers Bullet missed the event as he prepared for a crack at the Scottish Derby. We made the long journey up to Glasgow on Friday for a trial and Bruiser scorched round in 29.19 (-10), Bombers Bullet, 2nd in the Maiden Gold Cup over 550m last week at Henlow produced a very good 29.28 (-10) and our Irish Derby runner up Black Farren went well enough recording 29.61 (-10). All three will head back to Towcester this weekend as all are likely runners in our Trainers Championship side on the 24th March.
I think this year's GTA Trainers Championship meeting on March 24th promises to be a cracker and will take some winning. Sadly it won’t be on Sky sports but it might make many people travel to Towcester to watch the event live, there certainly will be a great atmosphere with some real canine talent on display. I’m confident we will have a very competitive side over the 8 legs but I was thinking what a great race the division 1 of the 500m might be. All being well we will be represented by our Olympic winner Bruisers Bullet, Liz Mcnair with the Greyhound of the Year King Elvis, Paul Young with his Eclipse winner Bubbly Bluebird, defending champion Kevin Hutton with his multi talented Dorotas Wildcat and Patrick Jansens possibly with his Category 1 multi finalist Barricane Tiger and then not forgetting Seamus Cahill’s Greyhound Derby winner Astute Missile, wow! What a race in prospect! surely worth travelling many miles to see and that’s just one of eight great races on the night.
I’ve covered most of this week above except on Friday in supporting races at Romford on Friday we had a nice double as Newinn Trump got off the mark at the second attempt when winning a 400m Maiden well in a calculated 24.33 while the progressive Towstar Jess took a 575m Maiden in 35.92. In a supporting 686m open on Saturday at Towcester Garryglass Champ was second but ran with credit.
On Friday it was good to see Ninja Storm win his first ever hurdles race and he did so in style scoring by over 8 lengths in a fine 29.18. Ocees Boca also got off the mark for us when taking an S3 staying on nicely to win by a length in 42.38.
On Saturday morning Saffrons Honey blasted to an incredible 4.07 split and won well in an A7 in 28.95, Chubbys Caviar also scored well in an A4 in in a good 28.45.
Plenty of open race action on Saturday night, from a handful of graded runners Swift Dante picked up kennelmate Saffrons Tina to score by a length in 42.16.
On Sunday night progressive Deans Hail Mary followed up her A10 victory with an A9 win by the narrowest margin in 29.21, Ribble Ghost is also running at the top of her game winning an A7 in 28.94 and Airforce Cluxton also took a D3 in 15.69 to complete a good night.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ROSWELL ROMANOV
GRADED - SAFFRONS HONEY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
All roads lead to Romford this Friday where Roswell Romanov and Ninja Penny compete in the Coral Essex Vase final.
We should have some good Trainers Championship pointers on Saturday at Towcester with plenty of our potential team in action.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
With no bets last week I almost feel like I deserted Roswell Romanov in the Essex Vase final having not put him up at the start and now trading slightly odds on in Friday’s final, no value now that’s for sure! Looking for something we can get stuck into I can’t really see anything as again most of our entries will be done Tues/Weds. We will keep our powder dry until the Trainers Championship meeting a week Saturday.