12th September 2016
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Calco Flyer ran a brave race when 3rd in the Betfred Steel City Cup at Sheffield on Tuesday and it was another solid display from our now veteran performer. He never quite looked like he was going to get near Kelly Macari's Pinpoint Den but just failed to get up for second. Calco Flyer's career hasn't come to an end yet and our evergreen son of our former Derby winner Blonde Snapper will target the Kent Derby starting next Sunday at Sittingbourne, we also will have Ballymac Shirley, Garryglass Teddy, Roswell Iceman and maybe one or two more for the Category 1 event.
It was a mixed night at Sheffield in the supporting opens with Ribble Atom taking another marathon and emerging youngster Garryglass Champ showing superb trackcraft to land a puppy open. Airforce Duchess (2nd) and Garryglass Teddy (2nd) both ran well. As usual there was an excellent crowd there, something which Sheffield seem to do well on the Sky nights.
The open race action is coming thick and fast at the moment and we were delighted with our team on Saturday night. Clondoty Alex from a plot draw easily made his first ever Category 1 final when he was a close up second behind Bubbly Turbo in the semi final of the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth recording a decent 27.65. The competition has seen all the main fancies go out at some stage during the rounds and the £12,000 to the winner showpiece certainly has that feel that all six runners and connections will have a chance of grabbing the glory on the night. Again on Sky this Wednesday we will have some runners on the supporting card. Unfortunately I won't be in attendance as I leave Wednesday morning for Portugal on our annual Calco Cup golfing trip though I will go out of my way to find a bar at nighttime that can show the dogs on Sky Sports.
The Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger kicked off on Saturday as well and I was at Towcester nervously awaiting the result from the first heat where all three of our entries were pitched in together. It came as a mixture of joy and relief as I heard Rubys Rascal had beaten Billys Bullet and Ferryforth Fran had made it a Team Wallis 123 with Rubys Rascal a most impressive winner in a fine 41.59. That emotion quickly changed to a more sombre mood when all three were drawn out together in next week's semi finals. We will need plenty of luck to qualify all three again but it's certainly not impossible.
Our website 5 To Follow competition is fast approaching the half way stage and later this week new complete list of available runners for the second half of competition will be up. Entrants can change as many of their current side as they like but must still include two or more bitches and send in their new teams by October 1st and then from that date their new teams will start to add to the score that they already have. This year's competition looks incredibly close and as from last week we have three joint leaders on 186 points, Ei Ei, TEAM PUMPKIN 3 and DELPHIIES DREAM DOGS 2 lead the way. I always say it at this time, even if your team is a long way behind its worth changing them, I've seen teams come back from way off the pace to win on the last week.
On Monday at Yarmouth Clondoty Alex qualified from the second round of the East Anglian Derby but California bowed out of the event. As said a good night at Sheffield saw Calco Flyer finish 3rd in the feature race the Betfred Steel City Cup final and in supporting races Ribble Atom and Garryglass Champ won well.
On Friday not the best of nights at Romford with Saffrons Boxer breaking down (broken hock) when leading the Maiden Stayers final.
On Saturday a good night with a 1/2/3 in the heats of the Pinpoint Yorksire St Leger at Doncaster and Clondoty Alex qualifying when second in the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth.
On Tuesday both Risky Rumble and Energize Honey were second with Micky Thebutcher our only winner in an A7 in a calculated 28.96.
On Friday the first leg of the 2016 Bags Championship kicked off with Towcester's home leg. Roswell Roxanne was a good second in the youngsters race and Adageo Djongo was a bit unlucky in the sprint race when down the field. Roswell Red Kite ran a bit strange after leading but eventually finished down the field while in the elite race Swift Whirlwind was unfortunately ko'd (seems ok). In other races Shlowdown Sally came closest when second in top grade.
On Saturday we had three nice winners. Progressive Swift Kaylee took an A7 in 29.11, Ballymac Sinbad scored an overdue success in 28.64 while Farran Evans ran nicely to win a D1 in 15.48.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Wednesday we look forward to the East Anglian Derby final at Yarmouth and Clondoty Alex has a very hazardous draw in trap 3 but is not without a chance of landing the £12,000 to the winner final.
On Friday the Romford Puppy Cup kicks off and on Saturday the semi finals of the Yorkshire St Leger take place at Doncaster while we have the Gold Collar and Guys & Dolls at Crayford.
Another Category 1 event on Sunday with the Kent Derby starting at Sittingbourne.
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Airforce Duchess ran very well for us at Sheffield on Tuesday at reasonable odds but just missed out when second. I reluctantly put up Rubys Rascal from our three runners at Doncaster for the Yorkshire St Leger and then promptly seen them all drawn together in the same heat. Rascal then came out and beat his two Category 1 winning kennel mates Billys Bullet and Ferryforth Fran, he now has to do it all again in the semi finals this Saturday.
We have other competitions starting this week as said above and for a bit of value I fancy Roswell Romanov at Crayford and hopefully Ballymac Shirley will go well at Sittingbourne a track she ran so well at in the Trainers Championship meeting earlier in the year.
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 2 pts ew ante post - Ladbrokes Gold Collar - Crayford - starts Saturday
BALLYMAC SHIRLEY - 2 pts ew ante post - Kent Derby - Sittingbourne - starts Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 2 pts ew ante post 6/1 - Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - semi-finals Saturday
AIRFORCE DUCHESS - 3 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - lost