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If we hadn’t already had a bad enough 2018 with career ending then injuries last week proved to be amongst the worst. Bombers Bullet, our dual Category 1 winner and Derby finalist broke his hock on Thursday night in a trial at Shelbourne Park of all places whilst preparing for next week’s Night Of The Stars meeting. It was a bitter blow for the Bruiser Boyz syndicate who already have Bruisers Bullet only 50/50 to race again after a wrist injury and earlier in the year saw promising stayer Bonzos Bullet suffer a career ending injury at Towcester. Amongst a plethora of great victories this year as well this latest injury to our Greyhound of the Year contender means it’s certainly been a roller coaster year for them. Thankfully we travelled back safely on Thursday night and Bombers Bullet went straight to Stefano Malegori who operated on him to repair the damage and all seems well though he most certainly won’t race again.
Added to our problems we also had a badly broken wrist to our youngster Tiffield Boy at Henlow on Thursday morning, that took some fixing as well but thankfully again Stefano managed to repair the damage and though his career is over he will be well looked after to make a nice pet. On Friday morning his litter sister Energize Bobadee looks to have fractured a stopper bone on her wrist which is never a good injury and I would be surprised if she raced again, an older bitch Saffrons Bonnie, who had done well for my Racing Club, tore a gracilis muscle and though not serious will now be retired, not a great week for sure.
Despite Bombers Bullet’s disaster we are still committed to going to Shelbourne Park on Saturday for the Night of the Stars meeting. Aayamza Breeze, Baroness Bullet and Brigadier Bullet all trialled well over four bends and hopefully can do themselves justice. Sid & Daniel will travel over with the runners on Saturday and I’m intending to fly over later in the afternoon after I’ve done the feed at the kennels. I will enjoy myself but only when I know the dogs have come off safe and sound.
The Eclipse at Nottingham kicked off last night but I couldn’t see anything suitable to enter. It’s been a long time since I can remember our kennel not having runners in either the Eclipse or the St Leger but circumstances (mainly a plethora of injuries to our top dogs) have dictated matters. We do however have a semi finalist in the Romford Puppy Cup as Shrewd Honcho took a tricky heat on Friday night. She faces stiff opposition this Friday but she has a reasonable chance to make the final. Also on Sunday there was good news as Chubbys Caviar
produced a career best performance when landing her semi final of the Bedfordshire Oaks in the fastest time of the three semis (27.54) and she will certainly have a chance in the category 2 (£2,500 to the winner) Final.
Just Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday again this week. At Romford both our entries in the Puppy Cup were drawn together in a tough heat. Adageo Joma missed his break and that was race over but Shrewd Honcho paced up well from trap 6 and swept into the lead off the second bend and went on to score by 3 1/2 lengths in 24.37. Garryglass Champ starting to hit form again took a decent 575 metres at odds of 8/1 by 6 1/4 lengths in 35.49.
A good day at Henlow and as well as Chubbys Caviar winning her semi final of the Bedfordshire Oaks we had open race winners with Glory Snake (27.96)after a short break, in form Aayamza Bonnie took a Maiden 460m by 2 lengths in 28.12 and in the 692 metres Stayers Kiltrea Mike beat kennel mate Cincinnati by nearly 5 lengths in 42.90.
From a few runners on Monday we saw a great run from Calco Swift
who blew her rivals away to win by over 5 lengths in a £1,000 to the winner Owners Bonus Series Final in a good 27.71.
On Tuesday no winners from a few runners in the morning meeting and at night Towstar Billy took a good A3 by 3 lengths in a very good 27.64, Aayamza Elseve took an S4 by a length in 33.98 and litter sister Aayamza Bonnie took an S5 in 34.20.
Not the best of days on Thursday as Tiffield Boy picked up a serious injury and no winners. On Friday we had a good morning in some BGRB extra prize money races. Swift Windmill at last got her head in front as she took an A5 well in a good 27.92, Deans Hail Mary showed great early pace to land an A6 in a very good 28.02 while Energize Jack beat kennel mate Koroleva Queen by a short head in 28.44 in an A5 though a good morning was marred by a wrist injury to Energize Bobadee who looked set to win when going lame.
On Saturday Swift Lisetta ran well taking an A4 by a length in 28.26 and Adageo Zoomer won an A9 by a neck in 28.50. Busters Bullet on debut had a rough ride at the 3rd bend when knocked over but thankfully was ok afterwards.
In the graded races on Sunday in form Calco Swift took an S2 in good style in 33.88.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CHUBBYS CAVIAR
GRADED - CALCO SWIFT (Monday)
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
On Friday at Romford the Puppy Cup semi final see’s Shrewd Honcho in a tough race, we should have a few other entries.
On Saturday we travel to Ireland for the big Night of the Stars meeting at Shelbourne Park while on Sunday Chubbys Caviar has a chance of landing the Bedfordshire Oaks at Henlow.
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Our ante post selection Shrewd Honcho has a tough task in her semi final of the Romford Puppy Cup but has a squeak of making the final.
At Shelbourne on Saturday it’s difficult to put up a selection not knowing the runners yet but I’m hoping we can go close with our runners but a better betting opportunity will be on Sunday as Chubbys Caviar Can land the Bedfordshire Oaks Final and is still likely to be a fair price.
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 3 pt win - Bedfordshire Oaks Final - Sunday - Henlow
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SHREWD HONCHO - 2 pts ew ante post 20/1 - Romford Puppy Cup - semi final Friday