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On Saturday at Towcester we witnessed a wonderful card of Derby potentials as no less than 11 Trial Stakes gave us a glimpse of what was to come over the next few weeks in the first ever Star Sports Greyhound Derby. A good crowd with plenty of action in the ring witnessed some excellent runs from the likes of Arc winner Garryvoe Bobby (29.06), Madabout Eoghan (29.06), Droopys Who (29.19) who were the fastest of the night but the performance of Tyrur Shay coming from last to first to win in 29.28 most impressed me. We had plenty of hopefuls but unfortunately didn't come away with a winner. Rubys Rascal ran very well when 2nd to Tiernans Gift beaten a length in 29.29, Adageo Gold and Garryglass Champ will both get the trip strong and ran on to be 4th in respectable times while I felt sorry for Minglers Toure who just failed to make the bend in front in a hot race and was virtually knocked over and beaten a fair way though thankfully he seems ok. Rubys Razzle ran ok when third but clearly a Derby campaign is not the right thing for her and she will not be entered.
Altogether we are looking at having about 12 entries and I think the final number will get up to about 240/250 so a qualifying round will be needed. Some great news that our main hope Bruisers Bullet, who is a best priced 40/1, is fit and well after a slight niggle that forced him out of a trial stake last week, he will trial over track and trip tomorrow night and I'm still confident he can give us a huge buzz over the next few weeks. With the class of runner going for the Derby I'm sure it's put a lot of hopeful entries off but on the other hand with the current disastrous situation in Ireland causing no racing at Shelbourne Park a huge amount of entries from across the water is expected.
Roswell Romanov will not be an entry in the Derby as like Rubys Razzle they are not suited to a 500m against top class four bend dogs. Romanov is fast becoming a legend at Romford like Adageo Bob at the Essex track. On Friday he recorded his 18th success over 575m and his 5th competition victory beating the useful Memphis Mafia by 5 1/4 lengths in a scintillating 34.82, that's the third time he's broken the magical 35.00 barrier though he has some catching up with Bob who must have broken that mark at least 15 times. Having landed the Coronation Cup in January the Grand Slam of big events is what Romanov will be laid out for with the Champion Stakes his next target.
A slightly poor week on the winners front with only three open wins last week and as I said it will only take a poor week or two and the chase to land a record 365 open race winners in a season will be tough to achieve but we will persevere and try and get back on track this week. I will also be hungry to land some more Category 1 successes and I have had a number of new dogs come into the kennel over the last two weeks. We seem to have stayers in abundance which is a good way of achieving more open race winners. I have a very good open race stayer/marathon dog coming in next week if anybody is interested in purchasing one. At around £7,000 he is not cheap but I'm confident he can win his fair share of opens and hopefully good enough for the big competitions, give me a call if anyone is interested.
Not much happened with Romford on Friday our first open racers of the week. Tread Lightly ran well in a hot sprint when 3rd, Cincinnati going over a longer trip recorded his first open race win when taking a Maiden 575m by the minimum margin in 36.15, Brynoffa Jasmin was second in the bitches 400m and Saffrons Tina was beaten two lengths in a bitches 575m despite doing 35.42 herself. Roswell Romanov
was awesome taking the Stuart Roberts Quicksilver Trophy Final while in the Friday Night 500 Standard heats Clondoty Alex was unluckily beaten a head in a good 24.02 while Ribble Atom also ran well when 2nd over 750m which is far too short for her these days.
No joy at Towcester on Saturday as said and on Sunday at Henlow our run of seconds continued as Cotton Pants, Ferryforth Fran and Sapa Express all filled that birth while Calco Flyer's magnificent winning run came to an end when only 4th in a 460m. Farran Kilcoyne ran well when 3rd in a very good 555m. We had to wait until the last race before Garryglass Teddy took a 555m very well in an excellent 33.34.
Just four runners on Tuesday. Swift Whirlwind was second in an A3 before Giveabitback Sue took a D2 in 15.51.
On Saturday morning no winners but Saffrons Honey, Catunda Daisy, Toker Creek, Jazz Jade and Jazz Jake all ran well when 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - ROSWELL ROMANOV
GRADED - GIVEBITBACK SUE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quietish week before the Derby starts taking centre stage. We will be at Romford on Friday where Clondoty Alex bids to land the Friday Night 500 Standard final and we will be back to Henlow on Sunday.
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We will keep all our efforts for a bit of Derby betting in a week or two as not much this week to get stuck into.