18th December 2018
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Three weeks ago many would have thought that Chubbys Caviar was just a hopeful entry in the English Oaks at Swindon, I certainly didn’t (up on our recommended bets) and I’m delighted that not only has she made the £15,000 to the winner final but after Saturday’s brilliant semi final win she is favourite with many bookmakers to land the Classic. I’m so pleased for Cavi’s owners Mike Davis and his partner Michelle who despite having a stack of winners with the likes of Saleen Ash and Silva Hill have yet to land a big competition with us. Of course it won’t be that easy and we are drawn a little wider than I like (trap 5) and she has been a bit hit or miss out the traps but she runs the track so well and if securing a decent pitch she is looking really strong. To think we were only winning an A4 a couple of months ago it’s a tremendous achievement by our team at Imperial Kennels to be in with a very good chance.
Chubbys Caviar (trap 3) takes the lead on the run up
in her English Oaks Semi Final
The Oaks on Saturday will be the last meaningful open racing of another title winning year, we will just have a couple of Sunday meetings at Henlow and possibly a Romford meeting between Christmas and New year to cover. Our target of 1000 points in the Trainer of the Year standings should be reached and certainly will be if we win at Swindon on Saturday, that will be a tremendous achievement for the kennel considering all the injuries we have had this year. My in depth review will be up come January 1st and it will hopefully be a great read for everyone. We then start all over again and one can only hope that 2019 is a game changer for the industry, quite how, I'm not sure but we live in hope. Our Henlow contract looks set to keep us busy and financially secure though the top class racing, which has proved so fruitful for us over the years, might be an uphill battle as without doubt we are fast losing owners who are prepared to dig deep into their pockets for the top end dogs while the industry continues to go down the route of our 'product' is mainly for the bookmakers, the delays in them paying any percentages in online turnover to our fund just shows the contempt they have for our sport.
Henlow has a busy enough programme over Christmas and New Year with plenty of opens advertised, no doubt the Boxing Day meeting will be extremely busy, especially if the weather is kind. Our first big target for the New Year will be the Coronation Cup at Romford starting on January 4th and then we will build up to the Golden Jacket in February and of course the Peter Bussey Memorial!
With just two weeks to go it's all getting very tight in our 5 To Follow competition with 'Paws For Thought' taking the lead this week on 285 points just one win ahead of 'Promblues 1' and 'Millys Missiles' both on 276 points. All seem to have a few different dogs in their teams so anything can happen and realistically a few from inside the top 10 can still have a late charge to win. Silva Hill leads the way in scoring with 94 points from the surprise package Calco Swift (81) and Cotton Pants (73) . In our staff competition Emily is hanging on tenaciously to her lead but is in danger of being swallowed up by yours truly!
Just a couple of runners at Romford Friday with Shrewd Honcho running well when second in a decent Maiden Stayers final, Ashakiran was 3rd over 400m.
On Saturday at Swindon it was a pleasure seeing Chubbys Caviar bolt out the traps en route to a fastest of the semi final winners winning by 3 1/2 lengths in a fine 28.93 (-20).
On Sunday we had plenty of seconds and thirds with Silva Hill, Cotton Pants, Running Senor (ran very well), Glory Snake and Saleen Ash all runners up while Towstar Billy was impressive winning a 428m by 5 lengths in a fine 25.81.
Three nice winners on Monday with Energize Bobadoo scoring in 28.53, the consistent Energize Honey rattled home in a fine 28.18 while another Towcester servant loving the Henlow circuit Swift Lisetta was very impressive taking an A4 in a good 27.83.
Plenty of second and thirds on Tuesday but no winners while on Thursday it wasn't really going our way until the revelation Calco Swift won a decent A3 in 28.21.
Potman scored a great hat trick on Friday morning at a tasty 7/1.
No runners Saturday and on Sunday Towstar Winston picked up his first win when scoring in a good 28.10.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CHUBBYS CAVIAR
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
All eyes will be on the English Oaks final on Saturday at Swindon and we have a major chance of landing the classic when Chubbys Caviar goes from trap 5.
We will be at Henlow with a few runners on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
What a finish we could have to the year if Chubbys Caviar can land the English Oaks as we have recommended our flying black bitch at a juicy 66/1!
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 1 pt each way ante post 66/1 - English Oaks - Swindon - final this Saturday