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The Star Sports Greyhound Derby third round treated us to some tremendous action on Saturday on a swelteringly hot Towcester evening. Bruisers Bullet kept our dreams alive of winning the sports blue riband event by blistering around in a fastest of the night 29.00 (-20) in front of a huge appreciative crowd. Just to get in the final will be magical but he has no easy task in tomorrow night's quarter final drawing another ultra tough heat which includes the long time ante post favourite Clares Rocket. Our boy is as short as 6/1 with many leading bookmakers for outright honours and the intensity of the last and the next few days is absorbing. As I've always said the Derby week with three runs in eight days is a true test of the greyhound and the trainer, will Bruiser cope with it all, that we will find out but I can tell you he's come out of Saturday's race in great shape and looks ready to do himself justice. This will be only the ninth race of his career so again we will find out a lot more about the dog this week. His owners Billy Boyle and Stephen Potter are enjoying the whole event and know only too well that the dream can end quickly with one slip up or a missed break. Whatever Bruisers Bullet's fate tomorrow he looks a special greyhound and the boys can have loads to look forward to in the future.
Saturday night's heats started with our Minglers Toure and after a good break he was led up by the aptly named Pacey Bambi. Although turning second his chance of qualifying ended when he was clipped from behind at the third bend by trap 1 Carn Brea and he was then turned sideways at the 4th bend as he was coming to the end of his run and he faded to last as Pacey Bambi galloped away from the field to win in 29.30 (-20), Bruisers Bullet got that crucial inside berth from his main rival Shaneboy Freddie in heat 2, an excellent 5.15 sectional helped him shrug off the persistent challenge of Freddie and at the end he pulled away to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.00 (-20)
The other heats saw Greyhound of the Year Droopys Buick win from behind in 29.50 (-20), Swithins Brae beat defending champ Jaytee Jet in 29.18 (-20), Clares Rocket came from off the pace to catch long time leader Fweshfromthesesh in 29.27 (-20). Tyrur Shay for PJ Fahey is fast becoming a crowd favourite finishing like a train to win in an excellent 29.05 (-20). The surprise dog of the whole event has been Danzey Exception and he treated us to another fine front running performance winning in 29.13 (-20). Coolavanny Mason got the punters cheering as he landed some tasty bets winning in a moderate 29.75 (-20), all in all a superb nights racing.
A better week on the open race front for the kennel, and graded for that matter, with a nice treble at Romford on Friday. Roswell Romanov is a standing dish over 575m, Clondoty Alex was majestic bouncing back to form in a good 400m and Aayamza Breeze
clocked a sensational 46.51 over 750m. Obviously Bruisers Bullet's Derby win in round 3 was fantastic on Saturday and we were unlucky to only have the one winner (Ribble Atom) at Sheffield yesterday afternoon but followed up with a nice trap 1 double at Henlow last night.
It will be a decent week at Towcester with the Derby Plate starting alongside the quarter finals tomorrow night and on Saturday the semi finals have supporting competitions over the various distances and we hope to be well represented in most. For us to get near the record of most open race wins in a year we have to travel and again this week we will be at Hove, Romford and Henlow as well as Towcester.
You will now see our full entry list up for our popular 5 To Follow competition which starts on Saturday July 1st which is Derby Final night. As always it's FREE TO ENTER and you can have up to 5 teams, all must include 2 bitches and you will be able to swap any of your team on October 1st the mid way point. Get your entries in as it's great fun following and watching your team run. I will put up some nice prizes for the winner and runner ups.
On Tuesday at Sheffield Airforce Duchess qualified for the final of the Yorkshire Oaks when second while Brynoffa Jasmin also qualified in a supporting sprint event when also second. On Thursday at Hove Ruby's Rascal was surprisingly beaten by Karlow Turbo over 695m while Sunday News made a promising debut when 3rd over 475m.
For a minute it looked like it was going to be one of those nights at Romford on Friday night with no winners from our first nine runners. Calco Flyer pleased us when second and in the Friday Night 500 Standard final Swift Dartmoor was second and Chubbys Oak 3rd but normal service was resumed as Roswell Romanov (34.89), Clondoty Alex (23.94) and Aayamza Breeze (46.51) rattled off a hat trick.
On another blisteringly hot Sunday at Sheffield Ribble Atom took a weak marathon by over 11 lengths in 57.28, both Airforce Duchess and Brynoffa Jasmin were down the field in their respective finals and Scolari Sound was an unlucky short head loser in a good sprint. We bounced back at night at Henlow with two winners from four runners. Garryglass Teddy won a 550m in a superb 33.24 and Mac's On Storm took a 460m in 27.75.
On Tuesday we had an excellent night with four winners. Carden Punch deservedly won a 686m race in 42.16, Zammos Bullet won on debut in a D2 in 15.51, Cincinnati took an S1 in 41.87 staying on nicely and old timer Ribble Rush had her first win back from season taking an A6 in 28.88.
Our good form continued on Saturday as we had the first three winners in the morning. Energize Jack bolted in over 480m winning an A6 by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.52, nice to see wins from Saffrons Honey in a good 28.93 and Swift Robin in 28.89. In graded races that form continued at night as Shlowdown Sally showed her class to win an Owners Bonus Series final in 15.27 with Tread Lightly a close up 3rd. In the last race Union Pride
for Pete Sandbach showed some lovely pace to lead in an S2 and she never came back winning by 2 lengths in a good 41.82.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - AAYAMZA BREEZE
GRADED - UNION PRIDE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
As said the quarter finals of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby take centre stage tomorrow night at Towcester. On Thursday we will be at Hove and on Friday our usual pilgrimage to Romford. A huge night at Towcester on Saturday where we hope to be in the semi finals of the Derby and some excellent supporting competitions and we are likely to be back to Henlow on Sunday.
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Bruisers Bullet, dare I say it, is going extremely well in the Derby and God willing this time next week we will have the ew part of our bet up (pays first 6), Plenty of interest later on in the week but I really can't commit to a bet until I see some draws so let's cheer the 'Bruiser' home!
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRUISERS BULLET - 2.5 pts ew ante post 40/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - quarter finals Tuesday