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For a second I thought we were going to go close in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby Final at Monmore on Saturday with Droopys Cruiser. Unfortunately, after a reasonable break it all got a bit messy around the first two bends and Cruiser was literally dragged back from behind to come out of the bend in last place and in another very classy final he was never going to come back from that. Congratulations to Dave Mullins and Troy Zico’s connections for landing the prestigious competition, it always proves to be an excellent form guide to some of the big events later in the year. Droopys Cruiser an inexpensive purchase gave his owners, the Multifruit syndicate headed by Glenn Laming, a huge thrill during the competition and this final could be a stepping stone to greater things ahead, next though he will go to Sheffield to prepare for the Puppy race on Trainers Championship night.
A great night of racing at Monmore on a wet sodden track gave us two winners with a thrilling 835m Marathon between Aayamza Breeze and the in form Goldies Hotspur where, after a titanic battle, they could not be split at the line. Brigadier Bullet made it tough for himself after a moderate start in the 630m but his class showed as he led off the last bend to win going away in a calculated 37.79 . Before racing new intake Antigua Fire trialled over the same trip in driving rain clocking a very satisfactory 37.81 calculated. Both Brigadier Bullet and Antigua Fire will head to the Queen Mother Memorial at Sheffield and all being well represent us in the GTA Trainers Championship after.
The GTA Trainers Championship has seen another withdrawal as Matt Dartnall has unfortunately pulled out with John Mullins coming in, both Matt & John had great 2018’s and John only missed out narrowly for an automatic place as did Matt and I suspect John won’t be going up there just to make the numbers up, he has some nice open race dogs. Looking at our potential team we certainly will be strong in the staying department and Droopys Cruiser will probably face Patrick Janssen's Seaglass Tiger again amongst others in the puppy race. Silva Hill has taken a liking to Sheffield winning two sprint opens recently and our Oaks and Coronation Cup finalist Chubbys Caviar will stay over four bends for the Bitches race, hopefully she can prove a point after being left out the Steel City Cup. Where we are struggling a bit is on the four bend front. Glory Snake came off a touch sore from the messy Maiden Stayers Gold Cup semi final but we are more than hopeful he can make the team, Saleen Ash ran a fabulous race when second as part of our victorious team last year but has struggled to capture his best form this year despite a valiant attempt to defend his Peter Bussey title, a short break will hopefully freshen him up. I haven’t sorted out my third choice as nothing seems suitable at the moment though one thing for sure I won’t be pulling out of the event, I would put a team of graded dogs in just to be a part of it if I had to.
We were hoping for some better luck in the Category 2 Maiden Stayers Gold Cup Final at Henlow on Sunday but a rotten draw for Razldazl Valerie in trap 4 with loads of early pace inside her proved costly. She broke really well but was shunted out by the trio inside causing her to crash into our other runner Nothing But Love ending her chances which also saw Valerie brought to the deck, thankfully Valerie looks to have come off sound after the nasty tumble. Again on the supporting card we had a couple of nice winners, Brinkleys Rosie returning from season looked like she had never been away winning well in 26.03 and Culchieland
is looking back to her best winning a good 550m open in 33.61. We have plenty of nice types for Henlow’s opens on Sundays so hopefully they can continue to fill even when there are no competitions on.
I think I have covered most of the open racing above as we had no runners at Romford this week.
Corrig Grace caused a surprise winning a good D2 on Monday in 16.80. On Tuesday evening youngster Far Froman Angel took an A8 in 28.53, Aayamza Bonnie ran on strong to land an A4 in 28.36.
On Thursday Swift Lisetta won well in a A7 by nearly 6 lengths in a very good 27.99. Plenty of seconds on Friday and on Sunday Deans Hail Mary won well again in an A4 in 28.04. Great to see Towstar Jess return from a serous injury and though pitched in a tough A3 and down the field it won’t be long before she’s winning again.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CULCHIELAND
GRADED - SWIFT LISETTA
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quieter week on the open race front though we will be travelling to Sheffield for trials and possibly back again for races on Saturday night. We could be at Romford on Friday and with a bit of luck some opens will fill at Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Gutted that Droopys Cruiser finished out of the first four on Saturday in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby Final as we had a lovely 25/1 about him but it was a good shout all the same.
My tip in the golf for the Players Championship Hideki Matsuyama never really looked like winning but if you had him with one of the bookmakers that pays the first 6/7 then you would have had a small draw as he finished tied 6th, I’m still backing him each way for the Masters next month at around 40/1.
Not too much to get stuck into this week so we will wait until better opportunities come up.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DROOPYS CRUISER - 2 pts ew ante post 25/1 - Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - Saturday - lost