1st August 2017
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Our poor run of injuries of late unfortunately continued and though we had a few winners last week our kennel generally doesn't really seem to firing on all cylinders. Quite why this is I can't put my finger on as we are working hard and never change how we do things, I guess, as they say, it goes like that sometimes. July for some reason always seems to be our worst month of the year, it doesn't really worry me as I know you can't be flying all year long and let's be honest our kennel has in 2017 been in vintage form up to July and the record of landing 365 open winners in a calendar year was most certainly on. We are now stuck around the 200 winner mark (incredible in itself) and we are at least a dozen or so behind my idea of targets so we are really up against it to say the least. We have had a number of new intakes over the last few weeks and some more interesting ones arriving so perhaps, given a bit of luck, the last 3 or 4 months can be particularly productive.
We have plenty going on at the moment on the open race circuit. Unfortunately we didn't qualify for the Sussex Cup final this Thursday but Brynoffa Jasmin is in a supporting sprint final and Ribble Atom, impressive over 925m at Romford last Friday goes in a stamina sapping 930m race. Also on Thursday the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Ladbrokes Summer Stayers (won by Ferryforth Fran last year) kicks off and veteran Calco Flyer tries, most likely, his last big competition before he retires. Amazingly he reaches 5 years of age next month, he hasn't been flying at Romford the last 2 or 3 races but has been scorching to the drop so maybe the step up to 480m might suit, Cappoquin Al also takes his chance. The Stayers event is headed by Rubys Rascal and he won well last week over course and distance, Garryglass Champ and Cincinnati also complete our team.
The Champion Stakes at Romford is just around the corner and despite the kennel not flying Roswell Romanov still managed to score easily in the Dual Distance final at Romford last week and it will take a very good dog to lower his colours. Our Coronation Cup winner goes again this week in the Doug Tyler Summer Cup heats as long as he hasn't scared all the opposition off. Our 400m type dogs are all at Peterborough this Thursday in preparation for the returning Peterborough Derby that starts next week. Veteran Clondoty Alex heads our team with Cotton Pants, Swift Dartmoor and Parkers Dynamite, overall plenty to look forward to.
Bruisers Bullet is coming on well from his injuries picked up when trialling at a Hove earlier last month and I'd say he's about a month away from returning, at this stage I'm afraid a crack at the Irish Derby is out of the question so his target will be the Eclipse and All England Cup. Aayamza Breeze goes back to Daniel Doherty in a couple of weeks and a decision on her career can be made. As said a few recent injuries have also knocked us back with the likes of Adageo Gold (broken hock - retired), Scolari Sound (badly cut foot - another 10 days off) and on Saturday Saffrons Tina (gracillis - off 3 months), Roswell Red Kite (monkey muscle - off 4 weeks) and a few odds and ends that we are treating daily are all problems that we have to deal with.
Not the greatest week ever as touched on above but Rubys Rascal won his Trial Stakes for the forthcoming Stayers Summer Cup in a good 37.72 at Monmore while at Hove Cappoquin Al went out in the Sussex Cup semi final when only 4th but Brynoffa Jasmin qualified for the supporting sprint final when second in her heat.
On Friday at Romford two winners from our nine runners with Roswell Romanov taking another title when landing the Friday Night 500 Dual Distance final by 7 lengths in 35.22 and Ribble Atom took the Mark and Coralie Charity Bike Ride Marathon which I sponsored over 925m by over 7 lengths in 59.08.
No luck in the two Lowther Stakes trial stakes at Towcester Saturday with Saffrons Tina going lame and Rubys Razzle having a bad run of luck virtually put on the floor at the 3rd bend. At Henlow on Sunday a better night with two winners and three seconds from our five runners. Clondoty Alex as professional as usual taking a 428m in 25.68 and Saleen Ash landing a 550m Maiden in 33.52.
On Tuesday on form Micky Thebutcher took an A5 in a good 28.50 with a pleasing return for Saffrons Bonnie in second. Swift Cobra won well in an Owners Bonus Series heat in a good 28.40 and Sovereign King also qualified for the final when second in his heat.
On Saturday morning Fire Height Josh came from off the pace to win an A5 in 28.72 but on a wet miserable Saturday night we had no joy and sadly picked up a couple of injuries.
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy Thursday as we travel to Hove for supporting races to the Sussex Cup final and at Monmore the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers kicks off.
We will be at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our old favourite Rubys Rascal is due a good run in a competition soon and hopefully after pulling a plum trap 1 slot in his heat on Thursday he could go close overall to landing the event and warrants a maximum bet. At Romford on Friday Saleen Ash stepping up to 575m could be worth an interest after a good win at Henlow last Sunday.
RUBYS RASCAL - 5 pts win ante post - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers - Monmore - starts Thursday
SALEEN ASH - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday