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A brief one as we see the New Year in today and I hope everyone enjoyed their celebrations last night. Don't forget in a couple of days you can read our usual brilliant Review of 2017 with our Website Awards.
It goes without saying the highlight of the week was Bruisers Bullet's superb 5 1/2 lengths victory in the Coral Olympic Final at Hove on Thursday, the last Category 1 event of the calendar year. Despite everyone saying what a great chance he had I thought it was an incredibly tough race but our star performer gave some very useful rivals a start and a beating showing tremendous track craft in doing so. It was hard to believe it was only the 18th race of his career as he seems to have been high profile all year long, an excellent 3rd in the high class Eclipse final last month and his brilliant Derby a Invitation win in July had most people saying he's one of the best four bend dogs in the country and certainly Thursday's result proved it. His delighted owners Billy Boyle and Steve Potter had brought many relatives & friends to the night and though it was bitterly cold Bruiser brought a warm smile to all clocking a fine 29.60 calc and we turned what has been another very good year into an exceptional one again.
On the night Rubys Rascal produced an excellent performance to win the Mossvale Ace Memorial Trophy over 695m and he looks a 'shoe in' to win the GBGB Stayer of the Year award later on this month. Amazingly the last final we were involved in was Friday night at Romford where Saleen Ash scored a surprise but very authoritative win in the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final by 8 lengths in 35.57. Our final open winner of 2017 came courtesy of Boylesports Duke who won by an incredible 12 1/4 lengths in a fine 35.19.
At Towcester we signed off the year how we would like to start next year! On Boxing Day we had two nice winners with Tangled Upinblue (28.56) and Brynoffa Jasmin (15.30). On Saturday in the morning we rattled off the first four winners with Swift Cobra (28.44), Saffrons Honey (29.35), Union Pride (42.09) and Energize Jack
an excellent 28.50. In the evening a few ran well but it was a very good debut over hurdles for Swift Dartmoor who won well in 29.45 in an H2 and he could give us a decent chance in the forthcoming Springbok.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BRUSIERS BULLET
GRADED - ENERGIZE JACK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A new era of Greyhound racing begins as we start a busy schedule of racing at Towcester on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, Saturday nights and now Sunday nights.
We will have our first open race runners at Romford on Friday when the Category 2 Coronation Cup kicks off, defending champion Roswell Romanov will lead out team of around six. On Sunday the Maiden Derby heats begins at Henlow and we should have a few runners.
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It was nice to finish the year on a winning note when Bruisers Bullet landed the Olympic on Thursday. We have two competitions starting this week and on Friday I genuinely think Roswell Romanov can defend his Coronation Cup title at Romford. On Sunday the Henlow Maiden Derby starts and I think if there are any ante post prices we should go with our Northern Puppy Derby finalist Ninja Fortune.
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 2.5 pts ew ante post - Coral Coronation Cup - Romford - starts Friday
NINJA FORTUNE - 2 pts ew ante post - HenlowMaiden Derby - Starts Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRUISERS BULLET - 4 pts win ante post 5/1 - Coral Olympic- Hove - WON (20 pts profit)