20th July 2015
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Having come back from a couple of weeks family holiday on Monday its been tough trying to get back into the swing of things at the kennel especially as we have a busy schedule. I was only saying the other day how times have changed in recent years. We have always done plenty of racing with a strong open race team on the circuit as well as a graded contract at Walthamstow, Harlow, Coventry, Yarmouth and of course most recently and currently Towcester but the racing was always spread over a week. These days we have very little racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and if we don't go to Hove on a Thursday we vary rarely race elsewhere that day. Instead all our racing seems to be on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's nearly all got exposure either in the betting shops or RPGTV and if it isn't you can even get some live streaming. In many cases we are asked to get to the track early so the racing can be shown at times that suits the bookmakers. As trainers we bend over backwards to suit the betting industry so tell me why am I reading that the fund our industry has to work from each year is now down to a pathetic 7.3 million pounds. This is less than half the amount available some 4 or 5 years ago yet the bookmaking industry is raking in over 250 million pounds profit and our racing is shown and sold in over 50 different countries, clearly it's a case of the more you do the less you're thought of. Our GBGB has now finally got its new board of directors sorted and it's welcome news that there is a place for our trainers' representative Rick Holloway, this has to be a new beginning and all owners and trainers in the land will be waiting over the coming months for news that their fortunes might just change, let's hope so.
The Sussex Cup began on Thursday and I thought we might have a very strong hand but our team was weakened when our Derby quarter finalist Blonde Nipper had a change of plan, he's now going over for a crack at the Irish Derby and we wish him luck there, hopefully he will be back for a crack at competitions like the Eclipse etc. Calco Flyer has been running very well for a while but had no luck in his heat, after a good break he looked set to turn behind early leader King Dec but trap 1 on his inside forgot to turn the corner and just caught Calco Flyer's back end putting him out of contention. Blonde a Razor was also eliminated though our other runner Reel Shirty ran another fine race to qualify for next week's semi's when a close up 3rd.
The decision to leave Domino Storm out of the Sussex Cup for a crack at the Select Stakes at Nottingham was a brave one as she runs Hove so well and wouldn't it be nice if she can repay our faith this Tuesday with a victory. The race has been reduced to five runners with the withdrawal of Millwards Davy but her draw in trap 2 is still tricky sandwiched in between Swift Keith in trap 1 and Eden The Kid in trap 3, nothing but one of her ping breaks will do and if she does then she will make them all go. It will be a good night whatever her fate and we have Adageo Bob, Aayamzamodel and Aero Babooshka all on the Sky card as well.
It was disappointing that the TV Trophy trial stakes races advertised on Saturday didn't fill at Towcester as we have some ammunition for the forthcoming event with the likes of Ribble Atom and Ferryforth Fran and maybe a couple of others. One who has also put herself in the frame is Sosaidhs Blue who made a fine debut on Saturday night in a 655m Novice Stayers winning well by five lengths. The race might have not been the strongest and the time just ok but there was a lot to like about the performance and the way she galloped clear at the drop, she could well come into the mix for the top marathon event of the year.
We have currently some lovely new pups on our 'For Sale' page which will be due to come into the kennel over the next few weeks mainly from the Ian Greaves 'school of excellence'. Ian has handpicked these for our kennel and are all hopefully stars of the future. Garryglass Droopy has now been sold and this lovely staying pup won a nice sweepstakes final at Kilkenny last night. He will add to a strong team of future stayers in our kennel with some like Come On Pilgrim, Cisberry Geo, Alice My Angel and Swift Turbo currently running in the grades over four bends and waiting to be stepped up in trip when old enough.
As said Thursday at Hove only saw Reel Shirty qualify for the semi finals of the Sussex Cup, Aero Babooshka was also just touched off in a Ladies race.
On Friday at Romford Clondoty Alex scored well in the heats of the 500 Standard in 24.04. We had costly defeats with Evanta Fantasy and Ferryforth Fran (both 3rd), Aayamzamodel won well over 575m in 35.24. On Saturday at Towcester Sosaidhs Blue was our only open race winner in 39.80.
No winners from our nine runners on Friday with three seconds. Saffrons Roxsy came close in a sprint beaten 1/2 length. Over 480m Vanmaestro was runner up in an A4 while Libertine Dandy was also runner up on debut and shouldn't be too long in winning.
On Saturday's mixed graded and open card Aero Harrison was 3rd in an S2 and Energize Master was just touched off in D3. The best was saved for last as Penny Seabiscuit made a fine debut winning in an A4 in 29.65.
On Sunday Benkaat Dolly was impressive in an S2 winning in a decent 39.56
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow night the all important Select Stakes is the feature race of a high quality card at Nottingham live on Sky and Domino Storm bids to give us our first ever winner.
At Hove on Thursday Reel Shirty is our sole survivor in the Sussex Cup and on Friday Clondoty Alex goes from trap 1 in a decent quality 500 Final at Romford.
Hopefully some TV Trophy trial stakes will be the feature of the opens at Towcester on Saturday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
The change of plan with Blonde Nipper meant we only had Calco Flyer running for us in the Sussex Cup and he was very unlucky when eliminated. Also Ribble Atom ended up running in a six bend open instead of her intended engagement in a TV Trophy trial stake so hopefully she wasn't punted.
Looking ahead to the week for a bet I still think if we do get TV Trophy trial stakes Ribble Atom is worth a bet and if there is two divisions then last Saturday's impressive novice stayers winner Sosaidhs Blue is also worth following.
RIBBLE ATOM - 4 pts win - Towcester - Saturday
SOSAIDHS BLUE - 2 pts win - Towcester - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CALCO FLYER - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 16/1 - Coral Sussex Cup - Hove - lost
BLONDE NIPPER - 1.5 pts e.w ante post -Coral Sussex Cup - Hove - didn't run
RIBBLE ATOM - 4 pts win - TV Trophy trial stake - Towcester - didn't run in intended race