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We enjoyed a sensational performance from Clondoty Alex
on Friday when winning a very competitive Coral Golden Sprint Final at Romford. A crucial draw in trap 1 was used to its full extent when Alex broke smartly and roared up to the bend, there he found trap 4 Hunter Ben on his outside but I doubt his rival had seen a better bend runner than our Alex and in a matter of strides our fella was away and gone. To be fair to Hunter Ben he never gave up but Alex was always holding him to win by just over a length in 24.09 to land the £10,000 first prize. His overjoyed owners Paul Carpenter, Kevin Dear and Nick Cheeseman celebrated in style and again Corals and Romford looked after connections of all the finalists in the Pavilion to make the night special.
Clondoty Alex, only just a over a month away from his 4th birthday, added to his famous East Anglian Derby triumph from last September and has blossomed with age. He may not be the fastest dog we have ever trained but few have had his tenacity and sheer will to win. He's only a small 30 kilo dog but has the heart of a lion and will win plenty more races and who knows he might just be around to defend his Yatmouth title again in September. For the kennel it was our first Category 1 success of 2017 giving us a cracking start to this campaign. We have already won the Category 2 Coronation Cup, Prestige, Peter Bussey Memorial, Silver Salver and Henlow Maiden Gold Cup and a handful of Category 3 events as well as being runner up in the Golden Jacket. With 80 open race victories already to our name and over 350 points towards our Trainer of the Year total we have certainly set some high standards for the rest of the year!
It was an excellent night all round with Roswell Romanov bouncing back to form landing the Friday Night 500 Stayers final. This seemed unlikely as they approached the bend as he looked in trouble but once again he extracted himself from a difficult position to turn handy and blasted to the front of the fourth bend to scorch away and win by 5 lengths in 35.46, since being beaten in the Essex Vase this was the 3rd competition over track and trip he has won including the Coronation Cup> Earlier in the evening we suffered a big defeat in the much talked about match race when Rubys Rascal was blown away by Hayleigh Keightley's brilliant marathon star Roxholme Magic. Despite leading for the first lap the writing was on the wall for Rascal as Magic was less than two lengths away first time around and sure enough she passed Rascal down the back straight. The way she put over 13 lengths between her and her rival by that point to the line was quite simply staggering and her time of 46.59 was breathtaking. Well done to Hayleigh and Mark and despite the defeat I felt it was an excellent race for the sport as a whole and the RGOA benefitted with £300 going to them. We were licking our wounds but thankfully not for too long as half an hour or so later Roswell Romanov won and then Clondoty Alex landed the big one, the match race was well and truly forgotten after that!
We move on this week and our plans this week start with the Three Steps To Victory competition at Sheffield which starts tomorrow. I must admit to being surprised by the entry list when I saw it, you would actually think it's a four bend event and not a tri distance one which ends with a 660m final. All four of our entries will, in my opinion, get the 660m trip if they are lucky enough to make the final but clearly there are plenty of entries of which the same couldn't be said. The event begins with the 480m heats and it's a shame that both Ruby's Razzle and Garryglass Champ are drawn together in the last one with only two going through to the semi finals, Saffrons Tina also has a tough heat while Roswell Red Kite is our other entry.
I'm looking forward to the Trainers Championship Luncheon at Towcester on Thursday where trainers will be wined and dined with the press and Sky present to record interviews and do the draws etc. Now trying to pick a side is a difficult job in itself, we have to find eight runners over various distances, our teams have to be in on Wednesday and I have an idea of some of my team with Ela Ela Genie going for the sprint, our stayers pick themselves with Rubys Rascal and Ferryforth Fran looking to score us maximum points though Jimmy Wright's Shellam Dellamo will most likely have something to say about that. We are not blessed with loads of puppies with experience and I may well be throwing Bruisers Bullet (Kingdom Legend) in at the deep end, his qualifying trials have been unbelievably exciting. I'm going to let Lord Hesketh's Ribble Aon run in the bitches race, our recent Peter Bussey Memorial winner won in top grade last week and will be difficult to keep out the frame. That leaves 3 x 500m Standard races and I've decided not to run our four most likely candidates for various reasons. Clondoty Alex only just gets 480m and you really need to stay the 500m so I wouldn't want Alex to over stretch himself as it could effect him long term, Roswell Romanov would be strong over this trip but against top four bend dogs he's likely to get in trouble and I fancy him to land that glorious Romford treble of Coronation Cup, Champion Stakes and Essex Vase so I will not jeopardise that. I've decided to enter Garryglass Champ in the Three Steps To Victory event starting tomorrow so if he qualifies he won't be available and also our grand old servant Calco Flyer I'm sure would be in any other trainer's team but for me he's never really ran his best races at Towcester and also the 500m seems to stretch him these days. That will certainly mean we might have to rely on the likes of Adageo Gold (running well) and Minglers Toure (a little bit inexperienced), Roswell Iceman has been injury prone of late but returns with a trial at Romford tomorrow and though a great Towcester dog the 500m will stretch him as well. I have other possibles in the likes of Garryglass Teddy, Swift Whirlwind, Blackstone Jovi or Swift Bravo. I'm sure overall we will be competitive enough especially as I think no one else would have the strength in depth, from a armchair viewers point of view it could make for great television if the whole event came down to the last race with all the trainers in contention!
Sadly it's the last ever meeting at Wimbledon Stadium this coming Saturday and I've decided to enter a handful of runners and make sure I'm present to witness the occasion. Of course Wimbledon holds great memories for our kennel having won two Greyhound Derby and four St Leger crowns. We had the last ever winner at Walthamstow so if we are in the last race we could make that a double to remember even if it's not for the right reasons.
Not the most successful night's open racing as we travelled to Sheffield with Garryglass Champ and Ferryforth Fran well beaten in respective races, Chubbys Oak and Roswell Red Kite came closest when both 3rd. Rubys Razzle and Saffrons Tina went well enough in a trial in preparation for the forthcoming Three Steps To Victory competition. At Towcester Calco Swift qualified for the Maiden 500m final when 3rd in her heat.
At Monmore on Thursday supporting the final of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby Calco Flyer put a good field of British Breds to the sword winning by over 5 lengths in 28.13 calc. As well as our stunning victory in the Golden Sprint final at Romford on Friday by Clondoty Alex and the win for Roswell Romanov in the Stayers Final we also had a good second from Garryglass Dash in a 400m Puppy race and Airforce Duchess scored well in the last race in 35.82.
Adageo Gold scored another success over 500m in an open at Towcester on Saturday with Swift Bravo 3rd.
On Sunday at Henlow Shlowdown Sally's attempt for a seven timer was thwarted by National Sprint winner Trapstyle Jet although she lost nothing in defeat. Pinpoint Ethan ran better when second over 460m and an excellent win first time up for the improving Swift Dante over 692m in 43.11. Muchas Gracias and Swift Whirlwind dominated the early part of a 550m race but were put under pressure by Clubber Lang but once getting the better of him they were swooped upon by Droopys Zone and were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
A decent night on Tuesday with four winners. Blackstone Jovi took an A3 by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.50, Ribble Aon took a slightly messy A1 by the minimum margin in 28.65 while Swift Dante ran riot in an S2 winning by 8 lengths in 39.41 and veteran Airforce Karla took her heat of the Owners Bonus Series in 15.48.
On Saturday morning Swift Kaylee scored well in an A6 in a career best 28.96 while Cockney Rebel, Swift Clare and Saffrons Honey all ran well when 2nd. On the evening card a mixture of opens and graded saw a much welcome win for Famias Hope who showed great promise the week before in his comeback race after being injured for quite a time, he took an A4 in 28.61.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - CLONDOTY ALEX
GRADED - FAMIAS HOPE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Three Steps To Victory starts at Sheffield tomorrow night and we hope to repeat last year's brilliant win from Patchys Kerry with one of our four runners.
We have a couple of runners on the Sky card at Swindon on Wednesday and we should have plenty of runners on Friday at Romford.
We have three runners on Wimbledon's final card on Saturday and we will be back to Henlow Sunday.
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Rubys Rascal was thrashed on Friday in the match race but hopefully our loyal supporters got their money back on Clondoty Alex or Roswell Romanov.
Looking at the Three Steps To Victory it's difficult to put one of ours forward as all the 480m heats are a minefield. Looking for a bet this week lets go to Romford Friday and look to Garrglass Dash who will surely get off the mark if he goes into a similar race to last Friday
GARRYGLASS DASH - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost