21st November 2016
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After a mad few months it was a week of almost calm though we still travelled far and wide with trips to Hall Green and Belle Vue. We had open racing at Nottingham and Romford as well as our commitments to Towcester. Of course nothing is easy as we are currently having some major kennel refurbishments done and it's hard working around the builders and moving dogs around. It's certainly enough to give me stress as I like everything right when we are preparing our runners. Still it was a good week with plenty of winners.
Today at Hall Green we are taking the whole seven runners for team Towcester for the final leg of the Bags Championship. Qualification for the finals is not guaranteed as Monmore are just 5 points behind us while Hall Green obviously have home advantage and 2 runners in each race and could catch both Towcester and Monmore if they had a good run of results. So the pressure is on which makes it really interesting. Macs On Storm has won both his legs at Perry Barr and Monmore and bids for a hat trick while Swift Whirlwind is a class act in the elite race. The action kicks off just after 11 a.m.
On Thursday we return to Belle Vue for the RPGTV Oaks. How can we forget the happy memories of the last two years where we have brilliantly captured the title with firstly Casheen Maureen and then last year Domino Storm blasted to an all the way victory. Our little pocket rocket is now in the twilight of her career but has had another terrific year with many open race wins including the prestigious Betfred Select Stakes and the defence of her Oaks trophy will be her last races before she retires to the breeding paddocks. She comes into the event perhaps not in her best form and was well beaten in the Brighton Belle final last time but trialled very well at Belle Vue last Tuesday and hopefully she can go out with a bang. She will be joined by Airforce Duchess, Ballymac Shirley, Mashmad Eyebrows & Saffrons Anna.
As well as Domino Storm's Oaks success at the end of last season we also won a memorable Essex Vase at Romford. It really doesn't seem almost a year ago that Adageo Bob took an emotional category 1 title and even now I love watching the replay of the race and presentation. Like the Oaks we will try our best to retain the Essex Vase and in Roswell Romanov we have found a dog who excels over this specialist trip. He has won seven of his last nine races over track & trip and the last two have been particularly impressive. He has everything and doesn't have to lead to win. It looks likely he will start ante post favourite and along with Roswell Romanov we will be entering our St Leger winner Ferryforth Fran as well as Swift Whirlwind, Roswell Roxanne, Roswell Red Kite, Ribble Aon, Garryglass Teddy & Tellhimjohn.
This week there will be plenty of talk regarding the Derby. Quite who is actually going to bid for it is not very clear, when the final applications have to be in by the end of the week. A recent survey I did amongst many trainers see's Towcester as their choice with 60% in favour of wanting our most prestigious event held there. Of course I'm biased in my opinion as I think it's the only track fit to hold our showpiece event and Lord Hesketh and his team are the only ones standing up for a new future in the industry. We really need owners and trainers to get behind them to make sure this happens. We will see crowds and a show that has not been seen for many a year in our sport if Towcester succeed.
No luck at Nottingham on Monday with Garryglass Champ 4th in the Betfed Eclipse semi finals. Chubbys Oak (3rd) and Ela Ela Genie (4th) were a touch unlucky in sprints. on Tuesday at Towcester Calco Flyer was a good second in the The Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British Bred Derby heats behind a flying King Kid.
Trials at Belle Vue went well on Tuesday and our only other open racing was at Romford on Friday where we had four runners in what was basically 575m Essevx Vase trial stakes. Ferrythorth Fran on his return from winning the St Leger just failed to get up and was beaten a head in 35.73. Roswell Roxanne failed to lead and was down the field in a hot race but in the hardest race of the night Roswell Romanov came from off the pace to beat the Champion Stakes winner Ascot Woodie by 3 lgths in 35.48. Good news as well as Roseell Red Kite bounced back to win by 4 lgths in 35.59.
On Tuesday Sosaidhs Blur scored a long awaited victory in an S2 leading all the way recording 40.15. Micky Thebutcher also got on the score sheet for the first time in a while winning an A6 in 28.77. In the Owners Bonus Series D2 sprint heats Sligo Star was second and Giveabitback Sue took her heat in a good 15.47, promising Saffrons Tina was second beaten 3 lgths in a good A4.
On Saturday morning in the 8 dog races Swift Lisetta ran well to finish 3rd. Calcon Swift was an unlucky 3rd in an A6 and Saffrons Honey gave us our first ever winner in these type of events leading all the way to take an A7 in 29.18 with Broxbourne Flyer in 3rd.
At night youngsters Swift Cody and Union Pride both ran well in a P7 finishing 3rd & 4th respectively. Broxbourne Spark having her 3rd run out of season showed great pace to take a D2 in 15.51. Sovereign King ran well again to finish 2nd in an A3 and promising pup Cincinatti put up another great run when second in a good A5.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today the Bags Championship has its final leg at Hall Green. Tomorrow, the semi finals of the British Bred Derby at Towcester spice the card up while we travel to Nottingham for four races supporting the Eclipse final live on Sky.
On Thursday the RPGTV Oaks heats begin and we are hoping to make it a glorious hat trick of victories at Belle Vue.
On Friday the Coral Essex Vase kicks off at Romford and it's another competition that we have a good record in and we should have a strong team led by Roswell Romanov.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
With holidays etc we haven't had a chance to recommend anything for a while but we have to say well done to Ferryforth Fran for doing the business for us when winning the William Hill St Leger and advised at 40/1.
Two big competitions get underway this week and I'm not going to stray far from the obvious as I think both Domino Storm (Oaks) & Roswell Romanov (Essex Vase) are our best chances. Double them if you like.
DOMINO STORM - 5 pts win ante post - RPGTV Oaks - Belle Vue - starts Thursday
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 5 pts win ante post - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
FERRYFORTH FRAN - 1 pt ew ante post 40/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - WON 50 pts profit
RUBYS RASCAL - 5 pts win ante post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - lost