22nd August 2016
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Having just woken up in the port of La Rochelle on the third day of a week long family cruise it was so good reflecting on an excellent week for the kennel. I will be brief this week as any family time you can get in this busy life being a greyhound trainer is precious and we have plenty of fun and entertainment planned for the day, which by the way is my birthday as well!
The highlight of the week gone was of course the magnificent victory of Ferryforth Fran in the Category 1 Summer Stayers at Monmore on Thursday, at 14/1 it might have been seen as a big surprise but one thing for certain he won entirely on merit. After a good break from trap 4 Fran found himself closer to the front than you would have expected and keeping tabs on the leaders he unleashed a power packed finish to swoop past early leader Ballymac Ramsey on the run in to land a sensational win for owner Alan Morton who had once again travelled down from Scotland to watch his pride and joy run. Ferrythorth Fran was Alan's first venture into greyhound racing and he shrewdly brought our lovely long legged Fran from our sites 'For Sale' page and it's nice to see that dreams can come true when going down this route.
It was a brilliant night at Monmore with supporting wins for the evergreen Billys Bullet over 684m and Ribble Atom who bounced back to form with a stunning run defeating TV Trophy heroine Borna Mindy comfortably over 835m.
Our luck was a bit mixed at Romford on Friday as the Coral Champion Stakes kicked off as the strongly fancied Swift Whirlwind was eliminated at the first stage. Good news though as the unexposed Roswell Romanov produced a stunning turn of pace to land his heat in the fastest time 35.42 of the round while Ribble Aon also bounced back to her best winning in 35.53. Both have tricky semi finals but we are hopeful of getting at least one through for next week's £10,000 to the winner final.
As we sailed away from Southampton on Saturday we eagerly awaited news from Towcester and our Lowther Stakes runners and it was good news as Airforce Duchess landed the first heat in a titanic fininish in 29.86. Domino Storm didn't time her break to perfection and was led up by Crossfield Molly but railing tightly she got the better of her rival by a length in 29.57 while Ballymac Shirley crashed out of the final heat won impressively by Dean Child's Droopys Two in 29.44. I'm hoping to be back on Saturday to see the final and we will be really hopeful either of our two can land this prestigious event.
We also have the Nottingham Puppy Classic semi finals tonight where Garryglass Teddy bids for a place in next week's final. The Betfred Steel City Cup kicks off tomorrow night at Sheffield where we send course specialist Calco Flyer, our Monmore hero Ferryforth Fran and Ela Ela Genie also run in supporting races and on Sunday Chubbys Oak goes in the Henlow Maiden Derby final. He dead heated last night in the semi final and we also had wins with Broxbourne Spark and Mass Megan (who is available on our For sale page).
Plenty of action at Romford this week as we send runners in the supporting competitions for the Champion Stakes both on Wednesday and Friday, so no doubt I picked a good week to go on holiday but I'm sure Sid and my team back at Imperial Kennels will do a good job in my absence and I thank them for that.
In graded races this week our winners were a bit scarce but Swift Bravo (Tuesday) and Swift Clare (Saturday) both won in good style.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Swift Whirlwind failed at the first hurdle in the Champion Stakes but Domino Storm continues to dominate the betting in the Lowther Stakes at Towcester and can hopefully land the odds for our supporters.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SWIFT WHIRLWIND - 2 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - lost
DOMINO STORM - 4 pts win ante post 5/2 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - final Saturday