22nd October 2019
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The Yorkshire St Leger reaches its climax tomorrow night and Avastorm bids to make it a terrific last few weeks for the kennel if she can land the £12,500 first prize. After last week's semi finals there were some shocks including three of our strong entries Antigua Fire, Aayamza Express and Brigadier Bullet who all just missed out on a place in the final but Avastorm, owned by Craig Mucklow who lives and works in Las Vegas, produced a stunning effort at a juicy 8/1 to land her semi final in a marginally quickest of the three semi finals. She’s likely to go off at a decent price again but discount her at your peril, after a moderate career over four and a sharp six bends she won a more suitable 692m at Henlow in a fast 42.54 and has since recorded some smart times when leading up. A 47.19 (Romford), 41.37 (Hove 695m), 44.54 (740 Hove) and 40.70 (Yarmouth) tells us she is fast but must ping from trap 4 to hold any chance in another excellent Yorkshire St Leger final.
Our Category competition performances over the last two months has seen us catapult to a 60 point lead in the Trainer of the Year standings and as well as tomorrow’s Doncaster final we have an interest in the Ladbrokes Gold Collar semi finals at Crayford on Saturday night. Again it was a mixed night in the heats where our ante post favourite Brinkleys Poet was eliminated in a scrappy heat that saw Chubbys Caviar come through to win in 33.95, earlier Alien Sea produced one of his best efforts to date when winning his heat in 33.85 and both bid for a place in the final a week Saturday.
Antigua Breeze just missed out in the Seasons Scaffolding Puppy Trophy on Thursday at Hove when second to the impressive Make No Apologie. He broke well but the eventual winner just got inside him at the first bend and got first run on him and raced away to score in a very fast 28.29. Antigua Breeze was the youngest in the race and looks a huge talent despite the defeat and the Trafalgar Cup will be his next target at Monmore.
In other news that’s now hit the headlines Henlow promoter Kevin Boothby has signed a deal to reopen Towcester on March 1st next year with the promise of some great racing. It’s a major boost for the sport as the top class facilities at Towcester have been so missed since its closure in 2018 and under the Henlow Racing Ltd banner we hope it works a lot better than under the old owners who promised so much, delivered plenty in their short 3 1/2 years but ultimately failed to make it work and worse still left owners, trainers and staff in the lurch which included ourselves who were owed well over 20k when it closed which certainly left a sour taste in our mouths. We are yet to see any payments from the liquidators and only the GBGB who helped with a small payment for the trainers left in the cold came out of the whole episode with any credit. I swore I would never go back but the fact remains the new venture is going to be run by Kevin Boothby, who technically is our boss, and I’m happy to go back there with him at the helm and hopefully help make it work, indeed we will look forward to working at both Towcester and most likely Henlow as well as all the trainers there will have the chance to be dual attached.
At last Swindon have announced the dates for the Oaks which starts in late November. This is great news overall and has some great prize money for the bitches classic but please! next year can it get sorted earlier and a slot in late summer/Autumn would be much more preferable to all owners and trainers, a December slot is far from ideal for trainers and owners and the bitches themselves as we face a possible cold winter.
On Wednesday as said the Yorkshire St Leger at Doncaster produced some shocks starting with ante post joint favourite Antigua Fire who fell out the traps but produced a tremendous finish but was just done by a head for qualifying. Aayamza Express held every chance in her semi but was 4th and maybe the extra run off on Saturday didn’t help but it didn’t hurt Avastorm who led from the start to win well in a fastest of the three semis in 41.73. Brigadier Bullet was only in a four dog semi final but couldn’t catch the front two despite a brave effort when 3rd. In a supporting race over 483m Antigua Romeo won well in a fast 29.28.
Antigua Breeze was a good second at Hove on Thursday in the puppy competition and in a supporting open Muxton Teddy was second while Bumblebee Bullet ground out a narrow victory over 740m by a neck in 44.35.
No luck at Romford on Friday with three seconds from our runners including Have A Brandy in the 400m Standard final and on Saturday at Crayford as said we had two winners in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup heats with Alien Sea and Chubbys Caviar.
On Monday both Energize Bobadoo (28.81) and Garryglass Royal (28.59) won well and on Tuesday evening there were good runs from Coasthopper Vic (28.42) and Far Froman Angel (28.17).
Bobs Duke got off the mark on Thursday in 28.73 and also Garryglass Charm won well on Saturday in 28.62.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AVASTORM
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
The Yorkshire St Leger final at Doncaster tomorrow night sees Craig Mucklow’s Avastorm compete for glory.
On Friday we will be back to Romford and on Saturday the semi finals of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup sees Chubbys Caviar and Alien Sea bid to get in the following week's final. We should also have some strong runners at Monmore on Saturday for the twice monthly festival races.
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Unexpectedly we had a real down week with our recommendations. Antigua Fire and Aayamza Express bowed out of the Yorkshire St Leger while Antigua Breeze was second in the puppy comp at Hove on Thursday. Brinkleys Poet was out of luck in the Gold Collar at Crayford on Saturday which left Chubbys Caviar to fly the flag for our supporters.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5 pts ew ante post 5/1 - Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - lost
AAYAMZA EXPRESS - 2 pts ew ante pos 16/1 - Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - lost
ANTIGUA BREEZE - 4 pts win - Seasons Scaffolding Puppy Trophy - Hove - Thursday - lost
BRINKLEYS POET - 2.5 pts ew ante post 5/1 - Ladbrokes Gold Collar - Crayford - lost
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 2 pts ew ante post 16/1 - Ladbrokes Gold Collar - Crayford- semi finals Saturday