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Just a brief catch up this week as I’m enjoying a family half term break to Lanzarote with Sarah and Emily. After a busy week and last few months it’s nice to get away and enjoy a bit of sunshine before the last couple of hectic months of the year.
On the track we didn’t have the best of weeks as we saw a couple of our odds on chances beat at both Hove and Romford on Thursday and Friday with Baroness Bullet surprisingly surrendering a lead at Brighton and then Saleen Ash failing to secure a run over 575m at Romford on Friday, where he has been invincible of late. These things happen and I’m sure both will be back to winning ways shortly. On Thursday worse was to come as promising youngster Towstar Ruby was disqualified in a Maiden 515m race, a touch harsh by the stewards in my opinion considering it wasn’t too bad an incident and didn’t affect the result in any way. She will now be reschooled and hopefully return to fulfil her undoubted promise.
We had a mixed day on Sunday at Henlow as all three of our semi finalists in the Hawk Derby ran really well but we failed to get one in next Sunday’s final. Again our injury list for the year took another turn for the worse as Brinkleys Rosie returned lame after the race and we will know shortly the extent of the injury. We did have three nice open winners in the shape of Towstar Billy, Silva Hill and Brigadier Bullet.
I was fortunate to be picked to be one of the new Greyhound Ambassadors that the GBGB have created and on Tuesday a few of us met up with Mark Bird to discuss some of the things we might be able to help the sport going forward. It was a productive meeting with some good people on board and although my time will be limited I would like to help in some way. Why indeed not, the sport has given myself and our kennels some great years and I enjoy most things about Greyhound racing, it’s important to give something back if you can. I liked the idea of maybe adding two or three Junior Ambassadors and I know one thing speaking to my daughter, Emily, despite only being 14 she would love to help project some positive stories and feedback from not just our kennels but the sport overall. She has recently taken over my Instagram account and will use it to do as many different things as possible and help keep that fun aspect of working with the animals we all love. I have my moments on Twitter and should really be a bit more proactive on that avenue as well as our Facebook page, it certainly seems we are in a new era compared to the one when I first took over the kennels back in 2005 but it seems essential to our future success to be able to utilise as much the of social media platforms as possible though I’m confident the one lasting and main platform is our website of which I’m very proud of.
We started Thursday at Hove of with a winner as Glory Snake won a 475 though that wasn’t without incident as when he challenged on the run in he had a slight look at his rival before straightening enough to win by 1/2 length in 27.91. In the heats of the Brighton Belle our two entries Chubbys Caviar (3rd) and Chubbys Turkana (2nd) both qualified comfortably enough for this week’s semi final. Baroness Bullet led in a good 695m contest but was caught close home to be beat a neck and a short head in 3rd. As said the night finished poorly as youngster Towstar Ruby was disqualified in a 515m Maiden.
On Friday at Romford we never had much luck from our five runners which included Shrewd Honcho going down in the Friday Night 500 Maiden Standard final where a missed break cost her.
On Sunday at Henlow we started with two winners as Towstar Billy took the sprint open by 1 3/4 lengths in 16.68 and Silva Hill
won well in a 428m in a fine 25.74. As said no luck in the Hawk Derby semi finals but Brigadier Bullet made no mistake when winning the 692m by over 4 lengths in 42.36 with Cincinnati back in 3rd.
No luck on Monday with a few runners with Jazz Jake coming closest when 2nd.
On Tuesday's early morning meeting again we had no winners with Aayamzabonnie 2nd in an S5 closest.
On Thursday Airforce Cluxton
won well in a D4 in 17.14 while both Aayamza Elseve and Swift Lisetta were second.
On Saturday Calco Swift was just touched off in a fast time in an A5 while Thunder Rolls and Come Home were both second.
On Sunday Deans Hail Mary was another who was just touched off on the line when running well in an A5.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SILVA HILL
GRADED - AIRFORCE CLUXTON
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Plenty of action at Henlow this week while our open race runners are minimal. Chubbys Turkarna andChubbys Caviar go in the semi finals of the Brighton Belle on Thursday and we will have a few runners in the opens at Romford Friday and Henlow Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Both our girls in the Brighton Belle have a chance to sneak through into the final when they go in the semi finals this week. I can’t see too much else to recommend this week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 1 pt ew ante post 33/1 - Brighton Belle - semis Thursday
CHUBBYS TURKANA - 1 pt ew ante post 33/1 - Brighton Belle - semis Thursday