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Another sensational week for the kennel with a plethora of winners, three victories in finals including a second Category 1 title in 2017. Starting at Sheffield on Tuesday first the Bresmed Northern Sprint semi finals saw an unlucky defeat for Ela Ela Genie but there was great news as youngster Brynoffa Jasmin trapped well in her semi final and used her draw in trap 6 to sweep round and win by 3/4 length in a good 16.08. The only Category 1 sprint competition of the year final is tomorrow night and this will be Brynoffa Jasmin's 12th race of her career and though she is the outsider of the field with a good break from a good draw in trap 6 she may well surprise.
At Harlow their first ever Category 1 event since the track opened nearly 30 years ago sponsored by Tigerloanscompany.com saw Rubys Razzle
a warm favourite with kennelmate Roswell Romanov second in the betting. It was never going to be that easy in a good class final and concerns that the track was favouring the outside after being dug up a day or two previously were worrying but our previously unbeaten bitch in the event showed why she was already a Prestige winner and Golden Jacket runner up by bravely leading up at the first bend and holding her position under a strong challenge from Seamus Cahill's Astute Warrior to go on and beat the fast finishing Cooladerry Lid by 3/4 length in 37.59 (-40) to land the £8,000 first prize with Roswell Romanov back in 4th.
On Friday at Romford a brilliant double for the Calco Syndicate kept our amazing run of winners going at the Essex track this year. Many people have run out of superlatives for our September 12 whelp Calco Flyer and in his 120th race of a brilliant career he again got his huge fan club dancing with delight in the Friday Night 500 Standard final. Led up by kennelmate Chubbys Oak (ran really well) he turned handy off the second bend and as he drew along side Chubby off the last two bends to a huge cheer, the writing was on the wall as Calco Flyer went to win by 1 1/2 lengths in an excellent 23.99 (+10),. The Calco Syndicate's night was complete as Calco Swift, a revelation over the last few weeks, took the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final in battling fashion, again beating a kennelmate in Adageo Gold by 4 lengths in a career best 35.65. There's always a downside to the game and Calco Swift damaged a joint on her foot, probably going to the pick up, and is likely to be out of action for a few weeks.
The Coral Regency, brilliantly won by Billys Bullet last year, kicked off on Thursday at Hove and we made an excellent start with both our entries winning their respective heats. The much talked about Aayamza Breeze looks like she was made for the South coast track as she glided to the front before the third bend and galloping on strongly she beat the more than useful Slick Strauss by 4 3/4 lengths in a fine 41.39. Rubys Rascal I must admit to being a last minute entry but it was the right decision as after a slow start he quickly got to grips with the track and came from last to first to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 41.67. Both I'm sure can only improve though they face an ultra tough semi final in together with the likes of ante post favourite Jaytee Patriot and the high class Huarache Madison.
This week's tally of 10 open wins has pushed us up to an incredible 122 open race wins for the season, and with the brilliant record in competitions we have smashed through the 500 points mark, truly incredible. Records are there to be broken and at the moment we are bang on course to do so. Still we are not a third of the way through the season and a lot could happen but we all have a tremendous drive at the kennel to succeed, there's no better feeling than when we are banging the winners in, long may it continue.
The voting forms for the Owners Representative on the GBGB have now been sent out and I would expect a decent number of owners up and down the country will be ticking the box next to one of two candidates. Of course I'm urging all owners to vote for Paul Ephremsen who is an owner and friend of mine, I'm pretty sure his dynamic and modern approach can help bridge a gap that many feel has escalated over the years between the GBGB and owners themselves as well as bringing a fresh approach to the table on the future of our sport.
As well as Brynoffa Jasmin and Ela Ela Genie at Sheffield on Tuesday our superstar Rubys Rascal was unluckily beaten in a 660m race when odds on again. At Towcester Cotton Pants scored well in a sprint open in 15.42. Of course over at Harlow Rubys Razzle landed the big prize on a busy night for the kennel.
At Hove on Thursday as well as the Regency heats Minglers Toure was just touched off in a 475m open. A good night at Romford on Friday also saw the prolific Clondoty Alex win his 9th open of the year, trapping well he again flew to the first bend and never really gets beat in front over these trips winning by 2 1/2 lengths in 24.03 (+10)
Roswell Iceman made it two from two for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club when winning the 500m open at Towcester by a length in 29.46 (+10). Our regular trip to Henlow on Sunday night gave us a couple of winners after Sapa Express and Garryglass Champ were both second. Macs On Storm returning after a fair lay off won really well over 460m in 27.79 while Garryglass Teddy ran a career best race winning in 33.25.
On Tuesday from a few runners Ilewin Brickwall won his heat of the A3 owners bonus series in 28.68.
No luck on Saturday morning with Cockney Rebel coming closest when a close up second.
At night good performances from Swift Windmill winning an A6 in 28.52 and Toker Creek beating Swift Cobra narrowly in 28.65.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - RUBYS RAZZLE
GRADED - SWIFT WINDMILL
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow the Category 1 Bresmed Sprint Final at Sheffield takes centre stage and in supporting opens we have the talented Bruisers Bullet in a puppy open as well as Ribble Atom and Airforce Duchess.
The Coral Regency semi finals should be interesting at Hove on Thursday as Rubys Rascal and Aayamza Breeze try to qualify for next Wednesday's final while we have our usual trips to Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday.
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Aayamza Breeze started really well for us in the Regency winning her heat very well and for this week we will stick to her.
AAYAMZABREEZE - 2 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - semi finals Thursday