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Unfortunately our high hopes of landing a classic to finish the year only looked possible for about 5 or 6 seconds on Saturday at Swindon as Chubbys Caviar went from being in a promising position at the first bend to 8 lengths behind the 5th place bitch as she was virtually brought down as they turned the first corner. With such a long journey to Swindon and the owners Mike and Michelle Davis and her breeder flying over from Ireland especially to watch her it was one of the most disappointing nights I’ve had since I took over the kennels. Thankfully Chubbys Caviar seems to have come off ok and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about her in 2019, if she stays she will be very exciting over the sharp six bend trips.
Congratulations to Kevin Hutton and his team who landed a 1-2 in the final to complete a memorable couple of months which is well deserved. We have to be thankful that we had such good results in the spring and summer to establish a huge lead in the Trainer of the Year title or Kevin could have well been flying past us in the table right now. His team are just like us and only run their dogs when they feel it’s right and we both pride ourselves in trying to get them to peak in finals of big competitions. Our very friendly rivalry will most certainly continue next year but if the bookmakers ever started to price the overall Year title up again, like they used to, Kevin would be a hot favourite for sure.
I was only going to be brief this week but I have to mention my good friend, trainer Jim Hayton. As many will know he had a serious heart attack at Henlow yesterday and at this moment of writing thankfully he is comfortable in Stevenage hospital and we are all praying he pulls through. Jim has our legend of a bitch Domino Storm and her litter of pups, his partner Janneke will make sure everything at their kennel is fine but again fingers crossed Jim will be ok, spare a thought for him over Christmas.
On the racing front we had a winless few opens at both Swindon and Henlow from eight runners at the weekend and perhaps we are saving our luck for the start of 2019. We have a few opens to cover both at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday but we are really waiting to get stuck into the new year.
Henlow will be mobbed on Boxing Day no doubt and we have plenty of runners. Last week saw wins for Roswell Martian, Adageo Zoomer, Garryglass Bambi, Towstar Evita and Glassmoss Queen.
That leaves myself, Sarah, Daniel, Emily, Linda and all our staff to wish all of our readers, Owners and friends a very Merry Christmas!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - GARRYGLASS CHAMP
GRADED - ROSWELL MARTIAN
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 1 pt ew ante post 66/1 - English Oaks - Swindon - Saturday - lost