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In these unprecedented and worrying times sending a newsletter out about how our kennel’s fortunes have fared both on and off the track seems quite trivial but maybe while so many people are in isolation and off work I feel I can at least help with a couple of minutes read of our popular blog. Firstly I hope everyone is safe and well and if there is anything myself, my family and our staff can do we would willingly try to help.
It goes without saying that the key to overcoming this horrible virus is to adhere to the strict guidelines set out by the government and we are trying our best on how we can do this in a busy kennel like ours. For me, I was more than expecting tougher measures to come into place and for the last week or so I thought that racing behind closed doors would come to an end and yesterday that call was made. Looking after animals we surely come into that category of essential workers though I have said to my staff it’s an individual choice if they wish to self isolate and stay at home, without the racing schedule we have more than enough people to look after the greyhounds in our care to the highest quality they are used to, nothing will stop us in our quest to make sure our dogs are in the best possible health at all times.
It’s no good me guessing what the next few weeks or months have in store for us but we will endeavour to try and keep to our daily routine and then prepare for when racing will return. Like all trainers we hope that we will get some financial support from both our sport’s governing body and of course the government when it comes to helping small businesses. The loss of income we will encounter with no prize money and trainer contract money coming in is severe and of course I expect a lot of owners who are not working etc will struggle to find monthly kennel fees which would also make life very difficult. Hopefully over the next few days I will get some clarification on any measures and support we will get but in the meantime we will gather as much information as we possibly can on both best practice at work and travelling to and from the kennels, there are no clear guidelines that I can see that cover greyhound racing at the moment.
On the track our last runners for the time being were at Henlow yesterday where we had two winners from seven runners! Our last open race runners were on Friday at Romford as all other open racing, apart from the scheduled finals at Monmore and Sheffield, were cancelled and we managed to pinch a couple of winners including Yukan Bridge who took the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final.
I travelled to Towcester on Thursday to meet with Kevin Boothby and his team and look at the new track. It was strange as it was the first time I had been to Towcester since the day it closed in August 2018. Everything, facilities wise, was how it was before and I’m pretty sure there is not too much to do to get racing going again, of course that was before last night's news of racing being cancelled. On the track itself, the straights have been made longer with still some big sweeping bends, only time will tell whether it’s the right configuration for racing but it’s easily adjustable. What impressed me more than anything was the new surface and drainage systems, a completely different type of sand has now been laid and it looked magnificent, before we had issues with the old track drying out constantly but those issues won’t happen now. I came away impressed with not only the track but the enthusiasm from Kevin to make Towcester the best greyhound venue in the country and we of course would love to be a part of that.
I will continue to do our weekly blogs and again in hope you stay safe and well.
We just had open racing at Romford last Friday with seven runners. Tiffield Blueboy
showed how well he ran when runner up in last week's Golden Sprint final as he blasted out to lead in a good 400m open, he went on to win by 5 lengths in a very good 23.96. Playbook was beaten by the high class Seaglass Shadow by 4 1/2 lengths in 24.03 but she is a talented bitch that will be winning plenty and Yukan Bridge won the Friday Night 500 Maiden final by 3 lengths in 35.85 with our odds on Schooldays finding all kinds of trouble back in 3rd.
On Tuesday morning Energize Bundy took an A11 by the minimum margin in 28.85 while in the evening in form Towstar Winston won well in an A3 in 27.88.
On Thursday we just had the one winner with Ripley Guru taking an A7 in 28.40 but a good day on Saturday with four winners. Not So Hot followed up his A5 success with a victory by a neck in an A4 in 28.08, Domino Charm got on the scoresheet for the first time winning an A10 by a length in 28.60 and Longacres Tyrur flew out the boxes when beating kennelmate Run Free Snowy by 5 lengths in a fast 33.75. In an invitational S1 Calco Dare
took off to win by over 5 lengths in a flying 33.45.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - TIFFIELD BLUEBOY
GRADED - CALCO DARE
Obviously there is no racing for the foreseeable future and all our website recommended bets for the cancelled Regency were null and void.