24th October 2016
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Three of our four entries qualified for the William Hill St Leger qualified for next Thursday's second round at Wimbledon and all are still right in there with a chance of going all way despite being beaten in their respective heats. Billys Bullet made another hash of the start and at one point he could have easily got tangled up trying to pass other dogs but did so with ease but couldn't make up the ground on early leader Jaytee Patriot when finishing second. Our recent Yorkshre St Leger and Great North Run winner Rubys Rascal was odds on to win his heat and had a tough battle and in the end was beaten just under a length by Slick Sebastion, that was pleasing enough as it was his first look at the track. Last year's finalist Ferryforth Fran had a really tough heat and in the end a close up 3rd saw him comfortably qualify for the next round and our marathon star Ribble Atom was a touch unlucky when eliminated. Criticism of the track and its condition came after a couple of broken hocks in the heats but I suppose this can happen any time. For me I have to feel sorry for the loyal staff who work in conditions that are not great at this former once great stadium but I'm sure they still try to maintain high standards to the track itself.
I'm off today for a family holiday to Florida and when we land the results from the RPGTV Henlow semi finals will come through and I'm really hoping to see if both California and Clondoty Alex have made it through to next weeks final, both have been ultra impressive so far so fingers crossed. (Both won their semis and are in next Sunday's final.)
One of the stars of our kennel Calco Flyer has done it again! Faced with an almost impossible task in the semi finals of the British Breeders Stakes he showed speed and guts to grab a vital second place in one of the hottest British Bred races of recent years and now lines up in his sixth Category 1 final. A tricky draw in trap 4 and plenty of pace inside won't make it easy but you never know, this is Calco Flyer's 99th race of a great career.
It's good to see the Derby future is now the focus of attention with the news that Wimbledon is to close next March. A new working group is being formed involving leading owners and businessmen Steve Fluin & John Turner with the GBGB's Tom Kelly and Barry Faulkner as well as Clive Feltham head of the GRA who hold the rights to the Classic. I'm presuming at some point there will be some trainer input. I spoke last week at length about a possible festival surrounding the Derby held at Towcester but the word is at the moment that Hove could be chosen as the 2017 venue. I love Hove but for me I don't particularly like it as a Derby venue.
Calco Flyer was superb at Nottingham on Monday making the British Breeders Stakes final when 2nd in his semi final.
At Sheffield on Tuesday Garryglass Champ took a puppy open in good style. Thursday was a big night for the kennel as the St Leger heats kicked off at Wimbledon and three of our four entries qualified while at Hove we had all three of our bitches qualifying in the heats of the Brighton Belle though again like Wimbledon we didn't have any winners. Ela Ela Genie scored well in a sprint at Hove and on Friday at Romford Roswell Romanov won very well again coming from behind to score in 35.43. Unfortunately Evanta Fantasy got beat in her Bitches final.
No runners on Tuesday and on Friday another good win for Tread Lightly while on Saturday we had three winners with the impressive Blackstone Jovi winning on debut in an A5. Adageo Djongo scored another victory in a top grade sprint while one of the most improved dogs in our kennel Swift Bravo scored again this time taking a hot A1 in fine style.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
On Tuesday veteran Calco Flyer runs in his sixth major final of his career in the British Breeders Stakes Final at Nottingham. We will be back to Wimbledon and Hove on Thursday for the St Leger & Brighton Belle semi finals and on Sunday we will be in the RPGTV Henlow Derby Final.
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I will be waiting with baited breath when I land in Miami tonight to find out if we have qualified in the Henlow Derby while Rubys Rascal qualified comfortably in the William Hill St Leger, however I did see the bookmakers push Ferryforth Fran out to 40/1 and that represents value
FERRYFORTH FRAN - 1 pt ew ante post 40/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wilmbledon - second round Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 5 pts win ante post post 5/1 - William Hill St Leger- Wimbledon - second round Thursday
CLONDOTY ALEX - 2 pts ew ante post 12/1 - RPGTV Henlow Derby
CALIFORNIA - 2 pts ew ante post 10/1 - RPGTV Henlow Derby