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A brilliant last couple of weeks for the kennel has been most welcome as we approach the last quarter of the season and if we can finish with a bang we can look back on another successful year. Yes it’s had its problems, not just for us, but the sport overall but we are more committed than ever not only to try and retain our Trainer of the Year title but also to see Greyhound racing survive and then hopefully flourish again. Looking at where we have been racing the last few weeks I do see optimism, obviously Romford’s new stadium seems to be a big success while it was great seeing such an enthusiastic crowd at Yarmouth’s annual East Anglian Derby fixture, they seem to really pack them in at Crayford on Saturday nights and Monmore is a breath of fresh air whenever we go there. Talk of Towcester reopening can only be a positive for the sport while the worldwide demand for our fixtures shows that the integrity is second to none, a little more forward thinking on this service would be appreciated mainly with channelling the huge sums of money made back to where it’s most needed and we could definitely see a bright future.
A great day on Sunday at Chris Water’s golf club Brett Vale showed what Greyhound people are all about where a decent turnout saw thousands raised towards the retired dogs for the successful Dillymore Kennels run by John Mulllins. I had two teams with around 24 in total and the team I played on was certainly not too far from the top as you would expect as I had Jason Heath and Terry Saunders on my team, both play comfortably off their handicaps, as Kevin Ulla would say, cheats ! (Only joking!). There is another Charity golf day on October 9th at Stapleford Abbots where Maurice Newman is raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and that looks to be an excellent day, we have a team and I think there are a few spaces left if you get in touch with Maurice.
On the track last week we had plenty of action. On Thursday at Yarmouth Roxholme Nidge duly bolted up in the East Anglian Derby final while we had no luck in the supporting Derby Purse with Avastorm getting no sort of run. However we did do well in the sprints, which is a rarity this year as we haven’t really had a top sprinter. Cuil King for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club took a one off Sprint (16.76) and then Coolavanny Messi landed the Green King IPA Sprint final in 16.42.
On Saturday the Kent St Leger started at Crayford where we had a mixed night. TV Trophy heroine Bumblebee Bullet has to be withdrawn on the day with a problem with her a nail on her toe that she had somehow chopped in half, she should be fine in a few days, Antigua Fire faced a tough heat and did comfortably qualify behind the on fire Stardom who again clocked a sensational 44.73, he will improve for sure. Busters Bullet (up for sale on our For Sale page) won well on his debut over a sharp 8 bends in 45.76 while Brigadier Bullet also qualified when 3rd but Aayamza Breeze, the country’s second highest point scorer in 2019 behind Roxholme Nidge, was eliminated and during the race I knew something wasn’t quite right and quickly afterwards I could see she had dislocated a toe. I popped it back in place before the vet wrapped it up, it doesn’t look too bad and we are hoping she should be fine in 2-3 weeks.
On Sunday we only had one runner on the Kent Derby at Central Park where Antigua Romeo was second in his heat, he is capable of making the final and with Patrick Janssens Bockos Doomie looking a strong favourite we could do with Romeo doing well. Patrick also has plenty in the Kent St Leger and every point gained now seems important with regards to the trainers title.
As said Busters Bullet is up for sale on our ‘For Sale’ page and I have to say what a great buy he is at the price, he may not win all the top Category 1’s but certainly is good enough to compete in them and this lightly raced brindle dog will win plenty of opens this year and next year, definitely value! We have some other new ones currently up and more coming up on the site in the next few weeks, Banbas Crown and Butterbridge Ink are the types of value buys we do so well with and are recommended while if you fancy joining a syndicate as well as our established Markwallisgreyhound Racing Club we have a cracking bitch in Vital Trip being syndicated by the Towstar syndicate, she looks a stunner.
Our popular 5 To Follow Competition reaches the halfway point next week and a reminder that you can change as many of your team as you like before October 1st. A new list of the Kennel strength available is up and ready and with plenty of action to come even if you're well behind it’s worth looking at your team, I’ve seen plenty of winning teams come from well off the pace. Sophie Bear 5 and Yabba 1 are setting the pace and 3 ladies are leading the most points scored in Aayamza Express, Towstar Zelda and Antigua Vows, while yours truly is leading our little private staff competition (of course this wouldn’t get a mention if I wasn’t leading lol!)
As said Yarmouth gave us a nice couple of winners on Thursday and on Friday at Romford Chubbys Turkana at last got her head in front in a 575m Maiden scoring narrowly in 35.96. Silva Hill qualified for the regular Friday night 400m final when third in his heat. In the 575m heats Saleen Ash
rolled back the years with a brilliant 35.14 run while Towstar Zelda ran fabulous to also qualify in her heat.
Our other action for the weekend was the Kent St Leger heats on Saturday night and Kent Derby on Sunday and we had no runners on Sunday at Henlow.
Runners were few and far between at Henlow. An excellent Tuesday night as we had 5 winners from 7 runners, Potman (28.21) Muxton Teddy (27.96), Princess Evita (28.60), Passing Stranger (27.88) and Tiffield Blueboy (27.89) all ran fantastic.
On Saturday we had one winner for the late Dick Barfoot when his Adageo Joma took a Sprint in a good 16.49.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SALEEN ASH
GRADED - ADAGEO JOMA
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
We have two minor finals at Romford on Friday with Silva Hill, Saleen Ash and Towstar Zelda involved and a few other runners while we will be back to Crayford on Saturday for the semi finals of the Kent St Leger. We should also have runners at Monmore in their festival races while Antigua Romeo runs in the Kent Derby semi finals at Central Park on Sunday night.
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I did see some internet stuff recently saying trainers are the worst tipsters going! Off course it’s never easy trying to put up winners for a bit of fun but one thing for certain our followers can’t complain recently with an array of winners posted including the 16/1 TV Trophy winner Bumblebee Bullet. Antigua Fire is our competition selection in the Kent St Leger and he must have a fine chance of making the final when he goes in the semi finals on Saturday and one for a bit of interest on Friday at Romford could be Tiffield Blueboy who is a progressive sort and goes in the heats of a Maiden comp.
TIFFIELD BLUEBOY - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5 pts ew ante post 10/1 - Kent St Leger - Crayford - semi finals - Saturday