26th February 2018
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I must admit we should be really looking forward to tomorrow nights Ladbrokes Golden Jacket and Peter Bussey Memorial finals but I have a strong feeling the weather might intervene, massive warnings of snowfall and sub freezing temperatures are predicted all week and as I write we are starting to see snow falling. I’m sure the track can be well prepared for this but the one main concern on such a big meeting is whether trainers will be able to make long hazardous journeys to Crayford. We will have all our runners ready just in case we get the green light but realistically the fabulous meeting must be in doubt.
It was a relief last Tuesday at Crayford to see all four of our runners in the first semi final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket come off safe and sound. As a trainer in this position the result is irrelevant all you want to see is them all get round, they did and to many people's surprise Cincinnati, the outsider of not just our four but the whole race, led up and firstly repelled the challenges of kennelmates Roswell Romanov and Garryglass Champ and then as they stretched for home he held off Rubys Rascal for a memorable victory and a 1-2 for the kennel, his best to date. Kiltrea Mike also belied his 20/1 odds for the last semi final running a cracker behind ante post favourite Shotgun Bullet but just got pipped for that all important second spot by a head. Both Rubys Rascal and Cincinnati are in great form ahead of the big race and I really hope it does go ahead tomorrow as they are as spot on as can be.
The Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy also sees us with two runners as both Saleen Ash and Ninja Penny are through and will try and make it seven in a row for our kennel. Saleen Ash ran well to win from behind in his heat in a cal 33.89 while Ninja Penny did remarkably well to qualify after a missed break running on well to take that vital second spot, she is lightly raced and could easily improve so it's nice to have two bites of the cherry. We have a few other runners on the card so hopefully it will be a good night.
It's a shame about the weather as the open race scene really hots up this week. On Friday the cancelled Coral Essex Vase heats from 2017 joins the 2018 Coral Golden Sprint heats for a cracking night's action at Romford. In the Essex VaseRoswell Romanov will return back to 575m but whether that crucial early zip will be there is another matter. Boylesports Duke, Saleen Ash and maybe two or three more will join him. In the Golden Sprint Kilcree Diamond (won well last Friday) leads our team along with Cotton Pants, Ashikiran and again maybe a couple more.
On Saturday the first of many big open race competitions in 2018 kicks off at Towcester with the Category 1 Astute Electronics Gold Cup over 480m. In a star studded trial session last Saturday Bruisers Bullet went quickest beating a flying King Kid by a length in a fast 27.87. After discussions with the owners Bruisers Bullet will miss the competition and instead travel up to Scotland for a trial at Shawfield with the Scottish Derby in mind. The fact the Towcester event is over 480m and not 500m has a lot to do with the decision but also there wouldn't be time to trial him at Shawfield if he had made the final. He will still be on course to represent us in the Trainers Championship. Black Farren will definitely be entered at Towcester this Saturday and I was very pleased with his 28.25 trial only a couple of lengths behind the smart Sporting Dave, he really needs races and we are all looking forward to our Irish Derby runner up racing over here. Ninja Fortune and a few of our stronger graders will also be entered.
The excitement on the track doesn't stop there as we have a nice little final at Henlow on Sunday to look forward to. Bombers Bullet has took a long time to come to hand but has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks and will be hoping to go one better in this Maiden Stayers Gold Cup than he did in the Maiden Derby over 460m last month where he was runner up. With another nice prize of £2,500 up for grabs he has drawn trap 4 in a field of railers so a fast start out the traps is essential if he does want to land this prize.
As said at Crayford Cincinnati landed the first semi final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket beating Rubys Rascal by 2 1/4 lengths in 45.60 and Saleen Ash took his heat of the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy in 33.89 and Ninja Penny also qualified when second.
On Friday at Romford just the one winner as Kilcree Diamond took a 400m in 24.14, Boylesports Duke was 3rd in the Friday Night 500 Stayers behind Murrys Act. At Central Park Swift Dartmoor was out of luck when trod on off the second hurdle and crashed out of the Springbok, his day will come.
On Sunday just Bombers Bullet in the Maiden Gold Cup semi finals at Henlow and a cracking effort as he came from behind to win well by 2 3/4 lengths in 33.35.
On Friday a couple of close calls but another win chalked up for Swift Windmill who took an A4 in good style in 28.70 calc.
A good Saturday morning as Ribble Atom won well in an S2 in a fine 41.65. Lord Hesketh completed a double as Ribble Ghost caused a surprise winning an A7 at 8/1 in 29.02 calc. We also had fine wins for Energize Jack who is running out of his skin taking an A4 in a very good 28.37 while the improving Towstar Jess took an A5 in 28.38.
No joy from a few runners on Saturday night but Roben, Aayamza Bonnie and Chubbys Caviar all ran well and should be winning soon.
On Sunday night Tread Lightly put some good D1's to the sword winning well in a career best 15.22, Plan Ahead also caused a surprise taking the best race of the night an A2 by 1/2 length in 28.67.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CINCINNATI
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Weather permitting we have a huge night at Crayford tomorrow with the a finals of the Ladrokes Golden Jacket the feature and as well as plenty of supporting opens we have the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy.
On Friday the double header of the Coral Essex Vase and the Coral Golden Sprint start at Romford while on Saturday a 3rd Category 1 event starts with the Astute Electronics Gold Cup at Towcester.
On Sunday the £2,500 Henlow the Maiden Gold Cup over 550m sees Bombers Bullet trying his hardest to beat some classy rivals including the warm favourite Slippy Maggie.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our supporters with ante post vouchers on Rubys Rascal (Ladbrokes Golden Jacket) and Saleen Ash (Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy) could get a bumper pay day if they were to oblige tomorrow night. We were a touch unlucky with our Springbok bet on Swift Dartmoor but overall a good week.
With plenty of competitions starting this weekend I'm going to put one up in each. In the Essex Vase Boylesports Duke could be good ew value while the fastest dog we have for the Golden Sprint is Kilcree Diamond and he's likely to be reasonable odds as well. With no Bruisers Bullet in the Astute Electronics Gold Cup it will be difficult to know what sort of ante post betting will be priced up but Black Farren should also be reasonable odds and this competition specialist is worth a small interest.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SALEEN ASH - 2 pts ew ante post 12/1 - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - final Tuesday
RUBYS RASCAL - 2.5 pts ew ante post 14/1 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - final Tuesday
SWIFT DARTMOOR - 1.5 pts ew ante post 20/1 - Springbok - Central Park - Friday - lost
BOYLESPORTS DUKE - 1.5 pts ew ante post - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - starts Friday
KILCREE DIAMOND - 2 pts ew ante post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
BLACK FARREN - 1 pt ew ante post - Astute Electronics Gold Cup - Towcester - starts Saturday