26th September 2016
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Doncaster might not have the atmosphere of a Yarmouth festival or a Wednesday night crowd like the previous week when Clondoty Alex roared home to win the East Anglian Derby but the East Yorkshire track is a true doggy man's home and winning any competition there is met with warm and friendly approval and that proved the case as John Clarke's exciting youngster Rubys Rascal showed speed, track craft and stamina to land the generously sponsored Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger to give us consecutive Category 1 wins live on Sky.
We had high hopes of both our runners, Billys Bullet and Rubys Rascal, leading into the final and their task was made slightly easier as the unfortunate Droopys Tamera was withdrawn lame making it a five dog showpiece. Billys Bullet has been there, done it and worn the t-shirt but could he cope with the 'young pretender' Rubys Rascal? He showed terrific pace after a sluggish start and looked menacing as he charged up the inside of the early pace setters Coney Cashen and Huarache Madison but once his path was blocked at the third bend his race was effectively over. It was left to Rubys Rascal to challenge the early leaders and cleverly slipping inside Coney Cashen at the fifth bend he came home by a couple of lengths to land the spoils in 41.10 for a memorable victory.
Rubys Rascal wouldn't win any prizes for the best looking dog in the world but boy can he run! He has everything in his locker and has now added track craft to his repertoire, this was the first ever six bend competition for the July 2014 and if he stays fit and healthy it could be the first of many. Bought by his owner John Clarke from breeder Ian Greaves his next target will be the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon that starts in 3 weeks' time. Billys Bullet is now in the twilight of his career and it's been pretty much decided that the St Leger will be his swan song, what a fitting end to a great career it would be if he was to make the final.
Tomorrow we bid to make it three consecutive Category 1 victories on the spin as Lord Hesketh's Ribble Aon runs in a competitive Ladbrokes Gold Collar Final at Crayford. Last Thursday in the semi finals she couldn't live with the early pace of Swabys Millward but finished a gallant second to make the decider with last year's runner up Swift Whirlwind down the field after struggling to cope with trap 4. After just missing out in the Champion Stakes semi final by the minimum margin last month Ribble Aon has got her just reward and made her first big race final and is only around a 3/1 chance to land the £8,000 first prize. We have three other runners on the supporting card again live on Sky Sports.
It's obviously a busy time for the kennel and with Towcester this week announcing ambitious plans to add extra meetings on Friday and Saturday mornings from November. We are set to enter a new era for Towcester that could hopefully lead to prize money levels rising to what owners and trainers have for many years been searching for. Look out, over the next few weeks, for details of a markwallisgreyhounds morning racing syndicate that will be great fun for a small outlay each week, talking of which our popular Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club with dogs in the 'Saffrons' prefix is set for some good times ahead with a new purchase set to hit the tracks and a nice new puppy schooling well to come over in a month or two. Details on how to join the Racing Club which, after a one off joining fee £500, costs £1 per day for ownership in up to 5 runners are on our Racing Club page.
This week is the last chance to make your changes for our 5 To Follow competition that ends on December 31st. All new teams must be in by Friday with their points accumulated over the first three months added to their new team.
After a slightly disappointing weekend we bounced back with two nice open race wins at Towcester last Tuesday when Chubbys Oak (15.37) and Garryglass Champ (29.65) followed up the previous week's wins with two more very good runs.
Our confidence was good as we travelled to Doncaster and a fine display from Ela Ela Genie taking a good sprint in 16.85 got the night off to a good start. Saffrons Anna ran well enough when 3rd over 450m. All eyes were now firmly on the Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger final and Ruby's Rascal completed a memorable night taking the honours with a fine run with Billy's Bullet finishing down the field but not too far away from our winner.
At Romford on Friday the best performance from our six runners was an excellent effort from Roswell Romanov who bounced back to form with a 35.46 win in the heats of the Friday Night Stayers.
On Tuesday from our graded runners Ribble Rush ran her best race for a long time demolishing an A5 in 28.46.
On Friday the consistent Saltimbanco led all the way to win in 29.14 and Airforce Karla took a D2 in 15.72.
On Saturday a good night for the kennel as Rubys Razzle took a scrappy A5 in 29.10! Swift Dartmoor wouldn't strike me as a sprinter but duly took a D1 in 15.71. Swift Bravo was simply awesome (4.01 sectional) dismantling a good A3 by over 7 lengths to win in a fine 28.23 and good to see Macs On Storm back to winning ways taking an A2 in 28.46.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tuesday is another big night for the kennel as Ribble Aon goes in the Ladbrokes Gold Collar Final at Crayford live on Sky Sports. A few opens grace the card at Towcester.
A planned trip to Hove or Wimbledon on Thursday has been aborted as the staying races didn't fill, most surprising at Wimbledon with the Leger only round the corner.
Roswell Romanov is in a very competitive Stayers final at Romford on Friday and Garryglass Champ heads to Newcastle for the Northern Puppy Derby heats on Saturday. We will also be at Henlow Sunday as Clondoty Alex trials in preperation for the RPGTV Derby.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It's been a while coming but at last we managed to put forward one of our competition winners as Rubys Rascal landed the Yorkshire St Leger at Doncaster last Wednesday. For a bet this week I can see Roswell Romanov landing the Stayers final at Romford on Friday at reasonable odds and on Saturday we have Garryglass Champ travelling all the way to Newcastle for the William Hill Northern Puppy Derby heats and though we will have to go up there without a look he is a high class puppy and has won his last four opens.
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday
GARRYGLASS CHAMP - 2 pts ew ante post - William Hill Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 2 pts ew ante post 6/1 - Pinpoint Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - WON (15 pts profit)