27th June 2016
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The kennel bounces back into full action this week as we approach a busy July. The William Hill Festival at Sunderland kicks off this Saturday and our triple Category 1 winner Patchys Kerry warmed up nicely for the Grand Prix in a spin over the full 640m trip with in form and ultra strong Ferryforth Fran. After leading she, as expected, tired on the run in to be caught by Fran and beaten 3/4 length in a respectable 39.77. Patchys Kerry who had earlier in the week clocked an excellent 28.19 at Towcester should come on a ton for the spin and as we know it's all about peaking in about three weeks' time if we are lucky enough to make the final. Ferryforth Fran as well as Garryglass Pixie (40.02 trial) will be also entered. We decided that we would re route Billys Bullet to Nottingham for the Betfred Select Stayers next week as Sunderland may well be a bit sharp for him. This high class one off race is sure to be a cracker with Roxholme Magic dropping down in trip for the £2,500 to the winner race. This of course supports the Betfred Select Stakes over 500m and we were delighted to get an invite with Domino Storm for a second year in succession and hopefully after having a short rest since the Derby she can go one or two places better than last yea's third place finish behind her brother Swift Hoffman. Both will trial at Nottingham tonight.
Back to Sunderland and the feature event is undoubtedbly the William Hill Classic over 450m and we send a three strong team for an event we last won in 2011 when Blonde Snapper smashed the track record in the final. Roswell Iceman is a big dog at around 37 kilos and he went reasonably well when recording 27.41, he is sure to improve a great deal in the first round. In a competitive workout our Derby Plate runner up Clondoty Alex just got the better of our Derby quarter finalist California by 1/2 length in a respectable 27.35, again both should come forward for the spins. As usual it promises to be a high class festival.
In July we also have the Sussex Cup at Hove coming up as well as the Television Trophy at our home track Towcester where we are hoping to get Ribble Atom in her best form for Lord Hesketh. She can certainly improve on her third place finish from last year but we may also have a surprise entry that could take this event, all will be revealed soon!
So this week is the last chance to get your entries into our popular 5 To Follow competition. Each person can have up to five teams and each team must include two bitches (you can have more if you like). It's FREE TO ENTER and runs from July 1st until December 31st and we will have some nice prizes up for grabs as said last week. I get inundated with people who want an entry at the last minute so please get them in early this week. I'm going to do an up to date kennel report today on the competition page of our kennel strength and any injuries, season etc. On October 1st you will be allowed to change any of your team entries to strengthen your squad if you so wish.
On Tuesday at Towcester Rubys Rascal flew out the traps in the 500m Puppy final but just couldn't get clear and was shuffled back to third as they went down the back straight but a rattling finish saw him just go down by 1/2 length. In the heats of the 500m Standard Ribble Aon, Calco Flyer and Airforce Duchess all qualified for tomorrow night's final.
Our only other open racing of the week was at Henlow and Evanta Fantasy almost made the bend in front in the Henlow Mini Deby final but was just caught from behind and shuffled back in the pack and finished 4th. Saffrons Anna was a touch unlucky in a 460m bitches race when second. Deanridge Angel did well to win first time up in a 550m Maiden in a decent 33.41.
On Tuesday Sovereign King got off the mark with a strong running performance from off the pace to win a heat of an Owners Bonus series in 28.9. Swift Dartmoor was also impressive scoring a debut win in an A7 in a very good 28.69. To cap a good night for our pups Roswell Roxanne slaughtered an A6 field by over 10 lengths in a very good 28.54.
On Friday Carden Punch scored in an A7 by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.14. It was nice to see injury troubled Ribble Rush get back on the score sheet winning an A7 also in 29.98.
A busy Saturday night got off to a good start as Bonzo The Brave ran well to score in A6 in 28.62. The enigmatic Ballymac Sinbad took a very good A1 in a fine 28.28, Mashmad Eyebrows made a fine debut winning a D1 in 15.64.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
We have three runners in the 500m Standard final at Towcester on a good card on Tuesday with also the heats of a Maiden Stayers event.
We will have runners at Romford on Friday but all roads lead to Sunderland on Saturday as the William Hill Festival kicks off with the heats of the Classic and the Grand Prix.
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Patchys Kerry comes into the William Hill Grand Prix fresh and our triple Category 1 winner should come forward for her trial last Saturday and will be well suited by the track and trip. In the Classic we have three entries who are all classy and have that vital early pace and again should all come on for their looks round.
PATCHYS KERRY - 5 pts win ante post - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
CLONDOTY ALEX - 2 pts e.w ante post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Saturday
ROSWELL ICEMAN - 2 pts e.w ante post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Saturday
CALIFORNIA - 2 pts e.w ante post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Saturday