27th March 2018
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A sense of normality resumed last week with the coldest weather I've known subsiding even to the point that we had a couple of Spring like days! sadly I'm hearing we might still get a sting in the tail from the 'Beast from the East' over Easter, unbelievable! This week we travel to Glasgow for the Racing Post TV meeting Scottish Derby first round at Shawfield, we certainly could do without any poor weather on our travels as it's a long drive all the way up there! Bruisers Bullet heads our team of three and I was happy with his 27.88 trial at Towcester on Saturday night, he may lack that race fitness this week but hopefully he can qualify and then come on for the run. Our Irish Derby runner up Black Farren hasn't quite fired yet since his return but is looking fitter each day and we wouldn't be coming all that way if we didn't think he had some sort of chance. Our third runner Bombers Bullet is in great form and following his excellent trial at Shawfield a couple of weeks back he clocked a fine 29.07 at Towcester on Saturday over 500m and he certainly ranks as a contender himself and just might be an interesting price. The meeting will be on RPGTV which is great news for open race fans.
We had no joy with Brinkleys Twirl in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby final at Monmore on Wednesday and really her draw in trap 5 was never going to help and ultimately once she hit the four dog out the boxes that was that. Her time will come and we were pleased just to make the prestigious final won well by fellow Towcester trainer Matt Dartnall with the fast Rising Brandy, however it certainly was worth the trip as we came away with three winners on the day. Rubys Rascal showed his well being when beating the smart Droopys Live over 630m by 2 1/2 lengths in 37.92. Kilcree Diamond was most impressive beating some smart sprinters, catapulting from the boxes he won by 5 lengths in a very good 15.29. Boylesports Duke showed his versatility with a first time up win over 480m in 28.32 to make it a good day at the kennel.
We are doing our best to keep our lead at the top of the Trainer Of The Year standings despite a reduced amount of open races compared to normal years and we are really trying to concentrate our open racers in competitions. Ninja Penny showed the promise of making the Peter Bussey and Essex Vase finals with a comprehensive victory in the Maiden Stayers heats at Romford on Friday, she looks a name to watch out for and clocked a smart 35.11, a time that would have easily won the Essex Vase a week earlier!
On Sunday we travelled to Henlow for the Bunny Gold Cup heats over 550m and Roswell Romanov not only made it 6 wins from 6 at the Bedfordshire track, he set new figures when recording a brilliant 32.86 when beating the very useful Slippy Maggie and Saleen Ash (qualified in 3rd). I thought Kilcree Diamond's sprint would certainly be the performance of the week after his demolition job in the sprint at Monmore but Romanov wow! what a run! Our third entry Garryglass Teddy also qualified when second in his heat and he can quite easily come forward for that run.
Towcester is moving forward and in a bid to try and keep the higher graders regular races we had an S1 sweepstake on Friday which was good and bad news. Garryglass Champ took his heat after a titanic struggle with Tellhersomething (Saffrons Tina 3rd) while Swift Dante ran her heart out again to finish second in her heat (Ocees Boca 3rd) and only just beaten but half a dozen strides after the line she broke her hock and obviously misses the final. She will be OK but that will be her retired, she has been a good little bitch for myself, Neil Brooke and John Clarke, being a brindle bitch she will have no problem being rehomed once she has recovered. This Saturday sees the innovative Track Championship for A1/A2 type dogs and we should be well represented with the likes of recent scorers Boylesports Duke, Ninja Fortune and Plan Ahead to name but a few, all our chasing a decent £2,000 to the winner prize.
I covered most above except on Friday at Romford, in the final of the Friday Night 500 Marathon Cincinnati led kennelmate Union Pride until the last two bends where the powerful Slippy Maska came through to beat the pair with Kiltrea Mike back in 5th. Newinn Trump stepped up in class in a 400m race but ran really well when second.
It was nice to get four full cards that were not affected by the weather and on Friday as said Garryglass Champ took his heat of the S1 sweepstake in 41.56 while it was great to see Corrig Grace return from nearly 4 months off to win a decent D2 in great style in a fine 15.42.
Saturday morning saw our young Adageo Bob pup Deans Hail Mary win her third race from five starts taking an A8 by a length in 29.45. In the evening our promising pup, out of former kennel star Aayamzamodel, Aayamza Bonnie won by 6 1/2 lengths and she looks destined to go to the top! On debut Towstar Billy showed his rivals a clean pair of heels racing clear and though tying up a bit kept on to score in 28.85. Tread Lightly at last got the better of kennelmate Shlowdown Sally to win a D1 in 15.49.
On Sunday all our six runners ran well with Towstar Jess landing a hat trick of victories battling to a narrow win in an A4 in 28.86.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ROSWELL ROMANOV
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Our first open race action of the week will be at Romford on Friday with Ninja Penny trying to land the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final. We will of course go up to Scotland on Saturday with the first round of the Racing Post TV Scottish Derby.
On Sunday we are back at Henlow for the semi finals of the Bunny Gold Cup with Roswell Romanov, Saleen Ash and Garryglass Teddy.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It was nice to see our main selection for Wednesday Rubys Rascal win well albeit at short odds and it was certainly worth a stab at our Puppy Derby finalist at big odds though obviously unsuccessful.
The Racing Post TV Scottish Derby is the main attraction this week and I firmly believe Bruisers Bullet will take all the beating, I suspect he won't be a huge price though. Bombers Bullet is also worth a nibble each way.
BRUISERS BULLET - 5 pts win ante post - Racing Post TV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - starts Saturday
BOMBERS BULLET - 1.5 pts ew ante post - Racing Post TV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRINKLEYS TWIRL - 1 pt ew 16/1 - Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - Wednesday - lost
RUBYS RASCAL - 3 pts win - Monmore - Wednesday - WON 5/4