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Bruisers Bullet came within 1/2 length of landing a cracking Betfred Eclipse final at Nottingham on Tuesday. In what has been described as the race of the decade he just failed to trap in his best fashion and then found traffic problems at the first two bends but unleashing a powerful burst down the back straight and at the finish he just failed to get to the eventual winner Bubbly Bluebird and runner up Dorotas Wildcat. Of course it was disappointing to get so close to winning but overall it was another cracking effort from Bruiser in what was only his 15th race of his career.
Bruisers Bullet's exploits have earned him a place in tomorrow night's Star Sports 'Shootout' at Towcester and indeed he meets his two rivals Bubbly Bluebird and Dorotas Wildcat again on what promises to be a cracking card. Many people have voiced their opinions on who should have been chosen for the £5,000 one off race but how brilliant is it that the 1-2-3 from the Eclipse only eight days before with only 1/2 length separating them can meet again so soon, this wouldn't happen too often in other sports. Kevin Boon, a respected trainer who's having a great year, was put out that his Derby finalist Murrys Act wasn't chosen and yes a case can be made for him to be accepted but probably on overall current four bend form the right decision was made to leave him out. Kevin's comments in the Racing Post that the so called 'big' trainers are favoured is utter garbage and surely a reaction to his disappointment of not getting in the race. Yes we do have a large kennel where we have plenty of open race runners available but on many occasions we don't get our entries accepted especially if there are plenty of outside trainers entering the opens, all racing managers try and accommodate as many different trainers as possible rather than just stick 'Wallis or Youngy's' dogs on. And on the reverse side if trainers like Kevin Boon are looking to enter their runners at different tracks without the likes of the bigger kennels having lots of entries many races wouldn't fill which would result in even bigger disappointments not getting a run, you can't have it your way all the time. To question the merits of Bruisers Bullet is another point, I will keep it simple, he's only been in two competitions in his short career, the Derby where he was unluckily knocked out in the semi finals and then came back on Derby final night to land the 'Invitation' producing the fastest time of the night and with the going allowance making it a stunning 28.69 the fastest ever calculated time over 500m and some 4 lengths quicker than Murrys Act had ever done. His next competition, after an injury in July whilst trialling at Hove, was last week's star studded Eclipse where he was third in the final. To me his name would be first on the list in a race at Towcester, whether he is successful or not is irrelevant!
All the talk of the 'Shootout' has meant the most important race of the night the Colossus TV Trophy has been overshadowed slightly but what a race it is. Rubys Rascal bids to emulate what Blonde Reagan did for us in 2012 and capture both the St Leger and the TV Trophy within a few weeks of each other but he has an almost impossible task in trying to beat the best Marathon performer since the great Scurlogue Champ in Roxholme Magic. A cracking effort in the heats saw him go down just over two lengths to his rival and though I'm not going to say we can reverse it but you never know. The Sky card is very good and also features the British Bred Derby final.
We are now just over a month from the end of 2017 and next year we wait with anticipation as to what the sport holds. My intentions are to have a solid base at Towcester, who lead the way in every aspect of our sport, and then to set our stall out to win another Trainer of the Year title. To do this we have to win the big races and at this point I think we have a magnificent team of staff and Greyhounds to achieve this goal. We have a number of exciting new recruits that have either just come in or are due to come in as well as some established stars such as Bruisers Bullet and Rubys Rascal to name but a few, our website continues to lead the way in our industry and is essential to our success, we have a Racing Club
that makes ownership fun and affordable which if anyone is interested would make for a great Christmas present for someone, we always have Greyhounds available for new owners into the sport and have competitive rates. All in all I can say bring it on!
On Tuesday at Nottingham as said Bruisers Bullet was an excellent 3rd in the Betfred Eclipse final while Scolari Sound was our closest to a winner when second in a minor sprint final.
Over at Towcester Saffrons Bonnie scored a welcome win for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club in the heats of the Ballymac Eske at Stud stakes in a career best 41.73.
The well documented Essex Vase at Romford was cancelled so we diverted some runners to Henlow on Sunday. Shlowdown Sally made it 11 wins from 15 over track and trip taking the sprint in 16.69 while Cotton Pants was just caught on the line over 428m.
On Saturday our long trip to Belle Vue didn't go to script and disappointingly both our Oaks entries failed to get past the first stage. Forest Melanie was particularly unlucky with a poor seeding from trap 6 who completely ruined her out the traps.
Towstar Tommy scored a debut win in a sprint by 3/4 length in 15.86 calc on Tuesday while Fleetwood Royal and Sidarian Dino were both second in in very good A2 Owners Bonus Series heats.
A good Saturday morning with three winners. Energize Honey
took an A8 in 29.00 while Calco Swift kept up a fine strike rate taking an A5 in 28.61. The improving Ribble Ghost won an A7 in 29.07 in a tight photograph finish.
Just a few runners in the evening with them all running well. Not So Classical was impressive in a good S1 beating kennelmate Kiltrea Mike in a decent 41.61.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SAFFRONS BONNIE
GRADED - ENERGIZE HONEY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorow night a cracking card at Towcester features the TV Trophy and British Bred Derby finals as well as the 'Shootout' over 500m.
We will be pleased to be back at Romford on Friday with an open race team.
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Bruisers Bullet, the subject of a huge gamble for the Eclipse final at Nottingham on Tuesday, unluckily came unstuck but tomorrow night at Towcester I wouldn't put anyone off trying to get their investments back as he is a reasonable price in the 'Shootout' race. Rubys Rascal advised at 10/1 to land the Colosus TV Trophy is still 10/1 after the heats and though it's a huge ask to try and beat Roxholme Magic you just never know.
BRUISERS BULLET - 3 pts win - Star Sports Shootout - Towcester - Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRUISERS BULLET - 4 pts win 4/1 - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - Tuesday - lost
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 2.5 pts ew ante post - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - cancelled
RUBYS RASCAL - 5 pts win ante post 10/1 - Colosus TV Trophy - Towcester- final Wednesday