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28th September 2015

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RACE RESULTS
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With a number of our stars having a short break like Adageo Bob, Domino Storm and Evanta Evita our open race competitions have been a bit quiet over the last two weeks but all these are due back over the next week to 10 days as will some of our major stars that have been off with injuries both short term and long term. Two big competitions start in the next week or two with the All England Cup at Newcastle starting Saturday, East Anglian Derby 3rd Calco Flyer warmed nicely on Saturday with a 28.80 trial on slowish going and he has been an excellent competition dog for the Calco Cup syndicate. Sussex Cup finalist Reel Shirty and Swift Whirlwind dropping back to 4 bends are also being entered. There are some good supporting events and Domino Storm will also drop back in distance for the Angel of the North Oaks and back to form Jimmy Nailed On will go over 670m for the Great North Run.

The RPGTV Henlow Derby kicks off a week Sunday and as usual it promises to be a classy affair, Clondoty Alex and Penny Seabiscuit are progressive open racers and have already trialled at the Bedfordshire track and we are hoping to have Evanta Evita ready in time for a go as well after a minor injury picked up in the semis at Yarmouth. Blue Moment returns tomorrow at Romford for a trial after dislocating his toe in a sprint race at Yarmouth last month and if coming off sound will trial at Henlow on Sunday, he loves the track and trip as does Aero Babooshka who might be added to our team.

One of our big talking points this week is that Billys Bullet may well make a return to the track this weekend with a hand slip at Towcester. The Prestige winner and Towcester track record holder sustained a broken leg when 8 lengths clear in the Regency heats in April but after a brilliant surgery from vet Daniel Doherty he has made an excellent recovery and is bursting at the seams ready to get going again. What a tonic this will be to get this fella back to our already incredibly strong kennel but we will not be rushing him and the William Hill St Leger will certainly come too soon for him, it will be one trial at a time with no race plans.

With injury concerns at the forefront of most owners and trainers minds this year I wrote an interesting blog on my column in the online Greyhound Star magazine that's worth a read. Towcester, in my opinion, received some slightly unfair criticism a few months back and it would be fair to say that like most tracks in the summer months they had slight issues as its hard to maintain a proper and decent racing surface with the amount of racing and the invariable weather conditions our country throws at us but since the arrival of Jeff Sealey, without doubt the best track groundsman in our industry, Towcester has been even better than normal and touch wood we have no injuries whatsoever to report in the last few meetings. This has a knock on effect with more dogs becoming available because of the fewer injuries which in turn means a healthier graded strength to the promoters. It certainly always pays to get the best possible people in because track preparation is an essential cog in the wheel of our industry and of course keeps any welfare concerns to an absolute minimum.

Our strength at Towcester is getting better and better each week and I must say they are starting to get everything spot on as they learn from their opening few months. The racing is so strong and we need high quality dogs even in the lesser grades. We have a number of new pups either just starting their careers or about to and some names like Swift Boyne, Swift Slaney, Swift Clare, Famias Hope, Sidarian Bella, Sidarian Lady, Calco Swift, Ela Ela Genie, Tellhimjohn and Airforce Joe are all 2014 or late 2013 whelps and are all potential superstars in the making. You have to dream big as that what makes these youngsters so exciting, they all literally could be anything. We also have some slightly older pups that are also very exciting for the future, Garryglass Droopy ran well on debut at Hove and looks a fine stayer in the making, Newross Johnny was giving loads of age away when 5th in Saturday night's puppy final at Towcester, he's only a March 14. Ilewin Sleepy was 4th in that race and is likely to improve when over further and the likes of Dodger Lane, Adageo Djongo,  Cisberry Geo  and Libertine Louis all look progressive. The one I'm really excited about is Roswell Iceman (formerly Holycross Johnie), a stunningly good looking dog his win at Kilkenny is a very good line of form, he will be a contender in the forthcoming Wimbledon Puppy Derby.

One of the reasons I mention all these above is because this week is the last week to do your changes for our 5 To Follow competition and hopefully there are some not so familiar names to maybe put in your new teams. We have no runners until Friday so that is your last chance to get the new entries in.

 

OPEN RACING

 

Not the best of nights at Romford on Friday with both Airforce Duchess and Evanta Fantasy getting turned over at short odds in their respective races, Libertine Louis almost opened his account when just getting caught on the line in a 575m Maiden Stayers heat and gets another chance on Friday in the final.


On Saturday at Towcester Airforce Venus scored a nice open win in the Bitches race in 28.3, Deanridge Angel was an unlucky 2nd in the 480m Standard, Jimmy Nailed On relished the extra distance over 655m scoring well in 39.41 while in the feature race of the night The September Puppy Stakes Final both Ilewin Sleeepy (4th) and Newross Johnny (5th) ran respectable.

 

 

TOWCESTER REVIEW

 

On Friday youngster Swift Clare opened her account with a battling win in 29.32, that was about the best we did on the night. On Saturday a much better night, along with our open winners Ferryforth Fran scored a well deserved victory in a top class S1 beating kennel mate Sosaidhs Blue a neck in, a good run in defeat for Oldfield Lynda and Nimrod Son won well again in A3 company in 28.60, Millroad Rodger was most impressive in the last race scoring by over 6 lengths in 28.35.

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK


OPEN - JIMMY NAILED ON 
GRADED - MILLROAD RODGER


 

 

WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 A quiet week up to Friday where we will be at Romford with Libertine Louis running in the Maiden Stayers final the feature.


A decent card at Towcester is expected with the Premier League races and other opens advertised and a trip to Newcastle for the heats of the All England Cup.

We should have a few runners at Henlow on Sunday as we build up to the RPGTV Henlow Derby.

 

 

 

WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS

 Calco Flyer has helped us to a profit with some good performances in competitions and can add to this by going well in Saturday's All England Cup at Newcastle, Evanta Fantasy has been expensive to follow of late but can bounce back at any time and the bookmakers are likely to be raking her on so she could be a price on Friday.


CALCO FLYER - 2 pts e.w ante post - All England Cup - Newcastle - starts Saturday

EVANTA FANTASY - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday

 

 

 

 

 

Not the best of nights at Romford on Friday with both Airforce Duchess and Evanta Fantasy getting turned over at short odds in their respective races, Libertine Louis almost opened his account when just getting caught on the line in a 575m Maiden Stayers heat and gets another chance on Friday in the final.

On Saturday at Towcester Airforce Venus scored a nice open win in the Bitches race in 28.3, Deanridge Angel was an unlucky 2nd in the 480m Standard, Jimmy Nailed On relished the extra distance over 655m scoring well in 39.41 while in the feature race of the night The September Puppy Stakes Final both Ilewin Sleeepy (4th) and Newross Johnny (5th) ran respectable.

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