29th August 2016
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After returning from my family holiday on Saturday we went straight to Towcester to watch a decent card featuring the Lowther Stakes final worth £10,000. The night started fantastically well as we racked off five winners including an epic battle over 686m between our Monmore hero Ferryforth Fran and rising star Rubys Rascal with Fran holding on to score. The superb final didn't quite go to plan as Seamus Cahill's Crossfield Molly ran really well to deny both Domino Storm and Airforce Duchess and congratulations to them. There's no denying Domino Storm wasn't at her scintillating best and a niggling Achilles tendon problem hasn't helped but she gave it her all and will now have a month's rest before we decide her next races. She is four years old next month and we wait with bated breath on where and when she can defend her Oaks title. Airforce Duchess is in the form of her life and ran an excellent race, the Brighton Belle defence is on her agenda.
My team did an excellent job while we were away and we were so unlucky on Friday not to have two runners in the Champion Stakes final at Romford when both Roswell Romanov and Ribble Aon finished close up thirds in their respective semi finals meaning they missed out by inches to make the £10,000 final this Wednesday. Veteran Evanta Fantasy scored well in the supporting bitches event and hopefully we will have a couple of runners on the supporting card.
The East Anglian Derby kicks off this week at Yarmouth and again it looks a high class renewal and will take some winning. We have four representing our kennel, Roswell Iceman, Clondoty Alex, California and Saffrons Anna. It's a busy time for the kennel and tomorrow night Calco Flyer runs in the semi final of the Betfred Steel City Cup at Sheffield and just around the corner we are looking at runners for the Doncaster St Leger, the Romford Puppy Cup and the Gold Collar at Crayford.
There was a lot going on off the track as well while I was away including the news that Johnny Haynes was no longer in charge of the track safety for the GBGB. This is an area we need to address across the sport as safe running surfaces are essential and hopefully the GBGB will actively involve the right people for the appointment to this role. Wimbledon looks all but gone after the mayor's decision to hand the plans for the proposed football stadium back to Merton Council though I suspect we haven't heard the last of this. If ever our sport got its act together we would be better off forgetting about Wimbledon and seek some land in the capital and build a new state of the art stadium from scratch but this of course would take some proper funding and direction from those in charge and that's something they are not good at! Towcester has shown how to do it right yet they still have to battle against an industry that sometimes doesn't seem to care if it works or not. If we are to have a future then the likes of Towcester has to work, I love every second of being there and working with people who genuinely care about greyhound racing.
Garryglass Teddy tried hard but could only finish 4th in the semi final of the Nottingham Puppy Classic on Monday, Calco Flyer ran well to finish second and qualify in the Betfred Steel City Cup heats on Tuesday at Sheffield. Monmore hero Ferryforth Fran was narrowly beaten over 660m and there was an excellent run from Ela Ela Genie in a sprint winning from a poor trap 4 draw in a fine 15.95. At Towcester Shlowdown Sally was second in the sprint open and Rubys Rascal demolished his rivals by over 8 lgenths in a 655m open in a superb 39.51 (-30)
No luck at Romford on Wednesday though youngster Adageo Gold ran well on debut when 4th in the heats of the puppy event.
As said on Friday at Romford Roswell Romanov and Ribble Aon just missed out in qualifying for the Champion Stakes final when both 3rd in their semi's, Evanta Fantasy won the bitches heat in 24.23.
On Saturday the big night at Towcester started well with a debut open win for Garryglass Champ in a 509m puppy race in 29.79 on a slow track. Ferryforth Fran just got the better of Rubys Rascal in a titanic battle over 686m eventually scoring by a length in 42.05 with Ribble Atom back in 3rd. Billys Bullet led in the 655m race but was passed at halfway by the flying Coolavanny Slip and was beaten 3 lengths in 40.04. The Lowther Stakes final didn't go our way as Domino Storm missed her break and despite getting close to early leader and eventual winner Crossfield Molly the tank looked empty and she had no more to give at the finish and was passed for second place by kennel mate Airforce Duchess who ran well herself.
On Sunday at Henlow the heavens opened just a few minutes before the Maiden Derby final and our runner Chubbys Oak completely missed his break and that was chance gone but I'm sure we will be hearing lots more about this pacey dog.
On Tuesday a nice win for Tread Lightly in a good A7 in 29.14 (-10) and progressive puppy Swift Windmill took an A4 in 28.88 (-20).
On Friday Risky Manny got off the mark winning a sprint in 15.76 (-5). Swift Dartmoor was most impressive in a good A4 winning well in 28.50 (-10) and Swift Bravo scored in an A5 in 29.19(-10)
In supporting graded races for Saturday's final Airforce Galaxy beat Cappoquin Jack in an A3 in 28.72 (-20), Roswell Roxanne won well in an A4 in a good 28.64 (-20) and Adageo Djongo took a D1 in 15.69 (-10)
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Calco Flyer has a great draw to work from in the first semi final of the Betfred Steel City Cup at Sheffield tomorrow night and Ela Ela Genie returns for another sprint.
On Wednesday only a couple of runners at Romford supporting the Champion Stakes final with Evanta Fantasy going in the 400m bitches final while at Yarmouth the East Anglian Derby kicks off with eight heats and we have four runners.
We will be back to Romford Friday with some runners and possibly at Sittingbourne Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Domino Storm was out of luck on Saturday at Towcester and we will have to look hard to find a bet this week but with the East Anglian Derby kicking off I think we have to pick one of our four entries and I see no reason why Roswell Iceman can't one day have that bit of luck and get to a big final and impressed in a trial over track and trip last week clocking 27.43 (+30)
ROSWELL ICEMAN - 2 pts e.w ante post - East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - starts Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DOMINO STORM - 4 pts win ante post 5/2 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - lost