29th February 2016
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Patchys Kerry lit up a cold February night with a scintillating display of front running to land the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket in emphatic style at Crayford on Tuesday night. In clocking a superb 44.94 she broke a 42 year hoodoo of an ante post favourite never winning a Golden Jacket. The result never looked in doubt when she burst out the traps and led at the first two turns, quickly putting distance between herself and her rivals she passed the line with a lap to go in a stunning 22.84, 1/2 length inside You Never Listen's 380m clock. Down the back straight for the last time she was a full 10 lengths clear of her rivals, inevitably she tied up a little bit as they rounded the last two bends but at the line she still had nearly 7 lengths to spare over the running on Diesel Flo much to the delight of Patchys Kerry's owner Frankie Taylor and a large gathering of supporters.
This was our second Golden Jacket victory in three years following Hometown Honey's success in 2014 and our thanks go to Ladbrokes for their generous sponsorship again this year with an excellent £17,500 first prize, I can't recall a greyhound dominating a Category 1 event in the manner Patchys Kerry has done and to be fair she hasn't been challenged right from the trial stake win a week before the event started to the final last Tuesday. This follows her runner up spot in the Coronation Cup at the beginning of the year and she will be targeting all the major six bend races for the rest of the year and it will be a brave man who says she can't win another big final, she certainly has put an early pitch in for Greyhound of the Year.
Tuesday proved to be a magnificent night for the kennel, as well as the Golden Jacket victory we astonishingly won our 5th consecutive Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy when Swift Whirlwind held on gamely to win by a diminishing 1/2 length. After a good break he just cleared the field at the first bend but found the strong Farneys Cookie and Old Gold behind him so it was a good effort to hold them to win in 33.43. This came after firstly a good win by Ribble Aon in the Bitches 540 in 33.89.
Also Aayamzamodel having her last race in a distinguished career went out in the style we love battling her heart out to lead at the 5th bend to win by 1/12 lengths in 33.83. This was two years after winning the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy. In all she has won 24 times in 74 races against the highest class and has been an absolute credit to all connections. More importantly I will miss our little star as she has now returned to Ireland to the breeding paddocks.
As well as the four winners at Crayford we also enjoyed four winners at Towcester now live on RPGTV and Billys Bullet enjoyed a confidence boosting win over 655m. The wins on Tuesday not only put the week before at Sittingbourne firmly out of our minds but also catapulted us to over 200 points in the Trainer of the Year standings and the quest for a record breaking 8th title. This week our open race competition chasing aspirations move to Monmore on Thursday where we will be entering four puppies for the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby including last Thursday's impressive heat scorer Tellhimjohn. We move on to Friday at Romford as the Coral Golden Sprint kicks off. This 400m showpiece is notoriously difficult to win but I'm hoping in form Evanta Fantasy can prove how successful bitches can be especially after Patchys Kerry's latest victory. Fantasy was ante post favourite last year but unluckily was eliminated in the first round and it would be a great story if she was to come back this year and win. We also travel to Swindon on Wednesday as we prepare a small team for the Calne Racing Arc. Last year's finalist Calco Flyer runs in a 480m race and we will trial Clondoty Alex, Roswell Iceman and Airforce Duchess. Also on Wednesday we will travel down to Wimbledon for trials as Ballymac Shirley has got an invitation for the prestigious Racing Post Juvenile a week tomorrow and will have a solo 480m in preparation. Domino Storm and Ribble Atom will also trial with races in mind on the night.
The sport this week has seen two dramatic pieces of news. Certainly we were expecting the announcement that Wimbledon will close its doors on greyhound racing for the final time on June 18th but all the same it's a massive blow to our industry. Having won two Derby's and three St Leger's as well a Trainers Championship meeting at Wimbledon it obviously holds a special place in my heart and I will be as saddened by its closure as anyone and of course there is a sense of anger how the GRA has sold our sport down the river once again. On Thursday the EFRA report on greyhound racing came out and as well has being hugely critical of the way our sport is run it stated the glaringly obvious that bookmakers are underfunding an industry that they make very good profits out of. The politics of the sport are something I'm doing my best to stay out of as I genuinely feel that our kennel's fate relies solely relies on how Towcester progresses now and in the future. We as a kennel keep the welfare of all our greyhounds as a highest priority.
As said above a cracking night at Crayford highlighted by Patchys Kerry's brilliant win in the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final and Swift Whirlwind winning our 5th consecutive Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy. Billys Bullet was back on the scoresheet again over at Towcester running a patient race behind the useful Cabra Miller before just getting the better of that rival on the run in to score by 1/2 length in 40.21 (-40). Fivestar Calvin took a modest maiden over 655m by 3 lengths in 40.52 (-30), the improving Sligo Star took heat 2 of the Towcester Racecourse Maiden leading all the way to score in 28.70 (-20), Macs On Storm was a good second to Blackstone Marco over 480m,. Perhaps the best run of ours on the night was Parkers Poison who led all the way in a decent 655m maiden in a fine 39.97 (-40).
On Thursday at Monmore there were plenty of Puppy Derby trial stakes and our four all ran pretty well. Experto Crede probably lacks a yard of early pace and this was the case as he was a running on 4th and the same case can be made for Rubys Rascal who also did his best work late on when 3rd. Tellhimjohn is improving at a rapid rate of knots and led all the way to score in a fine 28.77 (-50), Mass Megan also ran well when second to the useful Candlelight Fire. In a 480m Standard race Calco Flyer ran well from a poor draw when second to Honest John.
At Romford on Friday the night didn't start well for us with defeats for Adageo Djongo and Droopys Achieve but Saffrons Anna caused a surprise when landing a decent bitches open in 24.40 calc. Ribble Aon followed up her win at Crayford with another win at Romford in a good 35.27 and Evanta Fantasy made it a hat trick on the night and for her over track and trip as she took a high class 400m in 24.24 (-20). Swift Whirlwind also reappearing quickly was 3rd behind Fivestar Clipper.
Rubys Razzle was a close second on Tuesday in a mostly open race card. On Friday Swift Bravo was best of our four runners when 2nd in a P7.
On Saturday Saffrons Champ scored a rare success in a B6 in 28.87, Ferryforth Fran obviously was short of a run the week before when beaten in a similar S1 but bounced back to score well in 40.22 (-30). Also back to form in a decent A2 was Deanridge Angel who won well in 28.48 (-20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A decent card tomorrow night at Towcester featuring plenty of opens, Sligo Star runs in the Towcester Racecourse Maiden Final and Billys Bullet returns in a hot 655m race.
On Wednesday morning we have a few trials at Wimbledon in the morning and travel to Swindon at night. On Thursday the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby kicks off at Monmore and on Friday the Coral Golden Sprint also starts giving open race fans plenty to see.
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Patchys Kerry was awesome in landing the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket and Ribble Aon topped up the pockets with a win as well.
Two competitions kick off this week and I was pleased with the improving Tellhimjohn last week at Monmore and he is worth including for a small interest. On Friday I would dearly love to see Evanta Fantasy kick off her campaign with a win in the Coral Golden Sprint and we have to back her.
TELLHIMJOHN - 1.5 pts e.w ante post - Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - starts Thursday
EVANTA FANTASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante post - Coral a Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
PATCHYS KERRY - 5 pts win ante post 7/2 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - WON (17.5 pts profit)
RIBBLE ATOM - 5 pts win - Crayford - Tuesday - WON EVENS