29th July 2020
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Antigua Fire needed all his strength to reel in Zascandil in the semi final of the Coral Regency on Saturday night and now lines up as a short priced favourite to land the £10,000 first prize to the winner this coming Saturday. No doubt Kevin Boon’s fast Zascandil will be a tough nut to crack if he can lead again as there would be some hard rivals to pass in a very good final. A measure of the excellent 41.30 time Antigua Fire recorded was that our Schooldays in 3rd place, and missing out on a first major final, would have won both the other semi finals despite being beaten over 5 lengths. Antigua Fire drew trap 6 and if he is to win he will need a fast break to be up with the pace and hopefully use his strength to power home for Amanda and Nic Jeal.
The Sussex Cup final double header looks a competitive race and favourite Bockos Doomie has a tricky draw to overcome while in the bitches dual distance final our Jaxx Purple should be suited to the extra distance and ran well to be just beaten narrowly by Young Princess but the draw in trap 5 is not ideal. She does look a progressive bitch and will be stepped up in trip after this race. Schooldays returns to run in the 695m consolation and we also have a few other runners on the card.
Aayamza Royale was desperately unlucky not to make the Corn Cuchulainn final at Shelbourne on Saturday night as she found all the trouble going. She returns to our kennel next week from Karol Ramsbottom which will boost our open race strength along with the exciting news that some new purchases, that look highly promising, which are coming in over the next few weeks. I will be talking about them in our next few newsletters, again the questions are being asked about when owners can get to the tracks to watch their dogs and it’s fair to say that it’s looking increasingly more positive that their could be a chance this will happen next month, let’s hope so.
Not a particularly great night at Romford on Friday with our 5 runners with just Tiffield Blueboy finishing second again behind Goldies Hoddle in the heats of the Friday Night Standard while at Hove on Saturday Antigua Fire stole the show with a brilliant last gasp win in the Regency semi finals and Jaxx Purple was narrowly beaten in the bitches dual distance heats over 500m.
On Monday Bobs Duke good form continued with a win in an A8 in 28.39 and Bobs Boy just got up on the line to take an A7 in 28.36. On Tuesday night Algo For You finally got his head in front in an A3 in a good 27.76, Puckane Taylor followed up his first win with another good victory despite being double upgraded to an A4 in 28.00, Shazzas Bullet also made it 2 from 2 with a good 28.19 win in an A6.
On Thursday in form Run Free Snowy was our only winner taking an A5 in 28.10 and on Saturday Loose Chips was our only scorer taking a good A3 in a fine 27.76
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ANTIGUA FIRE
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
Not much change from what’s being happening the last few weeks with just Romford on Friday with Tiffield Blueboy getting another bad draw in the Friday Night Standard final.
All eyes in the Greyhound racing world will be on Hove this Saturday as the Sussex Cup and Regency double header is the highlight of a fine card and Antigua Fire bids to win another big title for us and Amanda and Nic Jeal.
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Antigua Fire bids to give our supporters a nice draw if he can land the Coral Regency Final on Saturday and though the 11/4 ante post odds seemed a little skinny they certainly look good now. Trying to find another winner this week isn’t so easy but maybe an interest on Schooldays who is running well could be the answer in the Regency consolation race.
SCHOOLDAYS - 3 pts win - Hove - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA FIRE - 5 pts win ante post 11/4 - Coral Regency - Hove - Final Saturday