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Who would have thought that Aayamza Breeze, who was knocked over in the final of the Coral Regency two years ago when favourite to win the event, would come back to land the £10,000 showpiece last Thursday! In a thrilling final she amazingly came from being last with 250 metres to go to finish with her customary late rattle and grab the honours by the minimum margin from her old rival Goldies Hotspur. It was a massive tonic for not only the owners but the kennel as we documented last week. It’s incredible to think that Breeze is 4 years old and 2 months and is testament to our commitment and longevity we have with our third season dogs. The fact she recorded a fastest of the competition 41.42 (-15) also says there was no fluke about her win and there was no excuses (Magical Icarus split web aside) for the others. Indeed Goldies Hotspur for Patrick Janssens ran a cracker, the pair have been locked together in a number of battles over the last year or so and its stunning that they can both have top class six bend rivals behind them.
The reaction amongst everyone in the press and on social media was huge as Aayamza Breeze was the second winner of the Regency we have had, following legend Billys Bullet, that has come back from a broken hock. Both were sustained at Hove as well and many trainers avoid going back to a place where their dogs have got injured but I've always felt that sometimes you have to put this to the back of your mind and Hove is a fine track that we are lucky to have. We have proved yet again you can come back from serious injury and all the orthopaedic surgeons we use, Stefano Malegori, Daniel Doherty and Martin Bennett deserve huge praise for their skills.
The Ayamzaboys Syndicate were due a decent victory and have been big supporters of our kennel for over 10 years. The likes of Ayamzaman, Ayamzagirl, Aayamzamodel, Aayamzabella, Airforce Duchess and a few more have all won decent races and competitons but Breeze is their first Category 1 success. She will most definitely stay in training as this was only her 41st race and her main target will be the TV Trophy at Romford later in the summer. Her victory has at last saw us climb high in the Trainer of the Year standings and the gap between us and leader Patrick Janssens is just a few points. Patrick has a strong team of top open racers and we will need plenty of luck in the bigger competitions if we are to gain an 11th title, it could be a memorable battle all year as will any renewals between Aayamza Breeze and Goldies Hotspur.
It’s a busy time and we seem to be racing at many tracks as well as a busy Henlow programme. The George Ing St Leger is the next Category 1 event and we are looking at entering Brigadier Bullet, Antigua Fire, No Can Boogie and we will give Aayamza Breeze a go despite it being a bit on the sharp side, the trip (659) does take some getting and all will Trial before racing on Thursday. Antigua Fire won well at Monmore on Saturday at long odds on but the night brought us down to earth as our highly promising pup Droopys Cruiser was disqualified after deliberate interference in his Puppy race. Quite why he did this is amazing as two weeks ago he won comfortably in a flying 28.29, a decision on his future will be made shortly.
We were out of luck in the Category 1 Maiden Derby at Henlow on Sunday which was a real blow. All four of our runners in the semi finals all gave themselves chances but just missed out and I felt some valuable points went begging. Onwards and upwards and this week we see another Category 2 event at Crayford as the Vase gets underway and I’m targeting our Bunny Gold Cup winner Chubbys Caviar at the event with maybe Saleen Ash and Glassmoss Queen. We are at Hove on Thursday as Alien Sea looks to have another race in the Maiden heats and Chubbys Turkana will bid for a hat trick at the track.
We are also taking a few to Nottingham this Thursday morning in their Derby trial session. Antigua Romeo, Busters Bullet, Antigua Vows and Antigua Sands will get some valuable experience and see if they are worth an entry in the Derby. We were delighted with the improved run of Brinkleys Poet on Saturday at Monmore where he led before the more than useful Droopys Gold beat him. Poet is still well short of race fitness and he will go to Nottingham on Monday in a Derby Trial Stake. He needs races and though this will be a tough ask he’s looking better each day, we are only just three weeks away from the start of the Derby and we might not have a big team but hopefully we can do well.
was simply awesome in winning the Coral Regency at Hove and Chubbys Turkana won well again in the bitches race by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.97. Avastorm took a 740m in a real battle with Pacific Poppy just getting the better of her rival by a length in a fine 44.69, Antigua Romeo seeking a hat trick in a mega hot puppy contest pecked slightly at the traps and in the end was only third but we were still pleased with his effort. Our promising Alien Sea made his debut but found plenty of trouble when only 3rd and thankfully Running Senor was ok after taking a nasty tumble in a 515m race.
No luck with our two runners at Romford on Friday, veteran Garryglass Champ was a close up 3rd over 575m and in the Maiden Stayers Final Busters Bullet again had to play second fiddle to Savanna Malibu despite improving again he was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 35.27. At Monmore on Saturday in their two weekly festival races as mentioned went a bit astray until the last two races where Brinkleys Rosie won well over 416m in a good 24.48 and Antigua Fire won a 684m by nearly 9 lengths in 40.94.
On Sunday at Henlow the Maiden Derby semi finals saw Puppy Tommys Storm lead but just get collared on the line to finish 3rd beaten 1 1/2 lengths, Flip The Tyre was well beaten by impressive scorer Bubbly Spark but also just missed our for qualifying when beaten two short heads for second place. In the last semi final Tiffield Lady gave herself a chance when leading up and was challenged by kennel mate Algo For You but both got passed and finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Plenty of other opens on the card but it was only Towstar Billy who came away with a win in the 428m by over 7 lengths in 26.04.
Energize Bobadoo took an A6 very well by 4 lengths in 28.29.
On Thursday just a few runners with Bonitas Bullet coming home well to win an A5 in 28.04. Again just a few runners on Friday with in form Ping Be Slick making it 4 wins from 6 races taking an A5 in a fine 28.06.
No runners Saturday and on Sunday just a couple of runners with Chubbys Jenny a close up 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AAYAMZA BREEZE
GRADED - PING BE SLICK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
As said a busy week. On Thursday we have trials at Nottingham and Yarmouth as well as racing at Henlow and Hove.
On Saturday we will be at Crayford for the Vase heats and on Sunday there should be some entries in the supporting opens at Henlow.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Vary rare for us to miss putting up a Category 1 winner but of course we are not moaning. I’m hearing quite a few people backed Aayamza Breeze each way in the Regency both ante post and on the night.
Chubbys Caviar goes for the Ladbrokes Vase at Crayford on Saturday and if she handles the track will take some beating, hopefully there will be some ante post betting.
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 5 pts win ante post - Ladbrokes Vase - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ALIEN SEA - 2 pts win - Hove - Thursday - lost