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No doubt that I felt bitterly disappointed last week with the results of the Inquiry on two positives we had from 2018 and it has been the source of much discussion in our industry. I can’t add much more than what I said in last week's newsletter, the whole episode has preyed heavily on my mind for a while now and it doesn’t matter how much I protest my total innocence on these matters it is still a black mark against myself and our kennel's brilliant reputation. I can only thank the many owners and friends who have gave me their full support, without which I may have well called time on my training career, it’s time to move on and put it all behind me and I’m certainly going to be extra vigilant on everything we feed our dogs now and in the future and certainly keep to the guidance set out by the GBGB.
After a real poor run of results Iately I was extremely pleased to see all our kennel return to some sort of form last week. We had some nice winners and some desperate luck in defeats but overall I think we have our mojo back and can look forward to the rest of 2019.
Thursday had to be the hottest day I can recall in living memory as temperatures hit 37 degrees in the afternoon. We did everything we could to keep the risks these can bring down. We had all the dogs paddocked and breakfast before 7.30 am when it was more than pleasant and then turned them out again and fed them their main meal before 1 pm when temperatures were still reasonable. We had two semi finalists in the Sussex Cup at Hove and they travelled down in an air conditioned car to avoid any problems. Both were eliminated but in my opinion ran well, Puppy Antigua Rum clocked a good sub 30.00 run but it was still not good enough to qualify. I let our staff go home early as there was no point in doing anything else and I stayed at the kennels to keep my eye on everything. The kennels are lovely and cool though the hot humid air still filters in so we have half a dozen huge industrial fans blowing cool air throughout. I waited til dusk and then gave them all a quick paddock so they had a good chance to relieve themselves and even though the sun had gone down it was still 28 degrees at 10 o clock at night. So my day started at 5 am and I eventually left the kennels around midnight! unbelievable but it’s something that we can expect to happen more frequently in the future if all the weather experts are to be believed!..I’m sure somewhere someone has a dog named Global Warming! well we do have Boris Johnson in charge of our country now so maybe he’s the man to change a few things! Lol!..love him or hate him Greyhound racing can survive under a tory government (especially if they ever give us that all important Levy!) I wonder if under a Labour government any sport involving dogs or even horses would have any sort of future but politics are not something I never want to get too involved in!
I hope our form carries on the up as we have the Ladbroke Gold Cup and Summer Stayers starting this week and it would be nice to land another big event. Antigua Fire
was awesome on Saturday despite the 630m being way too short for him, he somehow found a clear run to come out the second bend handy and promptly destroyed his rivals to clock a very fast 37.37, he certainly will be our best chance of landing the Summer Stayers. We should have plenty of entries in both.
As said both our runners ran well but were knocked out the Sussex Cup semi finals on Thursday at Hove on the hottest day in living memory.
A couple of nice winners at Romford on Friday as Cuil King took a Winner of One Standard after a hefty bump at the first bend to win in 24.42, Chubbys Caviar took her heat of the Doug Tyler Summer Cup in a fastest 35.38 by 3 lengths though Chubbys Turkana was only 3rd in the Friday Night Maiden Stayers final.
Although we only had one winner at Monmore on Saturday night (Antigua Fire) in the opens over 480m and 630m I thought all the dogs ran quite well. Coolavanny Messi was just touched off in a 480m and Antigua Vows (2nd) ran better than the week before, Antigua Sands clocked an excellent 28.35 trial before racing in a 480m trial.
A busy day in the opens at Henlow on Sunday. It didn’t start very well with Towstar Billy knocked over in a sprint open (seems ok afterwards) and Towstar Winston was 3rd in a 428m Maiden but unfortunately finished lame (suspected broken hock) and favourite Brinkleys Rosie ran ok when 3rd in a 460m. Stepped up in trip Aayamza Express opened her account in a 550m Maiden in good style winning by 2 lengths in 34.03. I dropped Avastorm back to 550m as she was short of a run and she pinged the lids to win by 6 lengths in 34.01. Saleen Ash was a warm favourite to win a 460m but slipped in the traps giving 8 lengths away to his rivals and incredibly finished 3rd while Silva Hill hung on gamely over 428m (in need of the run) to win by a short head in 26.13. A fourth winner looked inevitable in the race of the day over 692m as Bumblebee Bullet looked set to take the running up when the hare inexplicably stopped down the back straight, she would have taken some good scalps there.
Just the one winner on Tuesday night as Glassmoss Sis
won an A6 getting up close home in a good 28.35.
On Friday we opened with a couple of winners as Garryglass Royal took an A11 in 29.11 and Adageo Zoomer won an A8 well in 28.50. Domino Ninja making her debut ran well when second as did Bolshy Bullet who was also second in an A7
Plenty of seconds on Saturday on Sunday, Antigua Flash had no answer to the gambled on Makeit Gertcha who only just won this S2!!in 33.41 ..50 spots quicker than the opens on Sunday!!! On Sunday our last four graded runners all ran very well when just beaten, Bonitas Bullet, Muxton Belle, Ping Be Slick and Muxton Teddy though Bonitas Bullet was badly lame after a great effort.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ANTIGUA FIRE
GRADED - GLASSMOSS SIS
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
On Friday at Romford Chubbys Caviar could be a warm order to take the Doug Tyler Summer Cup while on Saturday we will have plenty of interest in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers Category 1 competitions.
We should have a few in the opens on Sunday at Henlow.
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Chubbys Turkana couldn’t get competitive in Fridays Romford final but could easily bounce back this week.
The Ladbrokes Summer Cup provides us with an ideal opportunity to win a good competition and I think Antigua Fire would be our best chance after his run last week. A bit of an outsider is Tiffield Maximus and he might be worth a small interest at a big price.
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5 pts each way ante post - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers - Monmore - starts Saturday
TIFFIELD MAXIMUS - 1 pt each way ante post - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers - Monmore - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS TURKANA - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost