30th May 2017
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We are now just two days away from the Star Sports Greyhound Derby first round at Towcester and the excitement and tension went up a notch after Sunday's draw was made. It was great to watch it on the superb pictures streamed on Towcester.tv and though it was a bit long winded half the enjoyment is the build up to each race. Incredibly all eleven of our entries are on either in Thursday or Friday's batch of heats, hopefully we can have a decent couple of nights so we can sit back on Saturday and enjoy the action. Overall there are no complaints with our draws but it has to be said our main hope Bruisers Bullet has drawn the toughest race of all 32 heats. It will be a race that everyone wants to watch as he goes in against Bubbly Bluebird, Newinn Shadow and Dorotas Vic who are all pretty well fancied to land the outright honours. It's a baptism of fire into the Derby but I'm confident our contender can come through and give us a great run in the Derby. Here below is my thoughts on our runners and their draws.
Heat 1 - ILEWIN BRICKWALL (750/1) & CAPPOQUIN AL (100/1)
A great opening heat but a real tough one for both of ours to try and qualify. Ilewin Brickwall will stay straight to the bend from trap 2 but moves more middle especially down the back straight which will give the fast Astute Missile in trap 1 all the room in the world. Cappoquin Al has come over with this event in mind and this youngster has real ability. Again he has moved middle in his trials so trap 3 will be fine but the problem is for both of ours is they face some real decent rivals. As well as Astute Missile (29.26) they go against Carn Brae (29.26), Paradise Valdez (29.14) and Racing Post Juvenile winner Murrays Act (29.54) so it's going to need plenty of luck to qualify.
Heat 4 - RUBYS RASCAL (125/1)
Available at a much bigger price last week our star six bend performer will need plum rail draws like this to keep qualifying. He is jumping out of his skin at the moment and with trap 2 Razldazl Tierna looking likely to lead he could get the perfect tow round. All four of his other rivals have decent pace and all get the trip well but I will be surprised if they can keep Rascal out the first three, indeed he rates as one of our better chances of winning a heat.
Heat 5 - ROSWELL ICEMAN (200/1)
A heat that has five railers that all have decent early pace so Roswell Iceman for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club has a great draw and he can use his early pace from a plot trap 1 draw to lead up. Both traps 2 and 3 move middle which will also help but the big danger and likely long odds on shot Tyrur Shay from trap 6 should swoop round late and fast but hopefully Iceman can hold his place to qualify. We have had a couple of injury issues with him which is also a concern.
Heat 9 - MINGLERS TOURE (250/1)
First job for Toure is to clear trap 1 Slouane Wonder who moves right on the run up. Considering our fella does this as well slightly he should do so easily and with no early in trap 3 it should be a race to the first bend with trap 4 Slaheny King. A lead is essential as trap 6 Killeacle Wayne looks a strong runner for Liam Dowling. I think we have not seen the best of Minglers Toure yet and he could represent a spot of value at 250/1 and his last trial (29.41) was very encouraging.
Heat 12 - GARRYGLASS TEDDY (200/1)
A five dog heat which looks to be at the mercy of the Irish pair Bentekes Bocko and Maireads Spring who both boast top form across the sea. Indeed Bentekes Bocko holds serous outright claims so Teddy may well be fighting for that 2nd or 3rd spot to qualify. He's been in decent form over Henlow's 550m trip and looked good last week with a 29.38 spin. Bar The Warrior and Minnies Highway either side of him are no mugs so he will have to be at his best to qualify.
Heat 15 - AAYAMZACRAFTYONE (250/1)
Drive On Tipp has been ultra impressive in his two trial stakes wins and despite a draw in trap 4 will be hard to beat in this heat though he faces a stern test from the fast Black Zack in trap 5 for Richard Rees. It will be a race for the other qualifying spot and Aayamzacraftyone is not out of it, totally unexposed he does look a staying type but a plot draw in trap 6 might be the key for our strapping 37 kilo dog.
Heat 16 - BRUISERS BULLET (33/1)
No doubt the heat of the whole first round and Bruisers Bullet is undoubtedly our best chance of landing a Greyhound Derby since Blonde Snapper won in 2012 but wow! this is as tough as it comes. Bubbly Bluebird in trap 4 is the likely favourite and the Champagne Club's pride and joy is an aeroplane when everything clicks into gear. Trap 5 Newinn Shadow posted a sub 29.00 trial and gives Charlie Lister another great chance of landing the outright spoils, he won't be pleased that his decent Dorotas Vic is in trap 6 in this heat. I wouldn't swap our potential superstar for anything but his first job will be to clear trap 1 Bobaloubar who steers a middle path, this alone gives us a headache though the whole race could get messy as both Charlie Lister's pair on the outside will be diving inwards on the run up which Bluebird won't enjoy if he doesn't fly out. Dorotas Vic is definitely no wide seed, trap 3 is paceless thankfully so hopefully Bruiser can negotiate a path round the first two bends and make it through to the next round.
Heat 17 - SALEEN ASH (100/1)
Our August 15 youngster maybe pitched in the deep end here but looks a great prospect. He got no sort of run in his trial stake and is better drawn here in trap 5 but faces three decent Irish rivals in Jaytee Denver, Impressive Guy and Sab Miller. Trap 6 Carlos Court is pacey and moves inwards which will make life difficult as well so more hopeful than confident of getting a run here.
Heat 18 - ADAGEO GOLD (300/1)
Always there or thereabouts in his races Adageo Gold has good all round pace but the draw in trap 4 is not ideal. Kevin Hutton's Dorotas Wildcat will be long odds on here to land the spoils and is a lot of people's idea of the outright winner. Looking at the rest of the field it looks any two from five for the other qualifying places including Adageo Gold.
Heat 19 - GARRYGLASS CHAMP (250/1)
A dog I really like and though he has won plenty of races including a decent maiden stayers event at Henlow I'm sure there is more to come, dropping back in trip he does like Towcester but can he get a run here. Trap 6 Fweshfromthesesh has superb early and will lead out wide and both traps 3 and 4 are bang railers so he should enjoy a decent passage. Coolavanny Mason in trap 2 was an excellent runner up in the Scottish Derby and will be chasing trap 6 home and I see no reason why Champ can't grab that vital 3rd spot to go into the drum for round 2.
So there we have my run down of the heats concerning our entries, bring it on as they say!
Away from the Derby we have tried to keep our winning streak of an open race winner a day and as it stands we have had 148 winners in yes, exactly, 148 days. An excellent night at Henlow on Sunday helped, when I was guesting on RPGTV, included winning all four races in the 'Flying Four' which producer Clive Lawrence kindly put a £25 accumulator on for the RGT. After the brilliant Clondoty Alex flew home in the third leg I bottled it slightly taking a partial cash out to ensure something went to the retired dogs but Airforce Duchess's victory in the last leg still netted £600, I donated the fee for appearing (£250) to make the final figure up to £850. Incidentally I think that was the first time a trainer has ever landed all four legs of the Flying Four since it started which is a fantastic achievement.
I have already had plenty of people asking about our popular 5 to Follow competition that we run annually on our website and yes, details will be posted shortly. We have had a real influx of new greyhounds in recently so there will be plenty for the form students to go through, I will sort out a decent prize or two for the overall winner and runner ups.
Again this week we only had open race runners at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday. We haven't been as prolific on the Friday nights the last couple of weeks but it's good class racing there. Tread Lightly sprang a 16/1 surprise winning his heat of the Friday Night 500 Sprint in 13.72. We didn't get too much luck up until the last race where the exciting Aayamza Breeze came from last to first to win a 750m right on the jam stick in a good 46.97.
An excellent night at Henlow on Sunday with four winners. Shlowdown Sally has got her mo-jo back with a blistering 16.39 sprint victory, the fastest time for 8 years and just a length outside the clock. Cotton Pants stepped up to 428m and won well in a good 25.59 while veteran Clondoty Alex flew round in a 460m recording a superb 27.24. Airforce Duchess, another veteran, took the 550m in a fine 33.25 to complete an excellent night.
With the Derby taking precedence recently it was nice to get a full three meetings of graded racing. On Tuesday Micky Thebutcher dead heated in an A6 in 28.96 and Adageo Gold warmed up for the Derby with a facile victory in 28.17 in an A2. No luck in the Saturday morning meeting while at night time Ferryforth Fran had to settle for second place in the S1 Owners Bonus Stakes Final but there were wins for both Energize Honey (29.04) and an excellent run from Toker Creek (28.17) in an A4.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CLONDOTY ALEX
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Of course the Star Sports Greyhound Derby First Round at Towcester takes centre stage this week and we will be the focus of attention. We will also be at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMNEDED BETS
I would love to give you a big outsider of ours to get stuck into for the Greyhound Derby but realistically Bruisers Bullet is our best chance by a long way. Bits and pieces of 40/1 should still be around and despite an incredibly tough heat he's still worth a bet. Our best chances of landing a heat lay with both Rubys Rascal and possibly Minglers Toure who could be value.
BRUISERS BULLET - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 40/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - starts Thursday
RUBYS RASCAL - 3 pts win - Towcester (Heat 4) - Thursday
MINGLERS TOURE - 2 pts win - Towcester (Heat 9) - Thursday