3rd April 2018
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Incredibly, even though we are now into April, we had another weather interrupted weekend with both Towcester and Romford falling victim to the elements on Friday night. This time it wasn't freezing temperatures and snow but continuous rain that didn't seem to stop for nearly three days. The track at Romford had developed a soft patch on the home straight and no matter how much they tried to sort the problem out it didn't work and the meeting was called off. To be honest it was the best thing as no way would you want to see the dogs running through the patch of ground as that's when you can get serious injuries. At Towcester the persistent rain got into the hard rail and the hydraulics at the traps causing all kind of problems, they did manage to get one race underway but they were fighting a losing battle and again another Towcester meeting was abandoned!
With the kennel being so busy on Saturday I decided to travel on my own to Scotland with our three entries for the Scottish Derby and no surprise it rained (and the odd flurry of snow) virtually all the way up there but thankfully it wasn't too bad when I arrived at Shawfield. It's been a few years since I last went up there and I was delighted to see the track was in magnificent condition. It was a strong entry for this year's renewal and in heat 1 Bombers Bullet broke well and going into the bend he looked in a great position but unfortunately it got really messy and resulting in the classy Coolavanny Mason breaking his hock, thankfully reports are that it wasn't a terrible break and he should recover well. Meantime Bombers Bullet was done no favours and was shuffled back to the 5th, seemingly in an impossible finish he found some gears to qualify in 3rd place by the narrowest of margins. Black Farren came into the event with no real expectations after a stop start preparation but he ran really well to qualify when second to the impressive Barefoot Painter beaten 2 lengths in a fine 29.00. All eyes were on our superstar Bruisers Bullet in heat 5 and as expected trap 1 Wuheida led him up, crucially at the first bend he checked over the back of Wuheida and lost his place at the second turn. Eventual winner Dorotas Vic flew down the back straight while Bruisers looked in a spot of trouble at the last two bends but he rallied close home and in the end qualified safely in 3rd. It may have looked a disappointing run at first but we have to remember it's only his second race of the year and his finishing time of 29.24 compares well with the other qualifiers, he needs to handle the track a bit better but he's still in with a live chance. The semi finals are all tough and both Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet have been drawn in the same semi where they face Dororas Vic, Wuheida and Juvenile winner Bull Run Button and the well fancied The Other Reg. Both ours will have to pull all the stops out to qualify. Black Farren also has a tricky semi where he locks horns with Barefoot Painter again but from a plot trap 1 draw he has a reasonable chance of making the final.
It was certainly a mixed weekend with our only other open race action at Henlow on Sunday in the Bunny Gold Cup semi finals. In the first semi final Roswell Romanov took a crashing fall at the 3rd bend, what a difference where a week ago he broke the track record, thankfully he is ok though a touch sore. The race itself went to our other runner Saleen Ash who broke well and took it up at the last bend to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 34.20 (-100). Our Peter Bussey winner will need to be at his best to win next week's final but he's in great shape and running at the top of his game.
Racing on Friday was cancelled. On Saturday morning Deans Hail Mary made it 4 wins from 7 starts for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club with another all the way victory by a length in 29.18, Airforce Cluxton took another D3 in 15.72.
A busy night in the evening with the Track Championship taking centre stage. From our seven runners we qualified four but all in second place with Rubys Razzle, Boylesports Duke, Ashakiran and Sidarian Dino. In other races it was a case of seconditis as well with Roben Katie, Saffrons Honey, Ninja Storm and Swift Windmill all runners up while in a cracking S1 the in form Union Pride just got up on the line to win by a short head in 41.75.
On Sunday we started well with both Ballyfinn Jade (29.38) and Swift Kaylee (28.84) taking the honours while Energize Honey came close when second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - SALEEN ASH
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight we travel to Sheffield for the heats of the Bresmed Northern Sprint with four runners, while Rubys Rascal and Cincinnati travel for supporting races.
We will be at Romford for the delayed Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final with Ninja Penny before we make the long trip to Scotland for the semi finals of the RPGTV Scottish Derby with our three hopefuls.
On Sunday Saleen Ash takes on some decent rivals in the Category 2 Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup final.
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Both Bruisers Bullet and Bombers Bullet are through to the semi finals of the RPGTV Scottish Derby by the skin of their teeth and face a stunning line up on Saturday. Black Farren ran a cracker in the heats and has a plot trap 1 slot and is worth adding to our portfolio at 20/1.
In the Bresmed Northern Sprint impressive Monmore scorer Kilcree Diamond is worth an interest at 25/1, he is relatively unexposed and put some good sprinters to the sword last time.
BLACK FARREN - 2 pts ew ante post 20/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - semis Saturday
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BRUISERS BULLET - 5 pts win ante post 5/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - semis Saturday
BOMBERS BULLET - 1.5 pts ew ante post 33/1 - RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield - semis Saturday