4th October 2016
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A quieter week than average with Tuesday being a real anti climax as we had to withdraw Ribble Aon from the Ladbrokes Gold Collar final at Crayford due to a swollen and infected toe. The injury sustained in the previous Thursday's semi finals had flared up on the day and despite our best efforts to try and fix the problem I'm afraid time beat us. I was confident of a big run in the final and felt we could win three Sky finals on the trot after the heroics of Clondoty Alex at Yarmouth and Rubys Rascal at Doncaster but it was not to be. She will now be off two or three weeks but hopefully will return to winning ways and the Essex Vase in late November will be her main target.
It turned out to be one of those sort of weeks for our open racers with no luck on the Sky card with our three supporting runners and on Friday at Romford in the Stayers competition Roswell Romanov ran a brave race but just couldn't get past the the decent Farneys Cookie. On Saturday a trip all the way up to Newcastle with one runner Garryglass Champ in the Northern Puppy heats resulted in seeing him take a crashing fall at the first bend, thankfully he seems ok which is a real relief for one of our future stars.
We did have a few winners at Towcester during the week and on Sunday I rushed down to the RPGTV studios to be a guest on their show only to get snarled up in some bad traffic jams and ended up being 15 minutes late. That was the source of amusement for many as timekeeping is not one of my strong points but I genuinely was going nowhere on the road to Canary Wharf. The show was good fun and my thanks for the many nice comments emailed and tweeted in.
One of the things I mentioned on the show was the sad loss this week of one of our kennel's all time great dogs Fear No One. My former assistant and now top trainer Patrick Janssens had 'Jack' as a pet after his racing days and was deeply upset by his loss. Fear No One was one of our early recruits when I first took over the kennels from my mother in law the legendary Linda Jones in 2005 and after making a name for himself early on at Romford he gained my first ever major title winning the Peterborough Puppy Derby. He returned a few months later to win the all aged Peterborough Derby and then brilliantly won the East Anglian Derby when our kennel was on an amazing run of big competition wins. Fear No One then came back and completed the memorable treble at Peterborough winning the Fengate Collar and had an incredible 10 from 10 at the tight circuit. His exploits played a huge part in my first ever Trainer Of The Year title and holds a special place in mine and Patrick's heart.
Today at Central Park (Sittingbourne) we have some decent runners on the supporting card for the Kent Derby and Grand National finals and we travel back to Newcastle on Saturday where our Yorkshire St Leger winner Rubys Rascal goes in the Great North Run while our superb Oaks winning bitch Domino Storm runs in the Angel Of The North Oaks. On Sunday we will have our East Anglian Derby winner Clondoty Alex back in action in an RPGTV Derby trial stake as will our Derby quarter finalist California.
At Crayford on Tuesday we suffered the disappointment of having to withdraw a lame Ribble Aon in the Ladbrokes Gold Collar final. On the supporting card Roswell Roxanne ran a good race when second to Burgess Dame in a puppy 540m Ben just over a length in a respectable 33.56. Both Ribble Atom & Swift Whirlwind couldn't get competitive in their races after slow starts. Chubbys Oak made it three wins from three races at Towcester while puppy Adageo Gold ran a good race in a decent open when second.
At Romford on Friday Roswell Romanov was just beaten 3/4 length in the weekly Stayers final in a good 35.40. Veteran Evanta Fantasy was made to work hard for another win but just got the job done by a head in 24.40
After a deflating fall for Garryglass Champ at Newcastle in the Northern Puppy Derby heats on Saturday a trip to Henlow on Sunday saw another win for the in form Chubbys Oak in a sprint coming from last to first after a missed break. Roswell Roxanne ran well when runner up again in a 550m Maiden.
On Tuesday Lagile Vic won by 4 lengths in an A7 in 28.76. At last a debut win for Ribble Ghost in a D4 running strong to score in 15.89. In form Ribble Rush won an A3 well by 1 3/4 lengths in a good 28.43.
On Friday from a few runners Catunda Daisy won an S3 in 40.47. On a slow track on Saturday Swift Windmill beat kennel mate Cappoquin Jack 1/2 length in 29.42 (-50). Another 1-2 for the kennel in the D1 with Adageo Djongo just holding off Airforce Karla a short head in 15.79 (-25). Macs On Storm was just collared on the line by the Irish Produce Stakes winner Coolavanny Wendy in a decent A1 in 29.03 (-50).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Some interesting runners at Central Park on Tuesday on the Sky card including Regency hero Billys Bullet. Over at Towcester our Monmore Stayers Classic winner Ferryforth Fran returns home in a good 655m race with a couple more opens gracing the card.
We will be at Romford Friday and make the long trip back to Newcastle on Saturday with kennel stars Rubys Rascal and Domino Storm headlining. Clondoty Alex heads to Henlow on Sunday for a RPGTV Derby trial stake.
Also on Sunday afternoon we have runners for Towcester in the 3rd leg of the Bags Championship at Perry Barr.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Both our recommendations last week were a shade unfortunate and a winner is needed. Looking at a bet for the Sky card tonight at Central Park I can see the stamina sapping 893m suiting Ribble Atom and the in form Dashing Star will make her a price, it will be close though.
RIBBLE ATOM - 5 pts win - 7.59 Central Park - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost
GARRYGLASS CHAMP - 2 pts ew ante post 10/1 - William Hill Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle - Saturday - lost