5th November 2020
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Apologies for a late and brief newsletter as we have been exceptionally busy over the last few days!
Catching up firstly on Saturday night's Derby final action and starting with our own runners. I felt all of our six runners ran well and though winners were always going to be hard on what was such a great card, the highlight was obviously Agincourt Xena who landed the Westmead Legacy in memory of Natalie Savva British bred final in great style, smashing out the traps to lead all the way and scoring in style in a flying 29.69. Recommended on our website at a juicy 16/1! It was a great victory for Tim Piercy’s prolific young bitch. In other races Hopes Bullet and Aayamza Lexie both ran well when second in their respective one off races and in a brilliant Dorando marathon Aayamza Royale just failed to add to her Cesarewitch title when beaten half a length by Affirmed.
Of course in these strange and difficult times, it was weird not having a huge crowd on the Derby final night but I’m sure the sport and industry did the best they could under the circumstances. The Derby final itself went, as many predicted, across the water as Pat Buckley’s Deerjet Sydney brilliantly won our sports blue ribbon event in style. I won’t go into the debate too much about the loading process but surely a lesson can be learned for the future of not just the Derby but all big race finals where handlers should be more sportsman like and respectful to each other by ensuring the finalists are loaded within a maximum 30 seconds of each other.
Honourable mentions in the final card have to go to Nathan and Rachel Cordon for their hard work and the sponsors Arc and particularly Star Sports who lead the way in supporting Greyhound Racing, something all the other bookmakers should follow suit. Also, well done to Paul Lawrence who stepped in for Ian Fortune with a brilliant commentary in the final and the rest of the final card.
Today the country goes into a second full lockdown but thankfully we are one of the elite sports that can carry on racing despite restrictions being toughened up. That has to be a huge relief for the sport and the industry as a whole so let’s be positive and make the most of what we have, hopefully the industry can pull together to make the sport great by cheering people up with being able to watch their greyhounds race. There has been much talk of getting a proper structure of competitions / sponsors for 2021 and we sincerely hope, as JK superbly said in his Monday column which I thought spoke great sense, that this can be implemented as soon as possible.
Much to our delight we have seen an increase in potential owners looking to buy a nice pup or two and we have secured some nice youngsters which are now currently on our For Sale page and already we have had plenty of interest, this is well worth a look if you haven’t already.
Despite only getting one winner on Friday at Romford, I thought overall our runners ran well especially Alien Sea in the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final where he was just edged out and no doubt Jesses Sister was the star of the night winning her heat of the bitches 400 in a fine 24.08.
On Sunday at Central Park, I thought again we were unlucky just to have the one winner in some very hot races with that winner being a very welcome one for Antigua Boy who took his heat of the Maiden 480 in a fine 28.91.
HENLOW AND TOWCESTER REVIEW
No luck on Monday at Henlow with Energize Bingo closest when second in an A6.
On Tuesday evening we had a couple of winners with No Can Boogie narrowly winning an A7 in 28.24 and Bobs Duke winning an A8 in a career best 28.18.
On Thursday we had just the one winner with Domino Ninja taking a B3 in 26.39 whilst on Saturday it was good to finish the month with a couple of nice winners as Innfield Kaci made it 3 wins from 4 runs scoring in an A4 in 28.02 and Nippys Spirit won well in an A9 in 28.37.
It was a great day at Towcester on Saturday when coming home with 3 winners from 5 runners in 4 races. Pennys Plumber started it off when running on strong to take an A3 in 30.24, Tiffield Beauty won well in an A4 in 29.94 and Testing finished off a good day when winning an A2 in 30.00.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AGINCOURT XENA
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Tonight we make our first trip to Perry Barr in preparation for the St Leger and Birmingham Cup, and no doubt the most eagerly awaited race is a hot St Leger trial stake where Aayamza Royale renews rivalry with Dorando winner Affirmed while we also have Hopes Bullet and Antigua Fire trialling before racing.
Jesses Sister goes in the bitches final at Romford on a very good Friday night card where we have several runners and we have a busy day on Sunday with also our first runners of the year at Swindon and Antigua Boy is amongst our runners at Central Park when he runs in the Maiden 480 final.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
At last a memorable recommendation came good as Agincourt Xena won the Westmead Legacy in Memory of Natalie Savva trophy in good style and I have to say, how unlucky we were not to land the double with Aayamza Royale and she narrowly lost out in the Dorando Marathon.
We are not far off a few major competitions starting at Perry Barr, Central Park and Swindon but for this week we will see if we can find a winner and I will take a chance on a dog stepping up in trip to the 642m in the shape of Ivy Hill Skyhigh on Sunday at Central Park where the draw in red is crucial on the short run to the bend.
IVY HILL SKYHIGH - 4 pts win - Central Park - Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AGINCOURT XENA - 1 pt each way ante post 16/1 - Westmead Legacy in Memory of Natalie Savva Trophy - Nottingham - WON 16/1
AAAYAMZA ROYALE - 5 pts win - Dorando Marathon - Nottingham - Saturday - lost