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After a quiet few weeks it was good to see the kennel back to form with plenty of winners both open racing and graded. Indeed two wins at Romford were a big talking point when on Wednesday Cotton Pants took a supporting open over 400m on Champion Stakes final night in a fastest of the year 23.68, this was incredibly eclipsed when our Ashakiran
fairly bolted up in a heat of a Maiden 400m heat in a blistering 23.62, yes the track is speedy at the moment but they were two sensational runs. Ashakiran only won an A7 at Towcester six days earlier although her 28.30 was close to feeling the wrath of the stewards and she certainly looks a bitch on fire at present. It's a good class Maiden final on Friday and the loss of the red jacket means it won't be a penalty kick for her either.
We only travelled to Doncaster with one dog on Saturday for the Yorkshire St Leger, now worth a decent £12,000 to the winner, the dog in question was none other than the defending champion Rubys Rascal and from a hot heat with a tough draw in trap 4 I was delighted that he scrambled second place to qualify for the semi finals. In a thrilling race four runners turned off the last bend within a length of each other and Rascal had done a lot of running, after a missed break and traffic at the first bend, just to be in a position to make the first three and a late thrust saw him just denied for a win behind Karlow Turbo but equally he was only just in front of two other rivals who dead heated for 3rd place. He's through and hopefully a better draw for Saturday's semi final can see him make the final, the two dogs that dead heated now face a run off tonight. This rule in my opinion is outdated and needs looking at as welfare is key to our sport's future success so how can you let two dogs run another 660m (+ another 200m to the drop) two days later with one running another race five days later, it's not right and this kind of situation should be decided by a toss of a coin, end of! Sensibly in the last heat, which was stopped in the interest of safety, the five connections decided, no thank you for a run off, and drew lots to see who went through to the next round. Harsh on the ones that get eliminated but totally fair, if it was me whose dog got eliminated this way I would be annoyed for ten minutes, move on and be thankful that our dog doesn't have to endure a quick run two or three days later followed by another quick one if he qualified. It's simply too much for them, the Derby is a different story where you have three runs in a week, you are totally prepared for this as a trainer and can skilfully guide them through.
Amazingly for the first time in nearly twenty years we are not involved in the East Anglian Derby that starts at Yarmouth this week. Defending champion Clondoty Alex will not takes his place as the schedule is just to tough for him now he is approaching 4 1/2 years old. He proved with a miraculous win on Friday at Romford he's still a force but his career is now reaching its final stages. Both Alex and Calco Flyer (runs at Sheffield tonight) will be aimed at the RPGTV sponsored Veteran competition at Henlow at the end of the month, that will be their last races. We should have some runners for the supporting events at Yarmouth including Scolari Sound (also runs at Sheffield tonight) who won the Sprint Final last year.
I've been looking to buy some nice staying bitches of late of mainly for Towcester and we have a nice one up on our for sale page in Castlemary Jess, sensibly priced she could be anything over the trip. Later this week another two or three potential stayers will be up for sale. Last week we had loads of winners that were sold off our 'For Sale
' page including Tangled Upinblue, Shlowdown Sally, Swift Windmill, Ashakiran not forgetting legends like Adageo Bob were sold through this website, don't miss out!
On Wednesday at Romford as well as Cotton Pants blistering around in 23.68 over 400m on the Sky card we also had Garryglass Champ get an overdue win when stepped up to 750m. Blasting clear he led all the way and winning by over 5 lengths he did a very respectable 46.86.
Back to Romford Friday we started with a bang when Honest Robber flew out the traps in a Maiden 400m to win by 9 lengths in a good 23.98, this was only the 3rd race of his career. If that hadn't got a few tongues wagging then a couple of races later Ashakiran smashed out and won by 3 1/2 lengths in a brilliant 23.62 in the heats of the Friday Night 500 Maiden over 400m. Clondoty Alex fell out the traps in a 400m Standard but dramatically came from last to first to score win number 16 in 2017 in 24.19. Rubys Razzle edging her way back to form still found one too good when going down by a length in 35.16.
Rubys Rascal qualified when second in his heat of the Yorkshire St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday and on Sunday Shlowdown Sally made it 2 wins from 2 for the week winning again at Henlow in a fine 16.57. Sidarian Dino went down a short head in a 460m Maiden but the night and the week was marred by a bad injury to Micky Thebutcher though thankfully he's all been fixed up yesterday and should make a full recovery but won't race again.
A good week at Towcester as well as the opens and on Tuesday two good A5 wins for Tangled Upinblue (28.68) and Swift Windmill (28.62). Vote Topper scored that elusive first win in 28.55 in an A4 while Shlowdown Sally was impressive in a top grade sprint winning in 15.45.
On Saturday morning Tiffield Lad scored very well in a good 28.56 with Catunda Daisy narrowly beaten in an S4. A sensational performance from Saffrons Bonnie
on the evening card was welcomed by our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club. A smash break saw her score by 6 1/2 lengths in an S3 in a flying 41.53 which was close to incurring the wrath of the stewards though I'm not worried just pleased she has come back from a serious gracilis injury which many wouldn't have done. Not So Classical on Towcester debut was also impressive taking an A6 in 28.20! he looks a decent stayer in the making. Giveabitback Sue took a D2 in 15.55 while Cincinnati took the S1 in 41.66 to complete an excellent night for the kennel.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - ASHAKIRAN
GRADED - SAFFRONS BONNIE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A few open runnners at Sheffield tonight and then we wait until Friday we're we will be at Romford.
On Saturday we have a busy day as we travel to Doncaster for the semi finals of the Yorkshire St Leger with Rubys Rascal and as well as Towcester twice in a day we are likely to be at Crayford in preparation for their forthcoming competitions. We will be at a Henlow on Sunday.
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At last a welcome winning nap as Garryglass Champ obliged on Wednesday at Romford. Our kennel is back on form and though I didn't put Rubys Rascal up initially in the Yorkshire St Leger I feel we must have an interest on him now he's in the semi final.
RUBYS RASCAL - 2.5 pts ew ante post - Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster - semi's Saturday
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GARRYGLASS CHAMP - 3 pts win - Romford - Wednesday- WON 1/1