6th February 2018
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A quiet week just gone on the racing front where we just had three open race runners at Romford on Friday (two winners) though we were fairly busy at Towcester with the four meetings Friday to Sunday where again we had plenty of winners. We did, however, have plenty to keep us busy and trials at Monmore being quite significant as we prepare for the Lawrence Jones Festival that sees some top class action tomorrow afternoon. Bruisers Bullet starred as he prepared for a 480m contest with an excellent 27.91 calc while Kilcree Diamond also impressed with a flying 24.49 calc run over the 416m.
In all we have 10 runners on the card and surprisingly Bruisers Bullet kicks the action off at 2.06 and he faces some decent rivals in a 480m from a tricky draw in trap 4 and only his best exit will suffice if he is to clear the field at the first bend. Boylesports Duke is in great form winning 5 out of his last 6 races and he steps up to 630m but also faces none other than Murrys Act and Droopys Giorgio, with the short run to the bend a smart break will be essential. Brinkleys Twirl is in a hot puppy race as is Bonzos Bullet in a 684m with the likes of Russelena Reggie and Goldies Hotspur opposing. Ninja Fortune is well drawn in trap 1 in a 480m and caught the eye in a trial last week (28.39 calc) while Ribble Atom returns to a track she really likes though the 835m is way too short for her. My nap of the meeting would be Kilcree Diamond who has that trap 1 slot in the 416m race which is crucial with the short run to the bend. The prolific Shlowdown Sally has some top class rivals to beat in a sprint while Plan Ahead has to lead in a good 480m Maiden to hold any chance. Bombers Bullet wraps things up in another 480m contest where Droopys Gold will take some beating.
This week we are also preparing for the Golden Jacket at Crayford and we have trials tomorrow booked for Not So Classical, Saffrons Bonnie, Kiltrea Mike and Roswell Romanov where only a smart trial from our Romford specialist will make him a runner. Rubys Rascal has now fully recovered from a small muscle injury and we will be looking for a trial at the weekend in preparation for the heats starting next Tuesday.
Also starting a week Friday is the Springbok at Central Park and we will be giving our thee hurdlers Swift Dartmoor, Parkers Dynamite and Ninja Storm their final preparation in trial stakes this Friday. Parkers Dynamite got the better of Swift Dartmoor in a hot H1 contest on Friday at Towcester and both look more than capable of holding their own in the Springbok. So all of a sudden we are into full steam on the open race front after a quiet January, which resulted seeing us only in second place behind early leader John Mullins (48 pts) in the Trainer of the Year standings with 10 winners from 38 runners and 46 points.
Only three runners at Romford on Friday and two in a sprint where Tread Lightly caused a little bit of a surprise winning well in 13.59 with Ashikiran missing her break on her first race back from season. Boylesports Duke, who is in scintillating form, took a 575m in facile fashion winning by over 6 lengths in a fine 35.00.
On FridayDeans Hail Mary showed plenty of pace when runner up in her second start, Saleen Ash made a mockery of a decent A3 winning by 9 3/4 lengths in a flying 28.02, Muxton Belle was second and a win looks just around the corner and in a more than interesting H1 Parkers Dynamite battled to a short head victory in 29.80. Veteran Ribble Atom got a lovely run to come from last to first in an S2 scoring in 42.05 to complete an excellent night for the kennel.
On Saturday morning Ribble Ghost and Energize Honey ran well when both were second, Tangled Upinblue scored well in an A4 beating a bold kennel mate in Energize Jack by 1/2 length in 28.43 calc. Towstar Jess got a deserved win in an A6 in a very good 28.52 calc while the enigmatic Kiltrea Mike won an S2 very well in a flying 41.41 calc.
In the evening Ballyfinn Jade showed excellent promise on her debut when second, Ninja Storm was also second in an H2 while Towstar Arry ran well when runner up in an A6. The consistent Calco Swift made sure we didn't go home empty handed when she took an A4 in good style in 28.67 calc. On Sunday we had no luck from our six runners with the A3 being particularly messy where Honest Robber and Swift Cobra were taken out of the race by the moving off trap 2 runner, thankfully both seem OK afterwards.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BOYLESPORTS DUKE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
I think I covered everything above as we travel to Monmore tomorrow for the Lawrence Jones festival and on Friday as well as going to Central Park for the Springbok Trial Stakes. We will be at Romford as well.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
At last a nice winner as our recommendation Boylesports Duke won well at Romford at a nice 5/2. The Lawrence Jones Festival at Monmore tomorrow takes centre stage this week and some hugely competitive racing sees some of our stars in action. Bruisers Bullet faces a tricky draw and could be a bit on the short side. For me our best drawn dog of the day is Kilcree Diamond and rates nap material, hopefully there will be some value to be had in the morning prices, keep an eye on the going though in the first few races as any bias against the inside runners would mean I would take an early cash out if it's favouring the wide runners.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOYLESPORTS DUKE - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 5/2 (7.5 pt profit)