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For some reason the kennel isn't quite flying at the moment and winners have been scarce but at least we can say we came through last week without many injuries which hasn't been the case for most of July. I'm sure we will be bouncing back soon and we did get to the double century of open race winners last night when the prolific Roswell Romanov won at Henlow. 200 winners at a strike rate of around 28% is a remarkable achievement in itself but I do believe the record of 355 winners in a year is probably beyond us now but we will keep plugging away. Indeed our nearest pursuer in the Trainer of the Year standings, Seamus Cahill, has moved within 200 points of our huge total and we will have to have a good last 3rd of the year to win a ninth championship. With so many new intakes coming into the kennel during the last month we should be really strong as we approach the end of 2017 but to be honest many of these future stars will be for next year.
Talking of 2018, quite what is going to happen next year with all the media rights battles seems anybody's guess but with the situation changing daily something will have to give between the two warring groups (SIS & ARC) or we could have a sport in complete disarray. In the next couple of weeks Towcester should have decided the direction they are going to take and whatever that might be it will have a major say in what our kennel does next year. Will we be allowed to run our greyhounds at certain other tracks?, everyone seems to be talking about this at the moment, me personally I can't see it coming to that as it would both be illegal and again the sport will be shooting itself in the foot. What is certain is that there is not enough greyhounds and trainers to supply what's likely going to be needed to fulfil all the promoters requirements, so does that mean that trainers and owners might be in a strong position to negotiate a better deal than they currently have?, it certainly should! One thing we have to remember is that bookmakers really need greyhound racing as they must have live content to open their betting shops and our greyhounds is the cheap product that does that and while their shops are open they make huge profits from punters playing the FOBT's (slot machines) so we must not undersell ourselves.
Tomorrow night at Towcester the Graded Derby sponsored by Stress Relief UK begins and with the restrictions of entries having to have had 5 runs over 480m and not broken 28.80 it's a competitive four round event with an array of A6/7/8 and A9 greyhounds competing for great prize money and a winner's prize of £10,000. We have 7 runners and hopefully can get a good run with some of them and it would be great to have a finalist at least.
On the open race front Rubys Rascal bids to qualify for the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers final at Monmore this Thursday though he faces a tough semi final. Veteran Calco Flyer ran well in his Ladbrokes Gold Cup heat and it would be great if he could qualify from his semi final for his eighth major final of his illustrious career just a month shy of his 5th birthday. The Peterborough Derby is back this Wednesday after a couple of years' absence and we have three entries headed by another stalwart Clondoty Alex, also Swift Dartmoor & Parkers Dynamite take their chance and the heats are live on RPGTV. We are less than two weeks away from the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford and we hope to have a strong hand in that event with the likes of Roswell Romanov.
Macs On Storm
got the week off to a good start winning the 500m open at Towcester on Tuesday in 29.66. On Thursday at Hove no luck in the supporting races for the Sussex Cup with Vote Topper closest when a good second to the fast Droopys Gold in the puppy race while over at Monmore in the Ladbrokes Stayers heats Rubys Rascal qualified when second as did Calco Flyer in the Gold Cup heats.
At Romford on Friday from our four runners Saleen Ash ran well when 3rd in a warm Maiden Stayers and on Henlow on Sunday Roswell Romanov made it seven wins on the spin when taking a 550 in a good 33.07.
Forest Melanie got off the mark with a debut win in 28.66 on Tuesday and in form Swift Cobra took the Owners Bonus series final in a fine 28.38.
On Saturday morning Swift Kaylee scored well in 29.04 while at night we drew a blank from our 5 runners with Honest Robber making a good debut when 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - MAC'S ON STORM
GRADED - SWIFT COBRA
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
We have a couple of pups trialling tonight at Nottingham with the Puppy Classic in mind and the Graded Derby begins at Towcester tomorrow night.
On Wednesday the much missed Peterborough Derby kicks off and on Thursday we travel to Monmore for the semi finals of the Summer Stayers and Gold Cup with the Trafalgar Cup starting for pups.
We will be back to Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday. Amazingly we have very few bitches to put forward for the Lowther Stakes that kicks off at Towcester on Saturday night.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
I think Saleen Ash was unlucky he found such a tough race at Romford on Friday, Rubys Rascal has it all to do to make the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers final and maybe the 630m might be a bit on the sharp side. The Peterborough Derby kicks off this week and Derby finalist Hiya Butt will take all the beating, of our three Parkers Dynamite at 33/1 might be a spot of value.
PARKERS DYNAMITE - 1.5 pts ew ante post 33/1 - Peterborough Derby - Starts Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SALEEN ASH - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost
- 5 pts win ante post 5/1 - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers - Monmore - semi's Thursday