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Last night at Yarmouth the Category 1 George Ing St Leger heats got underway and both the sponsors and Yarmouth must be delighted with the high class entry assembled, most of the finalists and big players from the recent Regency take their chance as well as some interesting runners stepping up in trip. We go into the event with a strong hand including Regency winner Aayamza Breeze, the 659m trip will be on the sharp side for her but apart from the odd one off race I see no reason why she can’t take her chance, Antigua Fire, unlucky in the semi finals of the Regency, the talented Brigadier Bullet as well as No Can Boogie and Towstar Jess complete our team.
It was a relatively quiet week last week though we were still busy in the day time with trials at Henlow where we have some lovely young pups in qualifying trials and on Thursday we gave four of our Derby protagonists a spin round Nottingham. Busters Bullet (30.04) went well as did Antigua Vows (30.17) while youngster Antigua Romeo will improve for his (30.42) spin, Antigua Sands, just out of season had a sprint (18.59) which will need to be improved upon if she is to take her chance. We also spun a few of our intended Yarmouth runners round in the evening.
I was baffled that Chubbys Caviar didn’t qualify from the Ladbrokes Vase heats on Saturday after leading up, she completely lost her navigation at the second bend and then got tangled up at the next two bends, this after a very good trial at the track. We did however have two qualifiers as Antigua Flash sprang a surprise beating kennelmate Saleen Ash (unlucky in running) and we go back for the semi finals of this Category 2 event with a decent chance.
I accentuated the positives of open racing in my 6-weekly column in the Racing Post this week and it's nice to be asked to do one though with a weekly Newsletter on our website as well as my regular column in the Greyhound Star it’s sometimes hard to think of things to write. Of course we can go on forever about the negatives in the sport but what does that achieve when all you are doing is moaning? I have my say when I feel something is totally wrong but as I always say, if you are unhappy at what you do in your job, then change it and go and do something else. Our Industry is the same as any other one and is never going to go by without problems but overall I still love and enjoy what this sport brings, if I stop loving it I will get out for sure.
At Hove on Thursday Chubbys Turkana suffered a rare defeat when finding trouble on the run up in a Laides 515m while our only other runner Alien Sea ran well when finishing second in the 515m Maiden heats. Our highly thought of youngster seems to be still finding his feet and will need to improve again in the final this Thursday in what looks an informative final for the future.
No runners at Romford on Friday but we had plenty of open race action on Saturday at Crayford and Sunday at Henlow. As well as Antigua Flash winning at Crayford, Garryglass Champ (2nd) and Glassmoss Sis (2nd) both ran well over 714 metres. On Sunday at Henlow we had no finalist in the feature race the Category 1 Maiden Derby but in supporting opens Silva Hill and Bonitas Bullet were narrowly denied while the promising Tommy's Storm won nicely in a 460m Maiden in a good 27.77. In the BGBF Scurry heats our only runner Deans Hail Mary ran well to qualify in third.
On Monday Towstar Winston bounced back to form winning well in an A5 in 28.20 and n form Bonitas Bullet also won well in an A4 in 27.95.
No winners from a few runners on Tuesday morning and in the evening Adageo Joma won well in a D2 sprint in 16.71.
On Thursday Aayamza Elseve won well in an A5 in 28.23 and there was no fluke about Ballyfinn Jade's win in a good S2 in 34.21.
On Saturday puppy Far Froman Angel took off in an A7 winning by 4 lengths in a fine 28.11. Corrig Grace also took another sprint winning in 16.80 and on Sunday Ping Be Slick was best of a couple of ones in the grades when second in an A4.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - TOMMY'S STORM
GRADED - FAR FROMAN ANGEL
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Last night the George Ing St Leger kicked off and Brinkleys Poet was in action at Nottingham. This week Alien Sea runs in the Maiden final at Hove on Thursday.
We might have runners at a Monmore on Saturday while Antigua Flash and Saleen Ash contest the semi finals of the Ladbrokes Vase at Crayford on Saturday while on Sunday Deans Hail Mary competes in the BGBF Scurry heats.
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Miffed would be the word I’d use seeing Chubbys Caviar get knocked out of the Ladbrokes Vase this week but we move on. The George Ing St Leger started this week and I couldn’t put anyone off any of our three qualifiers though I have a feeling, like Aayamza Breeze in the Regency not being tipped up, whatever I selected one of the other ones would win. Brinkleys Poet is starting to come to form and though his next race will be Monday night at Nottingham in a Trial Stake he feels like he is about to return to the winning podium, he’s worth an interest as is Busters Bullet who ran well in a trial.
BRINKLEYS POET - 3 pts win - Nottingham- Monday
BUSTERS BULLET - 2 pts win - Nottingham - Monday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 5 pts win - Ladbrokes Vase - Crayford- Saturday - lost