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The Coral Regency final at Hove on Wednesday turned into a bit of a nightmare when firstly Rubys Rascal slightly missed his break and paced up but couldn't get round the inside three dogs and that was really the end of his race though he did plug on for third place at the finish and overall it was another solid competition for him. Aayamza Breeze was poorly drawn as well in trap 5 but managed to come out of the first two bends in a reasonable spot in 4th place. As they went down the back straight for the last time Breeze tried to make her move but really couldn't get past the trap 2 runner Kentish Duke and with the field bunching off the last bend she was sent tumbling to the floor. Thankfully no damage was done and she looks absolutely fine which is great news as she looks a real talent. The race was won well by Jason Heath's Tyrap Dragi who took his chance well, Jason is a good friend of mine and the warmest congratulations to him.
We bounced back again on Friday at Romford as we struck with four winners from eight runners including the irrepressible Calco Flyer in the Friday Night 500 Standard Final who made it four on the bounce at the Essex track beating kennelmate Chubbys Oak in a fine 24.01. That was Calco Flyer's eleventh win of 2017 and that was matched by our Golden Sprint hero Clondoty Alex in the last race who again showed early, power and strength to win well in a fine 23.95. Roswell Romanov enjoyed the return to his favourite track winning his heat of the Quicksilver Trophy in an excellent 35.02. Earlier Saffrons Tina bounced back with a win in 35.71 for the Markwalisgreyhounds Racing Club in a Bitches 575m race.
The Star Sports Greyhound Derby is officially just over four weeks away though I strongly think there could be a qualifying round the week before as the Towcester team would like to make sure three qualify from the first round proper right through to the final so they have to get to 192 starters. If they get around 250 entries that would mean only losing 58 runners so the qualifying round would see about 42 heats where 5 of the 6 dogs qualify in a lot of heats with a few where just 4 qualify. Of course if we got 288 entries you would need 48 x qualifying heats where 4 go through, that would mean Towcester would need four nights of 12 qualifying heats or would they go three nights of 16 heats? It's a confusing set of maths but everything will be clearer a week Tuesday when the entries close, I will take a guess now and I think there will be a huge 280 entries.
Of course talking of the Derby I have to mention the excellent performance of our Bruisers Bulle
t on Tuesday at Towcester who beat the ante post favourite Clare's Rocket in a Derby Trial Stake. A good break and scorching early pace set up a lead and in my opinion Clare's Rocket lost nothing in defeat trying to get to our fella but he wasn't for catching winning in a very good 29.11. We have to be excited with Bruisers Bullet who is only just turned two and is very lightly raced. Tomorrow he faces a stiff challenge in another trial stake with the likes of Drive On Tipp and Forest Con in the race. If he wins his 25/1 current quote may get even shorter.
Over the years we have sold many great dogs through our website including the likes of legends Adageo Bob and Ferryforth Fran and over the next few weeks I will have some interesting young dogs for sale. Some will be for Towcester others hopefully can turn into good open class or better. Watch out on Tuesday as I'm in the process of buying a very good staying type pup that has caught my eye.
As said Bruisers Bullet won well at Towcester on Tuesday while our trip to Hove for the Regency final ended in disappointment though Minglers Toure ran well when second in a good class 475m.
Friday proved another great night at Romford with four winners and our usual trip to Henlow last night saw two overdue wins in sprint races for Tread Lightly and Shlowdown Sally.
On Tuesday Swift Whirlwind was a close up 2nd in an A3 while in form Swift Windmill took an A5 in a very good 28.42.
On the Saturday morning card Swift Robin at last broke her duck winning well in 29.18. Not much luck elsewhere the rest of the day with Swift Henry coming closest running well when second in a good A4.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BRUISERS BULLET
GRADED - SWIFT ROBIN
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Some good Derby Trial Stakes tomorrow night at Towcester with Bruisers Bullet going in a hot division. Saturday's trial stakes should be informative as well.
A quieter week for the kennel but Roswell Romanov back at Romford runs in a good Quicksilver Trophy final and we will likely have runners at Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It was disappointing to see Aayamza Breeze get knocked over in the Coral Regency Final and even more gutting when it meant she wasn't in the first four for our ew ante post bet. Better news though when our 5 pt nap Calco Flyer didn't let us down at Romford on Friday.
I'm struggling to see a bet this week so we will leave it alone to next week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AAYAMZA BREEZE - 2 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - lost
CALCO FLYER - 5 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 10/11