8th May 2018
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Another stunning week for the kennel where our good form continues. On Thursday at Hove from our four runners in the first semi final of the Regency it was only our old warhorse Rubys Rascal who made his seventh Category 1 final when narrowly beaten by Bangor Ellie. In the second semi our Golden Jacket finalist Cincinnati also qualified albeit somewhat fortunately. The big news of the week was the start of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby at Towcester, from our nine entries that went to the traps we managed to steer eight through to the second round with three heat winners to boot.
On Thursday our Derby campaign didn't get off to a great start when our first runner in heat 1 Ninja Fortune was badly bumped out the traps and in a messy race was eliminated. Our other runner on the night Honest Robber ran really well to qualify in 4th in a good heat won by Whoops Jack in 29.23. There was a smaller crowd than last year but we were treated to some great action with a classic race involving a ding dong battle between Rising Brandy and Dorotas Wildcat, two principles in the outright betting Droopys Expert and Forest West bit the dust.
On Friday a great night's action as the second batch of heats got underway. On his second comeback race Droopys Wilbury though beaten at odds on ran a solid race to just go down by a neck in 29.59 and in the verynext heat most eyes were on Bruisers Bullet but it was his kennelmate Saleen Ash who stole the show when he pinged out to make all to win in a good 28.24. Bruisers Bullet found traffic problems but escaped to run on for second albeit nearly 3 lengths away from Saleen Ash. Boylesports Duke made a bit of a hash of the first two bends in heat 14 but also qualified with no problem when runner up to God Of War beaten 2 1/4 lengths in 29.88 meaning all four of our runners were safely through to the second round. Seamus Cahill's Sporting Dave was most impressive winning well in 29.19.
On Saturday on a lovely warm evening a decent crowd was treated to some thrilling action as the last batch of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby got underway. Bombers Bullet put himself firmly into overall contention for outright honours when blasting out the boxes and was never going to get beat eventually scoring by over 6 lengths in a very good 29.08, this was bettered later when Magical Bale won well in 29.07. Heat 25 was very much seen as a match between our Black Farren and the Scottish Derby winner The Other Reg but there was carnage at the bend with both the principles badly hampered. Black Farren looked likely to struggle even to qualify but a majestic turn of pace not only saw him move into 4th but on the run in he swept passed the front three to get up and score by 3/4 length. Needless to say his time of 30.10 was only moderate reflecting how much trouble he found himself in. We gave our last runner Rough Star little chance of qualifying in the last heat of the round as the recent arrival's preparation was somewhat rushed but surprisingly he showed tremendous early pace and comfortably led up his rivals and quickened on to lead to the last bend before the ultra strong favourite Murrys Act got to him and quickly galloped on to win by 6 1/4 lengths in a good 29.34. Rough Star hung on for second place and who knows may well surprise again.
So now we do it all again on Friday and Saturday and I must admit I was very pleased how all the second round draws worked out as I was expecting at least two or three of ours to be pitched together and that thankfully hasn't happened. On Friday BLACK FARREN goes in heat 3 where is chief rival will be Lenson Blinder in trap 1 and really he should hopefully qualify. Heat 4 should be a classic as BRUISERS BULLET takes on the unbeaten Rising Brandy, Jaytee Jaguar looks no mug out wide either but really Bruiser needs to clear trap 1 Honour Rocket who has plenty of early and then it should be race on with Rising Brandy. In heat 6 BOYLESPORTS DUKE looks to have found a softish race though nothing can be taken for granted, having said that we would be mightily disappointed if he didn't get in the first three at least. BOMBERS BULLET will be tested to the full in heat 7 where he takes on the back to form Bubbly Bluebird while he also has a hazard in Bull Run Button on his outside where Barrie Draper's bitch will want to be moving to the rails. In the last heat of Friday's second round HONEST ROBBER will need to improve again as he goes against the likes of impressive first round scorer Sporting Dave and Newinn Shadow.
On Saturday in heat 10 DROOPYS WILBURY faces a really tough one and trap 3 makes it even tougher, it's possibly the most competitive race of the second round where first round winners Tyrur Harrold and Borna Account are on his inside while Jelly Flood, Dorotas Vic and Innocent Times were all eye catching last week are on his outside, he will be asked a stern question here. In heat 11 our impressive first round winner SALEEN ASH takes on Patrick Janssen's prolific Bockos Alfie and again should have enough class to qualify. Lastly our outsider ROUGH STAR goes from trap 1 in heat 14 and will need to trap fast again to win the battle to the bend with the early paced Slippy Cain on his outside, if he does then qualification is not impossible and we are expecting some more improvement.
So there we have it, I strongly believe the Derby now really kicks off at this stage, it will be tough but I don't see no reason why any of ours can not come out of the second round and make it to that all important last 48.
In other news, as many people have seen I was called at a late stage to do a live interview on Monday morning with Sky News who were running a story on the recent publications from the GBGB of the injury and fatalities statistics as well the rehoming figures. Obviously our sport faces certain criticisms about these figures and in some cases rightly so but we also know they have improved considerably in recent years. Sometimes I feel sorry for the thousands of dedicated people who work in our industry both on and off the track as we never seem to get any positive news stories on how well our Greyhounds are looked after so I was happy to do my best in a difficult interview to give some balance to this story, I hope I did well.
Tomorrow for one night only! two football teams from people within our sport will descend upon Aldershot FC to play in a charity football match. Myself and mainly Nick Bereton (Aegean Racing based at Crayford) have organised this match which will raise a few quid for retired dogs. My X1 comprises of some talented (well so they tell me!) figures from our sport like Billy Boyle (Bruiser Boyz syndicate) Craig Morris (Kennelhand at Hayleigh Keigthley's), Robert Brinkley (Droopys Willbury etc owner) my son Daniel and I've even dragged Jason Heath out of retirement (once a top class Ice Hockey player) and many more. Nick Bereton has some well known faces in his team as well and no doubt there will be plenty of banter although inevitably we will come out on top! (Well I hope so) kick off is around 7.45 so if anyone wants to come along and support they are more than welcome!
All the news from Hove and Towcester is above. Our other open racing for the week saw us with a few runners at Romford on Friday. All Slick Now was just collared on the line in a good 24.23, Brinkleys Twirl made it a hat trick of wins at three different tracks when landing a Maiden Stayers in 36.12. In the Stuart Robert's Quicksilver heats Roswell Romanov returned to winning ways scoring by over 4 lengths in 35.76, Kilcree Diamond (3rd) and Cotton Pants (2nd) both ran well in 400m races while Towstar Arry scored well in a Maiden Marathon in 47.42 (23.82 sectional!!)
A scattering of graded races Thursday, Friday and Saturday supporting the Derby heats with Ocees Boca just getting touched off in an S3 on Thursday and on Saturday Tiffield Lad surprised again taking an A4 in 28.68 beating kennelmate Energize Jack by 1 3/4 lengths.
On Saturday morning Cousin Dupree scored a well deserved victory in an A9 in a very good 28.88. In a messy A8 Ballyfinn Jade got up to win in a modest 29.66 with Koroleva Queen an unlucky 3rd.
On Sunday night Brinkleys Rosie scored well in an A5 in a very good 28.38 and Saffrons Honey won an A7 in 28.99.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BLACK FARREN
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A big few days ahead starting on Thursday as we kick off with the Coral Regency Final where both Rubys Rascal and Cincinnati have difficult draws to overcome if they are to land the £10,000 first prize.
Two huge nights on Friday AND Saturday at Towcester with the Star Sports Greyhound Derby reaching the second round while on Friday we also have the final of the Stuart Roberts Quicksilver at Romford as Roswell Romanov bids for another success at the Essex track.
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The Derby continues and we have four of our five ante post selections through. Bombers Bullet makes the most significant move after a facile victory and is as short as 25/1 in many books for outright honours. Rubys Rascal also bids to give our supporters another ante post competition win when he tries to dodge a horrible draw from trap 5 in the Coral Regency final at Hove on Thursday.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RASCAL - 2.5 pts ew ante post 10/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - final Thursday
AAYAMZA BREEZE - 2.5 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - lost
BRUISERS BULLET - 2.5 pts ew ante post 20/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - second round Friday/Saturday
BLACK FARREN - 2 pts ew ante post 40/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - second round Friday/Saturday
BOMBERS BULLET - 1.5 pts ew ante post 80/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - second round Friday/Saturday
DROOPYS WILBURY - 1 pt ew ante post 125/1 - Star Sports a Greyhound Derby - Towcester - second round Friday/Saturday
NINJA FORTUNE - 0.5 pts ew ante post 100/1 - Star Sports Greyhound Derby - Towcester - lost