9th August 2016
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Ribble Atom was third in the Colossus Bet TV Trophy for the second year running but it didn't stop what was a magnificent night at Towcester Racecourse. As usual the evening was made special by Lord Hesketh and his team as the Sky cameras came to town and a vary good varied card built up to the big final. Our luck wasn't quite in but Swift Windmill (2nd), Calco Flyer (2nd) Ela Ela Genie (3rd) Ribble Aon and Sosaidhs Blue (2nd) all ran well. We were on the mark in the Blackstone Marco Retirement Stakes as the unfancied Swift Whirlwind turned up with his trapping boots to land the spoils. Blackstone Marco found trouble but came off sound and a brilliant career where he had successful spells with Ernie Gaskin and ourselves before Heather Dimmock memorably steered him to some stunning wins in the latter part of a great career. The final itself looked as if it was going the way of the defending champion Ballymac Bonnie but the tenacious Borna Mindy held the Irish star at bay and gave Diane Henry a second win in three years of this prestigious event. We finished the night with a rattle as in form Deanridge Angel beat Airforce Duchess by 2 lengths in an excellent 29.66 (-30) in a good bitches race and Rubys Rascal won well in a 655m Maiden in a fine 40.00 (-50) and he looks like a top class stayer in the making. Myself, Sarah and our daughter Emily were wined and dined in Lord Hesketh's private box with many guests who all agreed what an excellent night it was.
We are in the most busiest of months for open race competitions and currently the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers are at the semi final stage at Monmore this Thursday. Last week our three entries in the Gold Cup California, Clondoty Alex and Roswell Iceman all made it through the heats safely with California winning in 28.08. In the Summer Stayers Billys Bullet may have been beaten at odds on but he produced a great performance to come from virtually last place to just fail to win his heat. The underrated Ferryforth Fran ran very well to narrowly win his heat in 38.11. The Gold Cup has attracted a magnificent field of four bend stars and we drew a sigh of relief we missed the second semi final containing Droopys Buick, Making Paper and Hiya Butt amongst others, it still will be hard to qualify but we will be disappointed if we are not represented in at least one of the finals the following Thursday.
This Saturday Towcester kicks off the second leg of their big Summer competitions as the Mark Lowther sponsored bitches event over 500m starts with six heats. Worth a magnificent £20,000 to the winner we have a strong team representing us. Domino Storm has had a slight setback but we are confident all is now in order and she has a sprint trial tonight (Tuesday) in preparation for the big event. Defending champion Forest Twilight will again take the beating again but as well as Domino Storm we have the in form Deanridge Angel and Airforce Duchess also the classy Ballymac Shirley and Ribble Aon.
Talking of the girls how disappointing it is to hear that the GRA haven't got a sponsor or for this years Oaks and Belle Vue is unlikely to be staging the event. Having won back to back titles there it's very sad and it makes you grateful that we are associated with such a forward thinking track like Towcester. I think if I was training at any of the GRA tracks left I would be pulling my hair out at the disgraceful way they drag our sport down, of course it's not the fault of the many hard workers at the stadiums who go about their daily work in the best way they are allowed to but they are completely let down by those above who have no intention of looking at anything long term.
On Monday the Nottingham Puppy Classic gets underway and it certainly produces some classic pointers, strong running pups are needed and our two recent recruits Garryglass Champ and Garryglass Teddy have had their qualifying trials at Nottingham and if we can get them through the first round they will come on bundles. Just around the corner we have the Betfred Steel City Cup at Sheffield and the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford, the Category 2 Henlow Maiden Derby starts this Sunday and look out for another new intake in Chubbys Oak who looks a very fast dog,
Talking of pups we currently have some nice young ones on our For Sale page from breeder Ian Greaves. Over the next few months we will be regularly offering some potentially talented pups at sensible prices, hopefully somewhere amongst these there will be a champion like a Domino Storm, Patchys Kerry or a Billys Bullet.
As said decent nights at Towcester on Wednesday and Monmore on Thursday were followed by a good night at Romford on Friday despite a four hour journey because of a major accident on the M11 en-route which forced the withdrawal of Mashmad Eyebrows in the first race. The evergreen Evanta Fantasy took the 400m bitches final reversing heat form with kennel mate Saffrons Anna who again ran a solid race behind Fantasy in a very good 23.85. Tellhimjohn made a successful step up to the sharp six bends when leading all the way to win in 36.08.
On Tuesday we came close with Saffrons Honey, Carden Punch and Swift Bravo who were all second with Swift Dartmoor a scintillating winner in A5 grade in a fine 28.37.
On Friday it was a case of the nearly's with four seconds from Swift Kaylee, Mickythe Butcher, Broxbourne Spark and Carden Punch.
On Saturday Giveabitback Sue got back to winning ways in a D2 in 16.62 before a superb performance from Roswell Romanov in an A4 as he took off to win well in a good 28.27.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A couple of opens grace the card at Towcester tonight but the feature of the week is on Thursday with the semi finals of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers events. We will be at Romford on Friday.
On Saturday the all important Lowther Stakes kicks off over 500m at Towcester and we travel on Sunday to Henlow where the Maiden Derby begins.
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Clondoty Alex makes another semi final in the Gold Cup at Monmore and we will be hoping he can make it through to the final.
The Lowther Stakes starts on Saturday at Towcester and Domino Storm heads our team, if she's at her best she will be hard to beat. Deanridge Angel has bounced back to form and has to be included in our bets
DOMINO STORM - 4 pts win ante post - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - starts Saturday
DEANRIDGE ANGEL - 2 pts ew ante post - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CLONDOTY ALEX - 2 pts ew ante post 25/1 - Ladbrokes Gold Cup - Monmore - semi finals Thursday