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I hope everyone enjoyed reading our complete Review of 2017
with our Website Awards which is now up on our 'Guest Column'. It takes an enormous amount of work to go through the year and gather all the info, mainly because of all of our success!, but I really enjoy writing it and now with over 10 years of reviews some of thel old ones, which are all on our archives, are well worth looking at, again thank you to Mick and Maureen for all their help on this.
Our first week of 2018 and I'd love to say it's started fantastic but it certainly had its ups and downs. On Monday I went to the new studios at the Racing Post office in London and enjoyed a night in the guest's chair for RPGTV. The three hours flew past and I hope I answered as many questions sent in as well as I could, in the live format it's not easy sometimes that's for sure. My tipping was inspired as I picked 6 winners from 12 races at Nottingham and it was good to see some of the highlights from our big races that we won last year.
Our first runners were on Friday and at Romford we had some mixed results. From our six runners in the Coral Coronation Cup Saleen Ash qualified when 2nd behind fast winner Shotgun Bullet, Boylesports Duke looked out of the race after getting knocked back at the first bend but he's running so well now and he picked off his rivals to get up and score on the line in 35.75. Unfortunately our defending champion Roswell Romanov, despite a good break, couldn't get to the front and after some crowding just missed out on a place in the semi final. Honest Robber, Garryglass Teddy and Not So Classical were all eliminated.
On Sunday at Henlow the Maiden Derby kicked off and I must admit to being really disappointed that a couple of our runners didn't get in the event especially our Northern Puppy Derby finalist Ninja Fortune. From our four runners Bombers Bullet won well in an excellent 27.53 but we had no luck with our other three entries.
Our first runners on Towcester's busy schedule saw 4 winners from 8 runners on Friday with Garryglass Bambi, our very first runner of 2018, scoring a debut victory. We had a good morning as well on Saturday with another four winners and some more winners on Saturday and Sunday's evening card. I won't lie, this tough schedule is hard to cover with the distance we travel to Towcester and trying to find staff to commit to this is harder than ever. Ryan who has worked for us since last March is leaving at the end of the month so we once again will be looking for staff to do this tough job! It's something that's not just our problem but one that every contract trainer across the country finds.
Congratulations to Kaan Hughes who won our 5 To Follow competition and to runners up Ben Moyle (Calco Cup syndicate member) and Keith Gamble, as always it's a very popular annual event. Our own staff competition was shared by my daughter Emily (put some so called judges to shame!) and Ryan.
As well as the Coronation Cup at Romford on Friday we had a couple of other open race runners. Kilcree Diamond missed his break and could only finish 3rd but he will be one to keep on the right side of. Cotton Pants ran very well when 3rd in another 400m open.
On Sunday Bombers Bullet's victory in the Maiden Derby was our sole win with Shlowdown Sally just picked up on the line in her first sprint of the year, she may have needed the run.
An excellent start to the new schedule with four winners on Friday. Garryglass Bambi ran on strong to win her first race for us in 29.13 as did Brinkleys Twirl who won an A4 by the minimum margin in 28.63. Tangled Upinblue ran very well when 3rd in a hot A2 and Airforce Cluxton ran his best race to date with a nice win in a D3 in 15.60. Ninja Penny looks like a bitch going places and won well in an A6 in a very good 28.45.
Our good form carried on the next morning as Swift Bravo took a D2 in a very good 15.41, Swift Lisetta won well in an A7 by 4 lengths in 29.05 and Swift Dante was equally impressive winning a good S2 in 41.94. Energize Jack scored a hat-trick of victories taking an A5 in 28.71 and running very well.
At night time we weren't so lucky though there were a couple of eye catching runs from Cincinnati (3rd) and Swift Dartmoor in second in his 2nd hurdle race ever. Saltimbanco was our only winner scoring in a D3 by 4 3/4 lengths in 15.80
On our first Sunday night it was a case of saving the best til last as Brinkleys Jayne ran very well to win an S3 in style in a fine 41.87 while Brinkleys Rosie battled her way to an A3 win in 28.81.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BOMBERS BULLET
GRADED - BRINKLEYS JAYNE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Again all our action starts on Friday with the semi finals of the Coronation Cup with Boylesports Duke and Saleen Ash representing us. A busy three days of action at Towcester over the weekend with the semi finals of the Maiden Derby at Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
For the first time since we started the website 10 years ago we actually showed a small loss overall but we still found some nice winners. Amazingly last wee's selection in the Maiden Derby never happened as Ninja Fortune didn't get in the event. Sadly Roswell Romanov's campaign came to an end at Romford as he got knocked out of the Coronation Cup in the first round.
Can we get a winner this week I'm not sure as we haven't done any entries yet so we might have to leave it this week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ROSWELL ROMANOV - 2.5 pts ew ante post 6/1 - Coral Coronation Cup - Romford - lost
NINJA FORTUNE - 2 pts ew ante post - Henlow Maiden Derby - Henlow - Sunday - didn't run