Monday 10th December 2007
THE ESSEX VASE 2007
Eye Onthe Veto preparing for and achieving the double in the Essex Vase.
Even the Trainer gets his hands on a trophy!
Once again Eye Onthe Veto proved what a great competition greyhound he is when he victoriously defended his Essex Vase crown at Romford last Tuesday. This was 'Veto's 4th Category 1 win in his illustrious career and his 3rd this year following his Emerald Cup and Champion Stakes triumphs which have people talking about him for the coveted Greyhound Of The Year award. John Keefe's star was simply awesome as he powered to victory to give the kennel another memorable 1-2 in a brilliant 35.30 when defeating the gallant Special Deal (ran his heart out!) by over 5 lengths. The 70 points gained by these two have also given the kennel a last lifeline in a bid to win the Trainers Championship as we are now only 61 points behind Charlie Lister in second place and with some valuable races and competitions left in the last 3 weeks we are going all out to try and wrestle the title from Charlie and John.
Tuesday night at Romford was massive to owner John Keefe and early on in the evening his young star Eye Onthe Force produced a good effort when a close up third to Conker All in the 400m standard in a fast 23.99 (+10). In the valuable Gold Cup worth £10,000 Butterbridge Ali couldn't get the early lead he needed to give himself a chance and when he met serious trouble at the third bend his race was over as Westmead Aoifa turned the contest into a procession winning by 7 lengths in 47.30. All eyes were now on the Essex Vase Final and with Eye Onthe Veto going off a 4/9 shot I was feeling the pressure but if there's one thing that you can guarantee it is that 'Veto' won't let you down and although he didn't break as well as kennel mate Special Deal his pace to the bend was phenomenal and once he got round Special Deal and raced to another superb 13.54 sectional the title was his again as he raced to a brilliant 6 1/2 length success, with Special Deal performing outstandingly to keep the runner up spot. Veto's time of 35.30 was also testament to this incredible greyhound.
The start of the Oaks at Wimbledon is something most kennels look forward to and our five entries all performed well and all managed to qualify. Lindys Girl (2nd) and Stride On Babe, Millwards Summit and Lockdale Lady were third in their respective heats but the best display came from Genesis Dream who won her heat in 29.16 by 2 1/2 lengths.
Saturday's all open card at Walthamstow again was scattered with real quality and in a good novice 640m Geordie Shay, although a touch one paced, ran well enough to be beaten 4 1/2 lengths to Rough Quest in 39.74. Snappy Girl was unlucky when she just missed out on a place in the final last week but benefited from the run and there was no mistakes this time as she blew her rivals away to win by 7 lengths in a good 52.76. In the 475m maiden Seanis Strike blasted out to an unbelievable 4.79 sectional and although not running the bends smoothly yet he won by 3/4 length in 28.81. Directors Chair followed up on last weeks Midland St Leger victory with a fluent win in a warm 640m. Trapping smartly he went clear of his field and despite Heavy Weather giving a valiant chase he went on to win by 4 1/2 lengths in a terrific 39.24, half a length outside Spiridon Louis track record. Centaur Decree showed good early pace and looked set to go round in front but a good burst of pace by Conker All saw him get inside 'James' and in the end hold and win in a three-way photo in 28.96. In the Marathon final both Genesis Alix and Centaur Fuji had no answers to Spiridon Louis who romped to a 8 1/2 length success in 52.64. Meanwhile at Wimbledon our bitches were finding it tough in the Oaks second round and only Millwards Summit qualified for the semi's although all the bitches ran well.
Largo Lassie was beaten the minimal distance on Monday's Bags card but Blackey Said So won well in accounting for kennel mate So Said He in a good 29.13 (+10) by 3 3/4 lengths. Hoylake Claire was made 5/4 favourite and justified the odds scoring by 3/4 length in 29.23 (+10) and young pup Centaur Gemstone also showed decent promise again when leading all the way to score by 4 lengths in 29.50 (+10).
Tuesday night's Christmas Bonus Kennel Sweepstake saw Twilight Fantasy romp to a 5 1/2 length win in a good 29.09 (+10). Allglaze Roman was second and a win looks just around the corner. Genesis Sister is right back to her best and followed up last week's win with another 'come from behind' victory in 40.29 beating the improving Rhias Beauty by 1 1/4 lengths. Marathon Girl also continues to impress and was a good second to Synone Robin beaten 3 lengths in 29.13 (-10).
Rain Rush (2nd) is getting closer to a win and Seanis Wish ran a lot better and won a good race beating All Shaped Up by 1 3/4 length in 29.43 (-30). Fear Mykeo has been a fine servant to the kennel and won the A3 in style by 3 1/2 lengths in 29.38 (-30), Bell Classic (2nd) is still in good form beaten 1 3/4 lengths by Mystical Haka in 29.10 (-30).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- TWILIGHT FANTASY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week as we try and score as many Open wins as we can to score points towards the Trainers Championship starting with superstar Eye Onthe Veto in the heats of the Winter Stayers at Romford. Millwards Summit will make a bold bid to make the Oaks Final as she runs in the semi's on Tuesday and we will also have runners at Romford. Wednesday will see us at Henlow with Fear Mykeo in the Heats of the Jim Mogg Memorial Seniors and may also have runners at Harlow. Thursday should see plenty of runners on at Walthamstow and the same on Friday at Romford. Sunday should see us at Coventry in the Tom Fruit St Leger second round.