Monday 10th February 2014
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Media interest is growing for the 'Show Of Passion' at London's City Hall on February 17th and a large attendance is expected. Again I urge all readers of our website, if they have time, please try and support this gathering (2 pm) which will help Paschal Taggart's plans to bring Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium into a place our industry can be proud of. I know after speaking to Daren Johnson this week that our 2009 Greyhound Derby winner Kinda Ready at Plough Lane is amongst many greyhounds joining the meeting.
On the track this week the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket takes centre stage and I couldn't be more happy with the start our three entries have made. The second heat saw Sidaz Dippy pitched in with hot ante post favourite Fear Emoski. A moderate start and a hefty bump at the first bend looked to have put paid to Dippy's chances of progressing but a storming surge of pace put her in 4th place down the back straight for the last time but with Fear Emoski in front of her it still looked a tough ask for her to qualify but she glided past Fear Emoski and chased after the leaders up front and in the end was just 3 lengths behind Boltatwelldigger and Sidarian Jaguar with amazingly Fear Emoski eliminated in 4th. Aayamzabella ran well enough to be beaten just over 2 lengths by Midway Nick and the best was saved for the last heat as Hometown Honey again showed her liking for the tight Kent track. Despite an awkward looking trap 4 slot she turned in a good pitch behind Crossfield Delia and blew that rival away with a superb burst of middle pace, that was race over and she eventually came home 5 1/2 lengths to the good from an eye catching Irish raider Shanless Becky in the fastest calculated time of 45.60.
The three Jacket semi-finals are next Saturday morning and the draws have seen Hometown Honey, now clear favourite for outright honours, in with Sidaz Dippy in the second semi while Aayamzabella has drawn her favourite trap 1 box in the third semi. The prize money on offer for this event from Ladbrokes is fantastic and it would be great just to get to the final let alone win it. There are also plenty of points to be scored for the Trainer Of The Year award and we have a great chance of stealing another march on our rivals if we could land this event, we already have a healthy 83 point lead at this early stage after a brilliant January.
This year's £200,000 William Hill Greyhound Derby is now less than three months away and the build up is under way with many of the fancied runners at this early stage being put through their paces. I thought at the start of the year we might struggle to have anything good enough to enter for the Blue Riband event but our news recently is better. Blackstone Marco has arrived in our kennel without too much fuss being made but make no mistake this is a serious greyhound. Built like Arnold Schwartzeneger this son of Head Bound has pace to burn and if we can add a bit of consistency to his armoury we may have a live contender. He runs Wimbledon well and a decent 27.49 trial at Henlow last night should see him ready to have his first race for our kennel in the next week. I see in the Derby ante post list Garryglass Rodge is available at 200/1 and though a lot can happen between now and the first round last week's win on Sky at Hall Green was very encouraging. He is still not three years of age until April and his second round win at Wimbledon in last year's Derby was very impressive and I see no reason why our tight railer couldn't go well this year. I'm sure there will be many big names from Ireland come over and I was pleased to get a call from Stuart Forsdike to say that the highly talented Aero Nemesis is to join us for a crack at the Derby. A beaten favourite in the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup at Drumbo Park back in November he has fast wins at Kilkenny, Dundalk and Drumbo Park and looks a real talent.
We have had a nice influx of pups come in over the last couple of months and though it's not the best time of the year to be starting them off I have been pleased with their early qualifying trials. Time is running out to have all of them ready for Monmore but over the next few months we should have enough ammo for some good puppy comps/races. Evanta Jack, Black Francis, Blue Moment, Reel Slippy, Reel Bliss, Evanta Candyman and Saffrons Champ all look good and this week we are getting another crop of youngsters in. With our older dogs running so well the future certainly looks bright.
We were quiet last week until Friday where Benkaat Nero had another encouraging run back from injury when third at Coventry over 485m. At Romford Lightning Zeus making his six bend debut just failed to get up beaten a sorth head in 35.90. Our best chance of the night Blonde Razor managed to find all kinds of trouble from the bogey trap 1 box and it was left to second string Ilewin Frimley to blaze a trail in front but he himself was just caught on the line in 35.57.
On Saturday as well as our three Ladbrokes Golden Jacket qualifiers Bridge Bandit returned to his favourite track with a good win in a Peter Bussey Memorial Trial Stakes in 33.89,.Aayamzamodel completely missed her break when long odds on to win her trial stake and trailed in 5th.
On Sunday not much luck at both Henlow and Sittingbourne where Saafrons Dream was 3rd and Darian Star last at the latter and at Henlow Murlens Crash ran well when a close up 2nd to track champion Landing in a sprint.
Only four runners on Saturday who all faced stiff races with Adageo Lad running reasonably well in a tough as you can get A1.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Ladbrokes Golden Jacket semi-finals at Crayford and the Peter Bussey Memorial heats on Saturday morning are the main feature for the kennel this week.
Plans for our other racing is being made today but we could be sending our Springbok favourite Cornamaddy Jumbo to Wimbledon on Saturday for a trial stake.
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I didn't really think Hometown Honey was any value with Fear Emoski in the Golden Jacket and now looking at the competition with Emoski surprisingly eliminated she looks to have a great chance. Sidaz Dippy who I was expecting to be around the 66/1 mark was still only 25/1 and ran a stormer to qualify and we are not without hope of getting her through to the final.
Aayamzamodel completely missed her break and was well beaten in her Peter Bussey Memorial trial stake and could be a reasonable price to win this event starting next Saturday .
AAYAMZAMODEL - 4 pts win ante-post - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - starts Saturday.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SIDAZ DIPPY - 1 pt e.w ante post 25/1 - Crayford - semi's Saturday