Monday 10th March 2014
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Another week comes to an end and amazingly another big race winner to celebrate in 2014 as Cornamaddy Jumbo brilliantly landed the William Hill Springbok on Tuesday night at Wimbledon. I thought our tremendous end to 2013 was unbelievable but I must say I'm flabbergasted by the incredible start to 2014 our kennel has had. Reel Trickyone leading home a superb 1-2-3-4 in the season's opening competition the Coronation Cup at Romford was followed by a slightly unlucky runners up spot for Blonde Razor in the Prestige at Hall Green. Hometown Honey captured a memorable Golden Jacket at Crayford to bag the first Category 1 event of 2014 and on the supporting card Aayamzamodel led home a 1-2 for the kennel in the Peter Bussey Memorial. Now Cornamaddy Jumbo's Springbok win, again live on Sky, has got the whole greyhound world marvelling at our recent record and with a stunning 33% strike rate in over 220 races so far this year both open racing and graded at Yarmouth we proudly sit at the top of the Trainer Of The Year standings some 220 points ahead of our nearest rival!! Wow!
On Tuesday at Wimbledon a star studded card thrilled a very good crowd with some superb racing which featured both the William Hill Springbok Final and the Racing Post Juvenile Invitation. The night didn't start well for us as Aero Twizzle was brought crashing to the ground in a hot sprint but thankfully he seems none the worse for the fall. Blackstone Marco came up against a hot Swift Keith who scored in a rapid 29.22, a missed break for Marco meant he couldn't get competitive and I'm sure the best is yet to come from him. Aayamzamodel ran well when 3rd in the bitches race while for many the highlight of the night was Farloe Tango's demolition of some top class rivals in the six bend race including our Golden Jacket heroine Hometown Honey who ran very well herself when 2nd to the machine. In the Racing Post Juvenile Adageo Bob, the sole wide seed, smashed out the traps and for a second he looked in good shape but he just didn't have the early pace of most of his rivals and was badly baulked at the first bend. Still running a great race he was again checked at the last two turns and lost all chance and eventually finished 5th but not beaten very far. The highlight of the night was obviously Cornamaddy Jumbo who has dominated the William Hill Springbok right from the start. In the final he made his usual slick exit and he raced into a clear lead but not jumping as fluently as he can Jumbo was made to work for his victory which in the end his was more comfortable than it looked clocking 29.54. It's rare for myself to own a share in a dog but I have to be thankful to co owners Jimmy Fenwick, Scott Fraser and Brian Usher for letting me come in with this lovely fella and the win was truly celebrated in style.
We now move on to the next competitions and what's great for our kennel this year is we seem to have something in every event that pops up. A few weeks ago I didn't feel we had anything for the prestigious Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore but some incredible qualifying trials from newcomer Blue Moment meant an entry was worthwhile. Despite only qualifying in third place in Monday's heats Blue Moment was a shade unlucky and could well improve significantly from his debut run in today's semi finals. The supporting competitions see some excellent prize money on offer and we have claims in the £5000 to the winner 630m stayers event with both Sidaz Dippy and Jazz Tilly who has ran well at the Midlands venue before. Both have trap 1 which is crucial. In the Dogs 480m Blackstone Marco and Garryglass Rodge represent us with the latter facing a tricky trap 4 berth and in the bitches Fairest Royal and Darian Star are drawn in the same heat.
On Friday as well as the finals at Monmore the Coral Golden Sprint kicks off at Romford and though we are not as strong as previous years we hope to do well with Aero Twizzle stepping up from sprints, although getting knocked over in last week's sprint at Wimbledon is not ideal preparation. Aayamzaman, back to winning ways last week, goes for his third Golden Sprint but it will take a big effort from our near veteran to better his last two semi final appearances. Benkaat Boomer and Ilewin Allot will also be entered.
I haven't had a chance to look at the Deloittes report that the GBGB spent a lot of money on to try and seek more funding. Having just skipped through a few bits it certainly looks thorough and well prepared. Next week I will give my thoughts on the whole report once I've read it properly. One thing that did make laugh but also is very worrying for the sport is that the average age of Trainers across the land is 59! That makes me almost a 'Spring chicken' compared to my compatriots!
Sid Huett our head kennel hand is all signed up for Julie Collier's 'Fall For Hounds' Sky dive pencilled in for June and will be looking for sponsors over the next few months. I'm afraid I'm scared of heights and will not be signing up but will be making a massive effort over the next few months to get him well sponsored, click here for his link.
Blue Moment Qualified in THIrd in his heat of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore on Monday.
As said our Wimbledon night on Tuesday was successful thanks to Cornamaddy Jumbo.
At Romford on Friday Aayamzaman rolled back the years winning at his favourite venue in a fine 24,01 and Ilewin Frimley scored well over 575m in 35.46.
A great night for the kennel at Sittingbourne on Sunday where Reel Slippy was 2nd in a maiden 480m and our other three runners all won. Murlens Crash completed a four timer winning the sprint by over 4 lengths in a fine 16.24. Also completing a four timer was Lightning Zeus who landed the Sittingbourne Stayers Final by 1 1/4 in a good 40.25 and in the Sittingbourne Standard heats Benkaat Nero took the scalp of Droopys London by a short head in 28.95.
Just four runners on Saturday but an excellent night as Ille More won an A5 by a short head in 28.73, Hillcross Miami looked strong taking an A2 by 1 1/4 in 28.43 but the best was saved for the last as Reel Bliss took in a good 28.43 two grade hike by winning very well in another A2.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today sees the start of the Labrokes Festival at Monmore with the Puppy Derby semi finals the feature.
On Thursday we travel up to Sheffield for trials ahead of the Trainers Championsh meeting and on Friday we will be at Romford for the start of the Golden Sprint and we will be back to Sittingbourne next Sunday for the final of the Sittingbourne Standard.
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I think it was a good job Cornamaddy Jumbo landed the Springbok as our Super Heinz at Wimbledon though a bit unlucky completely blew out. Still supporters should have some cash to play up at Cheltenham and Monmore this week thanks to Jumbo.
I hope people are reading early today as I think we have a reasonable couple of bets at Monmore today. Blue Moment is still unexposed in the Puppy Derby and though facing a difficult heat this competition is renowned for throwing up big price winners and we have to have a little bit at 16/1 ante post. Also I see no reason why Jazz Tilly can't make it through to the 630m final on a track she has won at plenty of times. Also it's only a matter of time before Blackstone Marco hits the lids in style and if he does he is as fast as anything in training.
The Coral Golden Sprint kicks off on Friday and as much as I would love to put Ayamzaman up he does seem to struggle against the best at Romford these days. Aero Twizzle would have been a confident selection but for taking a crashing fall last Tuesday but he seems to have come off ok and we should not desert him.
BLUE MOMENT - 1 pt e.w ante post 16/1 - Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - today
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts e.w ante post 10/1 - Ladbrokes Dogs 480m - Monmore - today
BLACKSTONE MARCO - 2 pts e.w ante post - Ladbrokes 480m - Monmore - today
AERO TWIZZLE - 2 pts e.w ante post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CORNAMADDY JUMBO - 5 pts win ante post 5/1 - William Hill Springbok - Wimbledon - WON 25 pt profit
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts e.w 10/1 - Racing Post Juvenile - Wimbledon - lost
AERO TWIZZLE - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - lost
SUPER HEINZ - 32 pts - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost