Monday 10th May 2010
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Kinda Easy, Adageo and Eye Onthe Tempo are keeping Imperial Kennel's flag flying in the William Hill Greyhound Derby after they safely made it through Friday and Saturday's second round at Wimbledon. Of course the whole event for us has had the shine taken off it with Eye Onthe Storm's career ending injury in the first round but at least we had something to cheer us up. On Saturday Kinda Easy, who has come back to form with a bang, was quite impressive when smashing out from an awkward trap 4 slot and after losing his pitch slightly round the opening turns he then came sweeping past both Farloe Titan and Carrigoe Bigphil to score by 1/2 length in 28.68 which followed up last week's heat win. Arguabaly Adageo was just as impressive when a strong running 3rd and was only beaten a length in 28.54 by the highly rated pair of Forest Boss and Nambisco in one of the hottest heats of the second round. His heat saw the elimination of Charlie Lister's Yahoo Jamie but Adageo is looking the surprise package from our kennel and has taken very well to the new Wimbledon. The night before saw the elimination of Eye Eye Pickle and Blonde Banjo but Eye Onthe Tempo qualified safely enough in 3rd to give owner John Keefe a small bit to get enthusiastic about. The third round with all 48 qualifiers are in eight heats this coming Saturday and Kinda Easy has again drawn trap 4 but if comes out the traps as well as he did in the last round he would give himself a great chance. The heat also contains Eye Onthe Tempo which is disappointing but if he could improve he would also have a chance of qualifying. Adageo has a plumb trap 6 draw in a heat and he must have a serious chance of making the quarter-finals from. He re-opposes with Nambisco but we would fancy him of being in the vital first three.
News of Eye Onthe Storm is that he has come out of his operation well and looks happy and comfortable at the moment. We do seem to have a small injury crisis at the moment with varying degrees of injuries with the likes of Rockburst Canyon (sprained wrist), Dalcash Scolari (bad spike), Glenagower Champ (slight shoulder strain), Sligo Too (wrist and shoulder from a nasty fall) and quite a few others with slight niggles, as you can imagine our treatment room is quite busy trying to sort these out and our weekly visit from physio Ron Mills work load is getting heavier by the week.
Derby apart it was an up and down week on the track with quite a few open wins but also a few costly defeats. Goldies Destiny, having won his heat of the Gery Alan Quicksilver Trophy at Romford by 9 lengths in a fast 35.32, went in to Friday's final a hot 4-7 chance but despite running well he didn't have things his own way and in a dramatic finish he went down by a short head. On the same card Blonde Snapper made an impressive debut when scorching to a fastest of the night 24.05 win in a 400m Maiden race and he looks a superb prospect for Mark Currell being only an Oct 08. He certainly doesn't look the only exciting pup we have in the kennel judging by the trial session last Wednesday at Hall Green. With the Gymcrack coming up in two weeks we sent a team of six pups to the Midlands and were pleased with Rough Jetson (28.54), Lil Rebel (28.58) who is shortly to be renamed Bomber Barclay, Destroy The Camp (28.70), Mountjoy Rock (28.85), Lil Magic (28.88) and Risky Skipper (28.89) all went very well. On the same day it was pleasing to see Droopys Zach return with a fine trial (14.35) and it would be a real tonic for the kennel to see him return to racing in the next few weeks. On the same note Droopys Elbow, off since October after breaking down when leading in an open at Nottingham, returned to racing on Saturday and won convincingly in A5 grade at Harlow in a fine 25.86 and looks set to win some opens this year.
I have to agree with Charlie Lister's comments in the Racing Post this week about the GBGB's decision to axe 'The Dogs' programme produced by Clive Lawrence. It is an excellent show that is a good advert for our sport especially with its regular features on the welfare side and with all the cuts that are going to be made due to the reduced fund money available one wonders whether it's sensible to lose such a show. A lot of people that I get to speak to every day are also questioning whether the whole of the GBGB's salaries are going to be under review coming into line with all the cuts that the people who work in the industry have to bear. John Coleman's full page letter in the Post gave a damning view of the whole industry and a solution that's radical but possible. I myself do feel that it's time we put the destiny of our industry in our own hands by owning our own tracks, something that GOBATA are very keen to do in the near future.
On Monday the heats of the Gerry Alan Quicksilver Trophy gave us a good start to the week with Aldataro Lass battling to win her heat in 36.66 and Goldies Destiny running riot in his heat scoring by 9 lengths in 35.32. On Tuesday both our runners Directors Wit (3rd) and Join The Maids (5th) on the Sky card ran respectably but no luck up at Sheffield in a tough Puppy competition with Blonde Fletch making his debut a well beaten 3rd and Kinda Close losing her way when last.
The night started well on Wednesday at Harlow with a sprint victory for Goldies Tara in Division 2 but in the top division Sligo Too was brought down. Kilquane Jack was 2nd in the 592m and in the heats of the Monkey Standard Bell Tornado took a crashing fall in his heat but is thankfully OK. Risky Wand in a difficult heat used his good early pace to lead at the first bend and went on to score well in 26.32.
A similar story on Thursday at Sittingbourne where the winners have dried up lately. Jogadusc Ace got us off to a good start after a flying break and took the 450m by a couple of lengths in 27.63. Corrig Vieri was 2nd in the 642m and Dalcash Scolari looked to have run poorly when well fancied in the 500m only finishing 3rd but picked up a bad spike when crowded at the first bend. Directors Fire was a poor last in a 480m also when favourite.
As said the William Hill Greyhound Derby took centre stage on Friday and we were also at Romford where Blonde Snapper made a fine debut and Goldies Destiny and Aldataro Lass were 2nd and 4th respectively in the Gerry Alan Quicksilver Trophy final. All That Noise also got on the score sheet when stepping back up in trip to 575m holding on to score by a head in 35.68.
On Saturday great performances by Adageo and Kinda Easy in the Derby at Wimbledon but we were out of luck in opens at Monmore.
Just the one runner on Wednesday where Carden Boss was 3rd. On Saturday most of our runners were strangely made favourites but despite a few near misses we only came away with two winners Droopys Elbow (25.86) on his return from injury and Risky Smasher (26.17) making up for last week's defeat.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BLONDE SNAPPER
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quiet start to the week with Harlow on Wednesday with Risky Wand in the Monkey Standard Final. On Thursday Eye Eye Pickle after his Derby elimination will return to Monmore to defend his Stud Book Trophy he won last year along with Foulden Vieri. Possible opens pencilled in for Romford on Friday but the main action of the week is at Wimbledon with the third round of the William Hill Derby where Kinda Easy, Adageo and Eye Onthe Tempo bid for a place in the quarter-finals.
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A bit of a recovery mission is needed after last week's Derby elimination of Eye Eye Pickle and Aero Bolt's defeat at Romford but if I'm honest it's difficult to see a decent betting opportunity this week so we will wait for another day.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
EYE EYE PICKLE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 100/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - lost
AERO BOLT - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost