Monday 11th April 2011
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Both the Coral Golden Sprint at Romford and the Blue Riband at Hall Green started on Friday while on Saturday the semi-finals of the Scotish Derby at Shawfield gave open race fans plenty to savour and although our kennel was not involved in Scotland it was interesting to see how the competition was unfolding. Pat Buckley's Beaming Dilemma took the honours in the first semi in 28.94 from the improving Bubbly Razldazl with Owen Mckenna's Pablo Supreme not far behind in 3rd. In the second semi-final Charlie Lister's Taylors Cruise won in 28.99 from the enigmatic Westmead Grant who could have won but for veering towards the leader prompting the stewards to disqualify the Chris Allsopp runner. Farloe Force the beaten favourite finished 3rd to give Owen Mckenna a second finalist which on paper looks an open affair despite now being for only five dogs.
We had mixed fortunes to say the least in the other two competitions. At Romford Directors Wit having his first run over 400m since finishing runner up in last year's final blasted clear (3.57 sectional) and got the better of last year's champion Ardbeg Mentor only to see our other runner the under rated Aero Merlin sweep wide on the outside to snatch the spoils by a short head in 24.19 giving the kennel a 1/2. Our other runner Bellers Bud also ran well when runner up to the fast Lethal Freds beaten 4 lengths in 23.96.
At Hall Green sadly the night didn't go too well. Corrig Vincent found plenty of trouble when eliminated and in the next heat Risky Skipper, who after recent trials looked like he was getting back to his best form, was unlucky when badly bumped at the first bend resulting him badly breaking his leg. The nature of the injury was very severe and on vet's advice sadly Risky Skipper had to be put to sleep. Even the win in the next heat for Eye Onthe Tempo (28.32) could not soften the blow of losing Skipper, a beautiful dog and most certainly one who had not reached his full potential. Our kennel was deeply upset by this incident as was his owners who are not enjoying the best of fortunes at the moment. Thankfully these kind of injuries are not frequent, in fact Skipper's fatal injury is the first one we have had since the beginning of last year and since then we have had over 3,500 runners, still this fact is only small comfort to losing Skipper this weekend.
Better news at Sittingbourne on Sunday where we had a decent night with three winners and most importantly Ayamzagirl came through her first race since completing her clearing trials. Disputing the lead until the last bend she never put a paw wrong and looking in need of a run she eventually finished 3rd beaten just under 2 lengths over the demanding 892m. In an earlier race there was good news for Daren Johnson on his epic adventure from John O Groats to Lands End when his new recruit Royal Premium got off the mark at the first time of asking when landing a Maiden over 480m. This might have only been a wekish open but he did the job well and this strapping 37 kilo dog looks to have a bright future. Bred out of the prolific brood bitch Free To Air whose previous stock include Barnfield On Air, Thurlesbeg Joker, Lenson Joker and many more top class runners he is most definitely a name to watch out for in the next few months.
Other good news from the kennel is that last year's Derby finalist Adageo came out of his first full trial back from serious injury last Thursday at Yarmouth in good order. His 16.90 trial over the sprint was very pleasing and he will be having a 400m workout at Romford tomorrow and fingers crossed looks on course to have another crack at the Derby. Talking of which our preparations at Wimbledon begin this week when Blonde Snapper, Kinda Ready and Blonde Ross trial at Wimbledon this Wednesday. Blonde Ross has also moved well since returning from a broken leg sustained in last year's Harrold Cross Puppy Derby. Destroy The Camp, who was being aimed at the Blue Riband before a Derby campaign, picked up a small niggle last week at Sittingbourne and was not entered at Hall Green but should be fine for the Derby now only 5 weeks away.
If anyone has been following Daren Johnson's superb blogs on the Racing Post website or on Facebook they will know that he has major problems with injuries. The pictures of his swollen ankle and badly blistered feet were stomach churning to say the least forcing Daren to have a couple of enforced rest days. To catch up a bit of time Daren and his team have had to get out the spare bike and cycle some 80 miles, a difficult task in itself! With Greyhound folk from RGT branches meeting him along the way he has the bit between his teeth and hopes to be back running once arriving in England. Again with two brilliant charities benefiting anyone who has a spare few pounds please give a donation all of which will spur Daren on. (www.giveabitback.net).
Thursday was our first open racing of the week with a trip to Henlow. Both Risky Wand and Bourne Masons ran well when second in good races as did Catunda Mae who was 3rd but Aldataro Lass saw that we didn't go home empty handed when winning the last race over 692m by 3 lengths in 42.86.
On Friday as said at Romford Directors Wit, Aero Merlin and Bellers Bud made it through to the semi's of the Golden Sprint while in other races on the card Goldies Destiny had a welcome return to the winner's podium scorching round 575m in a fast 35.25.
Eye Onthe Tempo was the star on a difficult night at Hall Green on the same night beating Westmead Guru in 28.32.
As well as a debut run and win for Royal Premium on Sunday at Sittingbourne there was a good win for Jazz Apollo in a 480m British Bred and again staying sensation Blonde Fletch was impressive when landing a 642m by an impressive 8 1/4 lengths in a fast 39.78.
Only seven runners on Wednesday where we came home empty handed with Blonde Rascal coming closest when second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow the semi-finals of the Blue Riband see Eye Onthe Tempo in trap 2 and he should have a decent chance of making it through to the final.
A possible trip back to Henlow on Thursday and on Friday the semi-finals of the Golden Sprint look tough for our three runners but we will most certainly be hoping to get at least one through to the Category 1 final.
Derby trial stakes at Wimbledon on Saturday and we should be back to Sittingbourne on Sunday with a few runners while important trial sessions at Romford and Wimbledon this week see some of our leading stars in action.
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Destroy The Camp picked up an injury forcing him out of the Blue Riband at Hall Green and wasn't entered for the event so no bet there while our outside ante-post selection at 100/1 for the Golden Sprint at Romford Bellers Bud has claims of qualifying for the final when he lines up from trap 6 this Friday. Plenty of action this week but not too much strikes the eye for a bet though on a trip to Wimbledon on Saturday our old favourite Dalcash Scolari could go well fresh at the track.
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2 pts win- Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BELLERS BUD - 1 pt e.w ante-post 100/1 - Coral Golden Sprint- Romford - continues Friday
DESTROY THE CAMP - No bet