Monday 11th February 2013
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I'm having trouble finding too much to write about this week on and off the track. The open race calendar is very bare this month and since we didn't qualify any of our runners through to the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final at Crayford this Saturday we have mostly been confined to running in one off opens. Off the track I can report that my first 'Racing Committee' meeting at the GBGB offices on Wednesday went reasonably well where our GTA proposals were carefully listened to by the committee. Hopefully over the next few months the GBGB and the GTA can work closely together to move forward our sport and help out trainers who mostly find themselves in difficult financial positions.
It was great to see Bridge Ruth bounce back to winning form when very impressive in a Ladies race at Hove on Thursday. Two other winners on the card would normally have made it a decent night but an injury to Dixies Air left a sour taste in our mouths. Dixies Air back from a four month lay off looked set to land a 515m contest when racing to a 2 length lead but sadly pulled up sharp and dropped away tamely, clearly something was amiss and on returning to the paddock a torn gracillus muscle was the problem. Dixie will be set for a lengthy absence at the very best.
Saturday was an interesting day. In the morning, at Crayford, Bridge Bandit proved what a revelation he has been in recent months when battling to a heat win in the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy which we won last year with Aero Joker.
At night we travelled to Monmore where we introduced some of our new pups in three warm divisions of 480's. Both Garryglass Rodge and Extreme Lad were well beaten but will gain valuable experience while Fairest Royal exploded on the scene with a game and, in the end, comfortable victory. All three pups, as well as I Am Titanium who also showed some good pace, will prove to be above average in time.
Owner Of The Year Mark Currell was the main feature in yesterday's Racing Post. The excellent article written by Phil Donaldson reflected back on what was a superb 2012 for Mark and his family. I'm pretty sure that many of our industry leaders will take note of Mark's words about meeting with some of our prominent owners who run successful businesses to bash a few ideas about which might help our sport in the long term. I know one thing for sure, to get the people Mark mentioned for a couple of hours free of charge should be an invitation not to be turned down!
Our first open racing action on Thursday at Hove gave us our first winner as Carkei Glen took the Maiden sprint in 16.52. Lil Risky had a tremendous battle with track champ Your A Champ before going down 1/2 length.
Mallogs Holly galloped to a 7 length win in a Maiden 695 in 41.53 and looks a great marathon prospect. Tregyrnog Lad ran well when 2nd over 515m and Bridge Ruth blew her rivals away winning by over 6 lengths in a fast 29.61. Benkaat Blue was third chasing a 4 timer over course and distance.
At Romford on Friday Sidaz Dippy and Carkie Max both ran well when 2nd and Springdale Hawk was desperate when looking for a hat trick of wins over 575m. Risky Fred made sure we never came home empty handed when beating the odds on Nans Turbo in a good 24.19.
Bridge Bandit scored for us on Saturday Morning at Crayford in the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy and at night some tough racing for our pups with Fairest Royal the star of the show with a fine victory in 28.63. Jazz Tilly seem to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory in a 630m aided by some shocking short hare driving!
No luck at Sittingbourne last night with Ard To Beat closest when 3rd in a warm 500m.
Hillcross Miami won nicely on Wednesday beating kennelmate Toosey Faye by 3 lENgths in 28.87. Castlegale Hawk also got off the mark winning an A3 by a neck in 28.63.
On Saturday both Risky Lass and Hillcross Dallas ran well when 2nd while surprise surprise Swift Cidona failed to overcome a two grade upgrade without winning when last in an A1!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Lil Risky runs tonight in the heats of the Coral On TV Standard Trophy.
We will be at Hove Thursday and Romford Friday.
Bridge Bandit runs in the final of the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy on Saturday morning at Crayford and we expect to be at Monmore at night.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Bridge Bandit was a nice winner on Saturday at Crayford and now trades at 9/2 for the final and I wouldn't put anyone off having a press up.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE BANDIT - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - final Saturday