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Monday 11th January 2010

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The freezing weather last week has again caused major disruptions to the racing schedule. Our kennel only raced at Romford on Monday/Friday and Harlow on Friday with planned meetings at Harlow, Swindon, Henlow and Monmore all falling victim to the arctic conditions. With so many open race and graded dogs now only having ran once or less in the last month it is becoming a real worry trying to get runners fit and prepared for their intended races and with important competitions like the Arc at Swindon coming up we will have to hope that the thaw kicks in very soon.

Many of our owners and guests braved the conditions to attend the kennel celebration party at 'The Hare' at Roxwell on Saturday and we all had a great time with some superb food and entertainment including an excellent dvd compilation of our unbelievable year compiled by Clive Lawrence. Thanks again to host Peter Sanderson and his staff for all their efforts in making the night special.

 

 

Imperial Kennels Greyhound of the Year
KINDA READY

Daren Johnson

 

Imperial Kennels Performance of the Year
EYE ONTHE STORM - ECLIPSE
Apologies the presentation photo with John Keefe
was not 'fantastic' enough to use!!!

 


Imperial Kennels Leading Open Racer of the Year
DROOPYS ZACH

Andy Pelley

 

Website Leading Open Performances
JOGADUSC ACE

Duane Harvey

 

Website Leading Graded Performances
MINT BULB

Sid Huett

 

Five to Follow Competition Winner
COOL HAND LUKE
PAUL HICKS

Paul Hicks

 

The campaign to bring greyhound racing back to Walthamstow is in full swing with the development plans from current owners L& Q that involve high density flats (basically cheap low cost social housing) having to be publicly aired (Holiday Inn opposite Walthamstow Stadium on Saturday 16th from 11 a.m ). It is a good chance for all those supporters of greyhound racing to attend and voice their opposition. Below is a letter from the SOS team that pulls no punches about how they feel. I myself will be there and we would ask you to support us in our cause to stop these development plans and return greyhound racing to this iconic site.

"We would like to ask all greyhound racing fans to join us at the ‘Stow consultation event’ taking place at the Holiday Inn Hotel (opposite the track) on Saturday 16 January 2010. We are asking people to arrive between 11am and 11.30am.
L&Q has continued to ignore the wishes of the residents of Waltham Forest and the general public throughout this process. We ask that you stand with us and the residents of Waltham Forest by attending the event on Saturday to let L&Q and Waltham Forest council know how strongly we all feel.
We will get our track back but we need your help to do so. A strong show of unity at this event will help show the council’s planners that the dog track is needed for jobs and leisure and not housing-and when we win the planning battle we win the war.
Please help us to bring jobs, leisure and greyhound racing back to Walthamstow Stadium. Only by working together will we be able to achieve our aims which will ultimately benefit us all.
Linda Jones and the SOS Team"



On Monday the Coronation heats kicked off at Romford and both Eye Onthe Tempo and Goldies Destiny (ran well with a massive bias to the rails) qualified. Back on Friday in freezing conditions with both drawn in the same semi again Goldies Destiny lead but the wides were again at a slight disadvantage and as he faded it was left to Eye Onthe Tempo to throw down a challenge but once hitting the front he himself was caught near the line but has made it through to next week's final.

At Harlow on Friday plenty of seconds that included Royale Boy, Lord Pishy, Genesis Fuzzums and Justins Princess with the sole winner being Sweep Clean (26.23).

 

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE TEMPO
GRADED - SWEEP CLEAN


 

 

 

WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

The heats of the Coral TV Puppy Stakes tonight at Romford involve both our promising duo of Rockburst Canyon and Gan On Parker. The heats of the Betfair Prestige begin on Tuesday at Hall Green and Kinda Easy runs from trap 6. Plans are really on hold for the rest of the week with the continued freeze but open racing at Harlow on Wednesday and Romford on Friday features the Coronation Cup final with Eye Onthe Tempo running from trap 1.

 

 

WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS

A difficult act to follow after last year's impressive 245 point profit! Not too sure if there are any current bets worth having for a week or two with most of our kennel well short of fitness and runs but one thing that I keep looking at is the Greyhound Derby ante-post betting. As much as it's pleasing to see Eye Onthe Storm at the head of the market at around 16/1 it's incredible that our defending champ Kinda Ready is a 100/1 chance. There are so many reasons why he should not be this price and our first investment of the year should be not only a loyal one but a sensible one too. Both Rapid Ranger and Westmead Hawk in recent years have won back to back Derby's and I don't see any reason why 'Del Boy' can't repeat this incredible feat.

KINDA READY - 2.5 points e.w - 2010 William Hill Greyhound Derby 100-1 generally - Wimbledon

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