Monday 11th July 2011
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Tremendous wins for Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch on Saturday at Sunderland have given us a realistic chance of a famous double in the now firmly established William Hill festival of racing that concludes this Thursday. In the £25,000 to the winner Classic Blonde Snapper had a tough semi-final but breaking well he was soon on the heels of early leader Lampard and running a superb back straight he took over at halfway and kept on to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 27.23 on a very wet track rated 40 slow. With the likes of Taylors Cruise, Yahoo Jamie and Mill Pinpoint eliminated from his heat a repeat run would see Snapper go close in the final. In the £15,000 to the winner Grand Prix Blonde Fletch was more workmanlike than impressive in his semi-final wearing down Droopys Hestor to lead on the run in and score by 1 1/4 lengths in 40.32(-60) but certainly the conditions were in favour of front runners so it was a pleasing effort. Both the Mark Currell owned dogs have come out of the races in good shape which in Blonde Snapper's case is a real bonus given the fact he has had his fair share of injury problems and we can look forward to Thursday with real hope.
Mountjoy Comet and Mountjoy Orion completed a good night for the kennel on Saturday when both winning their respective heats of the Produce Stakes at Swindon which began with no less than twelve first round heats. Mountjoy Orion broke well and holding her lead to the 3rd bend pulled right away on the run in to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 28.76. Mountjoy Comet has improved with each look at the galloping track and despite not breaking in his best fashion he quickly shot to the front and won well by nearly 3 lengths in 28.54 to make it four wins from four races in his short career.
Saturday's wins at Sunderland and Swindon have seen us shoot back up to the top of the Trainers Championship standings as both events earned good points for us and now, especially at Sunderland, both competitions could have a pivotal bearing on the outcome of the title race come the end of the year.
It was nice to see Sittingbourne's initiative of giving winning trainers of their Sunday night open racing a chance to go in a free draw with a winning prize of £1,000 every month. This should encourage plenty of trainers to enter and the more winners they can get the more tickets they get in the draw. Ideas like this are the way forward when trainers are thinking twice about travelling long distances to keep expenses down especially with fuel costs these days. We started well last week with two winners but were out of luck this week.
Our popular Five to Follow competition kicked off last week and 174 entries, including last years winning team Mick Waters, will be looking to be at the top come the end of the year. First prize will be a table for four at next year's Trainers Championship meeting and £250 in betting vouchers for the night, runner up will have £250 in betting vouchers and 3rd, 4th and 5th will have a free £50 bet on us to win the meeting with William HIll. As an added prize any team that can get all five of their selections to win once or more in a single week will receive a £50 bonus betting voucher and also the leading points scorer for each month will receive a £25 betting voucher. Blonde Fletch, Blonde Snapper, Lil Risky and Mountjoy Comet are easily the most popular choices from the dogs and all have started well with the first three winning twice already and Comet getting off the mark on Saturday at Swindon. Ballintine Molly and Catunda Mae were popular choices from the bitches side. Good luck and let's hope all our greyhounds come off safe and sound!
The main action of the week as said above was at Sunderland and Swindon on Saturday night which proved successful.
On Friday a trip to Romford saw newcomer Aero Joker run a good race when runner up in a 400m Maiden as did Bit View Emma who found one to good for the third week running in her Maiden. Lightly raced Aero Majestic made a winning debut over six bends coming from last to first to land a 575m Maiden in 36.36, Rockburst Canyon again ran well in a Standard 400m when 2nd as well but in a warm top division that would have graced any major final Lil Risky, despite slightly missing he break, showed all kind of gears to lead and win in a 24.43 making it 7 wins from 8 runs at the track. We were probably slightly disappointed with our 575m Stayers with all three Adageo, Bourne Masons and Dalcash Scolari all well beaten.
At Sittingbourne on Sunday no winners but both Aldataro Lass (2nd) and Jazz Apollo (3rd) ran well.
Mint Bulb and Legit Jack both running well came closest on Monday when runners up and on Wednesday with our four runners Aoifes Candy was 2nd over 659m and Steam Machine opened her account with a fluent 5 length win in an A2 in a good 28.22 (+20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Bit View Emma runs in the heats of the Coral TV Puppy stakes tonight at Romford.
Runners at Mildenhall on Tuesday and on Thursday, as well as the heats of the Sussex Cup at Hove, the biggest night of the year for Sunderland sees the completion of the William Hill Festival of racing with both Blonde Fletch and Blonde Snapper in with serious chances of landing the two main races.
Opens at Romford Friday and the second round of the Produce Stakes at Swindon continues.
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No ante-post betting yet on the Produce Stakes at Swindon but if there is I still think Mountjoy Comet has a good chance of landing the title. I think bet365 are out of line with Blonde Fletch in the Grand Prix at Sunderland on Thursday so it's time to make them pay, take the 9/4 available - he won't be that price on the night.
MOUNTJOY COMET - 5 pts win ante-post - Swindon Produce Stakes - continues Friday
BLONDE FLETCH - 5pts win 9/4 (bet365) Grand Prix - Sunderland - Thursday
Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
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Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
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