Monday 12th January 2009
Saturday night's Championship celebration party at The Hare in Roxwell was a real special night and I would like to say a massive thank you to landlord and host Peter Sanderson for organising and looking after my owners and guests so well. Judging by the amount of calls and texts I've had the last two days it was a memorable night where in particular the food served was out of this world! and if anyone is ever near this beautiful pub situated near Chelmsford it is highly recommended you pay a visit. For some the evening went on long into the early hours and like me were probably nursing a sore head Sunday morning but it was well worth it. Clive Lawrence produced a brilliant dvd capturing the highlights of the year which we showed earlier in the night and I sold out of copies (£10 each that will go to the retired dogs) so if anyone would like a copy then please let me know. This dvd and pictures (a taster below!) of the night's celebrations will be shown on this site in a couple of weeks' time. While we are on the subject of parties, I still have a couple of spare tickets for the GBGB Awards night on the 25th of this month at the Hilton Metropole so if you would like to join my tables on the night give me a shout.
On the track, despite the continued freeze we are all enduring, the racing has kicked into overdrive and we can look back on a very successful start to the year. Droopys Zach has won his heat and semi of the Coronation Cup at Romford and goes into next Friday's £3,000 final with a realistic chance. The Category 1 Birmingham Cup at Perry Barr also started last Friday. Wins for both Eye Onthe Brave and Goldcrest King (recommended ante-post bet) with both Directors Ruler and Mountjoy Gold qualifying as well was pleasing though the fact we have got three of our runners in one of the semi's is not ideal. In all we had 9 open winners since Monday which will give us plenty of confidence going into another busy week. Encouragingly also, after short breaks we will be bringing the likes of Centaur Decree, Roswell Startrek, Aero Blackjack and Corrig Vieri back to the track with competitions in February in mind.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest member of staff Will Shapiro who joined the team last Tuesday and wish him all the best. As much as it says my name against the winners each time, this as always is very much a team effort!
As said above on Monday Droopys Zach won his heat of the Coronation Cup at Romford in great style leading at the 5th bend to pull away by 5 3/4 lengths in 36.94 -100. Our other runners Mooloolaba (4th) was slightly unlucky and Mountjoy Diamond (5th) were eliminated. On Tuesday at Hall Green Butterbridge Ali was a shade disappointing when ran out of a qualifying spot for next week's Prestige final but an eye catching trial by pup Kinda Ready (28.53 calc) before racing was pleasing. On Wednesday morning at Wimbledon Rockburst Mason (won trial in 28.97 calc) and Bomber Bailey blew away some cobwebs as they trialled in preparation for the forthcoming Springbok. On the same night at Harlow, disappointingly only the Monkey Maiden Stayers heats, which our only runner Lockdale Storm won by 1 1/2 lengths in 38.40 calc, and a 415m Standard, Seanis Strike (3rd), filled with many advertised races not getting entries. Also on the same night our four open runners at Coventry all ran well with Lockdale Duke (2nd), Hollywell Brett (4th), Risky Fabio (4th) and Bee My Honey at last getting a clean run to the bend when landing a 480m Maiden in good style by 2 3/4 lengths in 29.66 (+20).
On Friday in the heats of the Birmingham Cup at Perry Bar, Eye Onthe Brave, who had been a bit unlucky in his previous two races, managed to see a bit of daylight and led at the third bend to take the opening heat by a length in 28.63 (-20). Heat 3 was tricky with three of our entries pitched together. Eye Onthe Class was given no chance when getting bumped by Rio Quando out of the boxes but despite taking a bump himself Goldcrest King showed pace to take the lead at the second bend and hold off kennelmate Directors Ruler by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.57 (-20). Mountjoy Gold was made even money favourite in the last heat and led round the first two bends but, with the strong running Shaneboy Luke right on his tail, had to settle for second place beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 28.40 (-20). At Romford on the same night Congo Invader scored an overdue success when landing a 400m Maiden in 24.33 by a short head. Eye Onthe Flame was runner up to Winkys Don in the 400m hurdles beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 24.63, In the semi-final of the Coronation Cup over 575m in-form Droopys Zach overcame a few bumps to win nicely by 1 1/4 lengths in 35.88 to book his place in the final. Genesis Dream got back to winning ways taking the 575m Stayers beating Harlow Lad a length in 35.84. Our four runners on Sunday at Coventry started well when Pinewood Evo cracked out the traps and led all the way to score by 2 1/4 lengths in 29.42. Ballyfinn Swift (4th) and Reagrove Class (3rd) ran OK and in the final race Elusive Jazz again ran well but couldn't peg back Ina Rush going down by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.39.
In Wednesday's graded races Aero Furtado was 2nd on her debut beaten 3 lengths in 27.55 (-50). Also in her debut race Emly Lee showed promise when 4th and was best of our six runners. The winners came when we returned on Friday with Treacle Rose hacking up by 6 lengths in 26.47 (-15) and Risky Sensation continued her fine start to her career when she showed terrific early to lead and give kennelmate Hollywell Dixie a 3 length beating in a good 26.39 (-15). Cassius Clay poked his head in front when it mattered to score by a short head in 26.79 (-15), Toasting Jack (3rd) and Rusheen Classic (2nd) both ran well and in the S1 Bell Tornado, returning after 6 weeks, blasted out the traps and flew round to win by over 5 lengths in a fast 37.79 (-25) with Genesis Sister back in 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - GOLDCREST KING
GRADED - RISKY SENSATION
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Another busy week in prospect starting on Monday where the very promising Kinda Easy along with Hollywell Brett travel to Nottingham for a trial in preparation for the Puppy Futurity over 500m. On Tuesday no runners in the Prestige final at Hall Green but on the supporting Sky card we will be looking for winners with the likes of Mountjoy Ruby, Kinda Ready, Butterbridge Ali, Eye Onthe Flame, Tipp The Breeze and Genesis Alix. Opens at Coventry and Harlow on Wednesday featuring the Monkey Maiden Stayers final in which Lockdale Storm runs. The second round of the Birmingham Cup continues at Perry Bar on Friday and sadly we again have three runners in the same heat. At Romford the feature race is the £3,000 to the winner Coronation Cup final. At last Rockburst Mason will make his debut over the hurdles on Saturday with kennelmate Bomber Bailey at Wimbledon in the first batch of Springbok Trial Stakes. Opens at Coventry the following Sunday complete the week's work.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
MOUNTJOY RUBY - 2 point win Hall Green Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDREST KING - 2 points e.w Birmingham Cup - Perry Bar (20/1) - still in and down to 10/1 best price
HOLLYWELL PEARL - 1 pt win - next run at Harlow - Wed - lost
RISKY SENSATION - 3 pt win - next run at Harlow - Fri - won - evens