Monday 12th January 2015
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Adageo Bob and Vanfrenchie will look to make it a perfect start in 2015 for Imperial Kennels as they go into the Coral Coronation Cup Final at Romford on Tuesday with serious chances of landing the £5,000 to the winner event. Adageo Bob, our leading open race winner in 2013 (15 open wins) and 2014 (17 open wins), only really lacks a big Romford competition from his CV and no doubt he's not been at his best in the event so far where he's been suffering from a bit of cramp in the races to date. If these issues are resolved, and I'm 90% certain they will be, then the race will be at his mercy as no disrespect to his rivals he is the best 575m dog in the race.
As we know from past experience, not always the fastest dogs win the races and if Adageo Bob makes any mistakes then the well drawn kennel mate Vanfrenchie would not need any second invite, he is more than capable of dipping under the 35.00 barrier and with middle runners in traps 2,3 and 4 is the best drawn dog in the final.
A cracking first Sky card of 2015 will keep armchair greyhound fans happy and if the weather stays mild a good crowd can be expected at Romford. With the likes of Blonde Razor, Ilewin Allot, Evanta Fantasy and Aayamzaone in supporting races we will be looking to pinch plenty of points in our early thrust on the Trainer Of The Year title. Cornamaddy Jumbo also makes his seasonal debut over hurdles but the race isn't on Sky. Most interesting could be the in form Vanrooney making his debut over 8 bends. He powered to another victory at Towcester on Thursday over a stiff 686m and I think he will love the 750m. It's interesting that only 7 months ago Vanrooney was one of the Derby favourites over 480m and now he is being tried over a short 8 bend trip. He is one of a few from our kennel that are currently in the betting for the forthcoming Golden Jacket but at this stage he is unlikely to be entered. Also Billys Bullet is an unlikely entry at Crayford though he will be aimed at the Prestige at Hall Green starting a week Wednesday. More disappointing for us is Crayford specialist Aayamzamodel who has come in season and probably our best chance of defending Hometown Honey's victory last year has gone. Black Francis, a more than capable open racer, will definitely be aimed at the Jacket and also, if we can get her qualified in time, new intake Garryglass Pixie, who could be interesting.
Talking of the Golden Jacket there has been plenty of debate over the new format with the final now moving from its traditional Saturday morning slot to a Tuesday night as the final is live on Sky Sports. This will mean three runs in ten days to decide the winner of the £17,500 event instead of the heats, semi's and final being staged over three consecutive Saturdays. This will play into the hands of the stronger stamina types in my opinion. Personally I think it's a shame we lost the traditional Saturday morning final as it was always a great occasion in the year but certainly the race will now reach a wider audience being on Sky and more importantly for the bookmakers it will be in the betting shops which means they can get maximum turnover for the race. Again greyhound racing will make decent money for the betting industry, it's just amazing that we all let them have our product so cheaply but hey let's not get into the politics of the sport this early in the year!
I hope everyone has now had a chance to read our excellent Website Review (Pete's Column) and Awards of 2014. It's something I always enjoy compiling and over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a complete 'Class Of 2015' featuring all the greyhounds currently in our kennel ready to do battle this year. Talking of awards, Adageo Bob is a leading player in the RPGTV Greyhound Of The Year which would be a nice bonus should he be successful (would be nice if all our readers could nominate Adageo Bob please - email email@example.com). We are also very much looking forward to the GBGB Greyhound Of The Year award night on the 25th at the Lancaster London and to be honest it won't bother me if we didn't win an award with our contenders, it's just a fabulous social occasion where people can forget the politics and let their hair down and enjoy themselves, you can't beat a night with all greyhound people.
This week the new Greyhound Star website (www.greyhoundstar.co.uk) has been launched and I must say it looks fabulous and its creator Floyd Amphlett promises it will be the most informative and up to date website the sport has seen so far with daily stories and features with all the latest news. Tracks will post their updates as will the GBGB and I will be doing a regular column featuring our kennel's up to the minute stories so this will be essential for all our followers.
On Wednesday in the semi finals of the Coral Coronation Cup at Romford Vanfrenchie turned second in the first semi but had no answers to Droopys Marion who won in a good 35.07 with Vanfrenchie 3 1/2 lengths behind making the final. Blonde Razor went off a warm favourite in the second semi but a slow start and trouble at the first bend saw him disappointingly finish 5th but there was better news for Dick and Ann Barfoot's Adageo Bob who landed the hot 3rd semi final. A good break saw him turn second behind Hometown Day around the first two turns missing the trouble behind which saw both Longrange Dennis and Millwards Master knocked over and favourite Airport Captain effectively put out of the race. Bob eventually wore down Hometown Day and hit the front before the last two bends but again cramped on the run in allowing Hometown Day to get within 3/4 of a length of him. The time of 35.02 was still the quickest of the three semi's and that is a real warning to all his rivals.
A superb night at Towcester on Thursday as they opened their doors to a third night of racing featuring open races. The heats of the January £500 Standard kicked off with a great win for Evanta El Greco who beat favourite Killglen Chief by 1/2 length in 28.74. In the second heat Van Frankie missed his break but qualified for next Thursday's final when getting up for 2nd beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 28.63.
The third semi went the way off Calco Flyer who flew from the traps and held off a strong challenge to win by a head in 28.60. In between the heats we had fine wins for Black Francis over 655m who won by 1 1/2 lengths in 39.93 and over the 686m Vanrooney was most impressive winning by over 6 lengths in 41.69. Vanayamzaman making his debut scored in a sprint showing fine pace by 1 length in 15.68.
On Friday at Romford Rosealinda (3rd) and Huggies Buck (2nd) both ran well but Evanta Fantasy stole the show when upsetting both kennel mate Aayamzaone (2nd) and the fast Millwards Katy in a hot bitches 400m to win by 3 1/4 lengths in a fastest of the night 23.93.
After a brilliant night on Thursday in the opens it was a case of after The Lord Mayors Show on Friday and Saturday where we failed to win in the grades. On Friday Aclamon Josie was beaten a short head in 28.69 as was Crown Jewel in 28.59 both running well. On Saturday Brocatsea Bhoy came closest of our seven runners when 2nd after leading with Kid Charlemagne making his race debut a touch unlucky in 4th.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tuesday sees the first major race of the year with The Coral Coronation Cup and both Adageo Bob and Vanfrenchie bid to keep the title at Imperial Kennels after we won last year with Reel Trickyone. A great supporting card where we have plenty of runners could make it a great night for the kennel.
On Thursday we have three runners in Van Frankie, Evanta El Greco and Calco Flyer in the January £500 Standard Final at Towcester as well as supporting opens.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Adageo Bob our recommended ante post bet could get our year off to a great start if he lands the Coronation Cup tomorrow night. Best bet on the supporting card might be Vanrooney who is in great form, the 750m is experimental but he is a class act.and loves winning.
VANROONEY - 2 pts win - Romford - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ADAGEO BOB - 5pts win ante post 9/4 - Coral Coronation Cup - Romford - final Tuesday