Monday 12th November 2007
Racing Post Festival fever started this week at Walthamstow and once again the top class action was superb especially on Saturday. Right from the first race Barnfield Woodys 28.74 win in the heats of the Maiden Derby showed how Sam Poots and Darren Keefe's kennels are, and will be in the future, dominating the open scene. Derby finalist Cauly Fast Trap started the oldies competition off with a last to first victory. Spiridon Louis looked at his best in the heats of the Marathon beating our Genesis Alix (ran a stormer) by over 6 lengths. Rio Quondo is a dog I would love to train as he is something special as he showed striding away to win in 28.50 in the 475m standard. Astute Gift landed the main race of the night the Countrywide Steels And Tubes Goodwood Cup in a thrilling finish with Barnfield Jo. It was great to get on the score sheet as well when reserve Allglaze Cruise bolted up in the last heat of the Maidens but the best was saved for the last race as Directors Chair showed his class to win the £500 640m standard recording a fantastic 14.29 sectional on the way to a 2 3/4 length in 39.77.
As well as the Festival, this week has seen some top action not least Barnfield On Air's inevitable victory in the the £22,000 Blue Square final at Coventry on Thursday which had many greyhound fans believing they are watching one of the fastest dogs that has ever graced our race tracks. Also after winning the Romford Puppy Cup the previous two years we reluctantly gave up our crown to a superb young dog in Westmead Keawn who came from off the pace to win the prestigious event in a fast 24.07. With all this canine talent mentioned in the above summary it should lift any doom and gloom surrounding greyhound racing at the moment as I think we are in for a memorable year at least in the sport.
Don't forget Walthamstow's charity night for the retired dogs on the 24th November and any sponsorship for races fom £300, £500 and £1,000 would be welcome and anyone requiring tickets for the Goodwood Lounge for around £40 a head should let me know a.s.a.p.
Monday started with the re-scheduled meeting from Coventry and Butterbridge Ali recorded his 16th open win of the year in the heat of the 625m coming from way off the pace to land the spoils in a moderate 40.25. The Festival at Walthamstow started on Tuesday with the heats of the Goodwood Cup and Raging Jack represented our kennel but with only two qualifying he inevitably finished third. Thursday was the big final of the Blue Square 480m at Coventry and in the supporting finals Butterbridge Ali could only finish 4th to the winner Two Nicks in the 625m. Shelbourne Ryan ran in the novelty race for Shelbourne Stud dogs only and ran well for a while before Shelbourne Merc got loose to run away from the field to win by over 13 lengths in 39.45 . Our luck was out at Romford on Friday with both Fear Robben and Eye Onthe Veto beaten favourites in their respective races although both were not disgraced as they should strip fitter in the coming weeks. The Brighton Belle is a bitches competition that is always hard to win but Lindys Girl won her heat leading at the fourth bend to win a neck in 30.43 and could improve again next time. Stride On Babe and Genesis Dream found plenty of trouble but both are not fully out of season yet. At Walthamstow the Festival started properly and our first runner Fear Mykeo, who had been retired and in season, returned to lead up in her heat of the Seniors Derby but ran out of puff on the run in before finishing 4th to Caulry Fast Trap. In the heats of the V.C Marathon Genesis Alix led before being passed by superstar Spiridon Louis but to her credit stuck to the task gamely and deserved her place in the final along with Centaur Fugi who had a titanic battle with Malbay Thumper and En It eventually finishing second. Chase The Dream, our novice hurdler, faced his stiffest task to date in the standard 475m hurdle and despite his worst jumping performance in a race so far still ran OK finishing a close up 4th. Allglaze Cruise won the last heat of the Maiden Derby at juicy odds of 12/1 when she stepped up as a reserve but there was no fluke in her 29.07 6 1/4 length victory. Millwards Summit got caught in the third bend pile up but ran on to grab a qualifying place in third. As said above Directors Chair was impressive in the Standard 640m.
On Monday's BAGS card Megusta Manners (2nd), So Said He (3rd) and Largo Lassie (2nd) all ran with credit and it was nice to see Centaur Iris win over 4 bends when she came from behind to land the spoils in 29.67. Millwards Summit is starting to run well and was impressive when coming from off the pace to win in 29.16. On Tuesday the S1 looked competitive on paper and Lode Star and Geordie Shay were not fancied in the market but Lode Star has found a new lease of life and duly caught pace setter Tiger Scott on the run in to score by 1 1/4 lengths in a good 39.67 +15. Thursday's graded card was decent and it's nice to see Roswell Zodiac pick up another race showing good early pace to score in 29.53 -20. Lockdale Lady is a very fast bitch on her day and when she bulleted to a 4.89 sectional to lead up there was only one winner and the time was also special a calc 28.66 her best effort yet. Our third winner of the night came in the shape of Centaur Cappo who is improving all the time and again showed good determination to push his way through at the last bend to run away with the race by 2 lengths in 40.58 -30. Banjo Ocean(2nd) was the best of our few runners on the Friday BAGS card.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- DIRECTORS CHAIR
GRADED:- LOCKDALE LADY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Monday at Nottingham see's the start of Betfred Eclipse and Centaur Decree heads our team but has a tough heat to overcome. The festival is in full swing and on Tuesday the heats of the Puppy stakes over 475m looks very competitive with Eye Onthe Force in a very warm heat. On Thursday we hope to be strong in the 640m Stayers event with Fear Robben, Butterbridge Ali, Directors Chair and Discreet Cat all available. Also the Dual Distance event gets underway and we will enter Lindys Belle and Bell Tempest. On Friday we will be looking to give a few dogs a run at Romford and on Saturday Walthamstow has the heats of the Hurdles with Chase The Dream looking to make the Finals Night.