Monday 12th November 2012
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READ MARK'S BLOG OF THE EXCITING
DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WIN
A tremendous week on the track for our in form kennel with Saturday night's double at Wimbledon in the St Leger quarter-finals being the highlight. Our open race runners dominated the scene all week and Friday at Romford saw four winners that included Ayamzaman landing the Coral On TV Standard Final in great style. This was his 19th win in 2012 and beating Fernhill Jess meant he went one ahead of his rival in the chase to be the leading open race winner in the country. Ayamzaman is still only an April 10 whelp and he looks to be getting stronger with every run and next year's Derby will still be on his agenda.
Ballintine Molly kicked off Saturday's William Hill St Leger quarter-finals with a gutsy head victory after showing good early pace to lead at the first bend and hold on gamely in 42.34. Blonde Reagan was next up in a tough heat that saw the elimination of ante-post favourite Droopys Robles. Blonde Reagan looked in a spot of trouble after a slow start but ran the first two bends well to turn in second place, moving well he was just caught from behind at the third bend losing vital ground and in the end he did well to keep on for second qualifying comfortably for next Saturday's semi's. Blonde Fletch came into the competition with little expectations after a lay off from injury and not known as a renowned Wimbledon specialist but in beating Express Trend by a fast diminishing head in 42.29 our veteran is now unbeaten in the event and very much in the hunt.
Walthamstow has dominated the news off the track this week and Saturday's rally outside the stadium attended not just by supporters of greyhound racing but many local residents who also oppose the planned development. Leading Tory MP Ian Duncan Smith is promising to have it
out with Mayor Boris Johnson on Tuesday who approved London & Quadrant's plans last week. I, like many, feel this is not the end for a return of greyhound racing at the iconic stadium, we must keep the pressure on at all times.
On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of being invited to the House Of Commons for the RGT reception attended by all parts of the industry. MP Andrew Rosenthal hosted the event in one of the private function rooms and walking around the historic building to the room was a real eye opener. RGT Chief Peter Laurie, a wonderful ambassador for our sport, gave a speech and a deserving presentation to Daren & Lee Johnson for raising nearly £50,000 for the RGT over the last 18 months in their work for the Giveabitback charity they run.
Our new Markwallisgreyhounds 'Racing Club' is gathering momentum and our first club greyhound I Am Titanium will have his last qualifying trial this Thursday at Yarmouth. We have now added a second greyhound for the club with the purchase of an exciting young pup Ollie Blue. This August 11 whelp has only been schooled and is fantastically well bred out of Kinloch Brae x Razldazl Liza. His mother Razldazl Liza is a daughter of prolific brood Razldazl Pearl and a full sister to top Irish tracker Makeshift. The last litter of Kinloch Brae x Razldazl Pearl produced Razldazl Jayfkay, Kingo, Razldazl George and Bubbly Razldazl. Ollie Blue will be having his first qualifying trials very soon so sign up to our 'Racing Club' and you can have a share in two potentially top class young pups for only £30 per month (£500 joining fee).
Our 5 To Follow competition is building up to a dramatic climax and no less than 20 or so teams have a realistic chance of victory. Kaans Rapid Racers 1 was holding a slender four point advantage over Beermonster 2 and with so many winners from the kennel last week there's sure to be plenty of movement on the leader board.
Tickets are now on sale for the GBGB Greyhound Of The Year Awards 2013 night on Sunday 27th January at the Lancaster Hotel London. This always is an exceptional night of entertainment where everyone can celebrate the action on the track in 2012. We hope to have a few nominations and of course I will be honoured to be crowned Trainer Of The Year (hope I'm not being too presumptuous!). I have pre-booked 5 tables of 10 for our owners and guests and tickets are £72 each and rooms are at aspecial rate around £140 using the the code GBG2013 which you can do byl ogging on to www.lancasterlondon.com.
At Nottingham on Monday Darian Star was just beaten a head and a head when third in the Bookmakers Maiden final and both Darian Chief (2nd) and Glanmire Lad (2nd) while over at Romford Ayamzaman made light work of his rivals taking his heat of the Coral On TV Standard in a fine 24.14(-20).
On Thursday at Henlow two excellent winners over 462m in Billy Mac (27.88) and a back to form Benkaat Boy who showed excellent pace to beat a good field in a fine 27.54. Over at Hove both Bridge Honcho and Bridge Ruth lost nothing in defeat when runners up in two good races.
A great night at Romford on Friday with four winners. Risky Trophy and Star One Day were both second before Glanmire Lad blasted to an incredible 3.51 sectional en route to a 4 ength win in the Puppy 400 in 24.02. Ayamzaman was impressive landing the Coral On TV Standard Final in 23.98 and it was great to see both Rockburst Lenny (35.78) and Mountjoy Orion (35.96) back on the podium when both landed 575's.
As said a brilliant night at Wimbledon where Blonde Fletch, Blonde Reagan and Ballintine Molly all progressed to the semi-finals of the William Hill St Leger.
On Sunday at Coventry our good form continued as Aero Joker (29.71) took the Bitches 480m and Newinn Chick showed excellent early to take the Puppy race by 1 1/2 lengths in a good 29.46. Hometown Honey capped off a good night when taking the 672m Stayers by 1/2 length in 41.99.
Great news for Yarmouth who performed well in the away leg of the Bags Championship at Peterborough finishing close up to the hosts with favourites Romford having a mountain to climb. Although we didn't suppy any runners at Peterborough we hope to help out in the home leg on the 21st November.
One bitch earmarked for the event is Darian Star who was our only winner on Saturday in 28.24 with Roberts Dancer (2nd) Mallogs Holly (3rd) and Swift Cidona (3rd) closest of our others.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Thursday we will probably be at RPTV's Hove and Henlow and Friday at Romford.
Nottingham is home of the Eclipse and Bridge Honcho, Jazz Apollo, Darian Chief and Kinda Neat will be entered for the first round heats on Frida.
Saturday is St Leger semi-final day and we hope to get our three runners Blonde Reagan, Blonde Fletch and Ballintine Molly into the final.
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Blonde Reagan continues to give us hope in the William Hill St Leger while the Eclipse starts at Nottingham on Friday,.Bridge Honch will have it all to do to beat Ballymac Eske but is an ideal competition dog and is worth an interest.
BRIDGE HONCHO - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Eclipse - Nottingham - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE REAGAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - semi-finals Saturday