Monday 12th October 2009
Fast and furious action on the track last week for our kennel with the highlight being the start of the 2009 William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon on Saturday, a prize that has eluded us so far but like this year's Derby confidence is high that we can change that and going into the event we had two of our three entries Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri at the head of the ante-post market in what looks the most open competition for years. Win machine Droopys Zach produced a workmanlike performance when taking a tough opening heat by 3/4 length in 41.00 (+35) while the classy Corrig Vieri bolted out of the traps (15.36 sec) in heat 3 and dispelled any stamina doubts when holding on to a 3 1/2 length lead recording a fastest of the night 40.75 (+35). Anyone thinking that Kinda Easy is our third string can think again and Racing Post guru Peter Meldrum's ante-post selection at 25/1 ran a fine race when 2nd to leading contender Crown Rover beaten only a length in 41.00 (+35) and looks like he can be a real force in the event. With some high profile eliminations including Hurleys Hero, Midway Skipper and Flying Winner amongst others Droopys Zach is now a clear favourite (6/1) going into Friday's second round with Corrig Vieri (7/1) 2nd in mo st lists and Kinda Easy only a 12/1 chance, lovely jubbly! and looking at the draw for Friday it's a rare one where all three of ours are drawn apart from each other with Corrig Vieri the only real worry getting trap 5 with six railers in his heat.
Not such good luck at Sunderland on Saturday for Eye Onthe Impact in the semi-final of the William Hill Puppy Derby when he found trouble at the first bend and then on the run in stopped chasing when distracted, we think by someone waving a programme. Hopefully this is just a minor setback as he seems a nice prospect. His owner John Keefe had better luck the night before at Romford when his Eye Onthe Tempo completed a hat trick when landing the £750 to the winner Maiden Stayers final over 575m in good style. Earlier in the week in front of the Sky cameras at Belle Vue his flying charge Eye Onthe Storm completed a six timer when showing great battling qualities to win a 470m race producing some comments of genuine Derby hopes for next year. On the same card another highlight was the performance of Bomber Bailey who came from way off the pace to catch and beat Platinumlancelot ending his run of 12 straight hurdle victories.
While on the subject of Belle Vue, I thought the interview with Maurice Watkins, the GBGB leader, with some searching questions from Sky's excellent presenter Gary Newbon, was dealt with in a calm and authoritive manner and after a turbulent first ten months there's hope that he, along with the rest of the newly formed board, can bring our sport out of the current recession and into a positive new era, as they now realise this can only be done with proper consultation with owners, trainers and breeders. But I would urge them to get out of their plush offices and firstly make sure the deal with Sky is sorted out pretty quickly as this jewel in the crown of greyhound racing cannot be lost at all costs! Sky's brilliant greyhound coverage producer Dave Lawrence made some very good points in his interview in yesterday's Racing Post and the idea of a 'Premier League' seems an interesting one - just look what it has done for Darts. I would also strongly urge the GBGB to make sure the sponsorship for next year's Derby is in place as quickly as possible. They must realise that it's most owners' dream whenever they are buying a greyhound, especially pups, that they could be a 'Derby dog' and the thought of a reduced prize money event or even no Derby is unthinkable and in my opinion would spell the end of Greyhound racing!
On Monday at Romford Eye Onthe Tempo followed up Friday's win with another victory in the heats of the Maiden Stayers over 575m by a head in 35.61 (+30) with odds on favourite Goldcrest King finding all kinds of trouble back in 5th.
On Tuesday we made the long journey to Belle Vue for the Sky races supporting the Laurels final. Face My Fortune (4th) ran well in the Bitches 470m and Eye Onthe Storm was again impressive in his first all aged race winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.03 (-40) and as said Bomber Bailey beat Platinumlancelot by 1/2 length in 28.79 (-40) in the Hurdle race. Possibly our two best chances of the night lost with Corrig Vieri only 4th in the 590m after a slow start and Droopys Zach just failed to reel in leader Centurian Enry who opened a big lead in the 670m eventually going down 3/4 length in 41.24 (-60).
On Wednesday Directors Wit won his heat of a 280m sprint at Coventry by 2 1/4 lengths in 17.11 while at Harlow no winners from our three open runners with Risky Invader (3rd), Bell Tornado (2nd) and Mountjoy Ruby (3rd).
On Friday at Romford Eye Onthe Tempo landed the Maiden Stayers final and Goldies Destiny came closest of our other runners when 2nd beaten a head in the 575m Stayers.
On Saturday as said above we we did well in the St Leger heats but not so well at Sunderland with Eye Onthe Impact. The opens at Coventry featured the heats of the Foxsports Ltd Warwickshire Oaks and our hope Face My Fortune ran well when 3rd beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 29.54. Our other three runners in the 480m Standard races produced a 2nd with Treacle Express beaten 2 1/4 lengths in 29.65, Kindred Sparky got back on the winner's podium taking Div 2 by a length in 29.62 and in Div 1 Eye Eye Pickle won well by 4 1/4 lengths in a fast 29.25 to end an excellent week for the kennel.
Just three graded runners on Wednesday with Sublime Rocket scoring an overdue success winning by 4 lengths in 27.81 (-160). On Saturday Bim Bam Boozle, a young June 08 pup, showed promise when 4th in his first ever race while it was good to see two other pups get off the mark - All That Noise, despite running into traffic problems, got up to score by a short head in 26.70 (+10) and looks a nice stayer in the making while Rockburst Canyon showed good early to lead at the first bend and score by a length in 26.26 (+10). Blackey Said So was 2nd before Mint Bulb landed a hat trick winning well by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.22 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Trials at Nottingham for two pups tonight Droopys Seve and Droopys Elbow which should suit both and opens at Hall Green on Tuesday featuring Eye Onthe Storm returning to the track where he broke the track record a fortnight ago. Opens at Harlow Wednesday as well as the Brandon Bullet sprint final with Directors Wit looking to follow up last week's win in the heats. Friday is the second round of the St Leger at Wimbledon with high hopes for Droopys Zach, Corrig Vieri and Kinda Easy in action with opens also at Romford. Eye Eye Pickle will be aimed at the Peter John Chinn Memorial race on Saturday at his favourite track Monmore and on Sunday the opens at Coventry feature the semi-finals of the Warwickshire Oaks.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Another good week for our followers with Directors Wit landing the odds at Coventry last Wednesday at 3/1 and Droopys Zach our ante-post selection for the St Leger at 12/1 now trading at half those odds after the first round. This week I think we can concentrate on the St Leger again and my iniitial reaction to the second round draw was that I strongly fancy Kinda Easy to win his heat drawn in trap 6 with a slow starter inside him and with Crown Rover in the race he is likely to go off a decent price.
KINDA EASY - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DIRECTORS WIT - 3 pts win - Coventry - Wednesday - WON 3/1
DROOPYS ZACH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - St Leger - Wimbledon - continues Friday
EYE ONTHE IMPACT - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Northern Puppy Derby - Sunderland - lost