Monday 12th September 2011
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The next few weeks are probably the busiest of the year in terms of open racing and we hope to feature in some of the major races coming up. If we are to win the Trainers Championship we will need to have all our runners in tip top shape and hope they stay healthy and sound. We were disappointed not to have a runner in last week's Champion Stakes final, won in thrilling fashion by Jimmy Wright's Droopys Hestor, but the performance of Lil Risky when winning the Champion Night Standard made the evening worthwhile. For the first time in a few months last weekend we were dislodged at the top of the Championship standings by Chris Allsopp and Charlie Lister is moving menacingly up the table. The title looks to be only between the three of us and now with every forthcoming competition there is an added edge with valuble points to be scored. This was highlighted on Saturday where both Chris Allsopp and Charlie Lister had a strong hand as we approached the semi-finals of the valuable East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth and in the first semi Charlie took the honours with an 'all the way' success for Yahoo Jamie in 27.89 with Chris's two runners Fifis Rocket and Brittons Empire both eliminated. The second semi looked on paper a match between Ballymac Ace for Chris and Scottish Derby champion Taylors Cruise for Charlie. Write us off at your peril as our Rookery Pedro caused a major shock when running the race of his life to beat the fancied pair by a short head in 28.24. Rookery Pedro only came in as a reserve and is giving his owners Pat and Barbara Hancock enormous pleasure. The 10 points scored for winning the semi-final coupled with a victory for the in form Lil Risky in the heats of the Magners Sprint and the scintillating win for Blonde Fletch in the heats of the Derby Purse have seen us move back to the top of the table by a narrow margin. Obviously now Thursday's final worth £12,000 with 50 points for winning 20 for second and 10 for third and 5 points to the others will have a major bearing on the table at the end of the week.
As I said not only this week do we have the finals at Yarmouth but two other major competitions get underway. Tonight the Category 1 Coral Romford Puppy Cup begins and it's fair to say it has attracted some of the best pups in training. The top class Wimbledon Puppy Derby winner Eden Star for Barry Draper is the market leader and even Charlie Lister makes a rare raid down south with recent Monmore festival winner Bucks Blade though he faces tough opposition in the shape of Jim Daly's Fire Food Chili. The promising Mountjoy Osprey, an April 10 son of Star Of Dromin, runs in this heat and is one of seven entries for us. Litter brother Mountjoy Falcon, who trialled very well last week, has a good draw in heat 5 as does Bit View Emma in heat 4. Recent 575m scorer Carden Twilight faces a tough draw in heat 6, Benkaat Boy needs to rediscover his early form to figure but has a fast 24.00 trial to his name while it will be interesting to see how both New Phase and Kinda True perform on their British debuts though whatever happens to these two youngsters they look to have promising careers.
On Saturday the William Hill St Leger kicks off and Blonde Fletch at the moment heads the market. This could be a major factor in terms of our Trainers Championship hopes as he should have a great chance of landing his third Category 1 title following the Sunderland Grand Prix and Hove Regency titles as well as other high profile wins this year. Some people may find it strange that we are running him in the Sat/Wed Derby Purse at Yarmouth three days before the Leger starts but we are convinced that this is what suits our superstar. Don't rule out a big run in the event from Aero Majestic who looks a lovely staying prospect as well and we may drop the useful Mountjoy Orion down in trip for the event.
Just to complete a busy week for competitions the Henlow Bookmakers Silver Salver kicks off on Thursday and defending champion Dalcash Scolari bids to extend his terrific record of nine wins from ten races over the 550m trip even though he is now at the veteran stage.
Well done to Dolores Ruth and Razldazl George in landing the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby at Shelbourne on Saturday. I haven't had the chance to see the race yet but was told it was a thriller.
One last point I would just like to say good luck to Tom Bent in his new job and for the future. Tom, who has worked for us for 18 months, will still hold a licence for us and will hopefully still be seen giving us a hand when time permits.
Rockburst Fanta led but could only finish 4th in the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden on Monday at Romford.
Back to the Essex track on Wednesday for the Sky covered Champion Stakes meeting and in supporting races Lil Risky scored a memorable win in the Champion Night Standard final beating a good field convincingly in a fast 23.86.
No luck in the other supporting races although Mountjoy Osprey was very unlucky in the Puppy 400m when showing great pace again only to find his path blocked at the third bend when challenging for the lead eventually finishing 4th behind the useful Sequential.
At Yarmouth the same night Rookery Pedro ran well when finishing 2nd to Diesel Malc in the East Anglian Derby 2nd round.
At Henlow on Thursday both Corrig Vincent and All That Noise ran well when runners up in 550m races but Dalcash Scolari took off again over track and trip scoring in 33.63.
Rockburst Lenny was our sole winner at Romford on Friday scoring well by 6 lengths in 35.78.
As said on Saturday Rookery Pedro scored his maiden open win when winning the East Anglian Derby semi-final and wins for Lil Risky and Blonde Fletch made it a great night for the kennel and Aoifes Candy also qualified in the Derby Purse when second,.
A Harlow last night both Goldies Destiny and Legit Jack were well beaten in the heats of the Bigwin.com Property Stakes.
Not too many runners with all the opens on this week but on Wednesday Legit Jack was runner up before Mountjoy Eagle scored a debut win in an A3 by 1 length in 28.55.
On Saturday Ayamzababe ran on well to take second place in an A4 and Risky Rosaleen scored well in an A2 in a good 28.28 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Coral Puppy Cup begins tonight at Romford and we have seven entries in total.
On Wednesday the Yarmouth festival week sees two finals come to a conclusion, the Magners Sprint with in form Lil Risky in trap 2 and Blonde Fletch and Aoifes Candy in the Derby Purse should give us some excellent chances.
The East Anglian Derby final at Yarmouth returns to its old slot on a Thursday and Rookery Pedro bids to defy the odds and is well drawn in trap 6. Other supporting opens boost the card.
Also on Thursday the Henlow Bookmakers Silver Salver kicks off and on Friday the Romford Puppy Cup continues.
Saturday sees the William Hill St Leger get underway and Blonde Fletch will start as ante-post favourite.
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Lil Risky kept our losses to a minimum as our bets on the Romford Sky card on Wednesday mostly went down. This week sees the start of two top class events - the Romford Puppy Cup begins tonight and the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon on Saturday. We lack some experience with a few of our runners in the Puppy Cup and some of our runners have drawn tough heats but the event is known for producing a few shocks. Mountjoy Falcon has only had two races to date at Yarmouth but in a trial at Romford last week moved very well when recording 24.25 and is worth an e.w interest at 33/1. Blonde Fletch will be ante-post favourite in the William Hill St Leger and we should stick by him but also I like the look of Aero Majestic as an e.w prospect. I don't see why Lil Risky can't win the Magners Sprint at Yarmouth on Wednesday and is worth a decent bet at what should be a shade of odds against.
MOUNTJOY FALCON - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Romford Puppy Cup - starts tonight
LIL RISKY - 5 pts win - Yarmouth - Wednesday
BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts win ante-post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - Saturday
AERO MAJESTIC - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
LIL RISKY - 2pts win - Romford - Wednesday - WON 7/4
MOUNTJOY ORION - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday - lost
MOUNTJOY OSPREY - 1 pt win - Romford - Wednesday - lost
MUNSTER CHAMP - 1 pt win - Romford - Wednesday - lost
0.25 pt win lucky 15 - 1 pt win accumulator - stake 4.75 pts - lost 3.70