Monday 13th December 2010
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Kinda Ready may have been last in Thursday's superb Betfred Eclipse final but you can't help thinking what could have been had he swapped traps with eventual winner Nambisco. Breaking fast from trap 4 he dived straight for the rails only for his path to be blocked by the equally fast trapping trap 2 runner, Scottish Derby winner Nambisco. Still finding himself in a good position in 3rd at the first bend his race was as good as over when Ballymac William chopped in front of him off the second bend causing Kinda Ready to take evasive action and losing his plac. There was no way back from there with the going on the night massively suiting front runners, Nambisco trained by Carly Philpott held on in the end to lift the trophy which was a tremendous comeback from injury shortly after winning the Scottish Derby and credit must go to Carly for getting Nambisco right on the night. It was an altogether forgettable night for the kennel at Nottingham where some heavy defeats left us scratching our heads a bit. How different a year can be, last year at the same meeting Eye Eye Pickle scored a brilliant open win and Eye Onthe Storm defied all the odds to produce a stunning display of power to win the Eclipse final with ease. It was certainly a long drive home last Thursday but thankfully all the runners came home safe and sound with only Kinda Easy looking slightly dehydrated. We have had quite a bit of kennel sickness recently but to be fair every runner that has raced the last couple of weeks has been free from the bug, there's just no point in letting them run if there is any doubt. Kinda Ready will now be rested with a campaign planned around one thing and that's the 2011 Derby. What a story that would be if he could come back and regain his Derby crown and if we could get him in the form he has shown over the last couple of weeks at Nottingham then the dream is most definitely on.
Talking of the Derby forgotten dog Blonde Snapper is now back in the kennel after returning from Ireland where he disastrously suffered an injury preparing for the Harolds Cross Puppy Derby back in September. Now given a clean bill of health he will be prepared also with the Derby in mind. Adageo last year's finalist from the kennel has had problems with what seemed an innocuous injury suffered in a sprint trial at Monmore but is now also on the road to recovery and he could again go well in next year's premier Classic. Our open race year is coming to an end and one bright spot has to be Destroy The Camp, coming from an A6 at Harlow back in April he recorded his 11th win from 25 races when winning a decent 480m at Wimbledon on Tuesday and though he faces a stern test tomorrow night on the Sky card he looks genuine Derby material. Hopefully there will be more stars to emerge over the next few months, we are going to need them to wrestle the Trainers Championship back off Seamus Cahill in 2011, but really we can't wait to see the back of 2010 which has been a difficult year. I will be reviewing the year in a week or 2 and will also be giving readers an in depth review of our kennel with my thoughts on their plans for 2011, my staff will also be putting up their dogs to follow for next year.
Directors Ruler one of the last remaining dogs from the kennel who raced at Walthamstow has now been retired. The son of Persian Ruler has had 86 races winning 20 times with the highlight being winning the Christmas Festival for Dogs at Monmore in 2008. A real kennel favourite he will go back to Ireland to Brian Ahern who bred him and might have a litter or two with some of his brood bitches.
On Monday the Christmas Festival at Monmore turned out to be a nightmare. In the feature event the Festival Stayers favourite for the competition Blonde Fletch had to be withdrawn on the morning after succumbing to the kennel sickness, Directors Spur looked to have a reasonable chance when lying handy off the first bend in his heat but quickly back-pedalled looking lame to be well beat, a check revealed a torn grascillis which will keep him off the track for a couple of months. Defeats for Catunda Mae, Severn Barcelona and Kinda Close (ran well when 3rd) in the Bitches 480m and Directors Ruler in the Dogs 480m meant no representatives in Friday's finals.
On Tuesday at Wimbledon Aldataro Lass went out of the re-scheduled Oaks when a fast finishing 4th but in supporting races Destroy The Camp ran very well to win a good class 480m in 28.67.
As said Thursday at Nottingham proved difficult with Ayamzagirl best of our seven runners when 2nd to Slick Sapphire in the gruelling 905m.
From our four runners on Monday the improving Dobbydaize ran well when 2nd in an A4 while Aero Merlin also ran good when 3rd in a top quality A1.
On Saturday Kinda Breezy kicked off proceedings with an emphatic win in an A2 scoring by nearly 5 lengthsin a blistering 28.17. The Yarmouth Championship for top grade dogs kicked off with four first round heats and Corrig Vincent landed heat 1 leading off the last to score by a length in 28.46. Legit Jack badly stumbled in heat 2 and lost all chance with the on fire Goldies Tara leading all the way to win by 1/2 length in 28.31. Scodan Parker was unlucky when 5th in heat 3. Our only other runner saw Gottabe Sleepy beaten a short head in 28.83 in an A5.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DESTROY THE CAMP
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Open racing at Wimbledon tomorrow night with supporting opens on Sky for the Oaks final. Risky Rosaleen (puppy) Eye Onthe Tempo and Destroy The Camp (standard) and Goldcrest Lord (sprint) all have chances. Graded racing at Yarmouth is tonight and runners expected on Friday's extra meeting and Saturday which features the semi-finals of the Yarmouth Championship. We could also be at Crayford Saturday with Ayamzagirl where the heats of the Boxing Day Marathon begin.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
I must admit that I put Risky Wand up for a bet last week before the entries for the race closed and I certainly wasn't expecting the likes of Jimmy Lollie and Rotar Wing in the race as they were still involved in the National Sprint and a draw wider than he'd like so we were always struggling.
A good chance to recoup losses as we try and hit the jackpot and get the Christmas money at Wimbledon tomorrow night. Sprinter Goldcrest Lord has been superb in his two comeback races and looks to have a golden opportunity to land the hat trick and warrants a maximum bet. Destroy The Camp looks like he's made for Wimbledon and though taking on better class he could rise to the occasion. Risky Rosaleen is a pup going places in a hurry and despite not having a look round Plough Lane she is worth a small interest.
GOLDCREST LORD - 5 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
DESTROY THE CAMP - 3 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
RISKY ROSALEEN - 1 pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
3 x 1 pt Doubles + 1 pt Treble - total 4 pts
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RISKY WAND - 2 pts e.w - Nottingham - Thursday - lost