Monday 13th June 2011
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Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
OR YOU CAN DONATE AT www.giveabitback.net
A busy and hectic week for the kennel gave us plenty of food for thought but firstly we have to say congratulations to Charlie Lister and owners Steve and Becki Taylor for their magnificent Derby success with Taylors Sky, a worthy champion and what a performance in the final, clocking a sensational 28.17 a new track record it was a fitting winner that has enabled legend Charlie Lister a record sixth Derby title something that may never be beaten in our lifetime. On a lighter note after racing I congratulated both Charlie, Steve and Becki on their achievements and pointed out to Charlie it was now time for him to retire and give the younger generation a chance! I won't tell you what his answer was but like the true gentleman he is he also said he was glad we never had one in the final as he would have been more worried. Personally I hope Charlie goes on for many years to come as he sets the benchmark for all other trainers to aspire to, good luck and well done to him and his team for the foreseeable future.
It was a brilliant night for ourselves on the track with Mountjoy Comet superbly landing the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy and the £6,000 first prize for deserving owner Patsy Canavan. Comet had to really battle to get a lead with the early paced Droopys Boo inside him but showing a great deal of determination Comet forged to the front around the opening turns and eventually shook off the persistent Droopys Boo much to the delight of all his supporters at the 4th bend. Running on strong Mountjoy Comet came home to win by 2 1/4 lengths in a good 28.71. At the presentation it was an honour for us to receive the trophy from Tony Morris's widow Maria plus sponsors Michael Tabor and John Humphreys and listening to Maria speaking to Darell Williams I certainly felt myself welling up a little bit, you could clearly see how much she has missed Tony.
It was also great to have the last winner for the second year running when Jazz Apollo landed the British Bred race following Jogadusc Ace's victory last year. In the last couple of months Jazz Apollo has ran really well and his obvious target, the same as Mountjoy Comet, will be the Swindon Produce Stakes later this month, although Jazz Apollo will be taking in the Olympic at Hove which starts this Thursday.
As much as I enjoyed the Derby night, and you can't beat having winners, you could still hear a lot of grumbles from people and perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that some of the tables in the restaurant were not taken due to the ludicrous price of £480 for a table of four. Again the evening for a larger than last year's crowd left a lot to be desired and one wonders how we can hold our premier event in these conditions. The action on the track may have been great and it was but how many of the casual racegoers that went to enjoy the Derby will be returning? I know for sure that a lot of people stayed at home and watched it on the tele. The GRA have a lot to answer for in respect of the dramatic decline in greyhound racing and I speak on behalf of many thousands - GREYHOUND RACING DESERVES BETTER.
One positive concept is GOBATA's initiative to form a Trainers League, hopefully to be called the Premier League and they should be applauded for all the work done in bringing this concept forward and Saturday's Racing Post advert has certainly got people talking. To get this idea moving forward funding is going to have to come from within the sport and I strongly urge all supporters of the greyhound industry to try and make a contribution to get this idea off the ground. Indeed with the share option it is an investment and we can thank Martin White and Chris Page and many others for unselfishly trying to do something for the sport. There are plenty of sceptics out there who would think this Premier League would only suit the top end of the scale and yes most definitely to maximise the betting turnover you would need the likes of Charlie Lister, ourselves and all the other top open race kennels to be involved - an example being in the successful Premier League of Darts, how many people would watch it if Phil 'The Power' Taylor wasn't involved? If GOBATA manages to pull this off, and the signs are good, their commitment to filter profits from the Premier League into grass roots level is promised. It can be disheartening looking at the forums and listening to certain people who have personally attacked myself for creating this original idea but I personally, the same as GOBATA, am only trying to help the industry move into a new era because if we leave everyhting to the promoters and the GBGB we are doomed.
Along with other supporters I attended the Walthamstow meeting on Friday moring where MP Ian Duncan Smith supported Rick Holloway and his SOS team and in the words of Linda and the other members they can "sniff a victory". As always we have to praise these people for their efforts and over the next couple of weeks we should be hearing a lot more. Thanks also to Rick for a great night on Sunday where we attended his 50th birthday bash on a boat sailing up and down the River Thames. It was a thoroughly good night.
Blonde Fletch has now sailed into another Category 1 Final this Friday at Monmore, where he is unbeaten, in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic, an event we won two years ago with Droopys Zach. Unbelievably Blonde Fletch was overlooked in the Greyhound of the Month Award for May after going unbeaten through the Category 1 Coral Regency at Hove. His performance in the final where he had to come from behind was not only exciting but was sensational. I just don't know where the writers are coming from picking Razldazl Jayfkay who demolished inferior dogs in the opening rounds of the Derby. Yes of course he did some great times but in my opinion no way deserved to be in front of Blonde Fletch in the pecking order.
Just a reminder that our Five To Follow competition will be starting on 1 July. Full details of this free to enter competition will be on this website next week.
With the Derby taking full exposure, a brief look at last week's open races which started with Blonde Fletch winning by a country mile in the heats of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore.
Tuesday saw a double at Mildenhall for Mountjoy Orion and at long last Directors Wit.
We were out of luck at Oxford and Sittingbourne on Thursday and it was disappointing not to get a winner at Romford on Friday.
Mountjoy Comet and Jazz Apollo's victories at Wimbledon gave us a tremendous end to the week.
On Wednesday Dobbydaize secured his best victory winning an A3 comfortably in 28.38 and promising pup Sulphur Spring landed an A1 in style recording 28.33.
Another double on Saturday night as Aoifes Candy, our first ever runner in a 695m graded race, held off all challengers to win by a head and Legit Jack, a prolific graded dog, scored again in 28.32.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today saw Blonde Fletch and ALdataro Lass in action at Monmore in the semis of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic while newcomers Benkaat Boy and Bit View Emma contest the heats of the 400 Coral Maidens at Romford.
Opens on Tuesday at Mildenhall and Hall Green BAGs card on Wednesday precede competitions starting on Thursday at Oxford where Lil Risky runs in the Pall Mall heats, at Hove Jazz Apollo and Royal Premium are in the Cat 2 Olympic and Dalcash Scolari, Bourne Masons and Goldies Destiny travel to Henlow for the Primus Telecom Gold Cup over 550 metres with Dalcash Scolari, who has a fine record at Henlow, likely to start a warm favourite for the event.
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Following Blonde Fletch's victory ante post in the Regency, Mountjoy Comet landed the spoils for us when winning the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy at Wimbledon on Saturday at juicy odds of 12/1. And Jazz Apollo's victory in the last left all of us and many more smiling all the way to the bank.
Saturday's results are a hard act to follow but if there is any ante post betting at Henlow we must put Dalcash Scolari in our bets. Lil Risky is a front runner who needs a middle draw and he has got that in the heats on Thursday and would be a small wager ante post. Jazz Apollo would be our best chance of landing the Olympic.
DALCASH SCOLARI - 5 pts win ante post - Primus Telecom Gold Cup, Henlow - starts Thursday
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts ew ante post - Coral Olympic, Hove - starts Thursday
LIL RISKY - 1 pt ew ante post - Betfair Pall Mall, Oxford - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
MOUNTJOY COMET - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - Final Saturday - WON
AYAMZAGIRL - 2 pts win - Dorando Marathon - Wimbledon - Saturday - non runner
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts win - British Bred - Wimbledon - Saturday - WON 6/4