Monday 13th September 2010
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A bit late with the newsletter this week as I have just arrived back from Dublin after a fabulous weekend where we took in Harold's Cross Puppy Derby on Friday night and the Ladbrokes Irish Derby Final at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
The weekend started well when I arrived on Thursday I travelled to Sean and Michael Dunphy's Droops Stud kennels where they showed me round and it was especially great to see the old stud dogs like Droopys Vieri, College Causeway, Westmead Hawk, Droopys Scolari, Droopys Maldini and one stud dog I like in particular at the moment Killahan Panther. They all looked magnificent and it was a real pleasure to see such dogs whose proteges grace many of our tracks over here. Sean and Michael's breeding has been prolific for producing top class open racers and competition winners for many years and we hope to have some of the pups that were out in the fields at Imperial Kennels for next year.
On Friday we travelled to Harolds Cross and the place was exceptionally busy with a large contingent of English followers enjoying the night out. In Heat 3 Blonde Ross, who had reached the Puppy Derby Final for us, and Mountjoy Rocks, who ran for us when eliminated in the first round of the Gymcrack, provided our interest in the event and Mountjoy Rocks, after flying the lids, was one of the most impressive winners on the night but Blonde Ross was eliminated after finding trouble in running. Hopefully both will be back in our kennel and will be leading contenders for major honours for us in next year's campaign.
On Saturday after an afternoon in Dublin we went on to Shelbourne Park for what was a magnificent occasion - a huge crowd turned out and there was a real buzz. In the final itself although it was no surprise that Conor Fahy had the 1st and 2nd it was a surprise to people that it was Tyrur McGuigan who had trapped out really well to lead his more fancied brother Tyrur Big Mike to land the prize for his 22 year old trainer. The celebrations afterwards were fitting for the occasion and lasted long into the night. Most people ended up in the Ladbrokes Corporate Box and when I left the track well past 1.30 am the cleebrations were still going on!
All in all a fabulous weekend!
The main race for us last week was obviously the final of the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford and our two runners Bourne Masons and All That Noise , who had performed well to get to the final, never really had any chance after moderate starts. It was no surprise that the winner came from Seamus Cahill's on-fire kennel and Ray White, who is also having a magnificent year, celebrated Raving Black's victory. Seamus had three other winners on the night and it seems that if he put a dog in the traps backwards it would still come out and win at the moment! - the kind of feeling we had last year when it seemed like every final we were in, we were victorious. These big wins for Seamus have virtually sealed him this year's Trainers Championship and although I feel we still have chances of running some big races (particularly in my thoughts are Kinda Easy and Corrig Vieri in the Leger and possibly a strong team in the Essex Vase and we will be going up to Newcastle for the All England Cup), it is highly unlikely that we can catch Seamus and the most important thoughts at the moment are to try and strengthen up the kennel to come back strong for next year.
Kinda Ready is now back and ready to trial and has his first workout since the Irish Derby at Monmore tomorrow with the plan to give him another trial the following week and enter him in the valuable one off Peter Chinn Memorial race worth £1800 to the winner, the race in which Eye Eye Pickle was runner up last year. We will then target him either for the Eclipse or the All England Cup, or possibly both.
Wednesday's Sky card at Romford could belong to only Seamus Cahill with our runners All That Noise and Bourne Masons finishing 4th and 5th respectivley. Our other runners on the card were well beaten and to complete a disappointing night for the kennel Eye onthe Flash was eliminated in the second round of the Betfair East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth.
On Friday we had plenty of runners with chances at Romford but it was a case of seconditis - Risky Wand, Jodu Fame, Bim Bam Boozle, Directors Spur. Rockburst Mason finished lame in the 400m hurdles and although he is OK it has brought his career to an end. It was looking like it was not going to be our night but Eye onthe Tempo came to the rescue wining well in the last race in 35.82.
At Yarmouth on Saturday Directors Wit was only beaten 1/2 length and a short head but just missed out on a place in the Magner Sprint Final but in the Derby Purse over 659 metres Kinda Easy won his heat well in a fastest of the round 40.72 and will go into next Wednesday's final as a probable favourite.
Just one runner on Wednesday night which resulted in a win for Blonde Playboy in a good A1 winning by 2 lengths in 28.20.
Saturday night also resulted in two winners from three runners with Catunda Mae having her first run out of season proving a surprise winner in A3 scoring well by 3 lengths in 28.43 and she looks a bitch to follow coming out of season. Legit Jack, who has taken well to the seaside venue, made it two wins from three whe he won by a head in 28.46. And with 3 wins from 4 runners it is nice to see the graded dogs performing well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE TEMPO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
An important trial session tomorrow at Monmore with Kinda Ready, Risky Skipper and Dalcash Scolari having sprint workouts and interestingly Kinda Sleepy's next litter of hopefully future stars Gotta Be Kinda, Kinda Dashing, Kinda Magical begin their careers with initial trials.
On Wednesday at Yarmouth Kinda Easy runs in the Derby Purse Final over 659 metres and producing a win would justify his position at the head of the market for the St Leger betting. The Yarmouth Festival continues on Thursday night when the Sky cameras return for the Betfair East Anglian Derby Final and although we have no runners in the final we will have Jogaduc Ace (British Bred 462m), Risky Wand (sprint) and Directors Wit (sprint) on the card.
Opens are pencilled in for Romford on Friday and Monmore on Saturday.
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Bourne Masons got no sort of run in the Champion Stakes last week and it has to be said Jodu Fame was a desperately unlucky loser on Friday which has continued our run of recent bad luck after having a rewarding June and July. So with our recent poor form we will leave things until we find some better opportunities maybe next week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOURNE MASONS - 3 pts win 5/1 - Romford - Wednesday - LOST
JODU FAME - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - LOST