Monday 14th February 2011
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The start of the season has already seen our kennel have some ups and downs typified by Tuesday's Sky meeting at Wimbledon. Mountjoy Moon, one of the most promising pups I have seen for a very long time, looked to have a warm puppy race in the bag when holding a two length lead at the third bend. At this point she checked and eased down apparently distracted by something on the outside. To her credit she realised the race hadn't finished and though she had relinquished her lead she quickly set after Aherlow Shaw and just failed to get back up by 1/2 length in a decent 28.91. Word came back from some onlookers at the third bend that one of the large banners supplied by the sponsors William Hill and the GRA had come loose at the bottom and when the hare passed that spot it must have caught Mountjoy Moon's attention. The banner was taped up by the next race which was no consolation to us or the owners. The bitch was well backed in the day by punters who can count themselves very unlucky. Mountjoy Moon does seem to have pace to burn just like her mum Star Of Dromin but is most definitely a little bit too clever for her own good! I'm sure in time she could prove to be a little bit special. In a decent 480m race later in the night Destroy The Camp showed terrific pace to sweep around the bends into a 2 length lead which he comfortably held when winning in a good 28.63. I don't think we have had a greyhound that runs Wimbledon as well as Destroy The Camp does since January Tiger, a Derby Consolation winner in 2005, and if he can stay fit and healthy he will have a great chance of going deep in the Derby this May and prices quoted by the sponsors of 66/1 seem reasonable.
Winners where a bit thin on the ground last week but it was nice to see that on the GBGB's website www.thedogs.co.uk under the results section you can get the latest standings for the Trainers Championship and we are at the top of the table with 38 points, six clear of Matt Dartnall and Jason Foster who landed the Springbok title with Clonkeen Theo.
One dog who was back to form was Dalcash Scolari who landed his heat of the 480m William Hill Trophy at Nottingham last Monday in great style winning by 3 3/4 lengths in a fast 28.58 and he could give us valuable points if he lands the final tonight. Aero Bolt scored his third victory of the year landing a 540m hurdles at Crayford on Saturday but again as the ups and downs continued both Ayamzagirl and Aldataro Lass were very badly impeded in the opening round of the £15,000 to the winner Ladbrokes Golden Jacket and crashed out of the competition. The whole round was marred by the injury of one of the ante-post favourites Odell Faith who broke down when leading in the opening heat while Paul Hennessy's Irish raiders took the trainers' honours with a double courtesy of defending champ Group Skater and That'll Do Jack.
Next Sunday sees the first AGM for GOBATA (2pm at Towcester Racecourse) and despite the association still being in its infancy a lot of good work has been achieved. It's difficult to gain recognition with the GBGB but our membership is growing and with the plans for a GOBATA run track at Towcester firmly on course it is hoped that when we come to the second AGM next year we will be in a much stronger position. I appeal to everyone that cares about our sport to join GOBATA if you haven't and pull together to help bring the industry into the 21st century. It's quite incredible that all the people that supply the product to the industry namely owners, breeders and trainers have so little representation in our governing body, you just wouldn't find that in any other industry,
British Breeding has been given a major boost thanks to the hard work of breeder Mick Livesey along with the help of Greyhoundscene's Dave Smith. A series of British Bred competitions and races have been scheduled between August and October both at Newcastle and Sittingbourne which include heats and finals of a British Bred Derby, British Bred Puppy Derby and British Bred Maiden Derby. Mick has put a lot of work into organising these events, a celebration of British Breeding, and it's fantastic that Dave and Jane Houfton (www.dunhamgreyhoundcentre.co.uk) have generously put up £5,000 of sponsorship. We will be sponsoring one of the races at Sittingbourne and will if possible be entering some runners in these events. After talking to Mick we will also be including at least one British Bred race during a Premier League series when we get the Premier League off the ground later in the year. Jogadusc Ace was one of the best British Bred greyhounds we have trained and is now available at Stud (see Stud Directory) with Christine Green at Merefield Stud. Both greyhounds featured at the top of the newsletter Mountjoy Moon and Destroy The Camp are also British Bred.
Daren Johnson, our Derby winning owner, has announced his intention to do an almost impossible task of running from John O'Groats to Lands End all in one month for charity. This would mean running a marathon a day to complete the near 1000 miles. We are appealing to everyone to make a contribution to Daren's efforts. He will attempt this unbelievable feat in April and he hopes to raise many thousands for both the RGT and Help For Heroes, two worthy causes for sure. Iff you go to www.giveabitback.net you can read all about his desire to give something back. It is hoped that during the run we can get a few celebrities from the greyhound world to show some support and take time out to run alongside Daren at some stage even if it's only for a few hundred yards! (that's for me!) or a few miles. Sky have kindly offered to cover Daren's run on their programmes in April and Betfair were the first to dip their hands in their pockets donating £1,000 to his cause. More details will be available as the time gets nearer and all of us at Imperial Kennels would like to wish Daren the best of luck not only on the run but in his intensive training so please visit the website and make a donation.
Not the most prolific of weeks on the open race trail but as said Dalcash Scolari bounced back to form with a pulsating victory at Nottingham in the heats of the William Hill Trophy. Droopys Elbow returned from injury and ran well enough when 5th in his heat and Ayamzagirl was a fast finishing 2nd to Bush Paddy over 730m.
As well as the much talked about Mountjoy Moon and Destroy The Camp at Wimbledon on the Sky card Goldcrest Lord finished 3rd in a hot sprint race behind King Lee and Eye Onthe Tempo got no sort of run when 4th in a good 480m race.
In Trials before racing Kinda Ready ran on powerfully to win in a satisfactory 29.06 and earlier in the day at Romford Blonde Snapper recorded a fast 13.42 sprint trial.
It was unusual not to get a winner or two at Romford on Friday night but it just didn't seem our night. Brave Drover (2nd), Lady Aristocracy (2nd) and Aero Merlin (3rd) all performed well. News from Crayford filtered through and both Aldataro Lass and Ayamzagirl had found deep trouble when eliminated from the Golden Jacket and in supporting races Aero Bolt took advantage of trouble to land a 540m Hurdles race while Catunda Mae just failed to take a 540m when 2nd beaten 3/4 length.
On Monday three seconds from Dobbydaize, Scodan Parker and Born Tobe Blue with Legit Jack a good winner in 28.25 (+30). On Saturday debutantes Blonde Sid (3rd), Blonde Eagle (3rd) and Kildream Monster (4th) all performed well and shouldn't take long before they are winning. Upgraded Legit Jack ran well when 2nd and Kinda Razzle saw that we didn't go home empty handed when scoring in an A2 in 28.26 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight at Nottingham some tough races for our runners including a tricky draw in trap 3 for Dalcash Scolari in the William Hill Trophy final.
Also tonight Bourne Masons runs in the heats of the Coral On TV Stayers at Romford.
Sittingbourne's opens return to Thursday night and we should have runners that include Destroy The Camp while Romford's Friday card includes the final of tonights heats.
We will look to have runners at Monmore and Crayford on Saturday night.
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I said our luck was running poor last week and it started the same as our defeated 4 star nap Dalcash Scolari from the week before bolted in this week and we didn't put him up. Mountjoy Moon heavily backed all day from 11/2 to 7/2 would have been trading at 1.1 on Betfair going into the last bend at Wimbledon and then incredibly threw the race away when distracted but at least Destroy The Camp gave us a much needed winner later on. Ayamzagirl was nearly brought down at Crayford to add to the wounds.
This week looks tricky. Bourne Masons looks to have a good draw at Romford tonight in the heats of the Coral On TV Stayers and could get the week off to a good start while Goldies Destiny could go well when at Crayford on Saturday morning.
BOURNE MASONS - 3 pts win - Romford - tonight
GOLDIES DESTINY - 2 pts win - Crayford - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
MOUNTJOY MOON - 1pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - WON 11/4
AYAMZAGIRL - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - lost
KINDA CLOSE - 1 pt win - Monmore - Saturday - didn't run