Monday 14th January 2008
Watching The Dogs programme on Thursday it was nice to see that our kennel was so prominently featured. It was like watching the 'Pete Vernon show' as the cameras were at Hall Green for the semi's of the Prestige in which Directors Chair was so impressive and Pete was also interviewed about the Coronation Cup at Romford in which going into Friday we had the first three in the bettin. Unfortunately the races didn't quite go to script with ante-post favourite Eye Onthe Veto eliminated in third and coming off a bit sore (won't run again until the Trainers Championship Meeting in March at Wimbledon); although we will still go into next Frida's final with the favourite courtesy of Genesis Dream's effortless victory and I believe this bitch is still under-rated!
The programme highlighted the antics of Romford Car Two and at last this villain has been given the red card! Congratulations Rob Coulthard for having the balls, unlike so many RM's before, to disqualify this dog who has plagued the open race circuit for far too long. Whilst on the subject of Pete Vernon all of us at the kennels were gutted about the injury on Thursday to his bitch Marathon Girl who could not be saved, she was very gutsy and would have won a lot of races given the chance.
Next Sunday is the B.G.R.B Awards night at the Royal Lancaster and I believe there are a few tickets left if anyone would still like to go. It's a brilliant night and hopefully we can win the Stayers prize with Eye Onthe Veto.
The heats of the Coronation Cup began on Monday at Romford and Eye Onthe Veto was made ante-post favourite but despite a good break in the second heat he could never get to Apache Spirit who held him by 3/4 length in 35.92 with Twilight Fantasy back in 4th. In the next heat Stride On Babe could not have been more impressive as she destroyed her field by 6 1/2 lengths with a superb burst of pace coming home in a brilliant 35.26 to complete a four-timer. In heat 4 Genesis Dream, who clearly benefited from her first look a few days earlier, was almost as impressive as the previous winner, trapping in good style she made the bend in front and powered home to win by 7 lengths in a terrific 35.33. Genesis Sister also qualified in third place in heat 5 beaten just over 4 lengths to Ronaldos Merit in 35.75.
The semi-final of the Prestige at Hall Green on Tuesday for Directors Chair looked on paper to be a tough race but in monsoon-like conditions our fellow strode to an impressive 4 1/4 length win in 40.44 (-90); the first semi was won by Glittering Aries in 40.27 (-45).
Wednesday night at Harlow both Eye Onthe Power and Armies Plan were drawn in the same heat of the weekly Monkey Stayers. With trap 2 Central Park swinging off wide and crashing into pace setter Armies Plan it left Eye Onthe Power a dream run along the fence and taking full advantage he strode away to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 38.24 (-40), the fastest of the three heats. Snappy Girl still holds the clock for Harlow's 769m trip and in a race that lacked any real early she was allowed to dictate and bouncing back to her very best she destroyed the opposition going on to score by 8 3/4 lengths in a fast 50.27 (-60).
Thursday night at home track Walthamstow was certainly not as successful as the previous few days although it started in good fashion with Obafemi having his first race for the kennel beating kennelmate Treacle Drum by 4 1/2 lengths in 29.22 (-20) and this promising lightly raced dog looks one to follow in the next few months. Rockburst Mason ran well enough when runner up to Stone Mole Park beaten 3 3/4 lengths in 29.01 (-20) and Bell Tempest though 3rd in the Novice Marathon also showed promise but Lindys Girl, Directors Star and Millwards Summit (led) were all disappointing and will have to raise their games to win opens. Aero Blackjack was just touched off in Division 1 of the Puppy open beaten a neck in 29.28 (-20) by Grannie Annie. Centaur Fuji although not winning lately is putting in some solid efforts and again ran well to finish second to Swift Jade in the 835m Marathon beaten 3 1/4 lengths in 53.26 (-40). Tragedy struck in the last race the Novice Stayers when our Marathon Girl was seriously injured to sum up a disappointing night.
Hopes were high at Romford on Friday on a rain soaked night when the semi's of the Coronation Cup got underway. With Eye Onthe Veto and Genesis Dream clashing in the first semi it looked as if Veto was going well when right on the heels of fast starters Erinacious Rapid and kennelmate Genesis Dream but when his head went in the air between the first two bends something had clearly gone wrong as he never looked comfortable for the rest of the race which Genesis Dream had taken by the scruff of the neck to pull away to an emphatic victory by 7 1/2 lengths in 36.24 on going only assessed at minus 60 (more like -100). Stride On Babe was made an odds on chance to complete a five timer in the second semi but as she broke out the traps she just had her back legs clipped and failed to make the bend in front which was crucial on the soaked track and try as she might she couldn't get near the winner Ronaldos Merit and then couldn't hold the challenge of Venturemore for the vital runners up spot. Tiny Genesis Sister was never suited to the going when last in the third Semi. Our other runner on the night was Geordie Shay in the 750m and after some unlucky performances over this track and trip he looked to have cracked it when turning a close up second to Borna Act but somehow he managed to run up the back of the leader and stumbled losing valuable momentum and on this front-running night it proved costly and he stayed in second place beaten 4 1/4 lengths in 49.11(-100).
On Monday's Bags card Cassius Clay won his second race from eight when leading at the first bend and held on by 3/4 length in 29.68 (-10). Centaur Fuzzoms, the Racing Post's Nap, didn't let his supporters down when leading all the way for his debut win by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.75. Special Roxi's wins are few and far between these days but she hit form when flying round to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.20 and capping a good afternoon Fear Charlie recorded his first win when catching the useful Maneen Haka in the A3 to score by a head in 29.03 and could be worth following to go on to better things.
Tuesday's graded card was difficult and Chase The Dream took advantage of some scrimmaging from his rivals when getting up to sore by a sh in 29.71 in a competitive H1. Blue Wish is finding it difficult to win and was only third and in the S1 Centaur Cappo was all over the winner at the 5th bend but got it all wrong and contrived to get beat 2 1/4 lengths in a moderate 40.47. Our best chance of the night Hoylake Claire made no mistake in the S2 when storming into a good lead but she only just gets the trip and held on to win by 1/2 length in 40.59 (-15).
Saturday's first race was won by Macbart who showed a nice turn of pace to lead at the third bend and go on to score by 5 3/4 lengths in a good 29.66 (-10) - a much improved dog this last couple of weeks. Lode Star was back to graded racing after some away opens and looked in a class of his own when leading on the run in to score by 2 lengths in 40.33 (-20). Special Deal seems to keep finding one to beat him these days and again had to play second fiddle to Toosey Tops when going down by 2 3/4 in a fast 28.89 (-10). Sofem finished her fine career with a good second in the S2 beaten a length in 40.53(-20) and now is off to the breeding paddocks and we wish her and her loyal owners the best of luck!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- STRIDE ON BABE (MONDAY)
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Monday night we will send three pups Fear Charlie, Aero Blackjack and Rockburst Mason to Nottingham to gain experience for the following week's Futurity competition. Tuesday is the first big Sky Meeting and we field a strong team including the night's favourite in the big race Directors Chair who will look to add to his Midland St Leger crown. Eye Onthe Power has drawn trap 3 in Wednesday's Monkey Stayers at Harlow and with their big event the Greene King Stakes a week away (won last year by Questhouse Sash) we may put some other hopefuls through their paces including Millwards Summit who could be suited to the track and trip. Friday at Romford is the final of the Coronation Cup and Gavin Cheeseman's Genesis Dream is odds on to win him his first major competition. On Saturday at Walthamstow the heats of the Pepsi Max Marathon kick off and Snappy Girl (beaten a short head last year!) will head our challenge along with Genesis Alix, Centaur Fuji and Centaur Iris.