Monday 14th November 2011
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In contrast to a reasonably quiet week just gone the next seven days will be very hectic with trips to Romford/Doncaster/Wimbledon/Crayford/Hall Green/Nottingham/Oxford/Sittingbourne and Yarmouth in our schedule. Not only do we have the start of two major competitions, the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham on Friday and the William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon on Saturday, we also have the Bags/Begs 'Intertrack' 2nd leg at Oxford on Friday and most importantly we have the long awaited and much talked about Betdaq Premier League kicking off with a Northern Qualifier where five races support the Doncaster St Leger Final live on Sky Sports. I think we have to say at first glance looking at all these competitions and events going on with decent levels of prize money we in the greyhound world can safely say our industry is fighting the recession and tough economic climate with vigour and determination and if the Premier League proves we can have a certain sense of unity then maybe all factions of the industry can follow suit.
After Mountjoy Orion won her heat of the Category 2 Kent St Leger scoring us 5 points for the Trainers Championship we start this week with a slender 14 point lead in the standings over our nearest rival Chris Allsopp. There are now only 47 days left in the season and this week could prove vital in our quest for a fourth title. Mountjoy Orion has taken to Crayford well and could score some crucial points in the Kent St Leger that reaches the semi-final stage this Friday. The Eclipse is a tough Category 1 event and Jazz Apollo will lead our team which may only have Dalcash Scolari alongside him. We will be looking for Jazz Apollo to make the final at least if we are to keep ahead. I don't see too many strong contenders for us in the Oaks that starts on Saturday but we are going to enter half a dozen bitches. I suspect only one or two will get on and if that's the case we will be trying as hard as we can to at least try and nick a round or two. We will also have about a dozen dogs out open racing at various tracks this week and every point earn will now be most welcome. Both ourselves and Chris's team will be looking over our shoulder with Charlie Lister only a 100 points behind us . He has a strong chance of landing the Doncaster St Leger with Lonely Boy and has a decent chance of doing well in both the Eclipse and the Oaks, game on!
Our trip to Belle Vue last Tuesday didn't prove fruitful with Ayamzagirl our nearest when chasing home an on fire Capoley Ash in the marathon. Blonde Snapper was backed by the punters as if defeat was out of the question but for some strange reason immediately swerved left from trap 6 crashing into the 5 dog and stumbling badly losing any kind of chance. The highlight of the card was a breathtaking display of early pace from Eden Star when winning the Laurels final although he was coming back to the field in the closing stages and I'm not sure he will be suited to the full 480m and at 16/1 for next year's Derby he is plenty short enough. Nevertheless what a cracking dog Eden Star is and superbly handled by his trainer Barry Draper.
Aero Majestic seemed to have a decent chance of winning the Oxford Cesarewitch last Thursday but another slow exit from the boxes cost him dearly and he couldn't get into the race at any stage. That was disappointing but Lil Risky scoring in a flying 14.75 in the supporting sprint was a real positive and he could be our most vital runner in the closing stages of the season. His main target will be next month's National Sprint at Nottingham and there could be much more on the line than winning this event, the Sprinter of the Year title is up for grabs and a win will do him no harm at all when the GWA comes to making their short lists.
I can't wait for the Betdaq Premier League to get underway on Wednesday at Doncaster and no doubt the trainers and dogs on display are befitting and worthy of this new concept. Of course you can't expect every top greyhound to be involved especially with the Eclipse starting two days later but all the same we have some healthy and superb races to kick off the Premier League. The first two teams will qualify for the first Premier League proper starting in January and Sportsbookmakers (01902 444144) have offered exclusive prices on the event with the Pit Yackers team comprising of Ted Soppit and George Oswald being made overall favourites at 7/2 to land the first ever running of the Premier League. We are in third best at 4/1 and are now under the new name of Imperial Rock its. Paul Sallis who we have joined up with will be spinning a few of his Premier League hopefuls around Yarmouth this week but I must admit to be having nightmares about choosing the right team for the Yarmouth qualifier on December 3rd with the Trainers Championship standings so close. I will be gutted if we don't qualify for the start of the Premier League proper.
The Bags/Begs competition got underway on Friday with the 'Midland' leg at Monmore. Our Yarmouth team was a shade disappointed when only finishing 5th and both our kennel's runners were down the fiel. However there is a long way to go and we are only 18 points down. The next leg is this Friday at Oxford and a better showing is expected and watch out for Goldies Mark who put in a decent trial at the track last Thursday.
We have a lovely young pup on our website For Sale page and Syndicate page called Carden Simon. He has exceptional early pace and is from one of my best sources Dennis Wilson in Ireland who is resposible for breeding the excellent litter comprising of Adageo (Derby Finalist) and multi open race winners All That Noise, Munster Champ and Aldataro Lass amongst others. The last two dogs I have sold off this page Castlebride Dan and Dixies Air both look hugely promising so don't miss out on a chance to own a decent prospect.
As said we came home empty handed on Tuesday at Belle Vue with Ayamzagirl best of our four runners when 2nd.
At Oxford on Thursday no luck in the final of the Cesarewitch final with Aero Majestic. Aldataro Lass was 2nd in a 595m open but we did have a nice winner when Lil Risky bolted up in the sprint winning by 4 1/2 lengths in a flying 14.75 just 6 spots off the clock.
On Friday Mountjoy Orion led all the way to win her heat of the Kent St Leger at Crayford in 46.08 and on Sunday at Sittingbourne a debut win for Kinda True scoring by 3/4 length in 29.40 and Jazz Apollo made it a hat trick of wins when comfortably scoring by over 4 lengths in 30.12 for the 500m. Rookery Pedro was 3rd in a 480m.
On Wednesday Catunda Mae was second in top grade and in the 'Owners' Bonus Series' final Scodan Moet ran well when runner up beaten 1 3/4 in 28.54. Risky Rosaleen was an unlucky fourth before Aero Joker returning from seasonal rest took off when winning an A2 by 5 lengths in 28.43 with Steam Machine back in 4th.
On Saturday Corrig Vincent ended a lean spell winning an A2 in 28.46 (+20). Castlebride Dan in only his second ever race for some strange reason decided to turn round in the traps as the hare approached and when the traps opened and swung off the track he was still stuck in them only coming out as the hare come round the second time and then joining in the race a few lengths in front of the pack! Quite how nobody had noticed he was still in the traps is unbelievable but the main thing is he came off safe and sound. Not a lot of luck with our other runners although Wednesdaywhacker ran better when third.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week starting tonight at Romford with three runners in the Coral on TV Stayers heats.
Trials at Romford Tuesday and Hall Green Wednesday and at night Ayamzagirl is in the marathon at Doncaster on Sky re-opposing with Capoley Ash. The much awaited Premier League gets underway as well.
On Friday the heats of the Betfred Eclipse starts with in form Jazz Apoolo leading the way. On the same night we will have runners at Romford as well as the semi-final of the Kent St Leger at Crayford with Mountjoy Orion.
On Saturday the William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon kicks off with eight heats and we will have runners on Sunday at Sittingbourne.
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Ayamzagirl was chasing shadows with Capoley Ash breaking the clock and she will do well to turn the tables when the pair clash again on Wednesday at Doncaster. The best bet this week has to be to follow Jazz Apollo when he lines up in the Betfred Eclipse that starts at Nottingham on Friday. If Aero Joker manages to sneak in the William Hill Oaks on Saturday she could be worth a small punt at big odds.
JAZZ APOLLO - 2pts e.w ante-post - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - starts Friday
AERO JOKER - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Oaks - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AYAMZAGIRL - 3 pts win - Belle Vue - Tuesday - lost