Monday 15th December 2008
As our kennel starts to slow down with the Christmas period almost upon us it's nice to see the winners still flowing (8 open race winners last week) and as we looked at the Trainers Championship standings in the Racing Post on Friday we were a full 200 points clear of our nearest rival, courtesy mainly of Rhias Beauty's win in the Monkey Stayers final at Harlow on Wednesday. When we set out at the start of the year it was our goal to have 300 open race winners and accumulate 1000 Championship points; a tall order but having now passed the 300 wins barrier we are currently only 39 points short of our target and with a few chances left of scoring good points it would be nice to finish the season in style. One of those chances may be in the high quality Henlow Winter Derby where we have three through to tonight's semi-finals -Mountjoy Gold, Scintillas Ruby and Reagrove Class. We also have runners in today's Christmas Festival at Monmore on the Bags card where Genesis Dream starts as favourite for the 630m event where she can hopefully qualify for Fridays final and get a better draw than when she contested last Saturday's Cotswold Scaffolding final. On Tuesday an abundance of canine talent graces the Wimbledon Sky card which features the controversial Oaks final. Our six runners all have tough races but are not without chances. Sadly though the Midland St Leger (Directors Chair holder) due to start on Tuesday at Hall Green which we intended to send runners to has been cancelled.
Our popular 5 to Follow competition is set for an exciting finish with Gavin Cheeseman's 'Gavs Dream Team' holding a narrow advantage going into the last couple of weeks. In two weeks' time I will be doing a full review of the year with our Website Awards. These will be presented
at my party (invites to be sent shortly) on Jan 10th at The Hare in Roxwell to celebrate winning the Trainers Championship.
At Henlow on Monday a high class field contested the heats of the Winter Derby and Reagrove Class, who came in as reserve, ran well to be runner up to Pats Mustard beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 28.22 (-20) with Seanis Strike eliminated in 5th. Scintillas Ruby ran well when 3rd to Blackmagic Jack beaten 3 3/4 lengths in a fast 27.86 (-20). Mountjoy Gold overcame a tricky trap 4 slot to win his heat by a length in 28.15 (-20) and in a 550m Maiden Ballyfinn Swift led all the way to win by 3 3/4 lengths in 34.36 (-30).
Rockburst Mason trialled in well (28.57) at Wimbledon on Wednesday morning in preparation for next month's Springbok and at night we had plenty of runners in the opens at Harlow. Hollywell Dixie got the ball rolling when taking a weak Puppy open by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.41 (+10). In the heats of the Monkey Standard Accordion Magic scored a surprise win when breaking well (4.84sec) to lead all the way for a 2 1/2 length victory in 26.04 (+10), Risky Fabio was runner up in his heat beaten a head but the time was only moderate 26.55 (+10) and Jonos Patience was only 4th in a tough last heat won by Glasha Woods in 26.05 (+10). Genesis Sister put last week's disappointing run behind her when taking a Veteran Stayers in good style by over 8 lengths in 37.55 (+15). Blues Wish was second in the Marathon over 769m to Transtown Mul eaten 1 3/4 in 50.21 (+20), the time reflecting what was a messy race. The feature race of the night, the Monkey Stayers Final, saw a kennel 1-2 with back to form Rhias Beauty making it 7 wins in her last 9 races at the track when holding off the challenge of Droopys Zach by a head in 37.54 (+15). Back to Henlow Thursday for the semi's of the Christmas Supreme Hurdle but Eye Onthe Flame could only finish 3rd beaten 3 3/4 lengths to Winkys Don in 28.51 (-30).
In some interesting opens at Coventry on Sunday all our runners were there or thereabouts and we may have had a couple more winners but there was a definite bias to the outside of the track. Rockburst Mason (3rd), Taboby Legend (2nd), Hollywell Brett (3rd), Pinewood Evo (5th
needed the run), Lockdale Duke (3rd) and Kinda Ready (2nd) all ran well with Kinda Easy running a stormer to come from last to snatch victory by a head in 30.06 (-10).
No winners from our five runners on Wednesday with Imperial Prize coming closest when 3rd in a three way photo. On Friday plenty of trouble with the hare disrupted the meeting but King Jackson (12-1) causing a surprise win in 26.45 was to be our only winner with Centaur Simon (2nd) coming closest of our other runners.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - KINDA EASY
GRADED - KING JACKSON
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
As mentioned, Monday starts with the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Monmore with Genesis Dream in the £5000 630m, Goldcrest King and Directors Ruler in the Dogs 480m heats and Elusive Jazz in the bitches 480m. The semis of the Henlow Winter Derby take centre stage and
Mountjoy Gold, Reagrove Class and Scintillas Ruby will all bid for a place in next Monday's final. Six runners on Wimbledon's Sky card on Tuesday with Butterbridge Ali amongst others looking to win what appear to be tough races. Plenty of opens on show at Harlow on Wednesday including the final of the Monkey Standard with Risky Fabio and Accordion Magic looking to secure some more points for the season.