Monday 15th February 2010
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Despite the current everlasting cold snap some of our leading stars were out on show this last week as they continued their preparation for the season. Derby hero Kinda Ready, in his first full four bend workout since last September, put in a very satisfactory 460m trial at Wimbledon. Pitched in with recent Arc winner Farloe Titan 'Del Boy' matched strides early doors with Paul Sallis's star before just tying up in the closing stages, eventually going down by 2 1/2 lengths in a fast 27.58, a time quite considerably quicker than the night's Sky races. Earlier in the day a rare trial session at Sitttingbourne saw our ante-post Derby favourite Eye Onthe Storm run a smooth 29.15 calc 480m workout. We will look to enter him in his first race of the year at the Kent venue this Thursday which can be seen live in the betting shops as their opens are covered on the Bags. In other trials that day Jogadusc Ace impressed in a sprint with a flying 16.38 calc while both Eye Onthe Flash (16.43) and Dalcash Scolari (16.63) moved well. A busy Tuesday also involved a trial session at Monmore with Eye Eye Pickle blowing some cobwebs away with a 14.43 calc sprint trial.
News this week that SOS has been granted access to Walthamstow Stadium in the next couple of weeks is hugely promising in the attempts to re-open our flagship track. A bid for the iconic Stadium must now be imminent and with L & Q under pressure from local MP's and Councillors we can also help by continuing to badger Waltham Forest Council not to let the site be changed from what should be a leisure facility for housing development. Visit the SOS website here to download a draft letter.
News also that Coventry Stadium looks set to return after closing at the end of last year could also be a major boost for the industry. Martin Dores, who was in charge at Reading before its closure, has agreed a lease and is currently sorting out the necessary paperwork needed for the track to re-open with the GBGB. Last year we had over 70 open race winners at the Brandon Road track on their regular Sunday night opens. The galloping nature of the track, along with a superb running surface, suits many of our top open race dogs and we look forward to supplying plenty of runners in the future. Harlow have had problems with their Bramwich Hare lately causing the cancellation of one meeting recently and again on Wednesday problems persisted and the meeting was abandoned after 6 races. As much as it's nice to see a track with a different hare that can give many dogs a welcome switch the maintenance and temperament of this hare system is suspect at best.
Meanwhile have a look at the new Harlow Dogs website for up to date news on racing, special offers, competitions, etc.
We recently had a visit from professional photographer Tim Flach and here is the fantastic result - a magnificent portrait of our Derby winner Kinda Ready! Visit his website for more examples of his work.
A quietish week on the open race front starting on Wednesday at Harlow where in form Directors Wit was just edged out in his attempt for a hat trick beaten a length by Glamorous Chick in a fast 14.87. Just before the meeting was abandoned due to hare failure, Gan On Parker had to work hard to win div 2 of the 415m Standard in a moderate 26.57.
A visit to Sittingbourne on Thursday, where we have a good record, produced two out of three winners with Eye Onthe Tempo dropping back to four bends scoring well by one length in 29.37 (-20). Corrig Vieri completely missed his break in his first race back from a break when last in a 500m race but Directors Fire showed good determination in a 450m race getting up on the line to score in 27.79 (-10).
On Friday at Romford Glenagower Champ looked much sharper than the week before winning a 575m Maiden well by 2 1/2 lengths in 35.61 (+30). Risky Wand ran well in a sprint when 3rd won well by Rotar Wing but the best was saved for last with a gutsy run from Goldies Destiny. With a bias to the inside runners he showed great pace and determination to follow up the week before's victory beating the useful Plan by 1 1/2 lengths in 35.59.
On Saturday our runners at Monmore faced some stiff races, none more so than Droopys Seve who was a good 3rd behind Barry Draper's Farley Blitz who smashed the track record in a flying 27.60. Rockburst Canyon was a good 2nd but in the 4th Puppy race Directors Spur in only his second race was knocked over at the first bend but thankfully seems to be OK. In the Standard races Directors Ruler got no sort of run when 5th and on his return from a break Eye Onthe Flash (4th) was unlucky when chopped off at the first bend in an ultra hot race won well by Amazing Value. We had to wait for our final runner to get on the winner's podium when Jodu Fame ran a fine race to beat Rough Mourinho by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.19 (+30).
With hare problems on Wednesday Radnor Blue's debut race was void. Saturday started well with a first win for Royale Boy (26.60), Mint Bulb in her second race back from season ran riot in A8 grade winning by over 11 lengths in 26.51. Miss Sarah was runner up before Genesis Fuzzums won well by 3/4 length in a good 26.15. Agincourt Fancy, Sligo Too and Kilquane Jack were all second in their respective races.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - GOLDIES DESTINY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week with trials at Monmore on Tuesday and Friday where Kinda Ready is due to have his last four bend work out. Possible trials at Crayford on Wednesday and Yarmouth on Thursday. Opens are pencilled in at Harlow on Wednesday and back to Sittingborne on Thursday where Eye Onthe Storm runs for the first time this year as well as Kinda Easy and Jogadusc Ace. Trips to Crayford and Monmore on Saturday are planned.
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Our first bets of the year were mixed but with Glenagower Champ scoring at 3/1 on Friday at Romford we didn't finish out of pocket. This week I'm interested in Droopys Seve at Monmore on Saturday where he will be stepped up to six bends for the first time. Although not successful in three races over 480m he has improved steadily and was a running on 3rd in a track record time last Saturday. The 630m should be ideal but the short run up would stop us going maximum on this well bred youngster. Jodu Fame who won last Saturday is pencilled in for a bitches 48om and could follow up again.
DROOPYS SEVE - 3 pts win - Monmore - Saturday
JODU FAME - 1 pt win - Monmore - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DIRECTORS WIT - 1 pt win - Harlow - Wednesday - lost
CORRIG VIERI - 1 pt win - Sittingbourne - Thursday - lost
GLENAGOWER CHAMP - 1 pt win - Romford - Friday - WON 3/1
EYE ONTHE FLASH - 1 pt win - Monmore - Saturday - lost