Monday 15th October 2007
Next Saturday at Walthamstow the annual Injured Jockeys Fund meeting takes place, an event that is always well supported and any help like sponsoring races or buying raffle tickets would be well appreciated. On the racing front it promises to be a top class meeting with some of the best dogs in training on show with many warming up for next month's festival. The gruelling 1045m race might be of particular interest to our kennel as we plan to run both Centaur Fugi (in great form) and Lode Of Yank (looks like she will stay).
The St Leger at Wimbledon started last Saturday and, despite my good friend and Racing Post journalist Richard Birch not giving any of our three entries a mention or picking them to be in the first three! we managed to qualify all three. I was particularly pleased with Directors Chair who ran a solid race and seemed to stay the trip well enough. It looks like we will need a good run in this competition to try and score valuable Trainers Championship points as John Mullins is getting ever closer to both ourselves and Charlie Lister, this despite having favourite Toosey Blue turned over in the Produce Stakes final on Friday. It makes you wonder why some of the bookies dont price the title race up as I'm sure it would generate plenty of interest. If we can stay in touch in the next month then over the last weeks of the year we will make a huge effort to regain the title we won in 2005.
The Midland Oaks at Hall Green on Tuesday was going to be tough for our two entries (Treacle Rose and Lockdale Lady) as they were pitched in with Masters runner up Blonde Jeannie but both ran well behind the jolly and Treacle Rose grabbed the qualifying place in second with Lockdale Lady in third. We had high hopes in the Monkey Maiden final at Harlow on Wednesday with in form bitch Ortuna but a poor break put paid to her chances and she could only finish 5th. Vigorous Whitney won her heat of the Monkey Stayers in 38.15(+15) to make sure we didn't leave empty handed. Walthamstow's opens on Thursday proved tough for our kennel and the reputations of Centaur Decree and Killer Keane and a couple of others were dented! Lode Star was our only winner taking the Maiden Marathon in style by over 4 lengths in 53.97 (-30). On Friday at Romford the previous week's winners Eye Onthe Force and Lindys Girl both found the going tougher in harder races but Roswell Zodiac showed promise when third in his Maiden 400m. Eye Onthe Power wasn't fancied by the bookies in the top division of the 575m but a welcome fast break had John Keefe's star imitating 'Veto' as he raced to an impressive victory in 36.08. In the Midland Oaks Final on FridayTreacle Rose was the outsider of the field and tried her hardest but could only finish 4th behind Blonde Jeannie. Saturday night at Wimbledon marked the start of the St Leger and our three runners faced some tough opposition. First up was Directors Chair who was having his first run at Plough Lane since his Derby Semi-Final elimination and a good break saw him turn in the slipstream of pace setter Vatican Jinky. With the two having a mammoth tussle up front the powerful Spiridon Loius passed the both to beat Chair just over a length in a fastest of the round 41.18 - a pleasing run from Directors Chair. Discreet Cat came out of the traps well but failed to lead Jazz Huricane and in the end Cat did well to hang on for third. Butterbridge Ali is well fancied by the kennel to do well in this event but found himself in a real tough heat but to his credit he blasted out of the boxes and looked to have held the challenge of the game Local Knowledge but Paul Young's in form bitch nicked the race with a last gasp lunge to deny Ali in 41.40
Genesis Outlaw proved the star of the BAGS winning by 6 lengths in a career best 29.21 and has now moved to Dave Mullins at Romford. Tuesday at the Stow was the first Greyhoundscene night at the track and with plenty of new faces and a chance for some of the game's trainers from the grass root level enjoying a great night Dave Smith's idea was a success although the poor weather all day might have kept the numbers down. On the track we enjoyed a great night with wins for Centaur Fugi (835m), Coolanga Flyer (640m), Lockdale Duke (475m) and the impressive Centaur Cappo in the 640m Maiden by nearly 9 lengths. A couple of graded races in between the opens on Thursday at Walthamstow saw Shelbourne Ryan finish 4th after plenty of bother early on and in the last race an S2 Genesis Alix got held up and by the time she got clear the race was over. On Saturday's graded card there was a good debut from Blackey Said So when she finished 2nd after showing great early. Bowlers Bullet was 2nd and then Tenbucks Ebony got her head in front winning by 1/2 length in 29.22. Our notable other runner was Lockdale Duke who completed a fine hat trick on Tuesday but couldn't win Saturday but only went down by a short head.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE POWER
GRADED:- GENESIS OUTLAW
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Open race runners at Nottingham on Monday with the return of Roswell Diamond in a puppy race over 500m but pitched in with the hot Noirs Wild. Vigorous Whitney is in the final of the Monkey Stayers at Harlow on Wednesday and the action warms up on Friday with runners at Romford. But the main action is the second round of the St Leger at Wimbledon with all three of our entries still in. As mentioned above Saturday sees the Injured Jockeys Fund meeting at Walthamstow.