Monday 16th March 2009
What a week for the kennel in prospect! Tuesday night the eagerly awaited Betfair Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield produces one of the highlights of the year for greyhound fans shown live on Sky Sports and we are more than hopeful of giving Charlie Lister's powerful team a run for their money. Then on Thursday the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby reaches its climax with Kinda Ready flying the flag for us and there is also a small matter of a Pall Mall semi-final for Mountjoy Gold as well on the same night. Weeks do not come bigger than this and it's what our kennel thrives on and who knows this time next week I could be writing about glorious victories in both events. Whatever our fate, we will most certainly enjoy and make the most of these special nights. I would love to say that we are going into this week on a real high but to be honest last week our kennel seems a touch out of form and sadly I have to report the sad loss of a lovely bitch Elusive Jazz after an horrific though accidental fatal injury last Wednesday at Harlow. Her owner Kevin Procter is as enthusiastic as you can find and our heart goes out to him. Tipp The Breeze, a good open race bitch for the kennel who reached last years Golden Jacket final, picked up a bit of a knock in her last race at Sheffield and misses the Trainers Championship meeting and has now been retired for breeding and we wish her and all connections well.
Our team for Tuesday has been tinkered about a bit in the last couple of weeks but in the end I think we are happy with our final eight and have also managed to fare quite well in the draw. Here are my thoughts on each race:-
500m Puppy - GOLDIES DESTINY is very raw and this is only his fourth ever race but the same can be said for most of the other runners and with a decent trial and race over course and distance I can't see any reason why we shouldn't have a terrific chance of opening the night with a win or at least finish in the first three - a fine prospect for the future.
280m Sprint - A great contest with new track record holder Tyrur Hestor the likely warm favourite for this but with the likes of Confident Kermit and Glenroe Ginger in opposition he may not have it all his own way. GOLDCREST LORD lacks experience but might surprise a few people with his raw pace and has a plot draw - one for the value seekers.
500m Div D - ROSWELL STARTREK has just come into form at the right time with a good win at Coventry two weeks a go and a decent trial over the trip last week. The only wide seed and now unfortunately for Charlie he could go very close and who knows we could find ourselves in front at this point.
660m Stayers - A late addition to our squad DROOPYS ZACH now finds himself as my banker. A fabulous win over the strong Wise Maldini at Coventry last week in a fast time could give him an edge over some less exposed types. One thing for sure he is a real tryer.
500m Div C - Ninja Jamie in div 3 yeah right! but don't fear a race that should suit DIRECTORS CHAIR and what a fairy tale it would be - out with broken metatarsals since last October he goes well fresh and this is some comeback race. A great servant to the kennel he won't let us down.
500m Div B - Now we are warming up and Charlie's team would be expecting to open the champagne corks by now but you never know! Fear Zafonic the Derby favorite in div 2 looks to have a straight forward task but Barrie Draper's Thurlesbeg Joker and Pat Rosney's Windy Millar may have other ideas. We have every confidence that EYE ONTHE BRAVE will run a big race and again we have a good draw in 1 to work from.
660m Div A - BUTTERBRIDGE ALI could not be in better shape and knows how to win and it would be a great feeling if we are still in touch going in to this race where John Mullins will be confident with his Droopys Carvalho stepping up in trip and with the prolific Cats Whiskers and smart Cabanas Tom in opposition this could be a real cracker.
500m Div A - Wouldn't it be great if there is something for every one to play for as this is a superb and fitting finale to the night's proceedings. CORRIG VIERI has had a couple of problems but we are confident of a big run from our brilliant Arc hero. Boherna Best and Farloe Reason are also big race dogs who know what it takes to sparkle when it counts.
There are my thoughts on what promises to be a top night's racing and I must thank our owners for letting us use their pride and joys as well as my staff for helping our kennel get in this position. something we should not take for granted. Also sponsors Betfair for the brilliant sponsorship of the whole event. Thanks also to all the supporters who are coming up to Sheffield to cheer our team on.
Kinda Ready produced a brilliant effort when 2nd to Bandicoot Topika in a very hot semi-final of the Monmore Puppy Derby last Thursday and, despite getting a rotten trap 3 draw in the final, would hold a realistic chance of landing the £12,500 first prize. What a great prospect for owners Daren Johnson, Gary Crouch, Chris Badger and Lee Jordan this son of former kennel star Kinda Sleepy is going to be and after next Thursday's final he will head off to Wimbledon to spearhead our Derby team.
At Harlow on Wednesday a special team poker event has yours truly on Poker legend Roy 'the boy' Brindley's team so if you want to be entertained come down. Incidentally Roy's new book 'Life's A Gamble' is fantastic and a must read and is available in most book stores or I would expect a few copies to be available on Wednesday.
A relatively quiet week with Tuesday being a significant day at Romford with trials for not only the returning Springbok winner Bomber Bailey but mainly the return trials of long term injured Eye Onthe Force and Eye Onthe Pulse who all went well and should come forward for the runs. Also newcomers Curryhills Gas and Hungarian import Kengyelfuto Snow showed promise while Butterbridge Ali warmed up for the Trainers Championship meeting with a spin over 575m. At night a rare visit to Hove probably reminded me why we don't visit such an unlucky track for us as Sligo Too found trouble in the sprint, Aero Blackjack led and got picked up over 695m and the well fancied Rockburst Mason was almost pole axed at the first bend in a 515m hurdle and has come of very sore which could mean missing the Grand National in a couple of weeks.
On Wednesday Bell Tornado was a good runner up to Harlow Lad beaten 4 1/4 lengths in a flying 36.26 but the night was spoiled by the serious injury to Elusive Jazz in the 592m Monkey Maiden final when she was brought down at the first bend. On Thursday the semi-finals of the Monmore Puppy Derby were the feature races and the mouth watering second semi saw a great performance from our Kinda Ready who after a reasonable break found himself boxed in at the 3rd bend but cleverly switched to the outside to run on to reduce Bandicoot Tipoki's lead to 1 1/2 lengths in a phenomenal 27.76 (+30) 6 spots inside Blonde Dino's track record. The third semi won by Farloe Lee also equalled the clock with our Kinda Free never nearer in 4th but she looks a fine stayer in the making. The Pall at Oxford also kicked off with six very competitive heats. Our only entry Mountjoy Gold ran well to book his place in the semi's when 2nd to fastest heat winner Bandit Blue beaten 3 3/4 in 26.65. On Sunday another very good card produced a stunning debut for Eye Eye Pickle who destroyed his opposition on his British debut showing fine early to win the top division of the Maiden 480m in a good 29.26. Missed A Train was also on the score sheet with a trap to line victory in 39.62 holding on by a head, Directors Fire (3rd), Ballyfinn Swift (2nd).
Maia kicked off with a win on Wednesday in 26.55 (+15) and Imperial Prize (2nd) and Lord Pishy (3rd) both ran well. No joy on Friday with Rank n File, Ragga Diva and Zigzag Ellen all runners up. On Saturday a win for Wilson Pick It and Treacle Maggs ran well when second and veteran Genesis Sister racked up another win in top grade over 592m.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - EYE EYE PICKLE
GRADED RACING - GENESIS SISTER
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
This unbelievable week kicks off with the heats of the Coral TV Maiden 400m with two entries and for the 6th consecutive time we have entered two runners on a Monday at Romford they have been drawn together! Interesting newcomer from Hungary Kengyelfuto Snow makes his debut with Risky Sensation on a track that should suit. As said above the magnificent Betfair Trainers Championship meeting takes centre stage on Tuesday. Wednesday opens at Harlow also feature a special Poker night , on Thursday the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby Final will be a race to savour and Kinda Ready runs from a tricky trap 3 slot. Mountjoy Gold will look to make his third big final of the year when he lines up in the semi-finals of the Pall Mall at Oxford. Opens at Sittingbourne Thursday, Romford on Friday and Coventry on Sunday complete a busy week.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our ante-post wagers are still going well with Kinda Ready making the Monmore Puppy Derby final and though his price 8-1 for Thursday's showpiece is the same as when the event started we have a chance of collecting if he is in the first four. Mountjoy Gold was a juicy 16-1 for the Pall Mall at Oxford and Thursday's semi-final has seen him draw a plum trap 1 so we can be very hopeful of at least making the final. This week sees the important Betfair Trainers Championship meeting and of course Charlie Lister is a red hot favorite but I think we have a chance and we must have a little wager on us at the best price available. If I was to pick one of our squad to have a bet on then I would back in form Droopys Zach and would take the best price available in the morning.
Kennel to win Betfair Trainers Championship meeting - 1 pt win - Sheffield - Tuesday
DROOPYS ZACH - 2 pts win - 8.35 Sheffield - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA READY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 8-1 - Monmore Puppy Derby - Final Thursday
MOUNTJOY GOLD - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16-1 - Pall Mall - Oxford - Semi's Thursday
CALLUMS MAN - 2 pts win - Harlow - Friday - No Race