Monday 17th August 2009
As you know myself and the rest of the SOS committee are battling very hard to get the Stow back up and running. We can succeed, but we require your help. Waltham Forest Council has called for public opinion on how land in the borough should be used as a final stage of their preparation of the new Local Government Framework (LDF) which will guide future development until 2026. They have called for the public to tell them about 'sites you think should be protected - for example open space for recreational use, or an employment site that you think should be protected to provide local jobs etc'. Clearly the Stow scores highly on both counts.
If the council receive enough requests from individuals that the Stow should be retained for leisure and employment use, and not for housing, then our chances of bringing greyhound racing back are improved enormously.
So please write in yourself and ask family, friends etc to do the same - we cannot stress how important this is to the campaign. All submissions must be made by 27 August 2009.
Please either write your own letter (address is on our standard letter below) or simply complete and post the standard letter. Or you can e-mail your objection to (NB amended address) email@example.com or you can use the 'call for sites' form on the council's website www.walthamforest.gov.uk/ldf.
Please help to get our track Walthamstow back to its best use which is first class Greyhound racing!
Thank you and kind regards
Suggested draft letter:
Site Specific Allocations DPD
Environment and Regeneration
Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex
Walthamstow E17 4JF
Local Development Framework (LDF) Call for sites.
I strongly urge that the Council continues to protect the Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium as a really important site for a great night out and as a provider of a significant source of local jobs for the community.
It's back to business today after my two week family holiday cruising around the Mediterranean, something I would highly recommend, and it has been a busy schedule for my staff as we again have been clocking up the miles in search of winners far and wide. Sadly our dream of landing the Irish Derby as well as this year's English Derby came to an end on Saturday night at Shelbourne Park when Kinda Ready was eliminated in 4th and, though he ran well, for some reason we just haven't been able to get him back in the same dynamic form as he showed in the final at Plough Lane but rest assured we will have high hopes of 'Del Boy' retaining his crown for next year's Derby. I will talk to his owners this week to make plans for the future.
On the racing side while I was away it was also disappointing not to have qualified any puppies for the Wimbledon Puppy Derby Final but I know we have a good crop of pups in the kennel and that was backed up when most of our Wimbledon entries won next time out including the impressive Eye Onthe Storm (Nottingham) and Eye Onthe Flash ( Wimbledon) and we can go into tonight's Nottingham Puppy Classic, which we have recently won twice before (Ronnies Champion 2005 and Fear Robben 2007), with confidence.
The highlights of the last two weeks were two finalists in the £10,000 to the winner Peterborough Derby in the shape of Kinda Handy and Kengyelfuto Snow but both were crowded out and finished 4th and 5th respectively, a good effort nonetheless.
Track records are a rarity in racing but we also managed two in the last two weeks - Bomber Bailey lowered the 500m Hurdle clock at Sheffield recording 29.23 (+50) in a Sky race while Droopys Zach who on his day is unquestionably the fastest six bend dog in training blitzed the Sittingbourne 642m clock last Sunday when winning by over 7 lengths in 39.64.
Eye Eye Pickle is starting to win races for fun and again he showed his liking for Monmore when beating ante-post favourite and Sheffield Steel Cup winner Bandicoot Topiki in the heats of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and a third competition win at the Midlands venue is very much on the cards. Another of our dogs that is running well recently is Directors Wit who recorded a 14.82 in a sprint at Harlow recently and looks one to follow in the coming months.
Looking at our injury list which is the best it has been all year we now have over 40 open racers to run and with the return to racing of the likes of Bell Tornado, Directors Chair, Sligo Too, Missed A Train, Risky Invader, Directors Ruler and Roswell Startrek we will look to press our Championship Title defence as much as we can. Added to that new arrivals such as Jogadusc Jasper ( formerly Mountjoy Jasper ) and Barley Pride as well as some new 2008 pups we have a powerful kennel well capable of adding more silverware before the end of the season.
The 'SOS' Walthamstow campaign has also gathered momentum recently and an incredible amount of letters have bombarded Waltham Forest Council in support of the track re-opening and I again urge all who have not written in or sent the available e-mail, now is the time to make your feelings known! It was pleasing to hear that other Stadiums have welcomed the SOS campaigners and I think that tells you how important it could be for our struggling sport as a whole to try and bring Greyhound racing back to our landmark and iconic track. It could well prove a shot in the arm for the whole industry and not just us in the south, well done Ricky and team - keep it up!
OPEN RACING - 3rd-16th August
A brief look at the last two weeks and as said above Bomber Bailey did the clock at Sheffield while on the 5th Kinda Ready made it through to the second round of the Irish Derby when 3rd in his first round heat.
On the 6th Kinda Handy lowered the colours of ante-post favourite Glenroe Ginger winning his semi-final of the Peterborough Derby with Kengyelfuto Snow also making the final while on the same night there were good wins for Directors Wit and Directors Fire at Harlow.
Not much luck from our runners on Friday or Saturday with Parkmore Elite out in the semi's of the Puppy Derby at WImbledon and all three of our entries in the East Anglian Challenge at Yarmouth biting the dust including the returning Roswell Startrek. Sunday at Sittingbourne proved a better night with wins for Goldcrest King and a track record for Droopys Zach over 642m.
Last Monday saw the start of the Ladbrooke Gold Cup at Monmore with Eye Eye Pickle impressive when beating Bandicoot Topiki and Jogadusc Ace qualifying for the semi's. A great night at Nottingham on Monday with all three of our puppies winning, Dalcash Scolari, Goldies Destiny and the impressive Eye Onthe Storm obliged.
Eye Onthe Flash (27.52) showed us what he can do when bolting up at Wimbledon on Sky last Tuesday in a puppy open and hopefully we will see the best of this pup now.
Directors Fire ran well when only beaten 1/2 length at Harlow on Wednesday in the Monkey Standard final by win machine Vigorous Zico. On Saturday all eyes were on our English Derby hero Kinda Ready when he lined up in the 2nd round of the Paddy Power Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park in Dublin and when he trapped well he looked a likely winner but squeezed in to the rails at the first he was forced to check and at that moment his competition was over despite running on well to grab 4th.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne the heats of the Kent Derby gave us a great 1-2 when Goldcrest King who has took a liking for the track beat kennel mate Kengyelfuto Snow by over 2 lengths in 29.08 while in the hurdle race there was another 1-2 when Eye Onthe Flame beat Rockburst Mason 1 1/2 lengths in 29.84.
HARLOW REVIEW - 3rd-16th August
Three seconds on the 5th with Glenagower Champ, Treacle Express and Ruff By Name while on the 8th Centuar Rosina was our only winner on the night.
Last Wednesday there were wins for Treacle Express (26.35) and Sweep Clean (26.65) while on Friday Mint Bulb was just touched off and Bell Tornado back after injury ran well when 2nd to Daphs Girl with Ruff By Name winning well in a good 26.07 calc.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
10 - 16 AUGUST
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Monday starts with Monmore and the Semi-Finals of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup with both Eye Eye Pickle and Jogadusc Ace in the same heat with Bandicoot Topiki. Also the heats of the £5,000 to the winner Ladbrokes Summer Classic take place and we have both Corrig Vieri and in form Droopys Zach in action but again have drawn the same heat. In the 415m competition we have Directors Wit who moved nicely in a trial last week.
At Nottingham on the same night the heats of the Puppy Classic begin and we field a strong entry with Eye onthe Storm, Eye onthe Flash, Goldies Destiny, Parkmore Elite and Dalcash Scolari.
Opens at Harlow Wednesday before a busy Friday with the Finals of the Monmore competitions on Bags and the Champion Stakes over 575m at Romford kick off with Bumble Lee and new intake Jogadusc Jasper leading our challenge.
On Sunday the semi's of the Kent Derby at Sittingbourne take centre stage and Goldcrest King and Kengyelfuto Snow should go well.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
With both the Puppy Classic tonight at Nottingham and the Champion Stakes at Romford beginning this week I have selected a couple of interest bets. Starting at Nottingham, although I haven't seen any odds for the event yet which I cannot believe as it is a Category 1 event, I think Parkmore Elite could be a spot of value while at Romford on Friday we may still get a good price about Jogadusc Jasper who only needs to be a bit more consistent to do well in the competition.
PARKMORE ELITE - 1pt e.w ante-post - Puppy Classic - Nottingham - tonight
JOGADUSC JASPER - 1 pt e.w ante -post - Champion Stakes - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KENGYELFUTO SNOW - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Peterborough Derby - No betting available