Monday 17th December 2007
With only two weeks of the season to go and with plenty of points still available our kennel will make a big effort to try to win the Trainers Championship in which we are currently about 60 points behind leader Charlie Lister. Today sees the start of the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival at Monmore and the main event is the £5,000 to the winner 630m stayers in which we have the in form Directors Chair running for us and he has been installed the 3/1 favourite and with 25 points on offer this could be a crucial race for the kennel.
The sport after the Lord Donaghue's report is going through some rough times with the resignation of N.G.R.C chief Edward Bentall and the G.T.A 's Chairman Jim Reynolds in a bitter row with its committe. It seems like the industry is in for a tough time over the next few months and I for one can see there being a major restructuring of the sport as we know it very soon and I firmly believe we must get TV on board again with hopefully deals that give prize money levels a boost.
Our 5 To Follow competition has proved very popular and with only two weeks to go Peter Whates 'Tevez Hero 3' is just holding Malbay Thumper's entry and I have already been asked several times if we will be running a similar competition next year and the answer is definitely yes!
On Monday Eye Onthe Veto came out a 6 3/4 length winner in the heats of the Winter Stayers over 575m at his favourite track Romford but only by his standards in a modest 36.03 calc. Millwards Summit did well to make the semi's of the Oaks but on Tuesday she was sent off a 100/1 chance and although she finished last she looks one to follow when stepped up in trip.
A rare trip to Henlow and Fear Mykeo qualified for next week's final of the Jim Mogg Memorial Seniors Cup when she finished second in her heat getting caught on the run in by Rackethall Magic beaten 1/2 length in 28.41(-40). Blue Rizzler beat Kennel mate Allglaze Roman by a length in a supporting open over 460m in a calc 27.95. Discreet Cat was second to a good pup Westmead Kewell in a calc 33.43 beaten a couple of lengths after leading in the standard 550m.
Thursday at Walthamstow saw two nice winners in the shape of pup Aero Blackjack who led all the way in his first attempt over six bends and beat the useful Rough Quest by 1 1/4 lengths in 39.82 - definitely a dog to follow over the trip next year. Snappy Girl has come back to form with avengeance and caught pace setter Droopys Kan Kan to go away and win by 4 lengths in a calc 52.73. Good runs also by Lockdale Lady (2nd) and Centaur Cappo(2nd) in the top division of the Stayers when he just failed to catch the odds on Heavy Weather.
Friday at Romford was a disappointing night for the kennel with both Lindys Belle and Twilight Fantasy leading to near the line in their respective races over 575m but eventually finishing second. Blackey Said So and Seanis Lad were both third but should go better next time. The main event of the evening was the final of the Winter Stayers and Eye Onthe Veto was made a clear favourite and when he turned second the race looked over but try as he might the power wasn't there and he eventually finished a disappointing never nearer second beaten half a length in 35.82. 'Veto' who owes trainer and owner nothing will now rest for a couple of weeks.
Sunday night's Tom Fruit St Leger second round at Coventry never went according to plan and Butterbridge Ali got in all sorts of trouble before being eliminated behind kennel mate Lode Star who turned round last week's effort by 15 lengths! to win in 42.99. Seanis Lad won a weak Maiden in 29.68 and both Not So Jolly and Special Deal ran well to finish second.
Roswell Zodiac and the much improved Ants Gunner both won thier races very well in the same time 28.99 on Monday's Bags card. Hoylake Claire was best of the others just going down by a length in 29.05. Tuesday's graded card saw litter brothers Macbart and the expensive to follow Cassius Clay both finish 3rd but the winners started with Genesis Sister winning a hat-trick when she stormed to a near 5 length success in top grade in 39.82 (+15). Then pup Rockburst Mason a 6/4 chance took control of the race to win by over 2 lengths in a fast 29.14. The biggest win came in when Not So Jolly won the A3 by an astonishing 11 lengths in 28.84 (+10). On Saturday there were wins for So Said He 29.01 (+20) and Like Hot Cakes (29.00) in different Sweepstakes Heats and again the top grade fell to the kennel as Coolanga Flyer led all the way to win in 39.84. Twilight Fantasy was second in her Sweepstake Final and looks another to follow over the next few months.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- AERO BLACKJACK
GRADED:- NOT SO JOLLY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week for all and today the Ladbroke Festival starts at Monmore. We will also be at Crayford for the Boxing Day Marathon with Snappy Girl, Genesis Alix and Centaur Fugi. Also on Monday the start of the Mercury Trophy is on at Romford with Geordie Shay, Genesis Sister and Eye Onthe Jewel all running. Tuesday is Oaks night at Wimbledon and we have some strong runners in the supporting races, most notably Eye Onthe Force who goes in the 460m and Seanis Strike who runs in a warm puppy race. Coventry's Tom Fruit St Leger is at the semi's stage and we will cheer on Martin Isaacson's Lode Star. Wednesday is the final of the Jim Mogg Memorial Seniors Cup in which Fear Mykeo looks to hold a decent chance and there may be plenty more entries later this week as well.