Monday 17th December 2012
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DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WIN
It was strange on Wednesday night driving back from a major meeting not winning the big final. This, to our kennels great credit, appeared a rare occasion recently as it seemed we have won every final we have had runners in over the last few months. Planning looked to hold a great chance in the Coral Essex Vase at Romford but his first missed break in four races proved costly and he could only finish fourth to 20/1 outsider Star Cash Simon. Still we are not disappointed with John Jeffrey's youngster who has time on his side and could be set for a massive 2013. Unfortunately the night, as well as the fina, had mixed results for us. Mountjoy Orion who had done well to make the decider and a fast break looked to have given her some hope but as soon as she hit the first bend something was clearly amiss with her and after trailing in well behind the back of the field a torn gracillis was the problem, sadly this injury is highly likely to mean the end of her race career.
As we said it was a mixed night with another excellent win for Glanmire Lad who beat kennel mate Lil Risky in a fine 23.72 and Ballintine Molly, who's had a great last couple of months, took a 575m in a fast 35.04. Win machine Ayamzaman missed the break big time when fancied to land a 400m contest and frightningly was carted off to the wall but miraculously escaped a bad injury. He will now have a rest for a few weeks and hopefully come back and have a successful 2013.
Blonde Fletch won last Sunday at Coventry and after some careful thought from his owner Mark Currell he has decided to call an end to his brilliant race career. Winner of 34 of his 78 races his highlights mostly came in 2011 where he won the Category 1 Coral Regency at Hove and the William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland which made him the unanimous 2011 GBGB Stayer Of The Year. A host of other competition and open race victories made him a popular crowd pleaser. Amassing over £35,000 in prize money my fond memories were his devastating turn of pace that on many occasions made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Myself and our kennel were privileged to train him and Fletch will enjoy a long and happy retirement.
Bridge Ruth produced a fast 28.59 effort in the semi-finals of the William Hill Oaks on Saturday but incredibly she could only finish fourth with Jazz Tilly a fast finishing fifth such was the nature of a fast run race. This ended our impossible treble of winning the three classics of the Derby, St Leger and Oaks but we are most certainly not being greedy it really would have capped off a tremendous year. Bridge Ruth will be a real force in 2013 while Jazz Tilly looks a promising stayer.
We are winding down this week with only a few runners here and there and next Saturday or possibly Sunday will be our last runners of the year. Our staff will enjoy a well earned extra few days off over Christmas and our kennel will look to get the New Year off to a fast start, look out for my in depth 2012 Review with our Website Greyhound Awards.
It was sad news yesterday that Kinda Sleepy passed away at the grand old age of 13. Looked after as a pet by her loving breeders Ian and Brenda Seymour in Ireland she was a brilliant race bitch for her owners Daren Johnson, Gary Crouch and Chris Badger and won many races when my mother in law Linda Jones was at the helm at Imperial Kennels. I not only had the pleasure of working with her but of course most famously as a brilliant brood trained her offspring which produced our first ever Greyhound Derby winner Kinda Ready as well as Kinda Easy to win our first St Leger title in the same year, as well as a host of other open race winners. Such great memories and hopefully her brood lines will continue for many years to come. Sleepy RIP xx
All eyes were on a great card at Romford on Wednesday live on Sky and nice wins for Glanmire Lad and Ballintine Molly but only fourth place for youngster Planning in the Coral Essex Vase Final with Mountjoy Orion sadly finishing lame while Carden Twilight, Lil Risky and Darian Chief all ran well when second in their respective races.
On Thursday no luck both at Henlow where Risky Trophy could only finish third in the Maiden Derby semi-final and Swift Lucozade had an impossible task from trap 5 at Hove in the Sussex Puppy Cup Final.
At Wimbledon on Saturday we were desperately unlucky with Bridge Ruth in the Oaks semi's while in other races 'Racing Club' greyhound I Am Titanium showed some good pace but never got any kind of run when third in his first puppy open and Benkaat Blue was crucified by trap 3 on his outside and did well to be second over 480m.
On Sunday at Coventry Castlebride Dan brilliantly finished our fabulous 2012 winning the Category 2 Swettenham Stud Golden Muzzle final showing pace and bravery to lead at the first bend to win by 3/4 lgth in a superb 29.19.
Only runners on Saturday and boringly again our seven runners were given little chance and to make matters worse Darian Sky having her first race out of season was disqualified when interfering with our other runner in the race Paradise Riva who was actually leading at the time.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
We will have a few runners on Wimbledon's Sky card on Thursday but other open races are to be pencilled in though we will definitely have runners at Romford on Friday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Planning nearly got us our Xmas money but fourth place in the Essex Vase showed us a profit. Bridge Ruth was desperate not to be in the Oaks final! Looking for one winning bet before the end of 2012 let's go all in on Ballintine Molly to land a Sky race at Wimbledon on Thursday.
BALLINTINE MOLLY - 5 pts win - Wimbledon - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE RUTH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Oaks - Wimbledon - lost
PLANNING - 1 pt e.w ante-post 16/1 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - WON e.w + 4 pts