Monday 17th June 2013
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Carkei Max got our William Hill Derby third round action off to a great start when qualifying from heat 4. As predicted he flew the lids and turned right on the heels of the favourite Sidaz Jack and running a storming back straight Max swept round the third and fourth turns to grab what looked an unassailable lead. In behind Paul Young's Airlie Impact had found a good run and on the run in swooped to pick Carkei Max up right on the line to score in 28.86, a good effort from Max all the same. Benkaat Nero wasn't beaten very far back in 4th after running on strong and will now be stepped up in trip.
In Heat 5 we looked to have a great chance with Benkaat Blue drawn in trap 1 and were not without hope with Reel Trickyone. Benkaat Blue was made favourite but a slight stumble from a mistimed break cost him dear and he was disappointingly never going well after that and finished 5th behind impressive winner Bonamassa Rocks. Reel Trickyone if anything broke too well and found trouble on the run up and was crucially checked at the second bend. He tried his hardest afterwards but in the end was just out of a qualifying place in 4th, a great effort from this fella and I'm sure he will win plenty of races in the coming months.
The last heat looked a cracker and we had big hopes for our Garryglass Rodge but knew that if he didn't ping out it was all over. Our worst fears came true when he only came out the traps moderately and bore into trap 2 Bubbly Lucky, that was race over and in the end Rodge was a well beaten 5th behind Holdem Spy. Garryglass Rodge will now head to Sunderland for the £25,000 William Hill Classic.
The third round action came and went so fast and Wimbledon, despite many negatives, produced an excellent track. With so many people predicting it will only suit early paced runners in my opinion it is amazing how many strong running greyhounds have qualified. I reckon around 15 or 16 of the 24 runners left in the event would get a true 6 bends. Ballymac Vic, although having an easy heat, was most impressive as was another Irish raider Droopys Jet but any connections that have got to the quarter finals will now have visions and aspirations of picking up that £150,000 winning cheque.
The draw for the quater finals which come so quick on Tuesday are interesting to say the least. The first quarter final sees the early paced Sidaz Jack, Farloe Warhawk and Shaneboy Spencer who will have a battle royal to the first bend which might set up a race for the other three strong running contenders Tyrur Sugar Ray, Jaytee Hellcat and Hather George. The second quarter final should be a cracker as Droopys Jet, Ballymac Vic and Screen Critic will all look to dominate but something will have to give and the strong Priceless Pilot, Islas Scolari and Droopys Ed Moses could all take advantage. Both races would be a Racing Manager's dream if they were graded! The third quarter final sees superstar Ballymac Eske drawn between two slow starting staying types Ringtown Snowy and Teejays Bluehawk and surely he will turn behind possible pace setters Shaneboy Alley and Frisby Barney. Defeat should be out of the question if he does but don't forget the enigmatic and seriously fast Holdem Spy who will definitely be involved at some stage. The fourth and final quarter final sees Carkei Max in trap 4 which shouldn't hold too many fears for him as an ex middle seed. Again we have three early paced runners in Max, Bonamassa Rocks and Bittles Bar against three stayers in Farloe Tango, Airlie Impact and Bouncy Bocko so Max will have to win that early paced battle first. Bittles Bar running from trap 6 would worry me as he will definitely cut in but if he can beat him to the bend we will be in prime position to qualify for the semi's, bring it on!!
Our kennel is busy not just with the Derby but plenty of open racing as well. On Friday a good card at Romford ended up very disappointing for us as we had some good class runners, including Ayamzaman in the 400m final, that never had any chance due to the conditions favouring the rails. The middle and wide runners looked as if they were running on quicksand and from our eight runners we had four middle runners and two wides. I genuinely felt halfway through the meeting like putting our dogs back on the van and going home. Of course I would have been in huge trouble if I had done this. What bugs me is that all the punters that study form and put their bets on during the day who had fancied any middle or wide runners might as well have torn their tickets up. Romford need to sort this out as quick as possible, it is quite simply embarrassing!
Today sees the start of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore over 630m and we are well represented in this Category 1 event. Bridge Ruth steps up in trip after her impressive 575m Maiden victory last week and is joined by Ayamzalad, Darian Chief, Jazz Tilly and Hometown Honey. While the Derby is on we should have a good chance of accumulating some good points towards the Trainer Of The Year title in which we still hold a healthy lead.
There is only a little over two weeks to go until the start of our popular 5 To Follow competition with full details up now so don't delay and get thinking on your teams for this free to enter competition.
Ayamzaman opened the week with a fine win back at Romford in the heats of the Coral On TV Standard in a sparkling 23.78.
On Wednesday in the Modest Newdown 1973 Puppy Cup final at Coventry Blonde Bobby got a great start but was just outpaced to the bend and could only finish third behind impressive winner Johnnys Boy.
Friday at Romford was a waste of time with the conditions which only really suited our pup Swift Sean who came closest of our runners when second in a 400m Maiden.
The Derby was the main action on Saturday at Wimbledon where Carkei Max made it through to the quarter finals and Sunday at Coventry Darian Star finished third in the bitches final and a slow break saw Bridge Honcho running on into second place over 485 metres.
Baran Spectre and Swift Pepper came closest of our five runners when both second on Wednesday while on Saturday we drew another blank with Swift Pepper again second over 659m.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic kicks off at Monmore.
Carkei Max is our sole representative left in the William Hill Greyhound Derby as we move into the Quarter Finals on Tuesday with Lil Risky on the supporting card.
We will be at Coventry on Wednesday and Sunday but it will be debatable wHether we will be at Romford Friday.
On Saturday the Champion Hurdle supports the Derby semi finals at Wimbledon if we are lucky enough to still be there.
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Aarghhh!!! Unreal that our Carkei Max was caught right on the line as our nap of the week was a juicy 5/1 in the morning, added to that both our Derby ante post bets bit the dust.
The Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic kicks off at Monmore and Bridge Ruth is second favourite but I think for a bet I would prefer Jazz Tilly who is proven over track and trip and is a massive 25/1 with the sponsors.
JAZZ TILLY 2.5 pts ew ante post 25/1 - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic - Monmore - starts today
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CARKIE MAX - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost
BENKAAT BLUE - 1 pt e.w ante post 150/1 - Greyhound Derby - Wimbleon - lost
BENKAAT NERO - 2 pts e.w ante post 200/1 - Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - lost