Monday 17th November 2008
A mixed bag of results and luck at the end of a busy week for the kennel but nonetheless a week where we have strengthened our position at the top of the Trainers Championship. I was very much looking forward to last Wednesday's Sky meeting at Newcastle and when our first
runner Genesis Dream demonstrated why she is a class act by bolting up in the 640m Stayers race I thought we were in for a good night but as usual the highs and lows of greyhound racing hit home later on when, though not expecting to win the All England Cup Final, watching Eye
Onthe Pulse break down at the third bend firmly brought us down to earth. Thankfully Pulse's injury to the accessory carpal bone (wrist) is not as serious as it could have been and we will be hopeful that he can return to action in the Spring. Our other finalist Eye Onthe Brave was a gallant 3rd which, after having to do the run off on the Saturday, was a great effort. The battle up front between the two principals Boherna Best and Dotland Hit Man was memorable and Barry Draper's charge Boherna Best had to pull out all the stops to deny his rival and surely he now has to be favourite to pick up the coveted Greyhound Of The Year award. Whilst at Newcastle I was pleased to receive the news from Harlow that in form Bell Tornado had won another Monkey final beating a good field by 7 lengths!. Friday was another big night for the
kennel with the heats of the excellent Romford Puppy Cup and we had high expectations of our four runners but one thing I've learnt over the years is that puppy competitions can be very frustratin as was the case here when both Eye Onthe Class and Goldcrest Lord went crashing
out of the event. Recent intake Congo Invader (ran well) and Kinda Handy (very green) kept the flag flying for us and we will be trying our hardest to get one of these in the final on the 28th Nov. On the same night Corrig Vieri was a beaten favourite in the Coral TV Stayers Final a rare below par run from him and I am confident he will go well in next week's Essex Vase heats where he joins defending champ Eye Onthe Veto and Bell Tornado as our main entries. Roswell Startrek ended the week for us on a high when he scooted home by over 5 lengths in the final of the Bookmakers Standard worth £500 at Coventry on Sunday night.
Occasionally a top greyhound comes up for sale and this week I believe that such an opportunity has arisen. Mountjoy Ruby who recently was a close up 4th in the £15,000 British Breeders Forum Final and who has some top open wins to his name is available for purchase but only if to be trained by ourselves. I already have two firm commitments in buying either half or two thirds of this talented dog so if any one is interested in joining a new syndicate then ring myself on 07721 778297 for full details.
Blues Wish just failed to qualify when 3rd to Such Is Life after running well in the Kent St Leger semi-final at Crayford on Monday night. At Romford the heats of the Coral TV Stayers produced a good win for Corrig Vieri who led at the 3rd bend to beat Cabanas in the fastest time 35.95 with Millwards Summit back in 3rd. Missed A Train also qualified when second to Show Your Metal beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 36.06.
The All England Cup Final at Newcastle was the feature race on the Sky card on Wednesday and it was great to see Geordie Parker (2006 winner) in fabulous condition leading the parade and in the race as said above Eye Onthe Brave was 3rd to Boherna Best beaten 4 lengths in a fast 28.32 (+10) with the unfortunate Eye Onthe Pulse going lame at the 3rd bend. On the supporting card a fabulous win for Genesis Dream in the 640m stayers cracking out the boxes and stretching the field out to win by 3 lengths from the staying on Primitive Way in 38.63 just 2 spots outside the track record. Brothers Mountjoy Gold (2nd) and Mountjoy Ruby (3rd) ran respectably now stepped up in to all aged company in their races. Genesis Alix almost stole the show in the stiff 892m Marathon making a mockery of her 25/1 odds when leading right to near the line before the sprinting finish of superstar Flying Winner nailed her close home in
55.93 (+40). At Harlow on the same night the opens saw Jonos Patience (4th), Chilli Blue (3rd) and Coolanga Flyer (2nd) before Bell Tornado took the Monkey Stayers Final in great style by 7 1/4 lengths in a fast 37.34 (+25).
Not the best Friday night at Romford our kennel has experienced as we drew a blank from the night's racing. The heats of the Puppy Cup started with a scintillating run from Paul Young's Deanridge Ammo stopping the clock at 23.89! Our two runners Congo Invader and Eye Onthe Class clashed at the second bend with the latter coming of worse and Congo Invader recovering to qualify in 3rd place. Heat 2 was warm but despite a poor draw in 4 Goldcrest Lord got off to a flier but ante-post favourite Confident Kermit and in trap 6 Officer Donagh rushed up either side of him and shuffled him back to the field, rallying it looked like he would qualify but he just missed out in 4th beaten 2 lengths in 24.44. Kinda Handy led in his heat but was quickly passed by eventual winner Droopys Richard in 24.70. The Coral TV Stayers Final was disappointing with Corrig Vieri back in 4th and Missed A Train last behind Show Your Metal in a moderate 36.11. Blues Wish a close up 3rd in the 750m Marathon was best of our other runners.
The heats of the revitalised Puppy Oaks at Wimbledon sponsored by Len Ponder on Saturday night was disappointing for us in that we had to withdraw the promising Kinda Free (lame) but we were pleased that Taboby Legend ran well to qualify when 2nd to Wayward Rosie beaten 5 lengths in a fast 27.76. On Sunday, opens at Coventry produced a good win for Mooloolaba in the 625 div 2 scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in 40.07. Litter mates Kinda Easy and Kinda Ready ran well but the feature race of the night the Bookmakers Standard Final was turned in to a procession when Roswell Startrek broke well and led Seanis Strike the contest was over. Coming home alone Startrek stopped the clock at a fine 29.45 (+10).
King Jackson (2nd) was best of our graded runners on Wednesday and on Friday Imperial Prize was back on the score sheet winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.45 (+10). Lews Trickster made it four wins from her last six races when holding on by a head in 26.47 (+10). Droopys Houdini, Centaur Deetee and Centaur Sandi were all second before Accordion Magic scored an overdue success when taking the A2 by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.02 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - GENESIS DREAM
GRADED - LEWS TRICKSTER
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Opens at Harlow and Coventry on Wednesday and on Friday Romford is the place to be as not only the semi-finals of the Puppy Cup take place but the heats of the Essex Vase over 575m get under way and defending champ Eye Onthe Veto puts his racing boots on for the last time in a competition. The final of the Puppy Oaks at Wimbledon on Saturday will be tough but Taboby Legend is not a lost cause. Sunday sees the start of the Coventry St Leger and both Butterbridge Ali and Tipp The Breeze have it all to do after just coming back from injuries but will give it their best shot.