Monday 17th September 2007
FIVE TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
It's time to get the thinking caps on and study the stats (or maybe just use a pin!) - you have two weeks to re-select up to three of your FIVE TO FOLLOW team for the second half of the competition. The new list of dogs and instructions can be accessed from the Home Page. Your new teams must be sent in before the 1st October and scores will be applied to the new teams from this date.
A massive week for us with regards to top competitions with the kennel having a big say so in two of the year's coveted events. On Thursday John and Anne Keane's pride and joy Killer Keane has made the prestigious Yarmouth Derby Final and after drawing trap 1 in the decider he will have a decent chance of emulating the success of Fear No One two years ago to try and capture the £12,000 first prize. At Romford on Friday the Coral track's showpiece competition of the year, the Champion Stakes, takes place and we have managed to get two runners into the final. Eye Onthe Veto will probably start favourite after some awesome displays in the previous three weeks and maybe his early exit from the Irish Derby might be a blessing in disguise for us and his loyal owner John Keefe. We have also qualified Bill McKluskey and Alan Dee's Directors Chair who has now made his second consecutive Category 1 final and our Derby semi-finalist must not be under-estimated, especially drawn in trap 1 as the sole railer. Whatever their fate it's sure to be a good night as Romford knows how to make connections of their finals feel special when they are wined and dined in the smart Pavilion.
At Yarmouth on Wednesday it was the second round of the Derby and the improving Killer Keane faced a hard task when drawn against the ante-post favourite Geordie Parker and after the 'jolly' pinged the lids there was only one winner but to be fair Killer Keane stuck to his task to qualify safely in second behind the new track record holder's run of 27.52. It's not too often we travel to Belle Vue but we decided to send a strong team up north for the £10,000 Totesport Gold Collar over 590m and although Raging Jack was eliminated after he got no sort of run and Discreet Cat, though second, was turned over at odds on it didn't look like being a great night. But to the rescue step in Fear Robben and after slamming his rivals by over 6 lengths he then drew trap 1 in next Tuesday's Semi's. Only a few runners at the Thursday open card at Walthamstow and Centaur Fugi was the pick of the runners when she ran a good second to Cassie in the Novice Marathon over 835m.
The main action of the week was the high class Tetley Yorkshire St Leger final at Doncaster over the stiff 661m in which Butterbridge Ali gave his all but the slightly missed break out the traps made it impossible for him to win but he still ran with credit to finish 3rd. Better luck at Romford where the semi-finals of the Champion Stakes took centre stage. In the first semi our Directors Chair was made favourite and when he loomed upsides early leader Lenson Joker it looked like he was going to prevail but the leader found more and he held Chair to the winning line to score in 35.85(-30) 2 3/4 lengths clear of the running on again Directors Chair. Derek Knight, who has been on fire recently, trained Jazz Huricane to a 3 1/2 length win in 36.23 (-30) in the second semi and in the third semi Eye Onthe Veto never gave his supporters a moment's worry when storming to a resounding victory by 7 3/4 lengths in 35.95 (-30) to set up a fascinating final on Friday. It was semi-final time at Yarmouth in this gruelling competition and Killer Keane was again pitched in with the flying Geordie Parker. When the lids opened 'Keane' was away better than normal and as he paced to the bend all eyes were on Geordie Parker but clearly something was amiss and the defending champion was in trouble! Needing no second invite Killer Keane sustained the lead and even the challenge of Blackrose Mars was comfortably repelled and he scored by 3/4 lengths in 27.75. We also took the Martin Isaacson duo of Lode Star and Lode of Yank for the 659m Derby Purse but with only two dogs from each heat qualifying it was inevitable we would finish 3rd and 4th respectfully with 'Yank' running on in 3rd only beaten 3/4 length.
Not too much to write about this week with Monday's BAGS card being typical of the week when Lockdale Prince, Eye Onthe Glory and Bell Classic who haven't won for a while all came second again! On Tuesday a similar amount of luck followed and despite both Rooster Flame and Gooney Bird improving on their best times they were resoundly beaten by the thrown in Ringtale Lad. Ants Gunner is exceeding all expectations and again ran a good race to finish 2nd but the run of the night was the win for the gutsy Blackmagic Rose in the A4 in a terrific 28.92 (4.94 sec) . The A1 on the card looked decent enough and Ortuna got a late call up and, dismissed as an 8/1 shot, it came as a suprise to most when she trotted up to win by 1/2 length in a good 28.94. Saturday started OK with Music Manners running in 2nd to record 30.12. The hurdle race was a disaster with Lockdale Lord going lame and likely to be off for a few weeks. Roswell Zodiac is starting to get his act together and showed good early to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a calc 29.30 and although Aero Blackjack was made favourite in the hot P6 he had no answers to the winner Senahel Pandy who scored in 29.04. Special Deal was 2nd in the A1 beaten 1 1/4 lengths and a win should just be around the corner.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- KILLER KEANE
GRADED:- BLACKMAGIC ROSE
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Belle Vue stages the semi-finals of the Totesport Gold Collar on Tuesday and our duo of Toms The Best bred dogs Fear Robben and Discreet Cat look to qualify for next Tuesday's Live on Sky spectacle. As mentioned above, the finals of the Yarmouth Derby and the Champion Stakes at Romford take place on Thursday/Friday so if you're at any of these venues I look forward to seeing you.