Monday 18th April 2011
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Daren Johnson's epic journey from John O Groats to Lands End has reached past the half way point and it will be a huge relief for him when he makes it to Hall Green on Tuesday. Many friends will be there to spur him on for the rest of the way and we all wish him wel. Iinjuries too painful to bear have taken their toll but the switch to the saddle for the last few days, still incredibly tough I might add, has enabled Daren to catch up lost time. Kinda Easy his St Leger star dropped back to four bends can hopefully go close to cheer him up on the night and it would be fitting if we could all be on the winner's podium. The generosity of greyhound people is well renowned but hey come on folk if you haven't donated to two superb charities the RGT and Help For Heroes please make a small contribution for Daren's efforts either at (www.giveabitback.net) or by cheque payable to 'Give a bit back' to the kennel address!
Thanks also to Dave Wood who has donated a pup in efforts to raise funds (see details below)
Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
It's not been the best of weeks results wise for the kennels but we are looking forward to the next few weeks with some important races that have been earmarked for our stars.
On Tuesday the in form Eye Onthe Tempo had to be withdrawn from the semi-final of the Blue Riband at Hall Green when he somehow managed to pull a nail out at the kennel on the day of the race. Despite some tough races in the semi-finals of the Coral Golden Sprint at Romford we were still hopeful of seeing one of our three runners qualify for the final but none of them seemed to get the rub of the green and were eliminated. Plenty of seconds and thirds from our other open runners have enabled many of the other kennels to make in roads into our lead at the top of the Trainers Championship standings in particular Charlie Lister whose Taylors Cruise won the Scottish Derby at Shawfield on Saturday night though the night would have been spoiled by the news of what looked a nasty injury to current Derby champion Bandicoot Tipoki in a Derby Trial Stake at Wimbledon.
The best news of the week for us was a blistering 15.96 trial from Blonde Snapper last Wednesday morning at Wimbledon as his Derby build up begins and as much as I know how hard it will be to try and win a second Derby for our kennel I would not swap Blonde Snapper for any other greyhound in England or Ireland. If he could stay healthy and sound he will take all the beating. Good news as well that last year's Derby finalist Adageo came through a 400m spin at Romford (24.60 calc) last Tuesday in good order and he along with Blonde Snapper, Kinda Ready, Blonde Ross, Bellas Bud and Aero Merlin and a couple of unraced pups who will target the new £6000 stake next month will all have trials at Wimbledon this Wednesday.
After a GOBATA committee meeting on Wednesday at Hemel Hempstead we were all again dismayed by the lack of response and recognition from the GBGB. GOBATA has plenty of critics for sure but I for one can genuinely feel that if everyone was to get behind an organisation whose only efforts are to try and get fairer representation for all owners, trainers and breeders we could have a say in how our industry is run. Again trainers last week were dismayed when learning from last week's calendar that from May 16th all greyhounds when taken to the tracks for microchipping and marking up will now have to have a Point Of Registration sample. More bureaucracy and red tape for both trainers and already overworked racing office staff that could well delay the process of getting greyhounds to the track for qualifying trials and racing which is another reason why owners are fast disappearing from our sport! I won't comment yet on why this new sampling procedure is flawed and open to abuse but again the most annoying part of the whole thing is where was the consultation with the practitioners? and if there was any to our current representation on the board then why was it not put before all trainers to see what their thoughts would be about introducing a new procedure such as this!.
No Eye Onthe Tempo at Hall Green last Tuesday as said but Mountjoy Moon put in a fine trial before racing when beating Kinda Easy by a length in 28.24. At Henlow on Thursday both Risky Rosaleen and Aldataro Lass ran well but were picked up on the run in after leading in their respective races and Goldies Destiny could only finish 3rd after a slow start. At Romford on Friday no luck in the Golden Sprint and in other races Scintillas Jesse came closest when 2nd in a 400m Maiden.
In Derby Trial Stakes at Wimbledon Royal Premium looked very green when last and Dalcash Scolari had a rough ride when only 4th. Jazz Apollo ran very well when going down by a length to Romeo Daddy Cool in a good 28.68. Risky Wand was 2nd at Sittingbourne last night.
Not so good on the open race road but a few winners on the graded strength. On Wednesday an improving Aero Spark landed an A2 in 28.21 (+40), Lord Aristocracy was 2nd before Lil Magic showed great early to score in an A1 in a fine 28.09 (+30). Toosey Cindy got off the mark winning by 4 lengths in 28 95 (+30).
On Saturday Kildream Monster was 2nd before Blonde Rascal won well by 3 1/2 lengths in 28.54 (+20) which also incurred the wrath of the stewards for the improved performance. Scoden Moet also scored well in an A2 by 3 lengths in 28.39 (+20) and Kinda Dashing went down a short head in a fast 28.18 (+20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight a couple of runners Bourne Masons and Droopys Elbow at Nottingham in the opens.
At Hall Green live on Sky tomorrow we have some strong runners in the supporting opens for the Blue Riband. Blonde Fletch bidding to keep his fine recent record while Ayamzagirl warms up for the TV Trophy in a Marathon. Kinda Easy and Corrig Vincent go in the Standards and Mountjoy Moon looks to atone for some costly defeats in a Puppy race.
Opens at Henlow on Thursday, Romford on Friday and more Derby Trial Stakes at Wimbledon on Saturday. Also on Saturday the Blue Square TV Trophy starts at Sittingbourne.
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Dalcash Scolari was always up against it from trap 3 in a tough top division of a trial stake for the Derby and was bumped back to 4th. The Hall Green Sky card tomorrow looks very good and we have to give the talented Mountjoy Moon another chance, a great trial last week and a good middle draw gives us maximum confidence.
MOUNTJOY MOON - 5 pts win - Hall Green - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost
BELLERS BUD - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Coral Golden Sprint 100/1 - Romford - lost