Monday 19th April 2010
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Eye Onthe Storm made no mistake when hotly fancied to land the Category 1 Blue Riband at Hall Green last Tuesday. Trapping in great style he was left with a beautiful run to the first bend when kennelmate Jogadusc Ace, running from trap 2, stumbled out the boxes. Needing no second invitation Eye Onthe Storm quickly strode clear with youngster Ballymac Ace giving chase. On the run in there was only one winner and Eye Onthe Storm sprinted away to end a great competition scoring by over 3 lengths in 28.02. His time bettered his own track record by 1 spot and gave the kennel its first Blue Riband victory, this after two consecutive runner ups which included Jogadusc Ace last year who in fairness after his costly mistake at the start ran extraordinarily well to finish 4th. All eyes are now firmly on the William Hill Greyhound Derby for both finalists but Eye Onthe Storm has propelled himself to one of the shortest priced Derby favourites with a best price at around 10/1 for quite a while and confidence is high that he could land back to back Derbys for Imperial Kennels. Eye Onthe Storm, along with a few of our other hopefuls, now gets himself acquainted with the new Plough Lane circuit when they are put through their paces this Wednesday.
Still on the subject of the William Hill Derby, entries close this Wednesday and again we can expect a low entry of around 130 entries. To be honest I don't think the low turnout is a problem as the quality will be unbelievable and this year's crop of high quality runners is as good as ever. It should again be as hard to win as before and the first round will give owners every chance of going at least a round as they have to get down to 96 runners in the second round so we can expect most of the first round heats to provide four and maybe even five qualifiers from each heat.
Sadly one missing entry for next week is last year's hero Kinda Ready who has not recovered from an injured toe joint he picked up in a trial at Doncaster the week before the Trainers Championship meeting. To say that us and all the connections of our brilliant blue flyer are gutted is an understatement, more so after he returned from a long lay off with some superb trials and a scintillating victory in a race at Monmore a few weeks ago. Thankfully the injury he has shouldn't bring a premature end to his career and hopes are high that we could get 'Del Boy' back for a crack at the Irish Derby and I woudn't rule out seeing his name in next year's English Derby entries. He is still very lightly raced and would have just turned four and I think Kindred Sparky's exploits in last year's event proves that age should not be a handicap. While he is off if there is anyone who would be interested in using Kinda Ready at stud then feel free to contact me.
The Derby apart we are pleased that we have a runner in both this week's big race finals. On Wednesday the feature race on the Sky card is the bettor.com Peterborough Puppy Derby and Bim Bam Boozle will give his syndicate of owners led by John 'Elvis' Clements a massive high if he can land the £5,000 to the winner event. Pat Rosney looks to hold all the aces after landing all three semi-finals and the impressive Little Sensation will be a warm order having clocked the fastest time in both rounds leading up to the final but he does have a tricky trap 5 to contend with and in Bim Bam Boozle we certainly have a live chance. We have great memories of the Puppy Derby as Fear No One back in 2005 gave us our first big race success from when I took over the licence from my mother in law Linda.
On Friday in form Directors Wit runs in the £8,000 to the winner Golden Sprint Final at Romford, his first Category 1 final. Liz and Rab Mcnair's King Lee beat Directors Wit by nearly six lengths on Friday in a track record equalling 23.58 and will take all the beating but I still have a feeling 'Patch' has saved his best for the final.
Talking of big races, massive congratulations to Carly Philpott who flew the flag for England when she landed the Scottish Derby at the weekend with an all the way win for Nambisco in a brilliant 28.98. He is sure to be suited to Wimbledon and looks a real danger to the likes of Eye Onthe Storm. The win, which followed Carly's win by Ballymac William in the Monmore Puppy Derby, has catapulted her to 3rd in the Trainers Championship standings which have seen us after this week's Blue Riband win strike the front, hopefully a lead we will not want to relinquish.
News has probably filtered throughout the country of another tremendous win for our Harlow football team over rivals Romford yesterday afternoon. In a tight first half we led 2-1 despite dominating the play with some stunning football and our class told in the second half as we demoralised our opponents with goals coming from all angles. The final score of 7-1 was just reward in an immensely enjoyable game and special mention must go to our 'Dad's Army' players of Daren Johnson, John 'Elvis' Clements, Dan Daley, Andy Pelley to name but a few who didn't let their age or in some cases weight get in the way of a real footballing show! Unfortunately all wars bear their scars and I currently have ice packs wrapped around a torn calf muscle and it looks hugely likely I won't be available for a late call up to Fabio Capello's South African squad!
Three runners in the same heat on Monday at Romford in the Coral Stayers wasn't ideal with only Kilquane Jack qualifying in second and a shade disappointing run from Goldies Destiny (4th) wasn't the best start to the week and on Tuesday it looked like our luck was running out at Hall Green with a succession of defeats in the supporting races on Sky though Join The Maids (2nd), Catunda Mae (3rd) and Corrig Vieri (2nd) all ran very well. Eye Onthe Storm banished the blues with another stunning big race victory in the final of the Blue Riband and sent us home with a real lift.
On Wednesday at Harlow another pleasing open race win for Sligo Too (15.12) in the sprint was followed with heat wins for Legit Jack (37.98) and Glenagower Champ (37.54) who won by 11 lengths in the Monkey Maiden Stayers. Bell Tornado dropped back to 415m and ran well when 3rd.
At Sittingbourne on Thursday Directors Fire put a few heavy defeats behind him with an easy win over 450m in a good 27.46. Directors Ruler was well beaten and Aldataro Lass ran well in her first look at the track when 3rd. In the hurdle race reduced to four runners Rockburst Mason came up with the traps and then just failed to get up on the line going down by a neck.
A busy Friday got underway with four Derby trial stakes at Wimbledo which didn't quite go our way with Eye Onthe Flash closest when he was 3rd. At Romford All That Noise followed up last week's excellent debut over six bends with a come from behind win in a fine 35.66. In the Coral Stayers final Kilquane Jack ran OK when 3rd and Goldies Destiny put in a much better run when unluckily going down by 3/4 length in 35.80. In the feature races the semi's of the Golden Sprint as said Directors Wit booked his place in next week's big final when runner up to King Lee. At Peterborough the semi-finals of the Peterborough Derby turned into the Pat Rosney show when he bagged all three semi's. In the second semi Bim Bam Boozle led down the back straight but was caught close home by Vatican Hamish beaten a neck in 25.52. Kinda Close and Rockburst Canyon both missed out when 3rd and 4th in the the third semi.
Destroy The Camp ran well on his debut when 2nd on Wednesday night and on Saturday Radnor Blue was beaten a head when dropped back to 415m. Both Treacle Express (3rd) and Goldies Tara (5th) were slightly unlucky and should be winning soon. Carden Boss and Lord Pishy were both 3rd before Genesis Fuzzums scored by a length in 26.45. Risky Sensation was 3rd in an A3 and in the A4 Justins Princess was beaten 3/4 length in 26.15.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE STORM
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Pups Lil Rebel and Mountjoy Rock make their debuts in the Coral on T.V Maidens Trophy heats at Romford tonight. On Wednesday an important Derby trial session at Wimbledon with ante-post favourite Eye Onthe Storm being joined by Dalcash Scolari, Jogadusc Ace, Eye Eye Pickle, Blonde Banjo, All That Noise, Adageo and Directors Spur. At night an interesting Sky card not only features the Peterborough Puppy Derby Final with Bim Bam Boozle going from trap 2 but the North v Midlands v South clash over three races with myself captaining the South side. I've called upon the help of Matt Dartnall and we both will supply three runners each - Risky Wand runs in the 420m and both Goldies Destiny and Corrig Vieri run in the 605m. In supporting races Join The Maids looks to go one better than last week in the 790m. At Harlow two runners in the Monkey Maiden Stayers final with Legit Jack and Glenagower Champ and opens are planned for Sittingbourne on Thursday. On Friday the final of the Category 1 Golden Sprint is the feature of the night and Directors Wit has a good pitch in trap 2. Opens at Monmore on Saturday complete a busy week.
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A mixed bag of results last week but most importantly a profitable one mainly due to Eye Onthe Storm's Blue Riband victory bagging a 16 point profit. Two losers on the supporting card were costly but Directors Wit could give us a huge pay day if he lands Fridays Golden Sprint final at Romford having been recommended at a massive 25/1. We will pin our weeks hopes on Directors Wit on Friday and next week we will have a full review of our Derby runners and pointers for heat and ante-post bets.
DIRECTORS WIT - 2 pts e.w ante-post (25/1) - Golden Sprint - Romford - final Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
EYE ONTHE STORM - 4 pts win ante-post (4/1) - Blue Riband - Hall Green - WON
BOMBER BAILEY - 2 pts win - Hall Grren - Tuesday - lost
JOIN THE MAIDS - 2pts win - Hall Green - Tuesday - lost
ROCKBURST CANYON - 1 pt e.w ante-post (33/1) - Peterborough Puppy Derby - lost