Monday 19th October 2009
An enthralling William Hill St Leger reaches the semi-final stage tomorrow night at Wimbledon and despite the second round last Friday not going quite to plan for our three leading contenders we are still hopeful of lifting the trophy in eight days time. Crown Rover is the new favourite after a great battle with our Kinda Easy in heat 1. Both had trapped well and were clear of the field going around the first two bends but it was Kinda Easy who showed brilliant middle pace to take a two length lead down the back straight for the final time but Crown Rover laid down a determined challenge off the last two bends and took the lead holding Kinda Easy by 3/4 length in a fast 40.66. In a messy heat 2, which was marred by the injury to Hawks Dilemma (broken hock), Droopys Zach after finding plenty of trouble had worked himself to the front off the last bend but was then caught on the line by the strong finish of marathon star Seamis Gambler who won by a head in 41.34. Masterful never looked like getting beat after a flying start in heat 3 and won by 3 1/2 lengths in a good 40.72. The last heat proved eventful for the wrong reasons. Corrig Vieri was made odds on favourite despite a tricky draw in trap 5. It was made easier with the withdrawal of Eden Dom a tight railer in trap 6 and our fast breaking star was all set for a quick exit when the traps failed to open when the hare passed. After the greyhounds were taken out of the boxes and back to the paddock it was decided to hand start the race when they were reloaded. As most people know this always seems to affect the fast breakers and a cautious Corrig Vieri only trapped moderately and when he challenged for second spot at the third bend he was blocked off and despite a great effort to get in third place coming home he failed to make the semi's by a short head with the race going to Lorrys Options in 40.80. Not that we would make excuses as these things happen but I would say the trap malfunction cost Corrig Vieri a very good chance of winning the St Leger and it is most annoying that our supposedly premier track can get these problems in a competition that means so much to connections. Tomorrow's semi-final draw has kept both of ours apart and Kinda Easy must have a great chance of making the £13,000 to the winner final when he runs from trap 5. The second semi sees Droopys Zach in trap 1 where he takes on Crown Rover and Masterful and the key to the race is him clearing Westmead Wings in trap 2 so he can get a run at the principals, if he does then it's game on!
Eye Onthe Storm continued his fine sequence of wins making it seven on the bounce when he gave a battling performance to win a 480m race at Hall Green last Tuesday. He next heads for a Sky race supporting the St Leger final at Wimbledon. With Ten Large Down giving Diane Henry her first major success it looks like these two youngsters are both in line for the Best Newcomer award at the end of the year. Eye Eye Pickle was slightly unlucky when going down 1/2 length to Sporting Bernie in the valuable one off Peter Chin Memorial race at Monmore on Saturday. Both he and Eye Onthe Storm will spearhead our challenge for the Eclipse at Nottingham next month skipping the All England Cup though we will take a strong team to Newcastle that includes Eye Onthe Flash, Parkmore Elite, Kengyelfuto Snow, Dalcash Scolari and the returning Jogadusc Ace.
As said Eye Onthe Storm completed a seven timer at Hall Green on Tuesday winning by over 3 lengths in 28.33 and in two Maidens over 480m both puppies Glenagower Champ (2nd) and Gan On Parker (4th) ran well. At Harlow on Wednesday both Risky Invader (2nd) and Kengyelfuto Snow (2nd) in 415m Standards came closest and in the Monkey Maiden Stayers heats Goldies Destiny won a scrappy race by just over a length in 37.83 (+20). Wimbledon was a bit of a roller coaster ride on Friday in the St Leger second round and Eye Eye Pickle was just beaten in the Peter Chin Memorial race on Saturday in a good 28.12.
In Sunday's opens at Coventry Kinda Handy was back on the winning trail taking a sprint in 17.12 and there was a long-awaited first win for Kilquane Jack in 39.83 in a Maiden 625m. Jogadusc Jasper was a close up 3rd in a 625m and Directors Ruler ran well when 2nd but was beaten 3 1/4 lengths in a fast 29.20. Face My Fortune (in season) had to be withdrawn from the Warwickshire Oaks semi's while Eye Onthe Brave (3rd) ran well and both Parkmore Elite (29.40) and and the game Kindred Sparky (29.47) took div 1 and 2 of the 480m Standards for another good night at the excellent track.
Only graded runners on Saturday and raw pup Bim Bam Boozle was 3rd and a win looks just around the corner. Hawk Sky showed good track craft to lead on the run in scoring by a length in 26.87 (-20). Rockburst Canyon looks a pup going places as the May 08 son of Droopys Maldini stormed to another win in 26.34 (-10). Blackey Said So and Genesis Fuzzums were both second before Agincourt Fancy got back on the scoresheet winning by a head in 26.41. Mint Bulb couldn't make it four on the trot when only 4th after a 2 grade uplift but win machine Bell Tornado took another S1 by 2 1/2 lengths in 37.89. Returning from season Rank N File completed a fine night when taking the final race by 3 1/2 lengths in 26.24.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Tonight sees us at both Nottingham and Romford with pups Droopys Elbow and Droopys Seve running in the heats of the Brakes Foodservice Autumn Puppy Cup over 500m at Nottingham with Goldcrest King and Lord and the returning Bumble Lee in supporting races while Eye Onthe Tempo is looking for a four timer over 575m at Romford in the heats of the Coral on TV Stayers where he takes on the useful Droopys Carvalho.
Opens at Hall Green on Tuesday while the main action will be at Wimbledon with the semi-finals of the William Hill St Leger as Kinda Easy and Droopys Zach bid for a places in the classic final.
Opens at Harlow on Wednesday feature the Monkey Maiden Stakes final where Goldies Destiny can add to his growing list of wins. Trials at Newcastle Friday morning and at night we will be at Romford while opens at Coventry complete the week on Sunday.
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Droopys Zach still remains on course for us ante-post in the St Leger but a tough semi final awaits tomorrow. I thought we were home and hosed with our tip on Friday in the St Leger second round when Kinda Easy passed Crown Rover to go 2 lengths clear but the thought of picking up our winnings, especially those that got the 7/2 in the morning, must have weighed heavily on him as Crown Rover came back to beat him 3/4 length!
For a bet this week I fancy Goldies Destiny to win the Monkey Maiden Stayers final at Harlow on Wednesday but only if odds against.
GOLDIES DESTINY - 3 pts win - Harlow - Wednesday - only if not odds on.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA EASY - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Friday - lost
DROOPYS ZACH - 2 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - continues Tuesday