Monday 19th September 2011
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Blonde Fletch has had a tough schedule lately and was made to work hard for his heat win in Saturday's William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon when just holding off Barry Draper's Capoley Ash by 1/2 length. This came after yet another competition win in scintillating fashion in Yarmouth's Derby Purse final three days before and 'Fletch' should benefit from a rest until next Friday's second round where he takes on impressive heat scorer Paul Hennessy's Irish raider Barefoot Machine. He is still at the head of the market and along with our other qualifier Aero Majestic, who himself was unlucky not to score after being fought on the run in when looking likely to win his heat, should give us a decent chance of landing the stayers' classic.
The St Leger could prove crucial to our Trainers Championship title hopes which took a dramatic twist on Thursday after Chris Allsopp landed the £12,000 to the winner East Anglian Derby with Ballymac Ace in front of a decent crowd at Yarmouth. Our own Rookery Pedro was a very pleasing 3rd but to be honest he completely missed the break and I think looking back on the race if he had come out the boxes like he did in the semi's he would have gone close to winning. Rookery Pedro, a promising youngster a few months back got his career back on track winning top grade at Yarmouth, only came into the event as a late replacement but has come of age and is one to watch out for in the future . Beautifully bred out of the much sought after Where's Pedro he will most likely be aimed at the Laurels at Belle Vue later next month. The points gained by Chris Allsopp have seen him him overtake us at the top of the Championship and after the rest of the week's results he holds a 20 point lead.
Sittingbourne Kent Derby winner Jazz Apollo begins his campaign to lift the British Produce Stakes when he runs in the qualifying trials at Nottingham this morning. The stiff 500m should suit and a bold show in the £15,000 to the winner event is expected.
We had no luck in the Romford Puppy Cup semi's on Friday with Bit View Emma getting knocked over (OK afterwards) and the event saw an incredible performance from Barry Draper's Eden Star who smashed the track record when winning in 23.34 and I will be surprised if that is beaten for a very very long time! what an aeroplane! It was nice to see unlucky first round loser Mountjoy Osprey bounce back with a nice win in a Maiden in a decent 24.04 and this April 09 whelp looks to have a bright future. Both Kinda True and New Phase who also went out in the opening round of the Puppy Cup head up to Newcastle tomorrow evening in preparation for the forthcoming Northern Puppy Derby and the stiffer 480m should suit better.
Good news for the kennel, Sunderland Classic winner Blonde Snapper is set for a return this week after a rest since the Kent Derby. His main aim will be the Henlow Derby next month and in other kennel news due to the lack of veteran races around at the moment both Goldies Destiny and Bourne Masons have been retired. The pair have been excellent servants to both the kennel and the owners over their careers and will enjoy a happy retirement.
A reminder to all those in the 5 to Follow Competition that the halfway changes to their teams have to be in by October 1st. A complete list of the kennel with the new dogs available and ones no longer available will be up later this week for you to choose from.
A brief look at the open race week. On Monday at Romford the Coral Puppy Cup kicked off and only two of our seven entries made it through to the semi's, Carden Twilight and Bit View Emma, though there were a few hard luck stories.
On Wednesday the two finals at Yarmouth started with Lil Risky just getting beat by a neck in the Magners Srint final but Blonde Fletch made no mistake when romping home by nearly 4 lengths in the Derby Purse in a fast 40.31.
Back to Yarmouth on Thurday and veteran Directors Wit popped up with a short head sprint win while in the feature race of the night Rookery Pedro came 3rd in the East Anglin Derby.
Over at Henlow in the heats of the Silver Salver there were defeats for both Dalcash Scolari and All That Noise though they are safely into the next round.
At Romford on Friday there were wins for Mountjoy Osprey and Rockburst Fanta but both Carden Twilight and Bit View Emma were eliminated in the Puppy Cup while on Saturday at Wimbledon the heats of the William Hill St Leger kicked off with Blonde Fletch taking the honours for us with a hard fought win.
On Wednesday just a couple of runners with Blonde Ross taking a top grade by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.29 (+10) and on Thursday in the graded races supporting the Derby final Legit Jack won well in 28.16 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today at Nottingham Jazz Apollo competes in the qualifying trials for the British Produce Stakes and tonight at Romford Rockburst Lenny and Munster Champ are in action in the Coral on TV Stayers heats.
Directors Wit is our sole runner on the Harlow Sky card.
On Thursday the semi's of the Silver Salver take place at Henlow.
On Friday Blonde Fletch and Aero Majestic continue their quest for St Leger glory at Wimbledon while opens at Romford (Friday) and Newcastle (Saturday) complete the week.
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Both Blonde Fletch and Aero Majestic continue to fly the flag for us in the William Hill St Leger but the neck defeat of Lil Risky at Yarmouth last Wednesday hurt. I can't see too many bets so we will stick to the St Leger and the unlucky Aero Majestic might be worth backing to win his second round heat.
AERO MAJESTIC - 3 pts win - William Hill St Leger 2nd round - Wimbledon - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
MOUNTJOY FALCON - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Romford Puppy Cup - lost
LIL RISKY - 5 pts win - Yarmouth - Wednesday - lost
BLONDE FLETCH - 2pts win ante-post 7/2 - William Hill St Leger - continues Friday
AERO MAJESTIC - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill St Leger - continues Friday