Monday 1st April 2013
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It was a touch disappointing last Wednesday to have only finished third in the Ladbrokes GTA Trainers Championship at home track Yarmouth and even more disappointing not to have had a winner on the night but I really can't complain about how our dogs ran, we were really just out of luck. Congratulations to both Charlie Lister who won the event and to Paul Young who was a gallant runner up.
Our night got off to the worst possible start when the two tightest railers in puppy opens at the moment, Golden Wonder and our own Garryglass Rodge, did each other no favours when bumping each other for most of the race with Garryglass Rodge a close up last. Benkaat Blue
looked to get us back on track when breaking well and leading up but Daddy Knows Best in trap 1 just got inside him at the first bend which put paid to his chances and he could only finish 4th and much to everyone's surprise Paul Young had stolen an early lead with the first two winners. Bridge Ruth was our banker at the meeting and a win would have got us right back in to contention but a bump out the traps left her chasing hard but eventually she could only finish second to Silverview Pinky. Fear Emoski, the new stayer on the block, gave Blond eReagan a sound beating although this was a more than pleasing effort . Lil Risky gave us our third consecutive runner up place when chasing home Barrie Draper's Farloe Barracuda who scored in a scintillating track record of 16.19. Lil Risky, who has run plenty of times at Yarmouth, recorded a career best 16.31 and didn't win! At this stage we were not too far away from the front two of Paul Young and Charlie Lister and with three races to go we still had visions of making up the 7 point deficit and when Charlie Lister's Farloe Tango eased slightly, when having a breather in the lead at the 5th bend, I thought our own Planning was going to catch him but my moment of hope was shattered when Tango kicked on again and Planning, who had run a great race up to 630m, faded back to 4th and with that our chances of landing the title had realistically gone. Ayamzaman completely missed his break and was never a factor when 4th and Ard To Beat ran well when a creditable 3rd but by then the only interest was the titanic duel between Charlie and Paul. Lemon Pluto sealed the trophy for Charlie and I'm sure Charlie will be thinking of Wimbledon glory in a couple of months' time with Lemon Pluto as would we, with Ard To Beat (don't write him off yet!)
Hosts Yarmouth must have been delighted with the Championship as a packed restaraunt and busy betting ring gave the occasion a great atmosphere. The whole night came across well on Sky with a much slicker show and hopefully Ladbrokes were pleased with their sponsorship which we thank them kindly for. Thanks too to Rick Holloway, Chris Page and Dave Smith from the GTA for all their hard work. Of course trainers like myself, Charlie Lister and Chris Allsopp must not take it for granted that we will always be in the top six that qualify for this prestigious event, there are many trainers who would love to be part of the Trainers Championship. I have said many times the Trainer Of The Year standings for open racing as well as making it exciting for everyone who gets in the top six there should be rewards for say the top 20 in ladder style payments thus creating opportunities for many trainers who would not likely get the chance to get in the Trainer Championship meeting. I'm sure this would make open racing much more competitive as trainers try to climb the ladder especially at the end of the season.
The cold snap that seems like it has been here forever continues and it's getting very frustrating trying to prepare for the big competitions coming up. Neither of our two favourites for the Coral Golden Sprint, Ayamzaman and Glanmire Lad, that starts on Friday at Romford like the cold weather and this is causing myself some concern. Glanmire Lad, who has returned well from a small injury and a break, suffered a rare reversal last Friday when stumbling out the boxes when a well beaten 4th behind Droopys Loner. I suppose if he's going to get it all wrong last week was the one to do it in and hopefully normal service resumes on Friday. Ayamzaman seems OK after his Yarmouth escapades and we will not be totally without a chance with our other entries Lil Risky (a big price with the sponsors), Garryglass Rodge, Benkaat Boy, Risky Fred and I Am Titanium who are all more than capable of making the final especially the superb old timer Lil Risky! who never knows how to run a bad race.
Our stronger four benders will make up a useful squad that will target the Pinpoint Recruitment Arc that kicks off on 19th April at Swindon. Carkei Max and Carkei Babe certainly have owners on form as Mark and Hayley Keightley and Paul Cardozi are celebrating a brilliant victory
in Saturday's Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake Final at Limerick worth a whopping €80,000 with the beautiful Roxholme Bully (litter brother to Carkei Babe). both should go well. We are also looking at aiming the high class Bridge Ruth, Bridge Bandit, Benkaat Blue, Castlebride Dan and Ard To Beat at the competition as well as last year's third Jazz Apollo who is now in veteran status.
RPGTV is now on five nights a week and last night's card at Coventry was real quality with some excellent racing,. It started with a match race with Sidaz Dippy narrowly defeated by the likeable Crinkill Jewell, the race was a great advert for match races. Viewers were treated to some great races and it was nice to have three winners with both Lil Risky and Jazz Apollo showing their younger rivals a thing or two. Hometown Honey is in great form and made it three wins from four races when taking the 672m. Harry Findlay had some kind words to say
about myself which is very much appreciated. Coventry with their excellent prize money is without doubt the premier open race track in the country and Harry is a breath of fresh air to our sport.
After the trials and tribulations at Yarmouth on Wednesday we were back to Romford where Melodys Ace suffered an odds on defeat but Benkaat Boy won well by over 4 lengths in a good 24.12 calc. Glanmire Lad got it all wrong while Mallogs Holly was ultra impressive when winning a 750m by over 6 lengths in a fine 47.13 calc.
Both our pups got no sort of run as they crashed out of the Gymcrack at Kinsley on Sunday but a good night at Coventry produced three winners - Lil Risky (15.86), Jazz Apollo (29.56) and Hometown Honey (41.95) all ran well.
Swift Munster produced a stunning debut when coming fom 5th to 1st off the last two bends to win an A2 on Wednesday by a head in 28.63.
On Saturday two winners from four runners with Swift Obama making it two from two when the November youngster took an A5 by 3 1/2 lengths in29.05. Risky Blue made a welcome return to the winner's podium when winning an A3 in 28.40 with Swift Pepper returning from 6 months off from injury back in 5th but running OK.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Three runners tonight in the heats of the Coral On TV Maiden Stayers at Romford with recent intake Reel Trickyone having his first run for the kennel along with Middletons Boy and Melodys Ace.
On Wednesday Castlebride Dan and Benkaat Blue run in the Cotton King Cup heats at Coventry live on RPGTV.
A big night on Friday as we bid to defend the Coral Golden Sprint at Romford won last year by Derby Champion Blonde Snapper who has recently sired nine pups from Oaks heroine Blonde Jeannie. This year we have excellent chances with the likes of Glanmire Lad and Ayamzaman.
We will be back to Coventry on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A blank week with main bet Bridge Ruth a gallant runner up in the Trainers Championship. The main focus this week has to be the Coral Golden Sprint this Friday at Romford. Our three principals Glanmire Lad, Ayamzaman and Lil Risky are all worth betting at the best prices and if they do not clash in the heats or semi's all have a good chance of making the final at least.
GLANMIRE LAD - 5 pts win ante-post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
AYAMZAMAN - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
LIL RISKY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE RUTH - 4 pts win - Ladbrokes GTA Trainers Championship - Yarmouth - lost
ARD TO BEAT - 1 pt win - Ladbrokes Trainers Championship - Yarmouth - lost
EXTREME LAD - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Gymcrack - Kinsley - lost
BLONDE TANGO - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 Gymcrack - Kinsley - lost