Monday 1st December 2008
As you might have read in Friday's Racing Post I was outraged by the omission of Scintillas Ruby from this year's Oaks. It's not so much that she hadn't quite done enough in the eyes of the Wimbledon racing office to make the final 48 who were accepted, despite the fact she won a £1,000 bitches race on Derby final night in a fast 27.57, but more the fact that for the last two years they have received over 100 entries and everyone has said that the format should be changed so what do the G.R.A and sponsors do , yes nothing - very short sighted in my opinion. But there we go, that seems to be the nature of our sport at times, surely now they should change it for next year, start a week earlier, make it an open entry with say a £100 entry fee and please at least double the prize money. We now wait with baited breath to see if both Scintillas Ruby and Pinewood Evo get a run as they are reserves for the event but one who is definitely in is Elusive Jazz who has put in some sparkling trials around Plough Lane and who knows we might yet have a say in the outcome of this bitches classic.
It was great to see one of our loyal owners, Patsy Canovan of Star Of Dromin fame, taste success on Friday when the John Mullins trained Confident Kermit took the Romford Puppy Cup in great style. And talking of Patsy, his promising Mountjoy Ruby (27.68 trial at Wimbledon on Wednesday) has been sold and I'm pleased to say he will be stopping at Imperial Kennels. His new owners, Dan Daley (Lockdale prefix) and Paul Ephremsen, will be looking to next year's Derby with their new acquisition despite a losing start (badly missed break) on Sunday at
Coventry. Butterbridge Ali ran a super race in a tough semi-final of the Bookmakers St Leger at Coventry the same night leading right to near the line before being picked up by the strong Midway Skipper and Droopys Curbs just missing out on a place in next week's final.
On Monday there was a dramatic finish to the third heat of the Coral Maiden Stayers when Ballyfin Swift who lead to the run in but was then joined by Alfie Cat who proceeded to lunge at him near the line allowing the field to close up and in a four way photo was given the verdict over Swift only to be disqualified a few minutes later.
On Wednesday two impressive performances from the Just The Best-Kinda Sleepy litter in puppy opens at Coventry. The first Kinda Ready took advantage of a weaker division two beating kennelmate Hollywell Brett by over 6 lengths in an impressive 29.48 (+10). In the first division Kinda Easy showed great track craft to lead off the last bend to win by over 5 lengths in 29.85. At Harlow on the same night Rhias Beauty, Jonos Patience and Genesis Alix were all runners up in the opens but there were nice wins for Aero Rapido in the Puppy Stayers who lead all the way to win by 1 3/4 in 38.67 (-25) and it was great to see the return of Bell Tornado after his failed attempt at Romford last week and he again demonstrated why he is the current top 592m runner when impressively taking the top division in a fast 37.85 (-25) by nearly 4 lengths .
At Romford Friday there was no luck for our 3 runners with Ballyfinn Swift missing his break in the Maiden Stayers final and Congo Invader stumbling out the traps in the 400m Maiden and losing a good opportunity finishing 3rd. Our other runner Droopys Zach was denied a victory by the shortest margin in the 575m Stayers in 36.13 (-30). On Sunday at Coventry as said Butterbridge was third in the Bookmakers St Leger Semi Final and in other opens Kinda Handy was second beaten 3/4 lengths in 29.60 in division two of the Maiden but in the top division
Taboby Legend ran well scoring in 29.79 by 1 1/4 lengths. Lockdale Duke (3rd) and Missed A Train (2nd) also ran well.
Our only graded runner on Wednesday, Genesis Fuzzoms, duly obliged winning by over 3 lengths in 26.33 and on Thursday there was a good performance from puppy Hollywell Dixie who won by nearly 8 lengths in 26.32 (+10). Centaur Deetee followed up in the next race winning by a short head in 38.34 (+20). King Jackson at last got off the mark at the track winning by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.38 (+10) in the S2, Notanothersecond lead all the way to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 38.21 (+20) and Chilli Blue and Imperial Prize were both second in their races. On Saturday ZigZag Ellen was 2nd and her turn looks just around the corner before nice wins for Treacle Gem (26.92),Centaur Sandi (26.41), Accordion Magic (26.08) and in the S1 which was sponsored in the name of the Genesis Sister, her 100th race, she duly obliged leading all the way to beat kennelmate Coolanga Flyer by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths in 37.80 (-25)
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - KINDA EASY
GRADED - GENESIS SISTER
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Monday starts at Monmore with the heats of both the Cotswold Scaffolding Stakes over 480m in which Roswell Startrek runs and in the 630m where Genesis Dream returns to the scene of her best victory this year (£5,000 Spring festival winner) - races are live in the betting shops. At Romford on Tuesday Genesis Alix and Blues Wish run in supporting races for the Essex Vase final where former dual winner Eye Onthe Veto will lead the parade live on Sky while Elusive Jazz kicks off her Oaks campaign at Wimbledon on the same night. We have opens at Coventry and Harlow on Wednesday where Bell Tornado looks to add a fourth Monkey title when the heats of the Stayers kick off. We are planning on opens Thursday at Hall Green and Sunday at Coventry and will hopefully be at Wimbledon Saturday (2nd round of the Oaks) and Monmore (Final of the Cotswold Scaffolding Stakes).