Monday 1st October 2007
As reported in the Racing Post, last weekend's Greyhound Gathering at Nottingham was a big success with a huge crowd and plenty of interest from the general public which saw some welcome good publicity for greyhound racing. Both Patrick and Pete took their cherished pets to the event on their day off and in the retired racer category both Fear No One, our former Peterborough and Yarmouth Derby winner from 2005, and Billysroundabout the former Rye House track record holder finished in the final eight from nearly 50 entries with 'Jack' (Fear No One) coming a creditable 3rd. Hopefully organiser Emma Johns can make this an annual event as it proved so popular.
On the racing front it was a busy week not only for the kennel but for racing in general with some big competitions starting and finishing. The Totesport Gold Collar on Tuesday At Belle Vue didn't quite go according to plan for our Fear Robben when a missed break cost him dearly but well done to Pat Rosney for Vatican Jinky's victory. Later in the week the brilliant Barnfield On Air started his Laurels campaign in great style with a track record performance and controversy was plentiful at Reading during last weeks semi-finals with a no race resulting in 5 of the greyhounds having to re-run on Friday morning with the first and second going through to Sunday's final - a tough schedule for those two! and ultimately this could have cost them a win as Blitz trained by Denis Stevenson led all the way to win this £20,000 event with John Mullin's Blonde Jeannie in second and Fear Haribo in third. This result also means that this year's Trainers Championship is still wide open and very much achievable for our kennel as, looking at the table published in Friday's Racing Post, we are only about 40 points behind Charlie, but with John hot on our heels as well it could be very interesting with the last 3 months of the year coming up. On this note it was pleasing to see the likes of Centaur Decree and Raging Jack return from injuries with wins on a great Saturday night open card and although we didnt have one in the feature race, the V.C Bet Puppy final, four winners were helpful to the points tally.
I hope everyone in the 5 To Follow has now made their changes to their teams as today we start the last three months of the competition that has been a great talking point between those people who have entered and sorry to those ones that listened to my advice on selections!! Incidentally I'm leading the staff challenge at the halfway stage with 186 points.
On Tuesday at Belle Vue as mentioned above Fear Robben couldn't recover from a missed break in the £10,000 decider and our other runner in the invitational 590m Directors Chair looked a likely winner when hitting the lids but a steering error let the others in and he could only finish 4th. Our only other open race action was at Walthamstow on Saturday in an all open card. Directors Chair was making a quick reappearence in the Maiden Stayers over 640m and ran OK to get the job done by nearly 4 lengths in a calc 39.96. Up next was our Ocean Trailers Puppy winner Centaur Decree who was just back from injury and despite looking in need of the run showed great enthusiasm in bolting from the traps (4.88 sec ) and then holding the challengers at bay to kick on and win in 28.80 (-10). Centaur Fuji produced a decent effort first time over the marathon trip but we didn't expect her to improve another 10 lengths like she did when romping away in the Novice event and clocking a useful 53.07 (-20). Raging Jack by his standards has been quiet of late picking up a few niggles along the way but despite his lack of real early he looked back to his best following up on his recent Romford win with a last gasp victory in the V.C Bet standard in a decent 28.88 (-10). Both Butterbridge Ali and Discreet Cat for the Sporting Dogs Syndicate ran well to finish second in the 640m Stayers but will need to brush up on their trapping before they embark on a tilt at the St Leger at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks time. Killer Keane and Shelbourne Ryan ran well in the 475m invitational and Eye Onthe Flyer continued her recent resurgence taking Seamus Cahill's Directors Time right to the wire.
Monday's BAGS card produced two winners for us with Eye Onthe Flyer completing a quick- fire double winning the S2 in 40.15 and Lockdale Duke leading a 1/2 for the kennel with Bell Classic a close second. On Tuesday the semi's of the V.C Bet Puppy competition saw our Aero Blackjack unluckily eliminated in the 3rd semi and the frustrating Megusta Manners again second with Jamie Langley's Blackmagic Rose running well in 3rd place in the A3. Thursday produced a scintillating win for Roswell Zodiac who is improving all the time - he again did 4.96 en route to a 29.16 win. Both Vigorous Whitney and Not So Jolly ran fine races to be runner ups in their respective A1/A2's.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- CENTAUR FUJI
GRADED:- ROSWELL ZODIAC
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week with a few of our younger pups being put through their paces at Romford on Tuesday with the forthcoming Puppy cup on the horizon and with plenty of opens on offer at the likes of Henlow and Harlow we could be making some entries this week. No major competitions starting this week so we have to make it pay with the opens at the Stow on Thursday. The Produce Stakes starts onTuesday at Hall Green and we have recent intake Allglaze Cruise running for us.