Monday 20th June 2011
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Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
OR YOU CAN DONATE AT www.giveabitback.net
Blonde Fletch in his third competition of the year couldn't quite make it a perfect treble when only runner up to Head Iton Jason on Friday afternoon in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore. The short run to the bend and sharp 630m were not quite in his favour in the Category 1 event which saw a high class field. Head Iton Jason blasted out of the boxes and held a healthy lead with Blonde Fletch sluggish away but in a reasonable position out of the first bend. The key to the race was when Fletch was held up by Westmead Bolt lying in second place at the 3rd bend, this allowed Head Iton Jason to kick clear and despite a brave effort down the back straight where he got within a length of the leader but was again chopped off he eventually had to settle for second spot. Blonde Fletch will now head to Sunderland for the Grand Prix where I'm sure he will renew rivalry with all of the Monmore finalists amongst others. The points gained for the runner up spot has seen us go back to the top of the table in the Trainers Championship standings after Charlie Lister led briefly last week courtesy of Taylors Sky's Derby win with Chris Alsopp gaining a lot of ground with the win from Head Iton Jason. Less than 20 points separate the three of us and there is all to play for over the remainder of the season.
It wasn't the most prolific of weeks for us and in some cases no luck. Benkaat Boy looks a name we will be hearing plenty of in the future. Making his full debut on Monday in the heats of the Coral Maiden 400m he showed great early pace to win by nearly 3 lengths in 24.52 but looked up against it in Fridays final drawn in trap 5. A good break and scintillating early pace gave him a couple of lengths lead but with the line approaching he was just caught in the last stride by Jim Daly's Farloe Browser. Benkaat Boy will probably skip the Gymcrack for the Festival puppy event at Sunderland. Adageo has struggled to find his full fitness and form since breaking two metatarsals last year but looked back to his best when sweeping to a 4 length lead over 575m at Romford on Friday. Trap 2 Princess Peach showed good pace to contest at the last bend but inexplicably turned on Adageo and brought him to a standstill. Trap 3 Melford Blue then joined Princess Peach and as they raced to the line both incredibly fought as well giving stewards no option but to disqualify the pair, something you won't see very often.
No less than three competitions got underway last Thursday. In the Pall Mall at Oxford Lil Risky was a touch unlucky when eliminated while at Hove in the Olympic Jazz Apollo was soundly beaten by Droopys Greg but should improve in Thursday's semi's. Dalcash Scolari has a tremendous record at Henlow and again set the standard in the heats of the Gold Cup when winning well in 33.59.
After last week's announcement that funds are being sought by GOBATA for the National Trainers League they have received a tremendous amount of support. Still there are plenty of sceptics on the idea but as we have said plenty of times unless we try and do something different we are in danger of being left behind in the ever competitive leisure world. There's nothing wrong with our product we just need to bring a bit of variation to the format added with a little bit of razzmatazz. In my opinion we have to do this at the top end first to see benefits filter through to the grassroots level. One point I would make from people saying the P/L would only help the top trainers and not the small trainers is that the majority of small trainers are small (and I use that word small in the sense of kennel strength) because they want to be that way and most importantly greyhounds are not their main source of income that they have to rely on. Unlike ourselves for instance who have five full time staff, three Mercedes vans and a hell of a lot of overheads to cover to even break even. A P/L would be a welcome bonus to help secure our staff's jobs and our kennel's future.
Condolences to the Draper family after the loss of the much loved Albert last week. He was without doubt one of the greatest characters our sport as ever seen and in his time pulled off some incredible gambles as well as owning and breeding some top class greyhounds for many years, RIP Albert.
Don't forget our popular 5 To Follow competition starts in less than two weeks so you need to enter a.s.a.p. Usual rules apply, you have to make 5 selections from our list (3 dogs and 2 bitches in each team). Points are awarded when your selection wins with added bonus points for starting prices. The winner and runner up will receive some fantastic prizes at the end of the year.
Not the best week for winners though Benkaat Boy got the week off to a good start when winning his heat of the Coral Maiden 400m at Romford on Monday. Blonde Fletch was more workmanlike when landing his semi-final off the Ladbrokes Summer Classic at Monmore on Monday.
No luck at Mildenhall on Tuesday with Directors Wit best when 3rd and on Wednesday at Hall Green where they have introduced opens to their Bags card Lincolns Topgirl was 2nd in the sprint and Eye Onthe Tempo was just caught on the line over 480m.
Jazz Apollo was 3rd in his heat of the Olympic on Thursday and Dalcash Scolari won his heat of the Category 2 Primus Telecom Gold Cup in good style.
A misereble night weather wise at Romford on Friday and no winners on the track but a good run from Benkaat Boy when just touched off in the final of the Coral Maidens was a positive. As said earlier in the day Blonde Fletch was 2nd in the Ladbrokes Summer Classic Final at Monmore.
On Wednesday Blonde Ross had a welcome return to the winner's podium after a long injury rest. Lil Magic, a very underated bitch, won again in top grade in 28.13 to give us two winners from three runners.
On Saturday Corrig Vincent was 3rd in top grade and Paradise Riva at last won after a few decent efforts scoring by 5 lengths in 28.21 in an A2. Kinda Dashing took an A1 in good style by over 3 lengths in a fast 28.04.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Hall Greens opens on the Bags card see us with a runner in each race though they are tough races. Competitions at Hove (Olympic) and Henlow (Gold Cup) continue on Thursday and Romford on Friday is pencilled in.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Unfortunately there was no ante-post betting on the Primus Telecom Gold Cup at Henlow where Dalcash Scolari was impressive in his heat. Jazz Apollo recommended for the Olympic at Hove will need to step up to make the final a week Thursday.
DALCASH SCOLARI - 5 pts win ante-post - Primus Telecom Gold Cup - Henlow - no betting
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Olympic - Hove - continues Thursday
LIL RISKY - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Pall Mall - Oxford - lost