Monday 20th May 2013
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A stunning break from Sidaz Dippy in the final of the Coral Regency at Hove on Tuesday almost had us thinking the impossible but the middle pace of former kennelmate Ayamzabeauty seemed to halt her charge towards the £8,000 to the winner event. Rated a 25/1 chance she came back to challenge at the 5th bend where suddenly the favourite Fear Emoski loomed large and bursting through the two leaders charged towards a great victory in what has been a superb event. Sidaz Dippy to her credit ran on again to finish 3rd giving owners Gary and Ron Tilbrook a huge thrill. On a wet and windy night the supporting card was excellent and it was good to grab a couple of winners in the shape of Bridge Ruth continuing her love affair with Hove when destroying the field in the bitches race and the impressive Jazz Apollo who at over 4 years of age is still running out of his skin winning the veterans' race.
Sidaz Dippy has now come in season and this should benefit this young staying bitch. Hopefully we may get her back for the William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland that starts in a couple of months and in time will surely be an exciting prospect for the marathon division.
On Friday at Romford we were expecting Garyglass Rodge to justify long odds on and win the Category 3 Coral On TV Standard final having won his heat from trap 3 and drawing the plum red box in the decider but after what appeared to be a very slow start he was never in contention. It seemed a strange run from our fella but when Gary caught him at the pick up he had no muzzle on. Gary, thinking it may have come off on the track, asked the track staff to have a look for it and amazingly it was found wedged in the bars of the traps, this could explain the poor run and we will get him checked over before he trials at Wimbledon on Friday with the rest of our Derby team.
The William Hill Greyhound Derby closes to entries this Wednesday and we will have around ten entries and as usual I will give a full run down of our chances, draws etc in next week's newsletter. A massive invasion is expected from over the water as the Irish fancy their chances of landing the monster £150,000 first prize and news that Ballymac Vic is a definite runner can only enhance the classic. Barrie Draper has controversially guarded all his runners by syndicating them in the same name. I can understand this to a certain extent as we have had as many as four of our runners in the same heat on at least two occasions in the last few years but to me that's the luck of the draw and it is an open competition. Of course it's not against the rules to syndicate his runners but maybe bending them slightly and from a sporting point of view very questionable. It will be interesting to see if they change the ownership back to the original ownership straight after the Derby! I also think this will bring unnessacary pressure on Barrie Draper and take it from me in a Derby keeping the pressure to a minimum is paramount to becoming a winning trainer.
On Monday at Romford Garryglass Rodge pinned traps 1 and 2 to the fence before showing great pace to win his heat of the Coral On TV Standard in 23.97.
On Tuesday a big night at Hove with Blonde Razor touched off by Droopys Odell in the Puppy race. Bridge Ruth was impressive winning the bitches race by over 4 lengths in 29.76 (-10). Sidaz Dippy ran a stormer in the Coral Regency final when 3rd while Jazz Apollo again showed his class winning the veterans' race in 28.88 (-10).
On Thursday Jazz Tilly ran well when 2nd to Bansha Mo in a trouble marred heat of the 630m stakes supporting the Ladbrokes Stud Book Trophy which Benkaat Blue, having his first race from a short break, won just holding on in 28.62.
On Friday at Romford Garryglass Rodge's misfortune was the tone for the night with three seconds from our runners Polar Sean, Darian Chief and Aayamzabella all ran well.
On Sunday at Coventry a mixed bag with our first runner the ever reliable Lil Risky bolting in by over 5 lengths in a brilliant 15.69. Blonde Tango qualified in the puppy competition over 450m when 2nd. Bridge Bandit was 3rd and in a messy 485m Hurdle Baran Bugatti finally got off the mark when holding off Rummy Lord. Bridge Honcho after some brilliant trials returned for his first race since injury last December but it didn't quite go according to plan after he completely missed his break, trap 1 moved off causing carnage at the first bend which cost Bridge Honcho any chance of winning but thankfully he ran on to finish 5th. Hopefully he will be OK and with a race under his belt can still go well in the Derby.
On Wednesday two winners from our five runners with Toosey Milly taking an A3 in 28.61 while Newinn Chick showed a bit off class taking an A2 in style in an excellent 28.20.
On Saturday both Darian Creek and Darian Star came closest of our runners when both were just touched off in 2nd place.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A trip to Nottingham tonight with four runners including Blonde Razor while both Polar Sean and Skips Special travel to Romford for the heats of the Coral On TV Puppy Trophy.
Back to Coventry on Wednesday with heats of two Maiden events over 4 and 6 bends and on Thursday Benkaat Blue bids to land the £2,500 to the winner Ladbrokes Stud Book Trophy and Jazz Tilly has a chance in the supporting 630m competition at Monmore.
Back to Romford on Friday as well as a major Derby trial session at Wimbledon and then Coventry on Sunday.
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It looked as if we were on a winner at Hove on Tuesday when Blonde Razor led the puppy open but Droopys Odell outpaced him down the back straight to beat him. Sidaz Dippy gave our supporters a decent return when 3rd in the Coral Regency final.
Monmore is the place to concentrate on this week as I feel we can win both finals with Benkaat Blue in the Stud Book Final and Jazz Tilly in the 630m event.
BENKAAT BLUE - 2 pts win 11/4 (Paddy Power) - Stud Book Trophy - Monmore - Thursday
JAZZ TILLY - 2pts win 4/1 (Betfred) - Ladbrokes 630m - Monmore - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE RAZOR - 3pts win -Hove - Thursday - lost
SIDAZ DIPPY - 2.5 pts e.w 25/1 - Coral Regency Final - Hove -Thursday - 3RD 25/1 (13.5pt profit)