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Monday 20th October 2008

I was very sad yesterday to hear the news of the death of our former Walthamstow Trainer and friend Gary Baggs after he lost his battle with cancer. Myself and all of us at Imperial Kennels send our heart felt condolences to his family. Gary was a deeply committed greyhound man who had witnessed all of the highs and lows in the sport and one of my
greatest memories in the game was seeing him train Signal Spark to collar Tapwatcher right on the line in one of the most exciting Greyhound Derby finals ever. The list of brilliant Greyhounds he has trained is endless and he will be missed by everyone in the sport and all who knew him.

Ted Soppit has had one of those weeks all trainers dream of - starting with Thursday's Sunderland Puppy Derby victory with Droopys Kez and then the following night with the terrific performance of Bubbly Totti in the second round of the St Leger defeating the all-conquering Lenson Joker at Wimbledon. Ted is passionate about his greyhounds and will be confident his long journeys to south west London from the north east will pay dividends.

Bell Tornado has been a revelation since switching to Harlow and he added his second Monkey Final on Wednesday when he ran out a decisive 2 1/2 length winner but Eye Onthe Veto just missed out in Friday's Stayers final at Romford by 3/4 length. As said in last week's newsletter, watch out for the talented pup Goldcrest Lord and boy! what an impressive debut bolting up in a 400m Maiden on Friday by nearly 7 lengths in a good 24.40 and along with Class Lad we could have a big say in the forthcoming Puppy Cup.

Our first leaderboard on our Five To Follow competition will be on show later this week and with plenty of graded and open winners in the first three weeks it will be interesting to see who has hit the top.

OPEN RACING

Kinda Flashy upstaged kennelmate Eye Onthe Veto in the heats of the Coral Stayers leading at the 5th bend to win by 1/2 length in 36.07 on Monday and on Tuesday at Oxford Genesis Dream trounced her rivals by over 6 lengths in a 595m open in a fast 36.08 (+30). Scintillas Ruby, warming up for next week's Gold Cup, recorded a decent 26.97 trial. On Wednesday at Harlow as said Bell Tornado won the Monkey Stayers Final and Accordion Magic was best of our other runners when second. At Coventry on the same night Centaur Decree was withdrawn off colour and Lockdale Duke ran well when third in Division 2 of the 480m Standard. At Romford on Friday along with Goldcrest Lord there was a surprise but good win for Blues Wish in the 750m Maiden by 3 lengths in 47.83 (+30). Millwards Summit was just caught on the line by Kelly Mullins' Bold Talent in 35.81 (+20) and Risky Fabio seems OK after his tumble at the first bend. On Sunday at Coventry Eye Onthe Brave took advantage of a weakish 480m race when winning comfortably by 4 1/2 lengths in 29.54 but, despite the efforts of Directors Ruler and Ballyfinn Swift who both finished second to name but a few, he was the only winner.

HARLOW AND COVENTRYREVIEW

No luck at Coventry on Wednesday but at Harlow on Thursday wins for Eye Onthe Power (38.22 +20), Wilson Pick It (won well 26.39), win machine Genesis Sister took the S1 by 4 1/4 lengths in 37.75 (+30) and Seven Gold Bars completed a hat trick winning in 26.15 making it a good night for the kennel. Friday we were on the mark with three winners which included Seanis Doire (26.30 +10) Centaur Simon took the S3 in style in 38.11 (+20) and Princess Organa won the A3 well in 26.23.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

OPEN RACING - GENESIS DREAM
GRADED - PRINCESS ORGANA

WHATS ON THIS WEEK

Droopys Zach makes his staying debut in the Maiden Stayers heats at Romford on Monday and on Tuesday Scintillas Ruby takes on a tough race in the heats of the Oxford Gold Cup with back to form Genesis Dream in a supporting open. Opens at Harlow and Coventry Wednesday and on Thursday we will trial Centaur Decree, Roswell Startrek, Eye Onthe Brave and Eye Onthe Pulse at Newcastle for the All England Cup. We will also be at Romford Friday, Oxford Saturday and Coventry Sunday in a busy week for the kennel.

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