Monday 21st April 2008
Driving back from a rain soaked Wimbledon last Tuesday I had mixed feelings about Eye Onthe Flame being beaten a neck in the Grand National Final by our friend Jason Foster's hurdler of the year Kildare Lark. On one hand we were pleased that our novice hurdler had run so well on the big night but on the other hand gutted that we had come so close to winning a Category 1 event and scoring valuable points in the Trainers Championship. One thing for sure John Keefe's new kid on the block looks set for a great year and could well be back at Wimbledon next year a better hurdler. On the same card Genesis Alix ran another stormer and is thriving on her racing; having only her 13th race of the year (6 wins, 2 seconds, 4 thirds and only once out of the first three) and winning heats and final of a shorter marathon (790m) competition the previous week at Peterborough. In a good week for the kennel on the open circuit we have qualified two in the Blue Riband final next Tuesday at Hall Green namely Eye Onthe Force and Commander Chief and though we have the flying pair of Farloe Reason and Toosey Blue to beat I'm sure our duo will both go well. We also only sent only one runner for the Regency at Hove that started this week and Aero Blackjack did not let us down, winning his heat well in which was his first look at the track. Seanis Lad was unlucky when eliminated from the Golden Sprint Semi-final and it will seem a shame and makes a change not to be represented in a major final when it takes place next Friday.
Less than two weeks to go until the Greyhound Derby gets underway and looking at the ante-post prices what a cracker it promises to be with the likes of Barnfeild On Air, Tyrur Kieran and last year's winner Westmead Lord to name a few. We will have around eight entries and I will give a detailed summary of them next week including what I think may be a touch of value. One of our stars who I have seen in the betting is last year's semi-finalist Directors Chair but a word of warning to punters is that this fella is highly unlikely to be entered in this year's renewal as he is being prepared for the big staying races in the summer and not the Derby. As most people know Seanis Strike has been for sale and I'm pleased to announce that he has been sold to a group of our owners that include John Keefe (Eye Onthe prefix), Duane Harvey (Treacle prefix), Gavin Cheeseman (Genesis prefix) and Scott Fraser(Centaur prefix) and will be stopping in our kennel for a crack at the Derby and hopefully other top races this year.
The heats of the Coral TV Marathon at Romford kicked the week off on Monday and our two entries, Genesis Sister and Centaur Cappo, were drawn in heat 2 and after a great start from Genesis Sister she led all the way holding off favourite Vieris Surprise by a short head in 47.75 with Centaur Cappo back in 5th.
As said above we were unlucky in the Grand National Final at Wimbledon on Tuesday with Eye Onthe Flame beaten only a neck in a titanic battle with Kildare Lark in 28.63 (-20). Genesis Alix our only other runner on the Sky card ran another stormer when third to old adversity Dubai
Adventure beaten just about a length in 55.61 (-20). Meanwhile we were having more luck at Hall Green on the same night with Eye Onthe Force grabbing second spot and a place in next week's final behind fast winner Farloe Reason beaten 4 lengths in 28.23 (-20) with kennelmate Rockburst Mason only fifth but he should benefit from the experience. In the third semi Commander Chief used his plum trap 1 draw to full effect when causing somewhat of a surprise victory by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.51 (-30).
No luck at Harlow on Wednesday but at Hove on Thursday, in the heats of the Regency, Aero Blackjack looked quite at home at the seaside running the track well to score by 1 1/2 lengths from the running on Rough Rose in 41.74. At Walthamstow highlights of the card were the heats of the Ocean Trailers and in the first heat both Elusive Tuesday and the promising Mountjoy Gold were eliminated but Scintillas Ruby on her debut qualified in third. Missed A Train found his nemesis Blonde Fern too good for him when beaten 1 1/2 in 29.11 (-10) and in a tough heat Directors Ruler overcame trap 4 to finish second to Turar Abit beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 29.09 (-10) with Chilli Cobra an unlucky 4th. In the last heat ante-post favourite Westmead Osprey was in against our shortest-priced one Lockdale Diamond and when our boy led into the second the cheers went up but they were short-lived as Osprey showed terrific track craft to breeze pass Diamond and beat him 2 1/4 lengths in a good 28.82 (-10). In between the heats Genesis Dream made it win number 10 for the year in the 640m Stayers when beating a moderate field in 39.79 (-15) while Lockdale Duke nearly won the 475m Standard when leading to the run in before being collared by both Barnfield Leo and Murlens Riom.
On Friday at Romford our first runner was Millwards Summit who exploded out the traps and go on to win very well in 35.53 (+20). In the TV Marathon Final Genesis Sister led until the final bend before being collared by favourite Vieris Surprise. Seanis Lad was eliminated in The Golden Sprint.
Only four runners and two doubles on Mondays Bags card and in the A6 we landed the forecast with Lews Trickster beating Centaur Fuzzoms a neck in 29.64.
On Tuesday's graded card satisfactory debuts for Wilson Pick It and Mountjoy Snowie (first runner out of Star Of Dromin litter) in an A9 won in 29.72 (+10) when 2nd beaten 1/2 length and 3rd respectively. Another debut for a very green pup Princesss Organa went well when third beaten just over 1/2 length in 30.03. Same Approach ran on to be 2nd when made favourite in an A7 beaten 2 3/4 lengths in 29.41 and another second when the returning Ragga Diva was beaten 5 3/4 lengths to Payback in 29 74 in a trouble marred A6. Pinewood Evo was also making her debut and what a fine prospect she looks as she showed great early (4.96 sec) to lead all the way to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 29.41. In the S1 Like Hot Cakes made light work of her rivals on the way to a 5 1/2 length success in 39.82 and though Centaur Deetee and Mountjoy Ruby were only 3rd and 4th on their debuts both ran with promise. Ortuna found all kinds of trouble when 2nd in the A3 attempting to follow up last week's win.
A good graded card on Saturday saw a second win for Notanothersecond running on strong to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.80. A lot of trouble in the A6 when Centaur Gemstone came out of the bend in front but was passed at half way by Lisnakill Spike and then kept on to be beaten a length in 29.47. Ingenious ran well in the S1 beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 40.21 (-20) and in a good P5 Roswell Gemini ran a stormer to catch the gambled on Droopys Marcus, flying past near the line to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a good 29.04. Castlemary Podge is a likeable greyhound with a good attitude and in a competetive A2 he blasted out to a 4.87 sec and improved again recording 28.90 to hold on by 1/2 length from Phoenix Gerry. Both So Said He (5th) and Obafemi (4th) were unlucky in the A1 won by Kindred Sparky in 28.92.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- MILLWARD SUMMIT
GRADED:- ROSWELL GEMINI
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
The William Hill Blue Riband Final takes centre stage on a busy Tuesday with both Commander Chief and Eye Onthe Force expected to go well despite their 14/1 and 16/1 quotes! Win machines Genesis Dream and Like Hot Cakes as well as Grand National runner up Eye Onthe Flame are on the supporting card. The semi-finals of the Ocean Trailers take place on the same night and we are optimistic of good runs from our four survivors. Again on the same night the last batch of trial stakes for the Derby at Wimbledon gives Eye Onthe Veto, Rockburst Mason, Obafemi and the recently sold Seanis Strike a chance to shine. Thursday the Regency semi-finals have seen Aero Blackjack drawn in trap 6 and with three qualifying for the final we could see another of our kennel stars in a big Sky final. If you like top class action then Walthamstow is the place to be on Saturday as the all open card is sure to be a cracker and we will be trying hard to follow up last year's brilliant success of Centaur Decree.
LIKE HOT CAKES The Betdirect Get Involved Trophy 2008, Hall Green
GENESIS ALIX The Freephone Betdirect Trophy 2008, Hall Green
AERO BLACKJACK William Hill Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
EYE ONTHE FORCE Racing Post Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
GENESIS DREAM Stan James Ladies Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
TREACLE ROSE Ladbrokes Arc Heat 8 2008, Walthamstow
AERO BLACKJACK Ladbrokes Puppy Stayers 2008, Walthamstow
CENTAUR DECREE Ladbrokes Arc Final 2008, Walthamstow
GENESIS DREAM Ladbrokes Spring Festival 630 Final 2008, Monmore
LOCKDALE DIAMOND William Hill Radio Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
AERO BLACKJACK NGRC Stewards Cup Final 2008, Walthamstow
GENESIS DREAM Williamhillarcade.com Stakes 2008, Hall Green