Monday 21st December 2009
JOIN GOBATA NOW
We are caught in an bitter wintry grip at the moment which has worst affected East Anglia and for the last three days conditions have made it impossible for us to travel and we have had to pull out of trips to Coventry last Friday (though the meeting was called off later in the day) and with serious safety issues we decided not to travel to Harlow on Saturday pulling off 14 runners. With the forecast not looking any better for the next few days our racing schedule which includes Henlow tonight and Coventry and Harlow on Wednesday looks in serious doubt.
As you can see Steve Nash' picture on our Home Page of Jogadusc Ace and connections on the podium collecting the Henlow Winter Derby Trophy reflects how bad the weather has been with all of us including Ace looking like Frosty the Snowman! Jogadusc Ace's victory on Thursday sealed what has been a monumental year for our kennel and Ace who has been so consistent all year reaching many big race finals, including winning the £40,000 William Hill Classic at Sunderland, has epitomised what our kennel has achieved. The final itself was a brilliant race with Ace coming out of the traps like the proverbial scalded cat to take what seemed a race winning 3 length advantage. The classy Droopys Bogart trained by the in form Liz Mcnair turned second and it was race on. Coming round the last two (or should that be three!) bends it looked like Droopys Bogart was beginning to get on terms with Ace and on the run in the two were neck and neck and flashed past the line together. Thankfully Jogadusc Ace got the verdict and received the £2,500 first prize and hopefully has a great chance of being nominated for the 'Best British Bred' in the industry awards shortly to be announced.
The Seniors Final sadly for Kindred Sparky didn't go according to plan when he was 4th and Barrie Clegg and Keith Blackham's pride and joy has now been retired. After coming to us at the start of the year he has raced 30 times for us winning 12 and without doubt Sparky is one of the nicest and gutsiest greyhounds we have ever trained and will enjoy a fantastic retirement. Talking of those awards, Eye Onthe Storm a leading contender for both 'Best Newcomer' and 'Greyhound Of The Year' had his reputation slightly dented on Tuesday when turned over at long odds on in a supporting race at Wimbledon on the Oaks Sky card. Pat Buckley's Irish raider ran a fine race to defeat 'Frank' and I think we will now put our ante-post Derby favourite away for a few weeks in readiness for a tough campaign next year.
The inaugural meeting of GOBATA held at the Hilton in the East Midlands on Wednesday went well and no one can say that our fine body of people can't achieve something in the next few months especially with the likes of Charlie Lister, Nick Savva and Jim Reynolds in what is a who's who of Greyhound racing in the structure of the association. Led passionately by Martin White GOBATA will hit the ground running so expect a few feathers to be ruffled over the next few weeks and months and most importantly if you haven't joined GOBATA please do now as it really offends me when people moan about everything in the sport and then don't do anything about it - here's your chance to have your say!
With only 10 days left in the 5 to Follow competition it's very tight at the top with chances of winning for at least the top 6. A lot will depend on the weather as to the likelihood of us having many runners but one thing for certain Sarah is not for catching in the staff competition as she holds a massive lead. Hope you all have a chance to have a go at Pete's Christmas quiz up on the Guest Column, yes it's hard but guess if you don't know the answers. I can't see anybody getting all the questions right but if they do there will be an extra prize!
Last chance for all owners to let me know if you are attending our kennel celebration party on the 9th January and also if you would like tickets (£55) for the GBGB awards night at the Hilton Metropole on the 31st January as I need to confirm numbers by Tuesday. From all of us at Imperial Kennels may I take this opportunity of wishing all of our readers a very Merry Christmas!
On Tuesday our trip to Wimbledon on Oaks Final night proved unsuccessful with Aero Bolt running green when last in a hot puppy race, Eye Onthe Flash was 3rd to the impressive Yahoo Jamie who broke the track record in 27.27 in a 460m on a very fast track and Eye Onthe Storm was beaten into 2nd by 1 1/4 lengths by Irish raider in a 480m.
On Wednesday at Harlow in the heats of the 415m Monkey Maiden recent purchase Risky Wand made a fine debut when scorching to a 4.77 split to land the spoils in 26.27 (-10) while Agincourt Fancy was 2nd beaten a short head in her heat. Risky Invader was 2nd in the 415m Standard.
Due to the weather Henlow, who performed brilliantly to make the track as safe as can be, was our only other open race action. With Kinda Handy 2nd and Gan On Parker 3rd it was left to Eye Onthe Brave to nick a good win when defeating Westmead Osprey by 1/2 length in 27.67. As said Jogadusc Ace beat Droopys Bogart in a titanic battle to land the Winter Derby final while in the Seniors final there was no fairytale ending for Kindred Sparky when he was 4th in conditions resembling the North Pole!
Not much to review as a large bulk of our runners were due to run on Saturday but fell victim to the weather while on Wednesday only Siesta Smudge (26.77 -20) won from a handful of runners.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - JOGADUSC ACE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Gold Cup semi's with Eye Onthe Tempo and Eye onthe Pulse take place at Henlow tonight weather permitting and again if it's possible we shall be at Coventry on Wednesday and Harlow with the Monkey Maiden 415m final featuring Risky Wand and Agincourt Fancy. We have no runners Boxing Day.
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After having a cracking and very rewarding (will put up the full returns next week) year so far the tipping has just gone off the boil lately so I think we will keep the hard earned for the start of next year!
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO BOLT - 1 pt e.w - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost