Monday 21st February 2011
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Bourne Masons gave the kennel a welcome boost with a timely win in the Coral on TV Stayers final at Romford on Friday. After just holding off Borna Payment in Monday's heat the two dominated the market again in Frida'ys final. Roger York's charge missed his break but Bourne Masons who is only a couple of months off veteran status came away well and raced to a 6 length lead down the back straight. The contest looked over but Paul Young's Mary Pie came out the pack and fairly flew to the 6th bend and looked a real threat but thankfully Bourne Masons just had enough in reserve to hold on by a head in a good 35.53 to land the £750 prize. It was compensation for the defeat last Monday of Dalcash Scolari in the William Hill 480m Trophy final when an odds on favourite. Early crowding and a fast break from eventual winner Farloe Lee was Dalcash Scolari's downfall who still showed tremendous pace in running and will be winning plenty in the coming months. On Saturday morning at Crayford both Goldies Destiny and Eye Onthe Tempo qualified for next Saturday's Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy Final over 540m and despite being well beaten both are more than capable of landing the Category 2 event. In a busy open week Destroy The Camp again showed us why he is one of the leading open racers around at the moment with a facile victory at Sittingbourne on Thursday whilst Kinda Ready looked in good nick when posting a fastest of the day 28.43 trial at Monmore on Tuesday.
Yesterday's GOBATA AGM at Towcester racecourse was difficult for most people to attend reflecting on the turnout but the passion amongst members and committee members remains and on the whole it was a worthwhile meeting. Martin White GOBATA's chairman is without doubt the man to lead the association in its battle to gain recognition and credibility from the GBGB who continue to basically ignore GOBATA. Kevin Ackerman leads the Towcester team who reassured the attendance of their commitment to build a Greyhound track that promises to be unrivalled in terms of quality and with the superb facilites at their disposal it is a win win situation for all. This is the way forward for GOBATA and although it could be Spring of 2012 before it's open for racing, it will be worth the wait. In the meantime GOBATA will press on and continue to seek a voice in our industry and I urge everyone to stay united and support them in their efforts.
Daren Johnson, our Derby winning owner, has announced his intention to do an almost impossible task of running from John O'Groats to Lands End all in one month for charity. This would mean running a marathon a day to complete the near 1000 miles. We are appealing to everyone to make a contribution to Daren's efforts. He will attempt this unbelievable feat in April and he hopes to raise many thousands for both the RGT and Help For Heroes, two worthy causes for sure. Iff you go to www.giveabitback.net you can read all about his desire to give something back. It is hoped that during the run we can get a few celebrities from the greyhound world to show some support and take time out to run alongside Daren at some stage even if it's only for a few hundred yards! (that's for me!) or a few miles. Sky have kindly offered to cover Daren's run on their programmes in April and Betfair were the first to dip their hands in their pockets donating £1,000 to his cause. More details will be available as the time gets nearer and all of us at Imperial Kennels would like to wish Daren the best of luck not only on the run but in his intensive training so please visit the website and make a donation.
On Monday Bourne Masons took his heat of the Coral on TV Stayers in 35.65 at Romford and at Nottingham Dalcash Scolari could only finish 2nd to Farloe Lee in the William Hill 480m Trophy final. On the supporting card Stormbeam was 2nd in a 480m Maiden, Blonde Fletch had a difficult race and draw in trap 6 over 500m and ran well to be 4th while Risky Wand saw that we never went home empty handed when he took the scalp of Brooklyn Bandit in a sprint in a fine 17.92.
On Thursday only one entry accepted in the Bookmakers 450m Trophy at Oxford Kinda Close who had a tough task when last while at Sittingbourne our runners performed well. Droopys Elbow was 3rd in div 2 over 500m and Aero Merlin a well beaten 2nd over 450m before Aldataro Lass ran a blinder when getting back up to score in a warm 642m by 1/2 length in 40.92 (-35) at juicy odds of 10/1. Aero Bolt back over the flat was a close up 5th before a demonstration of early pace and power from the in form Destroy The Camp who scorched to a 3 1/2 length win in 29.28 (-20).
On Friday at Romford as said in the Coral on TV Stayers Trophy Bourne Masons lifted our first competition of the year and on the supporting card Lady Aristocracy was best of our other runners when landing the top division of the Bitches 400m in a good 24.26.
On Saturday morning at Crayford in the heats of the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy Goldies Destiny was a well beaten 2nd to Barnfield Rocky as was Eye Onthe Tempo to Westmead Melanie but both are in next week's final. At Monmore trouble in running from our two pups Kinda Dashing and Magical saw them well beaten and over 415m Bomber Barkley ran well when 2nd.
Dobbydaize kicked off Monday night with a win in A3 by a neck in 28.66 (+10), Born Tobe Blue from the Droopys Kewell x Kinda Sleepy litter produced her best run to date leading all the way to score by 3 lengths in 28.46 (+20), Scodan Parker was 2nd in an A1 after leading going down by 2 lengths while there was a well deserved debut win for Blonde Brutus who led all the way to win by 3 lengths in 28.93 (+10).
On Saturday Exceptional Ride took the opening race by 3/4 length in 28.86 (+10), Blonde Eagle was very green when 2nd and both Kinda Razzle and Bellas Bud found it tough in a hot A1 when 4th and 5th. A brilliant debut from Kildream Pet saw her romp away with an A5 by 5 lengths in 28.87 (+10) a first win for the Killahan Panther x Genesis Dream litter that we will hear a lot about in the future.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden see Scintillas Jesse and Brave Drover competing while on Tuesday a trip to Sheffield sees both Directors Wit and Risky Wand in the heats of the Molson Coors Northern Sprint and in supporting races Dalcash Scolari and Blonde Fletch are over 500m and Aero Bolt has a good chance in the hurdles and Risky Rosaleen in the Puppy race.
Sittingbourne is pencilled in for Thursday as is Romford on Friday and Monmore Saturday whilst in the morning Goldies Destiny and Eye Onthe Tempo try to land the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy at Crayford.
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Bourne Masons got us off to a good start on Monday winning at 11/8. This week I can see Aero Bolt looking a solid bet at Sheffield tomorrow night and if we are at Romford on Friday Lady Aristocracy looks likely to go in again now she's back to form. Saturday morning at Crayford is tough in the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy Final but either of our runners Goldies Destiny and Eye Onthe Tempo are capable of springing a surprise and for no reason I just have a sneaking feeling for the latter.
AERO BOLT - 2 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday
LADY ARISTOCRACY - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday
EYE ONTHE TEMPO - 1 pt win - Crayford - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOURNE MASONS - 3 pts win - Romford - Monday - WON 11/8
GOLDIES DESTINY - 2 pts win - Crayford - Saturday - lost