Monday 21st July 2008
An eventful week on and off the track this last week and our kennel had some good, bad and some very sad news. On Tuesday at Hall Green we can be proud of both Goldcrest King and Eye Onthe Brave's efforts when second and third respectively in the final of the prestigious Gymcrack Puppy competition behind Charlie Lister's Motto's Star.
On the supporting card there were good wins for both Mountjoy Gold and Directors Chair who was back to his very best with a convincing win over 645m and one wonders how much his only defeat at the Midlands track back in January in the Prestige Final by Tufftys Pearletta could cost us at the end of the year.
On Wednesday the comeback trial over 430m at Walthamstow of Arc hero Centaur Decree (26.19) was superb and in my opinion there was plenty left out there. Butterbridge Ali also posted a useful 28.98 and we look forward to his first race back next week and our four time Category 1 winner Eye Onthe Veto also blew the cobwebs away after a few weeks off with a broken tail with a decent sprint (14.31). Gavin Cheeseman's prolific bitches Genesis Dream and Genesis Alix just out of season only look a couple of weeks away from racing after satisfactory trials. Good news on Thursday as well with Seanis Doire nicely winning the final of the Maiden Half Grand over 475m and on Saturday an excellent night of winners (six) was highlighted by the return to the winner's podium of Aero Blackjack and the unbeaten Elusive Jazz looked impressive in winning the bitches 475m. Bad news on Thursday morning when the popular Castlemary Podge badly broke a hock in a trial at Yarmouth when preparing for a likely tilt at the Yarmouth Derby in a few weeks and he will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage but his fine short career has ended. On a very sad note the talented Lockdale Diamond was diagnosed with severe bone cancer in the leg after a recent spell of lameness and was kindly put to sleep on Friday and our heart goes out to owner Daniel Daley for his loss. The highlight of 'Rocky's' career was a fine second in the Trafalgar Puppy Cup at Oxford followed up with a decent 450m Sky win and he had also won opens at the Stow (28.67) and was one of our Derby entries.
The latest news of a 20% drop in prize money at Wimbledon was another savage kick in the nuts for greyhound racing and the time is drawing ever nearer for the closure of our beloved Walthamstow and once again I wonder where all those people have been that have now packed Saturday nights at the Stow for the last few weeks. We are all hoping for a last-minute rescue of this superb purpose-built greyhound stadium and when you have a night like we did again on Saturday with six winners and a great atmosphere it is going to be very hard to replace.
As mentioned above, fine performances from Goldcrest King and Eye Onthe Brave chasing home Mottos Star in the final of the Gymcrack for puppies both beaten just over 3 lengths in 28.48. Mountjoy Gold was unlucky when just missing out in the semi's of the Gymcrack but made up for it a little when a convincing winner of the puppy race over 480m beating Blonde Jake 1 3/4 lengths in a good 28.56 only a length slower than the final. Arguably the most impressive winner on the night was Directors Chair in the 645m when pinging the lids and recording an amazing 14.26 sectional he had a good field strung out like the washing and although tiring a touch he still won by over six lengths in a fine 39.35. Tipp The Breeze but for a missed break would have completed a great treble on the Sky card but had to settle for second beaten only 3/4 length by Swift Maybole in the 670m Super Stayers.
One open race at Harlow on Wednesday in the 592m Stayers and Coolanga Flyer who has been running well all year stayed best of all leading at the last bend to go on and score by 2 lengths in 38.04. On Thursday at Walthamstow Eye Onthe Flame ran well when runner up to Stevensonrocket beaten 2 lengths in a fast 29.10. Discreet Cat missed his break when a warm favourite in the 640m Stayers in which Missed A Train was beaten a neck in 40.17. Centaur Iris caused a surprise in the 835m Marathon winning at 12/1 but entirely on merit as she held all at bay by a head in a career best 53.23. Seanis Doire is blessed with great early pace and she used this to good advantage when taking the Half Grand Maiden Final by a neck in 29.05.
Saturday night at Walthamstow was again heaving and Pinewood Gypsy opened her open race account when winning the Maiden by over 5 lengths in 29.14. Aero Blackjack got back to winning ways in the 640m Stayers leading around the final two bends from pace-setter Toosey Tops and pulling away to beat the late surge of kennelmate Bell Tempest in 39.86. Elusive Jazz went into the Bitches 475m unbeaten in this country and proved what a good addition to our open race team she is when bolting up by over 5 lengths in a fast 28.80 on a slowish track. In the Paddy Power Irish Derby Trial Stake in-form Treacle Rose ran with credit when 3rd to Blackmagic Jack.
WALTHAMSTOW AND HARLOW REVIEW
On Tuesday's graded card Hollywell Brett, in only the second race of his life, won nicely by 2 lengths in 29.49 (+10) and this March 07 looks a nice prospect. King Jackson continues to find one too good and was again second beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 29.47. Litter sister Bee My Honey was impressive when leading off the last bend and running away to score by 2 1/2 lengths in a fine 29.25. Wilson Picket (3rd) and Lews Trickster (2nd) both ran well before Jonos Patience beat kennelmate Ragga Diva by 2 lengths in 29.23.
At Harlow on Wednesday we were involved in inter-track races to help grade a few dogs on for when the Stow shuts. Rank N File (2nd), Toasting Jack (2nd) and Mooloolaba (3rd) all ran well and should strike next time back at the track and Chilli Blue made sure we never left empty handed when winning in 26.90 (-20). On Saturday, in a few graded races in between the opens, we had three winners - Rockybay Class made it two on the trot with a 29.55, Toasting Jack won well by 4 lengths in 29.33 and Directors Ruler won the A1 very well in 28.93 to complete an excellent night for the kennel (3 open winners as well).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- DIRECTORS CHAIR
GRADED- BEE MY HONEY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Again a busy week in store for the kennel starting on Monday with the heats of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl at Romford over 575m where Eye Onthe Force and Directors Chair should have chances and a trip to Yarmouth with Pinewood Evo, Eye Onthe Spirit and Bell Tornado taking on some decent locals. Tuesday sees us make the short trip to Mildenhall as Stride On Babe steps back up to six bends while a number of pups continue their preparation for the Puppy Derby with trials before racing - they include all three pups from last weeks Sky card at Hall Green (Goldcrest King, Eye Onthe Brave and Mountjoy Gold).
We intend to enter plenty for the opens at Harlow on Wednesday and should also have a few in the inter-track races. Opens are scheduled for both Thursday and Saturday at Walthamstow and the return of Butterbridge Ali is eagerly awaited. We could well travel to Hove on Thursday as well for the bitches heats and final supporting the Sussex Cup with the flying Elusive Jazz. On the same night Aero Blackjack and Tipp The Breeze are our entries at Perry Barr for the heats of the Keith Johnson Summer Cup over 660m. Friday is the final of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl at Romford and Saturday sees the first round of the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon which our kennel should have plenty of interest with eight entries.