Monday 21st March 2011
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I have been asked to let you all know that there will be a consultation by L&Q on their plans for Walthamstow Stadium on Saturday 26th March between 10am and 3pm at:
The Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH,
and Monday 28th March between 4pm and 8pm at:
Rush Croft Sports College, Rushcroft Road, Chingford E4 8SG.
It is very important for all who support Save Our Stow, and Greyhound Racing and those who care about our heritage. There is still a lot of work being done behind the scenes and this may be the last big push we need to show Waltham Forest Council and L&Q what the residents and greyhound racing fans really want.
PLEASE make your feelings known at one or other of these consultations.
All the talking and speculation stops and the action begins this Tuesday when the eagerly awaited Betfair Trainers Championship begins at Wimbledon with 8 top class races. Each year the interest and build up to this Championship grows and the array of stars on show gives you an idea how much the leading six open race trainers from 2011 would want to win this event. As we try to defend our title we won at Doncaster last year I must admit I feel we are sending out a strong team and below I will review our chances race by race.
Talking of the Trainers Championship it's quite topical that the biggest news from last week is the return to the kennel of Eye Onthe Storm who so brilliantly won the last leg of the Championship last year to send us home victorious. I must admit it has come as a bit of a surprise to hear that 'Frankie' was making a comeback as he had left our kennel last October to Susan Corrigan a retired dog. Susan, who has re-homed some of John Keefe's former racers, had reported the dog was bouncing and his broken hock had healed so well that it was worth a re-think on his racing career. After veterinary advice he was given the all clear to be galloped and and then have a couple of hand slips which all went well and last Monday 'Frankie' was given a trial at Nottingham, scene of his magnificent Eclipse victory in 2009, recording a satisfactory 18.13. John asked us to take Eye Onthe Storm back to prepare him for the defence of the Blue Riband title he won last year. Arriving back in our kennel on Wednesday he looked in fabulous condition and was a credit to Susan Corrigan. Eye Onthe Storm is 3 1/2 years old and obviously will take a few runs to recapture full fitness and with some tremendously fast four bend greyhounds currently around it won't be easy but hopefully he can repay John's faith and show us that awesome burst of pace that made him one of the fastest dogs of the last decade.
In other news Johnathon Kay phoned me on Saturday morning to report on Bourne Masons' victory in the Coral TV Stayers Final the night before at Romford and also say the win had put us on top of the current Trainers Championship standings. Bourne Masons, whom myself and Sarah had brought from the owner after he went unsold (was a bargain at around the advertised £1,000!) on our 'For Sale page' so we coud keep him in the kennel, has repaid us with interest as this was the second £750 he has picked up in the last few weeks and 'Masons' who is a lovely natured dog should be a good point scorer for us for a long while yet. Before racing on Friday there was only 5 points separating five trainers Kelly Findlay and us on 80 points, Paul Young (79), Chris Allsopp (76) and after Droopys Greg's superb off the pace victory in the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby moving Nick Savva up to 5th with 75 points. The new format the points are now scored with is slightly different to Peter Meldrum's which had been used for many years and takes a bit of getting used to but is well updated by the GBGB and people are getting used to it being on the Results section of their website.
Our decision to put Dalcash Scolari in the Arc at Swindon instead of the Trainers Championship is proving to be the right call at the moment as 'Bluey' comfortably qualified for the semi-final which will take place next Friday. After winning his heat in a good 28.51 on Monday he faced a difficult draw from trap 5 in Saturdays second round and did well to avoid too much trouble and chase home Buzz Doc for 2nd place.
Anyway, back to tomorrow night and here's my view of the races for the Betfair Trainers Championship.
RACE 1 - Division 4 - 480m Standard
An interesting first race where Charlie Lister's Rayvin Neasa is sure to go off a short price after a superb 28.33 trial last week but he will have to step lively out the boxes to avoid Seamus Cahill's Lethal King in trap 4 who has sprinter's pace to the bend. EYE ONTHE TEMPO comes into the race in good form after winning well at Sittingbourne last week and is proven around Plough Lane and is a tight railer so the draw in trap 1 looks ideal on paper but he himself must avoid Pat Rosney's Ballymac Well who dives to the left and could be a real hazard to us securing a good start to the event. Both Paul Young's Jaytee Tiger and Chris Allsopp's Uncle Rico have it all to do but could take advantage of what could be a messy opening leg.
RACE 2 - Sprint - 273m
Fifis Rocket, formerly known as King Lee, looks as if the race is there for the taking for Chris Allsopp. On his best Wimbledon form he is a certainty but a couple of defeats recently at Sheffield will give all the other trainers some hope. Charlie Lister's Romeo Daddy Cool is unexposed and has produced some fast trials but is sandwiched in between Fifis Rocket and Pat Rosney's Little Sensation who's not a natural sprinter but has early pace to burn. Paul young's Jaytee Hawk and Seamus Cahill's Shoemakers Lad look OK but not exceptional. RISKY WAND is a bold decision from us leaving out both Directors Wit (won last year) and Goldcrest Lord (Wimbledon specialist) and is only in reasonable form but he has had some good moments in his career, most notably taking the scalps of both Jimmy Lollie and Rotar Wing and feel we can do a job with him. Expect a big run but realistically anywhere in the first three will justify his inclusion.
RACE 3 - Puppy - 480m
Litter brothers Romeo Dynasty for Charlie Lister and Romeo Absolute for Paul Young will have to improve to have a say in a hot Puppy race. Chris Allsop's Express Shuttle looks a fine prospect after just missing out in the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby Final last Thursday and will be well fancied. Pat Rosney's Allisons Delight went well in a trial last week and should go well while Seamus Cahill's Freedom Chief looks a fast dog but the draw in trap 5 looks tricky. We have 'as they say' some unfinished business with the hugely talented MOUNTJOY MOON who threw the race away in her last appearance at Wimbledon when distracted around the final two turns in a good Puppy race supporting the Springbok final, but make no mistake despite her greenness this daughter of Star Of Dromin is an absolute aeroplane and from a perfect draw in trap 6 we fully expect her to score maximum points for us.
RACE 4 - Division 2 - 687m Stayers
A wide open contest that all the trainers will feel they can score well in. Ten Dollars More for Chris Allsopp is a class act while Charlie Lister's Lonely Boy is interesting and has some real four bend speed and could play a big part while Paul Young's Mercury Pete looks like he will be coming home strong. Slaneyside Mitch for Pat Rosney beat Lonely Boy over 680m at Nottingham recently and has a good draw while Droopys Audrey has shown good early pace in races around Wimbledon for Seamus Cahill. There lies the big problem for KINDA EASY now in the twilight of his career, he has to lead Droopys Audrey up to the bend or, as we have seen in the past, if he doesn't bowl along in front he only goes backwards. That said he is a St Leger winner and might not come back to the field if he leads on a track that has seen some of his finest moments.
RACE 5 - Division 3 - 480m Standard
Jordansoilutions for Charlie Lister is in cracking form and will be a short price to land this leg though he may be taken on in the early part of the race by both Pat Rosney's Courtcraft Jet in trap 6 and Chris Allsopp's Borna Jessica in trap 5. This could well set up a grandstand finish from 2009 Derby Champion KINDA READY who is perfectly housed in trap 1 with middle running Young Vivacious for Paul Young in trap 2. He could well turn handy and now after getting better and better after a winter's rest could well land an important leg. Seamus Cahill's Thurlsbeg Bound will also finish well and won't be too far away.
RACE 6 - Division 2 - 480m Standard
We are now getting to the nitty gritty and Division 2 of the 480m Standard is a cracker with all the runners having serious questions to answer. Little Gaffer in trap 1 for Pat Rosney and the return to England of Westmead Grant for Chris Allsopp were a shade disappointing in their trials last week while Blonde Sid in trap 2 for Paul Young has a huge price tag to live up to. Bandicoot Tipoki last year's Derby champion was most impressive on his last appearance over track and trip but looked all at sea in his last two runs at Nottingham. BLONDE SNAPPER who has not raced since last August turns up with some scintillating trials behind him but not only has to produce those trial runs into races but also has to clear the fast up Lethal Freds for Seamus Cahill, if he doesn't his and probably our dreams of glory will be shattered!
RACE 7 - Division 1 - 687m Stayers
What a great race in prospect! BLONDE FLETCH is the new kid on the block in the stayers' ranks at the moment having won in great style in his last three races over the extended trip. He loves Wimbledon and again should set a furious pace but in Droopys Alma for Charlie Lister, Bower Hawk for Pat Rosney and Chris Allsopp's Head It On Jason his stamina will be seriously tested and a great climax is expected. Paul Youngs Centurian Enry looks out of form but has sprung plenty of surprises in his career so can't be underestimated while Seamus Cahill will do well to get grand servant Raving Black to win, out of form and not a known lover of the track he has it all to do.
RACE 8 - Division 1 - 480m Standard
After what is sure to be a great night's racing wouldn't it be tense for any trainers if the whole Championship comes down to this last race! Charlie Lister will be happy that he has Boher Paddy, the current Derby favourite, to rely on but a defeat in the Juvenile has also left some questions to be answered. He will have to be careful to avoid a bump from Chris Allsopp's Brittas Empire who has pace. If Boher Paddy makes any mistakes then DESTROY THE CAMP is perfectly housed in trap 6 to take advantage. He should comfortably lead trap 5 Seamus Cahill's Skywalkershearer who is well up in class and Pat Rosney's Bower Eagle in trap 4 who is not the most prolific of winners. Destroy The Camp is one of the best bend runners I have seen for many a year and it wil be race on if he steals a lead on Boher Paddy. Bubbly Razldazl will as usual have a huge fan club present but will have to improve on his last trial if he is to get involved.
Well there you have my views of what will be a great evening win lose or draw so get down to Wimbledon if you can an enjoy greyhound racing at it's best!
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. If you go to www.giveabitback.net you can read all about his desire to give something back and watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCdRWqJX2bA. 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.
A brief look at what was a busy open race week for the kennel. On Monday Kinda Ready ran a stormer in the Betfred Standard Trophy Final at Nottingham, from a bad draw in trap 5 he managed to track round the first two bends in second place and ran a stormer to only be denied by 1 1/2 lengths to Frisby Fontenblu in 30.11. Scodan Parker again ran well in defeat when 2nd in the top division of the sprint beaten a length in 18.13. Over at Romford Goldies Destiny and Bourne Masons were 2nd and 3rd respectively in their heats of the Coral TV Stayers. Earlier in the day Dalcash Scolari won his heat of the Arc in good style in a fast 28.51 with Droopys Elbow also qualifying when 2nd in his heat.
On Tuesday a trip to Sheffield was justified when Blonde Fletch landed a hat trick of open wins scoring by 2 1/2 lengths in 39.43 in a trial stake for the Queen Mother's Stayers Trophy. Directors Wit ran better than of late when a close up 3rd in a sprint.
At Sittingbourne on Thursday Aero Merlin got back to winning ways when winning a 450m by over 5 lengths in a good 27.43 but a defeat for Kinda Easy over 642m with Aldataro Lass 4th were a blow.
At Romford on Friday night Rockburst Eva ran well when 3rd in a Maiden Stayers as did Bim Bam Boozle in a 400m standard when 3rd also but the night belonged to Bourne Masons who won the final of the Coral TV Stayers by over 2 lengths in 35.43.
Dalcash Scolari produced a mature display to overcome a tough draw in the second round of the Arc when finishing 2nd but Droopys Elbow was knocked out when an unlucky 4th.
A rare trip to Mildenhall on Sunday saw Catunda Mae take a winning opportunity over 545m scoring well by over 3 lengths in 33,98, Scodan Parker (3rd), Scintillas Jesse (2nd) and Aero Bolt (3rd) all ran well.
Four runners last Wednesday saw Scodan Moet run well when landing an A3 by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.43 (+10) while Lil Magic was a shade unfortunate when 3rd in an A2. Newcomer Kildream Boy was highly tried in an A4 and despite finishing last showed good pace leading til the third bend until being swallowed up by the field.
On Saturday with a few of the younger ones down with the cough we only had three runners with Blonde Rascal winning by 2 lengths in 29.33. Kildream Cutie on her debut was another highly tried and Corrig Vincent ran well when 4th in a hot A1.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The week begins at Romford tonight with Kinda Magical and Gottabe Kinda in the heats of the Coral TV Puppies.
All eyes will be on Wimbledon on Tuesday as the Betfair Trainers Championsip promises to be a superb night.
Other opens have yet to be finalised for the rest of the week apart from Dalcash Scolari who runs in the semi-final of the Arc at Swindon on Friday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A good win for us with Blonde Fletch at Sheffield on Tuesday and Dalcash Scolari is still going strong in the Arc at Swindon. The Betfair Trainers Chanpionship has the added angle of backing the trainer which means you can cheer on all eight of our runners and this year as we try to defend our crown. I feel we have a powerful team representing us and though the 4's and 7/2 has been taken I think we are massive at around 3/1. For a single bet on the night I feel Mountjoy Moon can win a hot puppy race and Kinda Ready has a great make up and should be backed e.w at odds of around 4/1.
MARK WALLIS - 5 pts wi 3/1 - Betfair Trainers Championship - Wimbledon - Tuesday
MOUNTJOY MOON - 5 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
KINDA READY - 2.5 pts e.w - Wimbledon - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - Arc - Swindon - continues Friday
BLONDE FLETCH - 3 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - WON 11/10
DIRECTORS WIT - 2 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - lost