Monday 21st May 2007
I'm just recovering at the moment from my journey back from Sunderland on Saturday night - damn roadworks! Yes typical, just as I come down the A1 at about 12 o clock they decide to close it for work through the night which meant a trek back to the M18, M1 and back down the A14 arriving back at the kennels at 3 a.m. Well at least Seanie qualified and now I have to get ready to do it all again next Saturday when we return for the semis. Saturday night was a meeting that was a credit to our sport - fabulous prize money!, big crowd, great racing and a who's who of greyhound people in attendance. Well done David Hood and William Hill!
This Thursday provided the kennel with another final wnner in the shape of Fear Robben who answered some of his critics by taking the £2,000 Monmore Stud Book Trophy in fine style beating dual Derby champion Westmead Hawk from what I thought was a very tricky draw. Simon (owner) and myself would personally like to thank Robben's breeder Barry Bolton who took him back when we decided to rest him earlier in the year. Barry, if anybody doesn't know, is one of the country's finest breeder/trainers whose greyhounds carry the Allglaze prefix.
Linda's latest column is now up to read but for obvious reasons she won't be able to write regularly from now on. But great news, we will be having a guest column which includes the likes of Ian Lavery and Barry Clegg from Greyhound Voice, our very own Peter Vernon will be giving his thoughts as well as Patrick Janssens my assistant giving his views on the forthcoming English Derby. I will also approach respected greyhound people such as Tanya Stevenson, Richard Birch, Scott Fraser and many more to give a no holds barred opinion on Greyhound Racing today.
We are currently setting up a brilliant new competition starting in July in which all entries will have the chance to win the top prize of a well bred pup to be trained by us for free with 50% of his prize money to be sent to you every month - a prize that could be worth many thousands so keep logging on over the next few weeks to get the details of this terrific competition.
Next Sunday at Harlow is a day not to be missed starting with the big match, Walthamstow versus Romford, kicking off at around 12 o clock where our Sid Huett is captain and yours truly has been roped in just to add a bit of class to proceedings - ha!ha! An intertrack between Walthamstow, Romford and Harlow follows with opens on the card as well. If anyone's got some energy left the third in our series of well-run poker tournaments starts at 6.30 which is a £30 re-buy event with current champ David Bell defending his title.
Monday's heat of the Gerry Allen Quicksilver over 575m at Romford saw Go Commando unluckily crash out when being brought to a standstill at the 3rd bend when in contention. Wednesday was a positive morning for our Derby hopefuls in trials at Wimbledon with some eye-catching performances from Directors Chair 27.65(calc) and Fear Armani 27.90(calc) in solo spins. Eye Onthe Veto(27.68 calc) pleased me beating the progressive Directors Wish(27.79 calc) just over a length and puppy champ Centaur Decree (27.80 calc) beat Raging Jack (27.90 calc) by a length to complete an excellent session. Thursday's opens at Walthamstow were run on a very slow track with wins for Bell Classic (29.09 calc) and veteran January Tiger romping home in a flying 28.74(calc). Good news at Henlow where the Champagne Club's Bubbly Magic qualified for the Paddy Dunne Memorial Puppy Cup Final when a good 2nd to track champ Westmead Lord. As said above, a fine win for Fear Robben in the final at Monmore has kept us in touch with Charlie Lister in theTrainers Championship with only a few points separating us as we come into the crunch part of the season. On Saturday as mentioned Daisyfield Seani finished 3rd in the heats of Sunderland's Grand Prix to go in the hat for next weeks semi-final.
Eye Onthe Glory completed a hat trick of wins on Monday's BAGS card and on Tuesday a debut win for Emly Outlaw in the opening race by over 5 lengths and a second consecutive win for Duane Harvey's Treacle Rose in 29.24 were the highlights of the night. Saturday's all graded card saw a good performance from the early paced Lockdale Duke who scored in 29.41(calc). Bell Sensation also won the last race and the welcome return to form from season for Fear Mykeo will boost our open racing as she won the A2 in 28.89(calc).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - FEAR ROBBEN
GRADED - EYE ONTHE GLORY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday see's our first dogs entered for the Derby Trial Stakes with Fear Armani, Raging Jack and Directors Wish getting acquainted with Plough Lane. Thursday has the start of the Duffy Group Ltd Test heats with Blackmagic Guy looking to reach another final. Sunderland's Festival of racing continues on Saturday with Daisyfield Seani running from trap 5 in her semi-final. Sunday's Harlow meeting is previewed above.