Monday 21st October 2013
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The politics of the sport was never something I really wanted to get involved in but when you have achieved the success myself and our kennel have over the past few years you feel obliged to help other trainers when called upon. The hope would be that the weight you carry through the success you've achieved could make a difference. I was asked to be involved in GOBATA when it was formed a few years ago and in principle it was a great idea but failed in its objectives mainly through a lack of any recognition by the governing body. We were told that the only channel of communication was through our legitimate source namely the GTA so when Rick Holloway won the first GTA election in many years some 18 months ago fairly and squarely we looked set to have proper representation. As Rick has expressed quite vocally since his victory he has continued to be blocked in his rightful quest to be let into Proctor House to represent trainers. Small concessions have been made by the GBGB and I was nominated by the GTA to sit on the Racing Committee, one of the many committees and sub committees, when three positions were made available to us. The GTA also has representation on the Rules Committee (Jim Reynolds) and the Welfare Committee (Linda Jones) but really on two of the committees that are most relevent to trainers, namely the Trainers Assistance Fund and the Track Safety Committee, we still have no representation and of course there is the small matter of having our own GTA seat on the Board of Directors instead of the current practitioner John Haynes who holds the current nominated seat for owners, trainers and breeders. Rick has announced that if the intended GTA nominations are not let on these two important committees by November 11th (the day of the GTA AGM) he will withdraw all our representatives from the other committees and he cannot rule out taking action on the run up to Christmas in protest. We are without doubt in a tricky position which hopefully can be resolved in the next couple of weeks or I fear it could get messy. From my personal point of view, all trainers need to see that they are the major stakeholders in a sport in crisis and deserve the right to sit down with all parties and negotiate a correct fee on behalf of themselves and all their owners for the supply of all greyhounds to this industry and I urge they stand behind Rick and support him on his fight to get proper representation. The GTA AGM at Coventry Stadium on November 11th could be interesting and it is hoped that all trainers, or any representatives they would like to send, will be present.
As I've said many times before it's a shame the politics of the sport are to the fore because on the track we have some terrific action and the battle for the Trainer Of The Year title is adding extra spice to all competitions and open races with ourselves Charlie Lister, Chris Allsopp and Paul Young all within 50 points of each other and after a cracking week for Seamus Cahill he holds an outside chance of getting in the mix. We are doing our best to hang on to the shirt tails of the main three and despite drifting out to 12/1 with the sponsors Ladbrokes I have by no means given up the thought of making a successful defence of our crown. Bridge Bandit was down the field at Sittingbourne when a big price in the Kent Derby Final on Thursday but two impressive wins on the supporting card for Blonde Razor over 640 metres, making that five wins on the bounce for our emerging star, and a scorching victory for Aayamzabella in the marathon in another track record time gave us some valuable points. Chris Allsopp got right back in the hunt when Exocet landed the Kent Derby scoring 50 points for his trainer and we have to hope that Adageo Bob does something similar at Nottingham in the Category 1 British Produce Stakes where on Monday he started well winning his heat in style and now is favourite for the competition though his semi-final tonight is tough. The fact that none of the other trainers in the title race have entries in this event could be a huge plus for us. The RPGTV Henlow Derby kicked off last night and with 5 points won for any Category 1 or 2 heat our main rivals who all had winners stole a march on us but Benkaat Blue and Ayamzaman both ran well and qualified safely for the semi's next week.
The title race will hot up even further this week as the Category 2 Coral Olympic kicks off at Hove on Thursday and we know that Paul Young and Chris Allsopp will be well represented while we will have both Bridge Honcho and Reel Trickyone representing us.
On Saturday at Wimbledon an eagerly awaited William Hill St Leger begins and I must say what a top class event this is looking. Charlie Lister looks to hold a strong hand with Fear Emoski and Farloe Tango but there are many other quality stayers lining up. In Blonde Razor and Sidaz Dippy we have a couple of live chances and both will have sprint trials at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Hometown Honey our Grand Prix winner as said is slow coming out of season but may still be an entry but after Blonde Reagan's defeat in the Kent St Leger last week owner Mark Currell has decided to retire the defending champion. Although he has had his problems this year Blonde Reagan can look back on a fantastic career where last year he only just lost out to kennelmate Blonde Snapper for the Greyhound Of The Year award after winning the TV Trophy and the St Leger. In all Blonde Reagan won 22 times from 62 races at 8 different tracks winning nearly £40,000 in prize money.
On Monday at Nottingham Adageo Bob won his heat of the British Produce Stakes in good style by 3 3/4 lengths in a fastest of the round 29.95. To complete a good night in the heats of the Bookmakers Standard Adageo Brae won convincingly by 7 lengths in 30.06.
At Sittingbourne on Thursday for their big night of the year Benkaat Boomer was one of the best backed dogs of the day in the first Sky race but our puppy lost all chance when stumbling out the traps. Blonde Razor faced a tricky draw in a warm 640m race but tracking cleverly he passed early leader Navarone to win from the fast finishing and classy Droopys Posh in a fine 39.83. Aayamzabella got a rare draw in trap 1 in the Marathon and railing tightly swept into the lead and kept up the relentless gallop to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 56.49 another track record to match her one from Newcastle the week before. Bridge Bandit lined up in a hot Kent Derby Final and to be fair we were happy just to make the final. After breaking OK he was outgunned to the bend and could only turn 4th, he showed good middle pace to the 3rd bend but faded close home to finish 5th.
Over at Hove Bridge Honcho ran well but the in form Jaytee Lightning held him to beat him by 1 3/4 lengths in a good 29.62. Sidaz Dippy had a great battle with Beanos Kenny over 659m but got the better of that rival by 3/4 length in a very good 41.3. Jazz Tilly having her first race back from season ran very well in the Ladies race beaten 3 lengths in 29.72. Reel Trickyone and Ayamzamodel both ran OK when 3rd.
At Romford on Friday no luck from our 4 runners with Murlens Crash a good 2nd in the sprint and Risky Emerald was a bit unlucky when 3rd in a 575m Maiden Stayers.
On Sunday the RPGTV Henlow Derby kicked off and Benkaat Blue having his first race back from injury did well to be a close up 3rd in his heat while Ayamzaman ran very well when 2nd to Farloe Warhawk in a very warm heat.
Over at Coventry Aero Twizzle is a dog to follow in sprints and our rising star banged out the traps again winning well in a fine 15.95.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
At Coventry on Tuesday Hillcross Miami was best of our runners when 2nd in an A5 and two runners in the A2 on Sunday where Newinn Chick scored a well deserved success getting up on the line to score by a neck in 29.85 (-20) with Hillcross Dallas a further short head away in 3rd.
Over at Yarmouth on Saturday promising pup Saffrons Dream was knocked sideways when 4th in an A3, Baran Shirocco was 2nd in an A6 on her return from season and in the Yarmouth Trainers Championship Ilewin Allot found plenty of trouble but managed to squeeze through to the final when 3rd. Skips Special was a close up 3rd in top grade.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the British Produce Stakes reaches the semi-final stage for Adageo Bob and Adageo Brae runs in the Bookmakers Standard Final.
At Hove on Thursday the Olympic heats kick off and on Saturday the all important William Hill St Leger starts with 8 first round heats and more big competitions on Sunday as the RPGTV Henlow Derby semi's are the feature.
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Bridge Bandit gave us a great run in the Kent Derby but unfortunately he could only finish 5th and we needed him to be 4th for our e.w bet. Benkaat Boomer completed a bad night for our bets when slipping out the traps.
Bridge Honcho might not be in great winning form but he is rarely out the frame and he is worth a small e.w punt in Thursday's Olympic. We have to give Blonde Razor a decent chance in the St Leger and Sidaz Dippy is also the type to keep qualifying.
BRIDGE HONCHO - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Coral Olympic - Hove - starts Thursday
BLONDE RAZOR - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
SIDAZ DIPPY - 1.5 pts e,w ante-post - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - British Produce Stakes - Nottingham - semi's tonight
BENKAAT BOOMER - 3 pts win - Sittingbourne - Thursday - lost
BRIDGE BANDIT - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - Kent Derby - Sittingbourne - lost