Monday 22nd August 2011
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Most important to start this week's newsletter off by reminding everyone today is the last chance we have to object to the plans put forward by L & Q with regards to Walthamstow Stadium. This can be done by login on to the Save Our Stow website or to the Waltham Forrest site direct by this link. If we can get as many people as possible objecting then it will put severe pressure on the council to throw L & Q's plans out and force them to sell to Bob Morton who interestingly has this week submitted his own plans for the Stadium bringing Greyhound racing back to its rightful place! (see Guest Column)
On the racing front this week we didn't start well when on Monday Mountjoy Comet and Bellers Bud, who were both drawn in the same heat of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore, were desperately unlucky to be eliminated at the first round stage. A glorious four timer from Chris Allsopp at his local track on the day sparked some confident comments in this week's Racing Post on his team catching and passing us in the Trainers Championship. Our lead was reduced to less than 60 points and I have massive respect for Chris but we won't be giving up our lead without a fight and we hit back well on Friday at Romford when Adageo scored some vital points for us landing the Coral On TV Stayers Final in a dramatic finish. Breaking better than of late he eventually reeled in long time leader Clonoutly Hondo to win by the shortest of margins. The time of 36.09 may have been only moderate but the win couldn't wipe the smile off ours and owners Dick and Ann Barfoot's faces. Last year Adageo had a tremendous year making the Derby Final and scoring plenty of other times on his travels. A serious injury in a sprint trial at Monmore that then had complications almost put an end to his career but thankfully the patience that was shown has been rewarded. It was good also to see good kennel servants Directors Wit and All That Noise get on the scoresheet as well.
The weekend was rounded off in great style as Jazz Apollo owned by Stefan Watson scooped the all important John Smith's Kent Derby at Sittingbourne worth £7,500. After breaking the track record in a trial stake all had not gone to plan in the heats and semi-final of the event for our team and Jazz Apollo had battled hard to make the decider. On the night despite again finding trouble he powered home from off the pace to get up and beat favourite Local Dee Jay by 1/2 length in 29.24 in an exciting finish to land the trophy. A brilliant night for the kennel and the only downside was that this event had been demoted to a Category 2 competition. Jazz Apollo's success also will give his breeder Dave Wood a huge sense of achievement at his Questhouse Kennels. Talking of Sittingbourne next Sunday British Breeding takes centre stage when all races are going to be well supported by the best of British breeding. There is a party afterwards for everyone to let their hair down so come along to what should be a great night.
The racing week was sadly soured by the unfortunate and fatal injury to promising young pup Corrig Billy who was having his first race ever in a top grade event at Yarmouth on Wednesday. Although no blame can be attatched to the track, the pup was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It still hurts deeply and to say the call to owner Bill Mcluskey, who was holidaying in Spain, was difficult is an understatement.
We are making huge steps on joining the new social networking world and as said over the next few weeks you will be able to follow us on Facebook as well as viewing some interesting new features on our site which includes some new syndications that will be available. From this week you will be able to follow me on Twitter @wallis_mark and I will be tweeting as much as I can with the latest info and my thoughts on the greyhound world. Greyhound forums as well as being an excellent source of information can also have their downfall as I have found to my cost in recent years but I have recently joined the Greyhound Star Forum run by editor Floyd Amphlett. Although anyone can read the posts made, those posting are by invite only. I'm sure this will give some of our leading industry figures who have been invited a chance to air their views without being totaly slaughtered.
This Friday the all important Coral Champion Stakes begins at Romford and we will have the country's current leading stayer Blonde Fletch leading our team in what is likely to be a hot event. Jazz Apollo might well be stepped up in trip and the useful Munster Champ has come down from Harry Williams' kennel for a crack at the event. With Adageo, Dalcash Scolari, All That Noise and Rockburst Lenny in our squad we will have a strong hand. The East Anglian Derby build up begins at Yarmouth and four trial stakes spice up Wednesday's card and Derby semi-finalist Bellers Bud will be looking to warm up for the event. Mountjoy Comet will be having a trial at Yarmouth on Thursday.
Our kennel will have great memories of Kinda Magic who sadly passed away this week at the grand old age of 12. A four time Category 1 winner for my mother in law Linda Jones that included two Golden Sprints (2001/2002) at Romford, a Pall Mall (2001) at Oxford and a Peterborogh Derby (2001), his early pace was a joy to behold and since his retirement 'Harry' had been lovingly looked after by Brenda and Ian Seymour in Ireland for which we thank them very much.
The Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore never quite went to plan for Bellers Bud and Mountjoy Comet on Monday but Rockburst Lenny won his heat of the Coral on TV Stayers at Romford at night in 36.02 while Adageo also booked his place in the final when 2nd in his heat.
On Friday back at Romford some tough maiden 575's saw Carden Twilight (3rd), Ballintine Molly (4th) and Aero Joker an unlucky 5th. Lil Risky, dropped down to a sprint, ran well when 2nd to Corby Don in 13.68, Adageo won the plaudits when landing the feature race of the night the Coral On TV Stayers Trophy and there were good wins for the old guard Directors Wit over 400m (24.45) and All That Noise over 575m in 35.75.
At Sittingbourne yesterday as well as Jazz Apollo landing the John Smith Kent Derby, Bourne Masons took the Seniors race in 29.56 though Rookery Pedro got a rough ride in the Cab-it Silver Salver when last.
Risky Lass got Wednesday off to a good start winning an A5 in 29.01 by a length. Young pup Mountjoy Osprey ran a blinder when getting caught in an A2 going down 1/2 length in a fast 27.98. Corrig Vincent was 3rd and Rockburst Fanta opened her account scoring well in top grade in 28.22 (+20).
On Saturday Mint Bulb, Aoifes Candy and Legit Jack were all 3rd while Risky Blue improved again to score well in an A1 in a good 28.12 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
At Monmore today Sulphur Spring runs in the heats of the Ladbrokes August Festival Puppy event while Aero Majestic looks to escape an awkward trap 5 draw in the 630m Stayers event. Lil Risky heads back to Romford tonight for the heats of the Coral On TV Standard over 400m.
Runners at Mildenhall Tuesday and on Wednesday trial stakes for the East Anglian Derby take place at Yarmouth.
On Friday the August Festival finals conclude at Monmore and at night the Coral Champion Stakes kicks off with six first round heats.
On Sunday Sittingbourne's British Bred extravaganza should be well supported with some great prize money on offer.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our recommendation on Aero Joker last week at Romford was blind not knowing the entries and I thought we were struggling when I saw the runners for the race including eventual winner Westmead Maldini. To be fair she was slightly unlucky and could be worth a decent interest when next over the trip.
The Coral Champion Stakes gets underway this Friday and Blonde Fletch is sure to figure at the top of the ante-post betting. Sometimes when you put dogs over the trip for the first time you can get carried away with the fact that they looked like they are crying out for the trip but in Jazz Apollo I would be very surprised if he didn't get 575m. Having just won the Kent Derby he is bang in form and must be worth an interest. I see no reason not to include Blonde Fletch either.
JAZZ APOLLO- 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - Champion Stakes - Romford - Friday
BLONDE FLETCH - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post - Champion Stakes - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO JOKER - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost