Monday 22nd December 2014
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2014 is drawing to a close and we are finishing the year off in sensational style as the winners keep on flowing. Another excellent Friday night at Romford with four winners was followed by a top class Saturday night at Towceste rwhere we were pleased to have another three winners. We are still basking in the glory of winning our first Oaks title and the Trainer Of The Year standings show that we are an unbelievable 300 points clear of our nearest rival. The kennel strength is as strong as I can ever remember and all our owners seem happy and like us are looking forward to 2015. The buzz around Greyhound racing at the moment is superb and that's mainly due to the opening of Towcester who have burst on the scene with a bang!
I'm just starting to compile our annual website Review of the Year including our Website Awards which should be ready in about a week's time. Talking of awards I was pleased to see the annual GBGB bash back in a London this year as Manchester was a bit of a trek last year to say the least. They will be held at the London Lancaster on the 25th January. I will proudly receive my Trainer Of The Year award and hopefully we are in contention with Cornamaddy Jumbo for the main Greyhound Of The Year title. Whatever his fate it's always a great night which showcases the best in our sport and gives all their owners a chance to enjoy a bit of razzmatazz. I can never understand why people call for this to be boycotted as it's not the place for the politics of the industry to be aired. Of course there are many dissatisfied and disgruntled stakeholders at present with the lack of funding the industry receives but that needs to be put to one side for the evening so we can admire the achievements of our pride and joys on the track.
A top class line up in the Ballyregan Bob Memorial Trophy at Hove on Thursday saw a thrilling race over 695m where Vanrooney was just pipped on the line by Millwards Teddy with Billys Bullet just a couple of lengths behind in 4th place. Jimmy Nailed On ran well when a close up 3rd in a supporting 515m.
Over at Henlow Blackstone Marco dominated a three dog affair in the semi finals of the Cesarewitch over 550m winning by 4 1/2 lengths in a fine 33.23. In the other semi Vanfrenchie was a shade fortunate when 3rd after a missed break and would have a live chance in Boxing Day's final if he could trap better' Ilewin Allot also qualified for the Dual Distance final when 2nd in the sprint and will be at home in the 428 metre final on Boxing Day as well.
Ten runners at Romford on Friday and another successful night for the kennel at the Essex track with Aayamzaone again taking your breath away when coming from off the pace to take a warm Bitches 400m by over 5 lengths in a good 24.10 with Domino Storm back in 3rd. This completed a good night for the Ayamzaboys syndicate as Aayamzamodel won again over 750m by over 4 lengths in 47.62. We also came close in races with Toosey Fern (3rd), Wanted (3rd) and Kilmagner Mike (2nd) before an expected double for Dick and Ann Barfoot firstly with kennel star Adageo Bob who beat a decent field by 4 lengths in a flying 34.81 recording his 17th open win of 2014 and incredibly the 7th time he has broken that magical 35.00 barrier at Romford. Blonde Razor topped an excellent night with a fine display of front running winning by 8 lenths in his fastest ever time of 34.99, that was also his 14th win of 2014.
On Sunday Benkaat Nero qualified for the Olympic final at Hove when 2nd to Droopys Norris. He ran on strong to only just be beaten 1 1/4 lgths in 29.97 and the final next Sunday has a very open look about it.
A decent crowd on Friday where we only had four runners with Vanbasten making a good debut when 3rd being the best of our runners.
On Saturday a cracking card with a mixture of graded and invitational races and 14 runners from the kennel in front of a large crowd. Our first few runners struggled to get in a blow before Rockburst Louis made it two from two at the new venue running well to hold kennel mate Aclamon Josie, who made a fine debut, by a neck in 28.63. Darian Star ran well when 3rd in another exciting eight dog race before Calco Flyer ran very well to collar kennelmate Roswell De Niro, another making a good debut, by 1/2 length in 28.50. Van Frankie at last got his act together when running a great race to come from off the pace to land a good four bend invitational by 1 3/4 lengths in a fine 28.27 and opening night hero Fairest Royal was 2nd in the last race on an excellent night.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quiet week for the kennel with the two finals at Henlow on Boxing Day our main action over Christmas. Blackstone Marco and Vanfrenchie go in the final of the Cesarewitch worth £2,500 to the winner while Ilewin Allot runs in the Dual Distance final over 428m.
We have a graded meeting at Towcester on Saturday and on Sunday Benkaat Nero could cap another brilliant year for Imperial Kennels by landing the Coral Olympic at Hove, he goes from the all important trap 1 box in the £5,000 to the winner final.
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Fairest Royal was 2nd trying to follow up her opening meeting victory. We need a winner for Christmas and why not look at the excellently drawn Benkaat Nero in the Olympic final at Hove on Sunday, he might still be a touch of value.
BENKAAT NERO - 4 pt win - Coral Olympic Final - Hove - Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
FAIREST ROYAL - 3 pts win - Towcester - Saturday - lost