Monday 22nd February 2010
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In what was a quiet time in the greyhound world and our kennel last week, the main talking point for us was the return to action of our multi talented Eye Onthe Storm, running over 480m on the galloping circuit of Sittingbourne. Our Derby ante-post favourite did not disappoint, despite conditions during the meeting deteriorating with heavy wintry showers he trapped well and paced up to lead around the opening turns and with his customary electric burst of pace he quickly put the race to bed scoring by 5 lengths in 29.42 (-40). He looks set to benefit from what was his first race for two months and we again will use Sittingbourne on Thursday, whom I might add deserve high praise for the excellent condition of their track, for his final preparation for the Juvenile at Wimbledon on March 2nd. The Juvenile line up was announced in full this week and it looks set to be a fantastic race with all the leading Puppy competition winners in 2009 present plus Pat Buckley's Irish raider Newlawn Class who got the better of Eye Onthe Storm on Oaks final night. After a slow start to the season for us I think the Wimbledon card that night is where I'm hoping we can get the year going as I intend to enter a few of our big guns like Kinda Easy, Jogadusc Ace, Eye Eye Pickle and the returning Bomber Bailey who should all be starting to reach full fitness.
I will concentrate on some of our returning stars as well with news that our Derby winning hero Kinda Ready is set to have his first race since exiting the Irish Derby in early September on Saturday at Monmore, a track he likes very much. 'Del Boy' had his last four bend work out on Friday at the Midlands circuit and on a very heavy track he recorded a 28.80 for the 480m which was the fastest of the day's trials and although Monmore only gave the going allowance -20 it did seem remarkably slower. Again he should need a race or two before he is 100% but his main target is firstly the Trainers Championship at Doncaster on March 23rd and then on to the Derby to defend his crown. Bomber Bailey who has been off injured since beating Platinumlancealot in October has returned with a couple of good trials at Harlow and will make his comeback on Wednesday in a 415m hurdle race if it fills. Sadly Jason Foster's hurdle star Platinumlancealot has been retired after breaking a wrist in a race last Thursday which leaves a massive chance for the likes of Bomber Bailey to take over the hurdle scene this year. Droopys Zach is also back in full training after an injury in early December and he went well in a hand slip at Harlow last Friday. It's a race against time to get him back to full fitness for the Trainers Championship meeting at Doncaster on March 23rd but hopefully our staying star along with Kinda Easy who is running himself back in to top condition and Corrig Vieri can make the my team selection a real headache. Eye Eye Pickle and Dalcash Scolari are two dogs I have got pencilled into the team at this early stage and both have suffered worse than others with our recent kennel sickness but they should both strip fitter after races on Wednesday for Eye Eye Pickle at Yarmouth and Saturday for Dalcash Scolari at Monmore. The sprint and puppy race are giving me most concern at the moment. Goldcrest Lord our best natural sprinter who did well for us last year at Sheffield when 2nd is facing an uphill battle to be fit for the event after breaking a metatarsal bone before Christmas but with both Directors Wit and Risky Wand in fair form we could still be OK. T he puppy race is a worry, not because I dont think we have some good ones just that our puppies have been severely hit by the sickness and loss of fitness due to the terrible weather seem very backwards. With the Monmore Puppy Derby starting a week Thursday it will be important for us to see real potential with the likes of the highly regarded Directors Spur, Aero Bolt , Rockburst Canyon and Kinda Close amongst others.
Again on Friday I bought the Racing Post on my way to the kennels bright and very early and as usual immediately turned to see if I could find Peter Meldrum's page but then I woke up properly and remembered it's no longer there. It was a huge disappointment as I drove on to work, not being able to see last week's ratings and read his excellent review of the week plus looking at the latest Trainer standings (which I'm sure would make good reading for Seamus Cahill and Paul Sallis) is a terrible blow for a sport which needs its stars highlighted and I sincerely hope that the Post at least sorts out the Trainers Championship standings as it's most important that those looking to reach the top six, thus qualifying for the Trainers Championship meeting, know where they stand.
As I mentioned last week, Walthamstow's future this week could take a massive step in the right direction as its new and much maligned current owners L& Q have allowed SOS access to the stadium to view the state of the place. This is so they can get some sort of idea what it will take to resurrect it back to its former glories and although this won't automatically mean that it will return it's the best news we have had in the sport since its closure over 18 months ago. A bid for the site looks a distinct possibility in the next few weeks and hopefully this will be accepted when L & Q realise that the Council will turn down their plans for development. This can be made even more possible if we keep on at the Council not to change the use of the iconic site from leisure to development so if you haven't e-mailed or written to the Council spare 5 or 10 minutes to let them know how you feel (access a draft letter via this link).
A quick review of last week saw both Directors Wit and Bell Tornado finish runners up at Harlow in their opens on Wednesday and on Thursday at Sittingbourne both Jogadusc Ace (3rd) and Kinda Easy (2nd) ran OK and are almost back to full fitness. As mentioned above Eye Onthe Storm made a winning return and Directors Ruler took advantage of a good winning chance when landing division 2 of the 480m Standard by 3 lengths in 29.58 (-30). On Saturday we travelled to Monmore with 13 runners, normally with this amount we would expect to land a few wins but looking at the standard of the races some poor draws and the fact that I think a lot of our dogs are only about 80% fit it wasn't a surprise that we came away empty handed. Having said that we were pleased with most of our runners including Kinda Handy (2nd), Directors Spur (5th), Aero Bolt (2nd), Rockburst Canyon (3rd), Jodu Fame (unlucky 2nd), Aldataro Lass (2nd) and Justins Princess (4th).
Just a couple of graded runners on Wednesday with Radnor Blue running well when 2nd and the improving Carden Boss winning well in 26.54 (-10). on Friday Siesta Smudge won well by 6 lengths in 26.72 (-15). Centaur Rosina was 2nd in an S2 before Attykitt Marvel caused a suprise when bolting up at a huge 8/1 in a good 26.35 (-10). Genesis Fuzzums is running well and was a good 2nd while Kilquane Jack was 3rd in an S1.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE STORM
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The racing schedule starts to get busier from this week and on Wednesday we have opens at both Yarmouth where Eye Eye Pickle, Eye Onthe Flash, Risky Wand and Legit Jack will have to be sharp to land some competitive races and Harlow where we hope to have the return of Bomber Bailey amongst others. On Thursday we return to Sittingbourne with Eye Onthe Storm, Jogadusc Ace and Kinda Easy pencilled in. We should be at Romford on Friday and back to Monmore on Saturday with Derby champion Kinda Ready making his first appearance of 2010.
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Let's hope for some better luck this week than last where both our selections Droopys Seve, who at 5/1 looked a great bet, and Jodu Fame had no luck in running. On a recovery mission this week I think it might pay to back Goldies Destiny who will run at Romford on Friday.
GOLDIES DESTINY - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DROOPYS SEVE - 3 pts win - Monmore - Saturday - lost
JODU FAME - 1 pt win - Monmore - Saturday - lost