Monday 22nd June 2009
A respected greyhound journalist phoned me on Saturday morning to say that he witnessed in the last few weeks one of the best training performances of all time. Thinking he may be referring to the Derby victory of Kinda Ready, he quickly pointed out that he meant the magnificent and majestic 7 length triumph from Droopys Zach last Friday in the Category 1 Ladbrokes Summer Classic Stayers at Monmore - a win that gave ourselves and owners Andy Pelley and Sarah Whippey a great deal of satisfaction. Droopys Zach is without doubt one of the fastest six bend dogs in training and after this superb performance he now heads up north, along with Corrig Vieri, to Sunderland for the £20,000 to the winner William Hill Grand Prix. Just to cap off a fine day at Monmore Eye Eye Pickle landed the supporting 480m dogs final worth £2,000 when beating kennelmate Goldcrest King giving us a healthy near 300 point lead in the Trainers Championship standings going into the second half of the season. Also en route to Sunderland for the £40,000 to the winner William Hill Classic will be Derby semi-finalist Jogadusc Ace who blew away the cobwebs with a fine 16.67 (clock 16.58) trial at Henlow last Tuesday night.
The same night we could only be pleased with Eye Onthe Storm's third in the Gymcrack Puppy Final at Hall Green behind emphatic winner Droopys Bogart which gave Liz and Rab Mcnair a well deserved and overdue big race triumph. Eye Onthe Storm looks a very nice prospect and will be aimed at the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon next month. Kinda Ready also proudly received his Greyhound Writers Association monthly award at Hall Green on the night and was warmly appreciated by the crowd. On Friday at Monmore before racing he got back to the job in hand when putting in a fine 28.02 trial over 480m and now heads to Dundalk this Friday for a trial around the circuit in preparation for the international race on July 12th.
It's a busy time at the moment but myself and Sarah managed to get to Newmarket races late on Saturday afternoon to see, one of our new owners, Tony Wonnacott's new horse Silver Grecian which he co-owns with Bill McLuskey and Alan Dee (Directors prefix) run and win in brilliant style. Silver Grecian, trained by John Ryan, looked a picture of health and we both commented on the fact that this bluey grey horse was the Kinda Ready of the horse racing world - perhaps that's why he bolted in! The well-backed horse returned 5-1 and was well ridden by Michael Hills who joined us celebrating afterwards and after speaking to trainer John and his wife Emma you could only admire their hard work and the pleasure the win had brought to everyone. Watch this space as we may be looking to get a syndicate of our owners interested in buying a horse with John.
On Monday at Monmore in the semi's of the Ladbrokes Summer Classic Stayers ante-post favourite Corrig Vieri crashed out of the event when a badly missed break cost him dearly. Droopys Zach, who broke better, stayed up there with the pace and put his head in front when it mattered to win in 38.12. In the supporting competitions Eye Eye Pickle won well in the 480m dogs in a fine 28.07 and Goldcrest King qualified when runner up in his heat.
The Skybet Gymcrack Puppy Final was the feature Sky race at Hall Green on Tuesday and as said above we were pleased with Eye Onthe Storm's 3rd place. Directors Chair was best of our other runners when he continued his love affair with the track winning well in 39.68.
On Wednesday at Harlow Justins Princess took her heat of the Monkey Maiden Stayers well in 38.06 and Risky Fabio again ran well when 2nd in a warm 415m Standard.
Friday was an important day at Monmore with some valuable prize money on offer and with kennel confidence sky high it came as no surprise when Eye Eye Pickle held the strong finish of kennelmate Goldcrest King to land the £2,000 480m Ladbrokes Festival Dogs by 3/4 length in a fine 28.03 (+10). The main race of the day was the £7,500 to the winner Ladbrokes Summer Classic Stayers and with everyone expecting to see favourite Droopys Carvalho take the Category 1 event it turned in to an open looking race for a second when John Mullins charge missed his break. But the pace in the race, and a devastating pace it was, came from our Droopys Zach who, to the delight of his owners, simply romped away with the title scoring by a magnificent 7 lengths in a flying 37.37 (+20) a truly great performance.
At Romford the same night Rockburst Mason returned to the flat to win well over 575m in a good 35.74 by 3 lengths and Aero Blackjack ran his best race for a while just getting caught on the line over 750m by Transtown Mull in 47.76.
Centaur Rosina back over six bends was impressive scoring by nearly 5 lengths in 38.15 (+25) on Wednesday while on Friday the fast improving Mint Bulb won well by over 3 lengths in 26.22 (+20) and there were good performances by Pinewood Evo (2nd) and Ruff By Name (2nd).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - DROOPYS ZACH
GRADED RACING - MINT BULB
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
On Tuesday we will be glad to see some of our injured stars back like Eye Onthe Tempo and Flash, Kinda Easy and Directors Fire when they are put through their paces at Romford.
A long journey to Newcastle for the Sky meeting on Wednesday but hopefully it will pay dividends as Eye Onthe Storm, Goldcrest King and Goldcrest Lord all run from trap 1 in supporting opens for the TV Trophy final while at Harlow Justins Princess runs in the Monkey Maiden final.
Opens at Henlow on Thursday with Bomber Bailey, Kindred Sparky, Directors Chair pencilled in amongst others. On Friday Kinda Ready heads to Dundalk for a trial while we have runners in opens at Romford.
On Saturday again we travel up north as Corrig Vieri, Droopys Zach and Jogadusc Ace have their preparation trials for next week's William Hill Festival and we may have runners at Wimbledon in the Paddy Power Irish Derby trial stakes heats.
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Eye Onthe Storm recommended at 16/1 e.w for the Gymcrack rewarded us when he finished 3rd last Tuesday and I again can see him getting us paid when he runs in a puppy race at Newcastle live on Sky this Wednesday.
We also have Goldcrest King who ran well last Friday at Monmore and Goldcrest Lord who should be suited to the stiffer test on the card and I think 3 doubles and a treble should be the call.
EYE ONTHE STORM, GOLDCREST LORD, GOLDCREST KING - Newcastle - Wednesday
3 x 1 pt doubles and 1 pt treble - total 4 pts
ADVISED LAST WEEK
EYE ONTHE STORM - 2 pts e.w ante-post Gymcrack - Hall Green - 3rd at 16/1