Monday 22nd March 2010
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An eventful week just gone which contained everything - a track record, a Category 1 final, plenty of winners and an unwanted injury to our Derby champion Kinda Ready.
Dramatic news after trialling Kinda Ready (29.64) and Eye Onthe Storm (29.61) before racing on Tuesday night at Doncaster, the next morning 'Del Boy' was very lame with a swollen joint on his off hind. First impressions was that it could be a career threatening injury but x-rays on Friday revealed no break and only a sprained ligament. With some intense treatment over the next couple of weeks we hope to have the injury cleared up and though not ideal preparation Kinda Ready should be able to take his place in the defence of his Derby crown.
Directors Spur lined up on Thursday in the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby final with high expectations. Again the event worth £12,500 to the winner was high class and we hoped for a bold showing from 'Dino' but a slow start cost him dear and in the end he was ran off his feet and never managed to get in a serious blow when finishing last. Ballymac William was a deserving winner giving his young trainer Carly Phillpot a third win in the event. Directors Spur was having only his seventh race and he looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
Our kennel overall this last four weeks has been running very well, highlighted this week by a scintillating performance by Bomber Bailey at Harlow on Wednesday. Exploding out the traps he jumped the hurdles like they weren't there and running out a near 10 length winner he stopped the clock at a fantastic 26.11 taking 3 spots of his track record. The week also saw some good runs from the likes of Dalcash Scolari who gave Greyhound Of The Year Fear Zafonic a great run for his money at Doncaster on Tuesday when going down by 3/4 length in a fast 29.55. Directors Ruler who looked finished with a bad injury this time last year has been a revelation this year and ran a blinder on Thursday when winning at Monmore. Winners at Sittingbourne have been plentiful over the last few weeks and both Jogadusc Ace and Kinda Easy had to work hard for their victories on Thursday. I must also mention Bell Tornado who may have only won an A3 on Saturday but that was amazingly his 38th victory in 81 starts, he in my opinion epitomises what our kennel is all about.
The highlight of not only this week but one of the highlights of the year is tomorrow night's Betfair Trainers Championship meeting at Doncaster. Involving the top six trainers from last season there will be eight races and wow! what talent from all the kennels is on show. Sadly we will be without our Derby hero Kinda Ready and a last minute change in the Puppy Race where Aero Bolt replaces an off colour Rockburst Canyon but confidence is still high that we can bring the trophy back to Imperial Kennels. It seems a while since we last won it in 2006 at Wimbledon but having been a distant runner up to Charlie Lister last year at Sheffield we have been plotting our campaign for quite a while now and I do feel we are ready to do ourselves justice. As promised I have reviewed the races and here are my thoughts and expectations:-
Race 1 - 483m Puppy - AERO BOLT
A tough race to start the Trainers Championship and Aero Bolt comes in for Rockburst Canyon (off colour). One thing is he won't be concerned with the draw in 5 as he is more of a middle runner and he is coming to hand at the right time. Realistically we will be more than happy if he can get in the first four. I expect the race to be dominated by trap 2 Farley Blitz for Barry Draper and I think Chris Allsop's Ballymac Rumble could go well.
Race 2 - 275 Sprint - DIRECTORS WIT
Jimmy Lollie, last year's Sprinter Of The Year, looks to be Seamus Cahill's banker of the night and with Chris Allsop's flying machine Officer Donagh not in the best of form I think we have a chance with Directors Wit of being in the first two. Our fella has been in great form this year although probably hasn't took on this class of dogs but with his astonishing 16.74 trial and a good draw in trap 2 we are optimistic of scoring good points.
Race 3 - Division 4 - 483m Standard - EYE ONTHE FLASH
Charlie Lister's fast Jordansoilutions would have been a short priced favourite if it wasn't for a bad draw in trap 5 but he could still overcome this and win. Eye Onthe Flash has come in for Kinda Ready and I think our whole night could depend on what happens here. I feel this is a race we can win; Eye Onthe Flash ran a stinker on Thursday at Sittingbourne but had broken the 480m clock there two weeks before. On his day he is as fast as his brother Eye Onthe Storm. I prefer him from trap 3 or 4 as he seems to check to the middle from trap 1 at the bend but a good break can see him lead. I could see Dean Childs' Not Now Bertie going well from trap 6.
Race 4 - Division 2 Stayers - 661m - CORRIG VIERI
Droopys Belletti looks an aeroplane for Charlie Lister and will be tough to beat and only a good break from Corrig Vieri will do, especially with tight railer Eden Dom on his outside. This is a tough 661m and it will find a few of these out. Corrig Vieri has won on the course and distance and has won his last two staying races so comes in to the contest in good form.
Race 5 - Division 3 - 483m Standard - DALCASH SCOLARI
Fear Zafonic in Division 3 is amazing but he has a tricky trap 3 to contend with as well as sprinter Glenroe Ginger inside him and the useful Gilbeyhall Jake in trap 1. Dalcash Scolari gave Fear Zafonic a race and a half last week and despite being in trap 4 looks sure to be involved in the finish again. Our fella has pace to burn and is coming to hand at the right time. By the end of this race I would like us to be still in range or even better in front!
Race 6 - Division 2 - 483m Standard - EYE EYE PICKLE
It has been a stop start year for 'Pickle' but on his day he can beat the best and if I'm honest I see this race as a match race between him and Charlie's Bandicoot Topiki who has the worst of the draw. You need to win 3 races minimum if we are to lift the overall trophy and this must go down as one of our big chances.
Race 7 - Division 1 - 661m Stayers - KINDA EASY
A great race in prospect. Raving Black in 1 may get chopped off at the bend by trap 2 Little Jig and trap 3 Farloe Rocket. Hopefully Kinda Easy can use his early pace and sweep round the pair and set sail for home. Both trap 5 Summerfield Fire (could go well) and trap 6 Carbarns Tom stay well and Kinda Easy will have to be at his best to hold on. He did make the Doncaster St Leger final but found it a tough trip.
Race 8 - Division 1 - 483m Standard - EYE ONTHE STORM
By the time we get to this fantastic finale we hope that we might be well in front but if it is close then what better dog than Eye Onthe Storm to rely on. Our ante-post Derby favourite should not be inconvenienced by trap 3. Again Charlie Lister's Tyrur Speedy looks the main danger but the draw inside him could be crucial.
So there we go what a night in prospect! The 'live on Sky' event is one of the most popular nights of the year and attracts a large audience which showcases all what's exciting about our sport.
A brief look at last week with Bomber Bailey in track record mood at Harlow on Wednesday. Bell Sensation qualified when 2nd in her Maiden Monkey Stayers heat with Glenagower Champ finding all kinds of trouble eliminated. Monmore never quite went to plan for Directors Spur in the Puppy Derby final but there was a good performance from Directors Ruler who won the top division of the 480m Standard in 28.56.
At Sittingbourne wins for Jogadusc Ace (27.52 calc) and Kinda Easy (39.90 calc) with good runs from Aero Bolt and Eye Onthe Tempo who were both 2nd completed the opens for the week. We were also trialling dogs for future events and as well as Doncaster we were at Monmore where Aldataro Lass (28.54) went well and Kinda Close put in a good trial at Peterborough posting 25.83 on a slowish track.
Circle The Camp made it 2 from 2 when winning on Wednesday our only graded runner and on Saturday there were wins for Mint Bulb (26.65 calc) and brother Lord Pishy (26.20 calc). Centaur Rosina and Genesis Fuzzums were both 2nd before Eye Onthe Pulse beat kennelmate Sligo Too by a neck in 26.18 calc. Another 1-2 when Bell Tornado beat Risky Fabio 4 1/2 lengths in a good 25.84 (+10) and Kilquane Jack was 2nd in an S1.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BOMBER BAILEY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week starting today with six runners at the Monmore Spring Festival where Directors Ruler should go well in the Dogs 480m and Aldataro Lass in the Bitches 480m. At night runners at both Romford where Goldies Destiny returns to his favourite track in the heats of the Coral TV 575m Stayers while at Nottingham All That Noise and Adageo run in the heats of the 500m Guineas Trophy.
Tuesday is the big one at Doncaster with the Trainers Championship meeting live on Sky and opens at Harlow on Wednesday, Sittingbourne on Thursday and hopefully finals at both Monmore and Romford on Friday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Not the best of weeks with ante-post selection Directors Spur failing to get in the first four in the Monmore Puppy Derby final proving costly despite an excellent pick. Glenagower Champ got no run at Harlow so it's back to the drawing board. I feel there is only one bet in the Trainers Championship and that's on us to win the title. I haven't seen the full list of prices but Victor Chandler have put us in at 3/1 and that's what I would be happy with. Wait though for the other bookies to price it up and take the best price.
MARK WALLIS - 5 pts win - Trainers Championship (best price) - Doncaster - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DIRECTORS SPUR - 1 pt e.w ante-post 50/1- Monmore Puppy Derby - lost
GLENAGOWER CHAMP - 3 pts win - Harlow - Wednesday - lost