Monday 22nd November 2010
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SAVEOURSTOW would kindly request that as many people as possible attend L&Q's public consultation events which are being held at the following times and venues :
Thursday 2nd December 2010, 4pm-7pm at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford, E4 8SP
Friday 3rd of December 2010, 3pm-7pm at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford, E4 8SP
Saturday 4th of December 2010 10am-1pm at Walthamstow Library (foyer), High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN
L&Q have intentionally made the times as awkward as possible, even reducing the Thursday time from 8pm to 7pm to make it harder for people to attend. This is part of their plan to artificially try to show that people do not want the track back. PLEASE PLEASE try to attend one of the events and so demonstrate that we demand our track back.
L&Q are proposing a development of up to 10 storeys (300-320 units) with a pub on site. The land value of the this development is lower than Bob Morton's offer to L&Q.
If we stand together we can win this and get our track back.
Please pass on this message to as many people as possible.
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With the warmth of Portugal last week just a fading memory it was a shock to the system working this week with the freezing cold mornings and long dark drawn out nights. The sport looks set, as does the country, for a tough winter ahead but there is one thing for certain that could give the Greyhound industry the boost it so much needs and that has to be the return of racing to Walthamstow Stadium. After months of tireless work from SOS led by Rick Holloway, at last, the meeting between all parties (L & Q, SOS, Bob Morton, MP's and local Councillors) takes place on Dcember 3rd. With rumours that Bob Morton has upped his original offer considerably you have to be optimistic that a deal can be struck that will not only see Greyhound racing return to the iconic site but bring valuable jobs and leisure facilities to a community that so badly needs it.
I knew it wasn't going to be a lucky week for us when I saw the draw on Tuesday evening for the Essex Vase at Romford with recent Champion Stakes Finalists Bourne Masons and All That Noise mysteriously only making the reserve list and three of our railers getting two trap 4's and a trap 5 draw!
Later that evening watching Sky from Doncaster it has to be said Charlie Lister had a most fortunate winner in the featured race the Doncaster St Leger Final when Carbarns Tom took full advantage of Bower Hawk's stumble and fall when looking a certain winner. Not that I begrudge either Charlie or the dog its crowning moment but the win saw Charlie sail past us in the Trainers Championship standings moving into second place though we both can't possibly catch Seamus Cahill. In a way the only important place is first, it doesn't matter wether you are second or third as long as you finish in the top six to qualify for the Betfair Trainers Championship meeting. Maybe one day there perhaps can be some reasonable prize money for 1st right down to say 10th or 12th (at the moment the winning trainer only gets £2,000, not a lot for the amount of miles the leading open race kennels cover in search of points!) This could well see the racing even more competitive towards the end of the season with trainers looking to move up the ladder to achieve better prize money. I believe this happens in the football Premiership which ensures every game at the end of the season could prove fruitful or costly. Mind you after I have made these comments no doubt I will get the usual stick 'more money going to the bigger open kennels' from all the trainers that are only happy to pick up their cheques from Bags racing and their only worry is to see how many runners they have on the card that week! It is my firm opinion that the top end of greyhound racing should be financially rewarding for owners with all the major races being ring fenced and more prize money allocated to Category 1 and 2 competitions. At the end of the day this is where current and new and owners will realise their dreams in the sport and might even entice a few old owners back. Tony Calvin's comments this week that the industry shouldn't rely on Betfair to keep bailing out the sport's competitions with their generous sponsorship is true enough but let's not forget that Greyhound racing is a good earner for Betfair with ever increasing bets matched as armchair punters and layers take advantage of our clean and simple sport. Add to that the well supported Sky cards and their total domination of the exchange markets maybe we should look towards working closer with Betfair to help each other. Here's an idea, why not use the money that Betfair contribute towards the fund solely for open race prize money? using perhaps an open race committee made up of journalists like Johnathan Kay and such like distributing funds where needed thus making sure we don't lose established events in these tough times.
As said, not the luckiest of weeks on the track. The Henlow Puppy Derby on Thursday saw our inexperienced pups bow out of the event with the promising Stormbeam ko'd (o.k afterwards) as he challenged for a place in the semi's, and earlier in the day one of the strangest decisions i I have ever came across was at Yarmouth. Two of our pups by Ballymac Maeve x Star Of Dromin had produced in the last two weeks two astonishing solo's for ones so young (June 09) and in their first mixed trials the bitch Mountjoy Moon won her trial by several lengths in a terrific 28.42. Her litter brother Mountjoy Comet looked a lot greener and in his three dog trial he raced up to the bend but gave the outside dog a little kiss as he went past. Kicking on he won the trial by nearly 5 lengths in a reasonable 28.92 but as he was being led to the paddock to be washed off the announcement that he had been disqualified came over the tannoy much to everyone's surprise. Yes he did have a look but Jesus! he's a June 09 and he kicked on and won the trial! it's not like he ruined the trial. It should have been an awkward comment or a phone call to tell me to give him a couple more solo's or at worst take him elsewhere. Now he has to have three 4 dog clearing trials and if he is as good as I think he is he will now not be able to run in the Derby as any greyhounds that have been disqualified are ineligible to enter (remember the fuss with Toomaline Jack last year), so frustrating!
Back to Romford and Dalcash Scolari who had been in scintillating form could not overcome his draw in trap 5 and found all kinds of trouble when eliminated from the Essex Vase but both Directors Spur and Blonde Fletch extracted themselves from draws in trap 4 with Directors Spur running well to finish 3rd behind Droopys Master and Blonde Fletch running a blinder to get up and win his heat in a good 35.61.
Let's hope this week is better as tonight we have Kinda Ready, Destroy The Camp, Risky Skipper and All That Noise in important Eclipse Trial Stakes while the semi's of the Essex Vase have seen both Blonde Fletch and Directors Spur better drawn and on Saturday as well as the Midland St Leger at Hall Green starting with Kinda Easy looking to finish the year on a high we also have the first round of the William Hill Oaks starting where we hope to have up to six runners. We will look to two hurdlers currently being schooled by Rick Holloway for us to make a huge impact next month and next year in the shape of Aero Bolt and Bim Bam Boozle and judging by the reports we could well have found another Bomber Bailey so sorely missed after his retirement.
Kinda Ready picked up Destroy The Camp in a trial over 500m at Nottingham on Monday in a reasonable 30.49 and our first open race action of the week was at Henlow where as said Stormbeam was ko'd in the heats of the Henlow Puppy Derby which seemed to set the tone for the night as our other inexperienced pups Kinda Dashing, Gottabe Kinda, Kinda Breezy and Kinda Magical all found it hard in tough races. Directors Ruler again performed with credit when 3rd just behind the Henlow Derby and Scottish Derby winners Westmead Guru and Nambisco in a hot 460m Standard.
On Friday our only other open race action of the week was at Romford which featured the heats of the Essex Vase. As said Directors Spur (3rd) and Blonde Fletch (won) were our only qualifiers as both Eye Onthe Tempo and Goldies Destiny were also eliminated along with the unlucky Dalcash Scolari. In other races it was a case of seconditis with Scodan Parker, Bomber Barkley (ran well) and Eye Onthe Brave all filling the runner up spots.
On Monday only 3 runners with Shoot To Thrill (4th), Scoden Moet (3rd) and Severn Barcelona runner up in top grade. On Saturday from our four runners it was Exceptional Ride scoring for the first time when running well to win by 1/2 length in 29.16 (+20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BLONDE FLETCH
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Trial stakes for the Eclipse tonight at Nottingham with Kinda Ready looking to have a change of luck and Destroy The Camp and Risky Skipper going head to head in the feature. Also both Aero Merlin and debutante Risky Rosaleen run in the heats of the Coral on T.V Puppy Standard at Romford.
Directors Spur and Blonde Fletch are our remaining Essex Vase hopefuls on Friday and on Saturday the William Hill Oaks gets underway where Catunda Mae, Aldataro Lass, Kinda Close, Kinda Razzle, Lil Magic and Severn Barcelona will be entered. Also on Saturday Kinda Easy heads to Hall Green for the heats of the Midland St Leger.
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Our great run came to an end but it was oh so disappointing for the dog and our followers after tipping Dalcash Scolari to win the Essex Vase last Monday to see him the following day drawn in an horrendous trap 5! This week the William Hill Oaks begins and I'm keen on what could be a lively outsider in the shape of Kinda Close, a bitch who I expect to show improved form from having a season she will be spot on if she can a) get in the event and b) get some decent draws.
KINDA CLOSE - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Oaks - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2.5 pts e.w 16/1 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - lost