Monday 22nd September 2014
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Again last week we saw some outstanding performances from some of our kennel stars including the likes of Domino Storm and Saffrons Anna in big competitions but overall the week was soured with a couple of serious injuries to the likes of April Mirth and very sadly Aero Barbarella at Yarmouth who unfortunately had to be put to sleep after a race on Saturday.
It was Yarmouth's busiest week of the year combining their greyhound meetings with the nearby horse racing festival. The final of the £15,000 to the winner East Anglian Derby on Wednesday was the highlight of their week and was covered by Sky Sports. In the supporting races we again a had a couple of winners in the shape of Evanta Jack and Aayamzabella, who ended a long lean spell, and in the final our little bitch Domino Storm ran an absolute stormer to be only beaten 3/4 length by the one time Derby favourite Swift Keith. On paper Domino Storm looked up against it for many reasons, she has only just turned two years old and was the youngest in a high class field that also included 2013 Derby champion Sidaz Jack. Drawn also in trap 5 it certainly looked as if our tight railer would struggle to get a run and when she found trouble trying to get across the rails she looked out of the race but as the field bunched at the last bend she stormed through and for a second looked like she had a chance but Swift Keith swooped through to land the spoils with Domino Storm an excellent second.
On Friday the semi finals of the Coral Puppy Cup at Romford produced two great winners in David Pruhs's Laughing Gravy (23.79) and Kevin Hutton's Ibiza Rocks (23.76) but it was the third semi final that really interested us as our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club bitch Saffrons Anna who looked to have a reasonable chance of making the final after qualifying well in the heats on Monday behind the flying Laughing Gravy. A good break from the red box saw Anna ahead if her rivals and once securing the lead there was no catching her as she stays very strong. At the line she was 2 1/2 lengths to the good in a fine 24.07. The draw in trap 2 for Friday's final is ok as trap 1 Ibiza Rocks is very fast away and if we can follow him round at least to give herself some sort of chance on the run for home.
Whatever the result on Friday, the fact that Saffrons Anna has made the final of this prestigious Category 1 event will give our current Racing Club members enormous pleasure, many of them who joined originally nearly two years ago when the club first started. Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club was set up to give the thrill of greyhound ownership at an affordable price and for a one off fee of £500 and then £30 per month (£1 per day) they can have that thrill every week. We currently have three Racing Club greyhounds in training with another pup being added to their strength for when Towcester starts later in the year. I'm sure plenty of our members spread across the country will be present at Romford on Friday and win, lose or draw they will have a great time. If anyone is interested in joining the Racing Club to share in this experience then I will be delighted to send further details on how to join. Whatever the result Friday Saffrons Anna looks a bitch with a bright future and the Oaks at Belle Vue in December is very much on her agenda. I really have to thank Keith Doherty and Peter O Toole from Ireland for selling Saffrons Anna (formerly Airforce Anna) to the Racing Club a couple of months ago and both Keith and Peter are absolutely delighted on her progress. Her sister Aayamzaone though beaten in the heats (first run out of season) was also sold by them and she will be improving with every run.
Our excellent week was sadly soured by a couple of injuries. April Mirth tore a gracillis muscle in a Maiden open on Thursday at Yarmouth and looks unlikely to race again. Worse still was the unfortunate and deeply upsetting injury to Aero Barbarella on Saturday at Yarmouth which resulted in her having to be put to sleep and after such a great run of luck over the last couple of years that sadly was the second very similar incident that has happened in the space of a month. Again our heart goes out to the owners and my thanks go to my staff for dealing with such circumstances in such a professional manner. These accidents are of course rare within our sport but sadly something we occasionally have to deal with.
This week due to injuries sustained early in the year two superb racers Jazz Tilly and Murlens Crash have been retired. Jazz Tilly has had a wonderful career which included winning 20 times from 65 races and after some fast open race wins in the very best company she got her just reward when landing the Ladbrokes Spring Festival at Monmore in March worth £5,000 to the winner. Bred by Dave Wood out of the prolific Jazz Hurricane Tilly is destined for the breeding paddocks and her pups will be well sought after.
Murlens Crash came to us some 18 months ago with a reasonable reputation but we struggled to get him to win but amazingly his form improved out of all recognition and last year landed the Crayford Rose Bowl a hugely important win in the context of the Trainer Of The Year title race. This year stared well landing a couple of minor sprint competitions at Sittingbourne and breaking the track record in the process. A lovely natured dog he will make a smashing pet.
We are just completing the updated kennel list for the popular 5 To Follow competition and all entrants will be able to change their original selections at the halfway stage (October 1st) from the new list which will be up in a day or two.
Another interesting look at the betting industry on our Guest Column.
On Monday at Romford in the heats of the Coral Puppy Cup Crown Jewel and Airforce Karla were eliminated in heat 1 as was Aayamzaone in heat 2 though that was her first run out of season. Saffrons Anna qualified in 3rd behind the very fast Laughing Gravy.
On Wednesday at Yarmouth the feature race was the East Anglian Derby final as said above where Domino Storm was a brilliant runner up,. In earlier races Huggies Buck got in real trouble in the sprint and pulled a couple of nails out in the process. Evanta Jack (for sale on our website) took a 462m in 28.06. Aayamzabella was much improved, mainly due to getting trap 1, and took the marathon in good style in a very good 52.94. The invitation race was run in a much faster time than the East Anglian Derby Final and Snappers Lad ran well when 3rd. In a thrilling finish in the 659m Black Francis just failed by a head to follow up his Romford victory on Sky seven days earlier.
The festival at Yarmouth continued on Thursday and Evanta Van Gogh was just beaten a neck in a 462m Maiden, Benkaat Dolly produced a wonderful performance in beating the top class Hather George over 659m scoring by 3 1/2 lengths in 40.99. Kilmagner Mike ran well when 2nd in the sprint open as did Evanta Candyman (2nd), Sidaz Dippy (3rd) and Darian Star (2nd). In the John Smiths Sprint final Ilewin Allot was a good 3rd as Liz McNair's Skate On broke the track record.
At Romford on Friday the Coral Romford Puppy Cup saw Saffrons Anna win her semi final for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club, Benkaat Panther ran well despite only being 4th in a very warm 575m Maiden. In a very good 575m Standard race Blonde Razor improved on his excellent run from the previous week when bearing kennelmate Real Trickyone amongst others in a flying 34.99.
A superb night on Sunday (much needed after the previous night) at Henlow. Airforce Dynamo returning from a lay off was 3rd in a 460m Maiden. The most pleasing run came from Blue Moment, racing for the first time since April, showed no signs of ring rustiness with a 6 length victory in a RPGTV Henlow Derby Trial Stake in a fast 27.58. Vanfrenchie doubled up when landing a 550m race in 33.70 beating kennelmate Adageo Brae while Blackstone Marco could hardly have been more impressive as he strode to an effortless 6 3/4 length win in a fast 33.47.
Just one runner on Wednesday with Adageo Lad taking an A2 in 28.28. On Saturday Lets Havit Right won in 28.46, Evanta Nemo was 2nd in top grade.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Our main action of the week is on Friday with the Romford Puppy Cup final where Saffrons Anna takes on some decent rivals.
On Saturday the Kent St Leger kicks off at Crayford and Sidaz Dippy and Benkaat Dolly should go well.
We will be back to Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A shade unlucky last week as Aayamzaone just ran out of gas in the heats of the Puppy Cup at Romford and failed to qualify. Black Francis ran a blinder when only beaten a head in a Sky race on Wednesday at Yarmouth.
This week sees the start of the Kent St Leger at Crayford and I like the look of the improving Benkaat Dolly and Sidaz Dippy (runs Crayford well) for a small bet.
BENKAAT DOLLY - 1 pt e.w ante post - Kent St Leger - Crayford - starts Saturday
SIDAZ DIPPY - 2 pts e.w ante post - Kent St Leger - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AAYAMZAONE - 1 pt e.w ante post 16/1 - Coral Romford Puppy Cup - lost
BLACK FRANCIS - 5 pts win - Yarmouth - Wednesday - lost