Monday 23rd April 2012
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What better way to start a Derby week than to have just landed a big race. Blonde Snapper showed his true class when beating a good field of 400m specialists at Romford on Friday to land the Coral Golden Sprint Final. The Category 1 event worth £8,000 was the second such success for 'Snapper' having already won the £25,000 Sunderland Classic last year and it is so good to see this true professional in such good form. All the talk before the race was of which one either Slick Sian or Fancy Socks would lead up and when both broke well Blonde Snapper for a brief few seconds looked out of it but as the field converged on the first bend Blonde Snapper swept around the outside as if he was on wheels and coming off the second bend had turned in a menacing position right on the heels of leader Fancy Socks. Unlike the semi-final where Fancy Socks got away from Snapper he was upsides his rival at the third bend and showing his strength and class Blonde Snapper surged to the front off the last bend to secure victory by 1 1/2 lengths over Fancy Socks in an excellent 23.89.
Pic by Steve Nash
Our delighted owner Mark Currell, who had previously contested no fewer than nine Category 1 finals at Romford without success, collected the superb trophy with his family had a smile that made the victory all the more worthwhile and again Romford pulled out all the stops to make the connections of all the finalists feel very special. Blonde Snapper has had some well documented injury problems and it goes without saying we are extremely grateful for all the work our physio Ron Mills does to keep our superstar on the track and if Blonde Snapper can continue in this rich vein of form I can see no reason why he couldn't add more titles to his cv in the coming months. The 50 points gained towards the Trainer Of The Year title has now seen us establish a big lead of over 70 points from our nearest rivals which is a real bonus although I will warn anybody who has backed us to win the title this year unless the GTA, whom the Championship is run by, are completely restructured and then listened to by the GBGB about all trainers' current concerns I will take our kennel off the table and will refuse to acknowledge the Championship. I hope this won't happen, in fact if I had anything to do with a newly formed GTA I would try and get some financial reward for more than just the winner and the top six trainers, I would like to see possibly the top 20 have something to aim for by the end of the season.
Only 131 entries went into the draw yesterday for the greatest greyhound competition on earth the William Hill Greyhound Derby. While the figure was a shade disappointing there's no doubt that the quality is as high as any previous year and with the prize money of £125,000 to the winner at an all time high there are sure to be some fierce battles ahead. We have entered six for the classic and would dearly love to find another Kinda Ready who won the event in 2009 but obviously with the likes of Taylors Sky and Eden Star at the forefront of the betting this will be as tough as it gets. Here are my thoughts on our runners and their chances.
BLONDE SNAPPER - (66/1 William Hills, Paddy Power, Corals) :-
This time last year 'Snapper' was only a 14/1 chance to land the classic but was one of the shocks of the event when crashing out at the first round stage. Why is he now 66/1? Still lightly raced with only 33 races and at 3 1/2 years old not too old. He has won two Category 1's since that disaster and gave the 2011 Derby champion Taylors Sky a real scare in one of the races of the year when runner up to him in the Henlow Derby. He could not be in better form having landed the Coral Golden Sprint last Friday and comes into the event with no injury worries despite his history of being fragile. Yes I believe 480m is stretching his stamina but Wimbledon does favour front runners. We have now re seeded him to middle which I think will stop him getting taken out by genuine wide runners and if he does get drawn wider than ideal, which many middle runners do, then we know he can handle it. In the first round he has a real test in heat 5 this Friday with Farloe Iceman and Go Go Sonic in attendance and will be running from trap 2 for the first time in his career but if overcoming this hurdle could
be a major player for the outright honours.
JAZZ APOLLO - (100/1 William Hill, Boylesports, Skybet:-
'Apollo' made his name firstly when landing the first two rounds of last year's event before an unlucky third round elimination. He came back to take the British Bred race on Final night beating Westmead Maldini and has since landed the Kent Derby at Sittingbourne and was a beaten favourite in the Produce Stakes final at Nottingham and in 2012 he was third in the Ladbrokes Arc at Swindon. Fancied by many to keep qualifying, this strong running beautifully well bred greyhound could well make the latter stages. Tricky first round heat in with the much fancied Bubbly Phoenix and drawn with kennelmate Benkaat Boy but with five qualifying it would be a disaster if he didn't make it to the second round.
AERO BELLAGIO - (200/1 Coral, Betfred, Totesport)
Most certainly an enigmatic character and one that still has a lot to prove. Yet to open his account after 7 races but has shown ability. From the same dam as Blonde Snapper this could be the right time to shine. Goes in the very last heat on Saturday and faces a couple of decent sorts but should qualify.
CASTLEBRIDE DAN - (200/1 Generally)
Each year we seem to find a big priced runner that does well. Last year Bellers Bud made it through to the semi's after a terrific run and in 2010 Adageo who was competing in graded racing at Harlow a few weeks before the event made it all the way to the final. 'Dan' could well be our dark horse. He showed great pace as a raw pup at Yarmouth winning an A2 at the first time of asking. He was unfortunately injured in his 2nd race and didn't reappear until February this year when he sprang a 12/1 surprise at Monmore in a Puppy Derby trial stake before going out in the first round. Regaining his full fitness he has had some tough races recently at Romford but won well at the end of last month in a good 24.11 and caused a few raised eyebrows when clocking a decent 28.72 at Wimbledon last Wednesday. He has electric early pace and has drawn a winnable heat on Friday. High hopes for this nice compact dog to have a good run in the classic.
DIXIES AIR - (250/1 Totesport, Betfred)
Four wins from ten starts wouldn't tell us too much about 'Dixie' but he has had a few illnesses over the winter that have held him back. A 27.89 at Yarmouth in January is a decent run and he would need to reach that kind of level to do well in the event. A reasonable 28.85 trial last Wednesday again shows he can run but his slight lack of early is a concern. Also a major worry is that he has drawn an ultra tough heat with Eden Star, Droopys Jet and Farloe Ironman in attendance but will be picking up the pieces if any of the principles make a mistake. Whatever his fate in the Derby his future will lay over six bends and could well be a St Leger prospect later in the year.
BENKAAT BOY - (300/1 generally)
Two weeks ago owner Dan Daley was looking at a decent Derby prospect with kennelmate Benkaat Blue but a toe injury has forced him out of the event. His second string Benkaat Boy has just recovered from an injury himself and will go into the Derby without a competitive race since January and will be totally unfancied. Don't let that kid us that he doesn't have ability because 'Ben' is a fast sort and might well cause a surprise. A tough first round heat with Jazz Apollo but hopeful of at least getting through that hurdle.
So there we have it. Like every owner and trainer we can't wait for that first heat to get underway on Friday and we all will have those dreams of lifting that Derby Trophy on May 26th. I know I'm one of the privileged few who have had that honour and who knows it could well happen again this year, BRING IT ON!!!
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As you can see we have updated our 'Feature Dog' page showing our 'Class of 2012' . These feature a lovely picture of all our kennel strength with the dog's breeding and their owners. I will be shortly adding a write up which will be used for our forthcoming '5 to Follow' competition which is always very popular. We are open to any further suggestions on how we can improve our site so feel free to contact us if you would like to see anything else that we can do.
At Hall Green on Wednesday on Sky both Swift Reagan and Aero Joker ran reasonably but were well beaten.
Blonde Snapper was the star of the show at Romford on Friday when lifting the Golden Sprint crown and in supporting races the decision to keep Ayamzagirl in training proved a good one as our veteran marathon performer opened her account for the season when reeling in the useful Aero Gaga to win by a neck in 47.73.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne Planning ran well enough when 5th on his open race debut over 500m and in the Puppy final Blonde Kimber also ran well when 4th.
Only runners on Saturday and the Yarmouth Championship semi-finals were the feature on the card and both Risky Blue and Steam Machine overcame difficult and competitive races to qualify for Wednesday's final. Risky Blue led to the 4th bend before being caught and passed by track champion Penny Midas going down 1 1/4 lengths in 28.12. Steam Machine had a titanic battle with Riverside Talbot and was just beaten by a short head in 27.99.
In other graded races Darian Sky ran well when 3rd and Questhousesavana was 2nd in top grade before Darian Marvel scored well in A3 in 28.62.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Ayamzabeauty is our only representative in the Coral on TV Puppy heats at Romford.
The final of the Yarmouth Championship on Wednesday seeS both Risky Blue and Steam Machine with tough draws while at Peterborough on the Sky card Ayamzagirl will look to add another marathon win to her collection.
Blonde Fletch after a sensational 23.79 trial at Romford last week will be put through his paces at Hove on Thursday with a few open race entries expected.
Romford will see a select few runners for us but taking centre stage will be the first round of the William Hill Derby at Wimbledon where Jazz Apollo, Benkaat Boy, Blonde Snapper and Castlebride Dan all start their campaigns. The second batch of first round heats continue on Saturday with Dixies Air and Aero Bellagio taking their chance.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Not so good with our single recommendations last week but Blonde Snapper's Golden Sprint victory gave us a healthy profit overall.
Time to concentrate on the William Hill Greyhound Derby and I see no reason as I said in the write ups why we shouldn't support our kennel stars in Blonde Snapper and Jazz Apollo while Castlebride Dan is our 'Dark Horse' for the event and also might welll be worth a wager to win his first round heat.
Ayamzagirl runs at Peterborough on Wednesday and won at the same meeting this time last year so could well be worth getting stuck into.
AYAMZAGIRL - 4 pts win - Peterborough - Wednesday
CASTLEBRIDE DAN - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Friday
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
JAZZ APOLLO - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 100/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
CASTLEBRIDE DAN - 0.5 pts e.w ante-post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SWIFT REAGAN - 2 pts win - Hall Green - Wednesday - lost
AERO JOKER - 2 pts win - Hall Green - Wednesday - lost
BLONDE KIMBER - 1 pt win - Sittingbourne - Sunday - lost
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2 pts e.w ante-post 6/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - WON