Monday 23rd August 2010
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My two week family holiday has flown by and it's back to business today and a trip to Nottingham tonight with Blonde Fletch and Kinda Razzle competing in the semi-finals of the Caffreys Puppy Classi. This £7,500 to the winner event has been won by our kennel three times in the last five years with Ronnies Champion (2005), Fear Robben (2006) and most notably by Eye Onthe Storm last year. With Seamus Cahill's Droopys Oscar beating Blonde Fletch in the heats last week and now a short priced favourite to win the event it was nice to see them drawn apart for the semi's. All being well if Blonde Fletch can make it to next week's final I'm sure he is capable of upsetting the favourite as I don't think we have seen the best of him yet.
Having a couple of weeks off and coming back it seems like you have been away for six months sometimes with so much happening. The most important news seems to be that Bob Morton's bid for Walthamstow is now in the hands of L & Q and despite the usual negative response to these bids from them with words like 'not enough detail' the fact remains that if it is turned down then they must be mad if they think SOS are just going to walk away. Trust me there are people who will fight them all the way for a long time to come. Lets hope that our GBGB can perhaps just get their heads out of the sand a little bit more and help in putting the pressure on L & Q to do the right thing and return the Stadium back for Greyhound racing.
It was great to get watch Kinda Ready on the 24 dogs service win his 3rd round heat of the Ladbrokes Irish Derby in great style and we are all behind Ian and Brenda Seymour in what would be a huge feat if they can get our Derby winning hero in to the final on September 11th. I'm planning on going over this year and what a night it would be if 'Del Boy' was to be contesting the final as well.
It's been a tough couple of weeks on the track for our kennel with not a lot going our way. The main race was last Thursday's Cesarewitch Final at Oxford and Kinda Easy had no answers to the flying Raving Black who beat him comfortably to land the £2,000 to the winner event though with the outside traps not getting a look in on the night I think Kinda Easy's performance was better than it might suggest but taking nothing away from Raving Black who is on fire at the moment.
His win has meant that for the first time in over 2 1/2 years (apart from the first couple of weeks each year) we are not at the top of the Trainers Championship standings with Seamus Cahill moving into the lead by some 25 points. We still expect a big move from Charlie Lister whose strong kennel has targeted some big point scoring races and it would be foolish to write off Pat Rosney, Chris Allsopp and a rejuvenated Paul Young who was back on the Category 1 winners podium after Lainedans Flyer's Peterborough Derby success moving him comfortably into the to the top six. There is still a long way to go and a lot of top races to come but even now the crucial battles between ourselves and Seamus, like tonight's Puppy Classic and this Friday when the £10,000 to the winner Champion Stakes at Romford begins, could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the title. Raving Black looks likely to start the Champion Stakes as ante-post favourite but we hope to have a strong team headed by our Derby Finalist Adageo who has been kept fresh for the event. Dalcash Scolari who was beaten in a warm Maiden Stayers last Friday could also be a force. Of course every kennel has it's injuries but we have suffered badly in recent months and without stating the obvious it's times like these when you miss those superstars like Eye Onthe Storm, Droopys Zach and Eye Eye Pickle to name but a few. Corrig Vieri, who was back to the form of his life, has also picked up an injury and will be out for up to a month. Just as worrying for our Championship chances though quite understandably, both our Puppy Derby finalists Blonde Snapper and Blonde Ross will be missing for a while as they have travelled back to Ireland for a crack at the Harrold Cross Puppy Derby beginning next month.
In other news you will see that next to our name on the open cards it now says attached to Yarmouth and I couldn't be more pleased with the way our runners have trialled in at the track and last Wednesday we had our first graded runners at the east coast circuit. The management at the track have been most helpful and it was pleasing to get our first winner on Saturday when Aero Merlin making his debut on the track won well in an A5. We are trialling in about another 8 -10 but do have room to take in some more if anyone is interested. The East Anglian Derby is coming up and despite Charlie Lister's domination of the event we hope to do well with the likes of Eye Onthe Flash (unbeaten in 3 runs at the track) and over the next month there is plenty of open racing for people to enjoy.
Just a brief review of the last two weeks' open race action. We had runners on August 9th at Nottingham where Eye Onthe Tempo and Droopys Elbow made it through to the Betfred Standard Trophy final when runners up in their heats and Blonde Fletch recorded a superb 30.26 in a trial before racing. On Tuesday at Hall Green Adageo made a hash of the start but ran well to get up on the line to score by the minimum distance in 28.98 (-20). At Yarmouth on the Wednesday Directors Wit landed a facile sprint success by 5 lengths in 16.57 and Corrig Vieri kept his unbeaten tag at the venue beating a warm field convincingly by 4 lengths in 40.99. The heats of the Cesarewitch at Oxford on Thursday saw Kinda Easy land his comfortably in 39.70. A tough night at Sittingbourne on Sunday with both our Kent Derby entries Eye Onthe Flash and Destroy The Camp eliminated at the heat stage and defeats for the fancied Corrig Vieri (finished lame) and Ayamzagirl in their respective races but Directors Ruler won the Veterans 480m in 29.57.
Last week on Monday at Nottingham Bomber Barkley was eliminated in the heats of the Caffreys Puppy Classic but both Kinda Razzle (3rd) and an eye catching Blonde Fletch (2nd behind Droopys Oscar) qualified for the semi's. Eye Onthe Tempo and Droopys Elbow were 3rd and 4th respectively in the Betfred Standard Trophy final. At Hall Green on Tuesday no luck with our few runners with Directors Wit an unlucky 3rd in the sprint. At Oxford on Thursday Rockburst Canyon who has been running well in defeat lately again didn't get the rub of the green when short headed in the 450m and in the feature race of the night Kinda Easy was runner up to Raving Black in the Cesarewitch Final. Friday at Romford Hidden Universe a nice prospect stumbled on his British debut and was only 4th in a 400m Maiden. Dalcash Scolari trying the 575m trip for the first time looked to have escaped a bad draw in trap 5 in an ultra warm Maiden race when leading at the third bend but was caught on the line by the strong running Killough Bound in 36.00 but should benefit from the spin. Bim Bam Boozle was also 2nd in a 400m Standard. What looked like a difficult week was turned round on Sunday when all three of our runners won at Sittingbourne. Directors Ruler took his heat of the Seniors 480m in 29.54 while Jogadusc Ace shrugged off for him a long losing sequence when landing his heat of the Silver Salver from a poor trap 5 draw running well to win in 27.79 and in the 500m Standard Eye Onthe Tempo scored in 30.64 to bring an excellent end to the week.
Our first graded runners last Wednesday didn't produce any winners but it was pleasing to see them run well. Lady Aristocracy was 3rd in an A2 beaten2 3/4 lengths in 28.44. Making his debut in A4 Shoot To Thrill was beaten less than 2 lengths in 6th in a blanket finish and if he can brush up on his trapping he would be winning sooner rather than later. Goldies Tara was also 3rd in an A2 beaten 2 3/4 lengths in 28.53 while Legit Jack came closest to scoring when a strong finish saw him denied by a short head in 28.65. Also making his debut Lord Aristocracy showed some good pace before finishing 4th in an A5 beaten 6 lengths in 28.53.
On Saturday with 3 runners we started well when Aero Merlin making his debut where he showed great early pace to lead and win by 3 lengths in 28.58 (+30) for our first graded winner at the track but both Rockburst Eva 5th in an A1 and Blonde Charley 6th in an A2 looked highly tried.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - CORRIG VIERI (August 8-15)
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the semi-finals of the Caffreys Puppy Classic see Kinda Razzle and Blonde Fletch run from trap 1 in their respective semi's. Runners at Hall Green on Tuesday and opens at Yarmouth on Wednesday feature East Anglian Derby Trial Stakes.
The Champion Stakes at Romford begins on Friday with six first round heats and Adageo, Goldies Destiny, Dalcash Scolari, All That Noise, Bourne Masons, Directors Spur and Eye Onthe Tempo will all be entered. On Sunday both Jogadusc Ace (Silver Salver) and Directors Ruler (Seniors 480m) run in finals which support the Kent Derby Final.
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Destroy The Camp was our only interest while I was away in the Kent Derby at Sittingbourne but he never got any sort of run in his heat and was eliminated.
Looking at the week ahead I think we should concentrate on Friday's Champion Stakes at Romford and though the draws are going to be crucial I have to stick with my thoughts 20 minutes after the Derby Final had been run back on May 31st - then I said that Adageo would do well in the Champion Stakes and though he has had mixed fortunes at the track (3 wins - 2 defeats) he still strikes me as a potential winner of the Category 1 event.
Also looking at tonight's Caffreys Puppy Classic at Nottingham I still don't think we have seen the best of Blonde Fletch yet. He looks to have a great chance in his semi tonight and his 8/1 price outright could look good come next week's final and I see no reason why we shouldn't have a small interest.
BLONDE FLETCH - 1 pt e.w ante-post 8/1 - Caffreys Puppy Classic- Nottingham - Semi's tonight
ADAGEO - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post - Kent Derby - Sittingbourne - lost