Monday 23rd May 2011
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Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
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After the disappointment of Blonde Snapper going out of the William Hill Greyhound Derby last week at the first stage it was encouraging to see three of our four remaining hopefuls progress to the third round next Saturday and though the odds are against us winning a second Derby we still believe that in Destroy The Camp, Jazz Apollo and Bellers Bud we have a live chance. Indeed Jazz Apollo looks to be a revelation and romped to a second successive win in the event clocking a very good 28.42 on Saturday and this son of Westmead Hawk is now as low as 40/1 for outright honours and those that took my advice on our weekly recommended tips of backing him at 200/1 at the outset are having a great run for their money. Destroy The Camp hasn't had the smoothest of passages so far in the opening rounds but we genuinely feel the best is yet to come. Bellers Bud was in a tough heat and performed with ultra gameness to surprise a few people and make it to the third round. Bellers Bud looks a strong sort and whatever his fate he looks the type to do well over six bends but he hasn't finished yet remember he is owned by Dick and Ann Barfoot. Does a black wide running dog who was a complete outsider at the start of the Derby ring any bells! yes Dick and Ann own Adageo a black wide running dog starting at odds of 400/1 who made it all the way to the final last year, don't say I haven't warned you!
I've left mentioning our runner in Friday's batch of heats because I have to announce that our 2009 Greyhound Derby winning hero Kinda Ready who was eliminated in heat 8 has now been officially retired. A game effort on Friday behind Boher Paddy only beaten 4 1/2 lengths was 'Del Boy's final race as you can clearly see the old spark is just not there. A brilliant and sometimes underrated career will be highlighted on my Feature Dogs page later this week. His loyal owners Daren Johnson, Chris Badger, Gary Crouch and Lee Jordan have also decided to call it a day with litter brother Kinda Easy after his elimination last week in the first round. Kinda Easy's career will also be documented with 'Dave's obvious career highlight being when winning the 2009 William Hill St Leger a stellar year for both litter brothers, the owners and of course our kennel. I would like to say on behalf of Imperial Kennels it was an honour and privilege to train both Kinda Ready and Kinda Easy and look forward to many more years of success with their owners who have become firm friends with all of us here.
The third round draw has seen both Destroy The Camp and Jazz Apollo pitched in together in heat 6 with dog of the moment Scottish Derby winner Taylors Cruise looking the main danger but with Destroy The Camp in an ideal trap 6 and Jazz Apollo a good railer in trap 1 there will be no excuses. Bellers Bud is in the final heat and although you respect all the runners that have reached this stage I can't see any reason why he can't progress to the quarter-finals. Razldazl Jayfkay is now a worthy ante-post favourite after two exhibition displays of front running but now things get tougher and I have to say the pressure is not on us and we like being the underdogs so who knows we may yet see a third consecutive Derby finalist from our Lakenheath base.
The SOS team continue their valiant fight to get Greyhound Racing back at Walthamstow Stadium and the news this week of the English Heritage and the council's decision to keep Walthamstow's cinema is a major boost to their hopes. L&Q now find themselves in a tight corner and their only hope could be to sell to Bob Morton. News that the return of Coventry Stadium looks a probability rather than a possibility is welcomed by all trainers and owners. This wonderful galloping track has been sorely missed and if they can get the PR right and get some decent crowds through the turnstiles it can be a major boost to the industry. The sport does seem to be on an upturn with excellent crowds flocking to the tracks at weekends but we need to rethink the rest of the week. The daytime and early evening bags continues to earn the bookmakers a decent profit (sadly not enough comes back directly to the people who provide the product) but it is essential that we have our own dedicated greyhound channel from say 7.30pm - 11pm. We all know how popular William Hill's 425 channel was and if we can get something similar with perhaps a percentage of the profits going back into prize money it will be a big help for the future of the sport. GOBATA, which has its unfair share of criticism since it's inception, deserves high praise, and especially Dave Smith, for their Grass Roots Championship. Well supported and exciting Doncaster or Harlow can look forward to being crowned champions when they clash later this month. Now coming very soon GOBATA will be promoting a new 'Premier League'. Final talks are taking place and we all know how this concept has flourished in other sports such as football, darts and to a certain degree snooker and soon we hear cycling is to have its own PL then it could be the answer to taking our sport to another level. Just imagine the top 30 or 40 open race trainers fighting to climb the ladder into a Premier League guaranteeing top action with the best dogs and trainers competing on a fortnightly basis. GOBATA has been accused of elitism but I didn't see anyone wingeing about them when the grass roots championship came first. Trust me, GOBATA is the way forward for all trainers, kennel hands, owners and breeders and if you haven't joined yet then it's time to do so and when the first GOBATA run track gets off the ground we can all reap the benefits.
The Tony Morris Memorial Trophy for 36 unraced greyhounds at Wimbledon starting this Friday has created plenty of interest amongst owners and trainers and will be hugely popular being staged alongside the William Hill Greyhound Derby. We will be entering five runners who we could be hearing plenty of in the future. Mountjoy Comet a June whelp was the result of an outrageous disqualification late last year in his first ever mixed trial has been cleared and kept back for this event while Aero Majestic put his mark down on Friday over track and trip with a fine 28.85 trial. Benkaat Boy and Carden Twilight are beautifully bred dogs who are both very young and will look to use the event for experience both have excellent early pace as does Rookery Pedro if he is accepted.
Aero Bolt a well beaten 3rd but qualifying for Friday's Coral Hurdle final at Romford kicked off the week.
On the Friday Kinda Ready's swansong ended in the second round of the Derby while at Romford the night started well with three winners from our first four runners. Lord Aristocracy (24.32) and Kinda Breezy (24.54) who found traffic problems before prevailing both ran well while Risky Rosaleen followed up her Henlow win with a win over 575m in 35.81. In 575m standards both Catunda Mae and Dalcash Scolari ran well when 2nd in good races.
On Saturday the Derby continued at Wimbledon and all three of ours Destroy The Camp, Jazz Apollo and Bellers Bud are in the hat for the 3rd round.
On Sunday at Harlows charity day we were out of luck on the winners front - Ayamzagirl, Lil Magic and Stormbeam were all runners up.
On Wednesday the popular meeting for the Yarmouth Homefinders went well and we were on the mark with Lil Magic in an A2 scoring well in 28.28(+20) and Corrig Vincent and Kildream Sweetie were both 2nd.
On Saturday both Dobbydaize and Legit Jack were beaten a short head. Youngster Sulphur Spring upped to a warm A2 bolted out recording a sensational 5.25 split but couldn't hold Bestofthehawks going down 1 1/2 lengths in a fast 27.94 (+30). Blonde Ross returning from a long injury came through a tough A1 OK when 5th and should come on for the run.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
At Romford tonight the heats of the Coral Puppy 400m feature Lil Risky, Aero Spark and Risky Blue.
Blonde Fletch returns to the scene of his Queen Mother Trophy success at Sheffield as he bids to keep his fine staying record in tack in a 660m contest.
On Friday the heats of theTony Morris Memorial Trophy begin at Wimbledon while on Saturday the 3rd round of the Derby where all 8 heats are on will be covered by Sky.
Other opens are yet to be pencilled in.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Both Jazz Apollo and Destroy The Camp are doing us proud in the William Hill Greyhound Derby where Jazz Apollo's scintillating 28.42 second round win has seem him down to 40/1 (200/1 at the outset) the same price as Destroy The Camp. Both should have good chances of progressing further.
The Tony Morris Memorial Trophy will be difficult to price up if they do at all but should they stick their neck out then I think we should include both Mountjoy Comet and Aero Majestic in our bets.
MOUNTJOY COMET - 2 pts e.w ante-post -Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - starts Friday
AERO MAJESTIC - 1 pt e.w ante-post -Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday
JAZZ APOLLO - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday