Monday 23rd September 2013
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Bridge Honcho performed admirably when 3rd in the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth on Thursday won by the paw perfect Any Dak. 'Gerry' has come out of the race in great shape and now travels North East to Newcastle for the Category 1 All England Cup that starts on Saturday. The Northern Puppy Derby also begins on the same night and both Benkaat Boomer and Adageo Lad are entered and along with Bridge Ruth travel tomorrow for trials over the track and distance. Bridge Ruth will be aimed at the Angel Of The North.
Paul Young has hit the top of the Trainer of the Year standings mainly due to a 2nd and 3rd place in the Coral Puppy Cup at Romford on Friday and we are now in 3rd place some 31 points behind with Chris Allsopp sandwiched in between. The Festival at Newcastle carries some decent points and if we are to keep up we will need to get something out of the events and keep ticking over in other races and smaller competitions, with some of our team on the comeback this is still possible. Blonde Bobby lines up in the Sittingbourne Stayers final on Sunday after another impressive display when landing his heat last night in good fashion. Bobby's win completed a hat trick for him and he is getting better each run. As I said last week this fella along with Blonde Razor (impressive on staying debut last Friday at Romford) are good value at the prices they are for sale on our site.
Jazz Apollo bowed out in fine style when landing the 'Jazz Apollo Retirement Stakes' at Hove on Thursday coming from off the pace to collar early leader Parkwest Leo. Literally the roof came off the stadium as the popular son of Jazz Huricane crossed the line 1/2 length in front of his old rival in a fine 29.94. I always feel it's nice to see great servants like Jazz Apollo end their careers with a victory and this was a fitting end to Jazz Apollo's career and his proud owner Stefan Watson was rightly over the moon. In all Jazz Apollo raced 82 times all in open class winning 28 times. Undoubtably his highlight was winning the 2011 Kent Derby storming through the field to get up on the line to take the title as well the two consecutive British Bred wins on the Derby final night card. He possessed a devastating turn of middle pace and was a real pleasure to train and will in a few weeks time enjoy the comforts of his owner's sofa he so richly deserves, thank you Joseph!
Our new list of greyhounds to chose from in our popular 5 To Follow competition will be up on Tuesday. Entries can change their original selections if they so wish at the halfway stage (new teams need to be emailed through by 30 September). A quick review of the new intakes available can help in choices and as I said plenty of times the winner has came from well off the pace.
Reel Trickyone just missed out in a place in Frida'ys final of the Coral On T.V Stayers when 3rd in his heat on Monday.
On Thursday the final of the East Anglian Derby was the feature of a good card and Bridge Honcho ran as well as he could but had to settle for 3rd spot to the impressive Any Dak. Murlens Crash ran well when beaten 2 lengths by Glenvale Ozzi in the Magners Sprint Final and Sidaz Dippy just found an in form Hollys Bob too good over 659m when 2nd. Aayamzabella proved what might have been if she had any luck in the draws when she got the fence draw she so needs in an 843m marathon winning by 5 3/4 lengths in a flying 52.88 just 2 spots outside TV Trophy winners Musical Gaga's track record. Over at Hove as said Jazz Apollo took his retirement race in great style to finish a superb career.
On Friday at Romford Blonde Razor showed he's a top stayer for the future when landing a warm Maiden Stayers from off the pace by 6 lengths in a very good 35.77 (-30). Blonde Razor is still only an October 11. On the rest of the card that did slightly favour the rails, wide runners Benkaat Boomer was 3rd and Blonde Reagan 2nd to old rival Bubbly Swallow.
At Sittingbourne Sunday Adageo Brae showed the good run from the week before was no fluke when landing a Kent Derby trial stake in good style in 29.15 while Bridge Bandit for once missed his break on his favourite track but still finished a close up second in the top division. In the heats of the Sittingbourne Stayers Blonde Bobby ran very well to lead all the way and score by 2 1/2 lengths in a good 39.92. Over at Henlow Ayamzaman returning from a rest was 2nd in a decent sprint and should come on for the run but Aero Twizzle was eliminated from the Maiden Derby after a rough ride in his semi-final.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
On Wednesday at Coventry Hillcross Dallas came closest from our four runners when 3rd and on Saturday at Yarmouth both Risky Lass and Ilewin Aggen were well beaten runners up but Ilewin Frimley scored again in a good 28.21.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quiet first few days on the open race circuit with Friday's action at Romford our first of a busy weekend.
On Saturday we travel to Newcastle for the heats of both the All England Cup and the Northern Puppy Derby both Category 1 events and we may take Blonde Reagan to Crayford for the Kent St Leger.
On Sunday we will be at Sittingbourne as Blonde Bobby runs in the feature race the Sittingbourne Stayers final.
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Sidaz Dippy failed to score for our punters in the supporting 659m race for the East Anglian Derby but Bridge Honcho gave us a healthy profit on the night when 3rd in the final.
The All England Cup will be tough for Bridge Honcho but the track will suit and he should still be a decent price for the event and we can have an interest on him. Ayamzaman returns to Romford and seems always to be a backable price so might be worth a decent punt on Fiday.
BRIDGE HONCHO - 2 pts e.w ante post - All England Cup - Newcastle - starts Saturday
AYAMZAMAN - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE HONCHO - 1.5 pts e.w ante post 25/1 - East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - 3RD - (8 pts profit)
SIDAZ DIPPY - 3 pts win - Yarmouth - Thursday - lost