Monday 24th August 2009
LAST CHANCE TO SEND IN YOUR LETTERS/E-MAILS TO WALTHAM FOREST COUNCIL - PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
As you know myself and the rest of the SOS committee are battling very hard to get the Stow back up and running. We can succeed, but we require your help. Waltham Forest Council has called for public opinion on how land in the borough should be used as a final stage of their preparation of the new Local Government Framework (LDF) which will guide future development until 2026. They have called for the public to tell them about 'sites you think should be protected - for example open space for recreational use, or an employment site that you think should be protected to provide local jobs etc'. Clearly the Stow scores highly on both counts.
If the council receive enough requests from individuals that the Stow should be retained for leisure and employment use, and not for housing, then our chances of bringing greyhound racing back are improved enormously.
So please write in yourself and ask family, friends etc to do the same - we cannot stress how important this is to the campaign. All submissions must be made by 27 August 2009.
Please either write your own letter (address is on our standard letter below) or simply complete and post the standard letter. Or you can e-mail your objection to (NB amended address) email@example.com or you can use the 'call for sites' form on the council's website www.walthamforest.gov.uk/ldf.
Please help to get our track Walthamstow back to its best use which is first class Greyhound racing!
Thank you and kind regards
Suggested draft letter:
Site Specific Allocations DPD
Environment and Regeneration
Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex
Walthamstow E17 4JF
Local Development Framework (LDF) Call for sites.
I strongly urge that the Council continues to protect the Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium as a really important site for a great night out and as a provider of a significant source of local jobs for the community.
Droopys Zach's performance in Friday's Ladbrokes August Festival Final over 640m at Monmore when catching kennel mate Corrig Vieri right on the wire was almost disbelieving. When 'Dusty' went clear at the third bend and 'Zach' was back in fourth it didn't seem possible but as I have said before 'Zach' is quite possibly the fastest six bend dog in training when he gets a clear run and again his devastating finishing burst was enough to deny the brave Corrig Vieri by a neck in 37.49 to land a memorable 1-2 for the kennel in the £5,000 to the winner final. Indeed with Charlie Lister's Bandicoot Tipoki out of luck in the £10,000 Ladbroke Gold Cup Droopys Zach's win means we have stretched our lead in the Trainers Championship standings and are right on course for a successful defence of the title. Also Friday's victory was suitably our 200th open race winner of the year so far and if we are anywhere near the 300 mark come the middle of November then we will definitely target the record of 356 (to be confirmed) winners achieved by Linda Mullins a decade ago.
The GBGB's recent policy of pooling certain urine samples in a bid to save costs has come under massive fire from all parts of the industry, especially as it was done behind closed doors. Just to recap, random urine samples (of which we are tested more than any other kennel in the country because of the amount of runners we have open racing) are taken with great care on race nights and the containers are sealed and put into a bag which is also sealed in front of the Trainer's/kennelhand's eyes. We are assured that they will not be opened until they arrive at the Horse Forensic Laboratory for analysis but clearly this has not been the case as the Stipendiary Stewards have opened the samples and taken a bit from each sample into one pool where a test can be done containing all of them. Each individual test is quite expensive, so by doing this they are saving an incredible amount of money. If the pooling container has a positive they then go back and test the remainder of the samples individually. Clearly by breaking the seals before it gets to the HFL it's breaching all manners of rules and you can understand why trainers who are held responsible for their dogs being drug free are so upset.
I have two points to make, firstly, when the GBGB began at the start of the year they promised openness and a willing desire to work with all corners of the industry. Well why was no-one consulted before they embarked on this pooling policy? No-one would have agreed to this and it stinks of cost saving at the expense of the integrity of the sport. Secondly, this has obviously gone on for a while so who was going to benefit from the substantial money being saved - was it going to be for prize money? welfare? perhaps some more track grants? (that would have gone down well!) or maybe it was to cover Greyhound Board Executives and staff wages! When the GBGB was formed we were told it will completely modernise the sport and bring us into a new era with all aspects of the industry working together. Personally I thought we needed some miracles in the current economic climate and was hoping that the GBGB would give everyone some renewed hope for the future but at the moment all there seems is widespread discontent and anger.
Sadly old stager Directors Chair injured a toe when qualifying from the heats of the Champion Stakes last Friday at Romford and has been withdrawn from Wednesday's semi-final. Alan Dee and Bill McLuskey's son of Droopys Vieri will now be retired, bringing an end to a great career on the track. In total he had 80 races all in opens winning 31 times his cv reads. With a 28.49 win at Walthamstow in only his sixth race in 2007 followed by a Derby semi-final a couple of months later, he made the final of the Kent Derby at Sittingbourne before being stepped up in trip where he was a runner up in the Champion Stakes at Romford to kennelmate Eye Onthe Veto. His staying power was tested to the limit and he ran a stormer in a brilliant St Leger final at Wimbledon won by Spiridon Louis. He gained compensation with a win in the prestigious Midland St Leger at Hall Green and he clocked a superb 39.24 for the 640m at Walthamstow shortly before returning to Hall Green in early 2008 where he was memorably pipped a short head by Tuftys Pearletta in the Prestige final. He won the Rose Bowl at Romford and later in the year he was unlucky to have come up against superstar Lenson Joker at his peak and was behind him first in the Cesarewitch final at Oxford and then for the second year running runner up in the Champion Stakes. A series of injuries since have stopped many more wins and though lightly raced this year has won twice at Harlow and probably his favourite track Hall Green. What a career for 'Dev', we will ensure he has a good home to spend the rest of his days and well deserved too.
On Monday at Monmore the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup were turned into a lottery with a massive bias to the inside runners and our poorly drawn Eye Eye Pickle (trap 4) and Jogadusc Ace (6) were left with no chance and were eliminated. The heats of the August Festival over 640m saw a 1-2 for the kennel when Corrig Vieri led and beat the staying on Droopys Zach by 2 lengths while Directors Wit ran well when qualifying in 2nd in the 416m heats. At night the heats of the Nottingham Puppy Classic gave us four from five qualifiers when Dalcash Scolari (2nd) , Parkmore Elite (2nd), Eye Onthe Storm (2nd) all ran well along with Goldies Destiny who is three from three at the track after taking his heat in a good 30.23. Eye Onthe Flash was very unlucky when knocked out of contention back in 5th place.
On Wednesday at Harlow it was nice to see Bell Tornado get back on the score sheet after a couple of injuries had set him back when taking the 592m Standard in 37.99 and it was on to finals day at Monmore on Friday with Droopys Zach's magnificent victory over Corrig Vieri in the August Festival Stayers with Directors Wit getting no sort of run in the 416m final when 5th. On Friday night the heats of the Champion Stakes looked very hot and new in-take Jogadusc Jasper looked like springing a surprise in a tough heat 3 when he flew from the boxes but was slightly crowded by kennelmate Bumble Lee, who himself showed great early, but the pair did each other no favours and the strong Droopys Cavaliho and Corrig Count passed them both with Bumble Lee staying on well for third place. In the next heat Kinda Easy ran well to win a weaker heat by a neck in 36.16 and Directors Chair qualified when a well beaten 3rd after trouble at the first bend and sadly picked up an injury which has ended an illustrious career. Our other runner Kinda Handy bolted up in the top 400m Standard winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 24.32 recording a blistering 3.57 split.
On Sunday we were thinking with one big race over on Friday it's down to business as the semi-finals of the Kent Derby gave both our runners a good chance - and they did not disappoint. Goldcrest King showed awesome back straight pace to reel in early leader Carden Bert and go away to score in 29.18 in the first semi while Kengyelfuto Snow battled really hard to get up and win his semi by a short head in 29.44. In supporting races Eye Onthe Tempo got off the mark in style in a 48om Maiden winning by nearly 3 lengths in 29.36 and in the Hurdle race over 480m Bomber Bailey got in all kinds of trouble but kennelmate Eye Onthe Flame who loves the track won again in 29.90.
There were no graded winners for the kennel on Wednesday with Sweep Clean coming closest while on Saturday Glenagower Champ got the ball rolling with a good win. After showing excellent pace in his previous two races he got loose winning in a good 26.05 (+40). Russell Legit followed with a last ditch lunge on the line to score by a head in 26.49 (+30). Droopys Elbow had yet to win in seven attempts but got things right leading at the third bend to score by 5 lengths in a fast 25.63 (+30). Ruff By Name had his last race for the kennel and won it in style leading on the run in to score in 25.84 (+30) and Centaur Rosina scored well when the outsider of the field in an S1 by 2 1/2 lengths in 39.77 (+50).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
The Puppy Classic semi-finals look tough on paper with three of our qualifiers in together. Parkmore Elite looks well drawn in 1 with Eye Onthe Storm in 2 and Goldies Destiny facing a difficult draw in 5, while in the third semi Dalcash Scolari will have every chance of making the final from trap 2.
A busy day Wednesday with East Anglian Derby trial stakes at Yarmouth and opens at Harlow while at Romford the semi-finals of the Champion Stakes see our two remaining runners do battle in the same semi but both Bumble Lee and Kinda Easy should come on for their runs last Friday. Kinda Handy and Risky Invader will also be in action in the heats of the 400m Standard.
On Thursday we may have Eye Onthe Flash at Nottingham in the Puppy race on Sky.
Sunday the Kent Derby Final is the feature race and Goldcrest King is well drawn in trap 1 with Kengyelfuto Snow in 2 while we should have some good runners in the supporting races.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Parkmore Elite is well drawn at Nottingham tonight in the Puppy Classic semi-finals and at 25/1 ante-post still available if you haven't already played it's worth a small interest. Dalcash Scolari looks to have a great chance of landing his semi and this improving youngster is worth a bet tonight. Jogadusc Jasper was a shade unlucky in the Champion Stakes heats but he should pay us back with interest in the future.
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2pts win - Nottingham - Tonight
ADVISED LAST WEEK
PARKMORE ELITE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Nottingham Puppy Classic - continues tonight
JOGADUSC JASPER - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Champion Stakes - Romford - lost & nb SP