Monday 24th December 2007
Myself, Sarah and all our staff at Imperial Kennels would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank all our owners for their generosity with the many cards and gifts we have received.
We will have a fairly quiet week with no racing Monday though Boxing Day we have both Genesis Alix and Centaur Fugi in the final of the Boxing Day Marathon over 874m at Crayford and 16 runners at the well attended matinee meeting at Walthamstow which includes a few open races. Unfortunately our chance of winning the Trainers Championship seems to have gone despite our valiant efforts and we will plot and plan for next year and with some very exciting prospects coming through we should be challenging for big race honours. Next week I will review the whole year including the Website's Awards and announce the winner of our of our 5 To Follow competition and also look at our hopes for 2008.
A busy schedule for the kennel taking in four tracks and starting with Monmore's popular Christmas Festival where Fear Robben (4th) and Stride On Babe(3rd) both ran well but we had high hopes for Directors Chair in the £5,000 630m stayers and a decent break looked to give him a good chance but Two Nicks paced up inside him and held him up and when he did get past him both Vatican Jinky and Head It On Paddy were on his case and in a three way photo he finished on the wrong end of a double short head defeat. At Crayford both Snappy Girl and Genesis Alix were drawn together in the heats of the Boxing Day Marathon over 874m. Snappy Girl was made 5/4 favourite but found trouble all the way round before finishing 5th though Genesis Alix ran well on the rails to qualify for the final though beaten 9 lengths to Princessmonalulu in 57.43 (-50) . In the second heat Centaur Fugi had no answers to the finish of Centaur Stag after leading, eventually going down by 5 1/4 lengths in 57.56 (-30). At Romford in the heats of the Tony Byerley Mercury Trophy over 750m Eye 0n The Jewel was 4th but in the next heat Geordie Shay led all the way and held the late challenge of Julies Newbie in by a short head 48.43 (-30). In the last heat the in form Genesis Sister completed a four-timer when catching early leader Melon Twister to go on and win by 2 1/2 lengths in 48.47(-30).
At Wimbledon on Tuesday the Sky card featuring the Oaks Final was very good and of our five runners Eye Onthe Force was most impressive taking the Standard 460m after riding a bump at the first bend very well to go on and score by over 2 lengths in 27.82 - importantly 'Blackie' was the only dog to win on the wide .
Thursday's Opens at Walthamstow featured the heats of three minor competitions and in the second heat of the Puppy event Rockburst Mason announced his arrival on the Open scene with a great burst of pace to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.11(-20). In the heats of the Maiden Blackmagic Rose returned from injury to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.30. The other Maiden heat involved both Largo Lassie and Lindys Belle and when Largo Lassie led at the first bend the race was over as a contest as this powerful bitch strode away to win by 5 lengths in a fast 29.00 (-20). Millwards Summit making her six bend debut could not have been more impressive as she led at the second bend and held Shelbourne Miss by 1 3/4 lengths in a good 40.27 (-30).
At Henlow on Wednesday the final of the Jim Mogg Memorial Trophy saw a battle royal between Fear Mykeo who led only to see main danger and favourite Zigzap Dutchman get the better of her on the run in to beat her 2 1/2 lengths in 28.08, Discreet Cat has been a grand servant to the kennel and again showed that bit of pace that makes him differant from the rest as he cruised to a 6 length win in 34.13 (-45).
At Romford Matthew Etherington's Seanis Lad ran well and finished 3rd in a 400m Maiden but he had better luck with his Stride On Babe when she cracked out the traps and led all the way taking some useful scalps along the way to win by 2 1/2 lengths in a fast 36.08 (-30). Dick and Ann Barfoot's duo of Coolanga Flyer (2md) and Special Deal (4th) both ran well. The main event of the night, the final of the £750 Tony Byerley Mercury Trophy, produced a superb 1-2 for the kennel with Genesis Sister showing good pace and track craft to lead by the third bend and kicked on well to score by 3 lengths in 48.58 (-50) from the unlucky in running Geordie Shay who looks like he could win plenty of opens next year. Tipp The Breeze had no answers to Alexandras Pride in the last race beaten over 8 lengths in a fast 48.03 (-50) but also looks like she will improve soon.
At Sheffield on Saturday night in the Arnie Dennis Memorial Puppy Trophy, Missed A Train ran very well to qualify for next Saturday's final when second to Lissycassey Punch beaten only 3/4 length in 29.36. In the next heat Aero Blackjack was a shade disappointing after turning just behind the pacesetter Greylag Craig and was run out of a place in next week's final.
Ants Gunner ran another fine race behind fast winner (28.98) Droopys Lotto beaten less than 2 lengths. Hoylake Claire has been running consistently well for a while and was rewarded with a win by 2 1/2 lengths in a good 28.96. Lockdale Prince (2nd) and Centaur Gemstone (2nd) both ran well and it was nice to see Megusta Manners record another win in a fine 29.48.
On Tuesday Cassius Clay is proving hard to win with and again he missed a good chance when only second as was Eye Onthe Power in the S1. Missed A Train ran on well but could only manage 3rd in what was largely a disappointing night for the kennel.
On Saturday night Directors Vision kicked the kennel off with a win by 2 lengths in the opening race and hopefully he will continue to improve now he has had his head in front. Centaur Iris is coming back to form and was only beaten a neck in 40.25 (-15). Not So Jolly was also second as was Like hot Cakes who ran a stormer in the Sweepstake Final running on strong to only be beat a length in 29.01 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE FORCE
GRADED:- HOYLAKE CLAIRE
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Boxing Day sees us at both Walthamstow and Crayford in their matinee meetings and with Opens shceduled and three minor finals on the Stow's card a big crowd is expected. Crayford has the popular Boxing Day Marathon in which we have both Genesis Alix and Centaur Fugi representing the kennel.
Our only other Open action will be at Sheffield next week when Missed A Train competes in the puppy final.
A busy week but one of our staff still found time to take on some extra seasonal work!!
If seen in your neighbourhood please contact Mark Wallis!!