Monday 24th January 2011
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Sunday night's Greyhound awards bash was genuinely a fantastic occasion. A full house in the plush Park Plaza Riverbank hotel along the embankment in central London warmly appreciated all the award winners. I was only wrong on one category in my predictions in last week's newsletter, that being the Stayers where St Leger winner Droopys Bradley took the honours and not Raving Black. It was a night for Seamus Cahill taking the Trainer Of The Year crown that we had held for the previous two years and his Jimmie Lollie taking the honours for Best British Bred, Best Sprinter and ultimately receiving the accolade of 2010 Greyhound Of The Year. A superb night for Seamus, similar to the one we had the previous year but as he said in his speech one that won't be complete until he lands that Greyhound Derby all trainers and owners dream about. The Service To The Industry Award was a popular choice with the 'Save Our Stow' team receiving a standing ovation and some strong words on stage from Rick Holloway were well chosen who also revealed that an important and crucial meeting about the Stow's future is taking place this Friday. Again the night was superbly compered by Jhnathon Hobbs and Darrell Williams and celebrations went on long into the early hours of Monday morning which I'm regretting now! The whole night shows that despite tough times in our industry it still is a passionate and wonderful sport to be involved in and let's hope that in 2011 we can land some big races so we can be standing on the stage of next year's awards ceremony.
It's been quite an eventful week mainly due to the incredible three way dead heat at Romford in the 925m race covered so well by the Sky cameras. The night began with a good puppy race where Kinda Breezy got no sort of run when last but All That Noise brought a welcome winner for the kennel when bolting up in great style scoring by over 8 lengths in 35.50. It was an excellent card considering the time of the year and the 925m race looked particularly warm with four of the runners involved in a tight race the week before at Hall Green including the victorious Ayamzgirl. Mercury Rose was made the warm favourite but nobody anticipated what was about to take place.
The favourite was in trouble when only 4th after the first lap with both Droopys Djokovic trained by Jim Daly and Killishin Masai trained by Chris Kyme battling it out at a good pace up front. Ayamzagirl looked all over the winner as she joined them with a bend to go but in a desperate finish all three flashed across the line together. To be honest I was convinced she had got up to land the spoils but as the judges seemed to be taking forever to give the result you sensed that a dead heat looked a likely scenario but few expected it to be a three way dead heat. The photo then proved that all three greyhounds after a gruelling 10 bends could not be separated and a fair result was called much to the astonishment of the large crowd at the track and the viewers at home. The next day I was surprised to get a call from the Daily Mail for my comments on the race but over the next 24 hours a media explosion that I haven't seen the like of for a very long time was taking place with the Mail, Sun and the Mirror all carrying the story and mentions on such TV shows like 'Loose Women' gave our sport some much needed terrestrial TV time. BBC London came up to our kennels Friday afternoon to film Ayamzagirl and interview myself for a feature on their evening news slot. Also that day Peter O Dowd, the Romford racing manager, contacted me at the kennels to see if we would be prepared to do a rematch involving all three greyhounds over the track and trip with next Friday being the likely date. Of course we accepted immediately and fair play not only to Romford and Corals for their imagination and superb prize money on offer (£2,000 to the winner, £500 to the other two) but also to the GBGB for allowing this race to take place at short notice. What a fantastic chance to grab some welcome nationwide coverage and with Romford giving free entry on the night they can expect a bumper crowd. The race itself should be an absolute thriller again with a photograph finish probably a very short price! all in all a top result.
Last Tuesday's GOBATA committee meeting in Hemel Hempstead was both constructive and as usual passionate. I will choose my words carefully on my weekly blog as they can often be misinterpreted but one thing for sure the fact that the GBGB has an agenda to ignore the association makes us all the more determined to succeed where all others have failed over the years. As a regular poker player I've learnt that the art to winning is all about patience and if you go in with all guns blazing in every tournament or cash game you will lose in the long run. We must be united in our efforts to get a voice on the GBGB even if it's alongside our GTA who are the only voice for the practitioners the GBGB recognis. With many members demanding tough action GOBATA are under pressure to deliver but again I can only say that in our Chairman Martin White we have an outstanding and honest man who can really achieve positive results given everyone's full backing. If people are still not happy then I suggest they go to the AGM next month which will be held at Towcester racecourse and if they have some spare free time join the committee to see if they can make a differenc. If not again I say just be patient.
Kinda Ready and Jogadusc Ace both returned to the kennels after a stay at Merefield Stud where straws for both dogs are now available. We will have full details available on our new Stud Directory page which should be complete by the end of this week.
On Monday in the Coral on TV Maiden Standard heats at Romford Lady Aristocracy broke well and showed that her 24.16 trial was no fluke as she raced away to score by 2 3/4 lengths in 23.95. Scodan Parker was 4th in his heat.
As said two winners including the triple dead heat on our return to Romford on Wednesday on the Sky cameras and off air a fantastic win for Aldataro Lass in a warm Maiden Marathon over 750m on her debut over 8 bends scoring by over 4 lengths in a fast 47.01 which compares favourably with the Sky race over 750m won by the top class Bodell Clare in 47.25.
A rare visit to Hove on Thursday saw Directors Wit finish 2nd in his first race back since September and Eye Onthe Tempo ran well when a close up 3rd over 475m.
On Friday the last batch of Springbok Trial Stakes proved disappointing at Wimbledon with Bim Bam Boozle beaten a long way on his hurdle debut and Aero Bolt also last in the top division though a stumble at the second hurdle didn't help his cause. At Romford on the same night Lady Aristocracy ran well when 2nd to Chriss Allsopp's Brittons Empire in the final of the Maiden Standard beaten over 4 lengths in a very fast 24.04. Scodan Parker lost his Maiden tag winning well in 24.27 and Aero Merlin also won well in a good Standard 400m in 24.30.
On Monday Exceptional Ride and Legit Jack were both 3rd with Dobbydaize our only winner scoring by 3/4 length in 29.91 (+20). No joy on Saturday with Corrig Vincent 3rd in top grade and in a hot A1 Catunda Mae was 2nd and Stormbeam 3rd respectively.
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Dalcash Scolari returns from a lay off when he travels to Nottingham tonight with both Risky Rosaleen and Wand where all shouldn't be far away.
There's no open race action anywhere in the country Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday - unbelievable! but this should allow a massive build up to Friday's showpiece event at Romford the rematch of Ayamzagirl, Droopys Djokovic and Killishin Masai over 925m. We should have a few runners on the card and on Saturday the Springbok heats kick off at Wimbledon with Aero Bolt prominent in the market.
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Ayamzagirl won but we could have been richer had she not been in a triple dead heat but she is without doubt proving a real money spinner for us and her owners. I see no reason to desert her in Friday's rematch and the 6/4 price should be snapped up. Aero Bolt tasted defeat for the first time over hurdles last Friday but in what is a sub standard Springbok I don't see any reason why he can't make the final and is worth a bet at around 10/1.
AYAMZAGIRL - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday
AERO BOLT - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Springbok - Wimbledon - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AYAMZAGIRL - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday - WON (triple dead heat) 4/1
KINDA CLOSE -1 pt win - Romford - Friday - lost