Monday 24th November 2014
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It's been a tremendously busy week for the kennel with both open racing and our opening batch of trials at Towcester and this week we are set to do it all again!
Starting with the Betfred Eclipse Final last Tuesday Snappers Lad gave his new connections (Calco Cup Syndicate) a real thrill, not just by reaching this prestigious final won last year by our own Bridge Honcho, but by finishing third when the outsider of the field. Next time he runs it will be under the new name of Calco Flyer (Towcester) and he should give them all plenty of fun.
Two major events kicked off this week and we have to be excited that we have a great chance of landing both events but it certainly won't be plain sailing. The Coral Essex Vase final last year at Romford was one of the highlights of 2014 when Reel Trickyone beat Adageo Bob for a brilliant 1-2 for the kennel that basically won us a third consecutive Trainer Of The Year award. Adageo Bob has been prolific this year and returned as ante post favourite and that seemed justified as he blew some decent rivals away to win by over 5 lengths in a fastest of the round 34.76 just 9 spots off the track record. This was the 7th time this year Bob has broken the magical 35.00 barrier and that's, by far, more times than any other Greyhound in the history of 575's at the Essex venue. It didn't quite go to plan with some of our other runners and every dog we had in trap 2 found trouble - Do It For Twiggy, Vanfrenchie, Blackstone Marco and Aayamzamodel were all eliminated with the blue jacket on. Rosealinda (3rd), Jimmy Nailed On (3rd) and Blonde Razor (3rd) all qualified to give us plenty of interest in the semi finals on Wednesday. Adageo Bob is still the one they all have to beat and if he can win this event he can cement his place as one of the all time greats at Romford.
I've made no secret of the fact I desperately want to land an Oaks title, the only Classic to have eluded our kennel over the years and this year we have two live chances in the shape of Cashen Maureen and Evanta Evita. On Saturday at Belle Vue the 48 bitches event looked very competitive on paper and it didn't start well for us as Aayamzaone crucially missed her break and got in trouble at the first bend to put paid to her chances of glory. Cashen Maureen having her first run for the kennel also looked in a spot of bother on the run up but showed good pace and trackcraft to turn behind ante post favourite Jaytee China, qualifying looked safe, and it was, but I was particularly pleased that she closed to within 3/4 of a length of the winner in a fast 27.60. She will take some stopping to be knocked out on that performance and really is entitled to improve as the event goes on. Improvement can also be expected with Evanta Evita who was having her first run from season and injury for nearly four months and after a moderate break by her standards she showed that blistering turn of speed that had wowed everybody in the Summer. She perhaps tired a little and her winning time of 28.04 was only average but make no mistake she will strip fitter for the remainder of the event.
I was thoroughly looking forward to my trip to Towcester for the first batch of trials at the new track on Wednesday. We had 11 triallists and we had to wait until the morning session had finished. The reports coming back from Chris Allsopp and Matt Dartnall, who's runners were put through their paces in the morning, was very encouraging. Our first dog Airforce Dynamo set the tone running the track very well and recording a nice 28.88 and in two dog trials Benkaat Dolly, Darian Star and Fairest Royal all handled the track very well. Aero Gerry went best of all scorching round in a solo in 28.62, the fastest time of ours. Overall 28.44 was the best time of the day. In sprint trials Domino Storm looked in good nick flying round in 15.52. We have around 30 dogs for trials in the book for next week and we are now less than two weeks away from the opening on 6th December. The new calendar this week sees the opens advertised for the nights of 6th/12th and the official grand opening on the 13th December covered by Sky Sports and all you can say is wow! Stunning prize money and there is sure to be huge interest from owners and trainers across the land.
At Nottingham on Tuesday Snappers Lad ran a stormer when third in the Betfred Eclipse Final and on the supporting card Benkaat Nero ran well when 2nd over 500m and Toosey Fern was 3rd in a Ladies 500m. Aero Twizzle in a warm sprint just failed to make the bend and got in a lot of trouble and came off sore and might face another spell on the sidelines.
At Hove on Thursday just two runners in a class race and both Vanrooney and Evanta El Greco ran well enough behind the classy Droopys Odell.
On Friday as said the Essex Vase saw four runners qualify including the impressive Adageo Bob.
On Saturday Evanta Evita scored in the ECC Timber Oaks heats and Cashen Maureen was gutsy qualifying comfortably when second.
On Sunday at Henlow our night got off to a good start with Benkaat Boomer taking a sprint in 16.81, Club Notes ran well also in another sprint when second. Toosey Fern was another who was runner up in a 550m Maiden. In the Maiden Derby semi final Vanfrankie was a warm order but a slow start and the wrong move when trying to go around the outside at the third bend cost him dearly when only 4th. Benkaat Nero showed his class when landing a 550m in good style in 33.88 and Black Francis was a good second in the 692m stayers race.
Seven runners on Saturday and all ran well. Crown Jewel in top grade was just caught on the run in as was Lets Havit Right in an A2, Kilmagner Mike was impressive when slamming his rivals by over 8 lengths in a D2 in a fine 16.44. What A Laugh is looking like a decent pup and followed up last week's A2 win with a battling victory in a good A1 in 28.24 with Saffrons Champ back in 4th, Billis Blitz was 3rd in another top grade race.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week of trials at Towcester on Tuesday and Wednesday while at night time the crucial Coral Essex Vase semi finals take place at Romford.
On Friday the ECC Timber Oaks second round is supported by the heats of the ECC Timber Laurels and Ilewin Allot and Blue Moment represent our team.
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Another excellent ante post result for our followers when Snappers Lad finished third in the Betfred Eclipse Final last Tuesday showing a healthy profit. A good start for Adageo Bob in the Essex Vase and both Evanta Evita and Cashen Maureen are very much players in the Oaks, that's plenty of interest for us this week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SNAPPERS LAD - 1.5 pts e.w ante post 50/1 - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - 3rd (17.25 pt profit)
ADAGEO BOB - 5 pts win ante post 100/30 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - semi finals Wednresday
VANFRENCHIE - 2 pts e.w ante post 28/1 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - lost
EVANTA EVITA - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 12/1 - ECC Timber Oaks - Belle Vue - 2nd Round Friday
CASHEN MAUREEN - 2 pts e.w ante post 10/1 - ECC Timber Oaks - Belle Vue - 2nd Round Friday
AAYAMZAONE - 1 pt e.w ante post 33/1 - ECC Timber Oaks - Belle Vue - lost