Monday 24th September 2007
A loud cry of NOT TOO FAR VETO! from the large crowd at Romford on Friday night in the final of the £10,000 to the winner Coral Champion Stakes as John Keefe's Eye Onthe Veto magnificently beat Directors Chair for a famous kennel 1-2. Once again Romford proved great hosts for connections of all the finalists as they were wined and dined in the Pavilion and thanks must go to PR Manager Sheila for all her hard work. The victory gained us valuable championship points to move within striking range of Charlie Lister and if Killer Keane had put his trapping boots on the night before in the final of the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth we could well be sitting on top of the table!
A reminder to all entries in the 5 to follow competition to sort the changes out before next weekend and also if any owners would like to enter any of their greyhounds on 9th October for the Greyhoundscene.co.uk night at Walthamstow then you must let me know by 2nd October but don't forget you have to be a member of the forum to enter so if you haven't joined now's the time.
Tuesday was the semi-final's of the Totesport Gold Collar over 590m at Belle Vue and Fear Robben was made favourite for his heat but he came up with the traps and in the end he did well to qualify in second place for next week's final. But no such luck for Discreet Cat who was eliminated with perhaps the track and trip not suiting him. Thursday at Walthamstow the heats of the V.C Puppy Cup took centre stage and we were pleased to see Aero Blackjack make the semi's with other pups like Directors Star, Eye Onthe Force and Elusive No Doubt knocked out but showing plenty of promise. The main action of the night was the 61st East Anglian Derby final at Yarmouth and we were more than hopeful of a big run from Killer Keane who had been allotted a perfect trap 1 berth but to be fair the occasion of the big night seemed to get to this highly strung greyhound and a missed break cost him dearly and finding all the trouble spots he eventually finished 4th but it was a good competition for him and he could well capture a decent prize soon.
Going into the next day's Coral Champion Stakes final the pressure was now on with Eye Onthe Veto favourite to capture the £10,000 to the winner first prize and Alan Dee and Bill McKluskey's Directors Chair not without a chance in trap 1. As the hare approached the butterflies were gong ten to the dozen but as soon as the traps opened and the dogs had gone a few paces there was only one winner as 'Veto' struck the front and running the first two bends like he was on wheels he quickly pulled away and showing blinding middle pace he drew away from Directors Chair to win by over 5 lengths to capture this magnificent first prize in a brilliant 35.54 to create joyous scenes at the presentation. Raging Jack also made it a good night when winning a supporting 575m open.
A quick review saw Ragga Diva win again on the BAGS in a career best 29.27 calc on Monday's card and on Tuesday we saw the first win for Centaur Cappo as he stormed to victory in 28.96 (+20). There were also wins for Eye Onthe Flyer in an S3 in 40.57(+15) and the classy little bitch Genesis Alix beat Bell Tempest by 1 1/4 lengths in a calc 29.37 in only her second run out of season. On Saturday there were wins for 'Monty' Eaves's nice pup So Said He in a good time 29.12 (+20) and also a back to form Lockdale Lady in a fast 28.70 and Centaur Fugi is improving with every run and won in top grade in a good 39.97 .
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- LOCKDALE LADY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday sees the final of the Totesport Gold Collar in which we have Fear Robben running from trap 2. Directors Chair makes a quick reappearance in a supporting open and the rest of the week's main action is an all open card at Walthamstow on Saturday with the final of the V.C Puppy Cup.