Monday 25th July 2011
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I would like to thank everyone that has contributed towards the Pup Raffle I put up. The raffle is now closed and we made a total of £1750 which has helped boost GABB's wonderful efforts in their fundraising. The draw for the pup will take place on Wednesday 3rd August from Nottingham Stadium on Select Stakes night. Nottingham and Dave Lawrence have very kindly allowed us to hold the draw, so any ticket holders make sure you watch the racing that night.. Good Luck and Thanks Again. Dave Wood(Questhouse Kennels)
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A relatively quiet week for the kennel has given us time to reflect on our big race victories at Sunderland and future plans for our two superstars Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch. Both, after discussions with owner Mark Currell, are Nottingham bound on August 3rd with Blonde Snapper accepting an invite for the Betfred Select Stakes which carries a one off prize of £7,500. It has the look of a truly great race with William Hill Greyhound Derby winner Taylors Sky in the field and it is great for us and the sport to be able to take Charlie Lister's superstar on. Blonde Fletch will run in the Betfred Select Stayers worth a decent £2,500 but first heads off to Brighton tomorrow night for a Sky race, the scene of his first major success where he landed the Coral Regency final in June.
Mountjoy Comet never looked happy around the galloping contours of Swindon and was duly knocked out of the semi-finals of the British Produce Stakes on Wednesday, his first defeat in seven races. He will now have a short break before targetting races like the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth. Mountjoy Comet certainly likes Wimbledon and will be aimed at some races there and talking of Wimbledon the William Hill Puppy Derby begins next Saturday and three of our hopefuls warmed up nicely on Friday with trials. Sulphur Spring, an improving youngster, heads our team and a 28.98 trial bodes well but watch out for new intake Ballintine Molly and both Benkaat Boy and Bit View Emma should go well.
August and September are busy months for open racing with a busy competition schedule. Our depth and strength is not as strong as I would like and over the next few months I will be endeavouring to strengthen this position. Quite a few people might have a false impression that we wouldn't take in open racers/graders because of our success but we currently have room to accommodate new dogs/owners and would encourage and welcome them to come along to Imperial Kennels to enjoy the ride!
Following the news of Dave Wood's successful raffle as detailed above, Daren Johnson's magnificent efforts in raising money for the RGT and Help For Heros moves on to a charity football match at Dulwich F.C's ground on the 14th August and we are looking for a decent Greyhound Industry 11 to take on Daren's side. If any trainers/kennelhands/owners/racing office are available to play we need you now! It will be a great day and most definitely friendly. Please if anyone is interested then contact myself (07721778297)or Sid at Imperial Kennels.
The week started with some rare open racing at Yarmouth on Monday. Sulphur Spring kicked off proceedings with a fine win by 4 lengths in a Puppy race recording a very good 28.12 (-10) but it was a touch of the nearly's afterwards Goldies Tara (2nd), Catunda Mae (2nd), Directors Wit (3rd) and Rookery Pedro (3rd) all ran well.
As said no joy at Swindon in the Produce Stakes with Mountjoy Comet and Mountjoy Orion both failing at the semi-final stages.
On Friday at Romford recent intake Baba (soon to be Risky Baba) was slightly unlucky when 5th in the sprint. Goldies Mark again found one to good when 2nd in a 400m Maiden. Rockburst Lenny produced a good effort to lead all the way on his debut over six bends scpring by a short head in 35.88,. No luck for Benkaat Boy or Catunda Mae and Goldies Destiny was a well beaten second but Lil Risky made it 9 wins from 11 over track and trip when beating Ardbeg Mentor by a length in 24.37 (-20).
A good night at Sittingbourne last night with Aero Majestic taking a heat of the Stayers by 1/2 length in 40.22. In the Kent Derby Trial Stakes Jazz Apollo took advantage of an easier race than of late when trouncing his rivals by 7 1/2 lengths in a fantastic track record of 28.72. In the top division Blonde Snapper raced in to a 5 length lead but just in need of the run he tied up on the run in to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.88, a good effort none the less and giving the kennel three out three on the night.
Our runners on Saturday night saw a few close calls with Risky Blue (3rd), Goldies Tara (2nd), Rookery Pedro (3rd), Steam Machine (3rd) and Carden Twilight (3rd) with the only winner being the in form Mint Bulb who scored by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.50 calc.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Blonde Fletch and Dalcash Scolari face tough races at Hove tomorrow live on Sky in supporting races for the Sussex Cup.
Opens at Romford on Friday and Sittingbourne on Sunday with the heats of the William Hill Puppy Derby on the night before at Wimbledon.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Blonde Fletch will be short tomorrow but could still be worth having a bet on, he seems to go best when fresh at a track and his trap 4 draw could see the bookies price him up realistically. The Puppy Derby gets underway on Saturday and we have some raw youngsters being entered but I think Sulphur Spring might go well at decent odds.
BLONDE FLETCH - 5pts win - Hove - Tuesday
SULPHUR SPRING - 2 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Saturday