Monday 26th January 2009
Last night's GBGB Greyhound Awards function at the London Hilton Metropole was a fantastic occasion with the celebrations going long into the early hours of this morning, hence the reason for this week's late newsletter. The highlight of the evening for myself was when I picked up the prestigious Trainer Of The Year award on behalf of our kennel and the rousing reception I received when it was announced was a very special moment that made all last year's efforts seem more than worthwhile. I would like to say well done to all the other connections that received awards and despite tough times for our sport the action on the track last year was as good as any other year with superstars like Lenson Joker, Boherna Best and Flying Winner showing what is great about greyhound racing. I think the new GBGB board can see the passion in everyone who was present at the awards and I hope they can bring the sport forward over the next few years.
The year for us as started well and, even though our three runners in last Thursday's Birmingham Cup Final had no answers to the awesome power of Fear Zafonic, the fact that we had three winners on the Sky card for the second week running shows that our team is in good shape at this early stage of the year. Last night I lost count of the number of times pup Kinda Ready was mentioned and after another scintillating victory at Perry Barr there seems no reason why this talented son of Just The Best - Kinda Sleepy can't go on to better things. On a sad note Eye Onthe Class broke a hock at Henlow on Thursday and we hope he can make a full recovery for his owner John Keefe, his operation on Monday at Bill Steels seems to have been successful.
As said last week the new recommended bets for the week has started in fine style with a healthy profit of 16 points (£160 to a £10 stake) after three weeks, with Goldcrest King (2nd) recommended e.w at 20/1 our first anti-post bet yielding a fine return. This week's main competition the Stan James Springbok at Wimbledon kicks off next Saturday with six first round heats. Our two entries Rockburst Mason and Bomber Bailey are priced up by the sponsors at a very reasonable 14/1 and 16/1 respectively and I personally cannot see either of these not going close in this event. They both possess top class flat pace and jump excellently and I will put both up as bets. A word of warning though, they both run tomorrow in trial stakes and their prices could fluctuate so you might be advised to have an interest before they run or you could take a chance and see what happens as win or lose tomorrow I would still have a bet on them for the event.
Lastly, this week as promised readers can now see some fantastic pictures of our party enjoyed by many friends at The Hare in Roxwell on our Guest Column plus the brilliant DVD done by Clive Lawrence on our Video page.
Kinda Easy was quite well fancied on Monday in the heats of the Futurity Puppy Trophy at Nottingham but a slow start cost him dearly and he could only finish 4th behind Eden Dom (30.59 calc). On Wednesday in the opens at Harlow Sligo Too kicked off with a win in the sprint
showing good pace to lead at the first to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 15.11 (-10). Hurdlers Cassius Clay and Eye Onthe Flame were both runners up in the two divisions but Bell Tempest returned to the winners' podium when taking the 769m Marathon by 2 3/4 lengths in a modest 51.69 (-40). Toasting Jack had no luck in running in the Monkey Maiden 415m when last and Bell Tornado's winning streak of eight races at the track and trip came to an end when he was not able to overcome his tricky trap 4 draw and could only finish 4th to Harlow Lad in a flying 37.61 (-25).
A terrific Sky card at Perry Barr on Thursday kicked off with a fine performance by pup of the moment Kinda Ready who showed real gears to catch early leader Droopys Conquest at the third bend only to have his path blocked but recovering quickly he led and pulled away on the run in to score by 1 3/4 in 28.70 (-20). Tipp The Breeze followed up last week's fine effort at Hall Green to produce a stunning performance in the 710m after a slowish start taking it up at the fourth bend and then holding off a strong field to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 44.00 (-30). Eye Onthe Brave was well backed but neither him nor the rest of the field could get near Windy Millar who won in a flying 28.29 (-20). Butterbridge Ali got the kennel back on track with a fluent and decisive victory in the 660m leading round the first bend for a 1 1/2 length win in 40.56 (-30). With three runners in the feature race of the night the Birmingham Cup all eyes were on Charlie Lister's favourite Fear Zafonic but it was our Mountjoy Gold who broke first but a slight bump into trap 4 Directors Ruler proved decisive as Fear Zafonic rushed up his inside to push him aside and lead at the bend to put the race out of the others' reach. Goldcrest King was again slow away but lost nothing in defeat chasing home the favourite beaten soundly though by 4 1/2 lengths in 28.44 (-20) with Mountjoy Gold an unlucky 3rd and Directors Ruler in 5th. At Henlow both Taboby Legend and Droopys Zach ran well when runners up in their races but disaster struck when Eye Onthe Class, after a flying break, broke down at the first bend holding a 2 length lead. X-rays the following day revealed a broken hock but hopefully he can come back later in the year as good as new.
At Romford on Friday Kinda Handy was a touch unlucky when 2nd in the 400m Maiden beaten 2 1/4 lengths in 24.89 (-20), Scintillas Ruby (3rd), Ballyfinn Swift (2nd) and Congo Invader (2nd) all ran well and it seemed like it wasn't going to be our night when Goldcrest Lord was
struck in to on the run up in a 400m Standard by trap 3 Countrywide Katz. Regaining his momentum he chased after leader Dark Tonight but went down by 1 1/2 lengths in 24.50 (-10). Our last runner Genesis Dream looked to have a nightmare draw in trap 4 in the top division of the 575m but this prolific winning bitch extracted herself out of trouble to take it up at the 2nd bend and win for the third week running by 2 3/4 lengths in 35.85 (-20). On Sunday at Coventry Sligo Too gained a quick fire double when taking a 280m sprint leading on the run in to score by a head in 16.92. Young pups Risky Flame (4th) and Risky Sensation (5th) showed promise and are ones to follow in the next couple of months. Pinewood Evo was slaughtered from trap 4 in div B of the 480m when 4th and Elusive Jazz was again unlucky in div A when runner up beaten 1 length in 29.69.
Aero Furtado got off the mark at the second attempt on Wednesday when coming through the field to score by a 1/2 length in 27.50 (-20). Zigzag Ellen looked a likely winner when challenging at the third bend but had her path blocked and could only finish 3rd. On Friday Emly Lee was a close up 3rd beaten a head and a short head in 27.03 (-40). Emly Magic back from season was on the score sheet straight away winning by nearly 6 lengths in 26.92 (-40). Hollywell Dixie was 2nd beaten a couple of lengths and Rusheen Classic ran well when leading at the third bend to win by 3 lengths in a good 26.38 (-40) and Lockdale Storm took the S1 by 1 1/4 lengths in 39.24 (-80).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - TIPP THE BREEZE
GRADED - EMLY MAGIC
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Nine of our Arc hopefuls travel to Swindon tomorrow for trials around the galloping circuit including defending champ Centaur Decree and Birmingham Cup finalists Goldcrest King and Directors Ruler as well as Roswell Startrek, Mountjoy Ruby, Corrig Vieri, Eye Onthe Brave,
Reagrove Class and Seanis Strike. Bomber Bailey and Rocburst Mason prepare for Saturday's Springbok heats in trial stakes at Wimbledon on Tuesday and we have opens at Harlow on Wednesday, Romford on Friday and Coventry on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
BOMBER BAILEY - 2 pts ew ante-post Springbok 16-1 (Stan James) Saturday
ROCKBURST MASON -2 pts e.w ante-post Springbok 14-1 (Stan James) Saturday
EMLY BOB- 1 pt win Harlow Saturday
KINDA EASY - 2pts win Coventry Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDCREST KING- 2pts e.w Birmingham Cup ante-post 20-1 (2nd)
KINDA READY - 2 pts win Perry Barr Thursday - won 5/4
BOMBER BAILEY/PINEWOOD EVO- did not run.