Monday 27th July 2009
As you know myself and the rest of the SOS committee are battling very hard to get the Stow back up and running. We can succeed, but we require your help. Waltham Forest Council has called for public opinion on how land in the borough should be used as a final stage of their preparation of the new Local Government Framework (LDF) which will guide future development until 2026. They have called for the public to tell them about 'sites you think should be protected - for example open space for recreational use, or an employment site that you think should be protected to provide local jobs etc'. Clearly the Stow scores highly on both counts.
If the council receive enough requests from individuals that the Stow should be retained for leisure and employment use, and not for housing, then our chances of bringing greyhound racing back are improved enormously.
So please write in yourself and ask family, friends etc to do the same - we cannot stress how important this is to the campaign. All submissions must be made by 27 August 2009.
Please either write your own letter (address is on our standard letter below) or simply complete and post the standard letter. Or you can e-mail your objection to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can use the 'call for sites' form on the council's website www.walthamforest.gov.uk/ldf
Please help to get our track Walthamstow back to its best use which is first class Greyhound racing!
Thank you and kind regards
Suggest draft letter:
Site Specific Allocations DPD
Environment and Regeneration
Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex
Walthamstow E17 4JF
Local Development Framework (LDF) Call for sites.
I strongly urge that the Council continues to protect the Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium as a really important site for a great night out and as a provider of a significant source of local jobs for the community.
After our kennel's massive success in big race finals so far this year it was back down to earth this weekend as we could only finish 3rd in the two major finals. On Friday both Kinda Handy and Pinewood Evo broke well enough in the Rose Bowl decider at Crayford but neither had any answers to Mickey Fawsitt's flying bitch Ardbeg Kate who deserved to land the event after some impressive displays. Kinda Handy, who has came back well from a long injury, was best of our two when third and you can expect plenty of wins to come from this fella in the future. The Two Year Old British Produce Stakes at Swindon came to its climax on Saturday and we were hopeful of a good run from Eye Eye Pickle and he didn't disappoint . Breaking well, along surprisingly with the favourite Romeo Expert, 'Pickle' just failed to make the bend in front and despite a valiant effort in defeat he also could only manage 3rd place behind Dave Firmager's exciting pup Romeo Expert who broke the track record (28.25) when taking the £15,000 to the winner first prize.
Again this week we will be looking to make and win some top competitions. On Tuesday Goldcrest King has a good draw in his semi-final of the William Hill Steel City Cup Final at Sheffield while on Wednesday the heats of the Peterborough Derby begin and we have some good entries in the shape of Goldcrest Lord, Risky Invader, Kengyelfuto Snow and Kinda Handy. The Stan James Puppy Derby also gets underway on Saturday at Wimbledon and I think we can have a huge say in the outcome of the event with Goldies Destiny, Eye Onthe Flash, Eye Onthe Storm, Dalcash Scolari, Parkmore Elite and Kilquane Jack providing a powerful entry.
Kinda Ready, our magnificent Derby winner, is bang on course for a crack at the Irish Derby which begins on August 6th. At Monmore last Friday 'Del Boy' beat in form Mountjoy Ruby by 4 1/2 lengths in 28.61 on a slow track in a 480m trial and he is due to trial at Shelbourne this Wednesday for his final preparation.
A trip to Yarmouth on Monday for some one off opens proved successful when Eye Onthe Flash showed great middle pace to win the Puppy 462m by 1 1/4 lengths in 27.93 (+30). Mountjoy Ruby returned to the winner's podium when taking Div 2 of the 462m Standard by 3 3/4 lengths in 28.02 (+30) despite running very wide and Eye Onthe Brave finished a credtible 3rd to Jesters Nap on his return from a rest.
On Wednesday at Harlow Eye Onthe Flame (3rd) and Justins Princess (2nd) came close before Callums Man won the heat of the Monkey Maiden 415m in good style by a length in 26.11(+10). The semi-final of the Produce Stakes at Swindon went the way of our Eye Eye Pickle who defeated hot favourite Romeo Expert by over a length in 28.72 (-10). At Henlow on Thursday Bomber Bailey took his second track record in the last few weeks when scorching to a 28.20 hurdle win beating Comans Jo by over 2 lengths. Our other runners Droopys Elbow (4th), Eye Onthe Tempo (4th) and Rockburst Mason (2nd) all ran well.
At Sheffield on Friday the heats of the William Hill Steel City Cup were warm and Goldcrest King ran well to be 2nd to Anhid Bertie beaten 1 1/2 lengths in a fast 29.15 but Eye Onthe Brave was eliminated when 3rd to Magna Flintoff. As said above Kinda Handy was a creditable 3rd in the Crayford Rose Bowl Final.
On Saturday at Monmore Jogadusc Ace had to run well to hold off Harmony Boy when winning a 480m in a good 28.25, Bumble Lee was just touched off in another division and Directors Ruler made an encouraging return from injury when 2nd. Eye Eye Pickle as said was third in the British Produce Stakes Final at Swindon.
On Sunday at Coventry Droopys Zach proved best of our runners when winning the 625m in a fine 39.43 calc with Kindred Sparky running another fine race when second to Southwind Harry btn 1 1/4 lgths in 29.66 (-10).
On Wednesday Russell Legit scored well again by 2 lengths in 26.47 (+15) with Sweep Clean running well when second. On Saturday Questhouse Alexi opened her account in style when scoring by over 6 lengths in 26.55 (+20), Centaur Rosina also scored well in a graded marathon by 5 3/4 lengths in 50.43 (+60) with Ruff By Name and Genesis Fuzzums having to settle for second places.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BOMBER BAILEY
GRADED RACING - CENTAUR ROSINA
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
The Peterborough Derby begins on Wednesday with six first round heats and our four strong team all look to have chances. Opens at Harlow Wednesday and Henlow Thursday lead into a busy weekend with the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon the main feature on Saturday as well as opens at Monmore and the second round of the Peterborough Derby.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Strangely there was no ante-post betting on the Produce Stakes at Swindon last week so Eye Eye Pickle's third place went unrewarded.
This week sees the start of two major competitions with the Peterborough Derby heats on Wednesday and for a bit of interest I'm going to put up Kengyelfuto Snow who trialled well last week and has a plum trap 1 to work from in his heat and should be a reasonable price when they come out.
On Saturday the Puppy Derby begins at Wimbledon and we will be sending a strong team. Picking one of ours is difficult but I was impressed with Eye Onthe Flash at Yarmouth last week and he looks like Wimbledon will suit him ideally and would suggest a decent bet.
KENGYELFUTO SNOW - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Peterborough Derby - Starts Wednesday
EYE ONTHE FLASH - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Wimbledon Puppy Derby - Starts Saturday