Monday 27th October 2014
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Last weekend's Grand National victory for Cornamaddy Jumbo brought in plenty of media attention and rightly so as our star hurdler created history in his clean sweep of all the hurdle trophies in 2014. It is a brilliant achievement and most definitely puts him in with a shout of winning the coveted Greyhound Of The Year award, he is certainly a front runner and if he can keep winning, starting with tonight at Romford, then it helps his case. He is also the top Greyhound in the Sky 'most wins' category and though there are only limited opportunities in the remaining shows for 2014 he could conceivably land that accolade as well which would also help.
His win has also relieved some pressure on our Trainer Of The Year battle as Paul Young was making some significant headway on our lead over the last few weeks. Our open race winners have been steady all year but it's the big competitions and finals where 80% of our points are scored and along with Ilewin Allot who was 3rd in last night's RPGTV Henlow Derby final we also have Do It For Twiggy in Tuesday night's British Breeders Stakes Final at Nottingham. An excellent £8,000 to the winner's prize is a distinct possibility if Twiggy can come forward a little bit more which is something I have a good feeling about.
A high class William Hill St Leger kicked off this weekend at Wimbledon with some great racing and our only entry Black Francis managed to qualify from his heat in 3rd place. I'm still shaking my head in disbelief that our other intended entry Sidaz Dippy could only make the reserve list. Ante post favourite for the 36 runner Kent St Leger earlier in the month and favourite for the final, yes she ran poor in the final but was there really 48 runners better than her, I would say not. Hopefully she might get a small bit of compensation in a Sky race at Nottingham tomorrow.
Everything seems to be moving nicely on the Towcester front and they seem to be on track to be able to start trials on November 11th. Bookings for their opening meeting on December 6th are incredible I hear and the whole Greyhound world is really looking forward to that day. Sadly on what could be a momentous occasion for our sport the news that a certain BBC investigative programme is about to s*** upon us from a great height is not so good! worse still is that apparently it has got its content from one of our very own, talk about shoot yourself in the foot!
At Nottingham on Monday Snappers Lad just failed to qualify for the British Breeders Stakes final when 3rd but Do It For Twiggy opened his account for the kennel when landing the 3rd semi in 30.04. Toosey Fern qualified for the Romeo Recruit At Stud Final when second in her heat.
On Friday at Romford a great start to the night with our first three runners all winning. Aayamzaone made no mistake at the boxes and our pup beat some useful sprinters in a very good 13.53. In form Benkaat Panther took a 575m Maiden in 35.69 and Kilmagner Mike ran well in a decent 400m Maiden to score by 2 lengths in 24.2. Aayamzamodel was unlucky in running when 3rd in a 575m race.
As said Black Francis held on to 3rd place in the opening St Leger heat at Wimbledon on Saturday while on Sunday we enjoyed a good night at Henlow, Blonde Razor scored again in a fine 33.18 while Ilewin Allot was a creditable 3rd place in the RPGTV Derby final won by Southern Mesut.
Only six runners on Saturday and both Brocatsea Bhoy and Swift Finn were beaten in photographs.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
At Romford tonight Cornamaddy Jumbo bids to extend his winning run in the Roger Kent Barton Triumph Hurdle heats while on Tuesday a big night for the kennel as Do It For Twiggy bids to land the Category 1 British Breeders Stakes Final at Nottingham. We have plenty of interest on the supporting card as well including the British debut of Vanfrankie in a 500m Maiden.
On Wednesday we are at Peterborough for three minor competitions, Evanta Jack lines up in the Fengate Collar while Vanfrenchie runs in the 62om Stayers heats and a long awaited return for Aero Twizzle in the sprint event, all the finals are on Saturday.
The second round of the William Hill St Leger continues on Saturday at Wimbledon and Black Francis has his favoured trap 1 slot in heat 3.
We will also be at Romford on Friday hopefully for the Triumph Hurdle final and possibly back to Henlow on Sunday night.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A good week for us as Ilewin Allot finished 3rd in the RPGTV Henlow Derby final rewarding our e.w play at 33/1. Our single bet on Friday, Benkaat Panther, also obliged nicely at 3/1 and our good form can continue tomorrow night as Do It For Twiggy could well go very close in the British Breeders Stakes Final at Nottingham at the nice odds of 25/1 that we recommended at the outset. The best bet on the card could well be Aero Babooshka clad in her favoured red jacket.
AERO BABOOSHKA - 3 pts win - Nottingham - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BENKAAT PANTHER - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 3/1
ILEWIN ALLOT - 1 pt e.w ante post 33/1 - RPGTV Henlow Derby - 3rd (7 pt profit)
DO IT FOR TWIGGY - 1 pt e.w ante post 25/1 - British Breeders Stakes - Nottingham - final Tuesday