Monday 27th September 2010
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Our current injury crisis took another turn for the worse last week with Corrig Vieri, who was one of the leading candidates for the William Hill St Leger that begins in less than two weeks, sustaining a fractured hock after a trial at Monmore on Tuesday. He moved well in the trial recording a good 15.31 but was very lame the next day and an x-ray revealed the injury. Given his age, Barry and Rose Peters, his loyal owners, decided to call it a day on his brilliant race career. In all Corrig Vieri raced 69 times, winning 30 times all opens on 10 different tracks. He won over £20,000 in prize money and his first major trophy was lifting the prestigious Peterborough Puppy Cesarewitch in 2008 but undoubtedly the highlight of his career was when he was dropped back to four bends for the Blue Square Arc at its new home Swindon at the beginning of 2009. After a winning rounds 1 and 2 he qualified for the final when 2nd in his semi-final then railing closely in the decider he ran a stormer to beat Lenson Express and bag the £10,000 first prize. A few weeks later when stepped back up to six bends he landed the £5,000 to the winner Ladbrokes Spring Festival Stayers Final over 630m at Monmore. Without doubt 'Dusty' was one of the main reasons for our stellar 2009 and despite a few problems at the start of the year he was again flying recently, breaking the Wimbledon 687m track record twice and clocking good open wins on his travels. Greyhounds like Corrig Vieri are hard to replace and no doubt the recent spate of injuries to our top class runners have left morale at the kennel at an all time low.
This was also compounded by a gracilis muscle injury to the useful and occasionally very fast Eye Onthe Flash at Henlow last Thursday in a race won by kennelmate Destroy The Camp. The extent of the injury will be checked by physio Ron Mills today but obviously his career hangs in the balance.
Talking of the William Hill St Leger, there has been outrage at the cut in prize money for the Stayers Classic that begins at Wimbledon on October 9th. Last year Kinda Easy and Droopys Zach produced one of the most memorable finishes in recent history and eventual winner Kinda Easy earned £13,000 for his efforts. This year not only has the winner's purse been slashed by £5,000, the heats, second round and semi-final prize money has been drastically reduced. Most people would look at William Hill for the decrease but the blame lays firmly with the GRA who are supposed to add to William Hill's generous sponsorship. The GRA may argue that this reduction is down to the state of the country's desperate financial climate at the moment but why we have to put up with our Classic races being slashed like this is beyond me. It is clear that the GRA are in financial turmoil having to service a huge loan from years ago when banks used to lend money like throwing confetti. These type of races with their history and prestige should be ring fenced and the GBGB should if needed make the GRA find the extra cash or stump it up themselves. If the GRA continues to diminish our industry then the GBGB should have the power to do something about it and start by taking these Classics off them and give other tracks and promoters the chance to run them. This would not be allowed to happen in the horse racing industry and greyhound racing's big races which showcase our sport shouldn't have to suffer either.
One track that tries its best to buck the trend of financial gloom is Henlow and we always look forward to our visits to the Bedfordshire venue with its friendly management team and atmosphere. The Primus Telecom Henlow Derby worth £20,000 to the winner (excellent £5,000 for second) begins a week Thursday and Jogadusc Ace who won last year's Winter Derby along with Thursday's impressive trial stake winner Destoy The Camp will head our team. My only problem with the event is the £200 entry fee which is only £100 short of the Greyhound Derby entry fee and I will be very surprised if they reach the required 72 runners advertised.
This week is the last chance for 5 to Follow entries to change their selections for the last 3 months of the competition. Just look at the new list of greyhounds available and change as many as you like but still including at least one bitch in your teams then e-mail them to us.
The Save Our Stow committee will be holding a public survey outside Sainsburys supermarket on Saturday 2nd October from 10am onwards. It is their intention to hold three more surveys every Saturday for three weeks thereafter. It is also their intention to canvass the households surrounding Walthamstow Stadium to get their opinions on the social housing proposed for the Stow site. I would urge all the residents of Waltham Forest who would like to see greyhound racing return to the Stow to go along and fill in the questionnaire, or go to www.saveourstow.co.uk to fill in the form, and follow the updates.
Finally for anyone who has been trying to contact the kennel we have a new telephone number 01842 758515 - apologies if you have had problems getting in touch.
The week began well with a double for the kennel in the heats of the Coral TV Stayers at Romford with wins for Directors Spur (36.04) and All That Noise (35.94). Another double at Sittingbourne on Thursday with Kinda Easy scoring in workmanlike fashion in 40.52 and a welcome return to the podium for Jogadusc Ace over 450m in a good 27.54.
At Henlow the top division of the Primus Telecom Trial Stake was won well by Destroy The Camp in 27.66. As said sadly in the same race Eye Onthe Flash suffered a career threatening injury.
At Romford on Friday our runners faced tough races and in the Coral TV Stayers Final both Directors Spur and All That Noise squandered their chances with slow starts and never got in a telling blow with the race won in style by Bubbly Rambo.
All eyes were on the return of our 2009 Derby hero Kinda Ready on his return race at Monmore over 480m. A sluggish start was followed by great pace up but trap 5 Ballymac Well cut across him at the first bend forcing him to check to the middle and effectively out of the race. Kinda Ready on a cold windy night cramped slightly coming home and only managed 5th place but will come on for his first race in a month. Dalcash Scolari could only finish 4th in another 480m but on a bright note Gottabe Kinda a half brother to Kinda Ready made an encouraging debut when 3rd in a 480m puppy race.
Just three runners on Wednesday with Lord Aristocracy being our first runner on Bags at the track and scoring well in an A5 by a lgth in 28.88. On Saturday both last week's winners Lil Magic and Aldataro Lass were well upgraded and found it tough when 4th and 3rd respectively. Mint Bulb after an excellent return the week before when second was made to work hard for her win just getting up to score by a short head in 29.07.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DESTROY THE CAMP
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quiet week with trial stakes for the Henlow Derby on Thursday that will feature Destroy The Camp and Bim Bam Boozle. We are going to rest a few open race dogs but the week's main race will be the one off Peter Chinn Memorial race at Monmore which all being well Kinda Ready will run in.
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After missing a couple of weeks it's time we had something to have a bet on and I think if Destroy The Camp is to be under estimated again at Henlow when he runs again this Thursday then we better take advantage. Though a bit hit or miss out the boxes when he gets it right he is as fast as anything,. Kinda Ready will no doubt start at reasonable odds this Saturday after his defeat last week but he should strip fitter and could reward us when he runs in the Peter Chinn Memorial Trophy this Saturday.
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2 pts win - Henlow - Thursday
KINDA READY - 2 pts win - Monmore - Saturday
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