Monday 28th July 2008
Dramatic news this week on the future of Walthamstow Stadium that there could be a fresh chance of keeping this great track open. It has emerged that the company that had bought the stadium (this deal was most definitely done well before all trainers were told only a few months ago that there was no deal on the table!) are getting jittery feet with the current climate and state of the housing market. Ricky Holloway and a consortium of businessmen have offered a deal both to lease and to buy the track outright which is now being considered by the parties involved. On Thursday 31st July at the track there will be a public appeal led by Ricky, Neil Gerrard MP and some MP colleagues and backed by the Walthamstow Owners Association and I URGE ALL SUPPORTERS AND OWNERS to make every effort to attend if they can, it is hoped that this peaceful demonstration will have the necessary effect to keep our great stadium open!
On the racing front it has been a busy week where we visited no fewer than seven different venues with what must be said mixed fortunes. The highlight of the week most certainly was Directors Chair's victory in the Stadium Bookmakers Rose Bowl Final at Romford on Friday and if we can keep this superb race dog fit he must have a leading chance in the forthcoming Champion Stakes over the track and trip which starts on August 22nd. Defending champ Eye Onthe Veto could well have something to say on this matter as he is also warming up for this event and we are pleased with his preparation at the moment (28.95 trial on Wednesday at the Stow). More encouraging news is that Arc hero Centaur Decree came through a 475m trial very well (28.98) and he looks set to make his return to the track later this week.
A charity meeting is taking place at Hove on the 21st August organised by Dave Wood from the Questhouse Kennels and a top class line up of canine talent will be on show and we hope to have a few runners. There will be an auction and after meeting entertainment and I have a number of tables reserved in the restaurant at a reduced £15 a head if anyone is interested please give me a call.
At Romford on Monday the heats of the Stadium Bookmakers Rose Bowl saw Directors Chair turned over by Sherries Boy by a length in a fast 35.33 (+30) but Eye Onthe Force made no mistake when taking his heat by 4 1/4 lengths in 35.68. A trip to Yarmouth on the same night was unsuccessful with Bell Tornado just beaten by a head in the Puppy 462m and Pinewood Evo (3rd) and Eye Onthe Spirit (5th) finding some inspired locals hard to beat. On Tuesday a rare appearance from our kennel at Mildenhall saw two photo finishes for Ortuna and Stride On Babe in the 545m Standards go against them. At Harlow on Wednesday Roswell Gemini won his heat of the 592m Monkey Maiden by 2 1/2 lengths in 38.20 and Jonos Patience ran well from a poor draw to win the 415m by 1 3/4 lengths in 26.35.
On Thursday at Perry Barr in the heats of the Keith Johnson Summer Cup Tipp The Breeze qualified safely in 3rd but both Lode Star and the more fancied Aero Blackjack were eliminated and no luck at Hove on the same night when Elusive Jazz was almost put on the floor at the first bend after flying out the traps (4.13 sec) and was well beaten as were our other two runners Bell Tornado and Elusive Tuesday in the Puppy races. At Walthamstow Kinda Classic made it the first open win of our Droopys Nectar litter currently running with a fine victory in the Maiden by 1 3/4 lengths in 29.17 (-10). Bell Tempest won the poor quality Novice
Marathon by a cool 12 1/2 lengths in 53 64 (-20) and both Treacle Rose and Eye Onthe Flame were second before Discreet Cat won the 640 metre Stayers leading from trap to line in 40.11 (-30). Butterbridge Ali on his return was last but not disgraced behind Legal Major in the the
Standard 475m and should strip fitter next time.
As said above Directors Chair was impressive when winning the final of the Stadium Bookmakers Rose Bowl at Romford on Friday cracking out the traps and holding off the challenge of both Sherries Boy and eventual 3rd Eye Onthe Force by 3/4 length in 35.59. On Saturday at Walthamstow Eye Onthe Spirit, despite recording a career best 39.74 in the 640m Stayers, had to settle for second to Ontheriver Ten. The underrated Ants Gunner scored a well deserved win in the 475m Maiden when leading all the way clocking a respectable 29.05. Directors Ruler ran well again when second to Blackmagic Jack in the 475 m Standard beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 28.88 and Darling Nectar won her first race a Maiden Stayers over 640m by 6 lengths in 40.58. At Wimbledon the much awaited Puppy Derby all went wrong for our kennel starting with the withdrawal of the fancied Mountjoy Gold (lame) in the morning and then on the track Corrig Vieri, Goldcrest King, Rusheen Classic, Roswell Startrek and Kinda Flashy were all knocked out leaving only Eye Onthe Brave who was second beaten a head to fly the flag.
WALTHAMSTOW AND HARLOW REVIEW
At the Stow on Tuesday six winners from nine runners had heads turning and the ball started rolling with victories for Bingo Panda (29.49), Rank N File (29.30), Centaur Rosina (29.41), Genesis Sister (29.36), Princess Rosina (29.25) and was finished by Rusheen Classic (29.11) to
complete a great night.
At Harlow in the inter-track races Blackey Said So scored an overdue victory when comfortably winning in 26.33 and Mooloolaba was very impressive when taking a good 592m in a fast 37.59. At Walthamstow on Saturday Aero Rapido won her first race just getting up on the line in 29.84 and Cassius Clay won the H2 by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.74. King Jackson again found one too good after leading right to the line beaten a head in 29.49 and Genesis Fuzzums was also 2nd beaten 3/4 length in 29.43 and Seanis Strike ran well but was beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 28.89 in the A1.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- DIRECTORS CHAIR
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
On Wednesday at Harlow Roswell Gemini looks to hold a strong chance in the Monkey Maiden Stayers over 592m and we should have plenty of runners in the opens and inter track races. Thursday at Walthamstow could well see the welcome return of Centaur Decree while Tipp The
Breeze returns to Perry Barr for the semi-final of the Keith Johnson Summer Cup. Friday Eye Onthe Brave bids to make the final of the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon when he runs from trap 2 in a tough semi and we may have runners at Romford as well. Opens are also planned at Walthamstow on Saturday.