Monday 28th June 2010
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There will be many sad faces this morning after England's pitiful exit from the World Cup. To be honest I was one of those who said before the start of the Finals we would be in trouble with a squad that are mostly not first choices in their club sides but hey you still want them to win. The team like the rest of the country, judging by the severe budget cuts we are going to face, is in a poor state at the moment and our Greyhound industry is in the same situation. Poor crowds, tracks struggling to stay open with owners disappearing at an alarming rate. This however can all be put right in my opinion with probably the single most important meeting in the history of our sport. This coming Wednesday SOS with Greyhound owner and promoter Bob Morton sit down with Walthamstow Stadium owners L&Q to discuss, and most likely come to, a deal that brings Greyhound racing back to what has been known for decades as the home of our sport. I can't state how important it will be not only for our kennel but the whole industry for this meeting to go the right way. Unlike the dismal headlines in today's papers concerning England's football team, the top story on Thursday should read WALTHAMSTOW IS BACK!. without doubt as soon as the traps open for the first race back at the Chingford Road Stadium Greyhound racing will show how brilliant and inexpensive a 'night at the dogs' can be thus rejuvenating the local community and our industry with trainers ,breeders and owners all benefiting as well as the off course betting industry which did so well over the years with Walthamstow's high profile. Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer on Wednesday morning.
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The William Hill Festival of racing at Sunderland begins this week with the heats of the Classic and the Grand Prix kicking off on Saturday. Jogadusc Ace defends his Classic title he so memorably won last year though he hasn't been in the best of form lately. Kinda Easy and Droopys Zach and perhaps new recruit Bourne Masons will fly the flag in the Grand Prix over 640m and we will be hopeful of doing well in the Puppy event with Blonde Snapper and Bomber Barkley.
Only Blonde Gunner qualified for the final of the Coral on TV Puppy Trophy at Romford when three of ours were pitched together in the heats with Bomber Barkley and Lil Magic on Monday while at Nottingham Kinda Close again found big trouble in the Final of the Caffreys Puppy Oaks finishing down the field. On the supporting card both Adageo and Directors Spur couldn't take advantage of good opportunities with Adageo clearly not at home on a galloping track. On Tuesday Kinda Easy showed he is right back to his best when beating a good field in a supporting Pall Mall race live on Sky. His time of 39.16 was the second quickest time ever at the track. Ayamzagirl ran well when runner up in the Marathon race but was well beaten by the formidable Midway Skipper and late replacement Corrig Vieri also ran well when 3rd in a 595m race.
No luck in a few opens at Harlow on Wednesday and Sittingbourne on Thursday with Droopys Elbow coming closest when 3rd in a 500m race at the latter, and Friday at Romford didn't start to well but Eye Onthe Brave ran very well when winning a 400m Standard (24.29) and Blonde Gunner improved 5 lengths in the Puppy final but still got beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Pat Rosney's impressive Little Urge in a flying 23.83.
Both Directors Spur (35.54) and Adageo improved from Monday's excursions at Nottingham to return to Romford and follow up from their previous victories with good wins back over 575m with Adageo particularly impressive when making all in 35.32 where again conditions were not in his favour.
Just one runner on Wednesday with Genesis Fuzzums (4th) but a good start on Saturday with Goldies Tara scoring an overdue win by 2 1/2 lengths in 26.20. Siesta Smudge was a convincing winner over 592m winning by 4 lengths in 37.74 though Reachfar Love couldn't make it 3 from 3 when only 3rd. Paradise Riva opened her account when showing good early to lead kennelmate Circle The Camp and then hold the strong run of Tain Ferdia by a neck in 26.18. Kilquane Jack made it four winners on the night when landing a 1-2 for the kennel beating Legit Jack by 5 lengths in 37.74.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - KINDA EASY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Three runners on Wimbledon's Sky card supporting the Grand National with exciting pup Blonde Fletch facing a difficult draw in trap 4, Corrig Vieri trying the demanding 687m Stayers trip and Ayamzagirl in a hot Marathon. No meeting at Harlow Wednesday as they switch to a Sunday afternoon. Runners at Crayford Saturday as well as the heats of the William Hill Festival events starting. A few runners are pencilled in for Sittingbourne on Sunday.
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Nice to see we were back to form last week with both recommendations obliging in good style. This week I think we have to stick with one of those as Kinda Easy is back to his very best. The trip and track at Oxford is not too dissimilar to Sunderland and our St Leger hero will go into William Hill's Grand Prix full of confidence and a strong ante-post wager is the order of the day.
KINDA EASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA EASY - 3 pts win 5/2 - Oxford - Tuesday - WON
ADAGEO - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 6/4