Monday 28th May 2007
A big thanks to everyone concerned on last Sunday's excellent day at Harlow. The football game Walthamstow versus Romford was well organised and enjoyed by everyone involved and yes the result wasn't bad either (9-0 to the Stow). The intertracks produced some great racing in the afternoon with the hosts just holding off the Stow for a win by a couple of points. The evening;s poker event was a bit low key but those that turned up produced plenty of action and my good friend David Bell came out with another shared first prize to defend his crown. All in all once again Harlow and their promoter Dave Barclay and not forgetting Maurice Newman made it a day to remember with a nice amount raised for the retired dogs.
Our kennel has had its shares of ups and downs recently and again this last week. Highlighted on Thursday by the fantastic performance of Evan Herbert's magnificent January Tiger who produced another flawless display when winning the Duffy Group Ltd Test at Walthamstow to add to his Grand Prix victory of last year. When you think this special greyhound won the Derby Consolation Final in 2005 it tells you how good this dog has been both for the owner and kennel. On a sadder note after a freak accident in the paddocks at the kennel we lost a lovely little greyhound in Centaur Driver on Saturday just to bring us all down to earth and I would like to express my sorrow to the connections of 'Driver' who had just started to realise his full potential.
I was very sad to hear the terrible news of fellow professional trainer Ray Peacock's death on Saturday and everyone at the kennel would like to pass on their condolences to his family.
Over the next couple of weeks as promised a fantastic competition will be available through the website with the winner of the first prize receiving a top class pup to be trained by ourselves for free the whole of its career with 50% of its prize money sent directly to you. So keep logging on to get the details of the entry for a chance to win this great prize.
A fairly quiet time last week on the open scene when our main action away from Walthamstow was the Derby Trial Stakes on Tuesday at Wimbledon where we had four runners. Both Fear Armani and Raging Jack made amends for their defeats the previous week when winning their respective races. Fear Armani led from halfway to score in 29.09 and Raging Jack also came from behind to clinch a last gasp victory to beat a good field in a calc 28.98. Eye Onthe Veto looked in need of the run his first competitive race for a few weeks when he was fourth to the useful Lenson Express and Directors Wish was third but only beaten just under a length to Westmead Syd - a decent night for our Derby prospects.
Thursday's all open card from Walthamstow produced some great racing and it gave Matthew Etherington's bitch (Daisyfield Seani)an ideal chance to get back on the winner's rostrum and despite finding a few traffic problems she scored by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths in 39.96 (-15). Fear Mykeo had got no sort of run in her previous couple of races but as soon as she led at the first bend she was always going to win and her calc time of 28.80 was good. Ronnies Callum (2nd) and Paid In Cash (2nd) both ran well but the best performance of the night came in the feature race on the card the Duffy Group Ltd Test Final. The kennel was three handed but both Ingenious and Coolanga Flyer were effectively out of the race after early bother and it was left to the evergreen January Tiger to produce an athletic turn of pace to first catch early leader Ceroc Gypsy and then hold off the fast finishing Classy Star to gain another deserved trophy for his loyal owner Evan Herbert.
Sunday's intertrack races at Harlow produced two seconds - Special Deal and Roswell Phoenix and two winners in Armies Plan and a great run from the ill fated Centaur Driver who won the 769m by over 10 lghts. Tuesday night we had two winners from our seven runners with Treacle Star winning her second race on the spin for in form owner Duane Harvey recording a fast 29.07 (+10) and Centaur Iris gaining an overdue win taking the last in 40.38.
On Saturday at Walthamstow Lockdale Duke continued his good form winning his third race from nine starts and looks to have a bright future. Eye Onthe Power, Ardmayle Machine and Shelbourne Ryan all came close to winning when second in their races but it was left to Armies Plan to notch a quick fire double after his Harlow win to take the night's A1 in a fast 28.74 calc.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - JANUARY TIGER
GRADED - TREACLE STAR
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Bank Holiday Monday's daytime BAGS meeting should have open race fans visiting their local betting shops as the Ladbrokes Summer Festival gets under way with no less than four competitions with finals on Friday being screened. Ronnies Hare won a similar competition at the track last year and should have a decent chance to do the same again and the in form Fear Robben completes his Derby preperation when returning to the scene of his Stud Book win in the 480m dogs only heats. At Walthamstow on Mondays BAGS card the heats of the Ladbrokes Hurdle sees our Ronnies Callum trying to defend the trophy he won a last year although it must be said he's still trying to regain his top form after a serious injury kept him out of action for nearly six months.
Tuesday at Wimbledon has the last of the Derby Trial Stakes taking place and what an array of stars on show! and this well could be one of the year's best nights of action seen so far as Derby contenders is concerned. It will be a big night for some of our Derby entries who are on show with the likes of Eye Onthe Veto, Centaur Decree, Directors Chair, Directors Wish, Fear Armani and Discreet Cat all racing and Butterbridge Ali, Killer Keane and Eye Onthe Flame trialling before racing. At Walthamstow trial stakes for the Graphite (U.K) Puppy Derby take place with the heats of this £10,000 competition starting on Saturday, the kennel will have a few entries for this including Eye Onthe Power, Twilight Fantasy, Pinehurst Silk and Paid In Cash to name a few.
Wednesday sees the heats of the T.V Trophy start at Yarmouth and although our three entries Daisyfield Seanie, Snappy Girl and Genesis Alix have yet to hit their best form we can be hopeful of getting at least one through to next week's final live on Sky.
Skys live meeting this week features the final of the Betfair Scurry Gold Cup at Perry Bar on Thursday and we will have track record holder Raging Jack and Bubbly Magic in supporting races. Walthamstow also has a full programme of opens advertised.