Monday 29th April 2013
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Bridge Ruth mistimed her break in the semi-final of the Pinpoint Recruitment Arc at Swindon last Friday and despite a valiant effort to try and get back in the race she ended up 4th and eliminated which leaves us with no representatives in Wednesday's final live on Sky. The
competition which I had high hopes of doing well in has ended up a real disappointment right from the off and Castlebride Dan's career ending injury in the first round sums it all up. Talking of Castlebride Dan, his operation went well on Monday at Stefano Malegori's, a screw has been fitted to hold the hock together while it mends and Dan looks in good order and is enjoying being spoiled rotten!
Clearly our kennel is not quite firing on all cylinders at the moment with many of our strength running well to make the frame but not well enough to win with a few exceptions. Of course it's hard to keep them to such a high level for the whole of the year and it may be just something simple like the changing weather or a low grade virus running through the kennel. This can always happen once or twice a year and all you can do is trust your methods and keep it simple and wait until they hit form again. I hope it picks up this week as we have a busy week. As well as runners tonight at Nottingham we have Jazz Tilly in the semi-finals of the Coors Three Steps to Victory at Sheffield tomorrow and Extreme Lad in a little puppy final at Coventry on Wednesday. On Thursday four of our six bend stars will be entered in the prestigious Coral Regency over 695m at Hove. Judging by last week's trial stakes this, like all Category 1 competitions at the moment, will take somewinning. Blonde Reagan heads our team and hopefully he can return to something like his best as he will have to if he is to win the event. Aayamzalad (formerly Melodys Ace), Sidaz Dippy and Hometown Honey will also take their chances.
I have decided to rest a few of our stars for a couple of weeks at least with the Derby in mind. With it starting in a little over four weeks the likes of litter brothers Ayamzaman and Benkaat Blue will need to be fresh as well as pretty fit if they are to do well in the £150,000 to the winner blue riband event. Altogether I'm looking at around 10 entries. Like all trainers the Derby is really what gets the juices flowing as they say and I fully expect this year's Derby at Wimbledon to have a large entry unlike recent years. It's not just because of the increased win money which will certainly entice many from across the water but mainly staging the event back to late May when the weather is better and it's not so early in the season will in my opinion will have a dramatic effect on numbers. Ard To Beat hasn't quite lived up to expectations yet but I'm delighted he has been sold to stay in the kennel when Dan Daley snapped him up last week. He will now be renamed Benkaat Nero and I hope he can repay Dan's faith and do well especially in the Derby.
Our Markwallisgreyhounds 'Racing Club' like all Racing Clubs is something that has the potential to take off. Offering a small outlay at £500 to join and only £30 per month it gives people a chance to share in the joy of owning greyhounds without getting large kennel bills. With one of our youngsters Ollie Blue off injured for a while I'm looking at purchasing a decent dog so the club has a runner in the forthcoming Derby. If you would like to be a part in sharing the excitement of a Derby runner contact me as quick as you can and I will give you full details on how to join.
One of our owners Stuart Forsdike (Aero prefix) is generously sponsoring a competition at Yarmouth this Saturday. The PCS Legal Puppy Oaks for Bitch Puppies whelped in June 2011 or younger is worth a nice £1500 to the winner with the heats starting this Saturday. We hope to
have three entries including Butterbridge Bri making her debut for the kennel as well as Toosey Milly and Swift Eire. The final is on the gala charity card at Yarmouth on May 11th which supports Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. This event organised for years by Maurice Newman at Walthamstow and recently at Harlow should be a tremendous night with a full open card of races all worth £500 to the winner. If you would like to give something on the night or help support the event then contact Jemma Mickleburgh on 07557405273 or call me if you would like me to sort anything out, we expect to have plenty of entries on the night.
Springdale Hawk took advantage of a weak heat in Monday's Coral On TV Stayers at Romford winning by 8 1/2 lengths in a good 35.64.
On Tuesday we travelled to Sheffield for the heats of a hotly contested Coors Three Steps To Victor. In the first leg over 480m Hometown Honey couldn't go with the early pace and finished 5th and Darian Chief in a real warm heat just missed out in 3rd. Jazz Tilly did manage to grab one of the two qualifying spots when a good 2nd.
At Coventry on Wednesday Extreme Lad was only 2nd when odds on in the Old Kentucky Puppy Prize heats but qualified for this Wednesday's final but there was better news at Henlow on Thursday. Middletons Boy opened his account when winning a 550m Maiden in 33.87 while Real Trickyone also scored his first victory for the kennel when just holding on in a 550 metre Standard by a head in 33.51.
Bridge Ruth came up with the traps in Friday's Arc Semi-final at Swindon which cost her dearly and although running well she crashed out of the event. Springdale Hawk was one of only two runners for us at Romford but was a well beaten 4th in the Coral On TV Stayers Final.
At Coventry last night all our five runners ran well and we were a touch unlucky not to come away with a winner. Bridge Diva was a close up 3rd in the Marathon. Bridge Bandit was also 3rd in the heats of the Constable Cup and Jazz Apollo qualified overcoming a tricky trap 5 slot to go down a head in his heat. Hometown Honey ran a blinder when just failing to get up in the 672m Stayers. In the feature race of the night the Maesydd Michael Marathon Final Ballymac Swift turned the race into a procession with a slick exit, Aayamzabella was one of a couple that
chased in vain eventually finishing 3rd behind the impressive winner.
Of our four runners on Wednesday Newinn Chick ran well when 2nd in an A3 and Swift Obama was 3rd in an A4. Polar Sean looks a nice pup in the making and in a warm A2 led right to near the line before just getting collared going down a head in a smart 28.28.
On Saturday Toosey Milly ran well when 3rd in an A3 and Hillcross Miami was most impressive winning an A4 in good style in 28.23 (+30)
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight a rare trip to Nottingham with three runners including Glanmire Lad in a sprint.
Back to Sheffield on Tuesday for the semi's of the Three Steps To Victory over 500m and Jazz Tilly has an ultra hot heat to contend with.
Extreme Lad runs at Coventry on Wednesday in the Old Kentucky Puppy Prize final over 450m while on Thursday the heats of the Coral Regency could be extremely warm where we will have four runners headed by Blonde Reagan.
Back to Romford on Friday and Jazz Apollo goes in the final of the Constable Cup at Coventry on Sunday.
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Bridge Ruth our last hope in the Arc at Swindon crashed out the event when we were looking sweet with our 25/1 ante-post voucher and Aayamzabella was beaten into 3rd at Coventry last night. Jazz Tilly could get us back on the right track if she can qualify for next week's final of the Coors Three Steps to Victory when she lines up in trap 1 in tomorrow night's semi's over 500m.
The Coral Regency starting at Hove this Thursday is sure to be a hot event. Of our four runners I think Sidaz Dippy has taken an unfair bit of criticism when running at Coventry of late but this young bitch who only turned two this month loves Hove and could reward us at decent odds.
SIDAZ DIPPY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - Coral Regency - Hove - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE RUTH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Pinpoint Recruitment Arc - Swindon - lost
AAYAMZABELLA - 5pts win - Coventry - Sunday - lost
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - Coors Three Steps To Victory -Sheffield - semi-final Tuesday