Monday 29th November 2010
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SAVEOURSTOW would kindly request that as many people as possible attend L&Q's public consultation events which are being held at the following times and venues :
Thursday 2nd December 2010, 4pm-7pm at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford, E4 8SP
Friday 3rd of December 2010, 3pm-7pm at Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford, E4 8SP
Saturday 4th of December 2010 10am-1pm at Walthamstow Library (foyer), High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN
L&Q have intentionally made the times as awkward as possible, even reducing the Thursday time from 8pm to 7pm to make it harder for people to attend. This is part of their plan to artificially try to show that people do not want the track back. PLEASE PLEASE try to attend one of the events and so demonstrate that we demand our track back.
L&Q are proposing a development of up to 10 storeys (300-320 units) with a pub on site. The land value of the this development is lower than Bob Morton's offer to L&Q.
If we stand together we can win this and get our track back.
Please pass on this message to as many people as possible.
SAVE OUR STOW
Wow! how cold is it at the moment? and we are not even in December yet! Trying to keep the dogs warm and fit is very difficult with temperatures barely getting above freezing in the day time let alone at night. One of the problems at this time of year is the usual bout of kennel sickness that does the rounds and as much as we try and take every precaution to prevent this over the last few days a number of our dogs have come down with the bug. With one of the busiest periods in the open race calendar at the moment and two finalists in the Essex Vase final on Wednesday it's a worrying time.
As you can see from the above the Walthamstow Stadium saga reaches new levels this week. With L&Q's public consultations showing plans that do not include Greyhound racing I'm sure their Friday meeting with prospective buyer Bob Morton, SOS along with MP's and local Councillors will be heated to say the least. Having recently gone on a survey to see what locals want in the area I can categorically state most want to see the dog track return. It would be a massive help if greyhound supporters could go to one of the consultations and make their feelings known.
A big week on the track starting tonight with the heats of the Eclipse and leading our hopes will be our 2009 Derby hero Kinda Ready. An encouraging run in a trial stake last week should give him some confidence as he faces a tough first round heat. Dalcash Scolari on top of the world a couple of weeks a go after winning the Henlow Silver Salva had no luck in the first round of the Essex Vase has now come down with the kennel sickness and will miss the Eclipse which is a shame as he runs Nottingham well.
The Essex Vase final now worth £10,000 to the winner is live on Sky this Wednesday and we will be represented by two strong running sorts in Blonde Fletch and Directors Spur. In what looks like one of the most competitive finals all year with every connection thinking they have a realistic chance of picking up the trophy, it should be a cracker. My concern for our two hopefuls is that with Blonde Fletch drawn in trap 1 who looks more suited to run from the middle and Directors Spur a bang railer drawn in trap 2 they may ruin each other's chances in the early stages of the race. If they can get a clean run I'm sure they will both go close. It would certainly give the kennel a lift in an injury hit season if we could land a major event.
Kinda Easy was a beaten odds on favourite in the heats of the Midland St Leger at Hall Green on a bitterly cold night last Saturday but if he can avoid the wide running trap 5 he should come on for the run his first since being eliminated from the semi's of the William Hill St Leger last month and he would be a deserving winner in Friday's final after having a good year.
Aldataro Lass keeps the flag flying for the kennel in the bitches classic at Wimbledon being the only qualifier from our runners when a strong running 3rd on Saturday and she would have a chance of making the semi's from a good draw in trap 1 in Friday's second round.
On Monday at Nottingham Kinda Ready looked to have got up in an Eclipse trial stake after a strong finish but the verdict went to Mill Jaguar by a short head in 30.32. All That Noise ran a creditable 3rd in very warm trial stake that sadly saw the end of a great career for one of my favourite dogs Head Iton Ellis after breaking down in the race. Destroy The Camp (3rd) and Risky Skipper (6th) didn't look comfortable on the large gallop but Risky Wand continued an excellent season with a win in the heats of the Caffreys Sprint Trophy in a good 17.92. At Romford Aero Merlin won well in the Coral on TV Puppy heats in 24.06 (+20) and Risky Rosaleen making her debut ran well when 4th in her heat won in 23.96.
On Friday the semi-finals of the Essex Vase took centre stage and in the first semi Directors Spur looked in trouble after a slow start but trouble at the bend saw him slip through into second but a good 5 lengths down on early leader Droopys Master but a gallant effort saw him reduce the deficit to within a length at the line in 35.71 (-20). In the second semi Blonde Fletch also looked in trouble at the first bend when knocked back to 5th and again after showing tremendous back straight pace he was again blocked at the 5th bend but a strong late burst got him into 2nd and qualifying spot but 2 1/2 lengths behind Borna Payment in 35.77 (-20). In supporting races Severn Barcelona won a Maiden Stayers by 2 1/2 lengths in 36.65 (-30) and Aero Merlin wasn't disgraced when 3rd in the Coral on TV Puppy final.
On Saturday a slow start from Kinda Easy saw him work hard to try and catch early leader Bua Apollo in the heats of the Midland St Leger at Hall Green. Despite closing as the line approached he looked short of a run and went down by 3/4 length in 40.22 (-45). At Wimbledon in the first round of the Oaks Kinda Close, Catunda Mae, Lil Magic and Kinda Razzle all fell by the wayside with only Aldataro Lass qualifying for the second round.
On Monday three seconds from four runners with Kinda Dizzy running very well showing good early to lead only to get nailed right on the line by a head in 29.01 (-20). Dobbydaize led but couldn't hold on going down by 1/2 length in 29.71 (-20). Goldies Tara also showed good pace to lead but had no answers to the strong finish of Shared Moment who won by 4 1/4 lengths in a fast 28.47 (-20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - RISKY WAND
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the heats of the Betfred Eclipse takes place with Kinda Ready, Goldies Destiny, All That Noise and Bourne Masons in action and Risky Wand runs from trap 6 in the Caffreys Sprint Trophy Final. At Romford Scodan Parker, Kinda Magical and Kinda Breezy run in the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden Trophy.
Wednesday sees the final of the Essex Vase at Romford and both Directors Spur and Blonde Fletch will be running on strong to try and land the Category 1 event.
On Friday Kinda Easy bids to land the Midland St Leger at Hall Green once won by his mum Kinda Sleepy and we should have a few supporting runners as well and on the same night the William Hill Oaks continues with Aldataro Lass our sole survivor.
On Saturday in a busy week the semi-finals of the Betfred Eclipse continues.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our Oaks bet Kinda Close looked good value at 50/1 but she bowed out at the first stage. A bout of kennel sickness stops us having any large bets but for an interest Ayamzagirl looks ready to do herself justice now fully out of season in a supporting Sky race on Wednesday at Romford. if she is a reasonable price she's always worth doing e.w.
AYAMZAGIRL - 1 pt e.w - Romford - Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA CLOSE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 50/1 - William Hill Oaks - Wimbledon - lost