Monday 29th September 2008
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On a blustery and wet night at Yarmouth last Tuesday Charlie Lister's Ninja Jamie scorched round in a sensational 28.36 to demolish his rivals in the East Anglian Derby Final and take sponsor Betfair's generous winner's purse of £20,000. Our Roswell Startrek tried to come out the traps like a rocket but just came forward a fraction too early and missed the kick which gave him no chance with the winner. Still it was a good achievement to reach the final and I'm sure you will be hearing a lot more from Roswell Startrek. Charlie's win has seen him bridge the gap in the Trainers Championship standings to about 110 points from us and with very expensive purchases like Ninja Jamie, Farloe Reason, Farloe Merlin, Fear Zafonic, Farloe Tico etc, which probably cost more than our whole kennel three times over, it looks like this year could go right to the wire. Our hard work has seen us out at tracks two and three times every night in our quest to score points and get as many wins as we can and it is nice to see most of our greyhounds that have come through the grades mainly at Walthamstow now producing
the goods in open class and if we win the title at the end of the year I can safely say it will be well deserved!
This week sees the start of the British Produce Stakes at Hall Green worth £15,000 to the winner and for the first time since I have been at our kennel over the years we have two British Breds that could go very close in the shape of Mountjoy Gold and Mountjoy Ruby, both of whom seem to be well drawn in Tuesday night's heats and although I think the tough schedule of four runs inside 10 days (surely needs looking at in the future) is hard I'm sure they have excellent chances.
This week also sees our kennel have our first graded runners at Coventry on Wednesday night. With an exciting litter by Just The Best out of former kennel star Kinda Sleepy having their first runs it again underlines the commitment myself and our staff have since the closure of Walthamstow. Having graded runners at two different venues plus all our extra open meetings has almost seen my brain explode as I try and plot the race schedule! Coventry though is probably the best running track in the country and it allows us to run the ones that are not suited to Harlow and I thank Racing Manager Russ Watkins and his team for their help over the last few weeks. Harlow also deserves credit with the way the track is prepared (though please sort that hare out!). With the new equipment bought from Walthamstow their racing surface is first class and management team very helpful.
Monday night didn't go as planned with Genesis Dream finishing down the field in the National Oaks Final at Nottingham and Risky Fabio never got a run when eliminated from the Coral TV Puppy Cup heats. And on Tuesday with no luck at the Sky meeting at Yarmouth, despite Bell
Tempest's brave run in the Marathon over 843m where he was just touched off by Bubbly Kate, it looked as though we had hit a bad patch of form and with quite a few dogs going down with kennel sickness it was nice to see us get some winners at Harlow on Wednesday night. Jonos Patience landed a kennel 1-2 when he beat Blackey Said So by 3 1/2 lengths in a good 26.25 (-20) in the heats of the Monkey Standard and Genesis Sister returned to winning ways when leading all the way in the Marathon holding on by 1/2 length in 50.78 (-50). In the 592m Stayers top division Bell Tornado, starting a generous 4-1, made light work of his rivals winning comfortably by 5 1/4 lengths in 38.04 (-30). Also on Wednesday night Directors Chair scored by 3 1/2 in the heats of the Mini Stayers Cup over 625m in 39.78.
At Henlow on Thursday the feature of an all open racecard was the semi-finals of the Bedfordshire Maiden Derby over 460m and, as we feared, our two qualifeers Rank N File and Bingo Panda who were drawn together in the third semi tangled up at the first bend and despite Bingo Panda's best effort in trying to get back in the race she finished 4th with Rank N File a well beaten last. On the card in the 550m Standard Kinda Flashy, with an electric start (8.96 sec), upstaged kenne mate Eye Onthe Veto beating him 2 lengths in a good 33.49 and Eye Onthe Spirit ran well in the 692m Stayers going down a neck in 42.81. At Romford on Friday Risky Fabio at last got his head in front after some previous inconsistent runs when he ran a stormer in a warm 400m Maiden leading at the third bend to score by a length in 24.42. Genesis Dream, in her first run back over 6 bends since her season, ran well in the 575m Stayers Div 2 but had no answer to London Rhys going down 2 1/2 lengths in a good 35.71 but she should come on for the run. Millwards Summit was a touch unlucky when 3rd in Div 1 and Aero Blackjack again found one too good for him when 2nd in the Maiden Marathon over 750m beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 48.48.
A busy week ended on Sunday with opens at Coventry and the night started well with a win for Lockdale Duke by 3 3/4 lengths in 29.98 in Div E of the 480m Standard. Eye Onthe Brave found a warm Div D and despite clocking 29.74 himself was 3rd behind Droopys Olive in 29.62. Centaur Decree got us back on the scoresheet in Div A but he had to work mighty hard for his victory having to hold on for his short head win in 29.85. Div B saw Droopys Zach gain a well deserved win coming from off the pace to lead on the run in for a 1 1/2 length victory in 30.06 and Eye Onthe Pulse came high and wide to land Div C by 1 3/4 in 29.90. The feature race was the 625m Mini Stayers Cup Final and Directors Chair was a warm order to land the race but with the short run to the corner there is no margin for error and when he missed the break he was in trouble eventually finishing 3rd behind Droopys Comfort beaten over 6 lengths in 39.87. In the Puppy Stayers over 625m Corrig Vieri was 2nd beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 39.72 and in Div B of the 625m Mooloolaba was bumped out of contention in 5th and in Div A Missed A Train scored an overdue success by 6 lengths in 40.12 to secure our 5th winner on the night.
Not one of the best weeks for winners at Harlow in the grades with Hollywell Pearl and Stormy Dakota both finishing second on Wednesday and on Thursday we again had five runner ups - Megusta Manners, Genesis Fuzzums, Centaur Sandi (ran well), Eye Onthe Power and King Jackson but there were good wins for Taboba Legend (26.21 good run) and Princess Organa won the S2 by a length in 38.24 (+15). No winners on Saturday but Treacle Gem (2nd), Ragga Diva (3rd), Notanothersecond (2nd), Seanis Doire (5th sure to come on for the run), Roswell Gemini (2nd) and Blues Wish (2nd) came closest and Accordion Magic who was 5 lengths clear in the A4 when the hare broke can count himself unlucky.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- KINDA FLASHY
GRADED- TABOBA LEGEND
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Eye Onthe Veto starts the week when he returns to Romford with the heats of the Coral TV Stayers and Tuesday sees the start of the British Produce Stakes at Hall Green with Mountjoy Gold and Mountjoy Ruby flying the flag for the kennel. Open races for our runners are
scheduled at Wimbledon (Tuesday), Harlow and Coventry (Wednesday), Harlow (Thursday if they fill), Romford (Friday) and Coventry (Sunday).