Monday 2nd August 2010
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Blonde Snapper produced a stunning display of speed to land the eagerly awaited William Hill Puppy Derby semi-final in the clash of the big guns on Friday at Wimbledon. All eyes in the sport if not at the track itself were on the internet or like myself watching the intertrack service at Romford or at another stadium covering the race. With Seamus Cahill's unbeaten and current 2011 Derby favourite Droopys Oscar in a plum trap 6 draw and kennel mate Rayvin Giovanni, who beat Blonde Snapper at Sunderland two weeks ago, looking the main danger after a blistering 28.58 heat win it was a race to savour and with only two going through to tomorrow's prestigious final something had to give. 'Snapper' had to break well and that's just what he did, comfortably leading Droopys Oscar and despite a missed break from Rayvin Giovanni who then paced up well 'Snapper' just cleared them as they went round the first bend. The race was put to bed with a devastating turn of middle pace with the only question which of Seamus Cahill's runners would fill the 2nd qualifying spot and after a real tussle it was Rayvin Giovanni who chased home our Gymcrack runner up 3 1/2 lengths in arrears. The winning time was a superb 28.45 and now Blonde Snapper is 7/4 to land the title. Rayvin Giovanni is the obvious danger but earlier two great performances from Kinda Razzle and Blonde Ross have made us triple handed in the final. Kinda Razzle who is still a Maiden is improving with every run and did well to qualify easily but was still beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Dave Firmager's flying Romeo Spartan who clocked a fast 28.57. Blonde Fletch was a 2/1 jt fav but couldn't get in a blow when badly hampered at the first bend but his time will come probably when stepped up in trip. In the second semi-final Blonde Ross, having only his third race, enhanced his reputation with a fine second to Ted Soppitt's progressive Taylors Cruise with the winning time only 28.83 due to the field coming together at the first bend. Tuesday's final live on Sky will have all connections feeling like they will have a chance and Blonde Snapper would to me be a deserving winner after his previous Hall Green and Sunderland exploits.
As well as the feature Puppy final, tomorrow's supporting card at Wimbledon is very good and we hope that the in form Corrig Vieri and the return of Adageo to the track after his brilliant Derby campaign, as well as the improving Ayamzagirl in the Marathon can score us some good points as the Trainers Championship turns up another notch with Seamus Cahill, who has banker Jimmy Lollie on fire at present, closing the gap to within 15 points of us last week. Massive respect to Dave Firmager's Romeo Spartan and Ted Soppitt's Taylors Cruise but a win for us or Seamus in the Final could have a huge say in the outcome of this year's title. Going into this week both kennels are still represented in the Category 1 Peterborough Derby and after Saturday's second round Seamus will be hopeful of steering Tearaway John and Fearce Mchugh to Saturday's final while we have to be surprised as well as 'delighted' with Kinda Handy's fastest of the night's 25.22 clocking when scorching home in a hot second round heat, the semi-finals are Wednesday.
As reported in Saturday's Racing Post and last week's Newsletter we have now left Harlow and are currently grading in a number of our strength at Yarmouth and in a couple of weeks expect to have our first runners at the seaside venue. I think the change has come at the right time and we hope to build up a kennel strength of about 20 runners. Yarmouth is an exceptionally well run track with facilities that match the best in the country and for those that have not been there before or in recent years it is well worth a visit. Over £200k has just been spent on improving the track itself and they should expect plenty of away trainers for their summer season of opens that include the East Anglian Derby. Our kennel has limited spaces for anyone wishing to have runners at Yarmouth so please contact me if they are interested.
Kinda Ready, our brilliant 2009 Greyhound Derby winner, this week begins his campaign in the Ladbrokes Irish Derby at Shelbourne and we would all like to wish Ian and Brenda Seymour, who will train him, as well as owners Lee Jordan, Chris Badger, Gary Crouch and Daren Johnson the very best of luck in his quest for legendary status should 'Del Boy' be successful.
On Tuesday it was a case of nearly at Hall Green with three seconds and a winner. Destroy The Camp is running well and looked the likely winner as they approached the last bend in Div 2 of the 480m Standard but the game Bens Nikita just got the better of him by a head in 28.57. Risky Skipper was beaten 4 1/2 lengths in the top division of the Maiden and Dalcash Scolari also filled that spot when beaten 3 lengths in a good 28.36 in Div 1 of the 480m Standard. Blonde Gunner at last opened his account winning the 480m Puppy by 2 lengths in 28.61.
On Wednesday the Peterborough Derby kicked off with eight heats with Rockburst Canyon producing a strong finish to qualify in second recording a 25.32 himself. Kinda Handy also made it through and Bim Bam Boozle took a good chance when landing his heat in 25.54.
Our open races ticked over at Sittingbourne on Thursday with three winners. Corrig Vieri made all in the 642m Stayers scoring by a length in 40.40 while Eye Onthe Tempo regained winning ways taking the 480m by a neck in 29.58. Both Jogadusc Ace and Directors Spur had excuses when beaten in their respective races but veteran Directors Ruler scored in 29.95 on a slowish track. As said above Blonde Snapper was the star of the show at Wimbledon but no luck with our three runners at Romford.
A quick return to Peterborough on Saturday for the second round of the Derby and Kinda Handy pulled off a surprise when scorching to a 3.76 sectional on the way to winning by over 2 lengths in a fast 25.22 with Bim Bam Boozle finding trouble when eliminated. Rockburst Canyon again started slowly and despite a storming finish lost out in a place for the semi-final when beaten a short head for third place.
Blonde Banjo made his debut over hurdles for us at Sittingbourne on Sunday and finished a creditable 4th while Directors Wit, who looks back to his best, took the sprint in style winning by nearly 4 lengths in 16.42. Droopys Zach couldn't get past the trap 4 runner being stopped several times in the 642m Stayers and was eventually beaten a short head but Destroy The Camp made it three from three at the track when landing the top division of the 480m in 29.16.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BLONDE SNAPPER
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The William Hill Puppy Derby Final is the feature race on Tuesday's Sky card with the kennel triple handed in the final. Adageo, Ayamzagirl and Corrig Vieri are on the supporting card while at Hall Green we have four runners in their opens including a return for Eye Onthe Flash though sadly the win prize money is down to £125 which means no points are scored if we were lucky enough to have any winners.
Peterborough's semi-final of the Derby on Wednesday sees Kinda Handy bid to make the final two years in succession.
Opens at Sittingbourne (Thursday) and Romford (Friday) are pencilled in. Saturday is the final of the Cat 1 Peterborough Derby with a full supporting card while the East Anglian Challenge begins with three heats at Yarmouth and on Sunday the build up to the Kent Derby continues with Trial Stakes.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Blonde Snapper recommended at 8/1 ante-post and now a 7/4 chance to land the William Hill Puppy Derby tomorrow can give us a huge boost and Blonde Ross is also there with a fair chance of getting in the first four to make us a tidy profit on the event. Kinda Razzle is a massive 25/1 chance and this event has in the past produced some big shocks so I see no reason why we shouldn't have a little interest on her as we will be gutted if she won and we had not had a little saver on her. The best bet of the night could come in the Marathon, with Taylors Riviera likely to go off a 1/2 shot there could be some value in backing Ayamzagirl EW at reasonable odds, second in her last five runs it could be a bet to nothing.
KINDA RAZZLE - 1 pt e.w 25/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby Final - Wimbledon - Tuesday
AYAMZAGIRL - 2.5 pts e.w - 9.25 Wimbledon - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Final Tuesday
BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1- William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - lost
BLONDE ROSS - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Final Tuesday
BIM BAM BOOZLE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Peterborough Derby - lost