Monday 30th April 2007
Great to see the photo of Saturday night's memorable victory of Centaur Decree in the Ocean Trailer Puppy final on the front of the website within 24 hours (thanks Steve), and thanks John for all your kind words. Hopefully the kennel's now starting to fire at the right time with the Greyhound Derby just around the corner.
There are some important issues comming up in the sport soon and if there's anyone with an opinion please feel free to use the feedback to air your views. In fact if there's anything you want to say we will be pleased to hear from you. One issue is the stepping down of Trainers Association Chairman Johnny Haynes and it seems like candidates for this thankless job are being touted. Hopefully if trainers can pull together and arrange a meeting then we can choose the right person for this important job. If I've one thing to say on the subject then I don't see why this person has to be a trainer as long as they are someone that the trainers want to represent them.
Congratulations to our very own Linda Jones whose services have been snapped up by the N.G.R.C and starts her new job on 15th May but don't worry Linda you're not going to get away from us that easy! Linda will still be writing a regular piece for the site and I'm sure she will have plenty of interesting views to express. Good luck to you anyway and thanks for all the advice and help over the last couple of years.
One of the most popular pages on our site is our greyhounds for sale page and in the next few weeks there will be a number of quality pups available for sale exclusively through the website. These will only be for sale to stay in the kennel so be warned these are greyhounds that we want to train - so watch this space you might be able to own the next Centaur Decree!
A busy open night on Tuesday with the kennel represented at three different tracks. Firstly at Hove we had 4 runners supporting the final of the Regency live on Sky. With Ronnie Davis's duo of Ronnies Hare and Ronnies Champion unfortunately getting no luck in running in their respective races and Questhouse Sash managing a creditable 3rd in the bitches race, it was left to the impressive Directors Wish to fly the flag when winning the puppy race in 29.97. Surely a dog to follow when stepped up to six bends in the future. Hall Green was hosting the semi-finals of the Blue Riband and with Charlie Lister well represented with a number of runners it was important that our Fear Armani did well. He didn't let us down, running a stormer to qualify in 2nd and drew a plum trap 1 in the final. The semi-finals of the Ocean Trailer Puppy competition saw mixed results for the kennel with fancied runners Butterbridge Ali and Directors Chair crashing out along with Eye Onthe Flame (lame afterwards) and Eye Onthe Power. Tenbucks Ebony ran well but was eliminated in third and it was left to Bubbly Magic recording his first win for the Champagne Club en route to a 28.87 win. Best was saved for the last heat with Centaur Decree romping home in a fast 28.70 to make us double handed in the final.
Wednesday we sent a few runners to Coventry with Lissivigeen Mary winning her heat of the Blue Square 480 bitches in a fastest of the night 29.73. In the heats of the Mark Hill 625 £3000 to the winner competition we managed to be drawn once again with 3 of our runners pitched together with Blackmagic Guy coming out best to defeat Eye Onthe Jewel in 39.72 with Lode Star missing out. Double handed in the 2nd heat, win machine Roswell Bluesky beat the game Coolanga Flyer in 39.58 to book their places in the semis.
Saturday night the all open card at Walthamstow with a big crowd in attendance witnessed the return of our super hurdler Ronnies Callum to the winners rostrum after a near six month absence through a serious injury when holding on to victory in 29.76. There were good performances from our other runners with Discreet Cat (4th), Eye Onthe Gift (3rd), Genesis Alix (2nd), January Tiger (2nd) all running well. Without question though the eagerly awaited final of the Ocean Trailer Puppy Final was well worth the entrance fee alone as our Centaur Decree produced one of the best performances of a puppy I've ever witnessed. After a reasonable break he simply 'took off' to storm to victory by 9 lengths in a flying 28.46 even more astounding as the going was a conservative -10. A run and celebration afterwards that will live long in the memory! Well done to everyone concerned and thank you to sponsor and host of the evening Bill McCluskey for an excellent night and just a word for our other finalist Bubbly Magic who wasn't disgraced in an unlucky 4th - a greyhound who will be worth following over the next few weeks.
A treble on Monday's BAGS card with brothers Eye Onthe Spark and Eye Onthe Glory both obliging and an impressive first win for former kennel star Kinda Sleepy's offspring in Paid In Cash landing the Racing Post nap in 29.63. On Tuesday while our open racers were strutting their stuff we had good performances from Ants Gunner (2nd), Night Night (2nd), Drominboy Iseki (2nd), Not So Jolly (2nd) and a great run from Genesis Alix when slamming Centaur Driver by over 8 lengths in a fast 39.65 in the last race. Thursday was a largely disappointing night with a few fancied runners getting turned over but all OK and live to fight another day. Our sole winner saw a quickfire double for Eye Onthe Glory who followed up Monday's win when obliging in the A5 in a calc 29.34.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - CENTAUR DECREE
GRADED - GENESIS ALIX
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Last night our greyhounds were competing at Coventry where once again the N.G.R.C saw fit to draw all our four qualifIers together in the same semi with only two going through to the final. Tuesday is a big night for Fear Armani when he lines up in trap 1 in the final of the Blue Riband at Hall Green live on Sky. We also have Go Commando and Armies Plan on the supporting card but they have hard races. Wednesday morning our first preparations for the Derby begin when Directors Wish and Chair are put through their paces over the 460m trip, with Eye Onthe Veto, Raging Jack and Roswell Starship all booked in for sprint trials it should be an interesting morning. Daisyfield Seani returns to action at the Wednesday morning trial session at the Stow. Wednesday night the Blue Square 480m Bitches final at Coventry with Lissivigeen Mary looking to follow up her impressive heat win is the main race but a £500 one off race over 480m sees the return of leading open racer in the country this year Butterbridge Ali (10 wins) after his exit in the Ocean Trailers. Thursday is the final of the Mark Hill £3000 to the winner 625m competiton at Coventry again in which we hope to be well represented. Walthamstow's open race card returns to a Thursday this week. Word of our top class open racer Fear Robben is that he recorded a superb 25.83 over 430m before racing at Walthamstow on Saturday night and looks well on the road to full fitness.