Monday 30th August 2010
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A busy and important week on the track saw our kennel have mixed fortunes. In the semi-final of the Caffreys Puppy Classic at Nottingham last Monday Blonde Fletch missed his break but showed good pace to get in contention and eventually nail Slick Sorento on the line to win in 30.63. With the other two semi's won by the impressive Tudor Prince in 30.02 and almost as good Droopys Oscar in 30.19 it looks like Blonde Fletch will have to find an extra gear or two tonight to land the Category 1 first prize of £7,500. Having said that he could have the race run to suit his strong finish and we are hopeful of him being in with a shout.
Adageo kicked off his campaign on Friday at Romford in the Champion Stakes heats as ante-post favourite in some books but at one stage he looked like he was going to be eliminated when a missed break saw him scrambling against kennelmate Eye Onthe Tempo (slightly unlucky himself) up the run in for the last qualifying spot. He just held on for third and will at least have the chance to put the disappointing run behind him this Friday in the semi's and I have to say despite a hard race he has a plot draw in trap 6 with bang railer Farloe Titan (most impressive in the heats) drawn immediately inside him in trap 5. It was on the whole a slightly disappointing night which saw the elimination of Directors Spur, Dalcash Scolari, Goldies Destiny as well as Eye Onthe Tempo but both All That Noise and Bourne Masons ran well to qualify when 2nd in their heats.
Our third batch of graded runners at Yarmouth on Saturday saw us land three wins out of seven runners and the switch to the East Coast venue seems to be working well and again I would like to say we have room to take in some pups to grade at Yarmouth if anyone is interested. You will notice on our For Sale page there is a chance to own some pups that are currently running there all who could eventually turn into open class.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne the on fire Directors Ruler took the Veteran competition but Jogadusc Ace could only manage 3rd place in the Silver Salver Final. The feature race of the night, the Kent Derby, was won by Sparkling Bernie for Seamus Cahill which has strengthened his lead at the head of the Trainers Championship standings with Charlie Lister also making the expected ominous move upwards in the table after Thursday's Select Stakes win for Jordansoilutions. The valuable Betfair East Anglian Derby gets underway this Saturday and Charlie Lister's defending champion Fear Zaffonic, judging by his runs at Yarmouth lately, will take all the beating. We hope to have Destroy The Camp and Eye Onthe Flash as our main contenders for the £17,000 first prize.
Kinda Ready's brilliant Ladbrokes Irish Derby campaign came to an end on Saturday night when he was eliminated in 5th place in an ultra hot quarter- final. Ian and Brenda Seymour have done wonders getting 'Del Boy' fit for the competition and we all thank them for their time and effort. Kinda Ready returns to the kennel this week and a decision has been made by his owners to keep him in training which will give us an enormous boost for our Trainers Championship chances and though he won't be over raced we will sit down and have a look at the calendar for some suitable races in the near future with his main aim being a crack at next year's Derby at Wimbledon.
GOBATA's ambitious plans to open a new track are getting ever closer with a decision over the opening of a greyhound track at Towcester racecourse being made later this month. This would of course be a major boost for the sport, for sure the re-opening of Walthamstow will be much bigger news and in both cases I don't think many people realise the amount of unpaid work some individuals are doing to make these remotely possible. Myself and our kennel are fully behind both causes and will support any ideas to help.
Blonde Fletch's win in the semi-final of the Puppy Classic at Nottingham kicked our week off but Kinda Razzle was well beaten in her semi won by Droopys Oscar.
On Tuesday at Hall Green Risky Wand found an electric Prodigy Kingdom too hot to handle in the sprint and Destroy The Camp had to give second best as well when runner up in the 480m Standard being beaten 3 lengths in a fast 28.38 (-20). Risky Skipper has been promising to break his Maiden tag for a while now and in the 480m he beat kennelmate Blonde Robbo by 3 1/2 lengths in an excellent 28.58 (-20).
No joy at Yarmouth on Wednesday where Eye Onthe Brave and Eye Onthe Flash were 3rd and 4th respectively in East Anglian Derby Trial Stakes.
On Friday at Romford as mentioned above we had mixed fortunes in the Champion Stakes heats and in supporting races Hidden Universe was an eye catching 3rd in the Puppy 400m and later on in the night veteran Rockburst Mason showed there's still life in the old dog yet when he won the 400m hurdles in good style recording 24.64. Bim Bam Boozle was 3rd in a 400m Standard.
As said Directors Ruler made it 4 wins from 5 races at Sittingbourne with a win in the Bookmakers sponsored Veteran Race scoring in 29.50 (faster than the Kent Derby final).
Our seven runners on Saturday night produced three winners with Aero Merlin defying a two grade uplift when winning an A3 by 3 lengths in 28.56 (+10). The strong running Legit Jack was always going to win when he led off the second bend eventually scoring by 1 1/4 lengths in 28.44 (+10). The consistent Goldies Tara is running the track well and made all in the A2 winning by 3 1/2 lengths in 28.33 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DIRECTORS RULER
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the final of the £7,500 to the winner Caffreys Puppy Classic at Nottingham looks to have some stars of the future competing for the title won last year by Eye Onthe Storm. Blonde Fletch runs from trap 1 and will have to be right up with the pace if his strong finish is to play a part. Also tonight Rockburst Eva, Jodu Fame and Droopys Elbow are at Romford in the heats of the Champion Stakes Maiden Stayers heats.
Runners including Kinda Easy at the last for a while Hall Green Tuesday night opens and it's back to Romford on Wednesday for events also supporting the Champion Stakes night with heats of a Puppy and Standard 400m starting.
We return to Romford on Friday with the semi-finals of the Champion Stakes with Adageo, All That Noise and Bourne Masons bidding for a place in the final.
Possible runners at Monmore Saturday and at Yarmouth the heats of the Betfair East Anglian Derby kick off with Destroy The Camp and Eye Onthe Flash heading our entries.
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Blonde Fletch bids to give us a nice profit at Nottingham tonight in the Puppy Classic final while Adageo is still in the Champion Stakes despite a slightly below par run in the heats. He has a good draw in the semi's and I feel confident we will get a run for our money come finals night.
Looking for a wager this week I'm going to give Destroy The Camp a chance to shine in the Betfair East Anglian Derby at what should be a good price. I'm sure the track will suit and he has scope to improve on his 28.22 trial when the event gets under way on Saturday.
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Betfair East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE FLETCH - 1 pt e.w ante-post 8/1 - Caffreys Puppy Classic - Nottingham - final tonight
ADAGEO - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 6/1 - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - semi-finals Friday