Monday 30th June 2008
I hope everybody enjoyed looking at the photographs from last week's Summer Party at the kennels that are now featured on the Videos page. Thanks must go to Darren Clement for capturing the occasion so well with these quality pictures even if some of the bouncy castle ones are a bit embarrassing for some of our staff members! We raised £500 for the Gary Baggs benefit night next Saturday (5th July) and I would like to thank Linda and Rod Thurston for donating the raffle prizes. If anyone else would like to support Saturday night's meeting then feel free to call me or Chris Page at Walthamstow (0208 498 3313). Unfortunately I cannot be there on Saturday as I will be off to Las Vegas on a well earned break (well I think so!) from Thursday. Hopefully the poker gods will be generous as I attempt to win the World Series that starts later this week.
Directors Chair was impressive when winning his heat of the William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland on Saturday night and it was nice to see both Seanis Lad and Seanis Strike run well to qualify for the semi's of the £40,000 to the winner Classic at this prestigious festival of
racing. Eye Onthe Force completed a brilliant eight timer at Romford on Friday when winning the Coral Stayers Final and at generous odds of 7/2 and John Keefe's star is fast becoming a licence to print money over this 575m trip.
Eye Onthe Force started the week well on Monday when bravely winning his heat of the Coral TV Stayers by the shortest of margins showing a real desire to win. On Wednesday at Hove Rockburst Mason almost made the bend in the final of the Coral TV Standard over 515m before eventually finishing 5th. We have trialled a number of our pups the last two Thursdays at Hall Green in preparation for next week's Gymcrack and Eye Onthe Brave (28.54), Goldcrest King (28.58) and Kinda Flashy (28.68) have impressed.
Walthamstow's opens on Thursday produced four good winners with Stride On Babe taking Division 2 of the bitches 475m at odds of 1/5 which were justified as she strode away to win by 5 1/4 lengths in 29.05 (-10). Eye Onthe Spirit (640m) and Chilli Cobra (475m) both ran well when finishing second before Directors Ruler ran his best race to date with a 3 1/2 length victory in 29.11 (-10) in Division 2 of the Puppy 475m. Castlemary Podge showed his well being with a good second to outsider Sparta Doughnuts in Division 2 of the Standard beaten 3/4 in 29.23 (-10). Most impressive of the night was Treacle Rose who is in fine form and, trapping well in the Division 1 of the bitches 475m, she made all to score by 2 1/4 lengths in 28.89 (-10). In the top division of the puppy 475m both Kinda Flashy (2nd) and Bell Tornado had no answers to the flying Nebuchadnezzar (28.70). Missed A Train at last bagged a Maiden Stayers with a 2 1/2 length win from Blue Pockets in 40.23 (-20).
At Romford on Friday Toasting Jack (3rd) and Roswell Startrek (2nd) both ran well in the 400m Maidens and in the feature race of the night Eye Onthe Force, despite being a big drifter in the market, produced the break of his life to lead all the way in the Coral TV Stayers final (£750)
winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 35.76.
The heats of the William Hill Grand Prix (640m) and Classic (450m) took place on Saturday at Sunderland. The kennel got off to a bad start when Tipp The Breeze was crowded at the first bend and didn't recover and was eliminated along with Aero Blackjack who has gone right off the boil but Seanis Lad safely qualified for the semi's when 3rd to top local Bower Keane beaten 3/4 length in 27.24 (-20). Directors Chair has taken to this tight circuit like a duck to water and again showed why he has a chance to land this prestigious prize with a convincing 4 length win in 39.48 (-30). Seanis Strike, having his first race back since going lame in the Derby, ran well when 2nd to Me Buddy beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 27.13 (-20).
On Sunday we travelled to Coventry and in the unraced puppy trophy Corrig Veiri failed to qualify for the final when 3rd in his heat but make a note of this pup as I'm sure he has a big future. In supporting races Mountjoy Snowie (3rd) Mountjoy Diamond (4th) Mooloolaba (4th)
and Eye Onthe Spirit (3rd) all ran OK before Pinewood Evo made sure we didn't go home empty handed with a fluent 5 1/2 length success in 30.23 (-20) in the top division of the Maiden 480m.
On Monday's Bags card Ragga Diva easily won an A6 by 4 1/2 lengths in 29.05 (+10). Toasting Jack ran well when he was short headed in 29.26 (+10) and King Jackson found one to good again when second to Pennys Britney beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 29.31 (+10) with Centaur Fuzzums also 2nd beaten 2 lengths in 29.40 (+10).
On Tuesday's graded card Aero Rapido was 2nd on her debut beaten 5 lengths in 29.76 (+10) and Bingo Panda, making a belated debut, was 3rd beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 29.78 (+10) showing good early pace. Pinewood Evo has looked very talented in the past but confirmed that promise when demolishing A4 rivals by nearly 8 lengths in a fast 28.72 (+10).
Stormy Dakota got the kennel off to a winning start on Saturday's meeting beating kennel mate Rockybay Class by 3 1/4 lengths in 29.99 (-10) and Rank N File was runner up beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 29.47. Another pup showing great promise is Ballyfinn Swift and when he took the lead off the second bend there was only one result as he strode away to win by 3 lengths in a good 28.90 with Darling Nectar running well in 3rd. Pinewood Gypsy making her debut for the kennel ran very well when 3rd only btn 1 1/4 in 28.95 and Rusheen Classsic also ran well when 2nd beaten only a length in 28.95. In the A3 Lode Star found all kinds of trouble but finished with a rattle to get up and justify favouritism in 29.33. Lockdale Lady is on top form and almost made it four on the spin but had no answers to Mountjoy Star beaten 3 1/2 lengths in a fast 28.77.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- EYE ONTHE FORCE
GRADED- PINEWOOD EVO
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Big race action for the pups as our nine strong team head off to Hall Green for the start of the Gymcrack which will be shown live in the betting shops. Our other main action is on Saturday as the Semi-Finals of both the William Hill Grand Prix and Classic at Sunderland take place and at Walthamstow we hope to bag a few open winners on the Gary Baggs benefit meeting.