Monday 30th March 2009
In another very busy week on the open race circuit this week we had mixed fortunes but without doubt the highlight was the superb win for Corrig Vieri in the Ladbrokes Spring Festival Final worth £5,000 at Monmore on Friday afternoon. His all the way victory over the classy
Droopys Carvalho in both heat and final follows up on his £10,000 Arc triumph last month at Swindon and has given our kennel a healthy lead over Charlie Lister in the Trainers Championship standings. Corrig Vieri will now target William Hills Festival meeting at Sunderland in July where the sharp six bend trip over 640m should suit him down to the ground and with prize money of £20,000 he will be laid out with this in mind. The Grand National kicked off last Saturday at Wimbledon and our hurdlers looked up against it. Bomber Bailey, our Springbok champion, faced an horrendous draw in trap 2 between middle running Love Mac and railer Winkys Don and so it proved as he was squeezed out of contention and, despite a valiant effort, crashed out of the competition at the first stage as did Rockburst Mason who was also unlucky when falling at the final flight. Last year's runner up Eye Onthe Flame is now our last hope and his win in heat 3 though the slowest of the night should give us some encouragement.
Some very sad news that started our week was the loss of Reagrove Class who fell seriously ill on Monday the day after securing another fine win at Coventry. Everything that could have been done to save him was and I would like to thank Josh Lida the vet and Linda for their efforts and pass on our sorrow to his owner John Jeffery and his syndicate.
Good news this week is that prolific open racer Mountjoy Gold, who came up for sale this week, has been successfully purchased by a syndicate of our owners comprising of John Keefe, Gavin Cheeseman, Duane Harvey and Scott Fraser and we were delighted that in his first race for them he produced a fine win in a Derby Trial Stake on Saturday at Wimbledon and looks sure to give the boys a good run in firstly the Blue Riband at Hall Green in a couple of weeks and then the Derby for which our kennel is looking at at least ten entries at this stage.
Monmore's Ladbrokes Spring Festival heats started the week on Monday and Goldcrest Lord opened the proceedings with a win in the sprint event leading at the first bend to score by 3 1/2 lengths in a fastest 15.36 (-10). In the 630m Genesis Dream could not get a run from trap 5 when trying to defend her title she won so very well last year but Corrig Vieri was impressive when landing his tough heat blasting out the boxes to lead all the way by 3 3/4 lengths from Droopys Carvalho in a fine 38.02 (-40). In the 480m heats it was a blow to have to withdraw
Directors Ruler (lame) who was ante-post favourite but Centaur Decree proved he is still a force to be reckoned with when scoring by 2 lengths in 28.54 (-20). On Tuesday Droopys Zach was our only runner on Sky's Pall Mall meeting when he was 3rd to Swift Sterling beaten 3 1/4 lengths in 39.96.
It was back to Monmore on Friday afternoon and Goldcrest Lord looked to hold all the aces in the Ladbrokes Festival Sprint Final but a complete missed break left him trailing the field by at least 4 lengths and in the circumstances did well to finish second beaten by 3 lengths in 15.45 (-5). The feature race was the £5,000 to the winner Ladbrokes Spring Festival Stayers and Corrig Vieri was a solid favourite and although not as impressive as in his heat he still comfortably held Droopys Carvalho by 1 1/4 lengths in 37.95 after again leading out of the traps. Centaur Decree was also slower out the traps and paid the price when crowded out of the race when last to Kellsboro Reject.
On Saturday the heats of the Grand National at Wimbledon was as said above with only Eye Onthe Flame our sole survivor. In two Derby Trial Stakes Eye Onthe Brave was desperate when just getting collared on the line by the reluctant Cabra Boss who led only on the jam stick in 29.53 (-40). Mountjoy Gold showed his liking for the track when showing good middle pace to lead at the third bend and score by 3/4 length in 29.47 (-30) for his new syndicate of owners.
In the opens at Coventry on Sunday Eye Onthe Pulse made a satisfactory return from injury when 5th and should come on for the run. Best run of the night came from young bitch Kinda Free in the top division of the 625 metres coming from way off the pace to lead off the final bend and pull right away to win by 2 3/4 lengths in a fine 39.30 and pulling right clear to the drop as well. Directors Chair also ran well when 2nd over 480 metres beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 29.44.
On Wednesday Emly Lee scored well by 1 1/4 in 26.33 (+20), Notanthersecond returned from season to finish 3rd and Imperial Prize was beaten 5 lengths in 25.99. Rank N File made it two on the trot when winning by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.03 (+20). On Friday Wilson Pick It ran well when just touched off in an A4 beaten a head in 26.75 (-15) but Toasting Jack made sure we never went home empty handed when leading all the way to score by a neck in 26.32 (-15). On Saturday the largely Greyhound Scene Forum night produced some good racing. Goldies Tara took the Puppy race well by 3 1/2 lengths in 26.82 (-60), Notanothersecond ran well with a quick reappearance scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.87 (-50), Missed A Train was 3rd in the Stayers before Risky Fabio won an A4 in style by 8 1/4 lengths in 26.45 (-50). Bell Tempest was back on the podium winning the Marathon by 2 lengths in 51.64 (-110), Blackey Said So and Centaur Sandi were both second in the bitches races.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CORRIG VIERI
GRADED RACING - NOTANOTHERSECOND
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Romford on Monday with both Goldcrest Lord and Directors Fire warming up for the forthcoming Golden Sprint when running in the heats of the Coral TV Standard. Goldcrest King fresh from his Coventry win competes in a Derby Trial Stake on Tuesday with interesting Eye Eye Pickle trialling before racing. Opens at Harlow on Wednesday with maybe some
planned for Thursday at Sittingbourne and Friday at Romford with trials also pencilled in at Hall Green for the likes of Kengeyelfuto Snow , Mountjoy Ruby and Roswell Startrek with the Blue Riband in mind. The Grand National semi-finals are Friday as well with Eye Onthe Flame
bidding to make consecutive finals. Clive Lawrence has sponsored an Unraced Stakes at Wimbledon on Saturday and look out for the name of puppy Eye Onthe Storm who has impressed in qualifying trials. Coventry opens on Sunday complete a busy week.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Bomber Bailey was poorly drawn and duly crashed out of the Grand National but the good news is that 25/1 was freely available for last year's runner up Eye Onthe Flame and after winning his heat and drawing trap 6 in the semi we could be looking for another brilliant ante-post selection which is currently well over 50 pts up this year. Looking for our best bet this week I feel we still haven't seen the best of Goldcrest King yet but I can see him winning his Derby Trial Stake on Tuesday, though I would not bet him if he was odds on.
GOLDREST KING - 3 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday (no odds on)
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOMBER BAILEY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - Grand National - Wimbledon - lost
EYE ONTHE FLAME - 2pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Grand National - Wimbledon- semi-final Friday