Monday 30th May 2011
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Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
OR YOU CAN DONATE AT www.giveabitback.net
For the first time on Saturday Sky covered one of the best night's racing of the year when the William Hill Greyhound Derby reached the third round with all 8 heats on the same night. This is where we start to get to the business end of our premier event of the year and as usual the night didn't disappoint with some brilliant racing. Even the clash with the Champions League Final at Wembley nearby featuring Manchester United couldn't overshadow the Wimbledon meeting. The opening heat saw the awesome Razldazl Jayfkay trounce his rivals by over 7 lengths in a flying 28.22 which equalled the track record set the night before by Droopys Harvey in the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy. Delores Ruth's charge looks unstoppable but as the night proved one mistake and its game over. Diesel Malc, Tudor Prince and Shaws Dilemma were big name casualties while Derby King Charlie Lister suffered seeing original ante-post favourite Boher Paddy and his Scottish Derby winner Taylors Cruise crash out.
After the first round our kennel looked in trouble with the early departure of the well fancied Blonde Snapper as well as 3/4's of our other entries but on Saturday after recovering from a couple of injury worries Destroy The Camp bounced back to his majestic best with a superb 5 1/4 length win in heat 6 in a good 28.53. In the same heat Jazz Apollo can count himself unlucky not to make the quarter-finals when his path was blocked as he challenged for second place at the 3rd bend, this forced him to check and in a desperate finish he lost out by a head for the all important third spot.
Last year owners Dick and Ann Barfoot had the thrill of a lifetime with Adageo making it all the way to the final and this year their Bellers Bud is giving them a sense of deja vu and 'Bud' powered home in an incident packed last heat winning by 4 1/2 lengths in his best so far 28.79. With the race only being a five runner affair with the withdrawal of Lenson Boss amazingly three of the other runners crashed to the floor at the first bend (thankfully all seemed OK afterwards) but to be fair Bellers Bud was already in front and clear at the time and the double on the night for us has rejuvenated our hopes this year. Indeed Blonde Snapper also gave us a good feeling when scorching around Plough Lane in a scintillating 28.36 before racing and will try to redeem his reputation in the Derby Plate starting next Saturday.
The quarter-final draw has given us a mixed feeling with Destroy The Camp in the first heat running from trap 5 with both Blue Artisan and Melodys Royal looking the chief dangers. 'Fred' is coming right and will be hard to keep out of the frame but Bellers Bud will have to find a career best performance along with a lot of luck to make the semi's when he was drawn in trap 4 in a heat of the highest standard - Taylors Sky, Nambisco, Modern Man and Boher Legend were hard enough but with Razldazl Jayfkay in trap 5 as well his task looks difficult to say the least. Some big names will be in deep trouble, there certainly won't be any pressure on us and rule Bellers Bud out at your peril.
Tuesday's card at Wimbledon featuring the quarter-finals also sees some supporting opens and Blonde Fletch runs in a warm 687m race and Adageo in a 480m contest. Blonde Fletch suffered an odds on defeat at Sheffield on Tuesday but hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow night.
This was only one costly defeat in what was a good week for the kennel and on Friday the highlight was an excellent run from the fast improving pup Lil Risky who landed his second final in four weeks at Romford. Having already won a heat and final of a 400m Maiden event he scorched to a 23.97 in a good Coral Puppy final over the same trip. That has made it five wins from six and it will be interesting to see how he performs now out of the puppy stage when he takes on older dogs. A possible target may be the Pall Mall at Oxford which begins in less than three weeks time. Oxford has been very much in the news of late as strong rumours of the imminent closure to housing developers have surfaced. Naturally the GRA refute these claims but it's becoming clear that the GRA have severe financial problems and need to meet the demands of the bank to reduce their debt by November and the sale of Oxford would go a little way to doing this. Let's hope that if this is the case we have enough time to see some possible investors come in to buy Oxford as a going concern which surely must be making a profit with business good at the weekends and a decent Bags contract. I always enjoy going to Oxford and it seems a well run and smart little stadium and would be a huge loss to the industry if it were to be sold.
Daren Johnson may have recovered from his magnificent efforts of his recent John O Groats to Lands End adventure but his fund raising under GABB (giveabitback) hasn't stopped. Next month we will be running an online poker tournament on Ladbrokes Poker. The tournament details should be finalised this week and I can't thank Roy Brindley enough for going out of his way to help organise this event which will give people a chance to win some brilliant prizes as well as get to play online with some major celebrities from the sporting world. This Friday Daren's annual Golf day at the aptly named Darrenth Valley will be great fun with plenty being raised for GABB. I will have three teams looking to improve on our past dismal performances. On August 14th a football match at Dulwich Hamlet FC against a Greyhound Industry XI has been scheduled and if anyone sees me at the tracks in the next few weeks be aware I'm looking for players of a decent standard to give Dulwich a reasonable pre season work out in the name of charity. If any owners, trainers, kennelhands or racing office staff want to be included feel free to call me it will be a great day. Final details of a Duathlon in September will also be announced very soon as well which will bring the total amount raised hopefully well over the £100k target.
It's coming to that time as well where we will be running our popular 5 To Follow competition. For those that don't know I will be putting a list of our runners up and you have to choose five selections (including one bitch) which between July 1st and December 31st will score points for you (bonus points on SP returns) when they win. I will be giving some fantastic prizes for the winner and runner up in the competition which gives a lot of people a great deal of fun so don't miss out when the details appear.
On Monday Lil Risky battled to a 1/2 length success in the heats of the Coral Puppy 400m at Romford in 24.43. Not so good on Tuesday at Sheffield where we had an off night with Blonde Fletch , Eye Onthe Tempo and Aldataro Lass all tasting defeat when reasonably fancied but on Friday it was better news for the kennel when returning to Romford with Lil Risky storming to a near 4 length success in the Coral Puppy final in a scintillating 23.97. Open victories as well for Catunda Mae over 575 when she just held on to a shprt head victory in a modest 36.11 and Aero Merlin who ran a stormer in a 400m Standard to score in 24.25.
Over at Wimbledon in the eagerly awaited Tony Morris Memorial Trophy for unraced dogs Mountjoy Comet scooted clear to win comfortably in 28.98. Both Rookery Pedro and Aero Majestic were well beaten in their heat by Droopys Harvey but when the time was announced of 28.22 a new track record we couldn't be too disappointed and both will have their day.
On Saturday the William Hill Derby 3rd round was the feature and a fine double for the kennel by Destroy The Camp and Bellers Bud keeps our interest very much alive.
Only runners on Saturday and a double for litter sisters Kildream Sweetie in 28.71 and Kildream Pet in 28.88 were the highlight while Mint Bulb was 3rd on her return from injury and both Kinda Dasing and Paradise Riva were runners up.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
At Nottingham tonight All That Noise returns from injury when he runs in the heats of the Stadium Bookmakers Dual Distance Trophy as does Royal Premium.
On Tuesday the William Hill Greyhound Derby has reached the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon and both Destroy The Camp and Bellers Bud fly the flag for the kennel.
On a busy week we will be at Henlow Thursday and Romford Friday. Also on Friday the semi-finals of the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy at Wimbledon have seen Mountjoy Comet drawn in a ultra hot race.
Back to Wimbledon on Saturday hopefully for the semi's of the Derby and also the Derby Plate heats as well as the heats of the Champion Stakes.
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Destroy The Camp is our last hope of Derby success from a betting point of view after Jazz Apollo's elimination in the 3rd round but with two races to go for a potential place in the final hopes are high. In the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy Mountjoy Comet made a great start when winning his heat but he has drawn a tough semi-final this Friday. Blonde Snapper has a chance to redeem his reputation in the Derby Plate beginning next Saturday, always a competitive event he should still be a backable price.
BLONDE SNAPPER - 3 pts win ante-post - William Hill Derby Plate - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Tuesday
JAZZ APOLLO - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - lost
MOUNTJOY COMET - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1- Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - continues Friday
AERO MAJESTIC - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - lost