Monday 31st August 2009
Watching the the recordings of Nottingham's brilliant Select Stakes meeting on Thursday raised two talking points in my opinion. Firstly the elegant victory of our pup Eye Onthe Flash over 480m who stopped the clock in a blistering 28.69 beating some class greyhounds including Henlow Puppy Derby winner Ten Large Down and Swindon Produce winner Romeo Expert amongst others. Eye Onthe Flash, like his brother Eye Onthe Storm, looks top drawer and should give owner John Keefe a lot of fun and both look capable of picking up some silverware in the future. Secondly Charlie Lister's comments that Fear Zafonic only lost the Derby because he went lame were disappointing to say the least and in my opinion were disrespectful to Kinda Ready's owners. Don't get me wrong, we get on well with Charlie and I, like all trainers, aspire to the standards he sets but I have watched the Derby Final many times and I can't see where Fear Zafonic went lame. I don't think the dog was in the same form as when he won the Birmingham Cup in January and the Juvenile in such brilliant fashion in March and as Charlie knows it's difficult to keep them peaking all year.
On Monday the Puppy Classic semi-finals were always going to be difficult with three of ours pitched in together and when both Parkmore Elite and Goldies Destiny found their share of trouble and were eliminated it was left to Eye Onthe Storm to fly the flag and, showing great pace, he beat favourite Farloe Lee by 3/4 length in 30.18. In the other semi Dalcash Scolari completely missed the break and also crashed out.
On Wednesday we were at three tracks - at Harlow where Sligo Too and Bell Tornado were 3rd and 4th respectively while at Yarmouth Mountjoy Ruby got back on the score sheet when winning an East Anglian Derby Trial Stake by over 2 lengths in a good 28.11. The main meeting was at Romford with the Champion Stakes producing plenty of shocks with the elimination of Lenson Joker, Bubbly Totti, Droopys Carvalho and Westmead Ace. Both Bumble Lee and Kinda Easy were in together and Bumble Lee looked in a good position tracking fast-starting Mountjoy Opal but he just couldn't find a way past that rival and it was left to Kinda Easy to sweep past the pair to lead coming off the last but the fast-finishing Westmead Tina just collared him on the line. Nonetheless it will be a first Category 1 final for Kinda Easy with the unlucky Bumble Lee back in 4th.
Eye Onthe Flash was impressive at Nottingham on Thursday and the next action of the week for our open racers was on Sunday at Sittingbourne with the feature race the final of the Kent Derby. The meeting started well with Droopys Elbow causing a surprise when winning the Puppy 480m by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.47 at odds of 7/1. Eye Onthe Brave was 3rd in a three way photo before Kindred Sparky took the veteran race in style by 2 1/4 lengths in 29.47. Droopys Zach continued his great form with a 6 1/2 length win in the 708m, the furthest he's been, in a good 44.15 and in the invitational race over 500m Corrig Vieri had the class to win by over 3 lengths in 30.25. The final unfortunately proved to be disappointing as Goldcrest King, who was made favourite, missed his break and found trouble at the first bend as did our other runner Kengyelfuto Snow and despite making a big run down the back straight he could never get to early leaders Carden Bert and eventual winner Lenson Bolt when finishing 3rd with Kengyelfuto Snow last. Bomber Bailey was 2nd in a trouble marred Hurdle race that saw Eye Onthe Flame badly knocked over.
A quiet week with no winners from our three runners on Wednesday while on Saturday there was another good run from Glenagower Champ when he was 2nd but Lord Pishy won well by 2 3/4 lengths in 26.23 (+10), and his litter sister Mint Bulb was best of the others when second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Two Category 1 finals begin the week starting with the Nottingham Puppy Classic final tonight where Eye Onthe Storm takes on no less than three Charlie Lister trained rivals. On Tuesday Kinda Easy lines up in the £10,000 to the winner Champion Stakes Final from trap 4 and in an open looking contest has definite claims. Opens at Harlow Wednesday with the rest of the week's opens to be scheduled.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A slight downturn in fortunes won't dampen the massive profits we have made this year and I keep looking at Kinda Easy for the Champion Stakes on Tuesday. Capable of a better start he is just coming to hand nicely, priced around 6 or 7-1 he is worth an interest.
KINDA EASY - 2pt win 6/1- Champion Stakes Final - Romford - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
PARKMORE ELITE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Nottingham Puppy Classic - lost
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2 pts win - Nottingham - Monday - lost