Monday 31st May 2010
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As we sit down and quietly reflect on Saturday's William Hill Greyhound Derby Final at Wimbledon we have to be very proud of Adageo's performance. I'm pretty sure he could not have run better and even though the record books will say he was last, amazingly, he was only beaten just over a 1 1/2 lengths by the winner Bandicoot Tipoki in a blanket finish. In what was a truly incredible final you could say every one of the finalists did at some stage of the race have a chance of winning including Dick and Ann Barfoot's Adageo who saved his best break of the competition for the final which had us all believing the impossible might just be pulled off.
Dick and Ann Barfoot on Derby Final Night
The week leading up to the final had began so well with an outstanding Derby Lunch for which David Hood and William Hills should take enormous credit. Set in the beautiful location of Marlow by the river Thames 'The Compleat Angler' was one of the classiest places we have had the pleasure of being invited to. On a glorious sun baked day connections basked in the glory of reaching a Greyhound Derby Final and for most of the day no one was worried about what the final outcome of the greatest race on earth was going to be, it was just an honour to be there. Myself and Sarah along with my long time assistant Patrick and his partner Cheryl joined 'Brett's delighted owners Dick and Ann Barfoot, the food and the whole day was excellent.
After last year's superb and stunning final win by Kinda Ready we again contemplated and plotted another big priced winner and Adageo, who 3 months earlier had been beaten in an A6 at Harlow, came oh so close in a dramatic final. After dining in the Wimbledon restaurant, which I have to say was very good, I took my place in the crowd at the first bend as the finalists came out on parade. My heart was beating ten to the dozen as 'Brett' raced past us in a close up third behind early leader Lyreen Mover and favourite Toomaline Jack. He crucially was forced a bit wide at the second bend and though holding his pitch to the third bend the field bunched and he again lost a bit of momentum. Coming high and wide on the run in I couldn't quite see what the outcome was going to be but alas it was not to be. My initial disappointment soon disappeared and I can only be proud of the way he had given everything for us all and I thank all my staff for their wonderful efforts in making it possible.
After Charlie Lister had come so close last year and all the fuzz about Fear Zafonic has been forgotten I would like to say well done to him and his team for their 5th Derby victory, and to Bandicoot Tipoki, who let's face it has truly franked Kinda Ready's form ( 1st and 2nd in last years Monmore Puppy Cup Final) and in what was a truly international race I hope the English victory is a sign of things to come as the World Cup looms large. Also a big well done to Bandicoot Tipoki's owner Ray White who spent plenty of time to chat to myself, Sarah and Linda during the night, very well done Ray! Also while at Wimbledon many people have asked about Eye Onthe Storm's well being and I am pleased to say he is recovering well and looks in fine health.
Adageo looks to have a bright future and it looks likely that the son of Droopys Vieri will first target the Sussex Cup in July and should be well suited to Romford's 575m trip with the Champion Stakes in mind later in the summer.
It was nice to see our run of seconds in finals end this week when Bim Bam Boozle sprang a surprise in the Caffreys Puppy Trophy last Monday at Nottingham winning by over 3 lengths at a juicy 8/1. Like Adageo, Bim Bam Boozle a few months earlier, was running in the grades at Harlow.
On Friday one of Harlows most prolific scorers over the last couple of years Bell Tornado had a successful away day at Mildenhall when winning the Pete Hunt Memorial Trophy in battling fashion. I must admit I have a lot of time for 'Simon' as he is known in the kennel and he thoroughly deserved his victory. There was an excellent crowd at Mildenhall on Friday and I wouldn't be surprised if we see more opens scheduled there in the near future.
The important Newton Abbott Racecourse sponsored Gymcrack Puppy Trophy got underway at Hall Green last Wednesday and we had mixed results with the fancied Kinda Close (unlucky), Blonde Fletch, Lil Rebel and Mountjoy Rock all getting eliminated but Blonde Snapper and Destroy The Camp produced a 50/1 double when taking their respective heats with Blonde Gunner also qualifying when second. The semi's are again on Bags and with a few runners lined up for the finals night live on Sky it would be nice to be represented in the final.
Things are moving fast on the Walthamstow Stadium front and I hope everyone had the chance to e-mail the Waltham Forest Guardian on firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know how much we want a return for greyhound racing. We must make sure we keep the pressure up.
I am also pleased to announce that the popular 5 To Follow competition will again be in place in the next week or so. Running from July 1st to December 31st the idea is to pick 4 dogs and 1 bitch from the kennel and every time they win you score points and also bonus points based on the SP. This year we will be doing it slightly differently with it being a free to enter competition with some fabulous prizes on offer - full details will be in next week's newsletter.
Bim Bam Boozle got the week off to a great start when taking the Caffreys Puppy Trophy over 480m at Nottingham on Monday. His early pace took him clear and with trouble in behind including Directors Spur he romped away to score by nearly 4 lengths in 29.67. Eye Onthe Tempo qualified when 2nd in the Worthington's 480m Trophy Final. No luck at Harlow on Wednesday with Kilquane Jack coming closest when second to the prolific Borna Payment but earlier in the day both Blonde Snapper and Destroy The Camp won in the heats of the Gymcrack at Hall Green. On Thursday in trials before racing at Hove it was good to see Droopys Zach again trial well (30.19) when beating All That Noise a length and Dalcash Scolari beat Aero Bolt 3 lengths in 30.30 (both should come on for the runs). Bell Tornado was the hero at Mildenhall taking the Pete Hunt Memorial Trophy by a length in 34.44 and in the supporting marathon Ayamzagirl was a running on second.
On Saturday all eyes were on the superb Greyhound Derby card at Wimbledon and away from the big Final Directors Wit missed his break in the Sprint and could only finish 5th and then took a nasty tumble after the line when he hit the rails but seems OK. Directors Spur ran a good race when 3rd to the impressive Droopys Oscar, not such good luck for Seamus Cahill when his Glenwood Dream broke down when leading in the Champion Hurdle in which Rockburst Mason was second beaten 6 1/2 lengths to Men Of Hope in a fast 29.18. In the Dorando Marathon Join The Maids ran well when coming from off the pace to only get beaten a length by Taylors Riviera in 56.22. Eye Eye Pickle had his moments in the Anglo Irish invitation but in the end was last to Ministry Magic. After the Greyhound Derby Final Jogadusc Ace gave the kennel some compensation when just holding on from Westmead Bond by the shortest of margins to lift the Tony Morris British Bred Stakes in 28.90.
Only one graded runner on Wednesday when Rockburst Eva was 2nd and a few runners on Friday with a win for Radnor Blue (38.90) with Goldies Tara, Centaur Rosina and Genesis Fuzzums all second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BELL TORNADO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Eye Onthe Tempo is in an awkward trap 4 in the final of the Worthington 480m Trophy Final at Nottingham. On Wednesday Blonde Snapper, Blonde Gunner and Destroy The Camp run in the semi-finals of the Gymcrack at Hall Green. The Olympic at Hove begins on Thursday with Dalcash Scolari leading our team. Opens are to be planned for the rest of the week.
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Blonde Snapper keeps our interest in the Gymcrack alive and must have a good chance of making the final when he runs from trap 6 in his semi on Wednesday. If you had told me before Adageo was only going to be beaten 1 1/2 lengths in the Greyhound Derby Final I would have been sure we would have been collecting on our e.w bet but unbelievably he was last in the blanket finish.
The Olympic begins this Thursday and I feel Dalcash Scolari should be well suited to the track and after a moderate trial he should improve and could be a fair price ante-post, let's remember he was in the top 10 in most books for the Derby.
DALASH SCOLARI - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Olympic - Hove - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Gymcrack - Hall Green - continues Wednesday
ADAGEO - 0.5 pts e.w - Greyhound Derby Final - Wimbledon - lost