Monday 3rd February 2014
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Another exciting week where we came very close to landing another big competition which would have completed a memorable start to the 2014 season. Blonde Razor did what he needed to do on Wednesday at Hall Green flying from the traps and leading around the first two bends and he looked odds on to land the £5,000 to the winner Betfred Prestige Final but he just didn't seem to handle the very wet conditions and was caught close home by Scala Dromin. No excuses and we will dust ourselves down and head off to our next competition full of heart as our kennel still seems to be in fine form. Garryglass Rodge's win in a supporting 480m open was a real tonic for us and his owner Dan Daley who himself never enjoyed the best of fortunes in 2013.
Two important wins came on Saturday night at Crayford. Given the fact we have not travelled to both Sheffield and Newcastle last week for their mini festivals as I couldn't see anything that suits at this time of the year Crayford becomes very important for us in the context of scoring good points towards the Trainer Of The Year title in which we have started our defence so well. The huge £17,500 to the winner Ladbrookes Golden Jacket has so far escaped our kennel's mantlepiece over the years but in Hometown Honey we have a runner with a realistic chance of winning the event. She simply destroyed some decent opposition on Saturday with a superb display of middle and finishing pace after a tardy start. Leading at the 4th bend she ran away from her rivals to win by over 7 lengths in 46.90 (-120) easily the fastest of the trial stakes.
Later on our William Hill Springbok favourite Cornamaddy Jumbo again took on stiff opposition in a 380m hurdle open and after pecking slightly out the traps he simply took off. Jumping the first two hurdles majestically and just clearing his rivals at the first bend then running away down the back straight Jumbo went on to score by over 4 lengths in 24.10 (-40). He now trades at 5/2 favourite for the event starting in three weeks' time.
We had a great time at Daren Johnson's Give A Bit Back Golf Day last week and in case you missed the feature on RPGTV on Sunday you can view it here.
The pace is gathering for the support to save Wimbledon Stadium and on February 17th a 'Show of Passion' is planned at London's City Hall (2pm). Hundreds (hopefully thousands!) of greyhound supporters from both sides of the water are expected to attend,. Having spoken to Paschal Taggart, whose plans to change the stadium to something our industry can be proud of, on a few occasions he has been somewhat disappointed with the support shown from all parts of our sport and in his opinion this will be the chance to prove that the only Greyhound Stadium left in the capital is worth fighting for. I agree that if we lose Wimbledon it will have massive implications on the future of the sport. I will be attending and ask that if anybody reading this blog can spare a few hours to turn up as well. I hope that the calls for support work as in many cases during the campaign to stop Walthamstow falling into the hands of developers it was pretty poor. I also hope that the GBGB hierarchy get involved as well as they cannot afford to sit back and watch this one slip by.
The success of our kennel over the years has seen many trainers or aspiring trainers ask me questions like what do we feed our greyhounds on, what exercise do we recommend and many other aspects of training. One frequently asked question is what supplements do we use and though I readily admit I'm not usually one for using pre race supplements unless I feel it necessary and in most cases am very sceptical about their benefits but without giving too many secrets away we have recently been asked to try a new product not yet on the market but obviously fully tested for any prohibited substances. Even I have been surprised by the early results and in some cases I have been quite astounded by some improvement in certain dogs' performances. This product is called Storm Canis made by Racing Blue and is a simple supplement to use on the greyhounds feed. I have recently set up an association with the Racing Blue team to endorse and promote Storm Canis and I feel this is a product that is not only good for performance it is good for recovery which helps when the greyhounds are in competitions. Storm Canis can be brought through Patrick Janssens at Premarket Pets and I thoroughly recommend it.
On Wednesday at Hall Green the Partex Marking Systems Prestige final was the feature race and Blonde Razor led until the run in before beaten by Scala Dromin. On the supporting card Aero Twizzle was second in the sprint to Wee Tiger Tots in what was very wet but raceable conditions. Marathon star Aayamzabella having her first race since returning from Ireland and looked in need of the run when leading for 8 bends before succumbing on the run in. Garryglass Rodge did well to get a run from trap 4 and took off down the back straight and won going away by 3 1/2 lengths in 29.36 (-70).
On Thursday at Hove Lightning Zeus ran well when 2nd in a maiden going down by just a length.
On Friday at Coventry Blackstone Marco trialled well in 16.10 and our only runner Benkaat Nero having his first race since a broken leg in August ran a blinder just going down a head and a neck in 29.76.
At Romford Jazz Tilly for the thrd time did a tremendous amount of running trying to overcome the dreaded trap 1 box but just failed to get up by 1/2 length in 35.56 with Adageo Brae running well in 3rd. Benkaat Boomer returned back to the winner's podium when landing a 400m comfortably in 24.00.
As said Hometown Honey and Cornamaddy Jumbo won well at Crayford on Saturday night and on Sunday at Sittingbourne Bridge Bandit was 3rd over an inadequate 450m and Murlens Crash went down 3/4 lgth in the Stadium Bookmakers Sprint Final, in form Darian Star won her heat of the Bookmakers 500m in 30.66 to ensure we came home with a winner.
Only four runners on Saturday and a brilliant three winners. Hillcross Miami again won in A3 company in 28.66, Adageo Lad took the top grade contest by over 4 lengths in 28.62 and the improving pup Benkaat Dolly took an A2 after three weeks off in 28.57 on a slow track.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Open racing at Hove Thursday and Romford and Coventry on Friday but all roads lead to Crayford Saturday morning as Hometown Honey and possibly Sidaz Dippy and Aayamzabella head for theLadbrokes Golden Jacket.
Back to Sittingbourne on Sunday with Darian Star in the Bookmakers Super Standard final.
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Both our selections for Wednesday's Sky/Bags card at Hall Green were second. With Aero Twizzle he was beaten by the better dog in the sprint but in the feature race the Prestige final I think we were all counting our money when Blonde Razor led and the 8/1 ante post selection looked home and hosed but it wasn't to be.
The Ladbrokes Golden Jacket kicks off this Saturday but I think the value has gone for Hometown Honey after her scintillating trial stakes win at the weekend. I'm not sure if Sidaz Dippy will get in but if she does I still feel she could do well and maybe a speculative e.w bet might be worth risking.
SIDAZ DIPPY - 1 pt e.w ante post - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO TWIZZLE - 4 pts win - Hall Green - Wednesday - lost
BLONDE RAZOR - 5 pts win ante post 8/1 - Partex Marking Systems Prestige - Hall Green - lost