Monday 3rd March 2014
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Another fine week for our kennel with Cornamaddy Jumbo stealing the show with a scintillating display of early pace and jumping as he landed a hot semi final of the William Hill Springbok at Wimbledon on Friday night. Jumbo had to be at his best as many had predicted he wouldn't beat either Westmead Bertie or ante post favourite Castlelyons Cofi but a smash break and a couple of superb jumps gave him a 5 length lead down the back straight and though Westmead Bertie reduced that lead to a couple of lengths as they turned for home Jumbo comfortably held his opponent by 1 1/4 lengths in a fine 29.14 calc with our other runner Strawpedo Jet running a fine race back in 3rd in front of Castlelyons Cofi. We have drawn a plum trap 6 in Tuesday's final live on Sky and another fast break will give us an excellent chance of keeping up our flying start to the year by taking this Novice Hurdle event and the £5000 prize money we last won with Bomber Bailey in 2009. Myself, Brian Usher, Jimmy Fenwick and Scott Fraser all form part of the 'Lil Risky Fan Club' syndicate that own Jumbo and whatever his fate on Tuesday he looks set to win a stack of races for us this year.
A brilliant card at Wimbledon also features the Racing Post Juvenile and we are delighted to have received an invite for Adageo Bob. We have purposely kept him fresh for this event and he has a good draw in trap 6 with the flying Irish raider Vanrooney in trap 5. Both have similar pace to the bend but both would probably not go with the early paced runners on the inside but I get a distinct impression that with Droopys Odell in trap 4 the inside runners may not do each other any favours on the run to the bend and if Bob can beat Vanrooney to the corner we could turn handy. From there he would have a massive chance and can improve on his 28.78 trial last Saturday to win this prestigious race. Again we and Adageo Bob's owners Dick and Ann Barfoot will enjoy the night whatever the result is.
Other mouth watering clashes on the supporting card include Golden Jacket heroine Hometown Honey who faces Greyhound Of The Year Farloe Tango over 687m and there is a good sprint where we have in form Aero Twizzle in trap 3. Blackstone Marco has pace to burn and takes on some strong Derby prospects over 480m as does Garryglass Rodge. Aayamzamodel warmed up for a tough bitches race with a fine 28.62 trial before racing on Friday and won't be far away.
It has to be said, whilst at Wimbledon on Friday it was amazing to see throngs of people flocking to the track and that's at a stadium you would hardly know was open judging by the lack of lighting as you drive in. Most people were first time racegoers by the look of it as many were not sure where to go once they were in the vast car park. Just think how good this will be if Paschal Taggart's plans for redevelopment come off and the potential a new stadium would bring. We all need to get behind the WWW (We Want Wimbledon) for it to succeed.
Murlens Crash has been a revelation over the last couple of months and capped our week off by winning a little sprint competition at Sittingbourne last night and with Lightning Zeus completing a hat trick of open wins in the heats of another Category 3 stayers event our lead in the Ladbrokes Trainer Of The Year title is an incredible 200 points as we begin March. With some more good points on offer tomorrow at Wimbledon it is certainly the best start to a year I can remember.
Today we unleash a fine prospect in Blue Moment in the heats of the first major puppy event of 2014 the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby. Our unraced son of a Ninja Jamie has produced some stunning qualifying times but faces a baptism of fire in his heat today and it will take an incredible effort to win this £12,500 to the winner event. A word of warning though, we have a touch of kennel cough at the moment which always seems to affect the younger dogs and with such mild and damp weather I don't expect we will be lucky enough for many to escape this despite all the precautions we take.
I have recently have signed a sponsorship deal with Racing Blue who have produced an excellent new supplement on the market for racing greyhounds called Storm Canis. We have been trialling the supplement over the last 4 months and as you can see by our recent results it is another reason why we have been having so much success. Storm Canis has now been launched to the greyhound world and can be purchased through Patrick Janssens at Premarket Pets. Demand is sure to be high and I can fully recommend to any serious trainers out there that Storm Canis is well worth the money and is head and shoulders above any other rival supplement currently on the market.
Many people are mystified why Coventry wasn't allowed to carry on with their operation despite promoter Harry Findlay moving on especially as nothing had really changed in the racing office and on the track. Yes we all realise there is a lot more to it than that but surely they could have let the racing carry on while they sort other issues out. Instead trainers and owners are left in doubt as what to do next and the jobs at the stadium for the racing office and paddock staff could have been saved. Let's face it they would have been no worse off if it had all gone wrong in a couple of months' time than right now and if it was a payment of prize money issue then prize money paid on the night, which is what a few tracks do now, would have sorted this issue out. Sometimes the GBGB need to just step out of the comfort zone and take a chance. We can Ill afford to lose any track at the moment and Coventry, despite a chequered past, has tried its best, mainly through Harry, to establish itself and is one of our best and safest running circuits for the greyhounds in the country. And of course while we look like losing another track Betfair continue to take the piss out of our sport by not putting a penny back into the fund despite making a tidy profit every day on Bags/Begs racing and on RPGTV. Yes we can see their point that other bookmaking firms get away with not paying anything on internet bets going offshore but it's still not right that they don't help our industry which is desperately short of funding.
Sid Huett our head kennel hand is all signed up for Julie Collier's 'Fall For Hounds' Sky dive pencilled in for June and will be looking for sponsors over the next few months. I'm afraid I'm scared of heights and will not be signing up but will be making a massive effort over the next few months to get him well sponsored, click here for his link.
Our open race week began on Thursday at Hove and despite not being as successful as previous weeks I was still pleased with the way our runners performed. Risky Pumpkin showed enough pace to suggest a win is around the corner when 3rd in a maiden and Benkaat Nero was a touch unlucky not to follow up last week's victory when 2nd over 515m. An exciting Ladies race saw Darian Star get caught on the run in by the strong Droopys Posh and Lady Diamond when 3rd but Sidaz Dippy scored a long overdue success when winning a good 695m contest by 1/2 length in 41.67 (-15), Garryglass Rodge was 3rd over 475 first time round Hove but still ran well.
On Friday at Romford we started well with the in form Aero Twizzle winning a sprint well from the dreaded 1 box by 2 1/4 lengths in 13.58. Ilewin Allot scored at last over 400m by 2 lengths in 24.29 but the rest of the night proved a touch unlucky with Adageo Brae kod in a 575m (ok after) and Bridge Bandit a well beaten 2nd. Better news at Wimbledon as Cornamaddy Jumbo set the standard in the William Hill Springbok semi finals winning in a fastest of the competition 29.14 calc.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne Murlens Crash took the Sittingbourne Sprint Final in good style catching early leader Sound Flight on the run in to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 16.21. Lightning Zeus is picking up nicely and won his heat of the Sittingbourne Stayers by a length in 40.57 to record a hat trick of open wins.
Just six runners after a couple of our runners were withdrawn on the day (coughing) but still a nice double with Ile More taking an A5 by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.51 (-40) and a fantastic debut from Reel Bliss a May 2012 whelp in an A4 where she showed plenty of determination to lead and hold off her challengers to score by 1 1/4 lengths in a fine 29.01 (-40) - a good run on a night where the going had a distinct advantage to the outside runners.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today the exciting Blue Moment takes on some stiff opposition as one would expect in the heats of the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby.
Tomorrow is the big night for both Cornamaddy Jumbo and Adageo Bob in the William Hill Springbok final and the Racing Post Juvenile. A strong supporting card sees some of our other stars in action and Hometown Honey, Garryglass Rodge, Blackstone Marco, Aayamzamodel and in form Aero Twizzle will all look to enhance their reputations.
Plans for the rest of the week will probably include Hove on Thursday, Romford on Friday and Sittingbourne on Sunday where Lightning Zeus bids for a four timer in the Stayers final.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Cornamaddy Jumbo could be set to give our followers a good pay day in the William Hill Springbok Final, recommended at 5/1 ante post he is generally a 6/4 chance to land this novice hurdle event. With some great interest on the supporting card not least Adageo Bob in the Racing a Post Juvenile invitational race it would be silly not to have an interest especially as our kennel has been in great form over the last few months. I am a bit concerned that we have a bout of kennel cough in our midst and though it seems to affect the younger greyhounds more it certainly means bets should really be kept to a minimum. With seven runners all with some kind of chance a ridiculous and speculative Super Heinz multi bet would not be the worse play of all time. Adageo Bob's early price in the Juvenile of 14/1 has disappeared but at 10/1 he is still worth an e.w punt. Looking at a nap I have to side with Aero Twizzle in the sprint who should still be a reasonable price.
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts e.w 10/1 - Racing Post Juvenile - 9.19 Wimbledon - Tuesday
AERO TWIZZLE - 4 pts win - 7.34 Wimbledon - Tuesday
AERO TWIZZLE - 7.34 Wimbledon
BLACKSTONE MARCO - 7.49
AAYAMZAMODEL - 8.04
CORNAMADDY JUMBO - 8.19
HOMETOWN HONEY - 9.04
ADAGEO BOB - 9.19 (take 10/1)
GARRYGLASS RODGE - 9.34
0.25 pts win Super Heinz 1 pt e.w Accumalator / Total staked = 32 pts
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CORNAMADDY JUMBO - 5 pts win ante post 5/1 - William Hill Springbok - Wimbledon - final Tuesday