Monday 3rd September 2007
Fear Robben and Shelbourne Ryan head our challenge for the £15,000 Victor Chandler Grand Prix on Tuesday live on Sky after both ran their hearts out in the semi's on Saturday to qualify for the final which we won last year with January Tiger. It's a big night for the track with a great offer of free entry and a free drink from V.C which should ensure a sizeable crowd on what promises to be a great night's racing! It's a massive night for our kennel as well with valuable championship points to be won not only in the final but with some decent supporting races with the likes of Raging Jack and Killer Keane looking in good form. Apart from the final the other highlights of the card are the invitation races worth £3,000 over 475m and a brilliant marathon over 835m featuring Spiridon Louis amongst other big names. We welcome back Eye Onthe Veto in the 4 bend invitational, a race he won last year, and after his confidence boosting win at Romford on Friday he should go well.
Its a great week for top class action all week with the start of the Yorkshire St Leger on Tuesday and Romford's Champion Stakes on Friday as well as the Irish Derby Final on Friday.
Raging Jack returned after a lay off on Tuesday to run in the heats of the V.C Bet Standard with the final on next week's Sky card and we were pleased with his second behind favourite Mildean Flash beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 28.50 (+10). It's been a while since we had some runners at Romford but with the Champion Stakes starting next week we gave a couple of our main entries a sighter. In the top division of the Maiden Stayers Directors Chair took on some decent rivals that would have graced a top final itself and although he only finished 4th behind Blonde Buzz he ran well enough to suggest he could do well in the event. One greyhound who dosen't need a look around Romford is Eye Onthe Veto and in his first race back since his elimination from the Irish Derby he simply blew the opposition away with a devastating turn of early pace in the top division of the 575m Standard and even though he tied up slightly in the closing stages he comfortably won by 3 1/2 lengths in 36.01, a time I'm sure he will improve on over the next few weeks. The other runners that we took on the night included another second from Daisyfield Matti and a 3rd from Lode Of Yank in the 750m. Ants Gunner (4th) ran very well in a warm puppy race and Not So Jolly strangely got distracted between the first and second bends in a Maiden Stayers over 575m and although loseing a large amount of ground ran on to finish the race.
Saturday at Walthamstow all eyes were on the Semi-Finals of the Victor Chandler Grand Prix and in the first heat we had three of the runners headed by Discreet Cat who was made a 4/5 favourite after some brilliant displays in rounds 1-2 but a bad missed break proved crucial and with nowhere to go at the first bend his chance was over. Fear Robben had also missed his break again but with traps 1 and 2 moving off slightly he needed no second invite and railing like a cat and with an awesome display of middle pace he quickly put distance between himself and his rivals which included our other runner Eye Onthe Power who had come round in 3rd but no one was going to deny Robben and he came home to win by 3 3/4 lengths in 39.59 with Eye Onthe Power fading in 4th and the unlucky Discreet Cat in 5th. The second semi was more difficult for our two runners with only Shelbourne Thesa given any chance of qualifying by the bookies. Shelbourne Ryan didn't know his price and after showing terrific pace to the first bend he found himself 3 lengths clear going down the back straight but unfortuanatley for Ryan though the strong running Foulden Special was the dog in pursuit and try as he might he was never going to hold him off but to his credit he dug deep in to his reserve to hang on for second and qualified for Tuesdays £15,000 final. Thesa was badly bumped at the first bend and was never a factor in the race.
On a difficult BAGS card on Monday only Special Roxi came close to winning when beaten only a neck in 29.29 (+10) . Tuesday was a better night with all of our eight graders running well. I highlighted Elusive No Doubt as a pup to follow a couple of weeks ago and when he led out of the boxes and stretched out clear down the back straight you knew he was going to do a good time but when they announced 28.79 it looked likely a stewards would be called but obviously the track was flying and a going assessment of +40 saved the day! Roswell Zodiac was second to Elusive No Doubt and, although beaten 4 lengths, is another pup improving all the time. Ants Gunner is another pup that has really come on recently and it was a pleasant surprise to see him follow up last week's win with a great burst of early after a slow start to go on and score in 29.10 (+20). In the night's S1 Lode Star was written off as a 10/1 rag but surged to the front at the first bend to beat the useful Double Top by 2 1/2 lengths in 39.62 (+10). Lockdale Lady (3rd) and Duke (3rd) both ran well with Ortuna (2nd) still running her heart out. Thursday started off with both Gooney Bird (2nd) Lockdale Lord (4th) and Bowlers Bullet (5th) who were all fancied to win before Genesis Outlaw popped in by 3/4 length in 29.43, with Ragga Diva in 3rd, got the ball rolling for the kennel. The S1 was again won by our dogs with Ingenious proving a good buy for his owner 'Monty' Eaves when leading at the 5th bend to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 40.25 (-15) with Centaur Fuji running on for 3rd. Tenbucks Ebony has been in fine form since returning from season and produced another good performance when winning the A5 in 29.40 (-10). Both Paid In Cash (3rd) and the running on Aero Blackjack (4th) ran well and should be winning soon but the surprise of the night wasn't Rather Rapid winning a warm P4 but the fact he went off at 6/1!. Treacle Star made it the fifth winner on the night when showing a clean pair of heels to her rivals to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 29.01(-10). On Saturday there were mostly graded races to support the Grand Prix Semi's and Eye Onthe Spark showed good pace to lead at the first in the S2 and hold on to win in a career best 40.18 (+10). Lady Asher looked to have been given a decent opportunity in her A6 and it was one she didn't pass up - fairly bolting from the traps she had her rivals strung out winning by 4 lengths in a good 29.14 (+10). Blackmagic Rose again ran well to finish second before Sofem completed a good week for winners from our graded dogs ( 11/42 26%) when leading from start to finish to score in 40.32.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- ELUSIVE NO DOUBT
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week of open racing action is planned with Tuesday being one of the biggest nights of the year at Walthasmstow with the feature race the £15,000 V.C Grand Prix Final in which we have two runners (Fear Robben and Shelbourne Ryan) as well as some decent supporting races and with free entry and drink it is sure to attract a large crowd. Also starting the same night is the £9,000 to the winner Yorkshire St Leger at Doncaster which we will be sending Butterbridge Ali along with Like Hot Cakes and Coolanga Flyer to. On Friday the Champion Stakes worth £10,000 to the winner starts and providing Eye Onthe Veto comes out of Tuesday's race OK he will be heading our main bid for glory. If this isn't enough to keep open race fans happy then you have got the East Anglian Derby to entertain you on Saturday and we hope to have Killer Keane as our main player in this event in which we won two years a go with Fear No One.