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DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WINThursday 31st May 2012 - Derby
My latest appearance on RPGTV last Thursday was enjoyable and I hope even though my tipping was somewhat array I managed to get my points across on the new GTA in a diplomatic and passionate way. Of course we have a mountain to climb to have an influence on the future of the sport but I do feel the tide is turning. Rick Holloway, only elected in to the Chairmanship of the GTA a few weeks ago, has already managed to hold its first AGM in over 13 years last Wednesday at Coventry Stadium and a new committee was elected that includes myself, Jim Reynolds, Pa tRosney, Kim Billingham, Keith Allsopp, Dave Smith and Jason Foster. Rick has been invited to join in on talks on the 2013 budget and that is the first step to hopefully some negotiations that in my opinion could stop an all out war between owners, trainers and the promoters and bookmakers and our BGRF and GBGB. Make no mistake, things have to change for owners and trainers or the threat of action will be inevitable and nobody will be the winners in the long run. It's time for the whole sport to work together so all can benefit and not just the select few.
On the track we are in the middle of a busy period. Blonde Fletch qualified for tomorrow's Gain Feeds Yorkshire St Leger when just touched off in last Friday's semi's at the Doncaster track and must have a reasonable chance of landing some more silverware to add to his already impressive cabinet. Blonde Reagan was out of luck in the other semi when getting no sort of run.
Corals Champion Stakes also kicked off on Friday and, although we never won any of the heats, four (Dixies Air, Mountjoy Orion, Risky Rosaleen and Ballintine Molly) of our six entries
qualified for the semi's taking place this Friday and it would be good to get any of them through to the £10,000 to the winne rfinal.
Ayamzabeauty ran a corker when third in last week's Brighton Belle final and looks a very promising stayer for the future.
This Wednesday the East Anglian Derby sponsored by Ladbrokes gets underway at our local track and a superb entry will ensure the £15,000 first prize will take some winning> Ayamzaman, Lil Risky, Bridge Honcho and Castlebride Dan head our team of eight and all the heats can be seen live in the bookmakers shops.
On Thursday Jazz Tilly opened her open race account at the first time of asking when landing a 515 maiden in 30.10. Planning and Carden Pokie both ran well when second while Ayamzabeauty was a good third in the Brighton Belle Final.
The Champion Stakes heats kicked off on Friday at Romford and we had four go through and our only other runner Hometown Honey landed a last gasp victory over 750m and looks a lovely marathon prospect.
Only runners on Saturday and Mountjoy Eagle, Ballyfinn Oscar and Swift Freeze were all second before Newinn Chick scored a debut victory by over 5 lengths in a good 28.18 and Paradise Riva followed up when beating kennel mate Lil Magic in 28.42. Kinda True also won a top grade in 28.04.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A big night at Doncaster tomorrow with Blonde Fletch bidding for glory in the Gain Feeds Yorkshire St Leger Final and Blonde Reagan, Planning and Carden Twilight in supporting races.
The Ladbrokes East Anglian Derby kicks off on Wednesday at Yarmouth and we will also be at Romford for the heats of the Champion Stakes Marathon with Hometown Honey.
On Thursday we have open runners at Henlow now back on RPGTV and on Friday the semi's of the Coral Champion Stakes are the feature.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
With the East Anglian Derby heats kicking off this Wednesday at our local track Yarmouth it would be rude not to have an interest or two. Lil Risky and Bridge Honcho could go a long way but for me Ayamzaman if he can overcome a difficult first round heat would be massive value at 33/1. Local dogs always seem to get at least one through to the final as Rookery Pedro proved for us last year when third in the final and Darian Creek fits the bill for me and is a huge 100/1.
Dixies Air is 25/1 for the Coral Champion Stakes and I can see him perhaps sneaking into next Wednesday's final and that is far too big a price.
AYAMZAMAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post 33/1 - Ladbrokes East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - starts Wednesday
DARIAN CREEK - 1 pt e.w ante-post 100/1 - Ladbrokes East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - starts Wednesday
DIXIES AIR - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - Semi's Friday