Monday 4th March 2013
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Garryglass Rodge will be our only representative this afternoon in the prestigious Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby and he enjoyed a confidence boosting win at Romford on Friday in a warm 400m Puppy race. Thankfully he has been drawn in the red box as it is clear our youngster is one of the tightest railers I have seen for some time. He hasn't quite got to grips with Monmore yet but will improve. Fairest Royal, who created such a good impression when winning her first two races over track and trip, has unfortunately come into season and has had to be withdrawn. This event is always a good pointer for competitions in the future and this year's renewal looks as good as ever.
The open race scene hots up from this week after a quietish first three months and today's Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby is the start of a great month's action. We haven't got any runners in the Springbok this year which starts this Saturday at Wimbledon but we hope to have runners on the finals night on 19th March when the new Sky program kicks off. This week we see the return of Ayamzaman in the Steve Simmons March Hare Stakes at Romford tonight and tomorrow Blonde Reagan travels to Sheffield for The Coors Queen Mother Memorial Cup heats with the final being this Sunday. Airforce Diva, rested over the winter, will be back in action this week most likely at Brighton on Thursday. Great news also that the Arc has been added to the open race schedule at its new home Swindon. This Category 1 event is a favourite of mine and we have to thank Pinpoint Recruitment for their generous sponsorship. The competition begins in April and many trainers I expect will use the Arc as preparation for this year's William Hill Greyhound Derby.
The winners are starting to come and again we saw some good performances from our kennel. Sidaz Dippy couldn't have been more impressive at Brighton over the stiff 659m trip following her Romford debut win, this May 11 young bitch looks a precocious talent.
At Romford on Friday a treble included Lil Risky who won his 43rd race from 87 starts and looked as good as ever while on Sunday at Coventry both Mallogs Holly and Castlebride Dan not only beat some stiff opposition they both set new track reacords. Mallogs Holly justified the Ayamzaboys syndicate's recent high profile purchase taking the marathon in 56.65 while Castlebride Dan came on as predicted for his run the week before to land the top division of the 485m Standard in 29.00. Baran Bugatti made his hurdling debut for us but had to settle for 3rd place but will be worth following in the coming months.
We are now only just 3 1/2 weeks away from the Trainers Championship meeting at Yarmouth sponsored by Ladbrokes. I still haven't made my mind up totally on our team of eight, many of our possibles are running in the next week or two and I will see how they progress. Bridge Ruth will be laid out for the bitch's race while Lil Risky will definitely be our sprinter for the team. We need two stayers and will hope that Blonde Reagan and Planning are on form though Sidaz Dippy or Jazz Tilly would not be a bad alternative. The four bend races will be hot and at the moment we have a choice of Ayamzaman, Castlebride Dan, Benkaat Blue or Ard To Beat while I would perhaps look to either Garryglass Rodge, Carkie Babe, Blonde Tango or I Am Titanium for the puppy race.
Talking of Coventry news is that they have been confirmed to be the main track used when RPGTV goes to five nights a week from next month. They will provide the service on Wednesdays and Sundays but no one is sure who else will be on with them. It's clear then that this channel is working for the sponsors who's reported turnover is very good on RPGTV nights. Sadly though the majority of bets struck go offshore and therefore a percentage does not really come back into the sport. The channel's sponsors take more money when opens are on but disappointingly that's not reflected in prize money or any trainer bonus's at the moment. Greyhound racing wouldn't be the only sport looking to get their slice of the acton if the bookmakers were made to pay a levy from offshore gambling so as usual we would be at the back of the queue if ever that day comes.
Ballymoney Chris got off the mark on Monday when landing his heat of the Coral On TV Maiden 400m Trophy at Romford in 24.53 (-20) and on Thursday at Hove Sidaz Dippy took advantage of a Novice 695m winning confortably in a good 42.13 (-45) but Bridge Bandit lost all chance of landing a 6 timer when getting badly left at the starting traps.
On Friday at Romford Garryglass Rodge won well in a decent puppy race in 24.29. Ballymononey Chris was a shade unlucky in the Coral On T.V Maiden final when just failing to get round the first bend when badly crowded before eventually finishing 4th. Darian Chief returned to the winners podium with a good win over 575m in 35.62. Lil Risky is very rarely chalked up at 3/1 and made a mockery of those odds when skating up by 5 1/2 lengths in 24.12.
Another great card at Coventry on Sunday and as said above Mallogs Holly and Castlebride Dan put in track record performances while Carkie Max came closest of our other runners when runner up in a good race over 485m.
On Wednesday Risky Lass and Darian Creek just missed out when close up runners up before Roberts Dancer won well in an A5 in 29.02 calc. All our runners were close up with Risky Blue beaten a short head, Toosey Jensen 3rd as well as Swift Freeze while 'Racing Club' dog Ollie Blue again found one to good when 2nd.
On Saturday just three runners with Swift Cidona at last getting off the mark winning an A4 in 28.70 with Ministry Madam 3rd. Hillcross Dallas returning to graded racing was a close up 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Garryglass Rodge is our only representation in today's Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore while Ayamzaman runs in the heats of the Steve Simmons March Hare at Romford tonigh.
Blonde Reagan travels up to Sheffield for the heats of the Coors Queen Mother Memorial Trophy on Tuesday with Benkaat Blue, Ballymoney Chris and Carkei Glen in other supporting opens.
Airforce Diva should be back in action at Hove on Thursday and at Romford on Friday the card includes the final of the Steve Simmons March Hare Stakes.
We should also be at Coventry on Saturday and Sheffield on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our bet for the week Planning completely missed the break and never looked like winning last night at Coventry. This week the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy kicks off and our only entry Garryglass Rodge has his favoured draw and should qualify, if he can keep getting the red box he could be real player in the event and has to be worth a small interest. Airforce Diva returns to action on Thursday at Hove and could be worth supporting.
GARRYGLASS RODGE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - starts today
AIRFORCE DIVA - 2 pts win - Hove - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
PLANNING - 3 pts win - Coventry - Sunday - lost