Monday 4th November 2013
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A brilliant finish to the inaugural British Produce Stakes at Nottingham on Monday fell our way when Adageo Bob completed an unbeaten run through the event when just getting up on the line to pip Harry Williams' brave Hadrians Wall. Owners Dick and Ann Barfoot with their family were delighted as they picked up the trophy from British Breeding Chairman Bob Gilling adding a second Category 1 to their cabinet following Glanmire Lad's 2012 Romford Puppy Cup victory. The win looked hugely in doubt in running as Adageo Bob was slightly held up at the second bend as Hadrians Wall raced to a 6 length lead and as they turned for home he was still 5 lengths clear but Adageo Bob, a strong runner over this trip, finished like a train as Hadrians Wall severely tied up in the dying strides and they both flashed past the post together. Thankfully we didn't have to wait long as the photo was decisive in Adageo Bob's favour and the £8,000 first prize was gratefully accepted. Many thanks go to the Breeders Forum for staging the event and to Rachel Corden for her superb hospitality.
Adageo Bob's victory earned us 50 points in the enthralling Trainer Of The Year title and before Thursday's racing we had pulled ourselves to within 3 points of joint leaders Paul Young and Charlie Lister with Chris Allsopp only a further 8 points behind and also a flying Seamus Cahill sneaking up on the rails still within touching distance. Sponsors Ladbrokes were unmoved by our surge as we remained 8/1 to defend our title. With three other big competitions running this week and results not quite in our favour we are looking likely to be playing catch up again but at least Adageo Bob's victory meant we are still in the hunt and we intend to be a thorn in the side of our rivals for the rest of the year.
In the Coral Olympic semi finals at Hove on Thursday Jazz Tilly broke well but had no answer to the pace of her rivals and was disappointingly eliminated from the Category 2 event and with Paul Young qualifying no less than four runners for Thursday's final with Seamus Cahill having the other two we will be quite a few points behind again. Last night Chris Allsopp had three runners in the RPGTV Henlow Derby final with Seamus one runner and a win would leap frog Chrs above us all and Charlie Lister not to be outdone had three of the four second round William Hill St Leger winners on Saturday at Wimbledon as well as two other qualifiers. Both our contenders Aayamzabella (3rd) and Blonde Razor (2nd) ran well in a. Charlie will be all the rage to win this stayers Classic which would certainly put him in the driving seat in the Trainer Of The Year title, that's of course if you could guarantee he would give the title his full commitment for the rest of the year, but the St Leger is not about winning the early rounds and with both our two especially Blonde Razor discount them at your peril. Winning three of the last four St Legers I think we know what it takes to get a dog to win this gruelling event, we may well have to for us to stay in touch in the defence of our Trainer Of The Year crown, no pressure then!
We have to keep ticking away with our other runners as well and it was great to see Garryglass Rodge come back to winning ways on Friday at Romford. Rodge won a sprint in fine style and it looks like there is no reaction to the serious wrist injury he sustained. I've not made any plans for him just yet but I have definitely got the Laurels at Belle Vue a possible target. Another Category 1 event gets underway on Friday when the Betfred Eclipse starts at Nottingham, always a quality event we must do well. Adageo Bob, very impressive winning at Sittingbourne last night, will look to add to his impressive cv at Nottingham although no disrespect to the Produce Stakes this will be a lot tougher. Bridge Honcho has been in the doldrums of late but could still be a player if he came back to his best will also be entered as will Adageo Brae.
Away from the open racing the 2013 Bags Championship is in full swing and tonight sees Group F's first leg of Yarmouth v Peterborough. I have kept a couple of our runners aside for this event where runners qualify by having five graded races at their home track but are still eligible if they have won one open. It looks likely to be a tight contest and I'm hoping both Ilewin Allot and Ilewin Frimley can score maximum points while both Swift Rachel and Swift Obama are more than capable of winning but both are not good if they get behind which is not a perfect scenario in an event where every point counts. My one gripe is that while Yarmouth have given Peterborough over five opportunities to trial their intended runners in either a Thursday day time session or before racing Monday/Wednesday and Saturday, Peterborough have only one trial session available this Thursday morning which obviously is not ideal less than three days after they have competed in the home leg and eight days before the Peterborough leg starts. A special Monday trial session would be much better to give all Yarmouth runners a chance to trial at a place where a trial is essential at a tricky track like Peterborough or why not a change of policy and make some trials available before racing either Friday or Saturday to be fair to Yarmouth!
At the moment there is a lot going on behind the scenes at the GTA in an attempt to gain more representation on the GBGB amongst many other things. I'm sure many trainers wouldn't realise the work the GTA puts in to try and make everything better for them but next Monday at Coventry Stadium the GTA holds its annual AGM and it's sure to be a lively one and it would be great to see as many trainers present as possible whether they are contract trainers, owner trainers or open race trainers and if they want the GTA to voice any opinions for them then they should come and have their say. Coventry's promoter Harry Findlay will put on a free buffet and open races are scheduled on the night which Harry says will be duplicated so we should have some good racing.
On Monday the night was all about the British Produce Stakes final at Nottingham where Adageo Bob caught Hadrians Wall close home to win by a short head in 29.72. Aero Twizzle missed his break in a warm sprint but ran well and will return later in the year for the National Sprint.
At Hove on Thursday Jazz Tilly was eliminated from the Olympic and Aayamzamodel was just beaten in a Ladies Maiden.
On Friday at Romford Garryglass Rodge returned from a long spell on the sidelines to win a sprint by 5 lengths in a fine 13.52. Sidaz Dippy couldn't dominate stepping up to 8 bends and had to settle for a close up 3rd.
On Saturday at Wimbledon the William Hill St Leger second round saw a majestic performance by Charlie Lister's Farloe Tango but slipping under the radar slightly are our two runners who qualified safely. Aayamzabella, who is running out of her skin, was 3rd to Droopys Posh only beaten 2 1/2 lengths while Blonde Razor missed his break from trap 5 and had to work hard to turn second to Fear Emoski and actually gained a lot of ground on his rival down the back straight but had really done his running but still stayed on well enough to qualify safely into the semi's. In the RFS Wimbledon Puppy Derby Benkaat Boomer qualified for the semi's next Friday when 3rd in his heat.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne Adageo Bob showed his liking for the Kent circuit when comfortably winning at 500m race by 5 lengths in a smart 30.27.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
At Coventry last Monday not the most successful of nights with Hillcross Miami closest when 3rd.
At Yarmouth on Saturday from our four races Saffrons Dream again found trouble when 3rd and Ilewin Aggen was 2nd in an A2. Baran Shirocco (available on our For Sale page) got off the mark at long last taking an A6 in 28.92.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy night tonight with runners at three tracks. At Coventry a couple of opens spice up a graded card. At Romford Reel Trickyone steps back up to 575m in the Coral On TV Stayers heats and over at Yarmouth the Bags Championship leg 1 kicks off against Peterborough.
At Peterborough on Wednesday Ayamzaman faces another stiff task in the heats of the Fengate Collar and Aero Twizzle and Murlens Crash run in the heats of the Bookmakers Sprint.
The Willam Hill St Leger and RFS Puppy Derby are the feature of Friday night racing while over at Nottingham the Category 1 Betfred Eclipse kicks off with 6 heats. We are likely to be back at Romford on Friday as well and hopefully back to Peterborough on Saturday.
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A welcome 8/1 ante-post winner for our followers with Adageo Bob landing the first running of the British Produce Stakes at Notingham on Monday by the minimum margin.
Blonde Razor dodged a bullet when overcoming a trap 5 slot to qualify for the semis of the William Hill St Leger and I think there has been a bit of an over reaction to the performances of a few dogs in the early rounds and Blonde Razor originally put up at 10/1 is now out to 20/1 and I strongly advise to step in again for a bit of that price.
Adageo Bob will find it much tougher going back to Nottingham for the Eclipse but he will be hard to keep out the frame in his present form and is worth playing up a small bit of his winnings from Monday, I get the feeling Bridge Honcho will go off a big price and having followed him over a cliff this year I still think he's worth one more chance.
BLONDE RAZOR - 1 pt e.w ante post (1/2/3) 20/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - semi-final Friday
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pt e.w ante post - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - starts Friday
BRIDGE HONCHO - 1 pt e.w ante post - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts e.w ante post 8/1 - British Produce Stakes - Nottingham - WON 8/1
BLONDE RAZOR - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 10/1 - William Hill St Leger - semis Friday