Monday 4th October 2010
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This Saturday between 10am and 2pm we intend to be at the following places :
Outside Sainsburys (opposite the Stadium)
Outside Morrisons (Chingford)
Outside smaller Sainsburys (Hall Lane, Chingford Mount)
Outside Asda (Selborne Walk Shopping Centre)
Outside Sainsbury (Walthamstow Market)
You can access our on line survey using the link below :
OR by visiting www.saveourstow.co.uk and clicking the survey icon.
We will be giving our survey codes to the press and to our MP's so that they can see how the survey is progressing and to ensure complete transparency at all times. The written survey forms will be added to the on line submissions at the end of the survey. Again, the written forms will be checked independently using the numbers before being added as part of the overall survey.
We want as many people as possible to complete the survey from all parts of our community and beyond. So we would encourage you to advertise and promote this survey however and wherever you can. This again proves transparency as we are encouraging all parts of the community and beyond to take part so that a proper conclusion can be reached. Only one on line submission per computer can be made.
We anticipate that this survey will last for about one month.
Kinda Easy begins his defence of his William Hill St Leger title this Saturday as the heats of the Stayers Classic get underway at Wimbledon. Despite the huge reduction in prize money it's sure to be a strong entry. One thing for sure is we will not be getting a 1-2 like last year as Kinda Easy is our only entry. Kinda Easy is currently second favourite at around 12/1 and it will be interesting to see if the extra 20 meters on the new course will make a difference. Kinda Ready will return to the scene of his Derby triumph when he trials before racing and despite coming last in the Peter John Chinn Memorial race at Monmore Saturday, where a poor draw and trouble at the 3 bend put paid to his chances, after our recent kennel form we will be looking for a bold display from both our classic winners.
The Primus Telecom sponsored Henlow Derby worth £20,000 to the winner begins on Thursday and if they can fill the required 72 entries it looks like it can be an exiting competition. We will be entering Jogadusc Ace, Destroy The Camp, Bim Bam Boozle, Bomber Barkley and Eye Onthe Brave and will be looking to put some runners on the Sky card in two Thursdays time when they visit the Bedfordshire track for the first time. On Saturday the Eric Meek Memorial race over 480m at Hall Green carries a £1,000 first prize and Risky Skipper, who has impressed around the Midlands venue recently, will be entered.
If anyone has not seen the Julie Collier inspired Calendar featuring some scantily clad ladies from within our industry then I suggest you log on to www.greyhoundgirls.co.uk and I have to say well done to all those that were brave enough to expose themselves for a good cause the RGT, a great idea and something where we could promote the sport to a wider audience.
After my rant last week about the GRA it was interesting to read Stephen Rea's interview in last Friday;s Racing Post which has produced an avalanche of debates on most greyhound forums. Now I know Stephen very well and I have always found him to be most helpful and a genuine dog lover but I did think that his comments were very negative even if he was right in many way. The problem for me is Risk Capital Partners who since they borrowed so much money to buy the GRA have never been in any position to expand and promote their business and have actually gone the other way in putting prices and tote retentions up and cutting prize money as well as squandering some glorious chances to enhance Greyhound racing. Stephen Rea has made healthy profits at Hall Green for his bosses for a number of years and should be commended for that but he is definitely in for a shock when GOBATA eventually open their own track. The reason they will be able to pay good prize money is because the race nights will be heavily marketed and the profits will return back into stadium and prize money and not to service a huge loan.
Incredibly the Walthamstow saga took a new twist last week with Nick Budimir unveiling a £40 million plan to regenerate the iconic Stadium. To have the Walthamstow story and Stephen Rea's piece side by side in Friday's Racing Post shows how different in some people's thoughts Greyhound racing can be. I know for a fact that if we can possibly get Walthamstow back you will see a resurgence in our sport, watch this space!
Only the two open meetings last week. On Thursday at Henlow no winners from our dogs in some tough races warming up for next week's Henlow Derby with Bim Bam Boozle only just beaten coming closest when beaten a short head. In a couple of supporting races Droopys Elbow secured a win over 550m in a good 33.67 calc.
At Monmore on Saturday the consistent Risky Wand was 2nd in the sprint and youngster Gottabe Kinda got another race under his belt but had little chance when last in a warm puppy race. The feature race the Peter John Chinn Memorial Trophy over 480m saw Kinda Ready finish last but from a poor trap 5 draw he was always up against it and I'm sure he will bounce back.
Just runners on Saturday with Aldatoro Lass 4th in a warm A1. Corrig Vincent ran well when 2nd beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 28.50 and Mint Bulb followed up her win last week to score again by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.80 and boasts a terrific strike rate in graded company, 12 wins from 43 races. Hidden Universe was 3rd in an A1 and Catunda Mae scored well in A2 by 5 lengths in 28.68.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DROOPYS ELBOW
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The heats of The Primus Telecom Henlow Derby are on Thursday and Saturday the Willam Hill St Leger take centre stage with Kinda Easy bidding to repeat last year's momentous victory. also on Saturday we will send runners to Hall Green with Risky Skipper in the feature race the Eric Meek Memorial Trophy.
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Both last week's tips went down which was a blow but we will pick ourselves up with a couple of ante-post picks. Kinda Easy loves Wimbledon and he can begin his defence of his Leger crown on Saturday with a win, at around 14/1 he has to be a bet. We don't seem to have had much luck when we have tipped Destroy The Camp but I'm convinced he can make at least a major final or better soon and is worth a chance again at odds of around 20/1, and if you can it might pay to have a small e.w double.
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - starts Thursday
KINDA EASY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1- William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2pts win - Henlow - Thursday - lost
KINDA READY - 2pts win - Monmore - Saturday - lost