Monday 5th April 2010
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Our season is really beginning to take off and the kennel's excellent form continued this week with an impressive start to the ultra hot Stan James Blue Riband at Hall Green. Wins for Eye Eye Pickle, Eye Onthe Storm and a dead heat for Dalcash Scolari as well as a battling qualification for Jogadusc Ace in Friday's heats has seen all four of our stars in the top five of the outright betting for the event. A back to form Fear Zafonic is the favourite in most books and we look forward to doing battle with Charlie Lister's 'Greyhound Of The Year' when the semi's take place tomorrow night with the final live on Sky a week later.
The decision not to go to Scotland for their Derby seemed the right one as the competition was again thrown into controversy by the severe weather causing only one heat to be run last Tuesday. The rescheduling of the event means a later finish to those involved and in my opinion does them no favours for the English classic beginning in just over three weeks' time. I've said it before and I will say it again surely it's time to rethink when the Scottish Derby should be held. Why we can't have it in between the English Derby (April 30th - May 29th) and the Irish Derby (Aug/Sept) say around the end of June and the start of July is beyond me! With better weather expected at that time of the year and perhaps ran over four weeks with each round a week apart they would surely attract the cream of greyhounds and trainers south of the border.
This week on Friday also sees the start of the Category 1 Millenium Stand Bookmakers Golden Sprint at Romford, an event we have not won for some time (Kinda Magic 2002) and I feel we have a fair chance in our Trainers Championship sprint star Directors Wit. In the past he never looked that much at home at tight tracks like Romford but he seems to have improved out of all recognition this year and a recent sprint win at the track suggests he's ready to do himself justice. Risky Wand (runs track very well) is also running well and the inconsistent but fast Kinda Handy would also have claims if on their best form.
On Saturday the Bettor.com Peterborough Puppy Derby begins with six heats and I have to say I like the idea of only allowing the top 36 fastest trial or race pups into the event with the ones outside the top 36 standing by as reserves. Con Baker, Peterborough's excellent General Manager, has made it easy for trainers to give their pups a chance to trial at the circuit with three exclusive sessions and there can't be any selection arguments with this policy and I would have no problem seeing this process being used for other future competitions at other tracks. We have three entries qualified, Kinda Close has gone well in trials and looks to be coming to hand nicely while both Rockburst Canyon and Bim Bam Boozle have plety of open race experience and should go well.
On the subject of Peterborough, the Puppy Derby final is on the 21st live on Sky and the supporting card features three challenge races with the North v Midlands v South over three distances 255m, 420m and 605m. Captains have been chosen with Barry Draper (North) and David Pruhs (Midlands) and I have been given the dubious honour of captaining the southern side. Basically any trainers with their kennels south of Luton/Cambridge can be used and I have already approached Seamus Cahill and Liz & Rab Mcnair for help (they did see the funny side of an Irishman and Scotsman representing Southern England!) in supplying a runner or two but if any southern based trainers or owners with a top class dog who would like to be considered please give me a call, we can't let these bovril drinkers and flat caps beat us (only joking!).
No luck on Monday in the Guineas final at Nottingham with All That Noise when he was 4th and on Wednesday our only open racer Bell Tornado qualified for the Monkey Stayers final when a well beaten 2nd to Borna Payment who smashed the 592m track record in 37.04. On the same night we had two winners and two seconds at a bitterly cold Yarmouth. Risky Wand ran well when 2nd to the flying Rotar Wing beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 16.48. Bim Bam Boozle looked to have the puppy 462m race in the bag when leading by a couple of lengths rounding the last two bends but the cold weather didn't help and he cramped badly with about 40 metres to go and was quickly passed and beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Tonetta Strand in 28.60. Eye Onthe Flash found trouble on the run up but led by half way to make it three from three at the track scoring by 1 3/4 lengths in 28.20. In the 659m Corrig Vieri faced a formidable opponent in Bourne Masons but a slick exit gave him a lead going round the first two bends, running the track well first time he stayed on nicely to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 41.24.
At Hall Green on Friday the heats of the Stan James Blue Riband were very competitive and in the first heat Dalcash Scolari looked in all kinds of bother after a slow start and trouble in running but running on gamely he just got up to dead heat with Freedom Emma in 28.98, the time reflecting the nature of the race. Jogadusc Ace is normally foot perfect at the Midlands track but a stumble nearly saw last year's beaten favourite in the final eliminated at the first stage but showing great middle pace 'Ace' got himself back into contention eventually finishing 3rd to qualify. In heat 3 Eye Eye Pickle produced a stunning display of front running, something that was missing from his armoury last year, stretching further away with every stride he crossed the line 5 3/4 lengths to the good in a stunning 28.19. Litter brothers Adageo and All That Noise were both 4th in their heats and in the last heat Eye Onthe Storm was more workmanlike than impressive when still winning comfortably by 2 lengths in 28.37 with Foulden Vieri back in last.
On Saturday we travelled to Monmore and Directors Ruler got the night off to a good start winning by 1 3/4 lengths in 28.83. Aldataro Lass was surprisingly sent off at 6-1 and running on strong she led at the last bend to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 38.97. Glenagower Champ was 2nd in the top division of the 630m before Kinda Handy skated up in the 416m in 25.09 to complete a decent night.
On Wednesday Sligo Too beat Lord Pishy by 6 lengths in a good 25.84 (+30) and on Saturday Beat Them Again at last got off the mark when scoring by a 1 1/2 lengths in 26.7. Centaur Rosina took an S2 in 38.84 with Risky Sensation leading to the 6th before being impeded. In the other S2 an on the bunny Kilquane Jack beat kennelmate Legit Jack by 7 lengths in a good 37.84.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE EYE PICKLE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tuesday the semi-finals of the Blue Riband at Hall Green take centre stage with draws for our four runners reasonable. Bell Tornado runs in the Monkey Stayers final at Harlow on Wednesday and on Friday the heats of the Golden Sprint at Romford should be interesting. The Peterborough Puppy Derby and opens at Monmore on Saturday are pencilled in.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
My assessment last week of the Blue Riband was spot on and the price of Eye Onthe Storm (4/1) was fair enough. This week sees two events starting and in the Golden Sprint at Romford I'm sweet on the chances of Directors Wit at what should be fair odds and at Peterborough the Puppy Derby will have a few surprises in store. Kinda Close is interesting but for me Rockburst Canyon is well raced and the track and trip should suit.
DIRECTORS WIT - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
ROCKBURST CANYON - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Peterborough Puppy Derby - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
EYE ONTHE STORM - 4 pts win ante-post (4/1) - Blue Riband - Hall Green - semi-final Tuesday
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2 pts e.w ante-post (12/1) Blue Riband - Hall Green - semi-final Tuesday