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Monday 5th July 2010

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The William Hill Sunderland Festival got underway on Saturday and it was pleasing to see all four of our entries qualify for next Friday's semi-finals. In the Grand Prix heats Bourne Masons, having his first run for the kennel, showed good early pace to lead but looking in need of the race succumbed to the power of England Expects who pulled away to win by 7 1/4 lengths in 39.89. Droopys Zach was in the thick of the action and got his head in front going down the back straight for the last time but Zach, who still has not reached full fitness yet, couldn't quite hold on from the strong finish of Capel Smiley going down by 1/2 length in 39.66. Kinda Easy was made ante-post favourite for the competition but after an uncharacteristically slow start, which resulted him getting involved in trouble at the first bend, he looked like he was going out of the event but showing great determination he eventually qualified in 3rd place beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 39.71. All three will have to step up to make the £15,000 to the winner final but all are well capable. In the Classic over 450m defending champ Jogadusc Ace was drawn in the toughest heat of the night and with so much early pace in the race it was always going to be tough. A good break saw Ace right up there but with the field converging at the bend together something had to give. Ace was stopped right in his tracks but somehow managed to come out of the 2nd bend in third, a position he maintained right to the line to make it through to the semi's. This Friday, along with the semi-finals of both competitions, the Festival Puppy Plate begins and our exciting youngster Blonde Snapper looks to enhance his growing reputation. On Monday in a marathon trial session at the track Snapper was the only one to break the 27.00 barrier when recording 26.91 -20, that's some trial when you consider the amount of class and older dogs trialling that day.

Walthamstow Stadium looks set to return, that seems to be the verdict after Bob Morton met with the hierarchy of London & Quadrant, the owners who brought it behind all our backs from the Chandler family, after a meeting last Wednesday. Yes of course there is still a hell of a lot to be sorted out before this actually happens but the signs are highly encouraging, expect over the next few weeks for further meetings to go our way with Bob in a most determined mood to succeed and, who knows, this time in 6 - 12 months from now we can talk about how incredibly busy and what a buzz the previous night's racing was at the Chingford Road track! I've said before and I will say again, we had the last winner at the old Walthamstow and I fully intend for us to train the first one when it re-opens!

Entries for our 5 To Follow competition are now in and around 150 teams have been submitted. Incredibly I've already had two people come up to me Friday and ask when they have to be in by, yes that's right I said two days a go! Anyway if there is anybody else who has forgot we will give you a last chance to enter (you can have up to 5 teams). Choose 4 dogs and 1 bitch from the list and e-mail them to us by next weekend. Obviously if you choose any selections that have won before your entry is recieved their points will not count to your score.

 

 

OPEN RACING

 

A busy start to the week with trials at Sunderland on Monday followed by trials at Romford, Sittingbourne and Crayford on Tuesday as well as a Sky meeting at Wimbledon the same night. Recent Sittingbourne track record holder Blonde Fletch was a touch unlucky in the Puppy race when, despite trapping well,Corrig Vieri he stumbled after a couple of strides. In the end he did well to finish 3rd behind the talking pup at the moment Droopys Oscar who on a fast track equalled the track record 28.29. Corrig Vieri made no mistake dropped in class in the 687m Stayers using the longer run to the bend to good effect and staying on well to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 42.09 which is the fastest time recorded at this new trip so far. Ayamzagirl again faced a tough Marathon with Midway Skipper and Taylors Riviera in opposition and with a lap to go she was a good 8 lengths behind the principals but in a stirring last lap she passed all but eventual winner Taylors Riviera only going down by just over two lengths in a track record 55.53.

On Thursday in the heats of the Bookmakers Dual Distance Trophy at Henlow Droopys Elbow ran well when 2nd beaten 2 lengths by Delwood Robbo in 27.90 and Eye Onthe Tempo won well by a length in 27.99.

Not the best of nights at Romford with a rare blank from our runners. Risky Smasher was best when a slightly unlucky 2nd and a below par Adageo only 3rd when a warm order in the top division of the 575m.

On Saturday as well as Sunderland we had runners at Crayford. Rockburst Canyon and Mason were both 4th and Aero Bolt won a trial stakes for the up coming Crayford Vase in 33.55. In other trilal stakes All That Noise found plenty of trouble when last but Goldies Destiny got back to winning ways with a good victory in a fast 33.35.

Sittingbourne on Sunday summed up what sort of in and out week we have had on the track with Directors Wit ko'd in the sprint but seemingly none the worse, Corrig Vieri was beaten in a three way photo in the 642m Stayers, a couple of other defeats were followed at the end by a surprise win in the last race by Destroy The Camp at 8/1 scoring by couple of lengths in 29.35.

 

 

HARLOW REVIEW

 

Just runners on Friday night - newcomers Blonde Robbo and Lady Aristocracy looked a bit green when beaten favourites in their races. Genesis Fuzzums was second before a win for Circle The Camp in 26.47 calc. Goldies Tara followed up scoring by 2 lengths in 26.29 calc.

 

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

OPEN RACE - CORRIG VIERI
GRADED -
CIRCLE THE CAMP

 

 

 

WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 

Tonight at Romford three heats of the Coral on TV Maiden Trophy see Blonde Ross make his debut as well as Paradise Riva and Kinda Razzle. On Thursday the final of the Henlow Bookmakers Dual Distance Trophy over 550m sees Eye Onthe Tempo and Droopys Elbow drawn in trap 4 and 5 with Ayamzagirl in the marathon. The William Hill Festival at Sunderland continues with the semi-finals on Friday as well as the heats of the Crayford Vase and Romford features the final of the Coral on TV Maiden Trophy.

 

 

WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS

 

Kinda Easy our main bet has to be at the top of his game to qualify for William Hill Classic Final at Sunderland on Friday but he's still there and in with a chance. Looking for other possible bets for the week I think we should stay at Sunderland and although he wont be a price I think we have to back Blonde Snapper to win the Festival Puppy Plate, the heats begin on Friday.

KINDA EASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - continues Friday

BLONDE SNAPPER - 4 pts win ante-post - William Hill Puppy Plate - Sunderland - Friday

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