Monday 5th October 2009
Last week's 'The Dogs' programme gave me an excellent chance to respond to the well documented comments made by Charlie Lister about Fear Zafonic and Kinda Ready in the Derby final and now I think that should bring closure to the topic once and for all. The programme also highlighted our strong position in the Trainers Championship standings and we are very focussed on ending the year on a high and it would certainly put the icing on the cake in what has been a great year if we could add one or two more bits of silverware to the cabinet. It must be said that with the William Hill St Leger getting under way this Saturday I feel we have a real chance of making 2009 a Derby/Leger winning one for the kennel as three of our entries are in the best form of their careers and will go into the event hotly fancied. Kinda Easy was impressive only going down a neck at Coventry over 680m last Sunday to Hurleys Hero who looks the chief threat to our runners. Kinda Easy won a heat of the Derby in a good time and is getting stronger with each race and again wouldn't it be sensational for him to follow his brother Kinda Ready's heroics in the Derby with a win in the St Leger! Droopys Zach is our leading open race winner this year with 14 successes and is running out of his skin. He looks like it would be devilishly hard to keep him out of the frame and we know how good he is when it comes to a final! and finally we have Corrig Vieri, though not guaranteed to stay the 668m few in the event, what a class act he is and who will be able to live with his early pace. A Category 1 winner over 4 bends he has really taken the eye in his last few races over 625m when staying very strong right to the drop. This demanding competition with 4 runs in 17 days will take its toll on a few but it's the staying crown every Owner and Trainer wants to win.
We would also like to win the Sky Trainers title which we currently lead and despite not having any entries in the Laurels final when the cameras roll up to Belle Vue on Tuesday we have some strong entries in the supporting races. Bomber Bailey takes on Platinumlancelot in the Hurdles and watch out for the promising Face My Fortune in the bitches race. Droopys Zach (670m) and Corrig Vieri (590m) should be favourites for their St Leger warm up races and we will eagerly see how Eye Onthe Storm copes with his first all aged race. After brilliantly breaking the Hall Green clock (28.03) last Tuesday, he should be suited by the track and trip.
The second half of our 5 To Follow competition is now underway and team changes are all in. Mid point leader John Keefe with his 'Braves Choices' entry was narrowly ahead with 205 points from John Gardner's 'Bikerfriend' on 202 points and two entries from Mike Benton 'The Winners Also' and 'The Winners Once More' were sitting right behind on 201 and 197 points respectively. The leading dog was Droopys Zach on 61 points. Go to our 5 To Follow Leaderboard each week to keep up to date. My father-in-law Doug is leading the staff competition on 205 points from my wife Sarah but lurking just behind them is myself but any suspicions of tinkering with the entries for my benefit at the end of the year if i'm close up can quickly be disposed, well that's what I'm saying anyway!
An unusually quiet week for the kennel last week on the open scene, a bit of calm before the storm as they say. On Monday Jogadusc Jasper got no run when eliminated from the Produce Stakes at Nottingham but on Tuesday at Hall Green it was all smiles as Eye Onthe Storm in his last Puppy race simply destroyed his rivals winning by 7 1/4 lengths in a magnificent track record of 28.03 for the 480m. Mountjoy Ruby was 3rd in the 480m Standard beaten 4 lengths in a fast 28.22 and Droopys Zach, having his first look at the track, made no mistakes when justifying his 4/7 price in the 645 Stayers, leading off the 2nd bend he drew right away from the field to score majestically by over 9 lengths in a decent 39.34.
On Friday we had quite a few runners at Romford Goldies Tara (4th) and Treacle Express (4th) ran OK in warm races and Eye Onthe Tempo made the most of a good opportunity when beating kennelmate Kilquane Jack by over 6 lengths in 35.85 in a 575m Maiden Stayers. In the top division Goldcrest King showed his top four bend pace to go well clear and although coming back to his field a little still won by 3 1/2 lengths in 35.88. Kindred Sparky (2nd), Jogadusc Jasper (unlucky 3rd) and Goldcrest Lord (2nd) all ran very well.
On Saturday the heats of the William Hill Northern Puppy Derby kicked off at Sunderland and on his debut for the kennel Eye Onthe Impact ran very well when 2nd beaten 5 1/2 lengths by ante-post favourite Westmead Carl in 27.15 and is sure to come on for the run. Droopys Seve was only 4th in his heat in his first ever race and went well to the drop. This March 08 pup looks a fine staying prospect for next year.
Only runners on Saturday and the night started with a double with pups Hawk Sky skating in by 8 1/4 lengths in 26.59 (+15) and Questhouse Tango who won by 5 3/4 lengths in 26.49. Rockburst Canyon on his debut almost made it three on the trot when only going down by a length in 26.51 (+15). Genesis Fuzzums was again 2nd before Agincourt Fancy got back on the scoresheet when beating kennelmate Sligo Too by 3 lengths in 26.44 and Mint Bulb continued her good form when winning well by 1 1/4 from Blackey Said So in 26.59. Bell Tornado got back to winning ways taking the S1 by 3 lengths in 37.86 giving the kennel a fine night.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
A busy week starts tonight at Romford with heats of the Coral Maiden Stayers and Friday's winners Eye Onthe Tempo and Goldcrest King face each other with Kilquane Jack in heat 2. Tuesday we travel as mentioned to Belle Vue with a strong entry for the Sky meeting.
On Wednesday Directors Wit and Goldies Tara run in the Brandon Bullet sprint heats at Coventry with opens at Harlow. Friday we will be back at Romford and Saturday the semi-finals of the William Hill Northern Puppy Derby take place and Eye Onthe Impact should go well. Also on Saturday the much awaited heats of the William Hill St Leger begin with 6 heats at Wimbledon. Sunday's opens at Coventry feature the heats of the Foxsports Ltd Warwickshire Oaks.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Goldcrest King obliged on Friday at Romford - shame the price was a bit skinny - but we can be pleased with ourselves if we backed Eye Onthe Impact at 25/1 for the William Hill Northern Puppy Derby as he came through a good heat and should improve as that was his first look at the track. Some good Sky runners on the card Tuesday at Belle Vue but it's hard to see any value bets. Directors Wit runs Coventry well and aided with trap 1 in the heats of the sprint looks worth a punt. With the heats of the St Leger starting Saturday the difficulty in picking one of our three entries is immense but for some reason Droopys Zach looks like he could be so hard to keep out of the final and in that respect looks massive e.w value at hopefully around 12/1.
DIRECTORS WIT - 3 pts win - 9.06 Coventry - Wednesday
DROOPYS ZACH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDCREST KING - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 4/6
EYE ONTHE IMPACT - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Northern Puppy Derby - Semi-Final - Saturday