Monday 5th September 2011
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I hope everyone likes our slightly revamped website with all the latest up to the minute news and new features such as the Guest Column, our 'Facebook' page will hopefully grow over the next few weeks and there are a few pictures up from yesterday's owners/open day which we will be holding on the first Sunday of every month. My tweeting on Twitter @wallis_mark will try to be as interesting and up to the minute as I can (you never know I might even tip a few winners!). Our Syndicate Page is up for viewing and we will be trying to cater for everybody's needs as regards to what suits them best if they are interested in getting involved in greyhound ownership at affordable levels. Our first main syndicate under 'markwallisgreyhoundsclub1' is available for a limited 25 members and costs £500 for a one off payment and then £50 per month. We will be looking to purchase up to four decent puppies during our first year and the club members will have exclusive access to their own web page which will only be accessible via a password. Please get in touch a.s.a.p if you would like to join.
A busy week on the track has seen us with plenty of open race winners and it was good to see Blonde Fletch back to form with a good victory at Monmore on Saturday as he builds up for the St Leger in a fortnight. Our hopes of winning the Champion Stakes at Romford were lost on Friday when Jazz Apollo and Rockburst Lenny were eliminated at the semi-final stage and Jazz Apollo will now be aimed for the Produce Stakes at Nottingham later this month.
We did not have a strong hand at our home base Yarmouth as the East Anglian Derby kicked off on Saturday and only Rookery Pedro is in the hat for us the second round. Chris Allsopp had two heat winners and the 5 points each scored for winning heats of Category 1 events has taken him into a narrow lead in the Trainers Championship Standings. We will look to hit back on Wednesday at Romford's Sky meeting where both Lil Risky and Mountjoy Orion have realistic chances in supporting competitions for the Champion Stakes.
Talking of the GTA/GBGB Trainers Championship, run over a full year I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything but we seem to have the Racing Post and Sky, and rightly so, making the most of what could be an intriguing finish to the season with ourselves, Chris Allsopp and Charlie Lister locked in a titanic battle but would most people think that the financial reward for winning the title is only £1,500! Yes the prestige is fabulous just to have your name as 'Champion Trainer' but prestige doesn't pay the bills. The industry has gained a welcome boost to the fund to the sum of £2 million which is fantastic news and £1 million has been put aside for extra graded prize money at all 25 tracks, again fantastic news. But why can't the top ten or even top twenty open race trainers at the end of the year be rewarded by a ladder type system that is used in football's Premier League? Football uses the fact that if you finished say 12th instead of 13th it made a financial difference and makes all the end of season games competitive. As a poker player, when you ladder up the money in a tournament it's very tense and exciting. Surely nobody would begrudge say £50k from the £1 million being used to benefit the open race trainers that are running all over the country in search of points. You could have £10,000 to the winning trainer, £7500 for second £5000 for third right down to £1000 for twentieth. Yes people are going to say elitist again but what about the likes of say Elaine Parker, Nick Colton and Dave Firminger who are all fighting to be in the top ten. They would have much more of an interest if they had something to aim for in the last couple of months of the year and also give trainers like Kelly Macari and Diane Henry a welcome boost if they can climb into or stay in the top twenty. One thing for sure, the entries in open races and Sky races in November/December as well as the last few competitions would have a lot more meaning to them! Remember the trainers at most graded tracks get a financial reward for supplying runners but there is no run money for open race trainers, only expensive wear and tear bills on their vans.
Blonde Snapper received a superb and most deserved GWA Trophy at Wimbledon on Tuesday for being Greyhound Of The Month for July which was the first time this year one of our kennel stars have won the accolade, let's hope it won't be the last. The night at Wimbledon saw massive support for the Save Our Stow campaign with all paraders wearing coats emblazened with the message. Rick never seems to miss a trick and we await with baited breath for what he has in store for Wednesday's Sky meeting at Romford! what a man!
Lastly I would like to say a big thank you to all the people at Henlow who offered and gave their help after Adageo slipped and fell over in a trial before racing on Thursday. It looked a horrendous injury to his back and 'Brett' was taken immediately to a vet's practice in Letchworth for x-rays. Thankfully no breaks were revealed and he was taken home with another trip to Stefano Malegori's the next morning. He is comfortable but very sore at the moment and most certainly not out of the woods yet but we will give him the best care possible. It is so nice to see when it comes to the welfare of greyhounds people will stop at nothing to help, again thank you.
On Monday Mountjoy Orion continued her good form leading all the way in a heat of the Champions Night Marathon winning by 5 lengths in 47.90. Ayamzagirl led in her heat on her return from season but faded into 5th.
On Tuesday at Wimbledon Sulphur Spring found a tough puppy race when 5th but Aero Majestic ran well when 3rd in the 687m Stayers race.
Back to Romford on Wednesday and Lil Risky registered another success in the heats of the Champion Night Standard scoring well in 24.24.
At Henlow on Thursday Dalcash Scolari scored another track and trip win over 550m just getting up on the line in 33.63.
At Romford on Friday Carden Twilight opened his open race account winning well by 5 lengths in 36.00 over 575m. Rockburst Fanta showed great early pace when going clear in a 400m Maiden and holding on well won in 24.35. In the Champion Stakes semi-final Jazz Apollo and Rockburst Lenny did themselves no favours when coming together at the first bend and Jazz Apollo was forced wide. He could never get a blow in to qualify and finished 4th with Rockburst Lenny last. Mountjoy Osprey, making his open race debut in a 400m puppy race, showed proper gears and gave odds on Sequential a real fright before finishing 2nd beaten 4 lengths in 24.16. Munster Champ knocked out in the opening round of the Champion Stakes put that behind him as he raced to an impressive success over 575m winning by 3 lengths in a fast 35.46.
No luck at Yarmouth in the opening round of the East Anglian Derby on Saturday with only Rookery Pedro qualifying from our four runners while at Monmore there was better news with Aero Majestic and Blonde Fletch scoring a quick fire double, Aero Majestic won by 2 1/2 lengths in 37.81 and Blonde Fletch by 6 3/4 lengths in a good 37.44.
On Wednesday Rookery Pedro was just touched off in an A1 going down by 3/4 length in 28.26 with Blonde Ross a head back in 3rd. Mountjoy Falcon, part of the exciting litter by Droopys Scolari x Star Of Dromin, showed the promise of his first race was no fluke with a blistering win by 3 1/2 lengths in 28.08.
On Saturday only two graded runners, Ayamzababe was 2nd just beaten in an A4 while Risky Rosaleen was 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Rockburst Fanta looks for a quick fire double in the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden 400m at Romford tonight.
Back to Romford on Wednesday for the Champion Stakes meeting live on Sky and both Lil Risky and Mountjoy Orion run in competitive finals.
The rest of the week is yet to be pencilled in although Yarmouth has its sprint and 659m supporting events on Saturday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Jazz Apollo bowed out of the Champion Stakes on Friday and Aero Majestic ran well at Wimbledon on Tuesday when 3rd but Rockburst Fanta got us back on track wining at 5/2 on Friday at Romford. Wednesday's Sky meeting at Romford could see some of our in form runners go well and it might be worth having a multiple bet as well as singles. Lil Risky is prolific over track and trip, Mountjoy Orion is on fire while Mountjoy Osprey is a massive talent even if a little bit young. Munster Champ was impressive and could cope with a step up in class.
LIL RISKY - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday
MOUNTJOY ORION - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday
MOUNTJOY OSPREY - 1 pt win - Romford - Wednesday
MUNSTER CHAMP - 1 pt win - Romford - Wednesday
0.25 win lucky 15 - 1pt win accumulator
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ APOLLO - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - Champion Stakes - Romford - lost