Monday 6th April 2015
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An excellent week of winners on the open race circuit finishing with Aero Babooshka landing the Henlow Mini Derby from kennelmate Evanta Fantasy in great style. There's no doubt we needed picking up after the disappointment from the week before's Trainers Championship meeting and some stunning performances did that. Most impressive was Billys Bullet at Sheffield on Tuesday over 660m as he put some good locals to the sword. Adageo Bob returned to his favourite track and trip at Romford and produced another scintillating 35.68 performance, just one spot outside the track record he jointly holds with Airport Captain. Blue Moment has certainly been a dog that far too much has been talked about lately after his antics at Sittingbourne but he put that firmly behind him with a fine win back at Towcester in a very fast 27.84 calculated time.
The Category 2 victory of Aero Babooshka last night has seen us gallop clear of our rivals in the Trainer Of The Year standings and that's one title I will not let slip out of our hands this year. Looking for other targets it goes without saying we are dreaming of another Derby victory like all kennels, more Category 1 titles will be nice but I've always said that one day I would love to break the all time open race winners in one year record set by Linda Mullins nearly 20 years ago. I'm sure it was 355 winners which means we would need roughly 7 winners a week or one per day on average to get close and currently we have around 90 winners in 95 days but with the better weather coming and some exciting new pups and potential top class dogs that have arrived at the kennel in recent weeks we will have plenty of ammunition, also with the fact that Towcester will be staging regular opens that will give us a great chance of keep our winners ticking over. The most winners we have ever had was 329 back in 2006. Of course I would never over race any of our dogs in pursuit of personal records as that wouldn't be right, to achieve this feat we would need to place our dogs wisely and like everything have plenty of luck!
I try not to talk politics too much these days mainly because it drives me mad but the current situation of our GBGB has certainly reached an all time low. No Chairman, more than half the Directors gone and seemingly the Promoters trying to put who they want in place so they can dominate the sport meaning owners and trainers will only get the crumbs of what's left. The fund has sunk to less than £7 million yet bookmakers are getting the maximum out of the game with their Bags coverage and the massive sales of overseas pictures. Online gambling is rising and you only have to look how quick bookmakers are to price up markets to see how important the dogs are to their portfolio. It's essential that the new Chairman who decides to take this job is someone who is inspirational, knows the game and won't stand any crap from Promoters. There is only one way to deal with the bookmakers and that is to tell them that he will get the owners and trainers to refuse to race unless a proper deal can be struck that will give the industry a bright future. He then needs a team of directors that represent all stakeholders. Any suggestions who this might be? MP and greyhound owner Ian Lavery would be my choice.
On a shocking night of wind and rain we made a rare trip to Nottingham with Do It For Twiggy (4th) and Toosey Fern (5th) in the British Bred Stud Trophy heats having no luck it was good to come away with a winner as Van Frankie took a Maiden 500m in a good 29.88
On Tuesday we travelled up to Sheffield for the semi finals of the Three Steps To Victory over 500m but neither Jimmy Nailed On or Blonde Razor qualified for the 660m final better news in supporting opens Billys Bullet won well over 660m in 39.02 while both Aayamzamodel (2nd) and Calco Flyer (2nd) ran very well.
We had some decent trials at Swindon on Tuesday in preparation for the Oaks with Evanta Evita (28.60) and Domino Storm (28.64) going best and on Friday at a Romford Van Frankie made it two wins in 5 days taking a Maiden 575m in 36.05. The best performance of the night was undoubtedly Adageo Bob who won by nearly 12 lengths in a stunning 35.68.
At Towcester on Saturday a brilliant treble was started by Blue Moment who romped home by 5 lengths in a superb 27.84 calc. Cloudbursting got back to winning ways beating the useful Cape Impact in 15.41 in the sprint and Black Francis was gutsy taking the 655m in 39.53.
As said Aero Babooshka completed a fine week for the kennel when beating Evanta Evita by a couple of lengths in 25.74 to land the Henlow Mini Derby. Both Kilmagner Mike and Jimmy Nailed On ran well when 2nd.
A tough week for our graders with only Vanbasten winning on Friday in top grade in 28.44, youngster Sidaz Chloe ran well when 2nd.
On Saturday Roswell De Niro was impressive beating Toosey Fern by a neck in 28.29 while Dehavillands Boy was best of our others when 2nd.
Again just one winner on Sunday when Swift Balotelli at last took a race at Towcester in good style by over 4 lengths in 28.53 while Airforce Karla was a short head 2nd in the sprint.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
We are back to Sheffield on Tuesday in supporting opens for the Three Steps To Victory final and on Wednesday four of our Arc hopefuls are in Trial Stakes at Swindon.
We will be at Romford on Friday and on Saturday the heats of the Towcester Maiden Puppy Stakes will be the highlight of the open race card.
We will be back to Henlow on Sunday for the Super Sprint heats.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
After the ugly losses at the Trainers Championship it was an excellent bounce back with Aero Babooshka landing the Henlow Mini Derby final from our other selection Evanta Fantasy for a nice profit.
The Sky card from Sheffield sees three of our runners who all have a chance but Calco Flyer if odds against would be the bet in the British Bred Stakes, he loves it there. In the Arc Trial Stakes at Swindon on Wednesday no complaints about the draws with Domino Storm looking a likely bet.
CALCO FLYER - 4 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday
DOMINO STORM - 3 pts win - Swindon - Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO BABOOSHKA - 2 pts e.w ante post 8/1 - Henlow Mini Derby - Sunday - WON 18 pts profit
EVANTA FANTASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 6/1 - Henlow Mini Derby - Sunday - 2nd 1.25 pts profit
ADAGEO BOB - 5 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 2/5