Monday 6th December 2010
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Our luck in big finals seems to have deserted us this year and no more so than on Wednesday when Blonde Fletch looked set for victory after breaking well in the Coral Essex Vase Final at Romford. Backed down to 7/4 favourite for the £10,000 to the winner event the race changed for him when he seemed to be squeezed for room at the first bend allowing his legs to be clipped from behind. That was as good as race over for Blonde Fletch who also got bumped with our other runner Directors Spur who himself lost all chance with a slow start. In front Judicial Pause, to be honest never looked like getting caught despite the valiant efforts of runner up Centurion Enry and John Gammon's charge raced away to success in a superb 35.54 on a very slow track with Directors Spur 3rd and Blonde Fletch a running on 4th. As usual Romford's first class Pavillion played hosts to the connections of the finalists and the food and service was an absolute delight making the night feel special win, lose or draw.
On Friday on a bitterly cold night Kinda Easy could only finish 3rd in the Midland St Leger when an odds on favourite. As the night went on the weather deteriorated with blizzard like conditions. I did see on the Racing Post website report that Kinda Easy wasn't fluent around the bends but both he and the wide running Blue Apollo in trap 5 had difficulty keeping their feet with the snow and frost that was forming on the outside of the track. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising Hall Green, apart from they could have just put the opens on a little earlier on the card, their staff worked very hard to make racing possible but Kinda Easy did well to stay on his feet let alone win.
I have to heap praise on my staff for last Friday for venturing out to take the runners to the tracks. Pete went to Hall Green and both me and Pete were still on the road at 1 o'clock in the morning battling the conditions to get back to the kennels. Tom had a wasted journey going to Wimbledon only to see the racing rightly called off half an hour before the start. I took eight runners to Romford and met Kevin who gave me a hand. We both could not believe how cold it was there and I can honestly say it makes you wonder whether you really want to put your staff and greyhounds' safety in jeopardy in conditions more suited to Siberia! Romford somehow managed to produce a safe track on the night but again we could only finish second in the night's final a Maiden 400m where Scodan Parker ran a blinder. It was pleasing to see Goldcrest Lord, who had been off for nearly a year with a broken leg, follow up on his comeback win. With another scintillating burst of early to land the sprint in a cracking 13.58 calc to complete a double he can at least say he is unbeaten in 2010! I would like to take the chance to thank Richard Miller who nursed the dog back to full fitness for us a few months back. The track had a huge bias on the rails as expected but it did make me smile when the 'freak', and I mean that in a nice way, Goldies Destiny defied the odds and won well from trap 6, unbelievable!
Thankfully the weather had took a turn for for the better on Saturday with the important semi-finals of the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham and boy! were we oh so 'delighted' with Kinda Ready's performance as he broke in his best style to lead up. Using the best of the conditions on the rails (a bit of deserved luck that he hadn't had in recent races) he raced away to an unassaillable lead eventually crossing the line 3 lengths to the good from Tudor Prince in a superb 29.61 the quickest of the three semi's. 'Del Boy' looks back to his very best and he is going to have to be in next Thursday's final live on Sky to beat a class field that contains this year's English and Scottish Derby winners and not forgetting three other terrifically fast greyhounds. Whatever happens Thursday, his semi-final win certainly have silenced a few critics who thought Kinda Ready wouldn't come good but like us his sporting owners have always had faith in our Derby hero. A trap four draw in the final is not ideal and there will be many people discounting him on that fact but remember Eye Onthe Storm last year, he was written off in most punters' eyes when he was drawn in trap 5 and I don't think too many people need reminding of what happened that glorious night!
The Walthamstow saga continued this week when L & Q decided to cancel the last two consultations with the public, saying ridiculously that threatening behaviour was responsible after local residents made their feelings known to L & Q at the first consultation. We should all be giving L & Q a simple message 'look at what people are saying to you and take the hint GIVE US BACK OUR GREYHOUND STADIUM!'
Apologies for no new 'Spotlight on' I've not had much free time to sort the next one out yet but hopefully we will have one of the leading journalists views and comments up very soon. Our 'Five to Follow' competition is drawing to a close and there are still a few in with a chance of winning but at the moment team ' M Waters' has a 20 point advantage going into last week while in our Staff Competition Tom, Kevin and Duane are within a few points of each other with the 'judges' namely me, Pete and Patrick out with the washing!
On Monday at Nottingham the heats of the Betfred Eclipse kicked off and both Goldies Destiny (6th) and All That Noise (4th) were eliminated before Kinda Ready landed a well deserved win catching long time leader Not Now Bertie to score by 3/4 length in 30.76 (-40). Bourne Masons caused a surprise when landing the next heat leading all the way to score in 31.09 (-40) to complete a double but Risky Wand completely missed his break in the Caffreys Sprint Trophy final when last. At Romford Scodan Parker qualified for the Maiden 400m final when 2nd.
The Essex Vase final at Romford on Wednesday saw our two runners Directors Spur and Blonde Fletch finish 3rd and 4th respectively. Our only other runner Ayamzagirl ran well when 2nd to Ministry Magpie in the gruelling 925m leaving her strong run just too late going down by 2 lengths in 60.56 (-60).
On Friday at Hall Green Risky Rosaleen got the night off to a good start when overcoming a difficult trap 5 draw to land her first open win in only her second race in a very respectable 29.09 (-50) a nice prospect for sure. Catunda Mae was 3rd in the Bitches 480m but deteriorating conditions played a large part in Kinda Easy's defeat in the Midland St Leger final. At Romford Goldcrest Lord was foot perfect out the traps when winning the sprint in 13.77 (-15). Wide runners were at a distinct disadvantage and with six of our eight runners berthed in trap 6 winners were hard to come by but Scodan Parker ran well in defeat in the 400m Maiden final and amazingly Goldies Destiny won in great style in 35.95 (-30).
As said on Saturday Kinda Ready won his semi-final of the Betfred Eclipse but Bourne Masons was eliminated.
Only runners on Monday with Legit Jack defying an upgrade without winning scoring well by 6 3/4 lengths in 28.35. Improving Dobbydaize got off the mark when winning an A5 by a length in 29.24. Kinda Dizzy found one too good when 2nd beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 28.88 but Goldies Tara made no mistake when justifying favouritism to hold on by 3/4 length in a good 28.66. Silence In Camp made his long awaited debut for Andy Pelley in an A2 and showed plenty of promise when 4th.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - GOLDIES DESTINY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today we look forward to the Ladbrokes Christmas festival where Directors Spur is stepped up in trip in the heats of the Stayers over 630m (Blonde Fletch a non runner due to kennel sickness). Catunda Mae, Kinda Close and Severn Barcelona compete in the Bitches 480m and Directors Ruler in the Festival dogs an event he won two years ago.
On Tuesday the re-scheduled Oaks second round at Wimbledon see's Aldataro Lass flying the flag for the kennel with Destroy The Camp and Bomber Barkley in supporting races.
The final of the Betfred Eclipse on Thursday is the featured race on Sky at Nottingham and Kinda Ready bids to land back to back Eclipses for the kennel after Eye Onthe Storms famous victory last year.
On Friday the Ladbrokes Christmas Festival Finals at Monmore take place.
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Ayamzagirl was only a small loser last week but ran well. This week it might be worth a little interest on Risky Wand on Thursday's Sky card at Nottingham.
RISKY WAND - 2 pts e.w
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AYAMZAGIRL - 1 pt e.w - Romford - Wednesday - 2ND 11-4