Monday 6th February 2012
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The first Category 1 event of 2012 comes to a conclusion tomorrow night at Henlow live on Sky. The Primus Telecom Puppy Derby worth £10,000 to the winner has attracted a superb entry and six potential stars of the future line up in what should be a fascinating and informative final. Our railer Benkaat Blue is one of two unbeaten runners going into the final and after winning from trap 5 in his heat he again overcome a bad draw from trap 4 in his semi-final to snatch a win that looked improbable when checked up at the third bend as he challenged for the lead. Benkaat Blue, owned by Dan Daley, will need to find a flyer from the boxes again as he has drawn trap 6 in an all railer final with the other unbeaten runner Coolavanny Bert in trap 1. Kelly Findlay's flying machine looks to be plotted up in trap 1 and recorded a stunning 27.19 in his semi-final. We also have a few runners in the supporting opens including Aero Majestic who was so impressive on his last Sky appearance at Romford.
The Arctic weather over the last couple of days has caused a few problems. Henlow, rightly so, had to abandon the meeting on Thursday not long after the puppy semi-finals with some icy patches building up on the track. It was bitterly cold at Romford on Friday and they had problems with the mechanics on the 575m traps. This was a shame because Ballintine Molly, who had been running so well in defeat, finally got her head in front only to see shortly afterwards that the race was void due to the traps opening too early!
On Saturday we were frozen in and unable to travel to Yarmouth for the graded card which probably was a blessing in disguise as the snow came down later in the evening and it would have been a nightmare trying to get home. We had little option but to travel to Crayford for the heats of the Golden Jacket as every other trainer was doing so. On the night Mountjoy Orion ran well enough to qualify for the semi's when third to Wise Signal and both Aldataro Lass and Carden Twilight were unlucky when eliminate. Aero Joker took full advantage of a plum trap 1 pitch when landing a 540m Peter Bussey Memorial trial stake and Risky Rosaleen waited until the last race to be second but ran well. The journey home for Gary and Pete was difficult to say the least with sub zero temperatures and snow building up on the treacherous motorways but thankfully they and the dogs arrived safely home some four hours later at 2.30 am (normally 1 1/2 hours max journey). Let's hope this is the only bad weather we experience in what has been an exceptionally mild winter so far.
'Imperial Rock It's' our Betdaq Premier League Team heads to Doncaster on Friday as we bid to keep our lead at the top of the table in the third leg of the four rounds. Paul Sallis had to cancel plans to trial at the track on Saturday due to the arctic conditions and I must admit that we might not be able to use superstars Tullig Joy and Go Go Sonic for this leg so our plans are a bit up in the air. Jazz Apollo is ready to race and goes very well first time at the track while Lil Risky will be well suited to the gallop in the sprint but it may be a case of finding a couple of runners to score well if not win their legs. Both the 'Dunham Devils' and 'Team North East' will be very strong and both ourselves and Matt Dartnall's 'Team Desperate' will be under severe pressure. One thing for certain is that GOBATA have done a tremendous job in organising this new concept and the quality of the event has taken everybody by surprise. With the Grand Finals night only two weeks away on the 24th plenty of trainers not involved in the initial Premier League are expressing an interest in joining the Premier League when we start season two in April.
Benkaat Blue made it through to Tuesday's Primus Telecom Henlow Puppy Derby with a gutsy win last Thursday. After another slick exit he quickly found himself on the outside of Smart Bid in trap 3 but he got it wrong at the third bend checking up and losing 3 lengths. With the dash to the winning line Blue ran on strong on the rails to snatch a great win from the Chris Allsopp duo of Fifis Legend and Smart Bid to book his place in the final. In the third semi Aero Bellagio had no answers to the flying Coolavanny Bert when 4th.
On Friday at Romford on a bitterly cold night not too much luck before Confident Ramona struck in a 400m Maiden much to the delight of RPGTV's Jason Barrasford who had napped our bitch (and boy did we know it!). Leading all the way Confident Ramona won by 1 3/4 in 24.28 (+10). Later on after Ballintine Molly saw her debut win voided because the traps opened too early Stormbeam was second in a 575m Stayers.
At Crayford on Saturday Mountjoy Orion was our only qualifier in the Ladrokes Golden Jacket while Aero Joker won a trial stake for the forthcoming Peter Bussey Memorial in 33.84 and Risky Rosaleen was second beaten just over 2 lengths in 33.46.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow night sees the final of the Primus Telecom Puppy Derby at Henlow live on Sky with Benkaat Blue running from an awkward trap 6 slot. Plenty of other runners on the supporting card.
We will have possibly Henlow again Thursday and Romford on Friday with also the third leg of the Betdaq Premier League from Doncaster covered by Premier Sports on 433.
Mountjoy Orion runs in the semi's of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket on Saturday morning with Aero Joker and Risky Rosaleen in the heats of the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Benkaat Blue bids to land a decent touch at 20/1 but has a difficult draw to overcome in the Primus Telecom Henlow Puppy Derby tomorrow ni. Carden Twilight was just beaten over a length in the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket but finished 4th! I think Aero Majestic has a great chance in the 550m supporting race on Sky and is worth an interes. Aero Joker is a bitch in form and could be worth betting to land the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy at Crayford on Saturday.
AERO MAJESTIC - 3 pts win - Henlow - Tuesday
AERO JOKER - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BENKAAT BLUE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 20/1 - Henlow Primus Telecom Primus Puppy Derby - Final Tuesday
AERO BELLAGIO - 1 pt e.w ante-post 50/1 - Henlow Primus Telecom Puppy Derby - lost
CARDEN TWILIGHT - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - lost