Monday 6th July 2009
Saturday's rally at Walthamstow organised by SOS led by the passionate Ricky Holloway was a success in terms of media coverage with cameras from the BBC and SKY present. There was however a disappointing crowd of supporters in attendance mainly due to the 12 o'clock scheduling as many people in the industry are working at that time with a busy Saturday night racing schedule. Don't let this distract from the fact that there is a real hope that a deal can be struck with owners L & Q to bring back the iconic London venue which would be a real boost for the greyhound industry as a whole. Standing outside the once magnificent stadium that is now deteriorating was a sad moment for myself as I remembered the great nights that our kennel had over the years enjoyed with the likes of Vancouver Jet, Ronnies Flight, Special Trick and legend No Can Waltz who graced the track when Linda was the trainer and more recently who will ever forget the Queen of Walthamstow Star Of Dromin who held three clocks at one time over 640, 835 and 880m and the superb Arc performance of Centaur Decree in 2008 and probably one of our kennel's greatest achievements when we had five of the six runners in the 2006 Grand Prix Final with kennel favourite January Tiger leading home a brilliant 1-2-3-4 for us. Moments like these will stand out in my career which is the reason I would firmly be in support of anything that would bring greyhound racing back to East 17. The proof will be, if someone rought the site, in how many people will attend the meetings if it was to re-open and that I'm 100% certain would be a massive success if run properly with some forward thinking and honest greyhound people who could give owners, trainers and the general public something to be proud of.
What a tremendous and exciting week we have in store with plenty of opens and competitions at Romford, Sheffield, Harlow, Swindon and most importantly on Saturday at Sunderland when the Willam Hill Festival reaches the semi-final stage with all three of our entries, Jogadusc Ace (Classic), Corrig Vieri and Droopys Zach (Grand Prix), qualifying from their heats last Saturday.
Saturday night at Wimbledon also promises to be a memorable occasion as Dave Wood hosts a charity meeting in aid of the Macmillan Nurses which is very close to his heart. The £3,000 to the winner feature race sponsored by Simon Wooder promises to be a cracker while the supporting opens could see some great clashes with the likes of the expected duel between Hurdle stars Platinumlancelot and our own Bomber Bailey, who signalled his well being last Wednesday when he broke the 7 year old track record at Harlow over 415m. We are also hoping that we can produce some winners with Kindred Sparky, Eye Onthe Brave, Eye Onthe Storm, Mountjoy Ruby, Goldcrest King and Kinda Easy,. I still have some tickets for the night in the Bistro Restaraunt available, which at £25 is real good value so please let me know a.s.a.p if you would like to support the event.
The biggest event of the week is without doubt the reappearance of our Derby winning superstar Kinda Ready who takes on an awesome field in the Boylesports Dundalk International next Sunday and myself and all connections are very much looking forward to the challenge and I'm sure we will go into the prestigious race an underdog but write him off at your peril as after his final workout at Monmore today he will be spot on for the race. Patrick and Cheryl will be travelling with 'Del Boy' by ferry on the day of the race while I hope to fly out on Sunday with my family in what will be hopefully a successful trip, but whatever his fate we again, like the Derby, will enjoy the occasion.
The entries for the popular 5 to Follow competition are now all in and with around 150 teams studying their runners over the next few months it will be most interesting to see who can capture the first prize. The leaderboard will be posted for the first time next Monday and updated regularly and this week we will put the staff and close connections teams up for display with naturally myself a long odds on favourite to win the bragging rights for outright honours!
In the heats of the Coral TV Maiden Stayers Bumble Lee ran well to finish 2nd behind Grayslands Tiger beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 36.08 (-20). On Tuesday it looked as if we were carrying on from the week before when we again were 2nd with Mountjoy Ruby on Oxford's Sky card when he ran well to be beaten 3/4 length by Alfie Sparra in 26.82 in the 450m Standard but in the puppy race over 450m a real star in the shape of Parkmore Elite looked to have come to the fore when he followed up his impressive debut at Coventry with another good win by a length in 27.08 and though the time was only OK, the manner of his win suggested he could go right to the top.
At Harlow on Wednesday Rank'n'File was a well beaten runner up in the sprint but Bomber Bailey was awesome in the 415m Hurdle. Sprinting clear from the traps he jumped with perfection and slammed his rivals by 4 1/2 lengths in 26.14 (+10) breaking the track record in the process. Risky Fabio was 3rd behind Vigorous Zico and Callums Man was last in the Monkey Maiden Final and Bell Tornado could only finish 3rd in the 592m Stayers and finished a bit sore and will be off for a short while sadly for all those who have him in their 5 to Follow teams.
At Henlow on Thursday Goldies Destiny won well by 2 1/2 lengths in 27.87 in the Puppy 460m while there was a good debut for Dalcash Scolari in a 460m Maiden when he finished 3rd. At Romford on Friday the night got off to a good start when Risky Invader came back from three months off from injury to take the sprint in good style by a neck in a good 13.74 and another dog who has been plagued by injuries this year, Kinda Handy, produced an excellent run when leading all the way in the 400m Maiden to win by over 2 lengths in 24.34. Eye Onthe Flash took a nasty fall in a hot 400m Maiden but seems OK and Bumble Lee could only finish 3rd in the Maiden Stayers Final before Kengyelfuto Snow got back to winning ways when taking the top 400m Standard by 3 1/2 lengths in a fine 24.26.
At Sunderland on Saturday the star-studded line ups in the William Hill Classic and Grand Prix were a real credit to the sponsors with brilliant prize money on offer and our hopes of landing both events were kept alive as Jogadusc Ace came from behind to win his heat in the 450m event in 27.42 (-10) while in the Grand Prix over 640m Droopys Zach did well to qualify after serious trouble at the first bend eventually running on to be 3rd. Corrig Vieri gave ante-post favourite Hurleys Hero too much of a start before going down respectably by 2 1/4 lengths in a fast 39.38(-20). At Wimbledon on the same night Eye Eye Pickle was a disappointing last in the Paddypower Irish Derby Trial Stake.
On Wednesday both Gennesis Fuzzums and Confident State were runners up before Pinewood Evo bounced back to form with a good all the way win by 3 3/4 lengths in 26.19 (+10). On Saturday Sweep Clean at last got her head in front scoring well by over 3 lengths in 26.38 (+20). Oakwood Azul and King Of Cashel were both 2nd before Genesis Fuzzums won by a head in 26.46 (+20). Ballyfinn Swift took advantage of an easier race when winning readily by over 6 lengths in a good 37.53 (+40) and Scintillas Ruby had no answers to a 25.63 run from Connor Pass Joe when 2nd. Bell Tempest (2nd), Lord Pishy (3rd) and Mint Bulb (3rd) all ran well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BOMBER BAILEY
GRADED RACING - PINEWOOD EVO
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Kinda Ready will have his final workout at Monmore today before Sunday's big race in Ireland while at Romford the returning Directors Fire runs in the heats of the 400m Coral on T.V Standard as does Scintillas Ruby.
A rare trip to Sheffield on Tuesday as Goldies Destiny takes on some decent puppies in the heats of the Owlerton Puppy Standard with both Goldcrest King and Kengyelfuto Snow in trial Stakes for the William Hill Steel City Cup.
Harlow on Wednesday and Henlow on Thursday and a trip to Crayford on Friday as the Tony Morris and John Humphreys Rose Bowl gets under way with Risky Fabio and Kinda Handy our most likely entries.
Romford also on Friday before our big weekend begins with a long journey to both Swindon as Eye Eye Pickle runs in the heats of the £15,000 to the winner Two Year Old Produce Stakes and up the other end of the country to Sunderland as the William Hill Festival continues with the semi-finals. Also that night as said Dave Wood's charity meeting at Wimbledon should be a great night for open race fans.
Finally and most importantly Dundalk is the place to be on Sunday as Kinda Ready bids to win the Boylesports International.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our three ante-post bets at Sunderland are still in there at the semi-final stage and we have strong hopes that we will get at least one to give us a shout in the final a week Thursday.
I thought Kengyelfuto Snow ran a blinder at Romford on Friday and this week on Tuesday he makes the trip to Sheffield and the track and trip should suit him very well and an interest is advised.
The rest of the week should throw up some opportunities, not least Goldcrest Lord in a sprint who returns to the scene of his last win on Derby final night when at Wimbledon on Saturday.
KENGYELFUTO SNOW - 3pt win - Sheffield - Tuesday
GOLDCREST LORD - 2 pt win - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CORRIG VIERI - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1- William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
DROOPYS ZACH - 1 pt e.w ante-post 16/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 50/1- William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Saturday