Monday 6th June 2011
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Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.
OR YOU CAN DONATE AT www.giveabitback.net
Our Greyhound Derby dream ended on Saturday night at Wimbledon as both Destroy The Camp and Bellers Bud crashed out at the all important semi-final stage. Both have had great runs through the William Hill sponsored event and can hold their heads up high and can look forward to winning plenty of races in the future. After Destroy The Camp came through Tuesday's quarter-final when he was 3rd to Melodys Royal after leading you have to say the quick runs have not been in his favour. 'Fred' picked up a small injury a few weeks before the first round and then got a nasty spike when qualifying in the first round. These certainly didn't help his cause and despite trapping reasonably well in Saturday's semi he struggled to go the ferocious pace being set by Taylors Sky and Barefoot Bullet and was never going to qualify. The fact that Taylors Sky equalled the track record showed how tough his task was. Bellers Bud caused a storm in Tuesday's quarter-final as he trapped well from trap 4 but immediately moved right taking the ground of both ante-post favourite Razldazl Jayfkay and Charlie Listers Boher Legend. To be fair what people forget is that he did hamper himself as well but afterwards showed great pace and determination to hold some great dogs for the final qualifying spot behind runaway winner Taylors Sky. For his reward he again got the coffin box for the semi-final and was a 33/1 chance. A slow start this time put paid to any chance his owners Dick and Ann Barfoot had of having consecutive Derby Finalists and 'Bud' was always struggling to get on terms with the leaders and was eventually last behind the strong running Razldazl George. All that is left now is to wish all the finalists the best of luck for next Saturday which I'm sure will be a cracking final.
The mixed fortunes for us in the Derby were typical of the kennel's week. Mountjoy Comet's tremendous win in the semi-final of the unraced Tony Morris Memorial Trophy at Wimbledon on Friday being the highlight. Drawn with impressive heat scorers Droopys Harvey and Slick Santiago our son of Star Of Dromin simply blew them away with some superb raw pace coming home 3 lengths clear of Unreal Timmy in a fastest 28.57 (+15). The £6,000 to the winner final is on Saturday's Derby final card and would be a major boost for the kennel if Mountjoy Comet could win where he is 5/4 favourite. Sadly the week will be remembered for the second time this year for the sad loss of Droopys Elbow who broke down when leading an open at Henlow last Thursday. Unfortunately the injuries sustained were quite devastating and 'Smiler' had to be put to sleep. Although not one of our more high profile dogs there was no doubting his speed and in his short career he gave 110% every time and more importantly was a beautifully natured dog who would have made a lovely pet. We are all sorry for his owner Jeff Craft and let's hope we don't have to report on any more serious injuries again.
Blonde Fletch suffered a second consecutive defeat since winning the Regency when well beaten at Wimbledon on Tuesday over 687m but hopefully can put that right when he lines up in trap 4 today as the heats of the Category 1 Ladbrokes Summer Classic begin over 630m at Monmore. He has been installed as the ante-post favourite to win the event with both Aldataro Lass and Stormbeam also having realistic chances of progressing to the semi's next Monday. Mark Currell owner of Blonde Fletch had the disappointment of having Blonde Snapper pulled out of the Derby Plate on Saturday when strongly fancied. Snapper has picked up an injury which hopefully won't be too serious but we will know more when he has a precautionary x-ray later this week.
Walthamstow Stadium's plight is set to be in the news this week when the issue of the heritage is debated in Parliament. L & Q could find themselves with a lot to explain and it would be a major boost for the sport if they decided to do the right thing and sell the Stadium back to Greyhound Racing. Again it's the incredible unselfish work by SOS led by Rick Holloway that we have to be thankful to for getting this debate to such high levels. With the William Hill Greyhound Derby on this week which should grab some welcome National exposure and the news that GOBATA is set to launch a National Greyhound Trainers League is another possible avenue that can rejuvenate our sport. I have been involved right from the start of this possible new concept and even though I can understand the sceptics who are shouting 'elitist' and such like I feel that a 'Premier League' which works so well in other sports can bring Greyhound Racing back into the 21st century. There is still a lot to be finalised to get the concept underway not least that we need financial support to get it started but a lot of people like Martin White and Chris Page are working tirelessly to make sure the product benefits not just the top trainers and owners but filters down to the grassroots level that GOBATA is working for.
Both All That Noise and Royal Premium were eliminated from the Bookmakers Dual Distance Trophy at Nottingham on Monday and on Tuesday at Wimbledon Destroy The Camp and Bellers Bud grabbed the third qualifying spots in their Derby quarter-final heats though there were disappointments with the defeats of Adageo and Blonde Fletch in supporting races.
At Henlow on Thursday as said it was a mixed night. Directors Wit, Kinda Breezy, Eye Onthe Tempo and Mountjoy Orion were all runners up in their respective races while wins for Goldies Destiny (33.70) and Risky Rosaleen (34.01) in Primus Telecom Gold Cup Trial Stakes were only spoiled by the loss of Droopys Elbow.
At Romford on Friday night debutante Rockburst Lenny scored well by 4 1/4 lengths in a 400m Maiden in a good 24.26 (+10) and in other Maidens Rookery Pedro was 2nd and Goldies Mark 3rd. As said at Wimbledon on Saturday there was no luck for Destroy The Camp and Bellers Bud in the William Hill Greyhound Derby semi-finals and both Adageo and Aero Bolt were beaten in supporting competitions.
On Monday Corrig Vincent came through the field to win by a length in 28.82 (-10) and Aero Spark won an A1 by 4 lengths in 28.70 (-10). On Saturday Paradise Riva was runner up and Mint Bulb returned to the winner's podium when scoring in an A3 by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.82.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Ladbrokes Summer Classic heats at Monmore kick off today with Blonde Fletch, Aldataro Lass and Stormbeam in action while tonight at Romford Bourne Masons and Goldies Destiny run in the heats of the Doug Tyler Summer Cup. Opens are scheduled at Mildenhall (Tuesday), Oxford (Thursday) and Romford (Friday) and on Saturday we hope to have a few runners on Derby Final night with the feature for us being the final of the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy with big hopes for Mountjoy Comet.
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Destroy The Camp fell just short of making the Derby final when knocked out in the semi's and Blonde Snapper had to be withdrawn from the Derby Plate. Our selection for the Tony Morris Memorial Trophy is Mountjoy Comet and his scintillating win in the semi's on Friday has seen him a short priced favourite for Saturdays race. The Derby Final night can see us strike gold not only with Mountjoy Comet but Ayamzagirl in the Dorando Marathon and Jazz Apollo in the British Bred race.
AYAMZAGIRL - 2 pts win - Dorando Marathon - Wimbledon - Saturday
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts win - British Bred - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 3 pts win ante-post - William Hill Derby Plate - Wimbledon - Non runner
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - lost
MOUNTJOY COMET - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - Tony Morris Memorial Trophy - Wimbledon - Final Saturday