Monday 7th December 2009
Myself and owner John Keefe had an unexpected invite to the Greyhound Writers Association annual luncheon on Wednesday as guests of honour which was a real treat for us. The venue was Ye Olde Chesire Cheese in Fleet Street and their members made us very welcome. It certainly gave us a chance also to plug the accolades of our greyhounds after such a fantastic year with the nominations for the GBGB Awards to be announced very shortly, particularly John's Eye Onthe Storm who, after last week's brilliant Eclipse win, is on everyone's lips when awards are being mentioned. He looks to have an outstanding chance of landing the Best Newcomer Award and I was excited to learn he could have some strong support for Greyhound of the Year.
Droopys Zach would also be a candidate for the Stayer of the Year Award, as would Kinda Easy and their chances would have given the judges a nudge with the last big prize for stayers, the Ladbrokes Winter Stayers worth £5,000, begining today but sadly Droopys Zach sprained a cruciate ligament when he trialled at Henlow on Thursday before racing and has had to be withdrawn from the event. Without doubt it's a golden opportunity for Kinda Easy who is in good form. Zach will be out for about 4-6 weeks and has added to a growing injury list at our kennel. Goldcrest Lord, who ran below par on Tuesday at Romford in a Sky race, was lame the next day and an x-ray revealed a broken metatarsal bone and he will be out for over 3 months. Droopys Elbow broke a hock at Nottingham when 2 lengths clear three weeks ago but it's not a serious one and should be back in the Spring. Not so good for exciting new recruit Eye Onthe Impact who also was clear in a race at Coventry last Friday before breaking down and x-rays revealed a shattered hock bringing a premature end to his racing career. Open racers Treacle Express, Mountjoy Ruby, Rockburst Mason, Bomber Bailey and Directors Wit are all off but should be back in the next few weeks.
This week sees the launch of the new Greyhound Owners Breeders And Trainers Association web site (www.gobata.co.uk) and Martin White deserves tremendous praise for getting this new association off the ground which myself, our kennel and all the leading owners and trainers that I have spoken to in recent weeks are fully supporting and I strongly advise all readers of our website to join GOBATA which will try to do the best to halt the decline in Greyhound racing and give a voice to all sections of our sport at the highest level. It goes without saying I would expect all our kennels owners to sign up and get behind GOBATA who only has Greyhound racing's best interests at heart. I will be attending the GOBATA inaugural meeting on Wednesday 16th December at the East Midlands Hotel, junction 24 off the M1 which is sure to have huge interest as there has already been nearly 1,000 members join since the association's launch last week.
The 5 to Follow competition is in the last month and it's all getting very close at the top with Ships Arms 1 holding a narrow lead going in to December but I think there will be a few twists and turns before the 31st and as for the Staff Competition my better half Sarah is romping away with the title, what a judge! Don't forget to return replies to the Kennel Celebration Party on Jan 9th by the 18th Dec and a reminder to those who want me to book tickets for them for the GBGB Awards night at the London Metropole on 31st January to let me know a.s.a.p.
At Hall Green on Tuesday both Hawk Sky and Rockburst Canyon ran respectably in Maiden 480m's while our other runner Dalcash Scolari showed genuine class in beating his rivals by over 5 lengths in a fast 29.35 (-10). No luck from our two runners at Romford's Sky meeting with the unlucky Goldcrest Lord finishing lame.
On Thursday the heats of the Henlow Winter Derby got underway and we had two winners, one being a suprise in the shape of Eye Onthe Brave (27.86) knocking out the fancied Ten Large Down in the process, while the consistent Jogadusc Ace showed his class winning in the fastest time of the round in 27.54. Risky Fabio (2nd) and Sandyway Babe (3rd) both ran well to qualify for the semi's. Gan On Parker (3rd) and Goldies Destiny (3rd) ran well in supporting races.
On Friday at Coventry Jogadusc Jasper got up in the final stride to take Div B of the 625m. All That Noise ran well in the Maiden Final when 4th and both Directors Ruler and Glenagower Champ found one too good in the 480m Standard while in the top division grand old stager Kindred Sparky clocked up another game win in 29.83 (-10).
On a very wet track on Wednesday Adegeo made a promising debut when 3rd and Miss Sarah was 2nd but wins came from Siesta Smudge by over 7 lengths in 27.39 (-60) and Imperial Prize by 2 1/2 lengths in 27.29 (-80). On Saturday, on another wet night, Blackey Said So, Imperial Prize, Bim Bam Boozle and Lord Pishy were all 2nd with Sligo Too winning well in 27.80 (-30).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DALCASH SCOLARI
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today the Ladbrokes Wiinter Festival begins at Monmore and in the Stayers event over 630m worth £5,000 to the winner Corrig Vieri and Kinda Easy look to complete a clean sweep of all their festival competitions this year, while Eye Eye Pickle and defending champ Directors Ruler run in the Dogs 480m.
Opens at Hall Green on Tuesday while at Wimbledon sensation Eye Onthe Storm trials before racing at Wimbledon in preparation for the Sky race on Oaks final night. Brother Eye Onthe Flash and Aero Bolt also trial.
The Henlow Derby continues on Thursday with three semi-finals and impressive heat scorer Jogadusc Ace runs from trap 1.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
All That Noise ran well at good odds last Friday at Coventry and for a bet this week you will have to get on early as I fancy Corrig Vieri today ante-post for the Ladbrokes Winter Festival Stayers at the best odds available.
CORRIG VIERI - 4 pts win ante-post - Ladbrokes Winter Festival Stayers - Monmore - Today
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ALL THAT NOISE - 3pts win - Coventry - Friday - lost