Monday 7th May 2007
An interesting week on the race front with Tuesday's Blue Riband final the highlight with a bold attempt from Fear Armani to capture this major race. I thought when he led after showing terrific pace up at the first bend it was all over but for some reason 'Spiral' took a wide course at the 2nd bend which allowed Iceman Vader to nip inside him and take the lead. Although he still ran a great race to be runner up, the drive home for me and Sid from Hall Green left us wondering what might have been.
Fear Robben's comeback race at Monmore on Thursday after a three month absence was overshadowed with the return also of greyhound legend Westmead Hawk and on the face of it I would say both sets of connections were delighted with their greyhound's efforts despite both having to settle for 2nd place and can go in to next Thursday's final with confidence at a high, although Robben has a difficult draw in trap 2.
Daisyfield Seani is another of our stars to return this week and I would say her spin over 430m at Walthamstow on Wednesday was nothing short of sensational clocking a calculated 25.75 (4 spots off the clock). Seanie is due to trial on Tuesday before racing and will be entered for Sunderland's big compertition over 640m next weekend.
It seems that last weekend's victory of Centaur Decree in the Ocean Trailer Puppy Final has sparked some furious debate in the greyhound world notably on Betfair's greyhound forum - not something I would normally read or even less likely to post on, but having been told several times to read what was written I had a look and found some certain posts not about the dog himself but a complete slating of myself and my kennel. Well everybody's entitled to their opinion and 'mailroad' and 'Duke of Venice1' I don't know what I have done to upset you and to be honest don't really care. I think we should remember a couple of points, one is that no one before or after last week's final has shouted from the rooftops that Centaur Decree is going to win the Derby. I did point out in last week's Trap2line column, which was printed before the race, that he was tremendous value at 250-1 and no one can argue that a young dog who has only had a dozen races and can do 28.36 round the Stow is not a complete rag in next month's premier event. Yes indeed it will be hard and yes sure the dog could get knocked out in the first round but please let's have some respect for all concerned. As for the criticism of myself then all I can say is go and have a word with the greatest trainer the sport has ever had 'Charlie Lister' and ask him what he thinks of me and our kennel and I think you will be surprised at what he says. And 'monmore man', of the twelve Category 1's we have won in just over 2 years (just one less than Charlie) only one was at the Stow.
One trainer whose dogs are flying at the moment is John Mullins and congratulations to him on another fine victory last Friday when Black Taxi won the Golden Sprint at Romford. John looks to have a great team of greyhounds again and we look like we could have some terrific battles over the next few months. Well done John!
I've featured above Tuesday's Blue Riband at Hall Green and we had no luck on Wednesday's Coventry opens when Discreet Cat(2nd) and Lissivigeen Mary(2nd) were slightly unlucky not to have won but came closest for us.
Thursday was a busy night for the kennel when we were represented at four different tracks. Again at Coventry the main race was the Mark Hill £3,000 to the winner over 625m in which both Blackmagic Guy (3rd) and Coolanga Flyer(4th) ran well and were not beaten too far by Shelbourne Laura. Not So Jolly improved for his look the previous Sunday to finish a close up 2nd and Ronnies Champion returned to the podium after winning div 2 of the standard 480m in 29.63. At Henlow we had three entries for the Nick Savva sponsored Paddy Dunne Memorial Puppy Cup. All three were having their first look at the tricky Bedfordshire track and ran well but it was left to the Champagne Club's Bubbly Magic to fly the flag when running very well to win his heat in 28.15 on a slow track. Walthamstow saw thirteen opens and we had some good performances by Lockdale Prince(2nd) Lode Star(2nd) Eye Onthe Jewel(2nd) but it was great to see January Tiger notch his first veteran open win. Also winning their first opens respectively Chase The Dream in the 475m maiden and well done to Ingeniuos winning the 640m maiden. At Monmore in the Stud Book Trophy heats, as mentioned above, Fear Robben qualified for next week's final by finishing 2nd in his heat.
No joy on Monday's BAGS card and on Tuesday near misses for Lews Trickster(2nd), Avoid The Rest(2nd) and Centaur Driver(2nd) but back from season bitches Snappy Girl and Treacle Rose managed to both win first time with the latter impressive when recording 29.11 in an A5. Marathon Girl also popped in again when picking herself up off the floor after first bend trouble to come through on the run in to win comfortably - a bitch to watch out for when stepped up in trip. On Saturday night we had wins for Ants Gunner, Treacle Star and a very good run from our pup Paid In Cash who won in a good 29.18
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BUBBLY MAGIC
GRADED - TREACLE ROSE
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Monday sees the heats of the Gerry Allen Quick Silver Trophy at Romford in which we have Go Commando lining up for us. Thursday is semi-final time at Henlow and we have Bubbly Magic drawn quite well in the Paddy Dunne Memorial Puppy Cup. Fear Robben is in Thursday's final of the Stud Book Trophy at Monmore. The usual array of opens are on at Walthamstow on Thursday and Saturday is the start of the William Hill Festival of Racing at Sunderland with £120,000 of prize money on offer.