Monday 7th May 2012
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L&Q’s plans will be decided by Waltham Forest Councillors at a special public meeting at Waltham Forest Town Hall complex on the evening of 8 May.
We need as many people to attend this vital public meeting as possible.
Blonde Snapper and Castlebride Dan carry our kennel's hopes going into the final 48 of the William Hill Greyhound Derby at Wimbledon. On Friday Dixies Air was eliminated when only 4th in heat 2 of the second round failing to recover from a slow start though he did finish well and was only 3/4 length away from a place in the next round. Dixies Air looks like a step up in trip will suit and is most definitely one to watch out for in the future over six bends. Both Castlebride Dan and Jazz Apollo were pitched together in heat 8 and when Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Bugattti led up it was tough work for both. Jazz Apollo was bumped out of the traps and and crowded round the opening turns while Castlebride Dan again showed great early to turn second and in the end held on well for the final qualifying position at the expense of Jazz Apollo. Razldazl Bugatti was a second winner on the night for Dolores Ruth and she shared the honours with Charlie Lister whose brace included current champion Taylors Sky but judged on his performance when winning in 28.81 something is not quite there at the moment.
On Saturday the second round heats continued and in heat 11 Judicial Ruling for Michael O'Donovan set a real mark in the event when giving the useful Young Sid a running lesson winning by nearly 5 lengths in 28.19 just two spots outside the track record. This was just a warm up for what was to come two heats later when the in form Dolores Ruth sent out Razldazl Jayfkay to smash the clock winning by an incredible 13 1/2 lengths in an earth shattering 28.08. We had to wait until heat 15 for our own Blonde Snapper in a mouth watering race where something had to give. With an electric burst of pace Snapper had appeared to take a race winning lead but Charlie Lister's Boher Paddy got a dream run to get right upsides Snapper at the fourth bend and outstayed him by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.62 with Oaks winner Silverview Perky being one of the top contenders eliminated in 5th place. I'm sure Snapper will improve, and he will have to, with a bit warmer weather and this was a stern examination that we are pleased he came through.
The third round draw has been reasonably kind to Blonde Snapper who runs from a good trap 3 draw and chief dangers look to be Coolavanny Bert and Droopys Jet although at this stage all his opponents will fancy their chances of a place in the quarter-finals. Castlebride Dan meanwhile faces what looks the best heat of the whole round which contains Taylor Sky, Barefoot Allstar, Jaytee Pedro, Young Sid and Longwood Day. For the first time one of the best nights of greyhound action in the year, where you can see all 48 contenders on the same night, is to be shown live on Sky next Saturday.
Wimbledon has not only been in the news for holding the William Hill Derby but also that there have been strong rumours that the track has been sold for redevelopment that doesn't include greyhound racing. Clive Feltham, the Chief Executive for the GRA, made a statement that as usual in these circumstances neither confirmed or denied the strong rumours and if history repeats, as is usual for our industry, then all trainers and owners will be the last to find out if they have a future. If the banks call in the debt that Risk Capital, who own the GRA, owe then the implications for their other tracks, Belle Vue, Hall Green, Oxford and Perry Barr could be serious as well.
If Wimbledon is under serious threat then the possible return of Walthamstow is all the more important, tomorrow night is where the Waltham Forest Town Councillors will decide the future of the Stadium when a public meeting takes place at the Town Hall. It will be most important that all greyhound fans that want to see the Stadium return turn up in their numbers as it could make a huge difference.
A quiet week away from Wimbledon with our only other open race action at Hove on Thursday. Swift Reagan again ran well at a big price when a close up 2nd to Proud Berry. Highlight of the night for us was the performance of Lil Risky turning round a heavy defeat from the week before with a scintillating win in 16.31 with Jimmie Lolly and Swrbys Tony well behind. Blonde Fletch returned to race action for the first time in 2012 in a warm 515m Standard and produced a satisfactory effort when 3rd to Barry Drapers Farloe Kyle.
Only runners Saturday and Newinn Chick a January 2011 whelp made an excellent debut when just going down a head in an A4. Darian Chief got off the mark at the third time of asking when just getting up on the line to win in 28.13 (+40). Steam Machine scored a long overdue success when landing a top grade race by 1 3/4 lengths in 27.90 (+40).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight three runners all in the same heat of the Tony Byerley Quicksilver Trophy at Romford over 575m including the country's most winning open racer Aero Joker.
Back to Romford on Friday but the main action of the week will be at Wimbledon on Saturday when the 3rd round of the William Hill Derby takes place.
Other opens to be pencilled in.
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Jazz Apollo sadly exited the Derby at the second round stage but we still have Blonde Snapper and Castlebride Dan in the thick of things and Blonde Snapper looked at one point like he was going to land a nice touch for us in his second round heat on Saturday before being picked up by Boher Paddy. This week I can't see too much to bet on but with our interest in the Derby that will have to do.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 3 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday
CASTLEBRIDE DAN - 0.5 pts e.w ante-post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday
JAZZ APOLLO - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 100/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - lost