Monday 7th November 2011
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A quieter week for the kennel mainly due to the fact that we had to change our plans. Blonde Fletch and Aero Majestic this time last week were on course to run in the Doncaster St Leger but were not in the starting line up on Friday for different reasons. Blonde Fletch, after a trial at Sittingbourne last Sunday where he went well recording a smart 28.98, was found to have torn the sheath of a muscle in the back of the gracillis. It's not anything serious but will keep him off the track for 2-3 weeks. Hopefully he can return to run in the Monmore competition at the beginning of December. Aero Majestic was turned over at short odds in a 642m race at Sittingbourne last Sunday, a race where he led at one stage. This prompted a sharp u-turn in his plans to run over a very stiff 661m at Doncaster. Fortunately we decided to re-route him to the heats of the Cesarewitch at Oxford last Thursday and it payed dividends as he ran very well to win comfortably by 2 lengths in 40.02. The final is this Thursday and if he comes on a bit he will have a great chance to win the event. Sadly this prestigious event has been demoted to Category 3 status though two runs for £2,000 is not bad.
The much talked about Betdaq Gobata Premier Legue is now gathering pace and all the team entries were in last Monday. A last minute rush of trainers wanting to be involved made it a frantic day for Gobata as trainers were matched with teams and everyone was accommodated and 18 teams involving around 60 of the leading trainers in the country. We are pleased to announce that, for the first season at least, Paul Sallis will be joining our team and we will form a formidable partnership to try and win the first Premier League title at the end of February. Paul has had some great success this year and we have known each other for a number of years, in fact we both recalled the time we used to see each other on a regular basis around the country when Paul was Assistant to Brian Clemenson and I was Assistant to Linda. At the moment our team has the name W & S Allis although I was looking for some inspiration to jazz it up a bit (any ideas?) before we go to our qualifying leg at Yarmouth on December 3rd.
The Bags/Begs Intertrack kicks off on Friday for the 'Midland' section that Yarmouth has found themselves in. The first leg is at Monmore who will be hot favourites to land the title and although Yarmouth wouldn't be expected to beat them on their own patch hopefully they can grab at least second or third. Ourselves (Risky Blue, Kinda Razzle) Colin Finch (Society King, Farran Bomber), Jane Craske (Parkers Nemesis) and Robin White (Riverside Way) will represent Yarmouth. At last with this welcome boost for graded runners and the Premier League for open racers we are getting somewhere in the quest to make the industry stronger.
Tomorrow we send a strong team to Belle Vue for the supporting races on Sky. The 470m Standard with Blonde Snapper running from trap 6 looks a cracker with the likes of Mountjoy Rock in opposition. Important Trainers Championship points are up for grabs and as well as trying to keep our slender lead we hold from Chris Allsopp in that, we are also just about in front in the Sky leading trainers table so there is a lot to play for.
Apologies if anyone couldn't get hold of me over the last day or two - I managed to lose my mobile phone in a taxi after a night out in the West End with my wife Sarah on Saturday. As they say 'I don't know what people would do without their mobiles' well I found out, actually come to think about it , it was quite nice! By the way I fully recommend going to see 'The Jersey Boys' at the King Edward Theatre, brilliant!
A quiet week with Aero Majestic winning his heat of the Cesarewitch at Oxford on Thursday.
On Friday Mountjoy Osprey won again in a 400m Puppy race holding off the attentions of Droopys Lorenzo in a slick 24.20. Both Rockburst Fanta and Rockburst Lenny were second.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne both Rookery Pedro and Mountjoy Orion ran well but had to settle for the runner up spots. Jazz Apollo again showed his liking for the Kent track with a last gasp victory over 500m in a good 30.18.
On Monday Scodan Moet was a close up third before Catunda Mae came from behind to win by just over a length in 28.53. Bit View Emma made it four A1's on the trot with a hard fought win by 3/4 length in 28.34.
On Wednesday Goldies Mark was the star of the evening winning an A1 by a head in 28.49.
On Saturday Swift Chef, a June 2010 pup, made a winning debut in an A3 scoring by a neck in 28.60. Scodan Moet was second in Heat 1 of the 'Owners Bonus Series' and Bit View Emma just failed by the shortest of short heads to make it five in a row when pipped by Riverside Talbot. Aldataro Lass was impressive in an A2 when scoring by over 7 lengths in a fast 28.00.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow's Sky card at Belle Vue featuring the Laurels Final sees us with four runners. Puppy Benkaat Blue (formerly Mountjoy Falcon) has a tough task and Kinda Close is bang on form in the Bitches race. In the Marathon Ayamzagirl bids to be the Sky top dog and needs another win to go clear by herself but the race of the night is the 470m Standard where Blonde Snapper takes on some smart rivals.
On Thursday the final of the Cesarewitch at Oxford should be a cracker with Aero Majestic bidding to land a third Stayers title of the year.
On Friday Mountjoy Orion will be entered in the Kent St Leger at Crayford and other opens are to be pencilled in.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Blonde Fletch was not entered at Doncaster last Friday.
On tomorrow's Sky card at Belle Vue all four of our runners have a reasonable chance but to me the way Ayamzagirl is back running she has to go close and is worth a decent bet.
AYAMZAGIRL - 3pts win - Belle Vue - Tuseday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE FLETCH - 5 pts win ante-post - Doncaster St Leger - No bet