Monday 8th April 2013
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Last year Blonde Snapper won a very warm Coral Golden Sprint at Romford which got us on the way to a sensational 2012 where our kennel conquered all before us. This year's renewal looks even stronger with many top class sprinters and four bend stars looking to take the title. Some, after Friday's first round heats, like Loughteen Blanco and our own Lil Risky, to name but a few, have already bit the dust but some impressive first round winners have firmly put their cards on the table. Barrie Draper's in form kennel have sent down Farloe Barracuda and this aeroplane of a greyhound took his hot first round heat with ease in a fine calculated 23.73 with the unfortunate Lil Risky just missing out of qualifying with a troubled run in 4th place. Overall our kennel couldn't grumble too much with four of our five entries safely through to next Friday's semi finals. Garryglass Rodge made it three from three at Romford as this bang railer gave the top class Droopys Loner a start and a beating by a very impressive 5 lengths in a fine23.92 calc. Garryglass Rodge, just out of puppy stage, will have to learn to cope with draws away from the rails but when he is clad in the red jacket he will be feared in any level of racing. Dan Daley his owner also saw his Benkaat Boy qualify comfortably in the next heat when 3rd to Mottos Impact with Glanmire Lad splitting the two. Glanmire Lad is not quite firing on all cylinders quite just yet but all he needs in my opinion is a bit of warmer weather as he doesn't thrive in the cold, don't write him off yet!
It was interesting watching the RPGTV from Friday which I had recorded and listening to the comments of Jonathan Kay and guest Ian St Pier on Ayamzaman- they felt he hadn't got the 'Oomph' to win the Golden Sprint. Of course it won't be easy as the winner of the event will have to be foot perfect in all three runs but after Ayamzaman superbly demolished his opposition in heat 6 with a 3.59 sectional en route to a fastest of the night 23.65 calculated time I would dearly love him to prove them both wrong. The draw for the semi's has been reasonably kind to our four qualifiers, especially Garyglass Rodge who has the red jacket again. Ayamzaman is drawn out in trap 6 and it would be great if one or more can make the final.
Tomorrow we take the long trip to Swindon to trial our Pinpoint Recruitment Arc candidates. Bridge Ruth and Bridge Bandit should go well while Baran Knights, who has been plagued by a few niggling injuries since he came to us, looked to be back on track with a fine win at Hove last Thursday. Darian Chief is versatile enough to step down in trip and litter brother Darian Creek is useful on his day. One of our more interesting runners will be Ard To Beat who has gone up on our 'For Sale Page'. Although only 2nd at Hove over 475m last Thursday he lost nothing in defeat and I expect him to go well in this event. Having only had 9 races I'm sure he will improve to be able to contest all the major 4 bend races this year. He would also be another dog in our kennel that would benefit from some warmer weather and I would like to think Ard To Beat could give an owner a big thrill in this year's William Hill Greyhound Derby. Give me a call or e-mail me for full details.
As well as the above we also have Jazz Apollo, who was third in last year's final. Our veteran has returned from a long lay off in fabulous form completing a splendid hat trick of wins at Coventry on Sunday. Benkaat Blue also has good Swindon form and should go well while Castlebride Dan would be a big runner if he can transfer his Coventry form to Swindon.
This Wednesday I will be back to the GBGB offices for my second Racing Committee meeting on behalf of the GTA and hopefully now that some progress has been made and some tension has eased we can all work together to help trainers in what has been some difficult times. I feel that now the season has warmed up there is a realisation from promoters that trainers need some more money to survive and look after the greyhounds in their care in a proper way. Peterborough have now decided to pay trainers on a monthly contract which surely is to bring them in line with other Bags tracks. I'm sure over the next few months that it is time for the GTA to press promoters to pay all open race trainers a fee for supplying any open race dogs on the Bags card and in time on the RPGTV channel. I would set a fee of £10 per runner on Bags and £5 per runner on RPGTV. Of course there will be cries of 'elitist' etc but why should all trainers with graded dogs get paid for supplying Bags runners and not the open race trainers who on the whole will have a lot more overheads to contend with. Let's also not forget that open races on Bags have a lot higher turnover than the majority of graded races. Any payments from RPGTV will largely depend on whether we can convince the offshore bookmakers that they need to part with some of the money gambled on accounts as none of those profits come back into the levy which at the moment only receives a tiny percentage of the profits from betting shops only.
Melodys Ace bounced back from an odds on defeat on the Friday to land a heat of the Coral On TV Maiden Stayers at Romford on Monday by over 5 lengths in a good 35.89 while Reel Trickyone made his debut for our kennel when second in his heat.
At Coventry on Wednesday Castlebride Dan was just collared on the line by Calico Classic but in 29.30 in the heats of the Cotton King Cup and hopefully will come on for the run in next week's final. Benkaat Blue and Springdale Hawk were slightly unlucky when 4th and 5th respectively in the last heat.
At Hove on Thursday it was great to see the stunning looking Baran Knights win after suffering a few set backs recently when taking a good 515m Maiden by 3/4 lgth in 30.04 calc. Ard To Beat (2nd), Jazz Tilly (3rd) and Blonde Reagan (4th) all ran well.
At Romford on Friday as said Garryglass Rodge and Ayamzaman won well in their heats of the Coral Golden Sprint while Glanmire Lad and Benkaat Boy qualified safely but Lil Risky got no sort of run when eliminated. In other races both Melodys Ace and Reel Trickyone got in a mess at the 5th bend when defeated in the Coral On TV Maiden Stayers Final. Adageo Brae was 2nd over 575m and Planning suffered a few cuts and bruises when caught from behind at the first bend and though not beaten far in 3rd in a good 575m race he came off a bit sore so had excuses.
A nice double on Sunday with Jazz Apollo in stunning form completing a hat trick at Coventry in a flying 29.19. Mallogs Holly is starting to trap really well and this relentless galloper is proving to be a top marathon bitch who I'm sure will get better with age. Over the new 859m trip she beat the top class Fabulous Shanty by 2 3/4 lengths in 54.00 and time will tell what sort of time this will be though I would be pretty sure it will stand up.
On Wednesday no winners with Hillcross Miami and Ollie Blue close up seconds and on Saturday Toosey Millie opened her account in fine style winning well in a good 28.40 in an A4. Mountjoy Eagle has a fine record at Yarmouth and took another top grade race in a good 28.15. Swift Pepper took another step towards recovery when just touched off in an A3 and Kinda Neat was 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A rare trip to Mildenhall tomorrow night with three runners and on Wednesday at Coventry, as well as the final of the Cotton King Cup for Castlebride Dan, the heats of the Full Pete Puppy Trophy start over the new 450m distance and Blonde Tango is joined by Blonde Bobby making his debut.
Look out for exciting pup Swift Munster making his open race debut at Hove on Thursday with the feature on the card being the heats of the Charlie Miller Stayers.
A big night for the kennel on Friday as the Coral Golden Sprint semi-finals take centre stage, also the heats of the Tony Williams Dual Distance Trophy kick off.
We will be back to Coventry on Sunday where the heats of the Perambulate Stakes begin over 672m.
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Lil Risky was a touch unlucky when eliminated from the Coral Golden Sprint heats though Glanmire Lad and Ayamzaman are bang there still with a good chance.
I'm not sure how good our pup Swift Munster is but he has the potential to be something special so we should take a chance on him blind when he travels to Hove on Thursday. His trial over track and trip was very good and should stand him in good stead.
SWIFT MUNSTER - 2 pts win - Hove - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GLANMIRE LAD - 5 pts win ante-post 12/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - semis Friday
AYAMZAMAN - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - semis Friday
LIL RISKY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 20/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - lost