Monday 8th December 2008
We are late on parade this week due to the fact we were all partying last night at the Kennel Hands Christmas party at Harlow Stadium so just a brief summary of last week. Firstly thanks to John and Maggie Simpson for organising last night's bash which has been a tradition for
quite a while now and I'm sure all that attended had a great nigh. The entertainment and food were excellent and the newly furbished Harlow Hounds Social Club room was perfect. Talking of parties, I have now finalised my party to celebrate our impending Trainers Championship
victory and invites will be sent to join me on January 10th at The Hare at Roxwell (near Chelmsford) where we can all let our hair down for what promises to be a proper night of drinking, eating and dancing! Also I have provisionally booked four tables on January 25th at the B.G.R.B awards night at the Hilton Metropole so anyone wishing to join my tables or who needs tickets (£50 each) let me know a.s.a.p.
It has been an up and down week on the track with some nice wins mixed in with some disappointing runs and a bit of bad luck along the way. Two of our potential stars who are worth a mention are the Evan/Mark Herbert owned pair of Goldcrest Lord and Goldcrest King. The first may have not beaten much when winning a minor puppy open at Harlow last Thursday but the pace to the naked eye was impressive and we have a strong feeling that this is an above average pup with a big future. The latter, Goldcrest King, who has been without doubt one of the fastest ever trial dogs we have seen is now getting his act together in races
and again last night he showed in a race at Coventry when beating the useful Afflek Ellite that he could be a real Derby contender next year. These two, along with the likes of youngsters like Kinda Ready, Easy, Handy and Free from the Just The Best - Kinda Sleepy litter as well as
established but still young Mountjoy Gold and Ruby, Corrig Vieri, Eye Onthe Class and Brave, Congo Invader and Taboby Legend to name a few will join our established performers to give our kennel a very powerful team to keep us at the top for 2009 which can't come soon enough for Imperial Kennels.
A quick update on last week's action which started with a scintillating win for Genesis Dream in the heats of the Cotswold Scaffolding 630 at Monmore by 8 3/4 lengths in a fast 37.83 (+40). Elusive Jazz qualified for the second round of the Oaks when runner up in her first round heat
on Tuesday and on the same night a battling victory in front of the Sky cameras for Genesis Alix in the lung busting 925. Highlights on Wednesday were a super win for puppy Goldcrest Lord by over 4 lengths in a fast 25.94 calc also a nice return to form for Rhias Beauty in the Monkey Stayers heats in 37.75 calc. Eye Onthe Flame did well to qualify for the next round of the Supreme Hurdle event at Henlow after returning from injury. No luck in the final for Genesis Dream on Saturday at Monmore and Elusive Jazz was desperately unlucky when eliminated from the Oaks. Sunday at Coventry Eye Onthe Class was knocked over (seems unscathed) which basically summed up our night though we will take great heart from the performance of Goldcrest King who took the last open in great style in a fast 29.36 (+10).
No luck from our four graded runners on Wednesday with Hollywell Dixie coming closest when 2nd. On Thursday there were good wins for Notanothersecond (26.29 calc), Aero Rapido (26.42 calc) and Jonos Patience (26.15 calc).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - GOLDCREST KING
GRADED - NOTANOTHERSECOND
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
The heats of the Henlow Winter Derby take place tonight with Mountjoy Gold heading our challenge. Wednesday at Harlow both Droopys Zach and Rhias Beauty feature in the main race the Monkey Stayers final and on Thursday Eye Onthe Flame runs in the Semi's of the Supreme Hurdle at Henlow. Sunday opens at Coventry feature puppy races with the promising Kinda Ready, Easy and Handy on show.