Monday 8th February 2010
JOIN GOBATA NOW
It has been the worst start to a year I can recall due to the weather and kennel sickness and it was a relief to see the kennel back to some sort of form this last week with open winners at Harlow , Romford and Monmore and a good trial session at Wimbledon last Wednesday for some of our leading lights including Eye Onthe Storm and Kinda Ready amongst others. The bug in the kennel has eased over the last week as well and our season can now get going.
Congratulations to Paul Sallis who landed a memorable 1-2 in the first Category 1 competition of the year the Betfair Arc at Swindon though we were slightly disappointed not to have an entry in this year's event as we had won the Arc the previous two years. Farloe Titan held off kennel mate Klockwork Kyla but Paul would have been slightly gutted not to see his name at the top of the Trainers Championship standings in Friday's Racing Post due to the fact that Peter Meldrum's regular column is unavailable with him leaving the daily paper. On this point I received a call from the Racing Post's editor Bruce Millington regarding last week's newsletter comments. Bruce kindly explained decisions made and told me that the Racing Post was committed to Greyhound racing but the paper merely reflected the sign of the times and the state of the industry. I thank Bruce for his time and hope that something happens this year that can give the industry a major boost. I said I would touch on some valid points that I would like answers for from the GBGB and relevant parties and the first point this week is:-
In Lord Donaghue's report that has produced our new regulatory board the GBGB, he stated that they the GBGB should have full control of and responsibility for allocation of all central funds and the BGRF as recommended should be disbanded.
I think this is a major issue; the GBGB has done most things that the Donaghue report recommended and all these, such as micro-chipping and the like, which affect the trainers and owners the most seem to go through with no problem but when I quizzed some of the people in the GBGB about the central funds and what was being done there was no positive response. Unless we get these funds, most of which is the voluntary levy, away from the BGRF the sport and GBGB can't move forward.
Tuesday sees the final of the Springbok at Wimbledon live on Sky and we again for the second week running have no runners as I don't feel that our top open racers are quite ready. We do have last year's Derby winner Kinda Ready trialling before racing and if he goes well we will be looking to race him very soon, possibly at Monmore a track he likes very much. Eye Onthe Storm who trialled very well at Wimbledon last Wednesday will travel to Sittingbourne on Tuesday for a 480m trial with a view to giving him a race there a week Thursday. This should put him spot on in his preparation for the Juvenile Championship race on March 2nd at Wimbledon. We will also take Kinda Easy, Eye Onthe Flash and Dalcash Scolari to Sittingbourne and, while on the subject of the Springbok, last year's winner Bomber Bailey looks firmly on the way back in his first trial since injury when beating Platinumlancelot at Belle Vue last October. He recorded a flying 14.95 at Harlow on Saturday. Eye Eye Pickle who was one of the worst affected of our sickness victims trials back at Monmore on Tuesday.
At Harlow on Wednesday Directors Wit followed up his Monmore victory with a 'come from behind' win in 15.16 in the sprint. Directors Fire was second and in what looked a golden opportunity for Adageo in the Monkey Maiden final he managed to slip, going down on his nose after a stride, losing all chance but to his credit he still finished 4th.
On Friday at Romford Risky Wand showed terrific pace to lead at the first bend in the sharp 225m sprint going away to score by 2 lengths in 13.66 (+5). Both Aldataro Lass and Eye Onthe Pulse ran well when second before Goldies Destiny returned to form with a bang skating up in the 575m top division by 4 1/2 lengths in a superb 35.29 (+20).
On Satutrday at Monmore some more pups were put through their paces. Droopys Seve (4th), Goldies Sam (2nd) and Rockburst Canyon (3rd) all ran well and in 480m Standards. Directors Ruler at last got his head in front after some solid efforts taking the notable scalp of Farloe Reason while both Jodu Fame and All That Noise were 2nd in their respective races.
Our two graded runners on Wednesday saw Carden Boss just touched off in an A6 and Mint Bulb having her first run back from season running well when 4th. On Saturday the improving Legit Jack scored again in a good 26.29 while in a tough A3 both Justins Princess and Risky Fabio in a tight finish dead heated for 1st in 26.11.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - GOLDIES DESTINY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Some important trials at Monmore, Sittingbourne and Wimbledon on Tuesday while we have open races pencilled in at Harlow (Wednesday), Sittingbourne (Thursday), Romford (Friday) and Monmore (Saturday).
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With the kennel just returning to some sort of form it could be a good time to have an interest and I feel we could have a winner on each of the following nights but we will only play small. At Harlow on Wednesday Directors Wit looks a dog worth following this year while at Sittingbourne Corrig Vieri looks set to return in a 500m race, it's a track he likes even if it's a bit sharp for him. On Friday Glenagower Champ should improve when he returns in a 575m Maiden and on Saturday Eye Onthe Flash is set to run in a 480m and I feel he can get back to the kind of form that saw him land a couple of top class races last year.
DIRECTORS WIT - 1 pt win - Harlow - Wednesday
CORRIG VIERI - 1 pt win - Sittingbourne - Thursday
GLENAGOWER CHAMP - 1 pt win - Romford - Friday
EYE ONTHE FLASH - 1 pt win - Monmore - Saturday