Monday 8th July 2013
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Our long trip to Sunderland on Saturday proved fruitful with both Hometown Honey and Jazz Tilly landing their heats of the William Hill Grand Prix over 640m while a returning Blonde Reagan was desperate not to qualify when short headed for 3rd place less than 2 lengths behind the winner. Our participation in the William Hill Classic over 450m ended when Carkei Max could only finish 4th in a trouble marred race. Hometown Honey, clocked the fastest time of 39.70 in the six heats, and Jazz Tilly have been drawn in the same semi-final next Saturday but we will be very hopeful of getting at least one to the £15,000 to the winner final a week Thursday.
The week didn't start well when our long trip to Sunderland for trials ended in disappointment as Garryglass Rodge, one of our leading fancies for the event, came off lame after a moderate trial. An x-ray later revealed a minute chipped bone on the wrist with some ligament damage and although thankfully not career threatening he faces a few weeks off the track. Glanmire Lad clearly didn't handle the track and trip after a poor trial and we decided not to enter him for the Classic but we hope to have him out on Friday at Romford.
It wouldn't be too many times we would be taking in too many near five year old veterans but last week Baran Bally Hi arrived for us to run in a few hurdle races at Coventry. The old fellow came in immaculate condition and ran creditably on his debut for us last Sunday at Coventry but a return for the heats of the Here And There 1985 Hurdle Stakes on Wednesday saw Baran Bally Hi score by a couple of lengths in 30.08 the fastest of the three heats. Again Coventry lead the way in prize money with an excellent £1,000 to the winner final this Wednesday, and it is a very good final as well.
As said Coventry lead the way in open race prize money and considering they have no Bags contract their graded money is pretty good as well! At the moment we are having graded runners at both Yarmouth and Coventry which seems to work well as we can sort out which of our graded dogs are suited to each track first and foremost, of course though there is quite a big difference in prize money between the grades at both tracks with say an A3 at Yarmouth being worth £60 to the winner and £20 to others while an A3 at Coventry is worth £115 to the winner £35 for second £30 for third place and £25 others a difference of nearly £100 per race. It's not having a go at Yarmouth which is a fantastic and well run track, more a case of how good Coventry is. It's essential Coventry's promoter and his team get the sport's full backing as they are the ray of light in these tough times.
Of course prize money is something owners should be looking at and complaining about if they don't feel its right. I personally would like to see the promoters add some money on to the winners' prize in open races which is paid directly to the trainer. Open races in most weeks add up to around 40% of the coverage on RPGTV and all open race trainers facing rising costs could do with some extra money coming their way as there is only so much they can pass on to owners' bills. We all know that graded racing overall in the sport takes the majority of bets struck but open racing is important to the bookmakers as they have a much larger turnover per race than graded races yet they pay nothing to the trainers that provide the greyhounds in open races, this really needs addressing in the near future.
We had 266 entries for our 5 To Follow competition and it was nice to see the kennel come back to some decent form after a real poor run in June and seven open race winners at the weekend could mean a good start for some entries. Garryglass Rodge was very popular in many lists and it is a blow for them and us that he will be out for a few weeks.
No luck at Romford on Monday with Swift Sean and Aero Yeah but a good win for Baran Bally Hi at Coventry on Wednesday in the heats of the Hurdles competition in the fastest time.
A long trip to Swindon for the Two Year Old Produce Stakes but both Blonde Tango (4th) and Blonde Bobby (5th) got a bit lost around the galloping track. Better news at Sunderland on Saturday with wins for Hometown Honey and Jazz Tilly in the William Hill Grand Prix heats.
On Sunday we bravely went back to Henlow for the heats of the Gold Cup over 550m after our three possible runners were all beaten last Sunday but it was a different story as all three took their heats in good style. Benkaat Nero came out in his best style and won by over 5 lengths in a flying 33.20, Real Trickyone battled hard to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 33.40 and Planning cracked out the lids to win by just over a length in 33.27.
Over at Coventry short priced Lil Risky (2nd) Benkaat Boy (3rd) and Bridge Ruth (2nd) all ran well but a nice win on debut for Sidaz Harris (29.45) who showed some great early and Newinn Chick showed some nice pace to land the bitches race in 29.65.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY GRADED REVIEW
At Coventry on Wednesday Hillcross Dakota was best of our four graded runners when 2nd in A5 grade.
On Saturday at Yarmouth Baran Maverick got off the mark winning an A7 by 3 3/4 lengths in 28.90 (+30). Darian Creek was a good 2nd in top grade while Swift Sean returned to the grades winning a weaker A1 by rhe minimum margin in 28.41 (+20) .
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Ayamzaman takes on old nemesis Shaneboy Ossie in the heats of the Coral On TV Standard at Romford tonight.
Baran Bally Hi runs from trap 6 in the Here And There 1985 Final at Coventry on Wednesday and Blonde Tango made it through to the Two Year Old Produce Stakes second round as one of the fastest losers.
We will be at Romford on Friday and on Saturday we travel back up the A1 to Sunderland for the semi-final of the William Hill Grand Prix with Hometown Honey and Jazz Tilly.
The semi-finals of the Henlow Gold Cup on Sunday will give us plenty of interest while at Coventry the heats of the Lady Godiva Stakes over 485m
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Not the best of weeks with both our ante-post selections being eliminated from their competitions and its back to the drawing board this week.
Jazz Tilly has given our supporters mixed results over the last few months and despite an awkward looking trap 4 draw in the semi-final of the William Hill Grand Prix is worth taking a chance on.
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - semi-finals Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GARRYGLASS RODGE - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - did not run
BLONDE REAGAN - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - lost
BLONDE BOBBY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Produce Stakes - Swindon - lost