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Henlow's Silver Salva which attracted a top class field draws to a conclusion this Thursday and we are delighted that we have three representatives to try and land the honours. Dalcash Scolari got the ball rolling in last Thursday's semi's with an all the way success to score by a length in a good 33.40. Directors Spur surprisingly won from a long way off the pace to make it a quick fire double for the kennel recording 33.61 and in the last semi-final All That Noise finished 2nd to Barnfield Rocky in 33.67 to make us three handed in the £4,000 to the winner event. Our draws with Dalcash Scolari in trap 3, Directors Spur in 4 and All That Noise in 5 are not ideal but I feel whichever one can break well and lead before the 3rd bend then we could go one better than the last Henlow competition where Destroy The Camp was runner up in the Henlow Derby.
Not such good luck in the All England Cup semi-finals at Newcastle on Saturday where both Blonde Fletch and Kinda Ready were eliminated. Blonde Fletch was only beaten about 4 lengths in 4th place and had every chance but Kinda Ready who finished in 5th was very unlucky. After a superb break he looked in a great position at the first bend but Ballymac William in trap 1 paced up inside him and hit him twice going round the bend, the second bump effectively putting him out of the race. We have no supporting runners on Wednesday's Sky card at Newcastle but one thing is certain it was very pleasing to see Sky's 2011 schedule in place for the first six months of the year. I think it's most important for the sport that we have this excellent coverage and I will be making a conscious effort to ensure we are represented in as many meetings as possible.
Talking of Sky it shouldn't be long now before the venue for the Trainers Championship meeting is announced. As current champions after a glorious night at Doncaster earlier in the year we, along with the other five trainers taking part, are already thinking of our possible teams for the annual event that seems to get better each year with the generous and committed sponsorship from Betfair. Sadly the rift between Betfair and the top bookmakers seems to be getting wider and you could safely rule out the Ladbrokes, Corals and William Hill tracks as possible venues a they wouldn't want to be associated with the sponsors who definitely have made a huge impact on their profit margins since they first started trading. With the Championship held in the North for the past two years (Doncaster & Sheffield) it looks likely to be held in the Midlands or South bringing in tracks like Perry Bar or Hall Green or maybe Sittingbourne as possible candidates. The fact that the event likes to have big galloping tracks as it's first choice then you could rule out improving tracks like Henlow, Peterboough and Yarmouth so if I was asked to have a bet on the outcome I would say Perry Bar, watch this space!
Quality rather than quantity was the order of the week with open racing at Henlow on Thursday with the semi-finals of the Silver Salva taking center stage. As said above we qualified three runners for next Thursday's final. In supporting races Gottabe Kinda ran well when 3rd in a good puppy open and I was delighted with the runs of two old stagers who won both divisions of the 460m Standard, Directors Ruler (27.84) and Eye Onthe Brave (28.04) used their excellent early pace to lead all the way and grab the honours. We sent triallers to Romford on Tuesday and put a few bitches through their paces at Wimbledon on Wednesday with Aldataro Lass going best (28.95 calc). Our only other open racing was the All England Cup semi's on Saturday with Blonde Fletch and Kinda Ready sadly eliminated.
A mixed night on Monday with four winners, three seconds and two knocked over from nine runners. Mint Bulb kicked off the night with a display to remember, bolting out of the boxes she raced away from the field to score by 7 lengths in a superb and career best 28.03 (+10). Legit Jack was runner up before Corrig Vincent gained his debut win in an A2 by the shortest margin in 28.44 (+20). Lord Aristocracy looked to have sewn up his race when 2 lengths clear going round the last two bends but got caught right on the line going down by a neck in 28.59. Shoot To Thrill also scored a debut victory coming from last to first with some excellent middle pace to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.53 (+20). Catunda Mae made a good A1 field look ordinary when leading all the way to win by 5 lengths in a flying 27.86 (+20) the fastest graded time of the year so far. In a scrappy A2 Sligo Too led to the third bend but was clipped from behind and sent crashing to the floor (thankfully OK) leaving Scodan Parker in 2nd place. Youngster Exceptional Ride was also brought down at the 3rd bend when not in contention but also looks none the worse.
On Saturday Gottabe Sleepy made a fine debut when runner up in an A5. After being baulked out of the traps she showed good early to lead until the run in eventually beaten 1 1/12 lengths in 29.07. Dobbydaize looked very green on his debut when last and Kinda Dizzy had a rough ride when 5th. Scodan Paker was only 4th when in a good position but trouble at the first bend saw Kinda Dashing go crashing to the floor (OK afterwards) at the first bend. Aero Merlin made it 4 wins from 6 runs at the track landing the top grade by a length in 28.45 (-10) with Severn Barcelona back in last. In two other top grade races Corrig Vincent found it tougher when 5th and in a class A1 Mint Bulb ran well when 4th with Lil Magic back in 5th. Kinda Breezy following up from a good debut made light work of an A4 winning by over 6 lengths in 28.70 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DALCASH SCOLARI
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
This week we will be at Henlow on Thursday where the final of the Silver Salva features three from our kennel with Dalcash Scolari, Directors Spur and All That Noise holding realistic chances of landing the £4,000 first prize. A trip to Romford is planned for Friday and just a graded card on Saturday at Yarmouth.
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Dalcash Scolari gave us some funds to play with when scoring well on Thursday at Henlow though not many punters were able to get on at ante-post odds with the big bookmakers not pricing the event up. Kinda Ready was very unlucky not to give us something to watch on Sky at Newcastle on Wednesday when eliminated from the All England Cup.
This week I can't see too much to punt on but Goldcrest Lord has to be worth a bet at Romford on Friday after his encouraging comeback race last week.
GOLDCREST LORD - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DALCASH SCOLARI - 3 pts win - Henlow - Thursday - WON 2/1
DALCASH SCOLARI - 1 pt e.w ante-post 12/1 - Henlow Silver Salva - Final Thursday
KINDA READY - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - All England Cup - Newcastle - LOST