Monday 9th August 2010
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Last Tuesday's Sky meeting at Wimbledon produced some memorable moments for us with superb wins for Corrig Vieri, Adageo and Ayamzagirl but the feature race the William Hill Puppy Derby ended in disappointment as our main hope Blonde Snapper skewed out of the boxes and lost all chance of winning. To be fair he recovered well and showed tremendous pace to challenge for second place though Seamus Cahill's Rayvin Giovanni had the race in the bag and Blonde Snapper had to settle for third. Worse still our other two finalists Kinda Razzle and Blonde Ross came together at the first bend resulting in Blonde Ross taking a crashing fall. Thankfully Ross seems none the worse and in what was only his fourth race ever he looks a nice prospect for the future. After Rayvin Giovanni's win Seamus Cahill has moved to level on points with us on 450 points each in the Trainers Championship standings. Surprisingly the Puppy Derby is only a Category 2 race and only worth 30 points instead of the 50+ for a Category 1 and we gained valuable points winning three supporting races. The race for the title moves on and the next big competition both kennels are involved in came quickly as the next night the Peterborough Derby, a Category 1 event worth £10,000 to the winner, took another twist for us. Kinda Handy lost out by a short head for qualifying for the final whereas Seamus Cahill saw two of his runners Tearaway John and Fierce McHugh make the final. Only in Category 1's do trainers score points just for making the final and in the end they finished fourth and sixth respectively in Saturday's big final which went the way of Paul Young's Lainedans Flyer (formerly known as Westmead Carl) which also lifts Paul high into the top six and a good chance of making the Trainers Championship meeting for next year.
Our kennel has also been struck a savage blow as Droopys Zach who was just returning to his best form after a long absence has had to be retired. After an unlucky and troubled run at Sittingbourne last Sunday where he holds the track record he was lame the next morning. An x-ray on Wednesday revealed a large chip of his central tarsal bone and though not impossible to fix it was decided in consultation with his loyal owner Andy Pelley to retire Zach.
In all Droopys Zach had 73 races winning 28 times on 12 different tracks, the highlights being winning the Category 1 Monmore Summer Classic Stayers and in what was one of the races of the year in 2009 going down by a short head to kennelmate Kinda Easy in the classic St Leger at Wimbledon as well as making numerous big race finals.
This in my opinion doesn't quite tell the who story as 'Zach's' style of running created huge excitement and though no doubt he had some quirks he was one of those rare greyhounds that had a large following and would definitely put bums on seats when he raced. He was a massive part of our stellar year last year and will enjoy a fabulous retirement. Greyhounds like Droopys Zach don't come around often and I have to say we were privileged to be able to train such a beautiful and friendly greyhound, thank you Zach!
The Ladbrokes Irish Derby began last Thursday and what a start for our Derby winning hero Kinda Ready. With still plenty of doubters about 'Del Boy' what better way to silence them than with a strong running win in his heat over ante-post favourite Tyrur Big Mike in a good 29.79. The decision for him to stay in Ireland and be trained by his breeders and our friends Ian and Brenda Seymour has been fully justified and you have to say he could go a long way in the event. Good luck to Ian, Brenda and 'Del Boy'.
With the switch from Harlow to Yarmouth, where all our qualifying trials are going very well, it's with regret that our parader and kennelhand Sandra Love has had to leave us for the time being. Sandra who met us at the track to work for us at both Walthamstow and Harlow has been with us for 10 years and was a popular and hard working and complete greyhound lover who will be sorely missed. Hopefully Sandra will be back with us when Walthamstow returns and it was great to see on her last night for us at Wimbledon and hope that she will have happy memories of parading three winners on Sky.
Five winners at two different tracks on Tuesday would normally be superb but to be fair having lost out in the Puppy Derby final it felt a bit flat.
Corrig Vieri got the ball rolling at Wimbledon with a bold front running performance in the 687m beating the useful He Went Woosh by a length in 41.97 breaking his own track record.
Adageo returned to the scene of where he made the Derby final and wasn't hindered by dropping down in trip after a few successful runs over 575m and won the 480m in style by over 3 lengths in a good 28.42.
The Marathon produced plenty of thrills and spills but it was Ayamzagirl who landed a great treble for the kennel when just managing to get her head in front right on the line to score by a short head in 56.38.
At Hall Green Risky Wand followed up his Harlow win with another sprint victory by a head in 15.99. Eye Onthe Flash, returning from a lay off, beat kennelmate Blonde Gunner by 1 1/4 in 28.36 while Dalcash Scolari was only 3rd in the top division and Risky Skipper a fast finishing 2nd in a 480m Maiden.
Kinda Handy just missed out when beaten a short head for 3rd place in the Peterborough Derby semi-final on Wednesday and there were no runners until the finals night on Saturday which resulted in two seconds for both Directors Wit, going down by 3/4 length to Corby Don in the sprint in a fast 14.14, and Bourne Masons filled the runners up spot in the 605m. Bell Tornado was a shade unfortunate when virtually knocked over when challenging for the lead in a veterans 420m.
At Yarmouth in the heats of the East Anglian Challenge Jogadusc Ace despite a bump on the run up led till the run in but was run out of a place in the final when only 3rd beaten 1/2 and 1/2 length in 28.10 with Blonde Playboy in last. Blonde Gunner cramped badly after showing good early before being well beaten by Fear Zafonic who clocked a fast 27.53.
Just one winner at Sittingbourne last night where Destroy the Camp again showed his liking for the track with another victory in 28.95.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - ADAGEO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch are triaLling before racing at Nottingham with next week's Puppy Classic in mind while Bomber Barkley and Kinda Razzle are in Puppy races as well as Directors Spur, Droopys Elbow and Eye Onthe Tempo who run in the heats of the 500m competition.
Adageo is the star attraction with a few runners at Hall Green on Tuesday while on Wednesday we have a few runners in the supporting opens for the East Anglian Challenge at Yarmouth including the in form Corrig Vieri.
On Thursday Kinda Easy runs in the heats of the Cesarawitch over 645m and on Sunday the heats of the Kent Derby take place at Sittingbourne.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Though the Puppy Derby final didn't quite go to plan with Blonde Snapper only showing a slight profit it was a glorious result for followers if they backed our maximum bet in Ayamzagirl in the Marathon live on Sky. Available at 14/1 with some bookies in the morning she ended up a 6/1 winner giving us a massive profit on the night.
This week the Kent Derby begins and Destroy The Camp has taken to the track very well and could have a fair chance of making the final.
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post - Kent Derby - Sittingbourne - Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - 3rd
BLONDE ROSS - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - lost
KINDA RAZZLE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - lost
AYAMZAGIRL - 2.5 pts ew. - Wimbledon - Tuesday - WON 6/1 (14/1 available in the morning)