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The open race season reaches the point where we can all get excited as the greatest greyhound race on earth gets underway later this week, 146 entries go to the traps on Friday and Saturday at Wimbledon for the William Hill Greyhound Derby. The hopes and expectations of all the owners and trainers involved will have them all thinking of nothing else for the next few weeks as we build up to the June 11th final. The smaller entry this year probably wasn't a surprise with many reasons, not least a the difficult recession we are facing being the main one. Personally I think the now easier first round with all the six dog heats having four go through and all the five dog heats seeing three qualify will give owners a better chance of being involved longer and whatever you say even if there was 300 entries or 150 you always have to get down to 96 for the second round. We ourselves have 10 entries with four on Friday and six on Saturday with the only negative being heat 23 where we have three runners pitched in together. Blonde Snapper trading as low as 12/1 in a few bookmakers' books looks our best chance of repeating Kinda Ready's 2009 victory for the kennel but with a strong Irish entry and Charlie Lister having some top class runners including ante-post favourite Boher Paddy it's going to be tough. Kinda Ready himself is back for another Derby and after missing his defence last year through injury it would be a great swan song if he could go a long way. Whatever his fate he is most likely to be retired to stud after this campaign. Read below my full analysis of our kennels runners and chances.
Before the Greyhound Derby gets underway we have a major date at Hove on Tuesday as Blonde Fletch goes to post a 4/6 chance to land the Category 1 Coral Regency over 695m. Again in last week's semi-final he showed his rivals a clean pair of heels leading all the way this time to score by 3 3/4 lengths in 41.26 (-15). Maybe that was a surprise after leading that his time wasn't a bit quicker but I strongly believe if he led this time and was challenged he would pull out a bit more. Fletch is the only runner we have on the Sky card as all the other entries I made were only reserves for their races. I was surprised at hearing about Ayamzagirl only being a reserve in the marathon as she was 4 from 5 in Sky races this year but to be fair the race contains the five TV Trophy finalists from last week at Sittingbourne and Droopys Song who finished in front of Ayamzagirl in the supporting open.
Mountjoy Moon's disqualification in a puppy open at Sittingbourne on Wednesday was the other main talking point of the week. It was the second high profile red card this year following the Ayamzagirl incident at Crayford back in February which can make you pull your hair out as a trainer. There could be no dispute in the decision for Mountjoy Moon but it's such a shame as this young bitch possessed all the pace in the world and after her superb win at Hall Green it is a massive blow to our kennel as well as her owner Patsy Canavan. She will be off to the breeding paddocks when she is next in season so all is not lost yet.
Now for my summary of our Derby entries and our chances
BLONDE SNAPPER - heat 24 - best price 16/1
A superb puppy career where he was only beaten by Blue Artisan (Gymcrack) and Rayvin Giovanni (Sunderland Festival and Wimbledon Puppy Derby) promised plenty but a near disastrous wrist injury sustained in a prep trial for the Harolds Cross Puppy Derby had us all thinking he may not get to Wimbledon. We always said he would be a better dog with a bit of age and after a complete rest and plenty of treatment Blonde Snapper has come back with some scintillating trials and in his first race back on Trainers Championship night produced a thrilling race with 2010 Derby winner Bandicoot Tipoki who just got the better of him. Warmed up for the event with a fluent win on the Sky card at Sittingbourne last week, in my opinion there is none faster than Snapper and if he can keep trapping well the 2011 Derby crown will be his. I respect but don't fear anything in the classic against him.
DESTROY THE CAMP - heat 10 - best price 66/1
We have to go down the ante-post quite a bit for our next runner which surprises me with Destroy The Camp. Typifies our kennel over the years with 'Fred' coming from A6 at Harlow to becoming a serious open race dog. Runner up in the Henlow Derby last September he came forward with some superb displays at Wimbledon. Reminds me of January Tiger (Derby Consolation winner 2005) how he runs the bends at Plough Lane and produced an excellent performance when second to Boher Paddy on Trainers Championship night and this early paced British Bred wide runner has a fabulous chance of going a long way in the event.
KINDA READY - heat 2 - best price 100/1
2009 Derby champion is back for a second time after missing out making a defence of his title last year through injury. Was a shade disappointing on Trainers Championship night but picked up a slight niggle. Has come back with a couple of good trials (28.52 Wimbledon) and can be forgiven for being beat last week at Sittingbourne in a veterans' race after stumbling badly out of the traps. Loves Wimbledon and still not over raced for his age and though this will be his swan song make no mistake 'Del Boy' could still be a major force in the classic.
DALCASH SCOLARI - heat 23 - best price 150/1
'Bluey' has been in scintillating form this year winning plenty of opens and was an unlucky beaten semi-finalist in the Arc at Swindon in March. Was well backed in last year's Derby to go a long way but drew a tough first round heat with only 2 qualifying and was eliminated at the opening stage but arguably is a much better all round greyhound this term and is treble the price! 480m is a bit on the sharp side but if every greyhound in this year's Derby was to have a solo trial this week I guarantee this fella would be in the top 10 he is that fast. If getting some decent draws and the first round doesn't look too bad it would be no surprise to see him in the final.
ADAGEO - heat 19 - best price 150/1
Gave his owners a massive thrill when being the surprise package of the whole event last year and although last in the final he was only 1 3/4 lengths away from giving us a second consecutive title. Has done remarkably well just to be here this year after a serious injury in a trial at Monmore last September had complications. Only started trials last month and was pitched into a difficult trial stake in his comeback race two weeks ago but ran OK when 5th to Boher Paddy. We may be expecting a lot to think 'Brett' can do the same this year and is only 150/1 compared to 400/1 last year but he has a big heart and if he can get through the first couple of rounds he would only come forward.
EYE ONTHE TEMPO - heat 15 - best price 150/1
Did well to make the Quarter-Final last year and has since won plenty of opens around the country. 'Gas' has a big heart and always runs Wimbledon well and I see no reason why he can't go a few rounds again though would need plenty of luck to better last year's efforts and price is a bit skinny for me to be tempted.
JAZZ APOLLO - heat 23 - best price 200/1
Interesting runner for us, a well bred dog who picked up an injury after handful of races and missed most of the winter which may have been a blessing. Won well at Sittingbourne a couple of months back and has gone pretty good in trials and trial stakes at Wimbledon but his win at Hove last week against some useful opponents in a fast 29.73 (-10) means 'Apollo' enters the event as one of our least exposed runners and I have a sneaking feeling this beautiful looking greyhound could surprise many people.
BELLERS BUD - heat 23 - best price 200/1
'Bud' is owned by Dick and Ann Barfoot who had such a thrilling ride in last year's Derby with Adageo and who knows this youngster could well give them another decent run. Won his first four races, at Youghal twice and an A2 at Yarmouth before an open at Romford. Stepped up in class he made the semi-final of the Golden Sprint and acquitted himself well when second in a trial stake at Wimbledon. Needs to find a few lengths to beat the favourites but is open to plenty of improvement. Is in the same heat as Jazz Apollo and Dalcash Scolari which is tough but with four going through he has a chance to progress.
KINDA EASY - heat 6 - best price 250/1
2009 St Leger winner back for his third Derby and interestingly 'Dave' has won both his first round heats at huge prices. Also won his second round heat last year before being eliminated. Now in the veteran stage it is asking a lot for him to get to the final but you never know.
ROYAL PREMIUM - heat 11 - best price 250/1
Magnificent strapping 37 kilo dog who is bred in the purple. Only had four races and won well on his debut at Sittingbourne. This year's event may come a bit soon for him and the hustle and bustle of a Derby might not suit but 'Ted' has a big future and is a name to watch out for.
Well there you have it, lets hope all come off safe and sound and hopefully a third consecutive Derby finalist awaits us this year, good luck to everyone!
On Monday Bourne Masons won his heat of the Coral Stayers at Romford just holding off Razldazl Zamba in 35.55. On the Sky card at Sittingbourne the highlight was Blonde Snapper's Derby warm up victory beating a good field by over 4 lengths in 29.02 (-20). The meeting was spoiled for us by Mountjoy Moon's disqualification while Ayamzagirl was best of our others when 3rd in the Marathon.
On Thursday at Hove Blonde Fletch breezed to Tuesday's final of the Coral Regency with a fluent win and Jazz Apollo pulled off an excellent win over 515m beating some useful opponents in 29.73 (-10).
At Romford on Friday Bourne Masons slightly missed his break in the Coral Stayers Final and despite running well could only finish 3rd but promising pup Lil Risky made it 3 from 3 for us with a superb burst of early pace when beating Peterborough Puppy Derby winner Monleek Sloppy by 3 3/4 enlgths in a fast 24.11.
On Monday Kildream Sweetie was best of our runners when 3rd in an A4 and from a handful of runners Wednesday Aero Spark was best when beaten a head in top grade in 28.23 (+20).
A better night on Saturday with wins for Risky Blue in an A3 by 2 1/4 lengths in 28.41 (+30), Paradise Riva was second before Kildream Monster ran well to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 28.43 (+30).Aoifes Candy got back on the score sheet after finding trouble at the first two bends she led at the 3rd bend to score by 3 3/4 lengths in 28.88 (+20).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight at Romford Scodan Parker, Aero Merlin and Directors Wit all run in the heats of the Coral Standard over 400m.
On Tuesday the Feature race on the Sky card at Hove is the category 1 final of the Coral Regency and Blonde Fletch bids to give us a first victory in the event.
Opens at Henlow Thursday and back to Romford on Friday but the main event of the week is the first round of the William Hill Greyhound Derby starting with 12 heats on Friday and 12 heats on Saturday.
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Blonde Fletch available at 5/1 ante-post is now trading as short as 4/6 for the final of the Coral Regency and those that took our advice can now trade if they so wish for a healthy profit. This could hopefully fund our Derby bets with the William Hill sponsored classic beginning on Friday. From our 10 entries it's difficult to have to leave any out but we can't back them all. Value is the key to betting and I can see a bit of that with two of our entries.
Firstly we have to include our most likely winner Blonde Snapper who has in my opinion a serious chance of landing the premier classic. Despite missing the 50/1 and 40/1 available a couple of months ago I would not have recommended him as we all know the pitfalls of seeing a selection not making the start but we must include him in our bets.
Destroy The Camp has always looked like he could do well in the Derby and at 66/1 is worth a serious wager, also being a British Bred he is worth supporting in this market though I haven't seen any prices yet.
For a lively outsider, and we pinpointed Adageo as one last year, I have a sneaking feeling for Jazz Apollo who won well last week at Hove and is open to more improvement.
BLONDE SNAPPER - 5 pts win ante-post 16/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 66/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
JAZZ APOLLO - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
EYE ONTHE TEMPO - 1 pt e.w - Sittingbourne - Wednesday - lost
AYAMZAGIRL - 1 pt e.w - Sittingbourne - Wednesday - lost
BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 5/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - Final Tuesday