Sunday 22nd January 2012
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After last week's epic newsletter it's just a brief catch up this week as myself and Sarah are just about to put our glad rags on and go off to the GBGB awards night (full report next week) at the plush Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. It should be a great night and fingers crossed we have an award or two to celebrate!
Most important message this week is for everyone to remember that the public meeting concerning the future of Walthamstow Stadium takes place tomorrow night (Monday 23rd) at Rushcroft School situated at the back of the stadium. If anyone who wants to see the return of the greyhound stadium then I suggest they make an effort to be there, now's your chance to make a difference!
Looking back on last week's racing we have to be pleased with our results where we had plenty of winners. On Wednesday at Romford in races supporting the incident packed Coronation Cup final both Lil Risky (2nd) and Mountjoy Orion (4th) ran well and later on Ballintine Molly was 2nd in a 575m Maiden but it was Aero Majestic who stole the show in a 575m Stayers race. Backed all day long and on the night (2/1 - 4/6) as if defeat was out the question 'Maj' broke better than average turning in a handy second place behind the useful Coolavanny Jane, showing devastating middle pace he quickly hit the front at the third bend and was quite majestic (sorry about the pun) as he strode away to win by over 8 lengths stopping the clock in a brilliant 34.99.
The new Racing Post channel (231) seems to be a huge success and it seems quite important to make sure we have plenty of runners on these nights where owners who can't get to the track have the opportunity to watch their pride and joys. On Thursday the channel covers Henlow and they must be delighted with the high quality of the races on show and last week all six of the leading trainers that will contest the Trainers Championship meeting in March at Perry Barr plus many more had runners on the night. Next week the Primus Telecom Puppy Derby kicks off and in four divisions of trial stakes there were some impressive performances not least by Kelly Findlay's Coolavanny Bert who beat our in form Benkaat Blue by over 5 lengths in a flying calculated time of 27.10. Aero Bellagio ran well when 3rd in a warm stake and Mountjoy Eagle was 3rd in a weaker division. In some good open races later on we were very pleased to land a treble - Corrig Vincent ran a stormer in a 550m Maiden and looked to have got up on the line to touch off long time leader Bubbly Olly but surprisingly a dead heat was called. Rookery Pedro, who has taken a shine to the track, was an impressive winner in a 460m Standard winning by 2 lengths in a good 27.54 and in a welcome surprise the rejuvenated Benkaat Boy won another hot 460m Standard in 28.67 coming from behind as well.
Romford on Friday is proving very popular and despite not having any luck in the 400m Maiden Final where Risky Blue was a shade fortunate to finish 2nd we again landed a treble. Big Step picked a good time to score a debut win in a 400m Maiden in a flying 23.95 (+30), Mountjoy Osprey, having to race in all age company as the puppy races are not filling, brushed aside his older opposition with the minimum of fuss scoring by 2 lengths in 24.15 and Aero Joker led all the way in a 575m Stayers in a good 35.47.
On Saturday we only had a few graded runners at Yarmouth and the improving Wednesdaywhacker scored again in 28.80.
I would like to take the opportunity to say a warm welcome to our newest member of staff Gary Crathern. Gary brings a wealth of experience to the kennel having worked with some of the leading trainers in England and Ireland and we hope he will fit in nicely at Imperial Kennels.
Lastly next week not only sees the start of the Primus Telecom Henlow Puppy Derby but on Saturday we return to Yarmouth for the second leg of the Betdaq Premier League. After the first leg our team 'Imperial Rock Its' are in joint second place one point behind Matt Dartnall's 'Team Desperate'. With the GOBATA Championship for teams who finished 3rd and 4th in the qualifiers starting as well the quality of races should be of a very high standard and all the races are covered by 'Premier Sports' on channel 433.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
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Last week our selection Ballintine Molly was just touched off at Romford on Wednesday. This week the start of the Henlow Puppy Derby should see some top class puppies and though both Benkaat Blue and Aero Bellagio have been beaten in trial stakes I still feel they will both be capable of making it into the final and are worth an interest each way. On Saturday the Betdaq Premier League second leg at Yarmouth could be interesting and I fancy Lil Risky to get back to winning ways.
AERO BELLAGIO - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Primus Telecom Henlow Puppy Derby - Henlow - starts Thursday
BENKAAT BLUE - 1pt e.w ante-post - Prius Telecom Henlow Puppy Derby - Henlow - starts Thursday
LIL RISKY - 2pts win - Yarmouth - Betdaq Premier League - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BALLINTINE MOLLY - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday - lost