This week's newsletter:
The open race scene is hotting up this week and on Saturday at Monmore our Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale begins her defence of the TV Trophy she won so well at Hove last year. She will face some stern opposition but warmed up nicely last Saturday with a victory over the 900m trip and that should put her spot on for the event. There are supporting competitions as well and we have a couple of runners in the bitches event in Baby Bullet and Black Eyed Molly who both ran well last Saturday and on the 480m standard event we have Coolavanny Kyser who was very impressive winning over track and trip on Saturday.
Next Monday the Category 1 George Ing St Leger starts at Yarmouth over 659m, no surprise that both our runners are drawn together in their heat. Bo Shine Bullet hasn’t run since the Golden Jacket final and looks tailor made for this event. She ran the track very well last Wednesday and returns tonight for a further look round, she will no doubt be one of the favourites for outright honours. Fatboyz Trixie, formerly known as Anhid News, has also been lightly raced since the Golden Jacket final but is another one who should be suited by the track and also went well when having a look round last week. The two stand out dogs that we have to contend with seem to be Roxholme Kristoff and Blue Tick George and it’s good to see Yarmouth and George Ing carrying on with this sponsorship in difficult times.
Unfortunately we didn’t qualify anything for the well supported KAB Maiden Derby final on Tuesday at Towcester and the race looks at the mercy of Patrick Janssens' impressive Thorn Falcon. We hope that we have a few runners on the supporting card which includes some more greyhound Derby trial stakes. Judging by the amount of trials and trial stakes taking place at a busy Towcester, I can quite easily see the Derby itself being well over subscribed. I’ve always been fully supportive of the limited field (192 entries) because it stops things like only two dogs qualifying from a heat and regular five dog heats which we’ve had in the past and I’m sure all connections prefer to know that three dogs will qualify all the way through the Derby. Then again, would I feel the same like last year if one of mine intended entries was only made a reserve, this happened last year at Nottingham with Drumcrow Brent, talking of which, he has another chance this year and will definitely make the cut after his recent good form over track and trip. I’m not exactly sure how many entries we are likely to have but I have 7 or 8 in mind at this stage.
It’s great to see the increasing use of social media within the sport especially from the GBGB this week promoting dental care for the greyhounds, it was even better to see our own Far Froman Angel being a great model for this as she was smiling away at the camera. A competition posted on Twitter saw loads more smiling greyhounds, both racing and retired, and of course our forever goofy Domino Storm appeared in this.
Trying to find young dogs that can compete at the highest level is not only a difficult task but it takes a huge leap of faith from any owners to part with decent money. Even in the current climate of the pandemic, fewer tracks and opportunities as well as unbelievably low prize money overall it makes me wonder sometimes why owners would bother to buy but still any pup in Ireland that wins in a good time or competes in the top Juvenile events are quickly snapped up at very often ridiculously high prices ,something that hasn’t changed since I’ve been involved in the sport. We always try and put some decent quality pups up on our website For Sale page and we have had some good genuine graders sold as well as top open class ones over the years that include a St Leger winner (Ferryforth Fran) and famously the legend Adageo Bob which was on our page for a few weeks before he eventually was bought. This week I’m putting a potential top open class pup up called Trumpers Syd, he is a September 19 whelp but unraced. I was offered the dog a couple of weeks ago but thought he was a bit expensive so I said I would only be interested in him if he had an official trial and did a good time, they agreed and last week he clocked a calculated 28.91 at Youghal. Anyone who knows Irish times will tell you that’s a fabulous run for an 18 month old pup and I’ve seen pups that break 29.00 at Youghal sell for 15-20k + over the years. He’s a big 36 kilo pup so will have plenty of improvement in him and comes from a small breeder so has not been over schooled. He looks a very strong running pup who will stay 500m +. He’s priced at £12,000 which is not cheap of course and as said you need a good bit of luck in greyhound racing but without doubt he has the potential to run in the big competitions, I’m certainly hoping to target him for the big puppy comp at Towcester in July, contact me if anyone is interested.
Just three runners at Romford on Friday and we did come away with a winner as Playbook took her chance well to add another win to her tally scoring in 24.32.
On Saturday at Monmore Aayamza Royale won well over 900m despite some early crowding scoring by 6 3/4 lengths in 55.91 which was again a new track record though I suspect this won’t hold up after the competition starts on Saturday but hopefully it will be her that breaks it again. Our two bitches ran well Black Eyed Molly and Baby Bullet when both were second and Coolavanny Kyser bounced back to his best winning a good 480m race in a good 28.39.
No luck last night at Towcester with our four runners though Drumcrow Brent ran well again in a hot Derby trial stake.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
On Monday no winners at Henlow and on Thursday at Towcester we had one winner with Tiffield Maximus taking an A4 in 30.12.
On Saturday we had two nice winners with Swift Pinch winning an A5 in 28.12 and good to see Jaxx Purple back on the winner's podium when bravely coming from behind to win in 27.88.
On Sunday night we had a good night with four winners. Run Free Snowy won an A3 well by nearly 4 lengths in a fine 27.84, Energize Eclipse looks a nice pup in the making and despite looking green he beat kennel mate Harrys Hexbug in an A8 by nearly 3 lengths in 28.42. We had another 1-2 in the A1 when Saffrons Smash did just that and smashed out the traps to go well clear to win in a fine 27.59 from the staying on Glassmoss Queen, Sligo Lilly completed a good night when taking an A3 in 28.08.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - COOLAVANNY KYSER
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
We have a few runners at Romford on Friday with a couple of small comps starting and then on Saturday we have the well anticipated TV Trophy heats at Monmore where Aayamza Royale begins her defence of the title and we have entries in the supporting competitions.
On Monday the George Ing St Leger kicks off at Yarmouth and both our strong entries Bo Shine Bullet and Fatboyz Trixie are drawn in the same heat. We should have a few runners in the opens at Towcester on Tuesday supporting the Maiden Derby final.
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Good to see our last week's selection Coolavanny Kyser win in good style. The price for Aayamza Royale to defend her TV Trophy title has shortened considerably in the last few days but we would be wrong not to keep the faith and back her for outright honours.
Both of our runners Bo Shine Bullet and Fatboyz Trixie in the George Ing St Leger starting at Yarmouth on Monday are strong entries and probably won’t be great value but we have to have a few quid on them.
AAYAMZA ROYALE - 5 pts win ante post 2/1 - TV Trophy - Monmore - starts Saturday
BO SHINE BULLET - 2 pts ew ante post - George Ing St Leger - Yarmouth - starts Monday
FATBOYZ TRIXIE - 2 pts ew ante post - George Ing St Leger - Yarmouth - starts Monday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
COOLAVANNY KYSER - 3 pts win - Monmore - Saturday - WON Evens