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After we and owners Amanda and Nic Jeal were desperately unlucky not to have won the Regency the week before as Bombardier was a gallant runner up the luck came back at Towcester on Sunday as Antigua Sugar ran a fantastic race to just get up on the line to take the £10,000 to the winner Juvenile Classic Final.
 It’s has been a strange competition for us including getting all 5 first round qualifiers in one heat and in the end just having one runner in the final who alarmingly drifted out to 8/1 for the final. I knew she had a good chance as we had worked hard on her for the final with our Physio Ron Mills spending plenty of time on her, the question was could she break better and get in a position off the second bend to use her massive stamina and that’s exactly what she did. As early leader Ivanexile took a reasonable lead going into the back straight the alarm bells would be ringing as both Drive On Lad and Antigua Sugar were right on his heels. As they came round the last two bends both passed Ivanexile and it looked odds on that Sugar would win but Drive On Lad , running an awesome race for trainer Richard Rees, surged up the rails to be a length up and only a desperate finish and head bob on the line from Sugar won the day. At last something went our way in the final and our fourth Category 1 title of the year. For prominent owners Amanda and Nic Jeal it was their first big success since Antigua Storm won the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth last September and hopefully we can all land another one or two titles before the end of the year.
Antigua Sugar joins our team for the Summer Stayers at Monmore which now gets underway on Tuesday instead of Saturday due to a second big heatwave over the next few days. Bombardier, Antigua Hope and Druids On Song are also entered and judging by last Saturday’s races and trials it’s going to be a very good competition. It runs alongside the Gold Cup in a double header and we have Antigua Woofwoof, Early Knight, Billis Tudor, Annadown King and Swift Quincey all entered.
The hot weather means we will only be racing at Suffolk Downs early tomorrow morning until Monday and for the next 4 days we are starting at 4.30 am and feeding early so the dogs can be resting in our cool kennels by midday and then we will let them out again as soon as it’s cool enough in the evening. I would imagine this will be the last time of the year where temperatures exceed 32 degrees, it’s incredible how everywhere you look not just at the kennel but all around our area how brown and crisp the grass is and how low and streams, rivers and lakes are. This looks set to be the norm for our lifetime which is worrying but I will leave that one for our experts to find the right solutions.
It’s difficult to prepare our runners in the climate but hopefully we will get it right. As well as the Category 1 events at Monmore on Tuesday the Puppy Classic at Nottingham kicks off. We sent three youngsters for trials last Monday in Meanamoynamona, Minnie Bullet and Droopys Venus and though they went ok they will all need to improve to cut any ice in what is always a decent comp, it is one that we have won three times in the past with Ronnies Champion, Fear Robben and the great Eye Onthe Storm.
On Friday at Romford we had to settle for 2nd and 3rd with Aero Activate and Rail Mccoy in the Friday Night 500 Standard Final, which were our only runners.
At Monmore on Saturday we just had one winner in Gougane Jet who impressed again in a fine 15.14. Generally all our runners ran well and we were a touch unlucky not to have another winner or two as they prepare for the forthcoming Summer Stayers and Gold Cup.
Hopes Paddington won’t be going for the Gold Cup as we will focus our attention on the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth in three weeks time and he warmed up nicely with a 27.80 first look at the tricky track.
Antigua Sugar stole the show at Towcester on Sunday and we pinched a couple of winners before once again a hare malfunction forced the last few races to be cancelled. Towstar Luna, now a veteran! won a maiden open in 30.08 but unfortunately came off sore and will now be retired but a nice way to go out. Bower Bucko put a disappointing run the week before behind him when bolting up in a standard 500 in a good 29.74.
On Monday we had two winners at Suffolk Downs with Saffronssenorita once again staying on to take an A6 in 24.54 and Energize Rose taking an A4 in 24.00 and making it three wins in a row.
slider_mccoy_fd.jpgWe also came away from Suffolk Downs on Tuesday with two winners in Energize Tik beating kennelmate Lost Without You in an A3 winning in 24.01 and Slider Mccoy making it 5 wins from 6 starts at the track winning an A1 in 23.94. Later on at Towcester we came away with just one winner with My Little Ivy taking an A1 in a good 29.68.
On Friday at Suffolk Downs we had one winner in Antigua Littlun who got her first win this year when winning an A2 in 23.88.



There won’t be a single open race until Monday at Nottingham where the Puppy Classic begins. The Monmore double header with the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers has been moved to Tuesday.
Antigua Sugar landed the spoils on Sunday at Towcester in the Juvenile Classic going off at 8/1 which was not much different from the 10/1 advised before the event kicked off, nice!
Now the double header of the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers has been delayed until Tuesday because of the heatwave and it’s difficult to recommend anything without seeing the draws or ante post prices.
ANTIGUA SUGAR - 2 pts ew ante post 10/1 - Juvenile Classic Towcester - WON