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14th July 2021

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Like many on Saturday night, we were pleasantly surprised by a huge crowd that turned up for the sport's biggest night of the year, the greyhound Derby final. With the country nowhere near out of the pandemic, it was feared that maybe there would only be a fraction of the attendance compared to the previous two Derby’s at Towcester and although we didn’t reach those kind of numbers it was still a more than healthy gathering which created a tremendous atmosphere all night long. It was great to see so many people smiling and enjoying themselves. Myself, Sarah and Emily thoroughly enjoyed our invite into one of the boxes hired by Amanda and Nic Jeal and enjoyed the advantageous viewing spot. On the track, an excellent card produced some thrilling racing with the roar of the crowds bringing huge excitement. Unfortunately it didn’t go quite to plan for our seven runners and it was a very rare occasion where we didn’t have a winner on a big night. Our greyhound of the year Aayamza Royale did produce a magnificent effort in a thrilling Dorando marathon but just couldn’t quite get to her chief rival Savana Volcano after Kevin Boothby’s talented bitch took the lead at the third bend. No one would begrudge owner Kevin Boothby his big moment after all he has done for the sport in these difficult times.
 
The greyhound Derby final had been built up nicely and was very much seen as Patrick Janssens vs the Irish but within one stride of the traps opening, the race was over for the Irish as Patrick’s duo of Kilara Lion and Thorn Falcon raced away from the field, turning off the second bend it was only a case of which one would win and it was Thorn Falcon who passed his kennelmate before the third bend and it was all over. A fantastic achievement for Patrick and his team and richly deserved after a brilliant last two or three years where their kennel has plundered so many big races. I was delighted to catch up with Patrick an hour or so after the race and offer my warmest of congratulations. As everyone knows, we worked together for over ten years at Imperial Kennels and in that time a burning ambition for both of us to succeed as trainers in our own right was there for all to see and some ten years later, since we last worked together, we ourselves have two Derby’s in the bag and now Patrick joins that elite club that every trainer strives for, well done Patrick.
 
antigua_romeo_essexvase21.JPGAntigua Romeo wasn’t beaten far in the veterans race on Saturday night and was well in front at the drop but our May 17 star has been retired after a fine career for Amanda and Nick Jeal where the highlight was undoubtedly his brilliant Category 1 Essex Vase victory in January where he scorched round in an incredible 34.66. His career record of 22 wins in 64 races on 7 tracks including a track record at Hove would have been even better if he hadn’t suffered a couple of injuries when at his peak and he thoroughly deserved his big victory at Romford. A lovely friendly laid back dog there are straws available for him at Merefield Stud.
 
No time to rest on our laurels as we straight away have two big competitions starting this Saturday as the open race circuit moves down to Hove. The Regency is a competition we already have great memories of as we have won it three times in recent years with Blonde Fletch, Billy’s Bullet and Aayamza Breeze and this year we start with the first and second favourites in Kent St Leger heroine Bo Shine Bullet and a brave decision to drop marathon Queen Aayamza Royale down to the stiff 695 trip. We also have promising youngster Antigua Mememe entered although Fatboyz Trixie misses the event as she has come down with a cough which also brings me into the subject that we do have a few in our kennel with a bad cough so I’d be very cautious with any ante post betting etc. The Sussex Cup is an event that has eluded us over the years and no doubt it’ll be a tough ask to try and win it this year. Our entries for this are good and strong like Drumcrow Brent and Ivy Hill Skyhigh as well as Fatboyz Exile who won a trial stake well last week and newcomer Antigua Storm who makes his debut in the first round.
 
We went into Friday's Juvenile Classic first round at Towcester with little expectations and only two runners, Blueberry Bullet was dropping down in trip and ran well to qualify in her heat while Billis Tudor was making his debut for the kennel and did well to make the final 36 after not being too impressive in his qualifying trials but in a tough heat he showed lovely pace to lead up and though passed he gamely held on for third place. In last night's semi finals both of ours improved significantly with Blueberry Bullet breaking well and running on strong to just get beat by Anynamewilldo in 29.54 and, much to the surprise of most viewers, Billis Tudor again improved in showing good early place he took full advantage of trouble in behind and skipped clear to steal an unassailable lead scoring in an improved 29.79. Both have reasonable draws in Tuesday's £12,500 decider, though both are likely to go off reasonable prices you certainly wouldn’t discount them. It would be a quick fire boost to our overall points in the trainer of the year standings where this time last week we had a 63 point lead over Patrick Janssens but after Saturday's heroics from Patrick’s Derby team we are now over 90 points behind and it must be said there’s a huge gulf between our two kennels and the third place Liz McNair. Already this season, both Patrick and ourselves, are very close to surpassing last year's points total and we are only in July.
 
The announcement that Entain/Arc are rewarding the top 6 trainers in the trainer of the year standings with a slightly different version of a trainers championship meeting to the original GTA organised trainers championship is welcome news and always gives trainers aspirations to make the top six at the end of each year to be able to compete in this. Of course, it would be great if the financial rewards were slightly higher but we perhaps should be grateful that at least this was given some thought and I’m sure it will be entertaining. This event takes place in September at Nottingham.
 
OPEN RACING
 
Good to see both our Juvenile Classic entries Blueberry Bullet and Billis Tudor at Towcester qualify firstly on Friday and then again last night for the final with Billis Tudor winning his semi final in 29.79.
 
fatboyz_exile_fd.JPGOn Thursday at Hove Fatboyz Exile warmed up for the Sussex Cup with a nice 29.84 win in a trial stake over 515m.
 
At Romford on Friday we came away with three winners. Aero Madrid kicked proceedings off with a nice win over 400m in 24.11 and Pennys Plumber scored first time up at the Essex track in the heats of the Maiden Stayers in 35.47, Aayamza Lexie added another victory to her cv when taking a 575m in a fine 35.00.
 
The Greyhound Derby Final night at Towcester was a terrific occasion with a brilliant atmosphere as said but it didn’t quite go our way on the track. Aayamza Royale ran her heart out in the Dorando Marathon when second and Antigua Lava also ran well in a supporting marathon when second.
 
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
 
bobs_duke_fd.JPGLast Monday we just had the one winner at Henlow when Bobs Duke returned from injury to take an A6 in 28.40.
 
On Tuesday from just a few runners at Towcester Ballyhimikin Boy opened his account winning an A3 in 29.74.
 
On Saturday at Henlow Lost Without You was back on the winner's podium taking an A6 in 29.74 while on Sunday night our only winner was a debut one for Posh Playa in 28.39.

 

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

OPEN RACING - FATBOYZ EXILE
GRADED - BOBS DUKE

 
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
 
We have eight runners at Romford on Friday with Pennys Plumber in the Maiden Stayers final and heats of a 400m Maiden event and a 575m Stayers competition.
 
We look forward to what are always great competitions at Hove as both the Regency  Sussex Cup start and Bo Shine Bullet and Aayamza Royale head most ante post lists in the Regency.
 
On Tuesday the Juvenile Classic at Towcester sees us doubly represented with Blueberry Bullet and Billis Tudor in the £12,500 to the winner final.
 
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
 
We were out of luck with all our ante post bets on Derby final Saturday which was a blow to reasonably good few weeks for all our supporters. This week the Regency and the Sussex Cup begin at Hove, Bo Shine Bullet is ante post favourite in most books and both her and Aayamza Royale should be there or thereabouts though they are not really too much value they are still worth a bet. I feel Drumcrow Brent is our best chance in the Sussex Cup so a small each way is advised.
 
BO SHINE BULLET - 2.5 pts each way ante post - Coral Regency - Hove - starts Saturday
 
AAYAMZA ROYALE - 2 pts each way ante post - Coral Regency - Hove - starts Saturday
 
DRUMCROW BRENT - 2 pts each way ante post - Sussex Cup - Hove - starts Saturday
 
ADVISED LAST WEEK
 
AAYAMZA ROYALE- 5 pts win - Dorando Marathon - Towcester - Saturday- lost
 
DRUMCROW BRENT- 2 pts win ante post 5/1 - Madri Exceptional Cup - Towcester - Saturday - lost
 
ANTIGUA MEMEME- 1 pt each way ante post 20/1 - Gain Nutritional Challenge Cup - Towcester - Saturday - lost
 

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