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15th December 2021


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aayamza_dream_fd.jpgThe end of the season is fast approaching and though unfortunately we won’t be involved in anymore Category 1 finals, we do still have two major finals that we can hopefully bring 2021 to a successful end. Firstly, at Hove on Saturday, we have no less than 4 runners in the George Curtis and Ballyregan Bob Memorial Final. In the first heat, Aayamza Dream was most impressive when reeling in Burgess Elite to score narrowly in the fastest time 44.35; we had a kennel 1-2 in heat 2 where Antigua Lava pinged out and held a challenging Blueberry Bullet to also score narrowly in 44.41 and in the last heat we completed a treble when our Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale proved her love for the track coming from way off the pace to get up and beat the high class Slippy Eva by a short head in 44.51. The Brighton Belle has moved to this late in the year spot and we have two runners representing us in the final with Aayamza Lexie who bounced back to form when holding new intake Ballymac Trend (soon to be named Antigua Princess) to score by a length in 30.09. Ballymac Trend, a high profile purchase, could very well come on a bundle from her first race for us and she certainly looks like a step up in distance will be sooner than later.
There are still quite a few opens left in the last couple weeks of the year though thankfully the Trainer of the Year title is not resting on the outcome of these races as we have a huge lead in our bid for that 12th title. Obviously something we are all very proud of and proving the longevity success of Imperial Kennels In a couple of weeks time we hope everybody will enjoy our Review of the Year especially as we are doing it in a slightly different format - watch this space!
It was nice to again get a guest invite on the Greyhound Writers Christmas Luncheon organised by the GWA chairman Jonathon Hobbs on Monday night and enjoyed a very relaxed social event at the Boot and Flogger near London Bridge. 2020 Champion Trainer Patrick Janssens and David Mullins, who has again made the top 6 in the trainer of the Year battle, were present along with plenty of the RPGTV team and subjects like the Greyhound of the Year and Service to the Industry awards were well discussed as well as a general feeling about greyhound racing. Noteworthy was the praise for both Kevin Boothby and Arc / Entain's decision to add a major financial boost to the top end of the sport in 2022 with competitions like the Monmore Puppy Derby and the Eclipse, to name but a few, boosted up to a first prize of £20,000. Sometimes the negativity of the sport, particularly recently highlighted by Paul Carpenter who resigned as the owners representative, can overshadow the positives in the sport like this boost in prize money and of course we can’t forget that Kevin Boothby is to reopen two venues early in the new year. As I’ve said thousands of times, if the top end of the sport is financially rewarded it will encourage the breeders to actually breed which, in its turn, will mean there is not a shortage of greyhounds for the day to day racing that’s needed to keep the industry going.
At Romford on Friday we were out of luck in the Happy 10th Birthday to RPGTV standard final where Antigua Socks ran well but could only finish third but it was good to see Bryce Canyon take the Maiden Stayers Final when winning in a slightly scrappy affair at a juicy 10/1 and it would have been lovely to see Aero Madrid win his retirement race but he couldn’t quite do it when fourth and will now enjoy a nice sofa.
As said, at Hove we have plenty of finalists to look forward to this coming Saturday, though in the main Category 1 comp the Coral Olympic, Drumcrow Brent couldn’t quite make it went eliminated.
We had a few runners at Monmore and in the Sprint final both Call Me Tom and Early Knight ran well when second and third respectively. We did come away with one winner when Druids Full Well ( soon to be named Antigua Woofwoof ) at last got his head over the line when taking a maiden in 28.67.
At Henlow on Monday, we just had the one winner when Antigua Littlun followed up a previous win to land another D1 in a flying 16.38.
bobs_duke_fd.JPGOn Tuesday at Towcester Antigua Bigun also doubled up when landing another A4 in a good 29.87.
On Saturday at Henlow, again we just had the one winner when Bobs Duke sprang a surprise landing an A4 in 28.34 at 12/1.
On Sunday we just had 4 runners at Henlow and Nippys Spirit won well in an A5 in 27.99.





All eyes on Hove Saturday Night where there is a cracking card and we have no less than 4 runners in the George Curtis and Ballyregan Bob Memorial Final and also two runners in the Brighton Belle Final.
We are also at Romford on Friday night which will be their last open race meeting till January 7th and on Saturday night Monmore's opens for 2021 come to an end and we are more than well represented in the majority of races.
Our Brighton competition Trixie saw 2 from 3 selections qualifying though obviously we do have multiple kennel mates in each race and despite my recommendations I just hope one of ours wins each event. Will see if we can find one good thing before or during Christmas in next week.s newsletter.
DRUMCROW BRENT - 2 pts each way ante post 16/1 - Coral Olympic - Hove - lost
BLUEBERRY BULLET - 2 pts each way 7/2 - Ballyregan Bob Memorial - Hove - final Saturday
BALLYMAC TREND - 2 pts each way ante post - Brighton Belle- Hove - final Saturday