Tonight at Yarmouth we have a big final to look forward to with both Antigua Storm for Amanda and Nic Jeal and Billis Tudor for The House of Tudor Syndicate in the prestigious Bresbet East Anglian Derby Final worth £15,000 to the winner. It’s a good race as expected and Antigua Storm is a just favourite after his blistering 27.24 victory in the semi finals and a trap 1 draw in the final. His biggest dangers comes from Patrick Janssens duo, the fast Aussie Captain and Dual Category 1 winner Bockos Jon Jo while Liz Mcnair’s super fast King Bruno is drawn out wide in trap 6. Nathan Hunt's Lilas Boy in trap 2 has done well to make the final and is strong which leaves our Billis Tudor in trap 5, he’s the youngest dog in the race and is improving at a rate of knots, he’s running the track really well and if he could break well it’s not an impossible task to grab the glory. If Antigua Storm does trap out well he’s obviously in with a serous shout of bettering his two Category 1 runner up places to date.
If tonight is full of excitement then tomorrow night at Perry Barr is up there as well. The Arc St Leger over 720m looks a cracking competition and is supported by the Category 1 Michael Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup over 480m. We have six strong runners in the St Leger where we are looking for a 6th title in the stayers classic. Bombardier ran in a trial stakes last week and has been made favourite in most books for outright honours while also in the betting is of course Aayamza Royale who was 3rd in last year's final and seeking her 5th Category One title. Bo Shine Bullet is a class act on her day while Blueberry Bullet is one of the most exciting staying prospects in the sport at the moment. Antigua Mememe still has scope for improvement and one that could create real interest is Aayamza Dream who makes her debut for us in the first round. She has the potential to be a superstar of the future.
In the Michael Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup Ivy Hill Skyhigh returns to Perry Barr and will be looking to go one better than his narrow defeat in the Laurels earlier this year. Drumcrow Brent has been running superbly for quite a while including a Sussex Cup victory and he also should go really well while Coolavanny Kyser, Ballymac Gaybo and Ballymac Odie all have had their moments and could go well.
We just had two runners in the Romford Puppy Cup on Friday and Aero Activate managed to make the final and could very well improve on his debut run last week and if all that action isn't enough on Sunday we have the semi finals of the Empress Stakes at Towcester where Black Eyed Molly and Agincourt Xena both run in warm semi finals but certainly it's not impossible for them to make the final.
It was a sad day for the kennels this week as unfortunately we had to have the legend Domino Storm put to sleep after an illness. She had come back to the kennel after finishing breeding and had spent the last two years as happy as can be and loving all the attention she was receiving but a kidney problem had seen her go downhill quite quickly. I have written many times on the fantastic career that Domino Storm had starting in graded races at Yarmouth and from the moment she won her first race she looked to be something special.
She won 44 of her 90 races which included winning in the first two rounds of the Derby, a memorable Oaks victory at Belle Vue which she just failed the following year to defend when she was runner up in her final race. One of her highlights was winning the Select Stakes which was said to be one of the great races for many a year. But it wasn't all about her racing career but the fact she was such a recognisable bitch with her overshot jaw and goofy teeth and was such a magnificent character overall which made her so special and in the greyhound world a household name with many saying she was the best racing bitch in decades. RIP Meryl.
Last Wednesday in the semi finals at Yarmouth Antigua Storm recorded a brilliant 27.64 winning his semi final of the Bresbet East Anglian Derby and to cap the night off Billis Tudor ran really well to also make the final when 2nd to Bockos John Jo.
At Perry Barr on Thursday we put a few of our St Leger and Michael Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup entries through their paces and Bombardier won (43.23) and Blueberry Bullet worked hard for her victory (43.40). In the top division it was expected to go our way with both Bo Shine Bullet and Aayamza Royale trading as favourite for the race but they had to play second fiddle to Night Time Danny with Aayamza Royale a fast finishing second and Bo Shine Bullet down the field after crowding. Ballymac Gaybo (2nd) and Ballymac Odie (3rd) also ran well in their trial stakes for the 480 competition. Before racing Aayamza Dream was quite impressive beating Antigua Mememe in a fast 43.22.
It has been a few weeks since we had a winner at Romford so it was nice to see the consistent Aero Madrid bag a 400m standard in 24.04. As said Aero Activate qualified when second in his heat of the Puppy Cup and raced well on debut with Druids Full Well also making his debut just missing out in 4th place.
At Towcester on Sunday Agincourt Xena ran well to win a good heat of the Empress Stakes in 29.91 while Black Eyed Molly also qualified comfortably when second behind the high class Droopys Samantha.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
No winners at Henlow on Monday and just one at Towcester on Tuesday when Trumpers Gino won well running on in A4 grade.
On Saturday at Henlow a better return with three good wins from Nippys Spirit, Lost Without You and Domino Ninja and on Sunday we had wins from two young bitches in Saffronssenorita and Dallas Dolly.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AGINCOURT XENA
GRADED - TRUMPERS GINO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A big night tonight at Yarmouth as we try to capture the East Anglia Derby for the fourth time with Antigua Storm and Billis Tudor.
We have plenty of interest tomorrow night at Perry Barr with six runners in the St Leger heats and five in the Michael Lambe Construction Birmingham Cup .
Friday features the Romfod Puppy Cup where Aero Activate goes for us and on Sunday we reach the semi finals of the Empress Stakes at Towcester with Agincourt Xena and Black Eyed Molly.
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Hopefully a good night for our supporters at Yarmouth as Antigua Storm recommended at 8/1 is around the 6/4 favourite to win the East Anglia Derby while Black Eyed Molly is in the semi finals of the Empress Stakes on Sunday.
Two big competitions starting tomorrow and we will focus mainly on the St Leger and if I am honest it's difficult to choose between our six runners as I feel they all have a realistic chance of landing the first prize but if I was to pick any of them I think my three I would definitely have an interest on are Bombardier, although the price at around 6/1 is a bit skinny but he looks a serious proposition for the staying ranks. It is so difficult to leave out Aayamza Royale but I am going to side with Aayamza Dream who looks like she could be special over six bends. While I think another special prospect we have is Blueberry Bullet and I feel she is also worth an interest.
BOMBARDIER 2pts ew - St Leger, Perry Barr starts tomorrow
AAYAMZA DREAM 2pts ew - St Leger, Perry Barr starts tomorrow
BLUEBERRY BULLET 1pt ew - St Leger, Perry Barr starts tomorrow
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA STORM 2pts ew ante post 8/1 East Anglian Derby Yarmouth - final tonight
BLACK EYED MOLLY 1pt ew ante post Empress Stakes Towcester - semi final Sunday