17th April 2017
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An incredibly busy week just gone and another one coming up has given us many talking points and to be honest it's nice to have all the talking points about the racing and not track closures, politics etc. On a week I stated publicly that we would be chasing the near impossible target of beating the record amount of open race wins in a season set by Linda Mullins in 2000 we have had a cracking week with an incredible 13 winners (from 29 runners) which included two semi final wins in a Category 1 competition and a Category 3 winner bringing our total open race wins up to 111 in 106 days of the year.
Starting at Harlow on Tuesday in the Tigerloanscompany.com Gold Cup semi finals and in the second semi final Rubys Razzle again pinged the lids and held the Essex Vase winner Bubbly Torpedo before pulling away at the finish to win by 3 1/2 lengths in a flying 37.06. In doing so she brought up our 100th open race winner of 2017, certainly the fastest century of winners in a season by a few weeks even in our illustrious history. Earlier in the first semi final Roswell Romanov showed his battling qualities when led up by trap 2 Holdem Bernado, he forced his way to the front and looked set for an easy win but came back to the field slightly to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 37.36. We can count ourselves very unlucky in the third semi final when Garryglass Champ flew from the traps with his main rival Carnegie in trap 6 but the better early pace from Carnegie saw him get chopped into at the first bend forcing him to check badly, again finding trouble at the third bend he still tried hard to grab the second qualifying place but just failed to get up. The draw for the final has worked out well with Rubys Razzle in trap 2 and Roswell Romanov in trap 3. With the lid pinging Bubbly Torpedo in trap 6 and some strong runners it's certainly won't be easy but both have a good chance to add to their competition successes already achieved this year.
Over at Sheffield in the first round heats of the Category 1 Bresmed Northern Sprint heats Brynoffa Jasmin qualified for the semi finals but Shlowdown Sally and Cotton Pants both were eliminated after missed breaks. Ela Ela Genie went into the event under a bit of a cloud having run below par the previous week over track and trip but after some sterling work from our physio Ron Mills he trapped superbly to beat a decent field by 2 3/4 lengths in a very good 15.82 the fastest time of the six heats. The draw for the semi final hasn't worked out great for Genie, he's in trap 3 and faces three other heat winners as well as the National Sprint winner Trapstyle Jet and the Derby finalist Hiya Butt.
I can't say we had high expectations of a great night at Romford last Friday but were hugely delighted with a return of seven winners from our eleven runners. Tiffield Lad took a messy Maiden in 24.40, Calco Swift followed up her win at Henlow with a win in the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers in 39.95, Ilewin Brickwall won well over 575m in 35.61. Tread Lightly was denied of a deserving win over 400m when beaten a short head in another 400m Maiden but we had a tremendous double for the Calco Syndicate as the evergreen Calco Flyer flew round in 23.86 in the heats of the Friday Night 500 Standard and Chubbys Oak took another heat in 24.27. In the Friday Night Stayers Final neither of our two runners Ribble Aon or Airforce Duchess was expected to beat Kevin Hutton's three runners but Ribble Aon had other ideas when she smashed out the boxes. Last week in the heats she had real trouble holding the field at bay but this week she kept her advantage all the way to the line for an excellent victory clocking a decent 35.44. With six winners on the board step up the eagerly awaited Aayamza Breeze over 750m. Our potential star for the marathon scene disposed of some fairly average opposition at Sheffield last week and this looked another ideal race. We thought she would perhaps lead on the last lap for another victory but she absolutely flew out the traps and led up at the first bend. Recording a sensational 23.76 for the first 400m she drew clear of her rivals to win by over 12 lengths in an excellent 46.96. She did tire a bit over the last 200m only because she showed so much early pace> What an exciting prospect she is for the kennel as she completed a magnificent seven timer for the kennel on the night.
Earlier in the week owner Evan Herbert had made the high class, if occasionally frustrating, Roswell Iceman available for sale and I decided to quickly snap him up for our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club. Though over 3 years old I still feel he has a decent race or two in him and will be a Derby entry all being well. On Saturday given a favourable draw in trap 1 he gamely held on to beat the useful Droopys Acrobat over the Derby trip in a reasonable 29.54 giving many of the Racing a Club members a huge thrill. Our club is looking to buy a high class puppy for this year's big juvenile events so if anybody wants to join and be a part of owning greyhounds like Roswell Iceman and recent Category 1 finalist Saffrons Tina feel free to contact us.
This week the GBGB announced that owners will shortly be sent a voting card for the forthcoming election for the owners' representative position on the GBGB board. This of course is essential to owners to be able to have their say through this representation. One of the two candidates is my friend and owner Paul Ephremsen. It doesn't really need me to tell everyone that I feel he is the ideal person for this role as anyone watching RPGTV a couple of weeks ago can clearly see he has the vision to be able to at least attempt to help reverse a sport that has been troubled over the last few years. I will, of course, urge all our owners that are able to vote to back Paul and with no disrespect to the other candidate Bob Boswell, a greyhound man through and through, to make sure they vote for Paul when the time comes.OPEN RACING
As said above we had successful nights at Sheffield and Harlow on Tuesday. In a couple of six bend races at Sheffield both Saffrons Tina and Rubys Rascal were narrowly beaten in second.
I've reviewed the Romford racing on Friday above which leaves us with our regular racing at Henlow on Sunday. A rare reversal for two fancied runners in Shlowdown Sally and Sapa Express was followed by an excellent victory for our machine of a dog Clondoty Alex (27.70) and Garryglass Teddy scored a 1-2 for the kennel when beating kennelmate Swift Whirlwind over 550m by 2 lengths in 33.72 to complete an excellent week for the kennel.
Not a great many graded runners this week which is causing concern but on Tuesday Jazz Jake made it 2 from 2 races winning well in 29.11.
No luck Saturday morning and on Saturday night we had three seconds with Swift Cobra, Sosaidhs Blue and Energize Jack who all ran well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ELA ELA GENIE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The highlight of the week is undoubtedly the Tigerloanscompany.com Gold Cup final at Harlow tomorrow night worth £8,000 to the winner. Both Roswell Romanov and Rubys Razzle have excellent chances to land another major prize. We will also be at Sheffield where Ela Ela Genie and Brynoffa Jasmin bid for a place in the Bresmed Northern Sprint Final.
The Coral Regency starts at Hove on Thursday and for once we are struggling to find a natural Hove runner over the 695m though Aayamzabreeze is likely to take her chance.
We have two smaller finals at Romford on Friday for the Calco Syndicate where Calco Swift and Flyer bid for glory and we are likely to be back at Henlow on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
No luck with our two value ante post bets in competitions at Sheffield and Harlow but we will dig deep and put up another unexposed type in Aayamza Breeze for the Coral Regency that starts this Thursday at Hove over 695m
AAYAMZA BREEZE - 2 pts ew ante post - Coral Regency - Hove - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
COTTON PANTS - 2 pts ew ante post 40/1 - Bresmed Northern Sprint - Sheffield - lost
GARRYGLASS CHAMP - 2 pts ew ante post 20/1 - Tigerloanscompany.com Gold Cup - Harlow - lost