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18th September 2018


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A real quiet week for the kennel just gone as myself and Kevin enjoyed a few days off in the Algarve on our annual Calco golf trip. We only really had Henlow’s meetings to cover and despite some tough grading we pinched a few winners, talking of winners Kevin landed the coveted Calco trophy from 36 players which was a great achievement and I finished just outside the top 10, which for me was also a very good effort as I’m nowhere near as good a golfer that Kev is. The trip is a brilliant social occasion and not just about the golf and to say the body will take a few days to recover is an understatement!
This week we step up a bit with important trials for some big competitions coming up. Today we take a small team to Central Park for the forthcoming Kent Derby which includes recent Henlow winners a Kilcree Diamond and Glory Snake as well as the promising Good Lad, the event gets underway on Sunday. Tomorrow we travel to Doncaster where our dual Category 1 winner Bombers Bullet will be joined by Brigadier Bullet, Garryglass Champ and Baroness Bullet in preparation for next Monday’s event over 661m. We will also be looking forward to returning to Romford this Friday after the track was closed for a week whilst the track was being relaid, news that it is to return to its RPGTV slot from this week is one of the first bit of good news we have had since Towcester’s closure and we will look to put out a few entries this week.

The only real bit of news I’ve come back to is that the legend Charlie Lister has announced his retirement and last night at Nottingham was his last runner. Chris Akers is to take over the licence asap and I must admit it did take me by surprise, we knew Charlie was contemplating retirement the last couple of years as his health was suffering but I thought he would still be training for another year or two. I’ve paid tribute to him in today’s Racing Post and I will speak to him this week to wish him a long and healthy retirement, I’m certain that 10 or 12 years ago we pushed him to really pull out the stops to win competitions and I’m proud to say our two Derby victories in 2009 and 2013 had Charlie Lister runners in them which made those wins even more special. In any sport you always want to beat the best and in Charlie he is without doubt the hardest trainer to do that against. Away from the track he was a true gentleman and in any phone call or conversation I had with him he always had time to ask how Linda was and ask how Sarah and I my family was, a side of him many people never saw. He was without doubt the trainer myself and Linda had the most respect for and again we wish him well.

The half way mark in our Five to Follow competition is fast approaching. An updated kennel list will be available later this week so make sure you have a look over the weekend or next week and be sure to send in your new teams before the 1st October. It's very close at the top so there is all to play for.


baroness_bullet_fd.JPGJust the opens at Henlow on Sunday which produced three winners. Saleen Story got rid of that maiden tag when winning by 4 lengths in 27.93 over 460m while Swift Dartmoor’s good form continued when winning a 428m by the minimum margin in 25.95. Baroness Bullet was most impressive landing a 692m race by 13 lengths in 42.53, Chubbys Turkarna also qualified for next week’s Summer Maiden 550m Cup Final when second to Paul Young’s Itsur Mate beaten just over a length in 33.58, the fastest of the three semis.


On Monday Saffrons Bonnie scored an overdue success winning an A8 in 28.31, on Tuesday we had no winners with Jazz Jake, Energize Jack and Acting School all second.

On Saturday we had a few close calls with Jazz Jake winning an A5 in a good 27.76.





Trials at Central Park and Doncaster this week and then back to Romford on Friday.

On Sunday Chubbys Turkarna goes from trap 1 in the Summer Maiden 550m Cup Final and if she can grab a vital first bend lead she has a realistic chance of landing the event.


With a couple of competitions coming up we might have some more ante post bets. On Sunday we send a small team to Central Park for the Kent Derby and it might be worth having a small wager on Glory Snake who looks like an improving sort and will be hard to keep out the frame.
GLORY SNAKE - 2 pts ew ante post - Kent Derby - Central Park - Sunday