24th March 2021
Our kennel's in a little bit of a quiet period but we can start to get a little bit more excited over the coming weeks. We have a number of trials booked for Perry Barr on Saturday afternoon with the forthcoming Laurels only a couple of weeks awa., Antigua Romeo drops down in trip after a short rest and he produced a sensational 27.96 calculated trial at Monmore last week and he joins the likes of Coolavanny Kyser, Antigua Boy, Ivy Hill Skyhigh, Drumcrow Brent, Pennys Plumber and in form Black Eyed Molly in workouts. On Tuesday we might only have a couple of entries in the Sprint competition at Towcester but also we have the match race with our Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale over the stamina sapping 940m to look forward to. News this week filtered through that one of her two opponents Redzer Renae unfortunately finished lame after running at Romford and was then obviously withdrawn which naturally we thought would stop the race being run but Three Ems has stepped in to take her place. Aayamza Royale warmed up on Tuesday with a nice 43.37 trial over 710m at Towcester.
News off the track has centred around the surprise announcement that Entain and Arc have agreed a five year partnership deal on horse and greyhound racing starting in 2024. This basically means the Ladbrokes/Coral tracks of Hove, Monmore, Crayford and Romford will join forces with the TRP. Entain have over 3,000 betting shops which is around 40% of the market, quite a significant coup for Arc and one that must have took a few months of negotiating and planning yet it has hit the greyhound world with a bolt despite it being nearly three years away. This could have significant implications for SIS in the media rights war, SIS did seem to have the upper hand recently but this surely tips the balance In Arc's favour and I’m sure the independent promoters like Kevin Boothby (Henlow/Towcester) and Roger Cearns (Central Park) are wondering what the future holds as well as our dedicated greyhound channel RPGTV whose content features SIS backed tracks that obviously includes the big four Ladbrokes/Coral tracks. It’s a head spinner for sure and there is a certain sense of trepidation as to where the industry goes, many feel we could lose more tracks and be left with just 10 or 12 which of course will mean most likely Arc/Entain will have the complete monopoly of our sport, if anyone thinks that’s a good thing then they will be severely mistaken. I haven’t got my head round everything yet but I will over the next few weeks and see what implications this has for the sport. I’m sure about one thing, once again owners and trainers who supply the product are the last to be consulted about anything and have virtually no say in what happens in the future. Many will consider their futures which is such a shame as I still believe we have a fantastic, welfare friendly sport that could thrive given half a chance but not in the direction it’s going.
We are now only weeks away from a sense of normality and though we will feel the consequences of this pandemic for years to come soon owners will be allowed to go and watch their pride and joys run in the flesh so to speak. Maybe, just maybe the likes of Towcester can put on such a good show that certain things written above may take a different direction, the track has the Derby and a host of Category 1 competitions to look forward to and they are assembling a back room staff to make it a joy to be at. Nathan Corden offers huge expertise and experience to help promoter Kevin Boothby make the track the envy of the British Isles and our kennel will do its best to support them. We have thankfully had around two dozen new dogs come into the kennel over the last few weeks and hopefully some future stars will come to the fore. We have a mountain to climb to get the business back from the huge losses we suffered last year by the pandemic but money was never why I got involved in the sport, we have a great team at Imperial Kennels and we have many loyal owners that make it all worth while and I’m now looking forward to the rest of the season.
At Romford on Friday Saffrons Smash, owneD by the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club, unleashed himself on the open race circuit with a fine debut win in the 400m Maiden heats winning by nearly 4 lengths in 24.26, Innfield Kaci qualified for the Bitches 490m final when second in her heat but we had no luck in the minor 575m and 750m finals supporting the Golden Sprint final won by Patrick Janssens Bockos Jon Jo in fine style.
We had three runners at Monmore on Saturday which should have been four but Golden Jacket finalist Bo Shine Bullet picked up a small injury after she trialled at the track on Wednesday and had to be withdrawn. In form Black Eyed Molly made sure we didn’t come home empty handed when winning a 480m in 28.40.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
On Monday at Henlow we had two winners from just a few runners, youngster Rail McCoy was most impressive winning a good A2 in a fine 27.69 and Nippys Spirit put in another career best effort winning an A5 in a very good 27.86.
At Towcester with 4 winners and 2 seconds from 6 runners. Tiffield Maximus took an S1 with a bold front running performance to hold on by a length in 44.36, Ardera Nidge took a D1 in 16.10, Baby Bullet just got up in an A4 in 30.11 and Black Eyed Molly took a hot A2 in a very good 29.61.
On Thursday it was good to see Longacres Mikey take a warm S1 in a fine 33.42 and we had some good seconds on the day. On Sunday we also had a decent night with three winners, Garryglass Champ won an A6 in 28.32 and Run Free Snowy won an S1 in a career best 33.59 and Knockard Dylan made it a good night winning an A5 in 28.16 for owner and world darts champion Gerwyn Price.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BLACK EYED MOLLY
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
Our only open racing this week is a few runners at Romford on Friday and we have a few of our top open racers trialling at Perry Barr on Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our nap landed for us on Saturday with Black Eyed Molly winning well at Monmore and plenty of 6/4 was available on the day. Difficult this week to see a bet so will save the money won for other opportunities.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLACK EYED MOLLY - 5 pts win - Monmore - Saturday - WON 1/1