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A quiet week last week as we hit a rare heatwave and with temperatures expected to hit the the high 90s this week we will keep our racing to the minimal over the next couple of weeks. Travelling and working when we get this freakish weather is a nightmare at times but I suppose we shouldn’t really complain as it’s doesn’t happen often in this country.
We have one big competition on the horizon and that’s the William Hill Classic and William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland starting next Wednesday. Kilcree Diamond and in form All Slick Now will represent us in the Classic over 450m while our Derby finalist Bombers Bullet will head our team for the Grand Prix. All trialled well yesterday particularly Bombers Bullet who recorded an excellent 39.59 over the 640m though the day was again marred by another injury to one of our team.
Our long injury list continues to grow as Towstar Jess, an improving stayer, broke down at the third bend yesterday at Sunderland, she was going really well at the time and looked likely to record a good time. She will be at the vets today and will probably need a small operation to fix a hock. Our decent sprinter Tread Lightly also suffered a broken hock on Sunday at Towcester, though not serious he is only 50/50 to come back. In all my years working at Imperial Kennels the last couple of months have been the worst I’ve known for injuries and though thankfully we have not lost any dogs our kennels are like a hospital ward at the moment with now seven dogs with casts and splints on and that number again recovering from serious injuries or waiting to go into the retirement scheme. It’s most frustrating and I added my weight to the fact that trainers are calling for our industry to bring in some expertise who specialises in track preparation and maintenance as I really feel across the country we are lacking in this department. It’s crucial we find answers as to why we have a huge spike in injuries once the tracks change from the heavily salted ones up to at least March and then a few weeks later we are struggling with tracks where bowsers are constantly trying to contain dryness in hotter weather. The balance seems to produce surfaces where more injuries occur than any other time in the year, something just isn’t right although you simply can’t allow for bad luck as well.
This year we are a touch later with our 5 To Follow competition and I was hoping to not have to make too many changes with the very latest up to date list of our kennel strength available but already yesterday Tread Lightly and Towstar Jess will have to come off the list available and if anyone has included them in their teams then you have until the weekend to change them. Anyway get studying and pick your team(s), you can have up to 5 teams but must include 2 bitches in your selections. Just go to our Home page and click on the link for your chance to win some fabulous prizes at the end of the year including two tickets on my table at the GBGB Awards night in January including room.
On Thursday our one runner at Yarmouth Newinn Trump was knocked over at the first bend but is thankfully ok. On Friday we only had two runners at Romford, Towstar Jess was 3rd in a 575m and All Slick Now
superbly took the Friday Night 500 Standard Final beating a useful field by 3 lengths in 23.87, his early speed is a joy to behold.
On Saturday regular opens at Towcester should see us get plenty of our better class dogs out and though we had mixed fortunes this week Ninja Fortune showed his liking for the track winning again in 29.34. Baroness Bullet ran ok when 3rd on her staying debut over the full six bends and Parkers Dynamite had a rare stumble when in with a chance in the hurdle race.
On Sunday Brinkleys Rosie ran well when third in the Henlow Mini Derby, John Lambe’s bitch Queen Adele was ultra impressive again smashing the track record recording a flying 25.15.
On Friday Calco Cool made a good debut when third in an A6 and No Can Boogie took an A8 in 28.72 after a series of near misses.
On Saturday morning a few close thirds with Potman our only winner landing an A6 in 28.44. We had opens as well in the evening. On the graded front it was Silva Hill who took a hugely competitive A2 in 29.58.
On Sunday Energize Bobadee
scored a debut win and was quite impressive in an A9 in a decent 28.93. Also impressive was Kiltrea Mike who took a good S1 in 41.63.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ALL SLICK NOW
GRADED - ENERGIZE BOBADEE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
With the expected mega heatwave we will be travelling as little as possible with opens just planned at Towcester this Saturday although we should have plenty of graded runners at the weekend.
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Unless you 're like me and all punting on the World Cup (France @ 8/1 is my fancy) there is little action with the dogs. Next week we do have the William Hill Festival at Sunderland so will look for the best bets there.