26th March 2019
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A reasonably quiet week just gone despite a stack of racing at Henlow with plenty of preparation going into a busy couple of weeks ahead, especially at Sheffield. Tonight at the Yorkshire track the Queen Mother Memorial Cup gets underway and sees a field full of classy stayers taking part. We can’t wait to see the debut run of the former Irish star Antigua Fire (formerly Towcester Story) and boy! has our fella drawn a tough heat, as well as the recent Maiden Gold Cup winner Roxholme Butt he renews rivalry with the Golden Jacket winner Stardom amongst others. Of course Antigua Fire has changed kennels to us from across the water and has had to requalify in trials to be eligible to race over here but he has satisfied us enormously in his workouts and providing he doesn’t get in trouble on this short dash to the corner we expect him to run a big race. No Can Boogie also goes in heat 3 which again is another tough heat. There are plenty of supporting opens and we have some of our potential Trainers Championship team in races and trials, it's surprising how quick this event comes around and before we know it the Greyhound Derby will be upon us!
Hopefully we can at least get to the final of the Queen Mother and we will be back to Sheffield on Sunday. Before that we have the Lawrence Jones Memorial festival at Monmore on Saturday and we sent a team of dogs for trials yesterday including new intakes Antigua Romeo (28.55) and Cuil King (28.75). We also gave former Gymcrack and Select Stakes winner Brinkleys Poet a handslip and he went well and more importantly looked fine this morning. Of course any long term injury involving a wrist is never easy and we have a long way to go before we can plan a full race schedule but no doubt Brinkleys Poet had been well done and was ready to go by his former trainer Matt Dartnall which we are extremely grateful for. We know all too well with Bruisers Bullet recently that it's not easy bringing these fast dogs back but we also can take heart on former successful operations that we did slightly better with. Blonde Snapper came back from a serious wrist injury to win the Derby in 2012 and more recently we had huge success with Billys Bullet who won the Regency and Aayamza Breeze is enjoying a good run on the open race scene both of whom sustained serious hock injuries. It's not impossible and hopefully Brinkleys Poet can go on to enjoy some more great moments, he's certainly young enough being only a May 16 whelp.
Brigadier Bullet, the leading open race winner (7) so far this year will head our team to Monmore for the Lawrence Jones festival and then be a part of the Trainers Championship side. We also have the Category 2 Bunny Gold Cup starting on Sunday at Henlow and I'm trying to field a strong team to represent us. I have decided to skip the Trainers Championship meeting with Chubbys Caviar and she will be our main hope, though it might come too quickly Towstar Arry is another who has came back from a serious injury and has completed a series of trials successfully. Arry was beginning to look like a real star last year and in my opinion would have gone close to breaking the track record at Towcester the night he broke down, he was some six lengths clear of his field when disaster struck, he would be a major positive for the owners and kennel if he could get back to his best. Busters Bullet, a fine winner on Sunday, could be a dog that's maturing at the right time and could make waves as could another new intake Antigua Flash who could be well suited to the track and trip. Shrewd Honcho is another who should go well over 550 and we are leaving out Saleen Ash and Glory Snake to represent us at Sheffield while recent Maiden Cup finalist Razldazl Valerie will step up in trip.
After a reasonably slow start to the year the new arrivals of the likes of Brinkleys Poet and the Antigua dogs of Amanda and Nic Jeal should strengthen our open race team considerably and we have plenty of new pups due to come in not least a lovely dog Alien Sea who won a nice stake at Limerick in good style a couple of weeks ago, he will focus entirely on the Derby when he arrives for owner Trevor Burfitt this week. We also have Aayamza Express coming over from Karol Ramsbottom, sadly her career has been stop start with injuries but if she could get back to her best she will be a serious player in the staying races. We also have a number of pups coming in from some of our former kennel stars, the second litter by our Oaks finalist Evanta Evita are beginning to come on the card at Henlow and look out for a litter by Airforce Duchess, the Brighton Belle winner. We have one of her pups up on our 'For Sale' page called Love Your Work, she is qualified to race in Ireland and has shown fantastic speed, she has the the makings of a top class stayer but is only very young. Also due in are some pups from the immaculately bred Droopys Achieve and some Adageo Bob pups by Fairest Royal which have just started schooling. One pup of enormous interest is the only pup in the litter by former superstar Domino Storm which will be called Domino Ninja, this young bitch is a beauty and looks just like her mum without the overshot jaw! She will start her qualifying trials shortly. We have plenty of pups on offer on our site to suit various budgets.
Talking of pups it was great to see one of my favourite bitches of recent times Ashakiran whelp a litter of nine to Dorotas Wildcat, all are doing well at John Marriott's. We are also awaiting news of litters being whelped at our partnership Energize Kennels with Gary Goulden, both Saffrons Tina and the Peter Bussey winner Ribble Aon are due anytime. Exciting times and all these are long term projects that should keep our kennel in the spotlight for years to come! We welcome any new or old owners with open arms and also for affordable ownership don't forget we have an excellent Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club where details are available on the Racing Club page.
As said a quieter week just gone where we only had four runners at Romford on Friday, Culchieland ran well to finish 3rd in a hot bitches 575m race while we were really pleased with Avastorm who won a Maiden 750m by nearly 12 lengths in a fine 47.30.
At Henlow on Sunday a few one off open races saw an excellent debut open race win for Busters Bullet who beat the useful Calico Brandy by 2 lengths in 34.03. Kiltrea Mike was best of our others when second over 692m.
On Monday Towstar Billy kicked off the week with a win in a B2 in 26.03 though the race was marred by a serous injury to our prolific Roswell Martian, thankfully he was not as bad as it first looked but a torn shoulder ligament means his race career is over, he will make a lovely pet so not a disaster. Not So Hot took a P3 in 28.37 and Jazz Jake returned to the winner's podium in an A6 in 28.18.
On Tuesday morning Potman scored in an A4 in 28.35 and at night time Tiffield Lady got on the score sheet winning an A6 by nearly 7 lengths in a fine 27.85, she was another who has come back from a serious injury sustained at Towcester. Bonitas Bullet was back winning out of season running well to win an A5 in 28.25.
On Thursday the in form Energize Bobadoo won well in an A7 in 28.22.
Just a few runners Saturday with Glassmoss Queen closest when second and in graded races on Sunday Adageo Joma and Algo For You both ran well when second
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BUSTERS BULLET
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the Queen Mother Memorial Cup starts with three hot heats and both Antigua Fire and No Can Boogie bid to get in the first two to make Sunday's final. We have plenty on the supporting card.
On Saturday we will be at Monmore for the Lawrence Jones Memorial festival and on Sunday the Henlow for the Bunny Gold Cup over 550m gets underway.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Antigua Fire is a best priced 10/1 for the Queen Mother Memorial Cup and though a hot competition this is certainly reasonable odds and worth a play. Looking forward to Sunday's Gold Cup at Henlow it will be interesting to see if the bookmakers make an ante post book, for me Chubbys Caviar can show her class and land the outright honours.
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5 pts each way ante post 10/1 - Queen Mother Memorial Cup - Sheffield - starts tonight
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 2.5 pts each way ante post - Bunny Gold Cup - Henlow - starts Sunday