2nd December 2021
We now almost have double the points that we achieved in 2020 in the Trainer of the Year standings but I can’t help thinking how much better our season could have been if we had won a couple more Category 1 finals that we certainly have had a chance in. We have won six but equally have had just as many runners up or well fancied ones down the field. I’m sure we have had some good luck as well as bad luck, take nothing away from the brilliant Salacres Pippy on Saturday morning at Crayford as she galloped to a second Category 1 success in a short space of time for trainer Pete Harnden when landing the £10,000 to the winner Cesarewitch but I can’t help wondering what might have been if Blueberry Bullet had come out the traps like she did in the heats, there she dominated from the off but in the final she flopped out and in the end ran really well to come through the field to finish second, Antigua Lava never really seemed to handle the track but ran ok back in 4th.
Sometimes we just have to move on and look forward to the next competition and hope our luck is in. The last event of the year for us to try and win is the Coral Olympic starting on Saturday at Hove and Drumcrow Brent leads our team. His brilliant victory in the Sussex Cup in the summer is fresh in the mind and hopefully he can recapture that form. Balterio looks well suited to Hove and should go well and Ivy Hill Skyhigh, also a Sussex Cup finalist, takes his chance. We will also be strong in the supporting events, the Ballyregan Bob Memorial competition that starts a week later will have Regency heroine Aayamza Royale in action as well as the improving Aayamza Dream and they both run in a trial stake on Saturday while the Brighton Belle will see the newly signed Ballymac Trend (soon to be Antigua Princess) in action, she trials before racing on Saturday.
News this week sees some Covid restrictions around the country put in place and we all wonder if that’s going to further tighten in the coming months. Could we get to the stage of racing behind closed doors again I’m not so sure?
The big news in the sport this week is the resignation from the GBGB of our new owners representative Paul Carpenter after just four months in the role. Paul already feels like he can’t or won’t be able to make a difference, the structure of the GBGB is dominated by Arc/Entain and no matter what they do the majority of people within the sport think this is too much of a conflict of interest. All I can say is we have gone down the slippery slope of just being a betting product rather than a sport millions can enjoy in the evening way too long ago and it’s a trend that is virtually irreversible with the worldwide demand for our racing. This should work financially but unfortunately we don’t receive the rewards that are reaped for doing this. Someone somewhere is doing very well out of Greyhound racing.
We may have missed out on the big final at Crayford Saturday morning as Blueberry Bullet was second and Antigua Lava 4th in the Cesarewitch but we did pick up a couple of minor finals with Antigua Socks taking the Friday Night Standard at Romford in 24.22 and on Saturday at Monmore Bombardier led all the way to take the Dual Distance final over 684m in a good 41.23.
Also at Romford on Friday we saw in form Sweet Pear win her heat of the Friday night Stayers by a long way in a fine 35.18.
Two winners last Monday as Formel Jet took an A3 in a good 27.90 and the improving youngster Swift News won an A5 in 28.13.
On Saturday Swift Pinch was the star of the show winning an A3 in a career best 27.54 calculated.
On Sunday we also had two winners with Rosetti winning an A2 in a good 27.73 and Drumcrow Bruce at last getting his head back in front in an A1 scoring by 6 lengths in a very good 27.33
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BOMBARDIER
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
Plenty of action at Romford on Friday night with Sweet Pear and All Fours in the Friday Night Stayers final.
On Saturday we have a few runners at Monmore but the main action is at Hove with the Coral Olympic heats and some decent trial Stakes for the supporting competitions for the following week.
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This week sees the start of the Coral Olympic which we have won just once with Bruisers Bullet in 2017. Drumcrow Brent our Sussex Cup hero bids for another Hove title but needs to improve on his recent trial and Ivy Hill Skyhigh who also made the Sussex Cup final looks a bit out of form so we will go with the improving Balterio who is a bit short at 12/1 but looks well suited to the track and trip.
BALTERIO - 2 pts each way ante post 12/1 - Coral Olympic - Hove - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLUEBERRY BULLET/ANTIGUA LAVA - 2 pts reverse forecast - Crayford - Saturday- lost