2nd October 2018
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Last week won't go down as the most prolific winning week we have ever had but all our runners seem to have come off safe and sound so that's the main thing. Both Glory Snake and Kilcree Diamond were a touch unlucky in their semi finals of the Kent Derby at Central Park on Sunday which was a shame particularly Glory Snake as he got no sort of run whatsoever but showed tremendous pace.
Yesterday I attended the launch of the new Apprenticeship scheme that the GBGB along with Absolute Training Services Ltd are rolling out. It's a welcome forward move for the industry and some 20 apprentices will join the scheme that lasts around 12-14 months. It will help would be apprentices achieve a Level 2 in an Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Standard Apprenticeship which is a new government backed initiative that will be widely recognised through many industries including agriculture, veterinary and many others that involve the care of animals so it will have wide ranging benefits to all apprentices on the scheme. Obviously as the months go by this will be opened up to all trainers to take advantage of and through Absolute it will be advertised in places where school leavers and workers in other industries can be seen and attracted into our industry.For me this is one of the first steps our industry can take to start to rebuild after what has been a dreadful last few years in the sport and with other initiatives such as the new Ambassadors scheme, which I'm delighted to be part of, maybe we can start to have hope for the future.
Now we have settled into Henlow and we are getting through the main holidays it's now time for me to start to look at our future and what we need to do to start to building up to the last few months of the year and of course what we need to do to have a strong kennel for 2019. It's not going to be easy, that's for sure, as I've highlighted over the last few weeks that many obstacles are in our way in the hope of attracting owners to buy potential high class pups and this is difficult when having no Sky, or a major TV platform to show the big races on, it's a real problem. I know there are many in the industry who are trying their best to change this but Sky certainly seem set on starting the year without any Greyhound coverage, we are all hoping the above paragraph will lead to a change of heart but at the moment we have had a number of owners who have said they are not prepared to buy decent, expensive dogs just to run for the bookmakers' benefit in their daytime coverage, and RPGTV isn't set up to replace a glamorous Sky presentation. Certainly if that's the case I may need some of our 'Home Bred' pups to come to the fore if we are to be challenging for big race honours in 2019 which itself leads us to multiple Trainers Championships. On a slightly lesser note we will however have loads of opportunities for owners new and old to have youngsters coming through the grades at Henlow if they weren't particularly worried at what time of day their dogs run. I will need to get my thinking cap on to make this cost effective and more importantly enjoyable.
Baroness Bullet took her heat of the SIS St Leger at Doncaster last Monday in 41.77 while Bombers Bullet led but got caught on the line in his heat.
At Romford we never seemed to get too much luck with Garryglass Bambi coming closest when beaten a short head in a 750m Maiden.
On Sunday at Henlow Cotton Pants continued where he left off after a short break winning a sprint in 16.68, Chubbys Turkarna took a 550m Maiden in 33.46 and both Saleen Ash and Ashakiran were slightly unlucky in their races.
At Central Park as said Kilcree Diamond and Glory Snake were unlucky in their Kent Derby semi finals while Rough Star ran well when second in a 480m open.
On Monday we had no winners from a handful of runners and on Tuesday Glassmoss Queen got her debut win at the 2nd time of asking taking an A7 in 28.83, Adageo Zoomer also got off the mark and was impressive winning by 5 lgths in 28.74.
On Thursday we finished with a rattle as Energize Jack won again in an A5 in a very good 27.95 as did Jazz Jake who took an S3 in 33.86.
On Saturday we had no winners with Saleen Story running well when 2nd in a hot A1 and No Can Boogie showing more improvement when 2nd in a S2 and on Sunday Ribble Ghost was also 2nd in a good A8.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - COTTON PANTS
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Last night we had the semi finals of the SIS St Leger at Doncaster and this week we will return to Romford on Friday and our open race action on Sunday will be at both Henlow and Central Park.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
I think we can count ourselves unlucky with Glory Snake on Sunday in the semi finals of the Kent Derby at Central Park. I'm still struggling to see any real betting opportunities this week and we will wait for the right opportunity.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GLORY SNAKE - 2 pts ew ante post 25/1 - Kent Derby - Central Park - Sunday - lost