30th December 2020
Hopefully everybody did their best to enjoy Christmas despite the tough restrictions in most areas. With the open race action finished for the year last week we just had a couple of graded meetings at Henlow to cover, it will be the same this week so we have had a good chance to do a rota for the staff giving them an extra couple of days off which is much deserved. Of course our biggest problem is finding trials for the open race dogs to keep them fit while we have a gap in the calendar. Monmore have been helpful and we had 4 trials yesterday and we were delighted with our 2020 Coronation Cup winner Antigua Rum who again trialled fantastic beating the useful and progressive Coolavanny Kyser by the minimum margin in a fine 28.12, thankfully he seems to have no problems with the injury to his wrist which kept him off for much of the last six months of the year. He will be one of a number of entries we will have for the Essex Vase at Romford starting a week Friday. We have some of our potential runners trialling today in a special open race trial session this afternoon at Romford while we are also trying out best to grab some trials at both Henlow and Towcester.
I’m starting to piece together my website review of 2020 and hope to have that ready for the weekend or just after which I know our readers like. On the Greyhound Star website you can see an in depth Zoom recording I did with Floyd Amphlett reflecting on certain aspects of the year.
To be honest we will all be gad that the year is over though I hate wishing my time away as I'm not getting any younger! I’m really looking forward to what 2021 has in store for us all but firstly it goes without saying we have to come out of this pandemic pretty soon or we are set for another depressing yea. It’s no fun for all involved when we race, virtually, behind closed doors and who knows what long term effects Covid will have on an industry that is still struggling to get a much needed compulsory levy that would automatically stabilise what is still a very popular sport. We ourselves have took a real financial hit as most businesses have but we are still here and that’s largely thanks to the magnificent support from our owners. I feel we have a strong kennel that can be competitive right from the off and plenty of new dogs to come in. I never really set targets but we always like to win at least one Category 1 event in a calendar year. I seem to say it all too often but Towcester is the future for both me and the sport overall.
That just leaves me to wish everyone a very Happy New year
On Monday Pennys Onyx was our only winner and she won very well in A8 by over 5 lengths in a very good 28.21.
On Thursday we had a nice double with Muxton Teddy taking an A2 in a good 27.74 and Playbook returned to form winning another A2 in 27.77.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK