3rd March 2021
For a couple of seconds we looked good to land the Winter Derby at Monmore on Saturday night as Coolavanny Kyser trapped well and led up to the first bend but a cracking turn of early pace from Kevin Hutton’s well drawn Signet Ace in trap 4 saw them go round the first bend together. To be fair Signet Ace ran a much better first two bends and slingshotted into the lead, Kyser gave a valiant chase but couldn’t get to the leader and was eventually collared for second place by the fast finishing Amazing Wink. Though we were disappointed he didn’t win it was still a great effort from Coolavanny Kyser and hopefully he will get plenty more chances for the rest of the season.
It was a cracking card at Monmore and it was great to see our newly crowned Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale win a good marathon beating old rivals like Affirmed and Micks Little Gem in a new track record 55.95. With the TV Trophy over track and trip and moved from its late year slot to May this year it should be most favourable for her. We also had excellent runs from Aayamza Lexie and Anhid News who were both second in the stayers races.
This Friday the Golden Sprint kicks off at Romford and it’s fair to say we are not as strong in the event as we have been in previous years with only three entries but you never know. Playbook has a tough heat but has trap 1 which will really help, Innfield Kaci and Aero Madrid are both in together in the first heat. Aero Madrid couldn’t be in better form winning his last two races at Romford and was particularly impressive last Friday clocking a fast 3.62 sectional en route to a career best 23.84.
As I mentioned on social media this week it was great to see a full agenda of competitions for the rest of the year with the second half full of Category 1 events and well done to the promoters and GBGB for their hard work putting it all together. Kevin Boothby and his team at Towcester have been particularly busy securing a Cat 1 event in every month. We do have the Golden Sprint, Springbok and the British Bred events but in general there’s not too much for standard, stayers and marathon runners for the next few weeks. Of course this time of year, even without the pandemic, was always a bit less busy which is why it was the best slot for the prestigious Trainers Championship meeting. We missed it last year for obvious reasons but I’m dismayed the industry hasn’t gone out of its way to make sure it was back as part of the calendar around now, what an opportunity missed. Greyhound fans loved the different format, which could have huge drama and tension for all connections, the majority of the races contained a who’s who of canine talent and most importantly it gave aspirations for many trainers fighting for that top 6 position in the previous year. It’s not as if the package to produce the event would cost a fortune, maybe around 20k which includes 8 races at £1,000 total prize money (could easily find a sponsor for each race ) and say £10,000 to the trainers competing, a welcome bonus to recognise their achievements for getting in the event. As much as we have won the Trainer of the Year title eleven times we had actually only won the Trainers Championship three times at Wimbledon (2006), Doncaster (2010) and Towcester (2018) but each occasion was very special.
With all the red tape and problems transporting greyhounds from Ireland I’ve seen huge interest in any of our dogs on our ‘for sale page’ with most being snapped up pretty quickly. We have some more to go on over the next few weeks and if they are running we will always be happy to carry on training them for new connections. We also have some new exciting young dogs that have just come over from Ireland (eventually!) for sale and will be up on our page in the next few days, not forgetting also we have pups for sale from two litters Superior Product x Saffrons Bonnie & Kinloch Brae x Evanta Evita which are around 4 months old, these are on our ‘Energize Kennels’ page and purchase price includes rearing and schooling as well as transport and kennel fees at our kennels until they are on the card, a fantastic deal.
At Romford on Friday the minor Stayers final didn’t go our way with Alien Sea a good runner up. We did have a nice winner in the shape of Aero Madrid in a 400m Golden Sprint trial stake in a fine 23.84.
I covered Monmore above with Coolavanny Kyser 3rd in the Winter Derby final and a great track record win in the marathon for superstar Aayamza Royale.
A good start to Monday as Muxton Teddy just got up to beat in form kennel mate Onyx Penny in a fine 27.70 and Bobs Duke won well in an A5 in 28.33.
On Tuesday’s RPGTV card we just had the one winner with current World Darts Champion Gerwyn Price’s Knockard Dylan taking an A6 for a debut victory in 28.33.
A better night on Sunday with promising pup Rail McCoy winning well in a tough A3 in a good 27.90, Lost Without You made it 5 wins from 7 races with a gutsy 28.28 victory in an A5 and Sheriff Master made it a fine double for owner Paul Eccles taking an A2 in a very good 27.71. Scrahane Boss completed a great night winning an A5 in 28.13.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AERO MADRID
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
A much quieter week than normal with the feature action this Friday at Romford with the start of the Golden Sprint.
There are no opens anywhere this Saturday but we will have a few runners at Central Park on Sunday night and on Monday the British Breeders stakes starts and we are hoping to have Agincourt Xena on.
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Coolavanny Kyser pinched us a bit of each way profit when he was 3rd in the Winter Derby and Aayamza Royale’s 4/5 win, though short, never looked in doubt to give us a profitable Saturday.
The Golden Sprint kicks off and without a doubt our best chance is the in form Aero Madrid and I don’t see why he couldn’t go well and should be a reasonable price.
AERO MADRID - 2 pts each way ante post - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
COOLAVANNY KYSER - 2.5 pts each way ante post 20/1 - Winter Derby - Monmore - 3RD
AAYAMZA ROYALE - 4 pts win - Monmore - Saturday- WON 4/5