6th June 2016
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A fantastic finish to the William Hill Greyhound Derby final saw three dogs cross the line almost abreast with Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Jet just prevailing to grab the glory. I don't think many would begrudge Jaytee Jet's owner John Turner the big prize with how much he has not only spent on trying to achieve his ambition but also the generous support he gives the sport in sponsorship etc. It was a great final in a vintage Derby and one can only hope it's not the last at Wimbledon, keep sending those postcards to the Mayor Of London's office and you never know it might make a difference.
For ourselves Derby final night turned into a frustrating affair with five seconds from our seven runners. Clondoty Alex put in an awesome display battling hard to try and win the Derby Plate but was just touched off by a short head. California, Billys Bullet, Ribble Atom and Calco Flyer all ran superb but found one too good while fluffed starts cost Ballymac Shirley (3rd) and Roswell Iceman (4th) dearly. Most of these will now have a couple of weeks off before we look forward to some big competitions from next month. Clondoty Alex, Roswell Iceman and California will head up to Sunderland for a crack at the William Hill Classic, Billys Bullet either has the William Hill Grand Prix or the Betfred Select Stakes Stayers (strange that they clash) as his next target while our bitches including Ballymac Shirley as well as Domino Storm and Airforce Duchess will have the Lowther Stakes as their target in August while Ribble Atom will see if she can get the better of Roxholme Magic in the TV Trophy both at Towcester. Calco Flyer has been a grand servant to connections and will go for the Sussex Cup next month.
Linda Jones' piece put up on my Guest Column last week sparked plenty of interest and debate with her strong views on the current state of play in many aspects of our industry. Linda will follow up with more updates in the future which I'm sure will make for some interesting reading.
We are now just less than a month away from the start of our popular 5 to Follow competition (July 1st - December 31st) which will as always will be FREE TO ENTER and over the next couple of weeks you will see details up as well as a complete list of our kennel strength that will be available to chose from. You will be able to enter up to five teams, as usual we will have three nice prizes up for grabs.
On Tuesday at Towcester Macs On Storm got no sort of run when last in the Standard final. Two nice winners on the card with Billys Bullet taking the stayers in 29.62 and Roswell Iceman the 480m in 28.08.
At Hove on Thursday Airforce Duchess could only finish 3rd in the Ladies 515m final with Garryglass Pixie back in last. In the Winner Of One heats Mass Megan and Famias Hope were second and made the final with Saffrons Boxer running well in third.
At Romford on Friday Ribble Aon was second and Swift Whirlwind 3rd in the Friday Night 500 final and no luck for Sligo Star in the 400m final. Deanridge Madbye won the heat of the Maiden Stayers getting up on the line to score in 35.95.
As said it was a case of seconditis again on Saturday at Wimbledon on Derby final night with Clondoty Alex the most unlucky going down by the minimum margin in the Derby Plate final.
On Tuesday Swift Windmill made it through to the Owners Bonus Series final when second in her heat. On Friday Saltimbanco was just touched off in an A7 and Ninja Frankie scored well after a fast break in 28.76.
On Saturday Carden Punch secured a win straight out of season in an A7 in 29.22, Swift Dante may have been lucky to get a run in a messy A6 but once she led she took off to win well in 28.69. Airforce Galaxy looked to have a tough A3 but he made it 3 wins from 4 runs when leading all the way to score in 28.49 .
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A quietish week with opens at Towcester tomorrow.
On Thursday we have two runners in the Winner Of One 515m final at Hove and on Friday we will be at Romford with Deanridge Madbye in the Maiden Stayers final.
On Sunday the Henlow Mini Derby kicks off and we will look to enter Saffrons Anna and Evanta Fantasy.
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Ballymac Shirley our nap on Derby final night came up with the traps and that cost her the race. Not too much happening this week but I would put Saffrons Anna up for the Henlow Mini Derby if there are any early prices.
SAFFRONS ANNA - 2 pts ew ante post - Henlow Mini Derby - Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BALLYMAC SHIRLEY - 5 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost