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A quiet week just gone with the main news being the new early morning start on Fridays (soon to be Tuesdays as well) at Henlow which has got a lot of people talking for sure. Personally we don’t have a problem with going and racing early though obviously it’s not really an owner friendly situation as racing at 8 am clearly has its issues for them. Overall I feel as long as the weather is good then it’s no problem to us, one wonders when we get to January/February time will this cause major problems as at that time in the morning, once you take the covers off, will the track be freezing as the meeting is going ahead? At no point will we ever risk any of our dogs running if there is the slightest doubt about the running surface. My only real disappointment was that SIS, who are the ones asking for the extra meetings, didn’t provide Kevin Boothby (Henlow promoter) with a touch of additional money purely to be used to add to the prize money as a thank you to the owners providing the dogs. An extra £10 on the run money would have been appreciated by the owners, meaning they would get £50 instead of £40 for running at the inconvenient time. There are 10 races so 60 dogs needed which would mean SIS would only need to find an extra £600 to cover this, not an extraordinary amount in the grand scheme of things!
Baroness Bullet (ran well) and Bombers Bullet (missed the break) were eliminated from the SIS St Leger at Doncaster last Monday which was a shade disappointing for us but we still have high hopes the pair can finish the year strong. The St Leger at Perry Barr will not be on the agenda (same for Brigadier Bullet) as the owners feel the unbelievable drop in prize money for the Classic is not acceptable and instead we will aim a small team to Shelbourne on November 18th for the Night of the Stars meeting. We hope to, maybe, take a couple of other runners and have a decent team to enjoy what is one of the best nights of the year! Bombers Bullet shelled a toe nail in the semi finals last week but will be absolutely fine in about a week's time. His main aim after the Night of the Stars will be the Essex Vase where he will try and complete the Champion Stakes/Essex Vase double which would give him a major chance in the Greyhound of the Year contenders.
I mentioned last week that with a Henlow staging most of the racing in ‘day time’ meetings owners will be harder to come by but I would say there still seems plenty of interest as most races are easily accessible to watch these days. I think syndicates are the way forward and as well as my Racing Club, which currently has seven runners and membership is still open see our Racing Club
page for details, we have other syndicates forming while the ‘Towstar’ syndicate is looking to have a mixture of graded/open race runners to enjoy. Run extremely well by Jonathan Newman his syndicate is run slightly different to my Racing Club as you can buy individual shares in each dog. The Towstar name is really beginning to establish itself but was badly hit with injuries to two great runners in Towstar Arry and Towstar Jess (both hopefully will return to the track in a couple of months' time) and Jonathan has made three shrewd purchases this week. Lemon Sadie, Scotchrath Puma and Sober Skybe are potential lovely race dogs already with a reasonable amount of form in Ireland but young enough to progress to a better class. I would hugely recommend anyone who wants a small interest in some nice dogs to get involved with these three, I have a feeling at least one will prove an absolute bargain. Here’s a link to the Towstar syndicate
if you want to be involved. I’m hoping to really target Henlow and Romford next year with buying those really early paced types and have plenty more purchases on the horizon.
As said no luck at Doncaster on Monday and we had to wait until Friday for our next lot of open race action at Romford. We have been a touch quiet at the track with regards to winners over the last couple of weeks so it was nice to see our progressive pup Adageo Joma
pop up again scoring in 24.32 @ 6/1, that’s two wins from three races with the first one seeing him go off at 14/1!, he must be a dream for those that picked him in our 5 To Follow competition. Saleen Ash was back to his best beating kennelmate Garryglass Champ by over 7 lengths in the heats of the Friday Night 500 Stayers in a fine 35.14.
A couple of winners on Monday as veterans Swift Kaylee (28.72) and Saffrons Honey (Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club) (28.65) obliged in A9 and A7 company. On Tuesday Chubbys Caviar got the night off to an excellent start winning a good A3 in 27.76, Cincinnati on the comeback trail after a long term injury scored in an S3 in 33.95 while Calco Swift proved that age is no barrier as our May 14 Bitch took an S4 in a good 33.88.
On Thursday Nothing But Love (Markwalisgreyhounds Racing Club) opened her account at Henlow taking an A9 in 28.60 while Ayamza Elseve was just caught on the line in an S3. On Friday in the early morning start plenty ran well with a Towstar Billy second and our earliest, time wise, ever winner was Deans Hail Mary
(again for the Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club) who won at 9.52 am in an A7 in a good 28.26.
On Saturday & Sunday we just had the one winner when another veteran Sidarian Dino took an A4 in 28.03.
We didn’t have the best of luck in a handful of opens at Henlow on Sunday with Ashakiran coming closest when second in the 428m and our open race action at Central Park nearly saw two winners from three runners with Brigadier Bullet just getting edged out in a 642m race but Glory Snake got some reward for running well of late when landing a major gamble in the 500m race in 30.24.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ADAGEO JOMA
GRADED - DEANS HAIL MARY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Last night we had runners at Doncaster and we have trials at Hove on Thursday in preparation for the forthcoming Brighton Belle.
On Friday Saleen Ash and Garryglass Champ are in the Friday Night 500 Stayers Final and on Sunday the Hawk Henlow Derby gets underway which should be a hot competition.
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We haven’t had much to get stuck into of late but I think Saleen Ash represents solid investment on Friday at Romford in the Stayers final, hopefully he’s a reasonable price.
In the Hawk Derby at Henlow on Sunday we will do well to upset the principles but I think Kilcree Diamond is good enough for each way value.
SALEEN ASH - 5 pts win - Romford - Friday
KILCREE DIAMOND - 2 pts ew ante post - Hawk Derby - Henlow - starts Sunday