Monday 10th June 2013
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The second round of the William Hill Greyhound Derby was completed on Saturday night and what compelling viewing this year's renewal has been. The action has come thick and fast and all the races at Wimbledon have been available to watch on RPGTV. After a mixed set of results in the first round our kennel bounced back with style this weekend with all five of our runners qualifying safely through to the third round and as an added bonus a tremendous winning performance from Garryglass Rodge who has most certainly gone from a perceived 'spoiler' to a genuine contender. Carkie Max, Benkaat Nero, Benkaat Blue and a surprise for many Reel Trickyone also booked their place in the next round.
On Friday we had three runners:-
Heat 2 - Benkaat Nero
As expected the favourite Sidaz Jack led up and blazed a trail while Benkaat Nero turned in a handy position. Again he showed some great middle pace to get into a decent qualifying pitch and but for slightly hitting the rails at the third bend would have got a lot closer to the winner. Another solid display but his lack of true Derby early pace could find him out in the later stages. Has a difficult draw in trap 3 in the third round where Fermoy Henry inside him is certain to come across him, he will be scrambling for that qualifying place from halfway.
Heat 4 - Garryglass Rodge/Carkie Max
A tough heat with Rodge seemingly boxed up in trap 4 but an electric break gave him the chance to easily get across to his favourite rails slot and a flying 4.70 sectional gave him a healthy lead. We saw another side to him as well as he stayed on convincingly on a dead track that never really suited front runners to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 28.70.
Carkei Max seemed to have qualified unnoticed. Breaking reasonably well he got tangled up at the first bend with favourite South Armagh and after getting the better of that battle was always third and never looked in danger of being eliminated. Max has a great draw in round 3 pitched in with Benkaat Nero he will have a massive chance of turning upsides front runners Sidaz Jack and Fermoy Henry and could be value to show his middle pace and hit the front at the third bend.
Garryglass Rodge will not be inconvenienced by his trap 3 slot in his heat if he traps in the same fashion as he has in the first two rounds. His problem will be trying to beat the flying Bittles Bar to the first bend before his rival chops into the bend, added to that both Shaneboy Alley in trap 6 and the incredibly pacey Holdem Spy in trap 5 will punish any mistakes if Rodge and Bittles Bar come together at any stage. If he is hold any chance of winning this heat or the event overall he has to improve again and who will say he can't !
The rest of Friday's heats saw some tremendous performances from Irish raiders Tyrur Sugar Ray, Ballymac Vic and in the last heat Droopys Jet was awesome winning by 9 lengths in a superb 28.28.
On Saturday we had two runners:-
Heat 12 - Reel Trickyone
Loughteen Blanco trapped well but just got his back end touched by Reel Trickyone and both did well not to lose any momentum. Loughteen Blanco went on to win well but to everyone's surprise Reel Trickyone outstayed Smiler Jack on the run in to grab that vital third spot, a superb effort from our little battler. I will review his third round heat below Benkaat Blue.
Heat 14 - Benkaat Blue
A decent break from Benkaat Blue from trap 4 but he was immediately challenged by Jaytee Zeus on his inside. A back straight battle between the two saw Benkaat Blue just get the better of his rival and he hit the front off the third bend. All eyes were now on Priceless Pilot who had loomed large at the fourth bend and a driving finish from the Irish raider landed the spoils right on the line. It was a blow to get beat but at this stage of the Derby what mattered most was Benkaat Blue is safely in the third round.
Both Reel Trickyone and Benkaat Blue are also drawn together in an interesting third round heat. Benkaat Blue is drawn in trap 1 with Bonamassa Rocks in trap 2 who has a tendency to turn right out the traps, he could hamper the early paced Frisby Barney in trap 3 giving Benkaat Blue a clear run to the bend along the rail. Reel Trickyone in trap 4 also turns to the right slightly out the boxes and if our two want a bit of teamwork we could do with Reel Trickyone edging into trap 5 Boherna Rumble who is a big danger to ours. It could be a grandstand finish with Bonamassa Rocks, Reel Trickyone and Hather George all finishing like trains in the closing stages, this is a tough one for our two.
There was some scintillating performances in the last batch of heats on Saturday and for me Farloe Warhawk showed his true colours with a breathtaking front running display and then kennelmate and ante post favourite Ballymac Eske cruised through to an easy 5 1/2 length win stopping the clock at an impressive 28.21. He is without doubt a worthy Derby favourite. We now can't wait for next Saturday and one of my favourite days racing in the racing calendar all year is the last 48 all running on one night in 8 eight superb heats. After this the quarter finals and the semi finals come in quick succession and let's hope we are still involved.
With the Derby on there's not too much else to talk about except to tell all our readers that our popular free to enter Five To Follow competition is up for people to enter (closing date June 30th) . Remember all you have to do is pick 5 greyhounds from our kennel (3 dogs 2 bitches) from the list available and fill an entry form in and email or post it to us. I hope to have a special one off prize to the winner which I will announce next week.
Neither Darian Chief nor Jazz Tilly got the run of the races when not qualifying from the regular Monday night Romford heats.
On Wednesday at Coventry Blonde Bobby ran a terrific race to grab the spoils in a heat of the Modest Newtown 1973 Puppy Cup while Blonde Tango also made the final when second in his heat.
As said the William Hill Greyhound Derby second round got underway on Friday and Saturday where all five of our entries qualified.
Also on Friday we were at Romford with both Polar Sean and Middletons Boy finishing second in Maiden races before Bridge Ruth, after her Derby elimination, blew her rivals away on her first step up in trip over 575m winning by over 9 lengths in a fine 35.41. That was the best it got on a night where all our other runners never got any sorts of runs.
On Sunday at Coventry a quieter night than normal with only four runners. Hillcross Miami and Swift Eire were both second in 485m Maidens, Planning seeking a hat trick found it more difficult when beaten back over 485m but Darian Star who has been a revelation the last couple of weeks at the Brandon circuit again put some smart bitches in their place winning by two lengths in a smart 29.26.
On Wednesday youngster Baran Spectre ran well when second and a fine double at the end of the meeting for Hillcross Kansas who won by 4 lengths in 28.27 (+30) and Darian Creek took the A1 by the minimum distance in a good 28.07 (+30).
On Saturday promising young pup Swift Sean got off the mark in A2 showing good early and middle pace to score by a neck in 28.51(+30) while Darian Creek made it a quick fire double when winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.20 (+30).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Murlens Crash makes his debut for the kennel at Romford tonight in the heats of the Coral On TV Standard with Ayamzaman back to happy hunting ground after his Derby exit.
On Wednesday Blonde Bobby and Blonde Tango return to Coventry for the Modest Newtown 1973 Puppy Trophy Final.
Back to Romford Friday and on Saturday the eagerly awaited William Hill Greyhound Derby gets down to the last 48 at Wimbledon. Back to Coventry on Sunday.
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Polar Sean was second on Friday at Romford but found a warm one while our supporters of Benkaat Blure were suitably gutted when he was collared right on the line in his Derby heat on Saturday though our ante post slip on him is still live as is Benkaat Nero's who also qualified.
On Saturday in the Derby third round all the heats will be difficult but I feel Carkie Max could have a decent make up in heat 4 and might be a spot of value to win.
CARKEI MAX - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
POLAR SEAN - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost
BENKAAT BLUE - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost
BENKAAT BLUE - 1 pt e.w ante post 150/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday
BENKAAT NERO - 2pts e.w ante post 200/1 - William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - continues Saturday