Monday 11th February 2008
A fabulous week for the kennel with a stack of winners including Stride On Babe's emphatic victory in Harlow's showpiece race of the year the Greene King Cup last Wednesday which gave the kennel its second consecutive win after Questhouse Sash's victory last year.
This week myself and Patrick (Assistant) took the chance to cross the water for the Clonmel Coursing Festival and I must admit I was impressed with the passion and excitement these magnificent animals give as they give their all in the chase (I didn't see any of the well trained hares caught!) up the tough hill on the Clonmel race track. The massive crowds surprised me and the lively betting markets have to be seen to be believed. We stopped in the beautiful Hotel Minella in Clonmel which, although expensive, didn't disappoint and was packed with a who's who of greyhound racing from both sides of the pond. While we were out there we also had the chance to visit a few of our contacts and friends who showed us some terrific pups that are being reared and we hope over the next few months we will see the benefits of the trip. My highlight of the trip was going in Mulcahy's Bar in the centre of Clonmel on Tuesday night which was packed with punters and bookies who had spent the day at the coursing. The big screen came down and Sky Sports started. The atmosphere was unreal as Ted Hegarty amongst others gave value on every race and dog - a punting heaven! Evens was called for Juvenile hero Ballymac Under (4/7), 5,000 - 4000 was heard for Droopys Nelson (4/5) as the punters got stuck in. Incredibly I was slapped on the back by all the bookies as both our winners rescued them big time and though I would love to say I'd had a few euros on them I must admit I didn't, but it was very pleasurable having two nice winners on Sky in front of all the faces in the bar!
We have plenty of new items coming up on our website over the next few weeks including some interesting Guest Columns and as you may have seen we have added a video library so if you fancy watching Eye Onthe Veto's record breaking Essex Vase victory as well as others then just click on the relevant race.
On Monday the last Trial Stakes for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford took place and we had a mixed night. Both Twilight Fantasy and Genesis Sister disappointed, Rhias Beauty(4th) again ran well and Tipp The Breeze was impressive when winning her Trial Stake in a good 46.77 (-80) by 4 1/2 lengths. Most significant was a very good 33.80 calc trial from Butterbridge Ali as he warmed up for this valuable event.
The Racing Post Juvenile was the feature race on Tuesday's Sky card at Wimbledon and in an earlier race Aero Blackjack came in as a reserve and promptly ran riot winning by 3 1/4 lengths in a good 27.78 (+10) with our other runner Rockburst Mason (4th) giving not a bad account of himself.
Eye Onthe Force is now two from two at Wimbledon as he again beat a good field in the 460m standard riding a first bend bump well before striding clear to win in 28.02 and he could well be worth an interest in this years Derby at around 150/1.
In the Harlow and Stortford Herald Newspaper Stakes worth £1500 on Wednesday at Harlow both Snappy Girl and Geordie Shay had to play second fiddle to Transtown Mul who won on merit in 50.55 (-30). In the main race the GreeneKing Cup over 592m worth £2,500 Stride On Babe went to traps the 4/5 jolly and despite a moderate break Matthew Etherington's brindle fairly rocketed to the bend and with a devastating turn of pace she quickly settled the issue going away to score by 7 1/2 lengths in a magnificent 37.69 (-20) with our other runner Eye Onthe Power not getting any kind of run back in 5th.
Thursday's opens at Walthamstow were competitive and Lindys Girl going over 640m for the first time was caught on the line by Iron Man in Div 1 of the Maiden Stayers in 40.61 (-30). In the 640m Standard Stayers Like Hot Cakes made all to beat Westmead Liz by 2 1/2 lengths in a fast 39.87 (-30) and she looks like a bitch going places! Treacle Rose ran well but had to settle for second place behind Hackney Carrige beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 29.20 (-20). In the 475m Maiden Seanis Lad showed great early (4.92 sec) to lead and stayed on better when holding on by 1/2 length from the strong Marwills Silver. The 475m Puppy race looked on paper very warm and it was pleasing to see Missed A Train step up in class and beat a good field after leading at the first bend to win by 2 lengths in 28.90 (-20). Blues Wish was evens to win Div 2 of the Novice Stayers but had too much ground to make up after being badly baulked at the first bend but she did well in the end to finish second to Glaseen Boy beaten 2 1/2 lengths in 40.38 (-30).
Directors Vision scored the second win of his short career on Tuesday overcoming a few bumps on the run up before leading at the first to win in 29.51(-20. He was our only graded winner fom four runners and on Thursday in between the opens Treacle Drum won her first race for us in A4 company winning by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.43 (-20) and Vigorous Whitney was runner up beaten 1 1/4 lengths to Noirs Speedy in 29.38 (-20).
Saturday night was a good night with 3 winners from 8 runners. Centaur Fuzzoms (3rd) ran well but it was another pup who caught the eye - Elusive Tuesday a young Aug 06 daughter out of Bond-Shes All Class who showed good all round pace to beat a decent field of pups in 29.09 and she looks one to follow over the next few months and beyond. Lockdale Duke is real win machine and led all the way to score by 3 lengths in a good 28.94 and in the A1 Bell Classic was rewarded for some decent recent efforts when he beat Toosey Tops by a neck in 28.99 to complete an excellent week for the kennel.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- STRIDE ON BABE
GRADED:- ELUSIVE TUESDAY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A massive week with the start of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Monday and we have five entries - Butterbridge Ali (20/1), Tipp The Breeze (20/1), Genesis Sister (20/1) , Rhias Beauty (50/1) and Eye Onthe Power (50/1) and I would say the draw has worked out well.
On Tuesday the Racing Post Arc gets underway with eight heats and it came as a surprise that Seanis Strike (12/1) has been made favourite in a few books for this tough four round competition but can definitely win . We also have hopes for Eye Onthe Force (20/1), Centaur Decree (33/1) , Discreet Cat (50/1) and Treacle Rose (66/1). We also have four runners at Wimbledon in races supporting the Springbok final including fast bitches Stride On Babe and Genesis Dream.
We should have runners at Romford on Friday and the semis of the Golden Jacket take place on Saturday morning with also the heats of the Spring Trophy starting which we will keep Stride On Babe busy for. The second round of the Arc should ensure a good crowd at the Stow on Saturday and Missed A Train, Rockburst Mason and Castlemary Podge will be routed to Monmore with the puppy derby in mind.
LIKE HOT CAKES The Betdirect Get Involved Trophy 2008, Hall Green
GENESIS ALIX The Freephone Betdirect Trophy 2008, Hall Green
AERO BLACKJACK William Hill Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
EYE ONTHE FORCE Racing Post Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
GENESIS DREAM Stan James Ladies Stakes 2008, Wimbledon
TREACLE ROSE Ladbrokes Arc Heat 8 2008, Walthamstow