Monday 11th May 2009
The gloves are now firmly off as the Blue Square Derby reaches the third round next Saturday at Wimbledon. The weekend's second round action last Friday and Saturday had everything you would expect from an English Derby - thrills, excitement stunning displays and shock exits. Greenwell River (28.61), Boherna Best (28.59) and Bandicoot Tipoki (28.77) on Friday and Windy Millar (28.58), Shelbourne Aston (28.73), Glenard Sunrise (28.75) and Ballymac Ruso (28.72) on Saturday set the standard with blistering runs while there were titanic struggles with the likes of Wise Thought, Ninja Jamie and Deanridge Fury. Reputations were dented with the eliminations of high profile dogs like Tyrur Kenny, Tyrur Hestor, Side Bet and Fatzbots Nodrok on Friday and Jesters Nap, Ballymac Under, and our own Eye Eye Pickle on Saturday. With ante-post favourite Fear Zafonic suffering a defeat as well it seems the competition is wide open which is something that seems to have caught the imagination of punters as bookmakers have seen plenty of business despite the current economic climate and crowds have also looked healthy over the first two rounds. From a kennel point of view we also have endured mixed results as our eight first round survivors prepared for battle on Friday. Unfortunately Directors Fire had to be withdrawn on the day when he picked up an injury though hopefully nothing serious and impressive first round winner Kinda Easy found all kinds of trouble in heat 1 and was eliminated in 4th place. Thankfully Jogadusc Ace was much improved from the week before when qualifying comfortably in 3rd place behind Cabra Boss and Kindred Sparky showed what an excellent decision we made in entering him for the premier classic when bolting up in heat 4 at a tidy 6/1 with an electric burst of early that could well see him progress further. We returned on Saturday and all looked to be getting back on track when probably our strongest hope Kinda Ready demonstrated why he could be a real force when an impressive winner of heat 9 in 28.83 and with more expected to come over the next three weeks we have in this superb looking blue son of Just The Best a real buzz of anticipation. The rest of the night did not go as we might have liked with the eliminations of Mountjoy Ruby, Goldcrest King and Eye Eye Pickle with the latter just getting done by a short head for qualifying. One thing for sure next Saturday's third round with all eight heats on the same night is one of the highlights of the year in greyhound racing and will have all connections of qualifiers on the night dreaming of Derby glory. If you're a fan I would highly recommend attending.
Whatever has happened this week with the Greyhound Derby and other racing from our kennel it has certainly been over-shadowed with the very sad loss of Genesis Alix who suffered a tragic injury at Harlow on Wednesday night. To say I was deeply upset on hearing the news driving back from trials before racing at Coventry is an under statement and everyone connected with our kennel would like to express our sorrow to Gavin and his family. The memories of this little bitch when winning 27 of her 94 races, including some thrilling tussles recently with superstar Flying Winner, will be remembered when we look back on the success of our kennel since I took over the licence 4 1/2 years ago.
Monday began with a rare visit to Nottingham with Bumble Lee in a warm Puppy 480m. Trapping very smartly from trap 4 this talented youngster soon got across to the rails and never looked in danger of being caught scoring by 1 3/4 lengths in 29.38 (+20).
Only one open at Harlow on Wednesday night, the Monkey Stayers Final, and standing dish Bell Tornado turned the race into a procession when bolting out the boxes recording a fabulous 14.88 split en-route to a 8 1/4 length victory in a very smart 37.59 (-25) with Centaur Sandi back in 4th.
At Henlow on Thursday our winning run looked set to continue when Bomber Bailey was well clear in the Hurdle race when the hare was stopped due to a set of hurdles falling down. Justins Princess and Kengyelfuto Snow were both 3rd in their 550 Maidens and just to sum up the night Droopys Zach controversially was judged to have been 2nd in the 550m Standard with no photo available to view.
As said above Friday and Saturday was greyhound Derby time at Wimbledon and on Sunday at Coventry the night again got off to a shocker with Treacle Maggs breaking a hock when badly impeded out of the traps in a Maiden 480m.
On Wednesday the night was overshadowed by the injury to Genesis Alix and in other races Rockybay Class scored an A5 win in a modest 27.04 (-15) while Russell Leggit was 2nd on his debut along with Notanothersecond in the A3. On Friday only Genesis Fuzzums (2nd) came close from a handful of runners while on Saturday Lockdale Storm was our only winner on the night in a good 26.13.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BUMBLE LEE
GRADED RACING - LOCKDALE STORM
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
All roads lead to Wimbledon this week when the Greyhound Derby reaches the 3rd round stage on Saturday at Wimbledon and our three survivors Kinda Ready, Jogadusc Ace and Kindred Sparky do battle for a quarter-final place. Open plans are to be sorted yet at other tracks although we expect a good run from potential star Eye Onthe Storm at Coventry on Wednesday in a Puppy open.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Kinda Ready did the business for us on Saturday at a generous 2/1 and his odds ante-post are down to 33/1 for outright honours. Looking at Saturday's 3rd round draw Jogadusc Ace looks to have come out best and might be worth an interest to win his heat.
JOGADUSC ACE - 2pts win - Greyhound Derby 3rd round - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA READY - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Greyhound Derby - 66/1
EYE EYE PICKLE - 2pts e.w ante-post - Greyhound Derby - 100/1 - lost
MOUNTJOY RUBY - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Greyhound Derby - 250/1 - lost
KINDA READY - 3 pts win - 2nd round Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - Saturday - won 2/1