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Monday 13th August 2007

Eye Onthe Veto's Irish Derby campaign ended last Saturday and he will return to our kennel later this week. Veto looks likely to be aimed at Romford's Champion Stakes which gets underway next month. With Walthamstow's Grand Prix starting a week tomorrow all eyes will be on our big two Fear Robben and Butterbridge Ali who both look in good form judged on their last two trial stakes wins. Ali has his final prep race this Tuesday and will need to improve again over the trip as it is a warm race while Robben will be kept ticking over with a spin elsewhere this week. Last year's winner January Tiger has picked up a niggle that will prevent him from defending his title and after discussions with his owner Evan Herbert it has been decided to retire this magnificent son of Droopys Vieri. Next week I will put Tiger's full race record up for readers to view. I must admit that news of Tiger's retirement hits you hard but the good news is that he will stay with us at Imperial Kennels. In the next few weeks we will be showing a picture gallery of former racers from our kennel that are now retired so if anyone has a picture that they would like to be featured send it in to me please. Our guest column this week features the second part of Pete's story which a lot of people enjoyed reading.


Roswell Phoenix was badly drawn in trap 4 and couldn't get a run as she finished last in the semi-final of the John Smiths Peterborough Derby on Tuesday. Armies Plan has returned in good order after a spell on the sidelines and run very well in the top division of the 592m standard at Harlow on Wednesday before finishing 3rd. Our other runners, Coolanga Flyer and Treacle Star, were well beaten. Thursday open night at Walthamstow had another fine card and in a messy race division 3 of the Grand Prix Trial Stakes Discreet Cat and Eye Onthe Power found a lot of trouble before finishing 2nd and 6th respectively. Division 2 however was won very confidently by Butterbridge Ali who stepped up on his previous maiden win over 640m to beat a good field by nearly 5 lengths in 39.97 (- 30). The sisters Night Night and Like Hot Cakes both were slightly unlucky in there respective races and should be winning soon and in form Snappy Girl could only finish 5th in a very warm marathon featuring Spiridon Louis. Our other winner on the night was Fear Robben who took the Division 1 of the Grand Prix Trial Stakes in authoritative fashion leading around the first bend and showing a devastating burst of middle pace and although coming back to the field he still held on comfortably by over 4 lgths in 40.04 (-30). Sunday at Sittingbourne the heats of the £10,000 John Smiths Kent Derby kicked off with eight races and Eye Onthe Flame qualified safely beaten by the shortest margin in a good 29.34. Killer Keane was also 2nd but well beaten in his heat won by the fast Rough Gerald in 29.05 but Shelbourne Ryan was eliminated when last in the same heat. Directors Chair was also 2nd in his heat and the tough format of the competition could suit this powerful dog.


Mondays Bags card saw a second win for the improving Banjo Ocean when he won in 29.41 (+20) and it was nice to see Bowlers Bullet lose her maiden tag after winning in a good 29.35 (+10) and she could well be a bitch to follow over the next few weeks. We sent out eight runners on Tuesday and only two were out the first three so it was suprising not to have come back with a winner but there were some good performances from Megusta Manners (2nd), Ants Gunner (2nd), Genesis Outlaw (3rd), Eye Onthe Glory (2nd), Tenbucks Ebony (2nd). On Saturday both Lockdale Lord (4th) and Eye Onthe Spark (2nd) went in the notebooks as a winner next time. Treacle Star ran well finishing 3rd but one of the most improved bitches at Walthamstow, Centaur Iris, ran another fine race to win the S1 in 40.26 (-15). Armies Plan was given an excellent chance and duly took it showing fine pace to lead at the 3rd to record 28.92 (-10). Daisyfield Matti makes a habit of being in the photo and this time it was against him as he just failed to get up in the A2 won in 29.16 (-10) and out of form Fear Mykeo ran better to finish 2nd in the top grade.




The John Smiths Kent Derby continues on Wednesday with three of our runners chasing the £10,000 first prize and if either Directors Chair, Eye Onthe Flame or Killer Keane make it through the Semis are on Sunday. Tuesday sees the start of the Circuit over 475m at Walthamstow and both Special Deal and Bubbly Magic have drawn the same heat which is very tough. The last batch of V.C Grand Prix Trial Stakes take place on Tuesday as well and Butterbridge Ali and Lode Of Yank look to impress again. Saturday sees an all open card at the Stow with the Circuit final being the feature race.