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Monday 15th June 2009

After the exploits of Kinda Ready's Greyhound Derby victory two weeks ago it was back to business and a sense of normality last week for the kennel but what a statement as we go into this week in terms of importance starting with tomorrow's semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic as ante-post favourite Corrig Vieri bids for a place in Friday's £8,500 to the winner Category 1 final. He will have to overcome kennelmate Droopys Zach and there's no reason why we can't have a 1-2 . On Tuesday John Keefe's Eye Onthe Storm contests a warm Gymcrack Puppy final at Hall Green. This £10,000 to the winner race has given us good memories in the past and when Go Commando (three of Kinda Ready's owners owned him) won for us in 2005 it was my first major title since taking over the reins from Linda. Last year we had both Goldcrest King and Eye Onthe Brave in 2nd and 3rd respectively but there's no reason why we can't go one better if Eye Onthe Storm's authoritative semi-final win last Wednesday is anything to go by.

Kinda Ready was warmly appreciated when trialling and later parading in front of the crowd at Coventry on Sunday. The races were all named after him (some quite amusing - Ready Or Not.. Fear He Comes Stakes etc) and a presentation made. Kinda Ready, who started his career at the Brandon Road track, for the record recorded a decent 17.00 sprint trial which blew away a few cobwebs. The night was made possible by RM Russ Watkins and I would like to thank him and the Coventry management for making him and the connections welcome.

Again on the subject of Kinda Ready, his owners laid on a Derby celebration party at the 'The Hare' in Roxwell where landlord Peter Sanderson and his staff made it a great night and on a rare warm summer's evening when we could relax in the pub garden the superb Barbecue went down a storm. Later that evening Sky's Clive Lawrence produced and played a Kinda Ready dvd that was up to his usual high standards and I would personally like to say thank you to them all for the excellent night which again showed our social side to the kennel second to none.

Entries to our popular 5 To Follow competition have started to come in and selections are very interesting to say the least. Don't forget you only have two weeks to get your entries in so don't delay if you want a chance to win the £1,000 in betting vouchers first prize. Remember 20% of the entry fees will be split for two charities Dave Wood's 'Macmillan Nurses' and Harlow Retired Greyhounds.



Corrig Vieri stared his campaign in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic with a good win on Monday at Monmore taking his heat by 2 1/4 lengths in 37.55 (+40) while Droopys Zach had a real tussle with Noelles Turbo eventually going down 3/4 length in 38.26 (+40). On Wednesday in the opens at Harlow Scintillas Ruby and Risky Fabio both ran well when 2nd in 415m Standards but normal service was resumed for Bell Tornado when he romped to a 3 1/2 length success in 37.49 (+25) in the 592m Stayers. No luck on Thursday at Henlow with our four runners though Justins Princess (2nd) and Directors Chair (3rd) ran well. On Sunday at Coventry interesting debuts for both Directors Wit (3rd) who showed promise and Parkmore Elite who ran very well when leading all the way in a fast 29.29. Kindred Sparky (2nd) was best of the others.



On Wednesday Russell Legit came from well off the pace to score by 2 1/4 in 26.84 (+15), Callums Man made it four wins from six races when taking an A4 by a head in 26.01(+15) and young pup Droopys Elbow looks a pup to follow when 2nd beaten 3/4 length in 25.84 (+20). On Saturday Genesis Fuzzums led at the 4th to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.57 (+20). Ballyfinn Swift was 2nd in the S1 before Confident State followed up last week's win in better style when leading all the way to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.21 (+20). Pinewood Evo in her first race back from season scorched to a fine win by 2 3/4 lengths in 26.12 (+20), Ruff By Name was strong running winner of the last race an A4 going away to score by 1 3/4 lengths in 26.04 (+20).






Monday starts with the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic semi-final at Monmore with both Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri looking for a 1-2 for the kennel. Also Eye Eye Pickle returns to the scene of his Studbook Trophy win when he and Goldcrest King run in the Festival Dogs heats. On Tuesday Eye Onthe Storm runs in the final of the Skybet Gymcrack at Hall Green which is the feature race on Sky where we also have Directors Chair, Mountjoy Ruby and Goldies Destiny in action. Opens at Harlow Wednesday continue the week with Friday where the Festival finals at Monmore could prove successful for the kennel.


Eye Onthe Storm recommended at 16/1 can give us another big pay day if landing the Skybet Gymcrack at Hall Green on Tuesday and I think we will stick to that for this week.


EYE ONTHE STORM - 2 pts e.w 16/1 ante-post Gymcrack - Hall Green - Wednesday.