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Monday 16th February 2009

Bomber Bailey's sensational triumph in last Tuesday's Stan James Springbok at Wimbledon stamped him as the hurdler all others will have to beat this year. His emphatic win in a blistering 27.96 was the fastest ever time recorded in a Springbok final and excited scenes of jubilation were captured on the Sky cameras as owners Barrie Clegg, Keith Blackham and Neil Todd collected their trophy with a winner's prize of £5,000. Despite a modest break, as soon as Bomber's paws hit the deck he showed tremendous all round pace and breathtaking hurdling ability to take the race in style giving the kennel a superb start to the year in our bid to retain the Trainers Championship won last year. Thanks must go to the now retired Mick and Sue Puzey who did a fantastic job of schooling Bomber Bailey and I would rate him as potentially the best hurdler that has graced our kennel since Rossa Ranger. His next big target will be the Grand National that gets under way next month and along with our Eye Onthe Flame he has been installed the 6/1 co fav of five by sponsors Stan James.

The weather-delayed William Hill Arc at Swindon hasn't quite gone to plan for the kennel starting with nine entries but at least we have one in the next big final live on Sky this Thursday in the shape of Corrig Vieri. Despite a defeat in the semi-final he must still hold a reasonable chance of lifting the trophy and first prize of £10,000 for delighted owners Barrie and Rose Peters to try and keep the title in the kennel after last year's triumph by Centaur Decree when the race was held at Walthamstow.

The action is coming thick and fast on the track with the first round of the Ladbroke Golden Jacket at Crayford tonight with our three entries Aero Blackjack, Tipp The Breeze and Eye Onthe Spirit and though all have decent chances of making it into Saturday's semi's they will do well to make the final as the quality of the event, headed by favourite Midway Skipper, is extremely high. The informative Puppy Derby at Monmore is also just around the corner and in Kinda Ready we must have as good a chance as we have had for a long time and even though he tasted defeat on Tuesday at Wimbledon his subsequent flying 28.20 trial on Friday at the Midlands track shows how fast this fella really is.



Wimbledon's supporting card on Tuesday live on Sky for the Springbok final was first class and kicked off with a top class hurdle race over 460m, The race was dominated by both Ricky Holloway's Winkys Don and our Eye Onthe Flame with the former just getting the nod as he dipped his head at the right time winning by the shortest margin in a good 28.24. Kinda Ready was looking for a hat trick of Sky races in the 480m Puppy race and when he turned second behind 33/1 chance Cranham Star the race looked there for the taking but as he switched to the outside to make his challenge coming off the last bend Cranham Star took his ground causing him to check slightly losing his chance and going down by 1/2 length in 28.96. Mountjoy Gold got off to a decent start in the 460m Standard but his old nemesis Drink Up Zorro also broke well and paced up to the first bend fast cutting Mountjoy Gold off at the bend, a manoeuvre that won him the contest by 1/2 length from Mountjoy Gold in 27.86. Elusive Jazz again ran a good race in defeat when 3rd in the Bitches 480m beaten 2 3/4 lengths in 28.81. When the fancied pair of Goldcrest King (5th) and Tipp The Breeze (3rd) were beaten it looked like it was just one of those nights but Genesis Alix ran a blinder in the Marathon when 3rd to Flying Winner and then bang Bomber Bailey took the honours in the Springbok final by 2 1/4 lengths in a superb 27.96.

Wednesday's six opens at Coventry and Harlow were hard and didn't produce a winner but Blackey Said So (2nd), Missed A Train (3rd), Sligo Too (3rd) and Bell Tempest (3rd) came closest. The delayed second round of the Arc on the same night saw a 1-2 for the kennel in heat 2 when the impressive Corrig Vieri caught Mountjoy Ruby at the fourth bend to go on and win by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.72 on a track rated 140 slow! In heat 3 Eye Onthe Brave got no sort of run and was unluckily eliminated in 4th.

On Friday at Romford Goldcrest Lord came closest of our four runners when 2nd after leading to the run in before the strong Masterclass got the better of him by 2 lengths in 24.65 (-20). Earlier in the day a trial session at Monmore in preparation for the forthcoming Puppy Derby saw Kinda Ready produce a stunning 28.20 trial and both Kinda Free who beat Risky Flame by 2 1/4 lengths in 28.65 went well as did Kinda Easy who recorded 15.49 in a sprint. Saturday it was a quick reappearance for Corrg Vieri and Mountjoy Ruby in the second semi-final of the Arc at Swindon. Mountjoy Ruby missed the break slightly but after showing good pace up found himself in front but with the field breathing down his neck he wasn't able to maintain his challenge with the strong Driving Up Pal taking over the lead and then holding our running on Corrig Vieri by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.32 (-70) with Mountjoy Ruby back in 5th. On Sunday at Coventry in the opens Sligo Too from a good rails pitch made up for Wednesday's defeat when scoring in the sprint by 1 1/2 lengths in 17.04. Droopys Zach was desperate in Div 2 of the 625 Stayers when checked on the run up losing 6 lengths but produced a determined display to only be beaten by 2 3/4 in a fast 39.54. In Div 1 Butterbridge Ali missed the break and though managing to get in second place couldn't get to winner Cats Whiskers going down by 4 3/4 in 39.46. In Div 3 of the 480m Standard Seanis Strike showed great early and pushing trap 5 aside and kicked on to score by a 1 1/2 in 29.85. Reagrove Class in Div 2 made it 6 wins from 10 races at the track when winning in impressive style by 3 3/4 in a fine 29.52 and Directors Ruler almost made it a treble in the four bends but had no answers to the awesome Go Gucci Go when beaten 5 lengths in 29.32.



On Wednesday Hug Major was 3rd on his return from injury but pup Zigzag Ellen won her second race when taking an A6 by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.97 (-40). On Friday Maia was 2nd when 4/6 fav in an A8 and Goldies Tara made a fine debut when 3rd in an A5. Also making his debut the exciting Goldies Destiny only an Oct 07 came from behind to get up on the line to win an A4 by a head in 26.60 (-25). Lockdale Storm kept up his fine form when making it three wins from four races when taking the S1 by 2 3/4 lengths in 38.50 (-40) and Risky Sensation was again impressive when leading all the way in an A3 to score by a length in 26.36 (-25). On Saturday the gutsy Ragga Diva shrugged off injury and a season to win on her return to racing taking an A5 by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.73 (-20) and Wilson Pick It beat kennelmate Genesis Fussoms by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.89 (-20). Toasting Jack missed his break and could only finish 3rd in an A3.






A busy night on Monday with the heats of the Ladbroke Golden Jacket getting underway with Aero Blackjack, Eye Onthe Spirit and last year's finalist Tipp The Breeze heading our challenge. Also trial stakes for the supporting competitions see the likes of Rockburst Mason (540m hurdle), Bell Tornado, Aero Rapido and Rusheen Classic (540m) try their luck. At Romford Pinewood Evo contests the heats of the 400m Coral Standard. Opens at Harlow on Wednesday and on Thursday it's the first £10,000 to the winner event the Arc final at Swindon with Corrig Vieri trying to keep the trophy at Imperial Kennels. The supporting card could also be interesting with some runners to be finalised but watch out for the improving Kinda Easy in a 5509m Puppy Race. Opens at Romford Friday and on Saturday we should again be at Crayford in the morning as the semi's of the Golden Jacet take place with the supporting competitions over 540m and 540m hurdles are scheduled, we will be putting a few of our puppys through their paces at Monmore on Saturday night in trial stakes for the Puppy Derby including Kinda Ready, opens at Coventry complete a busy week for the kennel.



Last week's yankee and bets in the supporting opens at Wimbledon proved costly but Bomber Bailey's superb win in the Springbok final recommended at 16/1 (20's freely available on the day) gave us a huge profit for the meeting. This week we wait with baited breath on Corrig Vieri (our 20/1 selection ante-post) who bids to win the Arc at Swindon. Looking at the ante-post prices for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket this week I thought Aero Blackjack was a massive price at 50/1 (Bet365 & Corals) and is worth an interest while the supporting card could produce a winner in Kinda Easy though it's a no bet if odds on. On Saturday at Crayford in the heats of the supporting event, the Peter Bussey Memorial Stakes over 540m, it could pay to side with Elusive Jazz who has been running well in defeat lately and track and trip should suit. These races are normally priced up so take the best price available on the day. 
AERO BLACKJACK - 1 pt e.w ante-post Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - 50/1 - Crayford starts Monday 
KINDA EASY - 2 pts win - Swindon - Thursday (not odds on) 
ELUSIVE JAZZ - 2pts win - Crayford - Saturday morning


BOMBER BAILEY - 2pts e.w ante-post - Springbok - Wimbledon - WON 16/1 
CORRIG VIERI - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Arc - Swindon - Thursday - 20/1 
KINDA READY - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost 
ELUSIVE JAZZ - 1 pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost 
GOLDCREST KING - 2 pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost 
TIPP THE BREEZE - 1 pt win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost 
0.5 win Yankee - 1.5 pt win acc (total 7 pts) - lost