Monday 19th November 2007
Firstly a big thank you to all the owners who have sponsored races for this coming Saturday's benefit meeting at Walthamstow for the retired dogs, if any one else would like to help then please buy some raffle tickets that are available, it should be an excellent evening and all the tickets for the Goodwood Lounge have been sold out.
Walthamstow on Tuesday is the place to be with the finals night of the brilliant Racing Post Festival which is live on Sky. Once again this popular meeting has attracted the cream of the greyhounds in training including 'Greyhound of the Year' candidates Barnfield On Air and Spiridon Louis. We will look to pinch a couple of finals with our runners although it will be hard. On Friday Eye Onthe Veto bids for his third Category 1 win of the year and his fourth in total as he bids to retain the Essex Vase he won last year in great style. It was pleasing to see him in tremendous form last Friday when accounting for a decent field and must now go in the competition as a clear favourite. It was good news for the sport as well with John Keefe, Neil Ryan and Geoff Bowmer dipping their hands in their pockets to sponsor two new events - the £5,000 Classic Shield over 400m and the £10,000 Gold Cup over 750m and we hope to be represented in both events with Eye Onthe Force (400m) and Butterbridge Ali (750m) .
The death of veteran trainer John Counsell this week was a shock and we would like to send our condolences to his family. John was a good friend of the kennel over the years and was respected through out the industry. His proudest moment was winning the Springbok with Rossa Ranger, whom he schooled, who came to our kennel afterwards and without doubt was the finest hurdler I have ever seen and I think in one year he racked up about 33 open wins and played a major part in Linda becoming champion trainer.
The Eclipse at Nottingham on Monday looks a hard event to win with a good class entry and our first runner Roswell Diamond was a shade unfortunate not to qualify as he was crowded at the first bend when in a good position. Our other two entries Centaur Decree and Shelbourne Ryan were drawn in the same heat along with ante-post favourite Fear Haribo and when Charlie Lister's dog popped out the boxes it was all over and in the end Centaur Decree did well just to qualify. On the supporting card Genesis Sister made the trip worthwhile with a convincing win by 3 1/2 lengths in Division 2 of the stayers over 730m in 46.62. At Walthamstow on Tuesday the Festival continued with the heats of the 475m Puppy event amongst others and what a heat our Eye Onthe Force drew with a field that would grace any Category 1 final and to his credit he tried his hardest and in the end was desperately unlucky when finishing in 4th not to make the final. Lindys Girl could only finish 4th in her heat of the Brighton Belle at Hove on Thursday and was eliminated. On the same night the heats of the 640m Stayers took place at Walthamstow and when in the first heat Fear Robben turned the first bend in front with Butterbridge Ali right behind you would have bet the kennel to win the race but something was not there for both runners and Heavy Weather for Seamus Cahill beat Robben by 2 1/2 lengths in a disappointing 40.01. In the third heat we had three runners and when the in form Directors Chair passed Discreet Cat at the first bend the race was over and try hard as he could Discreet Cat just failed to hold Big Brett Coal for that vital second spot. Meanwhile the semi's of the Maiden Derby took place and Allglaze Cruise couldn't get competetive and was knocked out in her heat but Millwards Angel for 'Mitch Millward' ran a stormer to only be beaten 1/2 length to Barnfield Woody in 29.02 and qualify for next Tuesday's final. We had seven runners at Romford on Friday and with a week to go before their top class events start the action was very hot. Genesis Alix ran well when runner up to Droopys Laurel in Div 2 of the 750m and Special Deal was also second in the 575m Stayers as well. All eyes on the night though were on Eye Onthe Veto and many after last weeks defeat thought that this hound was losing his touch and would get beat but for Veto that wasn't an option and when he led up it was good night all as 'Veto' blew them away to win by1 1/4 lengths in a brilliant 35.79 -30.
It was one of those days on the Mondays Bags with Shes Crazy, Lady Asher and Rhias Beauty all beaten in photos and with the unlucky in running Directors Vision also a runner up we drew a blank. With the Opens on Tuesday there was only a couple of graded races and in a competitive A2 Blue Rizzler was at his best scorching round in 28.74 +10 to beat Bell Classic by 1 3/4 lengths. On Thursday a few graded races saw 'Monty' Eaves pup So Said He show good track craft and speed to win by a diminishing head in 29.30. Eye Onthe Flyer was not as fortunate and was caught in the last stride to be beaten a neck in the S2 in 40.59 -15. On Friday's Bags Blackey Said So ran well to get the better of Go Ronnie Rocket by a head in 29.28 +10 and on Saturday's card veterans Eye Onthe Jewel and Sofem fought out a close finish before Jewel got the better of her kennelmate by 1/2 length in 40.61, Genesis Sister caught a fast one when she was second, beaten 4 3/4, in a superb 39.50 by Droopys Kan Kan. It was another kennel 1-2 in the next race when Marathon Girl, having her first race back from season, got the better of Roswell Zodiac by 2 3/4 lengths in 29.21. Seanis Wish ran a good debut in second place and should be winning sooner rather than later.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- BLUE RIZZLER
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Monday's Eclipse semi-finals at Nottingham have seen our Centaur Decree draw a tough heat. A big night at Walthamstow Tuesday with the final night of the Racing Post Festival and both Genesis Alix and Centaur Fuji will be looking to ruffle the feathers of the big guns in the Marathon final and Fear Robben and Directors Chair have not got the best of the draws in the 640m Stayers final. Millwards Summit could spring a surprise in the 475m Maiden Derby final at around 16-1 which is value. The Essex Vase is the other major competition starting this week on Friday and along with Eye Onthe Veto we will enter Discreet Cat amongst others. On Saturday the W.G.S.O.A meeting for the retired dogs should ensure a decent crowd.