Monday 1st October 2012
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READ MARK'S BLOG OF THE EXCITING
DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WIN
Glanmire Lad came good for us on Friday night landing the Coral Romford Puppy Cup with a scintillating burst of early pace. Going into the final the pressure was really on, Glanmire Lad was a short priced favourite and was being well backed to win a first category 1 for long standing owners Dick and Ann Barfoot. There was also a small matter of a Trainers Championship battle between ourselves and the in form Paul Young kennel who also fielded trap 1 Ballymac Josh and I have to say it was a great feeling seeing the white jacket of Glanmire Lad fly up to the bend with a two length lead,. The race was put to bed as he increased the lead to four lengths at the third bend and despite slightly coming back to the chasing pack he scored by two lengths in 24.41 (-30).
2012 has produced some memorable moments on the track and Romford has proved a happy hunting ground for us already with Blonde Snapper winning the Golden Sprint back in April. They certainly know who to do a final with the owners enjoying an excellent night in the Pavilion and we all sat there afterwards with a glass of champagne and a great deal of satisfaction.
Glanmire Lad was brought with this competition in mind and it was nice to see a plan work out! A big thank you to John Egan who sold the pup to us after some negotiations with Liz Bodie. The December 10 whelp out of Ace Hi Rumble x Lead Boots looks to have an exciting future with the brute early pace he possesses and I'm sure he will get stronger with time. The Puppy Cup win was an incredible 44th Category 1 success for Imperial Kennels and that magical 50th win will be a special one and god willing won't be that far away. The all important Trainers
Championship which was one of the targets I set my heart on this year, the other one being a second Greyhound Derby success and with that in the bag the 190 point lead we now hold looks a big one. In fact I will now have one eye on next year and be very mindful of not over racing some of our dogs for the rest of the year.
It has been a great week for the kennel elsewhere as well with Bridge Honcho running a cracker in the Coral Olympic Final on Thursday. Showing terrific pace to lead by five lengths down the back straight I would say only one dog currently in training could catch him so he must count himself unlucky when that one dog Ballymac Eske was the one chasing him and he duly caught our fella in astonishing style.
In a fast 29.40, Jazz Tilly has been the surprise package of the £15,000 to the winner Nottingham Produce Stakes being unbeaten going into tonight's semi-finals and it would be a real bonus should the Nov 10 bitch make next Monday's final. Also just as pleasing is the form of Ayamzaman who is starting to translate his legendary Romford form to other tracks and after winning at Yarmouth in a Sky open he took his heat of the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby in a good 27.76. Castlebride Dan also made Thursdays semi-finals.
As mentioned in last week's Newsletter the politics in the sport currently can overshadow what goes on at the track. After a passionate GTA EGM on Wednesday at Coventry Stadium, which was well attended by many trainers across the country, our GTA Chairperson Rick Holloway was instructed to take action if the GBGB would not allow him and GRA committee members onto the committee and sub-committees of the GBGB which is their right as per the GBGB's Articles ofAssociation. This action could be a form of a 'national week of rest' for all greyhounds. Obviously this would have a dramatic effect on bookmakers and promoters and this has to be only a last resort and the GTA would need the support of not just the trainers but the owners as well. Let's hope we can get some constructive dialogue between all parties and very soon. At the meeting Chris Page acting for the GTA also put in a new budget proposal which increases the money coming back to the practitioners of the sport. At the moment just over £2 million is the figure but in Chris Page's proposals this will increase to over £4 million with no extra money needed to be found just a re allocation of funds. We are sure these proposals will be rejected and again this will cause some discontent among practittioners.
Today, before our first runner of October goes to traps, is the last chance for anyone who has not changed their teams for the 5 To Follow to do so. Ashley Beckwith, Kaan's Rapid Racers 1 and Matthew's Magic Mutts 5 are the current leaders at the halfway stage while Ria our Saturday girl is showing all us plums the way in our Staff 5 To Follow challenge.
All the details for our brand new 'Racing Club' which will be launched on the 1st November should be up by the end of the week and I have already had plenty of inquiries about joining. Our first club dog comes over this week and will be ready to run when the club is launched, e-mail me at email@example.com if you would like some details now.
On Monday both Jazz Tilly (31.38) and Kinda Neat (dead heated in 30.10) got our Nottingham Produce Stakes off to a great start when landing their heats and at Romford Dixies Air was second in the heats of the Coral on TV Stayers.
On Thursday the heats of the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby saw a win for Ayamzaman (27.76) and Castlebride Dan qualified in third. In other races Lil Risky was second to crack sprinter Fernhill Jess and Darian Chief led til the run in in a 550m Maiden.
Over at Hove the feature race was the Coral Olympic Final and Bridge Honcho did us proud when a brave second to Ballymac Eske.
On Friday Jazz Tilly again won in the second round of the Nottingham Produce Stakes in a good 30.07 with Kinda Neat back in 5th but the main focus was at Romford as Glanmire Lad took the honours in the Romford Coral Puppy Cup though we never scored with any of our other runners on the night.
On Saturday the Kent St Leger saw Mountjoy Orion finish third in her heat but a 1-2 for the kennel in the last heat when Carden Twilight beat Risky Rosaleen in 46.18 and Ballintine Molly (33.98) who won well in a supporting 540m made it a good night and added more points to our Trainers Championship total.
Just runners on Saturday and the improving Newinn Chick scored well in an A3 in 28.18 and Darin Marvel got back to winning ways in top grade in 28.32.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Lil Risky returns to Romford tonight in the heats of the Coral On TV Standard and Jazz Tilly runs from trap 1 in the semi-finals of the Nottingham Produce Stakes.
A rare trip to Mildenhall for three of our team tomorrow and on Thursday Ayamzaman and Castlebride Dan look to make the final of the Primus Henlow Derby when they take on some tough greyhounds in the semi's. We will also be at Hove where Airforce Diva will trial before racing and after a superb 29.70 solo last week it will be interesting to see how she goes.
Romford on Friday and on Saturday the Kent St Leger sees all three of our qualifiers in action.
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Bridge Honcho gave us a small profit when SECOnd in the Coral Olympic Final behind the brilliant Ballymac Eske and Ayamzaman started well with a victory in the heats of the Henlow Derby and he will be our main focus for the week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE HONCHO - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Coral Olympic - Hove - 2ND
AYAMZAMAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post 20/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - semi's Thursday