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Monday 20th September 2010



I must admit after the week the kennel has just had we all can't wait now for the end of the season to come and start afresh next year. As much as I hate losing, with my sometimes too competitive streak, I know it is going to happen. We didn't register a single open winner last week which is disappointing, but what is hard to take is when the dogs come off lame and in what is becoming an injury ravaged year unfortunately it took another turn for the worse last week. Our Derby finalist Adageo, after having a sprint trial for fitness at Monmore on Tuesday came back lame and an x-ray later in the week revealed a broken metacarpal bone which needs surgery. He will be off to Daniel Doherty's practice today for an operation and the prognosis is good and hopefully he can come back next year for another crack at the Derby. Adageo has been one of the few bright spots this year having come from A7 at Harlow to make a Derby final and winning plenty of opens in good style. You have to feel for owner Mark Currell whose two Wimbledon Puppy Derby finalists Blonde Snapper and Blonde Ross travelled over to Ireland for the Harrolds Cross Puppy Derby. Blonde Snapper, who is as low as 33/1 for next year's Derby in some books, damaged a wrist in preparation for the event and never made the first round. Though the injury is not great he is expected to make a full recovery and will be back next year. Blonde Ross ran a bit disappointing in the first round but qualified as a fastest loser. In the second round last Friday he sadly broke down in his heat and x-rays showed a broken hock and his promising career looks in the balance. Add to these recent injuries the loss this year through injury to the likes of Bomber Bailey, Eye Onthe Storm, Droopys Zach, Eye Eye Pickle to name but a few and you can see why I tell owners make the most of the winners and good times because there is always a kick in the teeth around the corner. And before all the anti's think we are in a cruel game let me remind them that all the injured greyhounds have been fixed as good as new and are in good health and in 1600 + races our greyhounds have had this year we have only lost the one greyhound (Droopys Seve and one too many in my opinion). On a bright note Kinda Ready, our Derby Winner, returned to us a couple of weeks ago and recorded a super 15.13 trial in the Monmore trial session and will have another sprint on Tuesday with the Peter Chinn Memorial race a week Saturday being a target. He will have a prep race at the track this Saturday all being well.

Talking of Kinda Ready, the dog he pipped on the line in the Derby Final last year Fear Zafonic proved what a magnificent animal he is by chalking up Chalie Lister's 11th East Anglian Derby victory at Yarmouth on Thursday when he defended his title in great style. He has promptly been retired after a brilliant career and it was interesting to read part owner Kieran Hickey's interview in Sunday's Racing Post where you can clearly see that a dog like Zafonic is going to be hard to replace but sadly he predictably brought up that old chestnut about him going lame in the Derby Final, as usual total b******t! and boring.

Walthamstow Stadium has been in the news a lot recently and despite L & Q turning down prospective buyer Bob Morton's offer to buy back the track the fight is certainly not over yet especially with the huge political pressure being put on them to sell. The coming weeks will see the launch of the 'Accept the bid' campaign from the Save Our Stow team. The world famous Greyhound stadium will become a political battle between government ministers and the social housing charity. The bid will soon be launched with the support of MP'S, the Mayor of London office and Councillors at the Stow at a date to be arranged (we will keep you advised). Although not a rally, it would be really helpful for owners to support the campaign and tell the MP's their feelings and why the Stow is needed. Together we will get the Stadium back, but please, we need your help and support.

Our 5 to Follow competition is reaching the halfway point with 'Nickos' holding a 9 point lead over team 'Simon's Flyers 3' with 'John Sinclair 5' closing in. You can now start making the changes to your teams for the the last three months. You can change as many as you like but still must include one bitch in your team. There are plenty of changes in the new list which includes some new dogs and none of the currently injured dogs. Tom is heading our Staff 5 to Follow list but it's tight at the top with everyone still in with a chance of winning. Visit our Guest Column for more details.






A dismal week to report with Kinda Easy getting soundly beaten in the Derby Purse over 659m at Yarmouth on Wednesday by Hazel Kemp's underrated bitch Bodell Clare who posted a cracking 40.56 just 2 spots off the clock. Back to Yarmouth on Thursday for the supporting races for the Betfair East Anglian Derby and Jogadusc Ace's chances in the 462m Standard went after stumbling out the boxes. Risky Wand ran well when 4th in probably the hottest sprint of the year won by Jimmy Lollie.

On a bright note on Thursday in trials at Henlow in preparation for the forthcoming Henlow Derby Eye Onthe Flash (27.46) was best of some smart trials. At Romford on Friday Bim Bam Boozle came closest of our three runners when 2nd to Jaytee Tiger in a fast 24.09 and on Saturday at Monmore Risky Skipper was 2nd beaten 1/2 length in a 480m Standard with Directors Ruler, Dalcash Scolari and Bourne Masons all 3rd.





Certainly no complaints with the way our graded runners are performing. Just one runner on Wednesday with the popular Mint Bulb having her first run out of season and only going down by a length in 28.92. On Thursday the one graded race after the opens saw Lady Aristocracy race to a deserved win in an A2 in a fine 28.14 with Blonde Charley back in 3rd. On Saturday both Legit Jack (6th) and Rockburst Eva(4th) had tough A1 races. Centaur Rosina (4th) and Aero Merlin (4th) didn't run too bad. Two bitches just out of season went very well with the early paced Lil Magic winning by over 3 lengths in 28.66 and Aldataro Lass showing fine middle pace to win an A2 by 2 1/2 lengths in a good 28.26.










Tonight at Romford the heats of the Coral on TV Stayers see All That Noise, Directors Spur and Droopys Elbow in action. Trials at Monmore on Tuesday feature Kinda Ready.

We should have plenty of runners at Henlow on Thursday with trial stakes for the Henlow Derby. Opens are pencilled in also for Sittingbourne (Thursday), Romford ( Friday) and Monmore (Saturday).




Probably a good call not to have any bets last week and if the truth be told I think it's hard to recommend anything this week with the kennel out of luck and form so we will leave well alone.