Monday 23rd April 2007
Firstly I would like to say thank you to Patrick and the rest of my staff for all their hard work last week while I was away on my family holiday. We had a fantastic time but the sad news of our loss of Butterbridge Sid last Sunday at Coventry was a real shock and my heart goes out to the owners for whom I bought this strapping and hugely talented black dog. As much as his career was too short, I must praise and thank again Patrick and Cheryl for the professional way in which they handled the situation.
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Congratulations to our owner Simon Wooder on winning his second Scottish Derby with the Charlie Lister trained Fear Haribo. This took Charlie past us in the points table for the Trainers Championship for the first time this year and we hope to be as competitive as we can going into this year's Derby for which I'm sure Charlie has a very strong hand. I'm very pleased though with a number of our youngsters so we might just have a say in this year's premier event and I will stick my neck out and state that Directors Chair, Killer Keane, Butterbridge Ali and Centaur Decree would all be worth a small interest at at this point in the ante-post market at decent odds. Our kennel has also been boosted by the return of Fear Robben and Daisyfield Seanie after their short breaks and both will be aimed at the 640m competition at Sunderland next month, and we hope to have Eye Onthe Veto, Roswell Starship and Raging Jack back in the next couple of weeks after recovering from their minor niggles.
Last Sunday at Coventry saw the welcome return to the winner's rostrum for Butterbridge Ali and Centaur Decree and it was nice to see Bell Classic win an open away from the Stow. On Wednesday at Harlow Ronnies Hare and Roswell Bluesky continued their good form both winning well with the latter obliging by over 8 lengths in a fast 37.65. The heats of the Ocean Trailer Puppy Stakes on Thursday at Walthamstow produced a welcome boost for the Sporting Dog syndicate when Butterbridge Ali produced a career best 28.64(-10) when romping home by over 7 lengths in his heat. Directors Chair also won in style as the kennel qualified nine through to the semi-finals - a measure of the strength of our youngsters in the kennel at the moment. We had a mixed night at Hall Green on Friday in the heats of the Blue Riband with Go Commando getting a rough ride when eliminated in his heat - thankfully he's OK. Fear Armani once again showed the way winning heat 3 well in 28.65.
At last an overdue victory for A Bit Tricky on Monday's BAGS card winning in 29.20. Tuesday saw wins for Fear Martina in the S1 and for Legal Flyer but the best was saved for a tremendous performance by Blue Rizzler who won the A2 in a fast 28.89. There were a few graded races supporting the heats of the Ocean Trailer puppy competition and Fear Mykeo returned to winning ways after her season on the way to an A3 score in a calc 29.03 - one to follow now over the next few weeks and now also fully back from season Eye Onthe Jewel won the S1 in a calc 39.91. Saturday night on the W.G.S.O.A meeting we just had the sole winner in Twilight Fantasy who romped home in 29.19 - a young bitch who looks to have a bright future.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BUTTERBRIDGE ALI
GRADED - BLUE RIZZLER
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy night Tuesday with the semis of the Ocean Trailers Puppy Stakes where I think we've fared well in the draws and hope to qualify at least a couple into Saturday's final. We have runners at the Sky meeting at Hove as well with Directors Wish looking to run a big race after his impressive trial at the galloping track last Thursday, and Fear Armani is our only representative in the Blue Riband semi-final at Hall Green. Wednesday we are sending a few runners to Coventry for the Mark Hill £3,000 to the winner Cup - the return of our Blackmagic Guy looks to be our best chance. An all open card on Saturday at the Stow with the final of the Ocean Trailers taking centre stage should be a night not to be missed and hopefully should see the return to action of Daisyfield Seanie.