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Monday 23rd July 2007

This weekend I have been lucky enough to have a couple of days off from the kennel and travel over to Cork in Ireland to view a number of pups that are destined for our kennel over the next few months or so and I would first like to thank Scott Fraser and Centaur Greyhounds for their hospitality. We visited three places during the day on Saturday and I was more than impressed with an Elite State litter that the Centaur Syndicate own out of the brood bitch Up In Lights which also includes a lovely bitch that is the first prize in our 5 to follow competition. After traveling a few miles away near Carrick On Suir we dropped in on another kennel to see a fine litter of Droopys Scholes pups and then lastly watched some pups of Morphes Pearl trial around a schooling track near Mullihone, the day was completed when we had a night at the most impressive Cork Stadium on a very busy Saturday night and I think we all left after the last race wishing our own tracks in England could match these here. On Sunday I travelled along with two of my owners Peter Symonds and Duane Harvey to Charleville to have a look at some very nice Top Honcho pups that breeder Dennis Wilson is rearing for us. All in all the weekend ended with us all talking and dreaming about some future superstars that hopefully we have seen.


Our first open race runners of the week were at Walthamstow and Hove and in the first race at the Stow we had both Bubbly Magic and the improving Not So Jolly in the same race and when the Champagne Clubs dog led off the second bend it seemed the race was over but Not So Jolly had other ideas and showed terrific pace to grab the lead close home. This was our only open winner of the meeting but we had some excellent displays from dogs like Eye Onthe Power (2nd) who looks worth following over the six bends the next few weeks and Like Hot Cakes who was an unlucky second in a novice 640m. The main race was a Paddy Power Irish Derby Trial Sake Final in which we qualified Shelbourne Ryan and despite him going off at 7-1 he ran a big race and if he hadn't made the wrong move when he checked over the back of the eventual winner Rough Gerald at the 4th bend he would have won. At Hove the Heats of the Sussex Cup took centre stage with Go Commando our first runner running a good race but was just outside of a qualifying place. Directors Chair had a tough task in his heat with a draw in trap 5 but he ran very well and finished second. Butterbridge Ali also qualifyed in his heat after another solid performance. On Friday we sent three runners to Romford and Daisyfield Matti ran well again but could only finish second in a 575m Maiden and veteran Roswell Spaceman was slightly unlucky in a standard 400m but finished down the field. Evan Herbet's other runner Roswell Phoenix can be a bit frustrating at times but showed when she gets it right out the boxes she can be as fast a bitch as there is around and once she led this race was over stopping the clock on 24.20 easily the fastest time of the night. On Sunday the action at Coventry not only included the second round of the Summer Derby but heats and finals of other competitions and in the puppy 625m Night Night followed up her debut win at Walthamstow to win again in her heat holding on gamely to her lead to win by the shortest margin im 39.69. After this win our luck seemed to desert us as all three of our qualifyers in the main event crashing out of the competition but after hearing the news of Dave Wood's Savvannas Highlands bad injury which we were sorry to hear about at least they have come off OK. Snappy Girl lost her unbeaten tag at Coventry but qualifyed for next Sundays final in the 880m marathon.


Our graded runners are in top form at the moment and when we have three winners on a bags card we know it's going well! Marathon Girl completed hat-trick when winning an A3 in a good 28.81 (+20) and wins for Treacle Star and Emly Exile made it a good day. On Tuesday Ants Gunner was the first of six winners when he won in 29.56 with an eye catching run from young pup Roswell Zodiac in second. Sofem looked good when winning her comeback race and looks quite well in at the moment in the grades and Genesis Sister ran a blinder after early trouble to get up and win her race in 29.52. Shelbourne Thesa showed good track craft to come from behind to win the S1. Lockdale Lady returned to the track from seasonal rest to record a brilliant 4.87 sectional on the way to winning from the running on Twilight Fantasy in 29.11. Lode Star was down graded to S2 and though a hard race he took full advantage and scored in the style of a dog who might get further in time when winning from off the pace in 40.13 to complete a great night for the kennel. On Saturday while I was in Ireland our great form continued with good wins from Lockdale Duke (29.19), Ortuna (29.10) in the P5 and the in form Ingenious who led home a kennel 1-2 in the S1 when he beat Centaur Iris.




On Monday night at Romford Go Commando steps back up to 575m in the heats of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl. The Semi-Finals of the Sussex Cup at Hove on Thursday have seen our two runners pitched together Directors Chair and Butterbridge Ali and with only the first two qualifying its going to be tough making the final. We should also be well represented in the opens on the Thursday card at Walthamstow and Friday at Romford with some other runners penciled in at Coventry on Sunday.