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Monday 23rd March 2009

Charlie Lister's team were simply awesome when landing six of the races last Tuesday at Sheffield to capture the Betfair Trainers Championship meeting in style and we have no complaints about being runners up, albeit a long way behind Lister. No far from it I think we can take a lot of positives from the night. Roswell Startrek, our only winner, is back on song and could have a say in some big finals for the rest of the year, Droopys Zach ran his heart out and looks likely to accumulate a lot of points towards our goal of retaining this year's Trainers Championship title. Goldcrest Lord ran well and Directors Chair made a good, and most importantly a safe, come back race, his first since last September. Also Corrig Vieri showed that he is ready for a step up back to six bends and is highly unlikely to be entered in the Derby - in fact his first assignment will be in today's Spring Festival heats over 630m. The whole night at Sheffield proved a massive success and I'm sure there will be knockers of how one sided the contest was but at the end of the day we will look back at Charlie Lister's achievements with the utmost respect and for all us trainers we will strive to get to the standards he sets us. One thing for sure, we will keep trying our hardest and while Charlie is still training it makes us work harder in trying to beat him and his greyhounds. The Sponsors Betfair and all at Sheffield can be applauded at the whole event where they could not do enough to help us and the owners enjoy the occasion, though the late night in the track's Casino afterwards left a few sore heads!

On Thursday we again looked forward to a big finalist in Kinda Ready in the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby Final worth £12,500 to the winner knowing we had two of Charlie Lister's superstars to take on and boy! did our fella give it a go. Trapping in his best fashion he for a moment looked like he was going to go round in front at the first bend only to see Charlie's pacey Bandicoot Tipoki rush up on his inside to bump him out of the way and set up a clear lead down the back straight. To his credit Kinda Ready gallantly chased the favourite right to the wire only to be denied by 3/4 length in a flying 27.96, a magnificent effort and one we could be proud of. This Puppy form is always rock solid and I think this year's renewal is no different where you can expect great things not just from the first and second but the other finalists as well.

Despite the honourable seconds at both Sheffield and Monmore there was some cheer for the kennels on Friday at Romford when Hungarian import Kengeyelfuto Snow picked up the Coral TV Maiden Trophy Final over 400m where he showed great pace and bravery to come from behind to land the spoils and being his only his second run in this country he looks to have a bright future and who knows he could be a dark horse as they say in this year's Derby which is only five weeks away now. The Racing Post wrote a nice story on his background yesterday which was pleasing though the opposite can be said when in Peter Meldrum's column on Friday he highlighted the now deceased Elusive Jazz in his piece about Maiden races. It was upsetting for both us and the owners to see her picture on show, not that the usually excellent Peter Meldrum would have known her fate in her last race but maybe a quick phone call to us knowing she didn't finish the race in question would not have gone amiss before printing the story.

Next Saturday Harlow stages a Greyhound Scene night of restricted opens and we plan to enter a few on the card. Dave Smith's Greyhound Scene website is very popular and so are these nights of racing. I will only enter greyhounds where owners will come and support the evening - a buffet costing £15 per head is available so let me know if anyone would like their dogs entered by Tuesday a.m at the latest.

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The busy week began on Monday at Romford where the heats of the Coral TV Maiden over 400m produced a 1-2 for the kennel but not quite in the order the bookmakers thought. Kengeyelfuto Snow having his first race in this country was a running on second to 6-1 chance and win machine Risky Sensation who led at the third bend to win in 24.70.

The Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield on Tuesday kicked off with a Puppy race over 500m and Charlie Lister's Tullymurry Kiara set the tone for the night with a decisive 4 1/4 length victory in 29.04 (+30) with our Goldies Destiny back in a respectable 4th. The Sprint over 280m looked all over as soon as Tyrur Hestor trapped in front but we were highly delighted with Goldcrest Lord's pace to keep the distance down to 4 3/4 lengths in second place in a track record 15.78 (+10).Roswell Startrek Roswell Startrek was well fancied to land the spoils in Div D of the 500m and did not let his supporters down with a fine turn of early pace to lead at the first bend and go on to score by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.97 (+30) from the running on Tyrur Kirk. The crucial point of the Championship seemed to be in the next race where we thought Droopys Zach had a great chance and even though he never trapped well he turned in pursuit of the leader Lissycasey Punch at the third bend and in a battle royal he managed to get the better of that rival only to be caught on the line by Charlie Lister's Tyrur Rodge going down by a head in 39.32 (+50) and the 8 point swing in the Championship would have seen us very close up. Unfortunately it never went quite right after that race as Directors Chair ran well in 3rd behind Ninja Jamie and Eye Onthe Brave couldn't take advantage of the missing Lister runner Fear Zafonic in the next when last to Thurlesbeg Joker. Butterbridge Ali could only manage a close up 5th and Corrig Vieri ran well to be a running on 3rd behind the impressive Farloe Reason which completed a memorable win for the Charlie Lister kennel.

On Wednesday at Harlow not much joy in the opens with no qualifiers in the heats of the Monkey Maiden Stayers and defeats for both Bell Tempest and Tornado as well. On Thursday at Monmore one of their biggest nights of the year featuring the Puppy Derby Final was covered by Bags and only a modest crowd was at the track. In supporting opens Directors Ruler showed his liking for the track when winning Div 2 of the 480m Standard. After taking a hefty bump out of the traps he railed well to lead at halfway and hold on to score by 3/4 length in 28.70. In Div 1 Kinda Easy ran well when third to the impressive Droopys Jervis beaten 3 lengths in a fast 28.24. Kinda Free (5th) looked a bit novicey when stepped up to six bends in Div 2 of the Stayers over 630m and in Div 1 Genesis Dream didn't get much of a run when 3rd beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 38.24. As said above, Kinda Ready ran a blinder in the Puppy Final. At Oxford on the same night the Semi-Finals of the Pall Mall saw Mountjoy Gold crash out of the event but to say he was unlucky is an under statement. Turned sideways at the first bend he flew down the back straight to catch the leader Drink Up Zoro only to challenge on the outside letting Cabra Fly up on the inside. In the end he lost out by 1 length and 3/4 length for a place in Tuesday's Final.

At Romford on Friday Directors Fire opened his account in a 400m Maiden showing good all round pace and running the track well to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 24.30 (+10). Eye Onthe Flame, Sligo Too and Pinewood Evo all came close when runners up in their respective races and as said above Kengeyelfuto Snow took the feature race the Maiden Final in 24.36 with Risky Sensation having no luck in running back in last. On Sunday at Coventry Missed A Train ran well in 2nd in a 625m behind Iceman Vader and Reagrove Class got back to winning ways running a gutsy race to score by 3/4 length in 29.74 (+10). Goldcrest King was also back on the podium winning well by 2 3/4 lengths in 29.45 (+10). In a hot top division Eye Eye Pickle ran well when a close up 3rd to Masterpiece and leading Derby fancy Wise Thought beaten 1 3/4 in 29.39 (+10).



Lord Pishy, our only graded runner on Wednesday, finished 2nd and on Friday Genesis Fuzzums was beaten in a photo before Rank n File bolted up by 5 3/4 lengths in 26.45 (-10). Imperial Prize missed a lot of trouble when skating up by 8 lengths in 26.75 (-10) and pup Bumble Lee was again impressive when winning an A3 in 26.11 and looks destined for open racing. Toasting Jack led a 1-2 for the kennel when beating Goldies Tara by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.43, veteran Genesis Sister had to settle for second behind Daphs Girl in top grade over 592m and in the last Risky Flame was 3rd. On Saturday Treacle Gem and Callums Man were both runners up while Blackey Said So was a close up 3rd. Emly Bob won in 26.45 (+20) by 2 3/4 lengths and Centaur Sandi ran well to stay on to win over 592m in a good 37.87 (+20).






Today's Spring Festival sees defending champ Genesis Dream and Arc hero Corrig Vieri in action over 630m (£5,000 to winner) and Goldcrest Lord (sprint) while 2008 Arc winner Centaur Decree and Directors Ruler run in the 480m. Two runners on the Pall Mall Sky card in supporting opens with both Kindred Sparky and Droopys Zach looking for wins. Opens at Harlow Wednesday, Romford Friday and Coventry Sunday with the heats of the Grand National starting on Saturday at Wimbledon with Bomber Bailey looking to defy the handicap of Springbok winners doing no good. Keep an eye on Eye Onthe Flame who looks to be in good form as well.



Kinda Ready showed us a small profit when 2nd at Monmore in the Puppy Derby but our bet for the week Droopys Zach was desperately unlucky not to have won at Sheffield on Tuesday. Mountjoy Gold was also unlucky in our ante-post for the Pall Mall.

This week the start of the Grand National at Wimbledon on Saturday is the one to concentrate on with both Bomber Bailey and last year's runner up Eye Onthe Flame laid out for the event. Take the best price available Saturday morning on both, I feel sure we will get a good run. 
BOMBER BAILEY - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Grand National - Wimbledon - Saturday 
EYE ONTHE FLAME - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Grand National - Wimbledon -Saturday 


KENNEL to win Betfair Trainers Championship - 1pt win 7-1-- Tuesday - Sheffield - Lost 
DROOPYS ZACH - 2pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - Lost 
KINDA READY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - Monmore Puppy Derby - Thursday - 2nd
MOUNTJOY GOLD - 2pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - Pall Mall - Oxford - Thursday - Lost