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Monday 26th December 2011



Just a brief update this week as I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas break. It feels like spring at the moment with mild sunny days, quite extraordinary after last year's bleak Dec/Jan with plenty of snow and ice all around us. We are just wrapping up the season and only have a couple of meetings left for the year. We have runners at Yarmouth Wednesday with a few trials at Hall Green in the afternoon and we might have a few runners at Henlow on Thursday as it is important some of our intended runners in next week's competitions at Hall Green and Romford are fit enough to do themselves justice while we also want to take the opportunity to trial Mountjoy Osprey and Aero Bellagio for the forthcoming Henlow Puppy Derby. On that note it's pleasing to hear that in 2012 Henlow are raising their Puppy Open prize money from £100 to £150. I think they are also raising other prize money as well and rightly so with Henlow being one of the feature cards on the excellent new Racing Post channel.

Last week we only had runners at Yarmouth on Wednesday and Romford on Friday and it was good to see our kennel in form with us having 6 winners from our 14 runners at the two meetings. At Yarmouth there was a treble with Corrig Vincent (28.53), Wednesdaywhacker (29.03) and Risky Blue taking an A1 called the Mr Whippy Stakes in (28.63).

At Romford on Friday both Steam Machine and Bit View Emma went close when 2nd but a trio of winners started by in form Mountjoy Osprey who despite a rare missed break still won by two lengths in a calculated 23.97 which completed a five timer over track and trip with the last four all dipping under the 24.00 barrier. Risky Rosaleen got a few people xmas money when a well backed winner over 575m in 35.77 and Mountjoy Orion completed her great end to the year by landing the 750m in all the way fashion in 47.62.

Watching the new Racing Post Greyhound Channel on Thursday and Friday it was interesting to see the battle for the 5th and 6th spots that are up for grabs with Kelly Findlay, Dean Childs and reigning Champions Seamus Cahill all fighting for those two spots. Kelly looks a strong favourite to get one of the places to take her into the Betfair Trainers Championship meeting in March but it will be a tense Thursday for both Dean and Seamus with the opens at Hove and Henlow the last fixtures of the year. Seamus would be a clear favourite with home advantage at Hove and I would expect to see him with a lot of runners across the card as well as plenty of runners at Henlow. Dean will need all his team out and probably at least 4 winners to hold on to that 6th spot where he has a 1 point advantage. I fancy a few twists and turns on the night! We look assured of second place and next week I will be doing a complete review of the season with our website awards.

That just leaves me to say enjoy the rest of Christmas and
a very Happy New Year for 2012