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Monday 27th August 2007

I have just returned from Sittingbourne on their big night of the year featuring the £10,000 Kent Derby final in which we had Directors Chair representing us. He finished fourth after finding plenty of trouble but clearly we can see this fellow's future will be over six bends. Congratulations to Darren Whitton for getting Moaning Zizou to win the big race.
The Victor Chandler Grand Prix is in full swing and we have qualified five through to next Saturday's Semi's and with the awesome Discreet Cat leading the charge with some brutal early pace that has had a lot of people scratching their heads to where it has came from (14.09 and 14.11 sec) we are still optimistic of retaining the competition we won last year with the recently retired January Tiger. Interesting was the trial of our Eye Onthe Veto before racing on Saturday as he stopped the clock at 28.57 in a solo spin telling us that he his very much back to his best! Veto will head our challenge for the Champion Stakes at Romford which starts on September 7th.
The final part of Pete's "Cinders n Shale to Grass n Sand" is up to read on our guest column and I hope you enjoyed his story as much as I did. Also look out for some new greyhounds on our feature dogs coming up this week.


Tuesday was important at Walthamstow as their feature six bend competition the Victor Chandler Grand Prix got under way and with 14 entries from our kennel we were looking to qualify as many as possible. First up was Shelbourne Ryan who led for a long way before succoming to the late run of Jordans Glory with Coolanga Flyer just holding off Ingeniuos for the 3rd place. Discreet Cat was made favourite in his heat and astonished a lot of people with some of the most explosive early ever witnessed at the track setting a sectional record of 14.09! Staying on nicely he crossed the line over 5 lgths to the good in a fastest of the round 39.26, just 7 spots off the clock! Eye Onthe Power also qualified in 3rd and Armies Plan was determined but didn't quite stay when second to Big Brett Coal. Shelbourne Thesa looked in great form as she took the next heat coming from off the pace to record 39.68 with Like Hot Cakes coming through to grab the third qualifying place. Ante-post favourite Fear Robben made a hash of his start but recovered well to go on and score in 39.42. Butterbridge Ali missed his break but recovered well to finish second to see nine of our entries go through to the next round.
Saturday was the second round and in the first heat Eye Onthe Power again qualified in 3rd to Shelbourne Laura (39.80) and is one of those dogs you could see get in the final. Fear Robben was beat fair and square by Kooga Kid (39.50) by over 2 lgths and there was carnage for our dogs in heat 3 with Butterbridge Ali the most unluckiest loser just failing to get up in to a qualifying position by a neck. The best was still to come as Discreet Cat simply blew the opposition away to win by 7 lgths in a fastest (39.46). Twilight Fantasy ran well to finish 3rd in a warm puupy race. No luck at Sittingbourne on Sunday although both Lockdale Lord and Bubbly Magic ran well.


Monday's BAGS card is hard to win at but both Hoylake Claire (29.10) and Lews Trickster (29.67) ran well. Centaur Fugi was our sole graded winner on Tuesday scoring in 40.16. Thursday it was nice to see Ants Gunner improve again winning in a good 29.20 and Blackmagic Rose has a terrfic attitude to racing and picked up a deserved success in the A5. With the Grand Prix and other opens on there was only a couple of graded races on Saturday but most significant Killer Keane produced a top performance to win the A1 in a great 28.68




Tomorrow night sees the reappearance of Raging Jack in the VC Bet Standard heats with the final being live on Sky on September 4th supporting the Grand Prix Final, the semis of which take place on Saturday and for which we have qualified through five runners - Discreet Cat, Eye Onthe Power, Fear Robben, Shelbourne Ryan and Shelbourne Thesa.
Our other Open racing this week will be at Romford on Friday where Eye Onthe Veto will be running in preparation for the following week's Champion Stakes and we hope to take a few other running along on Friday.