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Monday 28th December 2009



I hope all our readers are enjoying Christmas at the moment. Just a brief newsletter this week as not too much has happened due to the weather with many meetings cancelled last week. We did however have meetings on Wednesday with the only action being at Coventry and Harlow.

At Coventry the feature race was the £1000 to the winner Bobby Allsopp Memorial Invitation Race with our runner Eye Eye Pickle a shade unlucky. Having led to the third bend he just had his back legs taken away from him which cost him the race won by Barrie Draper's Freedom State. That seemed the story of our night at Coventry with two or three of our runners looking well short of a run due to missed races with the current freeze. Although it was particularly pleasing to see Kinda Easy, our St Leger hero, get back on the scoresheet with an authoratitive win in the 625 metre recording a decent 39.50 and also a very pleasing run from promising pups Directors Spur on his debut and the talented Aero Bolt who were both second.

At Harlow on the same night a messy Monkey Maiden Final over 415 metres saw both of our runners, Risky Wand and Agincourt Fancy, find plenty of bother with Risky Wand a well beaten second. The highlight though at Harlow as another open win for Bell Tornado who again has had a fine year and a very good graded win for promising youngster Bim Bam Boozle.

The Clive Lawrence-produced Sky programme 'THarlow Awardshe Dogs' last week featured our kennel almost throughout the show. Firstly the cameras filmed the Harlow Christmas Party at which I picked up a Special Achievement Award presented by Teddy Sherringham. The programme then went on to show the Henlow Winter Derby Final where Jogadusc Ace landed another big race title for us - the pictures clearly showing the blizzard-like conditions on that night. With the forthcoming annual industry awards the show also featured the leading contenders for each category with the likes of Kinda Ready, Kinda Easy, Eye onthe Storm, Droopys Zach, Jogadusc Ace and Bomber Bailey all featured. This show really made us realise what a fantastic year Imperial Kennels has had and it would be the icing on the cake if some of our stars were to be recognised on January 31st, especially in the main award of Greyhound of the Year where both Eye onthe Storm and Jogadusc Ace are leading candidates.

With only a few days to go on our popular Five to Follow competition incredibly the lead has changed hands several times over the last few weeks and Paul Hicks' Cool Hand Luke entry has come from out of the clouds to head the list going into the last week. This looks an unassailable lead but the final result will be announced after December 31st. The trophies for this and the Staff Five to Follow competitions will be presented at our Kennel Christmas party on January 9th at Roxwell along with our own Greyhound Website Awards.

From January 1st you will be able to see our Website Review of 2009 (on the Guest Column) which obviously looks like it will be a bit longer than other years due to our phenomenal success.

And talking of phenomenal successes! This year's new feature, the Website Recommended Bets, has produced some astonishinhg figures. Although our single bets were slightly down on the year (-21.5 points), our ante post feature produced an amazing 266 points profit and bearing in mind that our maximum bet is 5 points I doubt any other tipping feature or organisation can boast profits levels like these. In terms of betting, if you had put £10 to a 1 point stake on every tip from the website you could have yielded a profit of £2440.50!!! These were mainly due to some superb ante post touches on Bomber Bailey (16/1 Springbok), Corrig Vieri (20/1 Arc), Kinda Ready (66/1 Derby), Jogadusc Ace (50/1 William Hill Classic), Eye onthe Storm (7/1 Eclipse) and also many each way selections finishing in the frame. Let's hope 2010 can turn out to be as good!