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Monday 28th September 2009


Eye Eye Pickle gave it his all in last Tuesday's £20,000 to the winner Betfair East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth but from an awkward trap 4 he could not get a telling blow in as Charlie Lister landed a 1-2-3 with winner Fear Zafonic leading all the way to record a 10th East Anglian Derby Final for Charlie. However I feel I must respond to the post race comments immediately after the final had been run. For the 3rd Sky programme running we have had to listen to the rants of Charlie of how unlucky Fear Zafonic was not to win the English Derby from our Kinda Ready because he went lame and in my opinion and every one bar Charlie and those that backed Fear Zafonic thinks this is utter nonsense and a poor excuse. Kinda Ready, a brilliant pup with solid form including a Monmore Puppy Derby 2nd behind Bandicoot Tipoki (no excuses from our camp despite most people saying he would have won if the draws had been reversed), was meticulously prepared for the Classic, his first all aged event, and was the headline selection from Racing Post expert Peter Meldrum. After qualifying safely into the quarter-finals he ran a stormer to reach the semi's where he again ran superbly but then got the worse of the draw in the final for a railer when he was drawn in trap 5 as Fear Zafonic got huge cheers getting his favourite trap 1. In the final Kinda Ready, after a bad bump at the start as he tried to get across to the rails, majestically took off after leader Fear Zafonic who had exploded from the traps and, in one of the best and most dramatic finishes in Derby history, nailed Fear Zafonic on the line. Why Charlie wants to make out that Kinda Ready was a fluke is beyond me and though Fear Zafonic tired slightly no way would you say he was lame during the 480m as the strong running Wise Thought made no in-roads on the pair towards the end of the race. I'm not calling Charlie a liar but two points I would make are, firstly, why was it only reported some two weeks after the final that Fear Zafonic was 'a bit sore' and now 4 months later he was lame and had 'done a shoulder'. Secondly, quite often dogs can go lame on the run to the pick up especially when they are tired or overstretch themselves. How many times have trainers seen dogs run great races sometimes winning by wide margins to find them sore or lame the next morning? This happens because these high class animals put it all in! Fear Zafonic is actually a favourite of mine and I have seen him in action many times. He is one of a few dogs that justifies his huge price tag and his owners have been very gracious in defeat accepting the outcome but everyone could see during the whole Derby he wasn't at his brilliant best and still managed to be runner up, that is a feat in itself. Maybe that's just the competitive nature of Charlie but to say Kinda Ready was the luckiest winner ever is totally disrespectful to Kinda Ready's owners Gary, Lee, Chris and Daren and to our kennel's achievements. His winning time of 28.65 is up there with the best and the Derby is not a one off race, it's a six round event that tests speed, endurance and stamina and when we look back at the year it will be a sad day for the sport if Kinda Ready's brilliant performance is over-shadowed by someone's remarks who should know better!

Back to the racing and at Yarmouth John Keefe's Eye Onthe Storm produced another superb run when wEye onthe Storminning the puppy race in authoritative fashion in a good 27.69 and looks a likely candidate for next year's Juvenile Invitation. He will be out of puppy status after a Hall Green race on Tuesday but I don't think this strapping lad will be out of place in all aged racing. It was also nice to see us find what looks to be an above average bitch in the shape of Face My Fortune who took the Monkey Maiden Final at Harlow on Wednesday coming from last to first to secure the £500 for Patsy Canavan - a stiffer trip could see more improvement. With the St Leger less than two weeks away I'm really looking forward to our three hopefuls Corrig Vieri, Kinda Easy and Droopys Zach. All three look like they will relish the test and it is a demanding one with four races in 17 days and what a year it would be for the kennel if we could do the Derby/Leger double! Despite Charlie Lister's victory at Yarmouth we still hold an unassailable lead in the Trainers Championship standings and after Goldcrest Lord's win at Romford on Friday we marched past the 1,000 point barrier and with over 230 open race winners I have set a target I would like us to aim for.

Don't forget to do your changes to your teams for the 5 to Follow competition before Thursday this week.

You can make as many changes as you want as long as you retain one bitch in your team and all points gained in the first three months carry over to your new team which count from October 1st. A new list of the current selections is now available on The Dogs page if you click here. Don't forget to look as there are quite a few changes with greyhounds no longer on the list and new ones added. I have done a quick review of the new dogs available and you can read this on the Guest Column. When you have made your new selections send them through (with your team name) by email to the address by 30 September.



On Tuesday Jogadusc Jasper won his elimination trial at Nottingham for the Produce Stakes which begins tonight. Eye Onthe Storm was the star of the show at Yarmouth with Eye Eye Pickle a creditable 5th in the Betfair East Anglian Derby Final. At Sheffield Eye Onthe Flash was desperately unlucky to be knocked out of the Stones Puppy Silver Collar when he was struck into from behind when challenging for the lead around the 2nd bend forcing him to the back but running on he just failed by 1/2 length to make the final.

On Wednesday as said above Face My Fortune took the Monkey Maiden Standard at Harlow winning in impressive fashion by 5 3/4 lengths in 26.74 (- 40) while Bell Tornado was 2nd beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 38.71 (-70) in the 592 Stayers. On Friday at Romford Goldies Destiny made a pleasing debut over six bends leading all the way to score by 3 lengths in 35.82 and Kindred Sparky ran well over 400m when 3rd. Goldcrest Lord made it a quick fire open race double when bolting in over 400m in a good 24.17 while Goldcrest King when stepping up in trip to 575m found all kinds of trouble before finishing 3rd and looks a likely winner next time. On Sunday at Coventry we were close with a few, Kinda Easy ran a blinder when 2nd beaten a head by the top class Hurleys Hero over 680m but the run of the night undoubtedly came from Corrig Vieri who beat a hot field over 625m coming from behind to win by 1 length in 39.16.




On Wednesday Mint Bulb ran riot in A7 grade winning by over 7 lengths in 26.84 (-40). All That Noise made a pleasing debut when 2nd beaten 1/2 length in 27.09 (-40) while Genesis Fuzzums was also 2nd. On Saturday Questhouse Tango ran well when 3rd while there were wins for Sweep Clean (26.29), Treacle Express (26.08) and Lord Pishy (26.16) with Sligo Too running better when 2nd.





The first round of the Produce Stakes begins at Nottingham with Jogadusc Jasper hoping to improve on last week's elimination trial. On Tuesday open races at Hall Green sees Eye Onthe Storm looking for a 5 timer with Droopys Zach and Mountjoy Ruby also in action. Some other opens will be pencilled in later in the week including Romford on Friday. The heats of the Northern Puppy Derby begin on Saturday at Sunderland and we may enter both Eye Onthe Impact and Droopys Seve.



Sadly for our ante-post bet on Eye Eye Pickle in the East Anglian Derby he finished one place outside the money in 5th but there was small compensation when Goldies Destiny won for us at Romford on Friday.

This week sees the start of the Northern Puppy Derby at Sunderland and though he lacks experience at the track Eye Onthe Impact could be a spot of value when the prices come out. Goldcrest King should win next time at Romford.

EYE ONTHE IMPACT - 1pt e.w ante-post - Northern Puppy Derby - Sunderland - Saturday

GOLDCREST KING - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday



EYE EYE PICKLE - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - lost

GOLDIES DESTINY - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday - won 5/4