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Monday 2nd May 2011






Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.

He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.

The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.

Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link

Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.

REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.



After speaking to Daren Johnson today you can sense the feeling of both triumph and relief after completing the epic John O Groats to Lands End journey. Fantastically covered by Sky on Wednesday with a live feed from Lands End to Petereborough as Daren crossed the line 26 days after setting off from a remote part of Scotland in windy and wet conditions, everyone from greyhound racing and beyond is proud of Daren's achievements which have raised thousands for both the RGT and Help For Heroes but watch this space as Daren has vowed along with the help of many people to carry on raising funds in a quest to top the £100,000 barrier.

Whilst still at Peterborough the interview of Norah Mcellistrim by Julie Collier caused a bit of a stir. Her comments about the same trainers being at the top each year was a 'bit of a bore' and that Chris Allsopp was 'snapping up everything' came across to me as inappropriate words to use for someone who is at the head of the Trainers Association. Her later apology made in the Racing Post on Friday somewhat calmed the situation down but I have to say it was the other comments made in the interview that had me thinking here is a person who is so out of touch with reality. She said ' the same trainers keep getting the good dogs' and 'owners should spread the dogs about', all very well in theory but hey doesn't she realise that trainers at the top spend countless hours and years building up relationships with owners in an effort to persuade them to spend, sometimes that extra little bit, a few quid so they can have a chance of winning some of the better class race. I mean if I had an owner who had just bought a decent looking pup recommended by myself or one of the breeders or agents who we had dealt with for years should I then say to the owner by the way give it to John Smith at Pelaw Grange or Harlow (sorry if there are any John Smith's at these tracks!) because he needs a good dog to train! come on get real! and by the way don't forget you need 3-4 + decent staff and at least two quality vans that can do 2-3000 miles a week to get these top dogs to the better races spread around the country. Oh and yes these dogs have to win regularly as well or believe it or not the owners would quickly give them to another trainer waiting in the wings! Let's face it the top dozen or so trainers are there on merit year after year for a reason. There have been plenty of trainers who have slipped by the wayside over the years who have had owners spend large amounts on dogs and not been able to get the results. I agree of course there are many trainers out there who would have a small and select kennel who are fantastic at getting the best results but the majority are happy being that way and if they want to, they have as much chance of buying the better class dogs as all the other so called 'big trainers'. Norah's reputation on the welfare side is second to none and her ability as a trainer at Wimbledon is not in doubt but I put into question whether she should be at the head of the Trainers Association and it's time we had the AGM at the GTA that she promised us all a very long time ago.

One of our better class dogs Blonde Fletch again enhanced his growing reputation with a superb display at Hove on Thursday in the heats of the Coral Regency over the demanding 695m. After being held up early he powered his way past the early leaders down the back straight and won going away by over 3 lengths in a fantastic 41.17 (-30), just 5 lengths off the clock on a slow track,. A good semi-final draw has now seen Blonde Fletch as short as 6/4 to land the Category 1 event.


A win by Ayamzagirl on the Sky at Peterborough was another highlight of a good week but best was the performance of recent intake of Lil Risky in the final of the Coral Maiden Trophy at Romford on Friday. Sent down to us from Jimmy Fenwick, who still has a share in him, with Scott Fraser and Brian Usher this strapping looking son of Ballymac Maeve who is still a puppy until June showed terrific early pace to lead all the way and score by 1 1/4 lengths in a fine 24.16. Certainly a name to watch out for the future.

The William Hill Greyhound Derby is now less than two weeks away and a few of our hopefuls warmed up with trials at Sittingbourne last Tuesday and are entered on the Sky card in supporting opens for the TV Trophy on Wednesday. Blonde Snapper showed his well-being with a fine 29.19(-20) spin over 480m while Kinda Ready 29.34(-20), Eye Onthe Tempo 29.54 (-20) and Mountjoy Moon 29.40 (-20) all went very well and Destroy The Camp back from a slight injury pleased with a 16.60 sprint. Last year's finalist Adageo returned to action at Wimbledon on Saturday and after being off the track since last September we were overjoyed with his performance when 5th in a hot trial stake won by Derby favourite Boher Paddy. With the closing date for the Derby on Wednesday we are expecting to have around 10 entries and next week I will give a full run down of our contenders.






In the heats of the Coral Maiden Trophy at Romford on Monday Lil Risky opened his account on his debut with a fine 2 1/2 length win in 24.30.

Directors Wit was a close up 3rd in a warm sprint on Tuesday at Peterborough and Ayamzagirl made it 3 wins on the Sky this year with a close up victory over 790m.

Blonde Fletch was awesome at Hove on Thursday and on Friday at Romford Scodan Parker took the opening sprint in 13.73 and Scintillas Jesse at last got off the mark with an ealy paced victory in the Maiden 400m in 24.21. Kinda Dashing, Kinda Close and Aero Merlin all went close when 2nd in their respective races before Lil Risky made it an excellent night when landing the feature final.

On Saturday Bellas Bud ran well when 2nd behind Mottos Banker in a Derby trial stake at Wimbledon and a ring rusty Adageo was 5th.





The improving Toosey Cindy won after being upped by two grades in 28.82 (+10) on Monday and litter brother Blonde Rascal also scored well in an A3 in 28.54.

On Wednesday Paradise Riva ran well when 2nd and Lord Aristocracy won comfortably by over 3 lengths in 28.60 (+30).

Promising youngster Sulphur Spring won well on Saturday by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.51 (+30).









Bourne Masons seeking a third competition win this year over course and distance tonight at Romford where he along with Goldies Destiny, Droopys Elbow and Stormbeam run in the heats of the Gerry Allen Quicksilver Trophy.

On Wednesday a star studded card at Sittingbourne features several of our Derby hopefuls as well as Ayamzagirl in the Marathon all live on Sky.

Blonde Fletch will look to progress to the final of the Coral Regency at Hove on Thursday and opens at Romford on Friday complete the week.





Blonde Fletch has got us off to a great start in the Coral Regency at Hove. This week the Sky cameras visit Sittingbourne and we have some excellent chances. Blonde Snapper could be a bit skinny as well as Mountjoy Moon but I think the bookmakers will take both Ayamzagirl and Eye Onthe Tempo on so we could be rewarded with a bit of value.

AYAMZAGIRL - 1 pt e.w - Sittingbourne - Wednesday

EYE ONTHE TEMPO - 1 pt e.w - Sittingbourne - Wednesday




BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 5/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - continues Thursday