Monday 4th June 2012
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DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WIN
It's just over a week since Blonde Snapper's famous William Hill Greyhound Derby win and still now it is hard to take it all in. My phone has not stopped ringing all week as you would expect and I would like to thank all the well wishers that have either rang, text, e-mailed or spoke to me personally on our victory. I hope everybody enjoyed reading my Derby review (can be seen here) that was up on Thursday and again thank you to everyone for their nice comments on this. A lot of people, and of course the media, have asked us the question of whether Blonde Snapper will now be retired. Both Mark and his wife Kim came up to the kennels on Monday morning and while we had a quiet walk with Snapper, Fletch and a lovely little bitch of Marks called Swift Lucozade we had time to reflect on the glorious victory. I think with regards to Snapper's future we have to take in the fact that the days of a Derby winner being lucrative at stud have long since gone with the recession and competitiveness of the stud industr. The fact Snapper is still lightly raced and seems to have had no reaction on his problematic wrist during the gruelling six rounds of the Derby we certainly wouldn't be wrong in letting him taking his chance on defending his William Hill Classic crown at Sunderland that starts later this month. We could also feel that Snapper has nothing more to prove and go out on a massive high. These are the options Mark has to weigh up and he will make a decision in the next week or so while Snapper is rested after his excursions over the last few months.
The kennel, whatever the fate of Blonde Snapper, is certainly set for a busy time right now with a number of major events underway or set to start soon. After the Derby victory we now have a massive lead in the Trainers Championship of 158 points over our nearest rival Matt Dartnall and William Hill have made us 1/6 on to regain the Championship we last won in 2009 by a landslide. Indeed William Hill have introduced a betting without us market. Blonde Fletch can go a long way to helping us achieve winning this title and it was great to see him back to his best when landing his heat of the Coral Regency last Thursday at Hove in good style. Fletch is now 4/1 favourite to win the Regency and should again strip fitter in Thursday's semi's. Although it's a blow seeing Aero Majestic sidelined through a serious injury sustained last week at Wimbledon we do seem to be strong in the staying department which to me always gives us decent point scoring opportunities.
The Pall Mall also gets underway on Thursday and Ayamzaman and recent fast course and distance winner Castlebride Dan lead our team in this Category 1 event. The country's leading open race winner Aero Joker will be kept ticking over at Romford and we will send a team to Monmore where their Category 1 Summer Stayers begins next week. Also at Monmore the final of the Stud Book Trophy sees a cracking race on Thursday and Jazz Apollo, though having some time to make up, has a plot draw in trap 1 and if he can start a little better he would have a decent chance of landing the £2,500 to the winner prize.
Talking off Aero Majestic we are pleased to say he came through a successful operation on his broken hock on Tuesday by leading Greyhound vet Daniel Doherty who has given him a 70% chance of returning to the track in the future.
With the Derby now over we had been promised that with Norah McEllistrim stepping down from the GTA Chairperson we would have a new election yet there still seems to be nothing happening which is most annoying. Hopefully after speaking to Jonathan Kay yesterday he will get to the bottom of this ongoing farce. Despite our recent success on the track we still have an incredible amount of issues to sort out if our sport is to thrive in the future.
Well done to our Gary Crathern who appeared on RPGTV on Saturday and gave viewers an insight into what it's like to parade a Derby winner amongst other things. He also tipped quite a few winners as I did on my last appearance which helps! I like RPGTV and it's great for me to record the show if I can't see it on the night so I can watch our runners.
In the next couple of weeks look out for our free to enter and popular 5 To Follow competition that runs from July 1 to the end of the year.
On Monday no luck at Romford with Steam Machine and Marlfield Luke in the Coral On TV Maiden 400m.
At Hove on Thursday Blonde Fletch got his defence of the Coral Regency off to a convincing start with a 3 1/2 length victory in a good 41.70 (-45). In other races Planning was unlucky in a 515m puppy race while Rockburst Lenny pulled off a surprise 16/1 win in a 515m Standard leading all the way to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 30.46 (-30).
Over at Monmore Jazz Apollo ran on well to grab second place behind an on fire Blue Artisan in the heats of the Stud Book Trophy and should go better in next week's final.
At Romford on Friday it's not often we have a dog do 24.03 in a 400 Maiden and get beat by over 3 lengths but Aero Prince did but I'm sure it won't be long before he will be winning. Swift Reagan was more workmanlike than impressive when taking a 575m in 35.68, Castlebride Dan was a close up 3rd over 400m and Ayamzaman was back to his very best on a slowing down track scoring by 4 lengths in 23.88. Dixies Air found plenty of trouble when 3rd over 575m.
On Wednesday the aptly named Wednesdaywhacker scored a debut six bend victory by 3 1/2 lengths in 41.68 and Darian Sky scored on her return to the track in a swift 27.95 in an A2 while Kinda Neat made a promising debut when 3rd.
On Saturday youngsters Swift Cidona (3rd) and Swift Pepper (2nd) made promising starts to their careers in A3 grade. Swift Chef was a touch awkward when 2nd in an A1 beaten a short head in a fast 28.03 and Risky Blue took advantage of a downgrade when taking an A2 in 28.21.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Aero Joker looks to extend her winning run at Romford in the heats of the Doug Tyler Summer Cup while Darian Sky and Ayamzabeauty line up in the Stadium Bookmakers Puppy Oaks at Nottingham and in supporting races Lil Risky runs in a sprint while Risky Storm makes his debut.
The final of the Monmore Stud Book trophy on Thursday and Jazz Apollo should go close from a decent draw in trap 1 while over at Hove the semi-finals of the Coral Regency see defending champ Blonde Fletch take on Capoley Ash and Bubbly Capel amongst others. Also on a busy Thursday the Ladbrokes Pall Mall heats at Oxford begin and Ayamzaman, Castlebride Dan, Risky Fred and Clarecastle Dub head our team.
We will be at Romford Friday and interestingly Coventry try open racing on a Saturday morning and we may have runners there.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Blonde Fletch was freely available at 7/1 at the start of the Coral Regency and now trades at 4/1 favourite so we are looking good but this is a lot tougher Regency than last year. Jazz Apollo has a great draw in trap 1 in the Monmore Stud Book Trophy Final and at 9/2 looks great value. The Ladbrokes Pall Mall heats at Oxford kick off on Thursday and I think both Ayamzaman and Castlebride Dan could go well and are worth an interest.
JAZZ APOLLO - 3 pts win 9/2 Coral/Bet 365 - Monmore Stud Book Trophy - Thursday
AYAMZAMAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Ladbrokes Pall Mall - starts Thursday
CASTLEBRIDE DAN - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post - Ladbrokes Pall Mall - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE FLETCH - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 7/1 - Coral Regency - continues Thursday