Monday 7th June 2010
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After the dust has settled from last week's Derby it's back to business as we try to win some more prestigious big race titles and ultimately our main aim in trying to retain a third consecutive Trainers Championship. After last Saturday's Wimbledon meeting we, thanks to good point scoring wins from Bim Bam Boozle, Bell Tornado and Jogadusc Ace, are top with 301 points with Seamus Cahill in second on 245 points and courtesy of Bandicoot Tipoki's Derby victory Charlie Lister has moved into a clear third with 215 points. Charlie would expect to now be favourite to land the title as clearly he has a strong team of open runners that look likely to land some high scoring Category 1 races in the last six months of the year, Seamus has been desperately unlucky with injuries of late and will do well to keep us both in range but you never know. I won't go on but obviously the loss of Eye Onthe Storm and Kinda Ready to the racing strength is going to have a big impact on our kennel and we won't be chasing here, there and everywhere for one off races to gather points, what we need is to produce some high quality youngsters to give us some real quality and compete in the highest level events. With this said we may well have found one in Blonde Snapper who is now three from three since his impressive debut at Romford last month. It was this time last year that Eye Onthe Storm went into everyone's notebook when he finished third behind Droopys Bogart in Hall Green's Gymcrack Puppy Trophy. Blonde Snapper has made smooth progress in this year's event and was an eye catching winner of his semi-final on Wednesday and looks to have a massive future for owner Mark Currell whatever his fate in tomorrow's final. With Charlie having no runners in the event it's a wonderful opportunity to increase our lead in the Championship but the fact that Blonde Snapper is 10/1 to land the race tells you what a high quality competition it is, pups like favourite Blue Artisan have a big advantage on us in respect of age and experience.
We will have plenty of chances on the support card at Hall Green on Tuesday with the likes of Kinda Easy and Eye Eye Pickle having decent opportunities but I can't tell you what a massive boost for the kennel we have today with the return of Droopys Zach. Having not raced since last November and with a number of niggles that have delayed his comeback, he returns to the fray this afternoon in the heats of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore, a title he so brilliantly won last year. Zach has moved very well in his last two trials at Hove (29.99) and Hall Green (28.42) and looks ready to do himself justice. Again, whatever Zach's outcome as long as he comes off sound we can look to build him up for this year's St Leger which will be his main aim as well as Kinda Easy, wouldn't that be nice if the two were to produce a finish like last year's final!
It's an important week for competitions elsewhere as well. Tonight our Derby finalist Adageo has a low key return to racing when he runs in the heats of the Alpha Feeds Standard Trophy at Nottingham and at Romford we hope Goldies Destiny can regain his winning knack when he lines up in the Doug Tyler Summer Cup heats at Romford. Tomorrow the heats of the TV Trophy begin at Kingsley and Join The Maids makes the long trip up North. If she can run as well as she did in the Dorando Marathon last Saturday she should make the final despite having not seen the tricky Yorkshire track.
Another Category 1 competition gets underway on Thursday at Oxford with the annual renewal of the Stan James sponsored Pall Mall which now has a later than usual slot in the calendar. This will undoubtedly produce a much stronger entry and the £8,000 to the winner event will take some winning. Our best chance will be with the ageless Jogadusc Ace who runs the track very well and was desperate when eliminated in the semi-final last year. We sent Eye Onthe Brave, Bim Bam Boozle and Kinda Handy for trials last week but all will have to be in top form to make an impact in the event.
I don't quite know where to start on the next topic as negotiations on the sale of Walthamstow Stadium are at a delicate stage but one thing for sure there is a strong chance of Greyhound racing returning to our flagship Stadium that you can be assured of. This has come about because of the committed, dedicated and inspiring work of SOS (Save Our Stow), Rick Holloway, Barrie Clegg, Linda Jones and Dave Cunningham are the main people involved and we all owe them a huge debt if they pull off the impossible and make it possible for those glorious nights of unprecedented drama that only the Stow can produce return in the near future. I, along with every other Greyhound racing supporter, should get behind these unselfish people for a final push to make sure this happens and I promise that if the Stow returns you will see it filter through the rest of the industry and we can again see the rise of what used to be one of the leading spectator sports in our country. I have had the pleasure of meeting our sport's new Chief Executive Barry Faulkner. He was at the excellent Retired Greyhound Trust open day on Saturday at the Animal Health Trust in Kentford, and I have told him what we all expect in making Walthamstow his priority when he starts his new job at the GBGB this week and we should all give the man a chance and the best support possible before we start to criticise.
Later this week you will see our popular 5 to Follow competition on view and I hope that all readers of our site will have a go at selecting a team(s) for them to follow from July 1st to December 31st. This year's prizes for the top 5 entries have yet to be announced but I have something special in mind and don't forget it's free to enter this year - a full set of rules will be up by Friday.
Directors Ruler got back to winning ways at Nottingham on Monday holding on by a neck in 29.34 (+20) in a 480m open but no luck for Eye Onthe Tempo when he was 5th in the Worthington's 480m Trophy Final to the impressive Droopys Power.
On Wednesday the semi-finals of the Newton Abbott Racecourse Gymcrack at Hall Green produced a stunning win for Blonde Snapper who led all the way scoring by nearly 4 lengths in a very good 28.56 (-30). In the same race Destroy The Camp was crowded and finished last while in the third semi Blonde Gunner did not disgrace himself when 4th behind Blue Artisan who won well in a fast 28.44 (-20). At Harlow on the same night Lil Magic in only her second race for the kennel won a Maiden open well, showing a nice turn of early and going on to score by 2 3/4 lengths in 26.02 (+10) she could be worth following in the next few weeks. Risky Smasher and Centaur Rosina were both 3rd.
At Hove on Thursday a high quality Olympic kicked off with six first round heats. Dalcsh Scolari lost all chance when completely missing the break and despite showing good middle pace he was again crowded at the third bend eventually finishing 5th behind the fast Freedom Emma (29.57). All That Noise was a fair 4th in the toughest heat of the night won by the impressive Farley Blitz (29.47).
On Friday at Romford Siesta Smudge was a well beaten 2nd in a Maiden Stayers and Lil Rebel again had no luck in running when last from a poor draw in trap 4. Both Blonde Banjo and Ayamzagirl had chances in their respective races but left with question marks to their names.
Just a couple of runners on Wednesday with the consistent Sweep Clean coming 2nd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BLONDE SNAPPER
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week begins today with the heats of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic where both defending champion Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri have good chances of progressing to the semi's. At night Adageo, Catunda Mae and Aero Bolt run in the heats of the Alpha Feeds Trophy over 500m at Nottingham with both Kinda Close and Lil Magic in puppy races. At Romford Aldataro Lass and Goldies Destiny are pitched together in the same heat of the Doug Tyler Summer Cup heats.
Tuesday the Newton Abbott Racecourse Gymcrack Puppy Trophy Final is the feature race at Hall Green and Blonde Snapper bids to make it four from four in the high class decider. Six other runners in the supporting races make it interesting for the kennel. On the same night the heats of the Betfair TV Trophy begin with Join The Maids flying the flag for the kenne.
Opens at Harlow on Wednesday and on Thursday the Stan James Pall Mall kicks off at Oxford with Jogadusc Ace leading our chances.
Opens at Romford on Friday and I expect most tracks will be deserted on Saturday when England begin their World Cup campaign.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Dalcash Scolari didn't give our supporters a run in the Olympic but Blonde Snapper despite still being available at 10/1 has a good chance of a proper pay day if he can land the Gymcrack at Hall Green tomorrow night. Kinda Easy seems to be in good heart and looks the best bet on the supporting card. Jogadusc Ace is not getting any younger but he runs Oxford well and he is worth an e.w bet in the Pall Mall starting on Thursday.
KINDA EASY - 3 pts win - Hall Green - Tuesday
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pt e.w - Stan James Pall Mall - Oxford - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 1 pt e.w 33/1 - Gymcrack - Hall Green - final Tuesday
DALCASH SCOLARI - 2 pts e.w 20/1 - Olympic - Hove - lost