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Monday 8th June 2009

Kinda Ready's brilliant Blue Square Greyhound Derby win last Saturday created a mass of media interest with cameras and journalists descending on the kennel all week. Interviews on Monday with the Racing Post, Greyhound Star and the Sporting Press from Ireland covered the industry trade papers. On Tuesday the local weekly paper, Mildenhall Journal, covered the victory very well (click here for report and video) and on Wednesday the Sky cameras came to the kennel for some reactions to the weekend's events which included some family shots of myself, Sarah, Linda and my children Daniel and Emily. On Thursday it was great to see BBC cover the story with Tom Williams reporting for Look East which is due to air tomorrow (Tuesday). On Friday night we took 'Del Boy' out to the public when we paraded him at Harlow which was well appreciated. After the parade it was great to see supporters and well wishers get the chance to have their picture taken with our star which included many children and needless to say 'Del Boy' was completely unfazed by all the attention, in fact he was loving every second.

(Click here to read Mark's Derby Newsletter and also here the e-mails from well-wishers and some Derby pics.)

I must admit that the feeling of our kennel winning the premier classic with all the euphoria and reactions afterwards didn't sink in straight away but when watching the superb 'The Dogs' programme on Thursday produced by Clive Lawrence there was a definite tear in my eye as 'Del Boy' stormed up the home straight to catch and pass Fear Zafonic, amazing!, Again I would like to thank every one who has sent us congratulations and can't believe the amount of people who Kinda Ready brought some happiness to (and some bookies money!). We now have some important decisions to make in the next few weeks but the plan long term is to travel to Dundalk on July 12 for the International won by Blonde Dino last year and then for him to have a crack at the Irish Derby at Shelbourne which starts on August 5th. Winning will be a monumental task but one we will all relish and look forward to, watch this space!

I'm also pleased to announce that on Friday (June 12th) Kinda Ready's owners Daren, Chris, Lee and Gary have booked The Hare at Roxwell (where we had our Kennel party in January) for a celebration of winning the Derby and all owners of our kennel are invited (can you let me know by Wednesday if you would like to come). The night will include a barbecue and a special DVD of Kinda Ready is being made by Clive Lawrence to be shown.

We, probably wisely, have had a quiet week with the rest of the kennel with only the start of the Gymcrack at Hall Green being the main focus of attention. Goldies Destiny kept his recent fine record up when taking the last heat, just!, and we can expect a better run from Eye Onthe Storm in the semi's after he did well to qualify when badly crowded in his heat. This week we are back in the groove as we strive to capture some more big race titles. As well as the Gymcrack semi's on Wednesday, today Corrig Vieri bids for his third major competition of the year when he runs in the heats of the Category 1 Ladbrokes Summer Classic Stayers over 630m at Monmore where he has been installed 11-4 favourite with the sponsors. Also from the kennel we have Kinda Easy, Droopys Zach and Eye Onthe Pulse.

OK right everyone! our popular 5 TO FOLLOW competition is back beginning on July 1st. With £1,000 in betting vouchers for the winner (£500 runner up and £250 for third) it's time to sort those selections out as they have to be in by JUNE 30TH. A slight difference to this year's competition, you have to include just one bitch in your entries (more if you want) so don't miss out! Also 10 % of your entry fee will go to Dave Wood's 'Emily Wood Macmillan Nurses Cancer Trust' charity and 10% to Harlow Retired Greyhounds. Our previous winners Peter Whates and Gavin Cheeseman are up for the challenge and we will be running a separate Staff and guests of the kennel challenge with reigning champ Sid (how did he manage that!) looking to keep his title. You can do your entry through Paypal on this site or download an entry form and send it along with a cheque, it couldn't be made any easier!


A quiet week with the Gymcrack heats at Hall Green on Wednesday the main feature. Eye Onthe Storm was badly hampered but managed to secure 3rd place beaten 3 3/4 lengths by Droopys Flo in 28.52 (+10). In the last heat Goldies Destiny missed the kick but a measure of the dog's improvement in the last few weeks is that he came from off the pace to get up on the line to win by the minimum margin in 28.94.

On Saturday at Crayford Rockburst Mason was a little unlucky when 2nd in a 540m hurdle and in a 714m Aero Blackjack was 3rd.

On Sunday we returned to Coventry with a few runners. Bumble Lee got the night off to a good start when taking the opener in good style scoring by over 4 lengths in a fast 29.27. Centaur Sandi ran well when 2nd in div 2 of a 625 but there were defeats for the well fancied Goldcrest King (2nd) and Eye Eye Pickle (5th). Kengyelfuto Snow got back to winning ways when scoring by 3/4 length in 29.60.



Youngster Aero Blue scored a debut win on Wednesday by 4 1/2 lengths in 27.29 (-30). Hug Major was 2nd before Confident State also got off the mark with a win by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.92 (-20). In-form Callums Man again won leading at the third bend to go on by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.62 (-20). Not much luck on Friday in heavy conditions with Genesis Fuzzums (2nd) coming closest before Bell Tempest won the S1 by 1/2 length in 39.21 (-100).






The important Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic heats get under way at Monmore today with Corrig Vieri ante-post favourite leading our kennel's challenge. The Gymcrack semi-finals at Hall Green on Wednesday see Eye Onthe Storm and Goldies Destiny bid for a place in next week's live on Sky final. Opens at Harlow Wednesday and Henlow on Thursday as well as Coventry on Sunday are pencilled in.


It looks like a hard act to follow to top Kinda Ready's 66/1 Greyhound Derby touch but hopefully Eye Onthe Storm can make it through to the Gymcrack Final as we are on at 16/1 ante-post. Corrig Vieri has a great chance but looks well short enough at 11/4 today in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic.


EYE ONTHE STORM - 2 pts e.w 16/1 ante-post Gymcrack - Hall Green - Wednesday.