Monday 9th March 2009
Last Tuesday's Juvenile card at Wimbledon treated Sky viewers to some top class racing and we could well have seen five greyhounds on display that have a realistic chance of winning this year's Blue Square Greyhound Derby which gets underway in less than two months' time. Charlie Lister's pair, Fear Zafonic and Ninja Jamie, looked awesome; Boherna Best ran very well and despite his defeat at the paws of Fear Zafonic he would be my choice to lift this year's crown. College Causeway will be better next time and Jesters Nap flies the flag for British breeding and is still underrated. The question I have been asked a few times is have we anything in the kennel that is capable of winning the top prize in our sport. I'm sure we will be having over half a dozen entries and yes I believe our kennel has a real chance, or there's no point in entering. Kinda Ready has impressed us in his short career to date and again ran a superb race last Thursday in the heats of the important Monmore Puppy Derby and this young star has real Derby potential; he certainly looks to be our kennel's leading runner.
Only one week to go before the Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield and I must admit that this time last week we had our team sorted but a week in this game is a long time and a few hiccups here and there could mean some changes to our team. Corrig Vieri (off colour) was withdrawn from his intended warm up race last Saturday at Sheffield and is facing a battle to be ready in time, Tipp The Breeze (bruised toe) has been knocked from pillar to post in her last two races and also now faces a race against time. Directors Chair in footballing terms has a fitness test this week but could well make a dramatic comeback since a broken metatarsal last October. On a positive note Goldcrest Lord and Roswell Startrek both went well in trials last Saturday and Eye Onthe Brave won well in a race and looks in fine form while our young pup Goldies Destiny showed good promise in a puppy open as well.
Talking of returns from injury, as well as Directors Chair on the comeback trail it was pleasing to see both Eye Onthe Force (out since last August - broken hock) and Eye Onthe Pulse (wrist injury Nov) have come out of their first trials back last Tuesday at Coventry very well and both should strengthen our kennel soon. Last week it was great to see a number of our pups winning at Harlow which bodes well for the future; on Wednesday brothers Lord Pishy and Callums Man opened their accounts but it was Friday that we saw the likes of Goldies Tara and Risky Sensation win well and a great debut from Bumble Lee breaking 26 seconds in his first ever race.
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On Tuesday's Juvenile card at Wimbledon in hard supporting races both Mountjoy Ruby (5th) and Eye Onthe Flame (3rd) were out of luck. At Harlow on Wednesday Elusive Jazz recorded an overdue win in the Monkey Maiden Stayers heats by 1 3/4 lengths in 38.38 (-40) with Bell Tornado (3rd) best of our others.
Thursday at Monmore the heats of the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby kicked off with six heats and in the first Kinda Easy can count himself unlucky when taken out at the first bend when in a good position eventually finishing 5th behind Lethal Ace (28.50 calc). Kinda Ready, second favourite for the event, won well when coming from behind after early trouble to catch and quickly pass Droopys Cadel scoring by 3 lengths in 28.57 calc and the third of our runners from the same litter (Just The Best - Kinda Sleepy) Kinda Free ran well in only her fourth race ever to finish 2nd to Droopys Jervis beaten 2 1/4 lengths in 28.49 calc.
On Friday at Poole the feature race was the final of the Jem Racing Golden Crest and we were facing a difficult draw in trap 5 with our Mountjoy Gold and a moderate break didn't help his chances and failing to make the bend in front he could only manage 5th behind impressive winner Outandgoodnight. The long journey wasn't totally wasted as earlier Sligo Too picked up another open success when taking the sprint by 2 lengths in 15.13 and Bell Tempest can consider himself unlucky when 4th in the Marathon after nearly being brought down at the first bend.
At Sheffield on Saturday night the opens gave us a chance to put some of our Championship team through their paces though we were forced to withdraw Arc hero Corrig Vieri (off colour). Eye Onthe Spirit (3rd) and Goldies Destiny (4th) both ran well and Eye Onthe Brave won well by 3 1/4 lengths in 29.04 (+40) to make sure we did't go home empty handed. On Sunday at Coventry Droopys Zach ran a blinder in the 625 Stayers holding off the strong Wise Maldini in a thrilling finish by a short head in a fast 39.16.
On Wednesday Callums Man opened the night with a debut win by 1 1/2 lengths in 27.42 (-40) and his brother from the Droopys Kewell - Spoofy Doo litter followed up to win by 2 lengths in 27.17 (-30). Their sister Sweep Clean nearly completed a treble when leading to the run in before going down by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.92 (-30). Hug Major also got on the score sheet when taking an A7 by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.89 (-25) and another pup Emly Lee made no mistake when dropped a grade to win comfortably by over 6 lengths in 26.74 (-25) to complete a good
night for our pups. On Friday sadly the night didn't start well when Lews Trickster broke down (gracillis) and will be retired. Centaur Sandi has returned from season in fine form and skated up by over 6 lengths in 26.13 (+15). Ragga Diva ran well when 2nd and again Lockdale Storm led to the run in in top grade before finishing 4th. Bumble Lee showed great promise when taking an A4 on his debut by 4 lengths in a fine 25.97 (+15) and it seemed to rub off as pups Goldies Tara won an A3 by 1 1/4 in 25.96 (+15) with a 4.79 sec and Risky Sensation made it 5 from 7 when scoring in a warm A2 by 3 1/2 lengths in 25.94 (+15) to make it another excellent night.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - DROOPYS ZACH
GRADED RACING - BUMBLE LEE
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
A rare visit to Hove on Tuesday with Rockburst Mason, Aero Blackjack and in form Sligo Too while in the morning an important trial session at Romford includes the likes of Bomber Bailey, Butterbridge Ali, Eye Onthe Force and Pulse amongst others. Elusive Jazz has a good chance in the Monkey Maiden Stayers final at Harlow Wednesday. The Monmore Puppy Derby semi-finals on Thursday should produce some interesting racing with our littermates Kinda Free and Kinda Ready (very hot race) looking to make the £12,500 to the winner final. Also on Thursday the Pall Mall first round gets underway with six heats and Mountjoy Gold leads the way for the kennel. Opens at Romford (Friday) and Coventry (Sunday) complete the week.
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Kinda Ready is running for us ante-post on Thursday at Monmore when he lines up in an ultra warm semi-final for the Puppy Derby and this week, despite his defeat in the Golden Crest final at Poole last week, I can see Mountjoy Gold having a big say in the outcome of the Pall Mall with the heats getting underway on Thursday. Callums Man won nicely on his debut at Harlow and I would expect more improvement next time as well.
MOUNTJOY GOLD - 2 pts e.w - William Hill Pall Mall - Oxford - Thursday
CALLUMS MAN - 2 pt win - Harlow - Wed/Fri/Sat
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA READY - 2 pts e.w 8/1 - Monmore Puppy Derby - Semi's Thursday
LORD PISHY - 2pts win - Harlow Wednesday - Won 4/5