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Tuesday 2nd June 2009

Last week will go down as the best week in the history of Imperial Kennels. Kinda Ready's Blue Square Greyhound Derby victory (reviewed in the Guest Archive ) completed an extraordinary few days that also saw the kennel capture two other finals. On Monday Goldies Destiny came from behind to land the Grolsch Puppy Trophy at Nottingham and on Thursday Eye Eye Pickle beat a good field to bag the Monmore Stud Book Trophy (£2,500) but obviously Kinda Ready's dramatic late lunge in the premier classic last Saturday was the highlight of not just the week but my whole career. I must apologise and thanks for all the messages and calls I have received as I didn't get a chance to reply to them all (click here to read e-mails and see pics of the night). Without doubt I was the proudest man in the land after Kinda Ready's victory.

Sunday's Charity meeting at Harlow for Great Ormond Street Children's hospital was a massive success and Maurice Newman deserves a lot of credit for organising the day. I sponsored the football match in the morning played in very hot weather against Romford and to everyone's amazement after Kinda Ready's exploits the night before I turned up to help Harlow to a 7-2 win against a strong Romford side - a match where the result flattered us a bit (suppose I better say that to keep the Romford mob happy!).

The downside of the week was the loss of Wilson Pick It who sustained a bad injury on Wednesday and unfortunately had to be put to sleep. He was a great character and our condolences to his owners.

The 5 to Follow competition will be up and running later this week so make sure you put your entry(s) in as soon as possible for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.


A brief look at last week's open race action started at Nottingham on Monday where Bumble Lee (3rd) ran well in a supporting race over 500m but star of the show was Goldies Destiny who came from off the pace to win in 29.09 (+30) in the Grolsch Puppy Trophy final.

On Thursday at Monmore Corrig Vieri, back over six bends, demolished his rivals by 3 1/2 lengths in a fast 37.49 (+30) and in the feature race of the night the Stud Book Trophy Eye Eye Pickle used his trap 1 slot to great advantage beating Westmead Osprey by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.17 (+20).

On Friday at Romford there were good wins for Eye Onthe Pulse in a 575m Maiden in 36.18 and Rockburst Mason pulled off a suprise win at 12/1 when scoring on the flat in a 575m Standard in a good 36.18 (-50). In supporting races for the Greyhound Derby final at Wimbledon on Saturday Goldcrest Lord took the sprint in fine style by 1 1/4 lengths in 16.54 for the £1,000 first prize, and we came close with Droopys Zach, Kindred Sparky and Mountjoy Ruby who were all beaten in photograph finishes before our hero Kinda Ready reversed our fortunes with a neck victory in the one that mattered the Greyhound Derby final.

On Sunday the Charity meeting at Harlow produced five winners Princess Organa, Ballyfinn Swift, Ruff By Name and veterans Directors Chair and Eye Onthe Flame to cap off a most memorable week.



A quiet week on the graded front with Bell Tempest our only winner on Wednesday scoring in top grade in 38.04 (+25) while on Friday there were three good winners Mint Bulb (26.88), Agincourt Fancy (26.37) and Rank N File (26.28).






A quiet week after all last week's excitement where the main open race action is the start of the £10,000 to the winner Skybet Gymcrack Puppy at Hall Green on Wednesday with Eye Onthe Storm, Eye Onthe Flash and Goldies Destiny looking to go one better than Goldcrest King who was runner up last year. Opens have yet to be confirmed for the rest of the week.


Following superb ante-post wages on Bomber Bailey (20-1) in the Springbok and Corrig Vieri (20-1) in the Arc we surpassed all those heights with the magnificent Kinda Ready in the Blue Square Greyhound Derby final at juicy odds of 66-1 yielding a 155 point profit and taking the year well past a 200 point profit if you had followed all our recommended selections! The Skybet Gymcrack at Hall Green is next on our agenda and Eye Onthe Storm looks worth a good bet at around 16/1, a flying 28.38 trial at the track is fast.

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


KINDA READY - 2 pts e.w ante-post - 66/1 - Greyhound Derby- Wimbledon - WON!