Tuesday 5th July 2011
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It was good to ge back from Las Vegas Saturday night to see both Mark Currell's Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch win their respective heats at Sunderland's William Hll Festival. My 10 day trip to the gambling capital of he world was brilliant but the time difference has caused me to be all over the place hence the lateness of this week's newsletter. Las Vegas is one of those places you either love or hate and I definitely fall into the first of those categories. The World Series of Poker is on at the moment and it offers a feast of poker tournaments which bring thousands of players in from all over the world. I played in two bracelet events at the Rio with no success but with hundreds of other events at the various hotels I did succeed in cashing in two decent tourneys 13th place (125 runners) in a $50,000 guaranteed event at the Wynn and on the last tourney I played 12th place (848 runners) in a $235 deepstack side event at the Rio. I was only 3 places off the final table which would have seen me in the big money. Starting with 15,000 chips and only having 20,000 chips when making the money (top 72 places, average chip stack at the time 160,000) it looked like I would be grateful just to get a small cash but a run of good cards and playing my best game I had accumulated nearly 1 million chips a couple of hours later! My luck ran out when I got the worst of a 1.8 million pot, my trip 7's beaten by pocket 10's which turned into quad 10's on the turn and river which would have seen me for sure on the final table. With a bit of golf at Rhodes Ranch, Desert Pines and the magnificent Bali hi golf club the 10 days flew by and we were sorry when we checked out of the stunning Encore hotel.
A lot happened over the last couple of weeks and my staff did a grand job while I was away. We were out of luck in the finals at Hove when Jazz Apollo was 5th in the Olympic and Bourne Masons was 4th in the Gold Cup at Henlow but Lil Risky returned to Romford with a bang last Friday taking the honours in the £750 final of the Coral on TV Standard over 400m recording a superb 23.90. Plenty of open wins as well was pleasing but for the 3rd week running we have a new leader in the Trainers Championship standings as Chris Allsopp, courtesy of Brittons Empire victory in Oxfords Pall Mall, took over at the top with ourselves in second only 19 points behind and Charlie Lister a close up third. The three of us have broken away from the pack and it has the makings of an epic battle between us for the rest of the year.
The news that the Derby sponsors William Hill have increased the winning prize of next year's event by £50,000 making the final worth £125,000 was a welcome surprise - in fact more than that it came as a shock! Along with the news that our industry fund looks set to increase by a couple of million and a Premier League is just around the corner I feel we could well have seen the last of the doom and gloom in the sport at the moment. Over the next couple of months I will be doing a massive promotional push on our kennel to ensure we stay at the top of the sport so watch out for some new and exciting offers from Imperial Kennels including an exclusive Imperial kennel Club (details to follow shortly).
The final entries are in for the 5 to Follow competition and the first results will be up next Monday.
At Hall Green (20/6/11) Sulphur Spring a prolific winner through the grades at Yarmouth opened his open racing account taking a puppy open in 28.88 (-10). On Thursday (23/6/11) both Jazz Apollo (Hove) and Bourne Masons (Henlow) qualified for their respective finals. L
ast week Lil Risky won his heat of the Coral on TV Standard in 24.00 at Romford on Monday but we were out of luck on Thursday in both the Olympic final where Jazz Apollo was only 5th and at Henlow in the Gold Cup where Bourne Masons was slightly unlucky when finishing 4th. Dalcash Scolari (33.67) and Directors Wit (16.67) both bounced back with wins on the night.
At Romford on Friday Lil Risky took the Coral On TV Standard final in good style leading all the way and recording a fast 23.90.
The William Hill Festival got under way on Saturday at Sunderland and Blonde Snapper having his first race since the Derby first round took his Classic heat by over 3 lengths in 26.94 and Blonde Fletch won his heat of the Grand Prix in a fastest of the round 39.31.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne a double with Kinda Breezy (27.57) and Royal Premium (30.72) completed a good week for the kennel.
Mint Bulb and Paradise Riva were closest when runners up two weeks ago and last week Risky Blue (28.18) and Legit Jack (28.37) got us back amongst the winners.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Important trials at Swindon today with Mountjoy Comet and Mountjoy Oroin looking to book their places in the first round of the Produce Stakes which begins on Saturday.
Opens this week at Romford on Friday and Sittingbourne on Sunday.
The William Hill Festival continues on Saturday and as well as the two semi-finals of the Classic and Grand Prix for Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch the Puppy stakes will see both Benkaat Boy and Sulphur Spring in action.
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Having been away I missed the chance to put up both Blonde Snapper and Blonde Fletch in their respective competitions at Sunderland and both now trade as favourites for the event but at 6/1 and 4/1 I wouldn't put anyone off at playing at the semi-final stage.
Jazz Apollo just missed out for our e.w place in the Olympic final stopping our superb run lately. To make up for this I see Mountjoy Comet as maximum material for the forthcoming Swindon Produce Stakes but we have to hope some firms will do an ante-post book for this event and if they don't they should as it carries a £15,000 first prize.
MOUNTJOY COMET - 5 points win ante-post - Swindon Produce Stakes - starts Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Olympic - Hove - lost
Dave Wood at Questhouse Kennels has decided to Donate an upcoming pup from the following mating Black Shaw x Little Molly. Molly is litter sister to Little Urge who has already clocked 7 x 100 plus ratings on Data, brother Jog On Barney (Formerly Little Bargain) clocked 28-76 Clonmel as a puppy, the back breeding is straight from the Top Drawer.
He will Rear the pup through to 12 Months whereby it then becomes the responsibility of the winning owner.
The Owner can visit the pup as often as they like and whenever they like and will be kept fully up to date via regular Pics and videos.
Entries are £10 a Ticket and cheques can be made payable to 'Give a bit back' and sent to
Dave Wood... 31 Foulden Bastle... Berwick upon Tweed... TD15 1UL,
if you include your name and address with your cheque I shall post your tickets straight away.
Or you can also pay via Paypal via the following link www.questhousekennels.co.uk/for%20sale/for_sale.html
Remember that one of the receiving charities is the Retired Greyhound Trust,. Please please try and give as much as you can, after all Daren is literally bursting his body up to Give a bit back and we as a sport can show our support by giving as much to his charity drive.
REMEMBER you can buy MORE than 1 Ticket, the more you buy the more chances you have of winning and the more money that goes to help our Retired Greyhounds and Helps Our Heroes.