This week's newsletter:
It seems a while since we were involved in a major final though to be fair there’s only been a couple that we have not been represented in since our last one so it’s good that we have two runners in tomorrow night's Arc Laurels final. Coolavanny Kyser and Ivy Hill Bluesky battled out a tight finish in last week's semi final at Perry Barr with Kyser just getting the better of it to win by 3/4 length in 28.54. Without doubt it looks one of the most open finals you are likely to see and all six connections will feel like they have a chance of glory, this was mainly because the hot favourite Roxholme Sheik was eliminated in the semis, a missed break is the fine line between winning and losing in this sport and that proved costly to Roxholme Sheik. This will be the third Category 1 final this year for Coolavanny Kyser following two runner up places in the Blue Riband at Towcester and the Gold Cup at Monmore so hopefully this is a chance to get that big win ahead of this year's Derby, trap 3 is ideal for him. Ivy Hill Skyhigh has made a name for himself more over the sharp six bend trips but has an excellent four bend record as well and if he can avoid a bump from the fast starting on his outside in trap 2 then he certainly enters equations, fingers crossed our two go well.
Also on the supporting card at Perry Barr tomorrow night is a marathon and Aayamza Royale bids to shake off a narrow defeat at Towcester last week, she faces a real up and coming star in Savana Volcano and it should be a thriller. Ardera Nidge faces some decent rivals in a minor sprint final.
It’s great to see that some tracks like Towcester are allowing owners through the doors but still the majority are not until at least the middle of May, that is something out of the promoters' hands as it’s down to each tracks local authorities. Towcester with its vast open spaces is, of course, the easiest place to allow customers in where social distancing is no problem. With a bit of luck we are not a million miles away from the new normal in the UK, strangely Ireland seems a mile away from our situation and I’m reading that their vaccination programme is in total disarray with only a very small percentage of the population having their first jab. It must be very doubtful that crowds and any UK travellers will be watching the Irish Derby at Shelbourne in late summer.
Last Thursday at Perry Barr both Coolavanny Kyser and Ivy Hill Skyhigh made it through to the final of the Arc Laurels while Drumcrow Brent was desperately unlucky not to join them when seemingly set to be at least second in his semi but totally mucked up his chance when colliding with trap 2 Signet Ace around the last two bends. Ardera Nidge ran well to make the minor sprint final when second in his heat behind Matts Malibu in a fast 16.16.
On Friday at Romford a better night for us when we had three winners from four runners. Playbook showed her consistency with a win in a bitches 400m in 24.34, Antigua Boy won a competitive heat of the Friday Night 500 Stayers in 35.49 and our Essex Vase hero Antigua Romeo had to battle real hard to land his heat in 35.70 but should come on for the run.
Last night at Towcester there was a cracking card with the RPGTV Juvenile on and Drumcrow Brent thrived on a quick return to the track from Perry Barr last week when producing a fast 29.52 win in a Derby trial stake. Anhid News ran a blinder in a hot 712m open when caught on the final stride after leading most of the way.
HENLOW & TOWCESTER REVIEW
Last Thursday at Henlow Far Froman Angel held on to win an A3 in 28.12, one of the most impressive debuts I’ve seen came from Zachs Tornado who ran riot in an A4 scoring in a very fast 27.64, amazingly although she is 2 1/2 years old this was her very first race.
On Saturday two of our older bitches ran superbly to win, Glassmoss Queen a March 17 whelp took an A3 in good style in 27.98 while Shazzas Bullet also a March 17 won an A5 from behind in a good 28.05.
On Sunday we just had 8 runners but produced 3 winners. Garryglass Charm surprised at 10/1 to win an A5 in 28.21, Sligo Lilly produced a career best 27.94 win in an A4 while Knockard Dylan produced his best performance for World Darts Champion Gerwyn Price when landing an A4 in a good 28.01.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - COOLAVANNY KYSER
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
A big night at Perry Barr tomorrow as both Ivy Hill Skyhigh and Coolavanny Kyser bid to win the Arc Laurels final while our Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale struts her stuff in a marathon on the supporting card while Ardera Nidge goes in a small sprint final.
Antigua Romeo and Antigua boy do battle in the Friday Night 500 stayers final at Romford on Friday and we have a couple of runners on the supporting card and that’s all our open races until next Tuesday at Towcester where there are some Derby Trial Stakes again.
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I must admit to being gutted seeing Drumcrow Brent so unluckily get knocked out of the Laurels at Perry Barr last Thursday as we were on at a huge 33/1 and his win last night at Towcester showed that he would have been a real player in the final had he got through. Still we are sitting in a good position as our main ante post selection Coolavanny Kyser is trading as favourite in most books and we advised him at a juicy 16/1, fingers crossed for a big run though I most certainly myself will be having a little saver on our other runner Ivy Hill Skyhigh.
Not much else I can see for the rest of the week so we will stick with tomorrow night's action.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
COOLAVANNY KYSER - 2 pts each way ante post 16/1 - Arc Laurels - Perry Barr - final Thursday
DRUMCROW BRENT - 1 pt each way ante post 33/1 - Arc Laurels - Perry Barr - lost