This week's newsletter:
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It's getting more difficult each week to write loads of positive news but the injury crisis the sport is facing whist we are in this incredibly long hot spell of weather is taking its toll on a huge number of tracks most of whom are reporting a sharp spike in injuries. The high profile ones hit the headlines but many graded dogs don't and the overriding concern we all face as trainers is the condition and preparation of the racing surfaces. It's a mammoth task the track staff have of trying to keep their tracks maintained with not only well watered surfaces but consistent ones all the way round and this extreme weather makes it nigh on impossible to keep on top of it all. With the huge amount of racing needed to keep the two sets of groups (SIS and ARC) happy and profitable one wonders whether the overuse of certain tracks is totally detrimental to keeping injuries to a minimum. Finding the right amount of time to prepare tracks with the constant flow of racing can only mean less preparation while the lack of actual specialists in this field is something the GBGB and promoters will have to make a priority before it's too late. It's now over two months since I made a major press statement the we need specialists in track preparation and maintenance to avert some serious injury issues and I'm not certain we are anywhere further forward than back then as again other high profile trainers are now saying the same thing as I did. I was also interviewed live by Sky News three months ago where I fiercely defended the sport after the injury statistics etc were now being made public. I said then that it gives the industry some focus to improve things overall in every welfare department, the way the last few months has gone I would be amazed if those figures will actually be improved upon by the end of the year and I will tell you now that I won't be prepared to stand there and defend the sport again especially when I see little has been done to solve our problems. And how can Mark Bird expect to find answers when he has little or no money to work with? The bookmaking industry continue to make lovely profits from our sport especially with the incredible amount gambled online and all they keep bleating on about is how their turnover in the betting shops is being hit thus meaning their contributions to the fund are way lower than ever yet they are laughing their bollocks off about not being made to pay from the massive online profits. Maybe the heads of all the bookmakers in charge of the greyhound side of their businesses should have been in the vets room when Murrys Act was being put to sleep, maybe then they would have some courage to financially back our sport that they rape and pillage each year, they disgust me!
The sad loss of Kevin Boon's Murrys Act to injury at Sunderland last week has really hit the sport as well as his trainer hard and sometimes you wonder why we all can have such bad luck at times. As I've said recently it's very hard to come into our kennel and see the likes of Bruisers Bullet, Black Farren, Droopys Wilbury, Bonzos Bullet, Goldsmith Slick, Not So Classical, Tread Lightly and a few more all injured. Most will not race again but we have to get over it and carry on. I thought our luck was beginning to change but again we were driving to the vets yesterday morning with another one with a broken hock. Tiffield Lad a solid performer at Towcester broke down in a race on Sunday and though fixed up and ok he is unlikely to race again, very frustrating and again I say this silly hot weather we are having must be playing a part in all of this.
Bombers Bullet looked as if he was on for a massive win in the semi final of the Grand Prix when the hare was stopped in the interest of safety and what when on with Murrys Act and whether we were going to re-run/draw lots, well, I just don't have time to write about it and as usual common sense was sadly lacking for a few of the connections who looked well beaten at the time. Anyway we are now in the final of the £15,000 to the winner event which we have thankfully won twice but Bombers Bullet will have to cheat the draw as he goes from an awkward trap 4 slot, it's nice to have a runner in the final and I hope Wednesday ' card is full of memories for the right reasons!
Not too much going on elsewhere at the moment and on Thursday we only have one runner in the Coral Sussex Cup with Ninja Fortune. We will hopefully be travelling more when the weather cools down. I am still optimistic we have some nice dogs coming through and we can have a big finish to the end of the year. We do have a couple of nice pups for sale on our website. Present Harmony won well in Ireland a few weeks ago and could be a nice open race pup, while both Acting School (clocked a promising 28.39 Saturday) and Ping Be Slick will do well at Towcester in the next few months and are decent value buys if anyone is interested in getting involved.
Our first table for the 5 To Follow competition will be up shortly and it always sparks plenty of interest. Away from the dogs as said I tipped up France to win the World Cup and they duly obliged at the weekend and this week one of my favourite sporting events kicks off - the British Open Golf at Carnoustie. I love a punt in this and have already backed links specialist Branden Grace at 50/1 a while back but my main bet will be on Justin Rose at 16/1. I've always thought he had an Open in him and of the top players he looks the most in form warming up nicely in last weekend's Scottish Open when not fully wound up, he has a nice draw Thursday am/Friday pm and I will be amazed if he's outside the top 8. Erik Van Rooyen at 250/1 could be a lively outsider for a place, of course it's not that easy but I'm sure it will be a great championship.
As said on Wednesday Bombers Bullet eventually made it through to the Grand Prix final but All Slick Now was eliminated in the Classic.
On Thursday at Hove all four of our runners ran well with Towstar Billy second in a Maiden Sprint while Silva Hill won well over 475m in a good 27.79.
On Saturday in Towcester's opens Shlowdown Sally was a close up 3rd in the sprint, Newinn Trump ran well when second in a 480m. A cracking duel between Garryglass Champ and Towstar Arry over 686m saw the latter prevail by 1/2 length in a flying 41.19. Ninja Penny was 3rd over 500m.
Just 6?runners Friday with Chubbys Turkana making a winning debut in an A5 beating kennel mate No Can Boogie 3/4 lgth in 28.84.
No luck on Saturday morning with Come Home best of our runners when second. Gully Foyle opened Saturday evening's card with a nice win in an A6 in 28.79 and Ashikiran looked back to her best clocking an incredible 4.02 split en route to a length victory in a good A1 in 28.18. We had four runners in a top S1 and it was our outsider Saffrons Tina who led all the way to the line before being caught by the pack but thankfully she dead heated for 1st place in a very good 41.64.
Not the best of Sunday night's including a broken hock sustained for Tiffield Lad and our youngster Koroleva Queen being knocked over. Acting School (3rd) Plan Ahead (3rd) and Cousin Dupree (2nd) all ran well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - TOWSTAR ARRY
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
On Wednesday we will travel in hope that Bombers Bullet can come out the boxes fast as he will need to from trap 4 if he is to win the William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland.
We are at Hove on Thursday as the Sussex Cup kicks off and we could possibly be at Romford on Friday while hopefully a few opens will fill at Towcester on Saturday.
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Bombers Bullet carries our hopes and hard earned at Sunderland on Wednesday. We only have one runner in the Sussex Cup starting at Hove on Thursday and if Ninja Fortune can replicate his excellent recent form from Towcester then he would be a lively outsider and is worth a small interest.
NINJA FORTUNE - 1 pt ew ante post - Coral Sussex Cup - Hove - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOMBERS BULLET - 2 pts win ante post 4/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - final Wednesday
ALL SLICK NOW - 1 pt ew ante post 33/1 - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - lost