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Take nothing away from Dave Mullins' star Troy Susieeq on Saturday night in the Regency final but Bombardier must go down as one of the most unlucky Category1 losers we have ever had in our kennel. Drawn in trap 2 he had no room to manoeuvre at the first two bends as trap 1 Baggios Champ moved off the rails slightly forcing him backwards, a stunning burst of middle pace saw Bomber come up right behind the leader Troy Susieeq as they approached the last two bends and it looked like the race was there for the taking but to her credit Troy Susieeq squeezed Bomber on the rails again causing him to check slightly, he rallied up the home straight but Troy Susieeq was gallant and held on by 1/2 length in 41.12. Sometimes draws are huge in big finals and I would confidently say he would have won if he had swapped the draws with trap 1 but that’s racing. Bombardier returns to his beloved Monmore for a crack at the Summer Stayers.
We have for a long time had plenty of runners at Monmore and as well as the Summer Stayers the Gold Cup also gets underway in another double header. The Gold Cup however does present a problem in the fact that the final is scheduled to be on at the same time as the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth has its first round heats. It really means if you have any aspirations of winning the East Anglian Derby then you have to miss the Gold Cup. We also have to factor in that a dog needs to have had a satisfactory trial at Yarmouth. Hopes Paddington looks a real nice prospect after being second to Greyhound of the Year Signet Ace in two races at Monmore but he was really bought with the East Anglian Derby in mind so will skip the Gold Cup to be solely aimed at Yarmouth. Antigua Woofwoof has been high class at Monmore and will go for the Gold Cup but a Plan B is in place as he will trial at Yarmouth this week and if he gets knocked out before the final at Monmore we can divert him to Yarmouth as he would qualify to run. Early Knight stepped up to four bends now will go for the Gold Cup but he’s already raced at Yarmouth this year so if it doesn’t work out at Monmore he can also go to Yarmouth.
The congested calendar also sees the Birmingham Cup overlap the Yarmouth Derby and the Produce Stakes on at Swindon so four bend dogs certainly have plenty of options but this could also make the competitions tough to fill which never sits well with the sponsors. Hopefully we have enough decent ones to try and compete in all the events.
Our other runner on the Hove card Blueberry Bullet was most impressive winning the 740m race and we are keen to enter her for the Category 1 Towcester Marathon that’s due to start next Sunday but all of a sudden we seem to have a real shortage of marathon runners so this is unlikely to fill or at best be reduced to 12 runners. The Select Stayers one off race is an alternative if it doesn’t take place.
bo_shine_bullet_fd.JPGdrumcrow_brent_fd.JPGThis week we say goodbye to two great stars in Bo Shine Bullet and Drumcrow Brent. Bo Shine won the Kent St Leger final last year and is going back to her breeder and we will look forward to seeing her offspring in a couple of years while our Sussex Cup winner Drumcrow Brent travels back to his owner in Ireland Michelle Connolly and will make a great pet. We wish them well.
On Friday Aero Activate produced a career best 23.92 when winning easily in the Friday Night 500 heats at Romford, Rail Mccoy also qualified when second.
As said we so nearly had a brilliant night at Hove on Saturday with Bombardier just missing out on a big trophy in the Regency final and Blueberry Bullet took a 740m race by nearly 11 lengths in a fast 44.24. Over at Monmore we had to settle for just the one winner with Gougane Jet most impressive in a sprint in a very good 15.19.
At Towcester on Sunday Antigua Sugar made it through to to the Juvenile Classic final when second to Havana Lover beaten 4 lengths in a fast 29.25. Beepers Grace made an impressive debut when winning a puppy open beating kennel mate Caso Consulto by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.65. Both Antigua Bigun and Moyvane Image ran well when second in 500m Standards.
Three nice winners at Suffolk Downs on Monday as Energize Rose took an A5 in 24.23, Swift News won an A3 by nearly 6 lengths in a good 23.90 and in the top grade A1 Saffrons Dash showed why he’s the best dog at Suffolk Downs winning by 5 3/4 lengths in 23.75.
swift_pinch_fd.JPGOn Tuesday morning we did well again as Cougar Mccoy won an A4 in 24.08, Slider Mccoy made it a quick fire double winning an A2 in 24.02 and Lost Without You won well in an A4 in 24.22. In the evening at Towcester we had two nice winners with Bryce Canyon taking an A1 in 29.98 and My Little Ivy won well in an A2 in a fine 29.76.
On Friday at Suffolk Downs our good run continued with our nice puppy Ranches King scoring in an A2 in 23.88 and Swift Pinch hit a career best win in an A2 in a fine 23.82. To complete a good day Energize Bell won for the first time landing an A6 in 24.46.



On Friday we have the Friday Night 500 final at Romford with Rail Mccoy and Aero Activate.
Plenty of action at Monmore with a few runners as we prepare for the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers and on Sunday at Towcester the Juvenile Classic Final sees Antigua Sugar in a very good race but drawn in trap 6 she won’t be far away. There are plenty of supporting opens on the card.
Bombardier so nearly got us a lovely result when just failing by 1/2 length to land the Regency which at 12/1 ante post would have been great. Maybe we can have better luck with Antigua Sugar this Sunday as she goes in the Juvenile Classic decider at Towcester, still available at around 7/1 I’m expecting a big run from a perfect draw in trap 6.
Not too much I can see to recommend but we will look at the big comps at Monmore next week.
BOMBARDIER - 2 pts ew ante post 12/1 - Regency - Hove 2ND
ANTIGUA SUGAR - 2 pts ew ante post 10/1 - Juvenile Classic - Towcester - final Sunday