This week's newsletter:
It’s always disappointing when you get beat in a big final when you think you have a reasonable chance but it’s worse when you see your dog take a crashing fall, that’s what happened to Antigua Storm in the Kent Derby Final at Central Park on Sunday. Not quite up with the pace as they charged up into the first bend Antigua Storm still looked to be in a position to win especially as his last to first barnstorming run at Yarmouth was still fresh in the mind, but all of a sudden it got a bit messy and before you could blink he was tumbling over, thankfully he wasn’t badly injured apart from a dislocated toe and some slight ligament damage which needs a small operation. He will be off for a few weeks at least but hopefully can be fit to take his chance in the Olympic at Hove in December
Owners Amanda and Nic Jeal must be cursing their bad luck as the next big final at Romford this Friday sees their staying star Bombardier drawn in trap 5 in the Champion Stakes final. He will need a bit of luck to get round but don’t write him off as he’s a very clever dog. We certainly got the worst of the draw as our other finalist Bo Shine Bullet drew trap 4 as well!!, she bounced back to her best when landing her semi final in good style in a fastest 35.07.
We are certainly having a great year getting our runners in the big Category 1 finals but we would love to add one or two more titles to our six we have won so far. If we don’t get lucky on Friday at Romford then maybe on Sunday at Towcester we will get a second bite of the cherry as both Aayamza Royale and Antigua Lava line up on what looks on paper as one of the best marathon races seen in the history of the sport. Antigua Lava has hit form with avengeance and pulled off a great win in last Sunday’s semi final when beating both Space Jet and Aayamza Royale in the fastest time 56.11. It will be her second big marathon final at Towcester and she’s drawn trap 1 again. Aayamza Royale has brilliantly won the TV Trophy and the Regency this year but has finished runner up to Savana Volcano in both the big marathon races staged at Towcester this year though she did win the one off ‘Shootout’ and though not as dominant at Towcester as she is at other tracks you can’t rule her out and if she breaks in her best style from trap 5 then she certainly can win for her owners who include Mitch Brenner who sponsors the competition via his company 1st Containers. With Savana Volcano and St Leger winner Space Jet as well as the up and coming Droopys Jungle and Burgess Elite who looks likely to lead again, it should be an absolute classic and a must watch for all greyhound fans!
A busy weekend's action with the Champion Stakes semi finals at Romford on Friday. Bombardier used all his strength to get up for second in the first semi just over 4 lengths behind Gymstar Elusive in 35.13. All Fours ran a stormer in the second semi but was just outside the places in 3rd and it was great to see Bo Shine Bullet bounce back to form taking the 3rd semi final by a head from the strong running Night Time Danny in 35.07. Earlier Antigua Socks got back to winning ways when taking his heat of the 400m Standard by 5 3/4 lengths in 24.11. In the Mitch Millward Marathon Blueberry Bullet was beaten at odds on but safely qualified for the final and gets another chance this Friday. To complete a decent night Ballymac Honest took the last race over 575m holding on to score by a head on 35.52.
On Saturday at Sheffield we just had the one runner in the Bresbet Steel City Cup with Balterio running well when second to Signet Ace beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 28.70. We also had a few runners at Monmore and came away with three winners, Fatboyz Exile showed he’s much better suited at the midlands track than Romford and won by 1 1/4 in 38.11, Black Eyed Molly took her 630m maiden in 38.45 and Ballymac Odie caused a small surprise when taking a 480m Standard by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.70.
As said on Sunday it wasn’t the best result for Antigua Storm in the Kent Derby Final at Central Park. At Towcester as well as Antigua Lava’s win in the marathon semi finals Aayamza Dream won well in a 712m Maiden by 8 lengths in 43.59.
No winners on Monday's card and on Saturday just the one winner as Dallas Dolly took an A3 in a good 27.73.
Again just one winner on Sunday with Lotties Wish taking an A4 in 27.97.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ANTIGUA LAVA
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
Another big week for the kennel as we see Bombardier and Bo Shine Bullet trying to overcome tough draws in the Champion Stakes final at Romford. Blueberry Bullet lines up in the Mitch Millward Marathon final and Antigua Socks is drawn well in the supporting 400m final.
Balterio travels to Sheffield again for the semi finals of the Bresbet Steel City Cup and we have a few runners at Monmore as well.
Absolutely no doubt that Sunday's 1st Containers Marathon Final at Towcester will be one of the races of the calendar year and Antigua Lava and Aayamza Royale will look to try and dominate from the off, a race not to be missed while we have a couple of open races at Henlow in the evening.
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Gutted that Antigua Storm got ko'd in the Kent Derby final but hopefully we can get back on track as we have Bombardier in the Champion Stakes Final at Romford on Friday. We have qualified Bo Shine Bullet as well and I wouldn’t put anyone off having a saver on her as she’s likely to be a big price drawn in trap 4.
Balterio is going well in the Steel City Cup at Sheffield as we approach the semi final stage on Saturday and of course we have the big marathon final at Towcester on Sunday, now we have Antigua Lava at a huge 25/1 and we have waited for the final to add Aayamza Royale who at 3/1 is bigger than when the event started, we have to play!
AAYAMZA ROYALE - 3 pts win 3/1 - 1st Containers Marathon - Towcester - final Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOMBARDIER - 2 pts each way ante post 6/1 - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - final Friday
BALTERIO - 2 pts each way ante post - Bresbet Steel City Cup - Sheffield - semi final Saturday
ANTIGUA LAVA - 1 pt each way ante post 25/1 - 1st Containers Marathon - Towcester - final Sunday