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A busy week just gone and one that had some reasonable highs. Talk at the start of the week of Seamus Cahill overtaking our lead in the Trainer of the Year standings after the Sky meeting at Central Park was a bit premature and despite his dogs running well the two feature races didn't go his way. Indeed my former assistant trainer Patrick Janssens took the Kent Derby with the fast Bockos Alfie which has virtually guaranteed him a place in the top six trainers, a superb feat and we are very pleased for Patrick and his team. The Grand National was won by Ricky Holloway's Razldazl Radio who at last got his nose in front in a big competition. We ourselves took a supporting race with Scolari Sound in the sprint and overall our lead was reduced to just under 100 points, whatever happens it should be an interesting last couple of months.
On Friday at Romford the kennel had a real uplift as Roswell Romanov got back on track with a good win over 575m, this after a lay off where his problematic dew claw was removed and hopefully he will be back to his very best soon. On Saturday the St Leger trial Stakes at Perry Barr told us a couple of things, firstly you need to stay strong as the 710m is demanding and in my opinion that's the way it should be, I'm so fed up of the nonsense of short runs to the bends at many tracks for the top competitions, at the end of the day the title says 'Stayers' and that what they should be. Rubys Rascal is looking ultra strong these days and it was good to see him win the top division, I think this will be a top notch event when it starts in two weeks time. Our long trip to Newcastle resulted in both our runners qualifying for the semi's, Ninja Fortune (2nd in Northern Puppy Derby) and Cappoquin Al (3rd in All England Cup) both ran well.
The Henlow RPGTV Derby starts next Sunday and with the retirement of last year's finalist Clondoty Alex and the legend Calco Flyer we will have to dig deep to find a winner. Parkers Dynamite
is without doubt fast and won well in a trial stake last night but will still need to improve while the injury prone Droopys Dresden will need to trap better when it matters to be a player. As you can already see there is loads happening at the moment and there is also the small matter of a Puppy Derby at Towcester just around the corner and that could unearth some clues to next year's Derby which I'm pretty confident will be at Towcester next year despite some ranting on the Sky programme at Central Park suggesting otherwise.
Of course we can't forget our powerhouse of a dog Bruisers Bullet who had another sprint last Tuesday and scorched around in a pleasing 15.26. Tomorrow night he steps up to four bends and if all goes well he will trial at Nottingham next week, I can't wait to see him racing again and he will be a major player in the forthcoming Eclipse.
So the SIS fixture list for 2018 is now out and it's causing plenty of debate already. I think I will leave my opinion to another time. While all this goes on there are plenty of trainers and owners who are asking what's going to happen to the Sky coverage, most of our big competitions go hand in hand with Sky and we can hardly afford to be losing these if there is nothing in place.
On Tuesday a Puppy Derby Trial Stake saw Brinkleys Ranger run a blinder to beat the odds on Nippy Pippy over 500m in 29.68. Over at Central Park Scolari Sound took the sprint in 16.21 while Rubys Razzle was 2nd and Ribble Atom looking like she needs 4 1/2 miles these days a never nearer 4th in the Marathon.
At Romford on Friday the Friday Night 500 Sprint Final was won in a rapid 13.23 with Brynoffa Jasmin 3rd and Tread Lightly 5th. We did take both heats of the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers with Swift Cobra (35.70) at 5/1 and Tiffield Lad (35.75) at a juicy 12/1. Roswell Romanov looked happy to be back and showed terrific pace to win in a fine 35.28. Ashakiran also ran well to qualify in the Friday Night 500 Standard Final when 2nd.
A busy Saturday, as said both Ninja Fortune and Cappoquin Al made it through to the semi finals of their respective competitions at Newcastle and over at Perry Barr Rubys Razzle (2nd) Garryglass Champ (2nd) should improve for their looks around while Rubys Rascal took the top division in 43.14.
At Henlow on Sunday our runners all ran reasonably well and were there or thereabouts with Parkers Dynamite taking a Derby trial stake in a good 27.48.
On Tuesday a winner in the open but only three 2nds in the grades with Cousin Dupree, Zammos Bullet and Swift Windmill in the Owners Bonus Series final.
No luck on Saturday morning with Swift Kaylee, Jazz Jade and Saffrons Honey all placed. A tough night as well even though again most ran really well especially Bonzos Bullet on debut with Saltimbanco scoring a well overdue and deserving success in 15.72.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - PARKERS DYNAMITE
GRADED - SALTIMBANCO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Another Puppy Derby Stake tonight at Towcester and we are set for another busy weekend with trips to Romford, Towcester, Perry Barr, Newcastle and Henlow.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A touch of seconditis in our recommended bets and this week is no easier. Looking at the Romford card Ashakiran ran a blinder after a short spell on the sidelines and though it's an excellent race she has trap 1 and the last time she had the red box she won in a phenomenal 23.62
ASHAKIRAN - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RUBYS RAZZLE - 3 pts win - Central Park - Tuesday - lost