11th August 2020
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Not too much to report this last week as the incredibly hot current spell of weather put most of our plans for open racing on hold in fact we only had one runner Aero Madrid (3rd) in a Gold Cup trial stake on Saturday. We actually entered a couple of strong runners (Antigua Bullet and Jaxx Purple to go with him in the advertised 630m Maidens but they had so many Gold Cup and Summer Stayers entries they decided not too put the maiden 630m on and we weren’t given the option to go in to the trial stakes over 630m or trial. However we will have two eye catching entries in Antigua Fire (3rd last year) and the exciting Aayamza Royale who is now back with us and settled nicely after her stint in Ireland where she won the first round of the Corn Cuchulainn before unluckily going out in the semi finals. Unfortunately the 630m is way too sharp for both but there’s absolutely nothing else in the calendar for both so we will take our chance.
Aero Madrid will be entered for the Gold Cup over 480m as well as Ivy Hill Skyhigh who trialled well before racing (28.24) last Saturday. Unfortunately both our prolific Monmore winners Coolavanny Messi and Antigua Romeo are not ready to return from injury to be entered though Antigua Romeo is having a handslip at Towcester on Thursday. Hopefully both will be targeting the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth in September.
As well as Aayamza Royale and the potentially useful Antigua Bullet returning back from Ireland we have seen some much needed new stock come into the kennel over the last 3 or 4 weeks. Amanda and Nic Jeal as well as the Bruiser-Jeal syndicate have brought in Antigua Boy, Antigua Jet, Hopes Bullet, Antigua Bruiser and Antigua Hiccup and have some fast Irish times on their cards which should boost our 4 bend team considerably over the next few months while we are also excited to see Aayamza Lexie, Black Eyed Molly, Black Eyed Storm, Drumcrow Brent arrive and all could be stars for our kennel over the next few months but also next season as well.
Towcester switch with Henlow to Sunday afternoons from this week and begin with their first open racing since they reopened under Kevin Boothby with the British Bred sprint competition and we have Antigua Breeze, Saffrons Xpress and Deans Hail Mary all entered. Though the switch means we will be busier than ever on a Sunday the staff probably prefer an earlier finish on a Sunday night and we might also be able to cover trips to Central Park if we can find the right dogs to run there though it’s a tough place to get winners with some top class dogs and trainers who go there regularly on a Sunday night.
We are back at Romford this week with a few runner. Last week I decided to not enter any dogs with the weather forecast set to be in the mid 30’s, as it happened the meeting was called off. The next few weeks Romford warm up with a number of trial stakes for their exciting open race competition action next month including the Champion Stakes, the Puppy Cup, the Guys & Dolls and the Cesarawitch. If we are to get back to the top of the Trainer of the Year standings we need to be ultra competitive in these big point scoring events.
Look out later this week for the exciting launch of the new National Greyhound Supporters Club which will endeavour to try and promote and rejuvenate our sport. Any greyhound fan who loves the sport can join and it will look to gain as many members as possible. We have spoken in the past few weeks of the need to galvanise the sport from within and though anything new is going to be hard to get off the ground in these difficult times that we live in at the moment it does also give the opportunity to prepare for the time when owners and the general public return to stadiums.
HENLOW AND TOWCESTER REVIEW
We drew a blank on Monday while on Tuesday evening we saw a nice performance from Formel Jet in his second run for our kennel winning well in an A5 in 28.01 and the consistent Algo For You won well in an A2 in a fine 27.57.
On Thursday Domino Charm followed up her win the week before with another victory in an A8 in 28.64 while on Saturday we weren’t having the best of days until Jesses Sister blew away some useful A1 runners to win by over 3 lengths in a fine 27.42.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - AERO MADRID
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
We should see plenty of our stars out on Friday and Saturday including Antigua Fire and Aayamza Royale in the Summer Stayers at Monmore.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Our bet last week was cancelled and looking for an interest I thought Ivy Hill Skyhigh trialled well at Monmore on Saturday and might be a decent ante post price for the Gold Cup.
IVY HILL SKYHIGH - 2 pts each way ante post - Ladbrokes Gold Cup - Monmore - starts Saturday