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Our week was was totally dominated by the news of a serious injury to our dual Derby finalist Black Farren in a trial at Crayford on Friday morning. Our plan was to step Black Farren up in trip after his Derby campaign, which unfortunately ended at the third round stage, with the Category 1 Ladbrokes Gold Collar starting tomorrow I saw it as an ideal opportunity to step him up in trip which undoubtedly he was crying out for. He was duly installed ante post favourite. In the trial he came out fast but as he rounded the first bend clearly something had gone wrong as he checked badly, thankfully he only ran for another 100m before he was picked up. We had another trialler in Goldsmith Slick who went ok despite slipping a bit at the halfway mark. Quickly I rang our main vet Stefano Malegori and within 45 minutes of his trial he was x-raying the injury, this revealed multiple fractures and basically was as bad as it gets, there was no question of not getting it fixed up and both Stefano and his assistant Mario got to work. Some 5 hours later it was all done and thankfully ‘Martin’ had come through It ok. Obviously I was deeply distressed by the whole episode but for me and our Lionheart Syndicate as long as he is in good health we are happy. He will make a lovely pet when the injury is fullly healed and maybe we might get a few straws off him if there is any interest in stud. My thanks go to Stefano for such a great job, our industry owes a lot to the likes of vets like him who are extremely dedicated and patient.
It was a busy week trial wise after last week’s Derby extravaganza. We had trials at Henlow, Yarmouth and Towcester as well as Crayford while we were racing at Romford and Henlow as well. Tonight Bruisers Bullet prepares for the Select Stakes in 3 weeks time with a trial at Nottingham, our other Dercy finalist Bombers Bullet will trial at Romford tomorrow as we look to step him up in trip and is likely to be entered in a 575m Maiden on Friday.
The main action is at Crayford tomorrow as the heats of the Ladbrokes Gold Collar get underway and though we are still getting over the Black Farren incident we have a strong team headed by our Peter Bussey Memorial Winner Saleen Ash. Since his victory in February he has reached a Derby semi final and must have a decent chance in this event, also our Bitches race winner on Derby Final night Ninja Penny steps back up in trip and I think she has improved since her last visit to the track where she also made the Peter Bussey final. Making the team up is Garryglass Teddy and Goldsmith Slick.
On Sunday we return to Henlow for the semi finals of the Mini Derby where both Kilcree Diamond and Brinkleys Rosie were successful In their heats yesterday while another Category 2 event begins this Thursday at Yarmouth with the George Ing St Leger over 659m. Rubys Rascal, Garryglass Champ and Towstar Jess will be our three entries.
I’ve joined a pressure group to try and encourage Betfair, in particular, to pay into the fund. It’s been well documented that not many of the bookmakers want to pay a voluntary levy that is vital to the industry and huge attempts by the GBGB to get them to pay 0.6 % of their online profits from bets taken on our Greyhound industry are failing. I have tried to do my bit to help but it really needs the politicians to step in and force the issue. If the fund drops again it will undoubtedly have serious effects, particularly on welfare, and that is something we can ill afford if the sport is to survive As we know Towcester has taken huge steps to sort their own welfare programme but other tracks will need the help of the fund to complement this, everyone must pull up together to resolve this.
Next week our full list of dogs will be up for our annual 5 To Follow competition, the entries (up to 5) will need to be in by July 1st when we get underway.
A quietish week with just three runners at a Romford on Friday. All Slick Now led right to the run in in the Friday Night 500 Standard Final when second and Tangled Upinblue completely missed his break when down the field in the Friday Night 500 Maiden Stayers final. Our other runner Roswell Romanov
made light work of his rivals clocking a stunning 34.86 en route to another facile win over 575m.
At Henlow on Sunday in the heats of the Mini Derby both Rough Star and Cotton Pants were eliminated but Brinkleys Rosie (25.88) and Kilcree Diamond (25.56) won well.
A poor week on the graded front with amazingly Jazz Jake our last runner on Sunday being the only winner when landing an A5 in a good 28.40. No Can Boogie, Baroness Bullet and Ribble Ghost all ran well on Saturday morning when second. Parkers Dynamite, Adageo Zoomer and Tread Lightly all filled the runners up spot on Saturday night while on Sunday the same with Airforce Cluxton and Swift Windmill who both ran well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - ROSWELL ROMANOV
GRADED - JAZZ JAKE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Bruisers Bullet and Ashakiran trial at Nottingham tonight while we head to Crayford tomorrow for the heats of the Ladbrokes Gold Collar.
Thursday we will be at Yarmouth for the George Ing St Leger and Friday we will be back at Romford. On Sunday we have the semi finals of the Henlow Mini Derby.
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No bet last week as amazingly Towstar Billy didn’t get in the Mini Derby. Looking at this week I think Saleen Ash and Ninja Penny are the call in the Ladbrokes Gold Collar beginning tomorrow.
SALEEN ASH - 2.5 pts ew ante post 10/1 - Ladbrokes Gold Collar - Crayford - Tuesday
NINJA PENNY - 1.5 pts ew ante post - 12/1 - Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford - Tuesday