12th October 2015
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Our season is right in the middle of a busy period and the strategy of targeting certain competitions overall seems to be working well. The trip to Newcastle for the All England Cup was really with Calco Flyer in mind and we took the more than capable Swift Whirlwind and Reel Shirty to go with him. Calco Flyer hasn't really taken to the track and it's probably a measure of his class that he was still 3rd in his semi final on Saturday, unfortunately only the first two went through to Thursday's Final. However after only just scraping through in his heat Swift Whirlwind produced his best form for a while when second to the flying Maum Legend, never looking in danger of not qualifying he was beaten 4 1/4 lengths with the time being a flying 28.23. Who knows if he can trap in his best style and there is any crowding on the inside his 16/1 price could be made to look huge. After disappointing in the Champion Stakes a few weeks ago it's good to see him back on song.
The supporting competitions went very well for us with Jimmy Nailed On taking heat 3 of the Great North Run over 670m, just getting his head in front at the first bend he stayed well to win by 3 /12 lengths in 40.98. A better break and he has a great chance in the final. He will certainly have a crack at the St Leger at Wimbledon that starts 10 days later.
I was worried about Domino Storm before her heats of the Angel Of The North Oaks, no trial at the track and a moderate trial at Romford on the Tuesday but those worries soon disappeared as she bolted out the traps and led at the first bend, staying on strongly she won by 2 /12 lengths in a superb 28.50. The final will be no formality as she has drawn trap 2 with the early paced Graigues Diva inside her but you would have to think she will come on for the run and she can add another big race win to her already impressive CV. The track was in great condition and we will look forward to our long trip back up there on Thursday.
No joy in the Maiden 480m competition at Towcester on Saturday but Nimrod Son, Ribble Aon and Droopys Ford all ran well to qualify for this Saturday's semi final. At Henlow last week I braced myself for the inevitable and that was which one of our four entries were going to get left out of the hugely oversubscribed RPGTV Derby and sure enough both Blue Moment and Penny Seabiscuit didn't make the final 36. Blue Moment had run some of his best races at the Bedfordshire track but after resting him after the Derby in June he dislocated a toe in his first race back at Yarmouth when preparing for the East Anglian Derby. Having just two trials back at Romford I thought after beating Domino Storm by over 3 lengths last Tuesday over 400m in an excellent 24.24 he was ready to do himself justice but obviously Henlow had seen it different. Penny Seabiscuit is an improving sort and after a good trial at Henlow he was a respectable 3rd in the top division of the trial Stakes on the previous Sunday so I was more disappointed he didn't get inthan anything. The heats were certainly hot on Sunday but Evanta Evita ran very well to be 2nd in heat 1 and could well come on for the run. I don't agree with RPGTV's Pat Kelly's comments that she has had a long hard season. Evanta Evita has only had 21 races this year starting in March, she has only been out the first two on three occasions and has made the Derby quarter finals and has been runner up in the Arc at Swindon and the valuable Lowther Stakes at Towcester and only a bad draw in trap 5 in the semi finals stopped her making the East Anglian Derby final. She is a class act and will hopefully go well in the semi final on Sunday though it is a very hot semi. Sadly Evanta Fantasy hasn't had much luck of late and never got any sort of run in her heat despite trying her hardest, she checked on the false straight when challenging for 3rd place and my worst fears were realised when Sid phoned me to say she was lame. She visits the vet tomorrow but it strongly looks like a possible fracture to her metatarsal bone which could keep her out the rest of the season.
We will be preparing some runners for both the St Leger and the Puppy Derby with some trials at Wimbledon on Friday. Black Francis, Ferryforth Fran and Sosaidhs Blue are getting ready for the St Leger while Roswell Iceman and Famias Hope will have a sighter of the track with the Puppy Derby in mind.
One of our former stars Jazz Tilly has had a litter of nine pups to Kinloch Brae and are now 10 weeks old. There will be four of these up for sale, they are all brindle and there are two dogs (£3,250) and two bitches (£2750) if anyone is interested. Her breeding lines are exceptional and I would be very surprised if she didn't produce some top open class winners, call me if anyone is interested (07721778297)
Most of the week's open race action has been covered above, just one other open at Towcester on Saturday where Parkers Poison finished a respectable 3rd in the 655m race. Also at Henlow it was great to see Ribble Atom win again in the stiff 686m leading on the run in to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 42.65.
With Friday's meeting abandoned due to the traps not working it was onto Saturday with no problems. Ribble Rush was second back to four bends and again there was nothing between Ferryforth Fran and Sosaidhs Blue in an S1 as the latter prevailed by 3/4 length in 39.57 calc. Ela Ela Genie was just caught close home in an A8 before Oldfield Lynda won well in a sprint in 15.43, both Ilewin Frimley and Carden Punch were second in later races.
On Sunday Cisberry Geo was most impressive when winning for the 6th time in 21 starts in an A5 beating kennel mate Rufford Atom by 3 lengths in 28.39. Sidarian Lady was a second slower in winning an A8 but is a nice sort and can go on to better things. Toosey Fern was second and her turn looks just around the corner while Ilewin Affew gained her first win when stepped up to 655m coming from well off the pace to score by 1 length in 40.58.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The Bags Championship 2nd leg at Yarmouth sees only Saffrons Anna involved after a farcical technical withdraw of Oldfield Lynda.
The All England Cup at Newcastle on Thursday is the feature of an excellent Sky Card and as well as Swift Whirlwind we also have high hopes of Jimmy Nailed On in the Great North Run and Domino Storm in the Angel Of The North Oaks. Ribble Atom should relish the Marathon trip.
Possible Romford on Friday and the semi finals of the Maiden 480m at Towcester the feature on Saturday. All eyes will be on the Henlow RPGTV Derby on Sunday where Evanta Evita flies the flag for us.
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No Calco Flyer running for us in the All England Cup final on Thursday but Evanta Evita has made the Henlow RPGTV Derby semi finals on Sunday.
Ribble Atom looks nap material at Newcastle in the supporting Marathon.
RIBBLE ATOM - 5 pts win - Newcastle - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CALCO FLYER - 2 pts e.w ante post 33/1 - All England Cup - Newcastle - lost
EVANTA EVITA - 2 pts e.w ante post 25/1 - RPGTV Henlow Derby - semi's Sunday