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After failing to defend our Trainers Championship title last week at Sheffield we dusted ourselves down and quickly got back amongst the winners and landed our first decent competition this year when Chubbys Caviar went unbeaten through the Bunny Gold Cup at Henlow battling hard to win the final on Sunday, unfortunately the week brought a few ups and downs as always.
The week really got underway on Thursday as we travelled to Hove for the heats of the Category 1 Coral Regency. It didn’t start too well as Avastorm was on the wrong end of a tight photo for qualifying, though beaten she powered through the field and was well in front at the drop and clearly she looks a great Marathon prospect with the TV Trophy not that far away in August she will relish the extreme 930m. Aayamza Breeze, amazingly competing in her third Regency, looked all over the winner going down the back straight in her heat but failed to force her way through at the 5th bend going down by 2 lengths in 41.59 with No Can Boogie never getting a telling blow in back in 5th. I wasn’t really looking forward to our two big guns Brigadier Bullet and Antigua Fire clashing in heat 6 and indeed they did each other no favours with Brigadier Bullet coming off worse eventually being eliminated in 4th place. Antigua Fire, fresh from his victory at Sheffield, ran a bit all over the place as expected being his first run at the track but eventually got going and ran on for second place albeit just over 6 lengths behind impressive winner Roxholme Butt in a fastest of the round 41.34, he should improve for the look.
Also at Hove we were delighted with the trial of Brinkleys Poet who has now completed an excellent set of trials after such a long absence. He recorded a very good 28.65 over 490m and more importantly has come off nice and sound and returns to the South coast track this Thursday for a race. Chubbys Turkana also moved well when beating our exciting prospect Alien Sea by 6 lengths in a fine 29.96 and though we were out of luck with winners in the Regency heats Antigua Romeo opened his account in style in a 490m Maiden by 3 1/4 lengths in a fine 28.67.
Friday at Romford proved a total disaster overall. Culchieland, a bitch that was running really well, checked badly after being crowded at the first bend in the Friday Night Stayers heats and unfortunately fractured her stopper bone behind the wrist. Though completely fixable her racing career is almost certainly over but she will make an excellent brood for at least one litter of pups when fully recovered. In another heat clearly something went wrong with Towstar Jess as she dropped out of the race quickly and then amazingly ran on strong on the run in, still well beaten she was almost in front at the drop, she was sore the next day and our physio Ron Mills will check her thoroughly later this week. Razldazl Valerie was another to get well beaten in a Maiden 575m and it was no surprise she had a torn gracilis and her career will now be in the breeding paddocks. Glory Snake was well fancied in a Maiden 575m but couldn’t get going quick enough to catch leader Scotch Mist going down by 1 1/2 lengths in 35.43.
Thankfully Saturday got better, starting with a nice few winners at Henlow in the afternoon and then a small raiding party at Monmore where we had two winners and a second from our three runners in the Spring festival races. Droopys Cruiser
scored a well deserved victory in a 480m puppy race by 6 lengths in a terrific 28.49 (-20), Flip The Tyre ran another excellent race when a fast finishing second in a 480m Maiden while Brinkleys Rosie was another one of ours to come out of the Trainers Championship meeting and win as she ran a blinder to catch and pass Stringer Bell over 416m in a good 24.76 (-20).
On Sunday at Henlow Silva Hill shrugged off his troubled race at Sheffield with a nice victory in the sprint by 5 lengths in 16.58. The feature race of the day the Bunny Gold Cup held a nervous time for us as four of our finalists took on two of Paul Young’s and it was our rival's Itsur Mate who broke best and bowled along in front but by the third bend hot favourite Chubbys Caviar recovered from a slow start to turn handy and before the last bend had swept in the lead and then held on gamely by 1 1/2 lengths in 33.88 (-30). Busters Bullet was 3rd and looked the unlucky dog in running when crowding with trap 2 on more than one occasion, veteran Garryglass Champ ran well not beaten far in 4th and we can take heart that Towstar Arry (5th) ran on fine over an inadequate trip and was another step back from serious injury. With four in the final my services were called in to parade but I was delighted my 15 year old daughter paraded the winner Chubbys Caviar owned by Michelle Connolly and Mike Davis. Emily is 15 years old and still at school and was so happy she recently got a work permit and is getting more involved with the dogs every day.
We also travelled to Central Park on Sunday night for the heats of the Grand National but defending champion Parkers Dynamite ran ok in a difficult heat but just missed out in 4th place. We didn’t come away empty handed as Running Senor scored a narrow victory over 450m in 27.34.
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On Monday we just had the one winner as Far Froman Angel won an A7 in battling fashion in 28.55. On Tuesday morning Chubbys Jenny got off the mark winning in 28.46 while Wake Up became the first winner from the Ballymac Vic x Evanta Evita litter to win scoring in 28.78. Shazzas Bullet won a long awaited victory in 28.36.
A busy day on Thursday saw wins for Corrig Grace in a D2 in a very good 16.84 while in a B1 All Slick Now won in 26.12. In a very good A2 there was a great performance from Algo For You who won by 5 lengths in 27.81.
Towstar Del Boy got Saturday off to a good start winning an A5 by 4 lengths in 28.15 and Tiffield Lady was impressive in an A4 in a fine 27.93. Jaxxon Facebook got her first victory in an S4 by 5 lgths in 34.56 and Towstar Zelda nearly got us in trouble winning by over 7 lengths in 27.96.
On Sunday as well as the open racers we saw graded wins for the in form Ping Be Slick in a B2 in 26.32 while there was a rare victory for Calco Cool in an S3 in a surprisingly good 33.70 calc.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - DROOPYS CRUISER
GRADED - TOWSTAR ZELDA
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Much to look forward to at Hove as not only do we see Aayamza Breeze and Antigua Fire lock horns in the Regency semi finals at Hove but also the return of Brinkley’s Poet over 490m.
Hopefully we will have a better night at Romford on Friday than last week and on Sunday the Category 2 Henlow Maiden Derby kicks off with 6 heats.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A couple of bets went down last week but overall the Chubbys Caviar victory in the Bunny Gold Cup at a recommended 10/1 gave us a nice profit.
If I was looking at a bet for the weekend I think the in form Algo For You would represent value in the Maiden Derby at Henlow
ALGO FOR YOU - 1.5 pts each Way - Henlow Maiden Derby
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AVASTORM - 1.5 pts each way ante post 25/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - Thursday - lost
BUSTERS BULLET - 1 pt each way 8/1 - Bunny Gold Cup - Henlow - Sunday - lost
PARKERS DYNAMITE- 1.5 pts each way ante post 20/1 - Grand National - Central Park - Sunday - lost
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 2.5 pts each way ante post 10/1 - Bunny Gold Cup - WON (31 pt profit)