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17th November 2021

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Aayamza Dream ran an absolute cracker when runner up to Salacres Pippy in the Hunt Cup. After a decent exit she grabbed the rails to turn in 4th and moved into second with two bends to go and despite finishing well she had no answers to Pete Harnden’s strong bitch and went down by 4 lengths in a flying new track record of 42.90. Dream runs again at Towcester on Sunday and will then target the Ballyregan Bob Memorial race at Hove over 740m.
 
On Saturday morning at Crayford Aayamza Lexie, our only qualifier from the heats of the Gold Collar, finds herself in a tough semi final from trap 4 but she is more than capable of stepping up to the mark. We of course will be looking forward to the heats of the Cesarewitch over 874m and Greyhound of the Year Aayamza Royale bids to land another big event to her CV and is the defending champion having won in 2020 when the event was held at Crayford. It won’t be easy of course and she faces stiff opposition not least from our kennel in the shape of Antigua Lava and Blueberry Bullet who steps up in trip. No surprise to see all three of ours drawn together in the heats, the GBGB needn’t have bothered doing a draw (only for the traps) as this was a million to one on shot to happen! , just saying! It should be a cracking race though I can’t say I’m happy that trap 1 Alana Pet has had no trial at the track, I personally wouldn’t run a dog at Crayford unless it’s had a trial, no criticism of Crayford just the fact that the bends are tight and in my humble opinion you need to have a look round. Blueberry Bullet just shaded Aayamza Royale in a 540m trial last Saturday in a decent 33.73.
 
The big open race competitions keep rolling out at Towcester and we have one runner in the Sovereign Stakes sprint semi finals on Sunday with Call Me Tom, an improving young dog but it’s certainly a hot competition. The Puppy Derby follows to wrap up the season at Towcester and looking at next year it was hugely pleasing to see 49 Category 1 competitions are scheduled and well done to Kevin/SIS/Arc/Entain and the GBGB for giving the top end of our sport such a boost and it hopefully encourages owners new and old to support our great sport.
 
Not so encouraging is the strange decision for the GRI (Greyhound Racing Ireland) to ban all hurdle racing at their stadia. Incredible, unbelievable and totally out of touch with the main stakeholders, a complete bow down to the small minority of antis. Their Equestrian counterparts must look at this decision with disbelief, what next, are we going to ban horses jumping! Although we haven’t had a hurdler for a couple of years I still love this side of the sport and one of our greatest achievements was seeing our Cornamaddy Jumbo win the triple crown and becoming the first and only hurdler to become the Greyhound of the Year!..I was actually looking at the potential of one or two of ours going hurdle schooling for next year and now that this decision by the GRI has been made I definitely will. Greyhounds absolutely love to race and hurdlers love to jump as well as all the other reasons Ricky Holloway has stated in the RP today.
 
As mentioned last week in our blog we have some fantastic youngsters on our ‘For Sale’ page priced sensibly and certainly worth a look.
 
OPEN RACING
 
early_knight_fd.jpgNice to be back to Romford on Friday even if it was just with a handful of runners. Antigua Socks was very unlucky in the delayed 400m final when 3rd and our only winner came from our promising pup Early Knight who won a winner of one 400m in 24.37
 
As said at Crayford on Saturday morning we just had Aayamza Lexie qualify in the Gold Collar heats and at Monmore in the evening all three of our runners ran respectably with Ballymac Odie closest when second.
 
Another great card at Towcester on Sunday and though we didn’t come away with a winner I thought all our five runners ran well especially Aayamza Dream in the final of the Hunt Cup.
 
Drumcrow Brent ran a strangely poor race in the heats of the Eclipse on Monday at Nottingham when eliminated but we will forgive him as he’s been a real star all year.
 
HENLOW REVIEW
 
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On Monday we had two winners with Posh Playa taking an A5 in 28.48 and Dallas Dolly winning nicely in an A2 in a smart 27.81.
 
On Saturday we just had the one winner as Swift Pinch took an A3 in 28.11, on Sunday we saw Coolavanny Arnie win on his Henlow debut in an A2 in a fine 27.65.
 

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

OPEN RACING - EARLY KNIGHT
GRADED - COOLAVANNY ARNIE

 
WHAT’S ON NEXT WEEK
 
We have a decent few runners at Romford on Friday but all eyes will be at Crayford Saturday morning where all three of our marathon stars clash in the heats of the Cesarewitch as well as Aayamza Lexie in the semi finals of the Gold Collar. In the evening we have a few runners at Monmore.
 
On Sunday Call Me Tom goes in the semi finals of the Sovereign Stakes at Towcester and we have a few of our stars out like Drumcrow Brent, Balterio and Aayamza Dream
 
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
 
Unfortunately it just didn’t happen for Drumcrow Brent at Nottingham on Monday as he was eliminated at the first round stage of the Eclipse.
 
I will defer from tipping one of our three runners in the Cesarewitch on Saturday morning at Crayford as they are all in together in the heats.
 
Looking for a bet I like the look of Early Knight at Romford on Friday in a decent puppy contest.
 
EARLY KNIGHT - 5 pts win - Romford - Friday
 
ADVISED LAST WEEK
 
DRUMCROW BRENT - 2 pts each way ante post - Eclipse - Nottingham - lost

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