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A fantastic card on Saturday at Monmore for the Lawrence Jones Memorial gave open race fans a real treat with plenty of high class racing. We sent a team of seven runners and though we didn't come back with a winner I thought we had some promising performances. Antigua Romeo having his first race for us ran well when runner up in a high class Puppy race won by Seaglass Tiger beaten 3 3/4 lengths in 28.25. Brigadier Bullet was looking to add to his tally of open wins this year but found Golden Jacket finalist Headford Maurice had stolen a march on him and went down by 2 1/4 lengths in a good 37.55. There was another exciting tussle between Aayamza Breeze and Goldies Hotspur in the Marathon but as they were locked in a battle on the run for the line they had their pockets picked by the flying late run of Droopys Gina who got up to beat the pair by a short head in 51.30. Avastorm was eye catching when a running on 3rd in the 684m and Brinkleys Rosie was second in the 416m beaten 3 1/2 lengths in 24.75.
The best news came when Brinkleys Poet came off sound after an excellent 15.30 sprint trial before racing, the plan is to have another sprint trial next weekend and then if all's well a trial over four bends. With plenty of time until the Derby we should be able to get some races into him well before the greatest Greyhound competition gets underway.
Talking of comebacks it was nice to see litter brother and sister Towstar Arry and Towstar Jess return from serious injuries and both ran well yesterday and qualified for next Sunday’s semi finals of the Bunny Gold Cup. In all we had six qualifiers with Chubbys Caviar winning her heat from kennelmate Shrewd Honcho. It looks a decent competition and will take some winning.
Our main focus this week will be on defending the Gain GTA Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield this Saturday. Always a great occasion this year’s event will be covered by RPGTV and today I travel to the annual Luncheon at the Napoleon Casino. The teams will be announced and the draws for the races will take place. We will rely heavily on our two stayers Brigadier Bullet and Antigua Fire who I feel will have to score maximum points for us to have any chance. Silva Hill is a solid choice in the sprint and though he’s likely to face some stiff opposition he will need to score good points. I’m happy with our Ladbrokes Puppy Derby finalist Droopys Cruiser and if he can avoid any trouble around the first two bends he will also go well. Chubbys Turkana won well over 500m last week and is a bitch I think could make some serious waves in decent competitions later this year but 480m is on the sharp side for her in the fairer sex race, trap 1 for her is essential and she will go close. This leaves the three Standard races and we are relying on good servants to the kennel to see us through. In the two 500m contests we will have Saleen Ash, he performed admirably last year and is the only member of the victorious team in this year’s event, yes it will be hard trying to beat the likes of Droopys Verve etc but Saleen Ash goes well fresh and he hasn’t run since the Peter Bussey final. Glory Snake has also been kept fresh and has winning form at the track, he will be tough to keep out of the points. In the standard 480m I’m looking to Brinkleys Rosie for a blast of early pace, she has returned from season well and if she can get a draw on the rails might surprise a few. Hopefully we have a team that can give us a chance to retain the Championship.
We have some lovely young pups on our website for sale at the moment to suit all people’s pockets and I must admit to being very impressed with the three Garryglass pups (Farloe Blitz x Garryglass Ros) that came in last week, they are all huge and a credit to their breeder Karol Ramsbottom. They are massive pups and have plenty of early pace, they will start their careers at Henlow and are sensibly priced. Love Your Work (Aero Majestic x Airforce Duchess) has a 28.98 qualifying time on her card from Waterford and has gone quicker in a couple of unofficial trials and is bred to be a top class stayer hence the price, she could be a very decent prospect. At our partnership Energize Kennels Saffrons Tina has just whelped a litter (2 dogs 5 bitches) by Droopys Cain and already there is plenty of interest being shown with orders being taken to buy these when they are 3 months old, please contact me if you are interested in any of the above.
The anticipation for the debut of Antigua Fire (Towcester Story) was high as the Queen Mother heats
got underway at Sheffield on Tuesday and in the toughest heat he couldn’t have started worse falling out the traps but he quickly picked up and coming off the 4th bend looked likely to take it up when he was struck into forcing him to lose all momentum, there was no coming back from that and he was disappointingly eliminated. He will bounce back I’m sure. No Can Boogie ran well enough but just finished out of the qualifying places. We did have a winner on the night as Chubbys Turkana
took a 500m in 29.04.
As said above our other open race action at the weekend was at Monmore and Henlow.
On Monday the prolific Swift Lisetta took a D3 in 17.04 and Garryglass Bambi won an S4 in 34.82.
On Tuesday morning Swift Windmill rolled back the years to win an A4 in 27.93. A nice treble in the evening as Deans Hail Mary took an A3 in 28.37 while the improving Not So Hot Win in an A6 in a good 28.28 and Ballyfinn Jade scored very well in an A7 winning by 3 lengths in 28.36.
On Saturday Ping Be Slick scored a well overdue victory in a D3 and in a decent 17.01 which makes you wonder how she hadn’t won before! and on Sunday as well as the Bunny Gold Cup Glassmoss Queen won well in an S2 in a good 33.74.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CHUBBYS TURKANA
GRADED - BALLYFINN JADE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Obviously our main focus is on defending our Gain GTA Trainers Championship title at Sheffield on Saturday, it’s set to be a great night.
Before that we might well be at Hove on Thursday and on Sunday the Bunny Gold Cup semi finals sees plenty of our runners trying to qualify for the final.
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After seeing an excellent ante post price for Antigua Fire in the Queen Mother Memorial at Sheffield we were left scratching our heads as he was desperately unlucky not to qualify for the final.
Chubbys Caviar got our Bunny Gold Cup at Henlow off to a good start when landing her heat and there should be more to come. Shrewd Honcho ran well in behind and might be a touch of value in the event and is worth a little interest.
It’s difficult to recommend anything at Sheffield in the Trainers Championship meeting when you don’t know the draws or the opposition but I think we could well be a reasonable price overall so we should stay loyal and back the team to defend the title
MARK WALLIS - 4 pts win - Gain GTA Trainers Championship - Sheffield -
SHREWD HONCHO - 1 pt each way - Bunny Gold Cup - Henlow - semi finals Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ANTIGUA FIRE - 2.5 pts each way ante post 10/1 - Queen Mother Memorial Cup - Sheffield - lost
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 2.5 pts each way ante post - Bunny Gold Cup - Henlow - semi finals Sunday