20th February 2017
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Tomorrow night can't come quick enough as we approach one of the big races of the year. It seems a long time since the semi finals of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford and now we get down to business, both our contenders Rubys Razzle and Ferryforth Fran are in great form and in a fascinating and high class race we certainly fancy our chances of winning a third Golden a Jacket in four years following Hometown Honey and Patchys Kerry's victories. Rubys Razzle will look to dominate from the off and if securing a first bend lead she will take some catching. Following her Prestige victory this will be a magnificent achievement for John Clarke's bitch to add a further competition success while Ferryforth Fran has been there and worn the tee shirt. He won the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers at Monmore when a 14/1 shot and then the last ever Wimbledon William Hill St Leger at odds of 20/1, he has been slightly dismissed again as the bookies make him around 14/1 but if he can get a good break he is perfectly positioned from trap 6 to add another big trophy to Alan Morton's cabinet.
We have plenty of runners on the card and hopefully we can keep our excellent start to the year going. As most people know we are going for an incredible sixth title on the spin in the supporting Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy. After Thursday's heats defending champion Swift Whirlwind qualified for the final when a close up 2nd while Ribble Aon showed how much she likes the track when winning her heat. There's only a couple of lengths between all the finalists and I see no reason why we couldn't keep our run going.
It was interesting watching RPGTV last night not least because we had four winners on the Henlow card but mainly listening to guest Delores Ruth talk about the problems in Ireland at the moment. The sudden track closure of Harolds Cross has sparked a huge protest from the owners and trainers and the level of support and unity is something we can only dream of over here. The only thing that will satisfy the stakeholders is the resignation of the whole governing body the IGB who without doubt are completely out of touch with the very people who give them their living in the first place. Of course the Irish greyhound industry is set up different to ours as they are not funded by the betting industry and I have a feeling that the stakeholders have got to the point where there will be no turning back. We watch this space with great interest and I would happily give any support if needed.
The Coral Golden Sprint is just around the corner and the Steve Simmonds Standard Trophy is a good warm for some potential runners and Clondoty Alex continued his fine form with another victory in the heats. Swift Dartmoor also qualified for Friday's final and all the finalists will be big players when the Category 1 event gets underway a week Friday, again we should have plenty of entries. Also starting next week is the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby and we have both Garryglass Dash and Tiffield Lad running in trial stakes this Thursday. Competition wise we had two winners in the Henlow Maiden Gold Cup heats last night, both Garryglass Champ and Muchas Gracias won their heats without a previous look at the track with the latter making it three from three since joining our kennel. Garryglass Champ also stepping up as there seems a lack of opportunities for strong four bend runners was impressive and will take some beating if improving a touch more.
Another prolific week on the open race circuit. At Crayford on Thursday Ribble Aon took her heat of the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy over 540m in 33.92 while defending champion Swift Whirlwind was a close up 2nd in his heat.
At Romford on Friday Cotton Pants qualified in the heats of the Friday Night 500 Maiden over 400m when 2nd while Minglers Toure on debut for the kennel took his heat in 24.40. Clondoty Alex also won his heat of the Steve Simmonds Standard Trophy in 24.06 and Swift Dartmoor qualified for the final as well when 2nd in his heat.
A first visit to Henlow last night paid dividends where we had two heat winners of the Maiden Stayers Gold Cup. Muchas Gracias stepping up in trip for the first time was most impressive winning her heat by over 3 lengths in a very good 33.51, Garryglass Champ was also eye catching first time over the trip winning well by 4 lengths in 33.61. In supporting races we also had two good wins with the in form duo of Shlowdown Sally in a sprint in a good 16.70 and the legendary veteran Calco Flyer landing a standard 460m race in 27.71.
Only the one winner on Tuesday as Ribble Rush took an A2 by 5 lengths in 28.61, Sovereign King and Ilewin Brickwall both ran well when second. On Saturday morning just four runners where Saltimbanco looked likely to win until the hare was stopped on safety grounds. At night we did well with three winners from seven runners. Cappoquin Jill won for the first time in 29.22, Airforce Cluxton followed up his previous D2 win with another one in 15.63 and Roswell Red Kite was a wide margin winner in a good S1in a brilliant 39.39.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Tomorrow night a huge night at Crayford with plenty of runners and two in both the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final and two in the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy as well as plenty of other runners on the supporting card.
We will be at Monmore on Thursday with Puppy Derby Trial Stakes for Garryglass Dash and Tiffield Lad and we will be back to Romford Friday with two runners in the Steve Simmonds Standard Trophy and two runners in the Friday Night 500 Maiden Trophy.
On Sunday both Garryglass Champ and Muchas Gracias return for the semi finals of the Maiden Stayers Gold Cup.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Ribble Aon goes for us in the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy final after winning her heat and though we have not recommended either of our two in the Golden Jacket final I wouldn't put anybody off backing them. Best bet on the card for me is Saffrons Tina in the Bitches 540m open just before the Sky starts.
SAFFRONS TINA - 4 pnts win - Crayford - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE AON - 2 pts ew ante post 8/1 - Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford - final Tuesday