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A tremendous night's action at Shelbourne Park was enjoyed by a big crowd on Saturday and despite both our runners not winning I was delighted with their performances. The Night of the Stars is now a firm fixture in the calendar and one that sees a decent British contingent attend both with runners and to watch the top class action, it’s a great night and something any Greyhound racing fan should experience at some time.
Baroness Bullet was well fancied in the 750 yds Championship race but a slow break cost her. She did show great pace to turn handy off the second bend but crucially the strongly fancied Irish runner Towcester Story had got first run on her and despite only getting beat less than 3 lengths she could only finish 4th. In the high class 850yds Championship race our Aayamza Breeze got off to a flyer and led off the second bend but the race was won and lost at the third bend as the strongly backed Are Nagini pounced on her and cut her off to lead. Quickly falling behind she now had trap 2 Looking Sharp on her case, try as Breeze might she couldn’t shake her off until the last bend and by that time Are Nagini had gone. Breeze rattled home but was beaten just over 3 lengths in second, a cracking effort in such a good race where the was some great dogs behind her.
Aayamza Breeze will now stay in Ireland with Karol Ramsbottom for the Bookmakers Marathon at Shelbourne that starts in 2 weeks' time, a €7,500 first prize is not as much as the prize money on offer for the TV Trophy at Crayford that clashes but Breeze is much more suited to Shelbourne. Baroness Bullet will have a short break and we will look at some stiff 6 bend races or short 8 bend races, she will be unlikely to target the TV Trophy.
This week the Essex Vase kicks off at Romford and we are really feeling the effects of losing Bombers Bullet to injury a couple of weeks ago in a trial at Shelbourne but we still have Saleen Ash who was behind Bombers Bullet in the Champion Stakes Final a couple of months ago and Ash can fly the flag for us, he’s having a fantastic year and a victory in this event would be well deserved.
Apart from our trip to Shelbourne we were again just at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday. At Romford Ashakiran got our night off to a good start getting back on the winner's podium scoring by 2 3/4 lengths in 24.328. In the heats of the Friday Night Maiden Stayers the improving Culchieland smashed out to lead all the way and score by 2 1/4 lengths in 35.57, Garryglass Champ ran well when second in a 575m.
On Sunday at Henlow Cotton Pants bounced back to form landing the sprint and Silva Hill took another 428m in 25.91. In the MSCM Ltd Bedfordshire Oaks Final Chubbys Caviar totally missed her break and it was race over for her, in the end she ran on really well and was only beaten just over a length in 4th place. Calco Swift
a May 14 bitch is running out of her skin and stepped up from a successful few weeks in the grades to take a 550m open in 33.83 making it six wins from her last seven races. Kiltrea Mike is another who has found his form and ran on well to take the 692m open in 42.97 to complete a great day for the kennel.
On Tuesday morning we had an impressive double from Glassmoss Queen who beat kennel mate Ribble Ghost by nearly 2 lengths in a good 28.06 and in an A7 Roswell Martian bolted in to win in a nice 27.95. In the evening from four runners Saleen Story was a good second in a hot A2 and Koreleva Queen landed a nice 1-2 picking up kennel mate Aayamza Elseve in a good S3 in 34.09.
On Thursday our old timer Saffrons Honey popped up again winning an A7 in 28.33. On Friday morning a great double for litter mates Come Home (28.77) while Bobs Boy at last got off the mark winning an A10 by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.09. Nothing But Love scored very well when taking an A9 by over 5 lengths in 28.37 while Deans Hail Mary and Swift Windmill ran well when both 2nd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CALCO SWIFT
GRADED - NOTHING BUT LOVE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
All roads lead to Romford on Friday as the heats of the Coral Essex Vase kick off while we are back to a Henlow Sunday though we are struggling to find an entry in the Puppy Derby that starts with 36 2017 whelps.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
We were out of luck with our two selections last week so moving on we have the Coral Essex Vase starting on Friday and I make Saleen Ash our best chance of glory, he has all the right attributes to land this and is a maximum bet for me.
SALEEN ASH - 5 pts win ante post - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SHREWD HONCHO - 2 pts ew ante post 20/1 - Coral Romford Puppy Cup - Romford - lost
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 3 pts win - Bedfordshire Oaks Final - lost