24th August 2015
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Two big finals this week at Towcester and no winners but a superb effort from our bitches. A great night's card on Tuesday featuring the Colossus Bets TV Trophy Final produced some brilliant action which was a terrific advert for Towcester Greyhounds. We were delighted to have four of the first five winners which included three supporting races live on Sky Sports. Penny Seabiscuit took a warm puppy race in 28.55 on a slowish but very safe track, Black Francis shrugged off a Yarmouth defeat to score over 655m in 39.43 and the roar that went up from the decent crowd when Adageo Bob hit the front was a joy, he galloped away from his rivals in good style to win in 28.23 the fastest time of the night in his first ever veterans' race. The build up to the TV Trophy Final was electric and was certainly made better by the appearance from Ireland by Ballymac Bonnie and the fact that Towcester's owner Lord Hesketh had a runner in the shape of the young Ribble Atom. I genuinely thought Ribble Atom would struggle in this company and class being such a novice in the marathon department but she didn't disappoint finishing an excellent third. Bubbly a Time flew out from trap 1 and set a furious pace and Atom breaking in good style looked like she was going to turn second but a burst of pace from the favourite Droopys Cottage saw her just chop Atom off as they chased after Bubbly Time. Droopys Cottage never really looked like it was going to get to the leader and almost acted as a goalkeeper to stop Ribble Atom making a winning move and down the back straight for the last time the race changed dramatically as Liam Dowling's Irish flyer Ballymac Bonnie sprouted wings to go past all her rivals and hit the front on the run in to pass Bubbly Time and win most memorably. Bubbly Time was a gallant runner up and Ribble Atom just beat Droopys Cottage for third place which was very pleasing for us and Lord Hesketh, the whole night was a huge success.
On Saturday another very good Towcester card and crowd was treated to an awesome display by Forest Twilight who smashed the track record when landing the £10,000 to the winner Lowther Stakes. Evanta Evita gave a valiant chase but there was no stopping the winner who scored by 4 3/4 lengths in 27.59 some 13 spots on her previous best. Domino Storm missed her break slightly and was in trouble at the first bend and the third bend and eventually finished last but her day will come I'm sure. As for Evanta Evita she ran a game race and without doubt deserves to land a big title one day. That's two major finals she has contested this year having been runner up in the Arc final as well as Saturday night's race, she has only been out the first two twice in 17 races in 2015 racing against the best dogs and bitches in the country. She will trial at Yarmouth this week in preparation for the East Anglian Derby rather than go for the Brighton Belle that starts this Thursday as 462m should be more up her alley than the stiff 515m at Hove. Once again Towcester put on a superb show on Saturday with the track running superb and the connections of the finalists being treated to the excellent dining facilities in the restaurant. A big thank you to the sponsor Mark Lowther who promised to do it bigger and better in 2016.
Domino Storm interestingly steps up in trip on Friday as the mouth watering Coral Champion Stakes kicks off with six heats and she will join a strong team from Imperial Kennels. She has won well over 400m and should be well suited to the 575m and her four bend early pace should be a real plus. Last year Adageo Bob went into the competition having won something like 10 races on the trot and after winning his heat was knocked out in the semi finals with a rare missed break. His preparation this year is slightly different as he won a veteran race last Tuesday before running at Romford on Friday. Having been lightly raced before last week I felt it was essential he had a run at Romford from track and trip before this week's first round but as they say the best laid plans never seem to go quite right and after trapping well the odds on jolly looked set to record win number 43 but trap 5 Pharisee Flyer paced up and the two collided at the first bend leaving Jaytee Berlin of Paul Young's a clear run on the inside and he went on to hold the renewed challenge of Pharisee Flyer by a neck in 35.32 with Adageo Bob blocked at the third bend back in 4th. This underlines the fact that if anybody thinks Adageo Bob just has to turn up to win the Champion Stakes they are very much mistaken, he will still be the likely ante post favourite but will need to be at his awesome best to gain outright victory.
Swift Whirlwind comes into the Champion Stakes in the form of his life, after landing the Doug Tyler Summer Cup, with kennel mates Blonde Razor and Jimmy Nailed On. Two weeks ago he reappeared in an A1 at Towcester on Saturday, something you may never see again, it was a top open in all but name and he was allowed to go off at 7/2 and after his usual electric trapping he left his rivals in his wake scoring by 2 1/4 lengths in a good 28.08. After just coming out of puppy status he struggled to cope with the older dogs for three or four races but he has now matured and much like Domino Storm his four bend early is a potent weapon over this sharp six bends, a big run in the competition is expected. To think that Blonde Razor and Jimmy Nailed On are merely making the numbers up is totally wrong, both are class acts and have won competitions this year and add real strength to our squad for one of my favourite events of the year, as does Patchys Kerry who though beaten in a Maiden Stayers final on Friday at odds on is far better than the bare form suggests and all she needs is draw nearer the fence.
The Brighton Belle also starts on Thursday. We last won the event a couple of years ago with Bridge Ruth and with Domino Storm and Evanta Evita having other plans our chief hope will lay with both Airforce Duchess an improving bitch who will relish the 515m and Aero Babooshka who likes the track and gives her all every time. Alice My Angel a youngster with a bright future and Droopys Roller who has yet to show her best form make up our team.
We have had some interesting pups up for sale recently and both Swift Slaney, Swift Boyne and Swift Clare have been sold and are looking very nice indeed. Ian Greaves is massively excited about the prospects of Swift Bandon who's on our site for 10k, yes of course that's a lot of money but Ian rates him as fast as Swift Hoffman and many of his leading pups that are currently running. I have had a bit of interest in him but he hasn't sold yet, I strongly recommend that if there is a syndicate or owner out there that can club together for this kind of money they won't be disappointed. We have a full guarantee on chasing/fighting etc and our kennel fees are very reasonable. Contact me on 07721778297 if you are interested. Swift Dee a lovely bitch is also available at 4k and reminds me a lot of Evanta Fantasy who has been a great servant to our kennel in the last 18 months.
A great night Tuesday at Towcester with Ribble Atom a respectable 3rd in the Collosus Bets TV Trophy final, Airforce Duchess took a Maiden in 28.56 and as said there were wins on the Sky card for Penny Seabiscuit, Black Francis and Adageo Bob.
No luck at Romford on Friday with our three runners though Libertine Louis made it into next weeks 500 Maiden final when 2nd in his heat.
Evanta Evita was a gallant 2nd in the Lowther Stakes final while Deanridge Angel opened her open race account with a gutsy 28.29 win in a 480m Maiden.
On Friday Dehavillands Boy was our only winner in a career best 28.75 and Swift Whirlwind brilliantly took the A1 on Saturday in 28.08.
On Sunday promising youngster Newross Johnny got off the mark with a fine win in an A3 in 28.77 and Vanbasten is on top of his game winning an A2 beating Ribble Aon in a good 28.21.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A few trial stakes tonight at Yarmouth for the East Anglian Derby with five of our runners looking to be entered for the competition starting a week Wednesday.
The Brighton Belle kicks off on Thursday and Corals also sponsor the Champion Stakes which starts on Friday at Romford.
Opens on Saturday at Towcester which are proving to be an excellent night out.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
We didn't win the two major competitions but a third for Ribble Atom in the Colossus Bets TV Trophy Final and a runner up for Evanta Evita in the Lowther Stakes final gave us a small profit.
For the Brighton Belle this week Airforce Duchess is unexposed and could go well at reasonable odds while we must include Adageo Bob in our Champion Stakes portfolio. Swift Whirlwind could be the young pretender to take over his crown eventually and is also worth a decent interest.
AIRFORCE DUCHESS - 1.5 pts e.w ante post - Brighton Belle - Hove - starts Thursday
ADAGEO BOB - 2.5 pts e.w ante post - Champion Stakes - Romford - starts Friday
SWIFT WHIRLWIND - 2 pts e.w ante post - Champion Stakes - Romford - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Colossus Bets TV Trophy - Towcester - 3RD 14/1 (5 pts profit)
DOMINO STORM - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 6/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - lost
EVANTA EVITA - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - 2ND 14/1 (5 pts profit)