25th July 2016
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This Wednesday at Hove it's great to be involved in the feature race the Coral Sussex Cup final as Calco Flyer goes into the final unbeaten after winning his semi final in 29.87. He has a bit to find on the clock with the other semi final winners Dorotas Tiger (29.66) and Oscar Whiskey (29.57) but his great early pace gives him hope and if he was to get to the bend in front he would be difficult to peg back. Calco Flyer has been a great servant to his syndicate of 24 and this is his fourth major final following the Eclipse (2014), Arc (2015) and East Anglian Derby (2015) finals and who knows he may make it fourth time lucky. He like so many of our recent big race winners is a third season dog following victories for the likes of Domino Storm, Billys Bullet and most famously late last year with Adageo Bob. It's a great feeling that we have a happy knack of getting the best out of these older types especially when it matters, indeed the former mentioned are on a great supporting card and as well as those three stars we also have our triple Category 1 winner Patchys Kerry in the Ladies final and emerging sprinter Ela Ela Genie in a very good Sprint final. Patchys Kerry is building up to her Champion Stakes defence next month and a win for her would build her confidence for that, it promises to be a great night.
Already we have another Category 1 final live on Sky to look forward to the following Wednesday as the heats of the TV Trophy took place on Saturday night at Towcester. Lord Hesketh's star marathon performer Ribble Atom marched into the final in 9 days' time with a strong running performance winning her heat by over four lengths in 56.58 and there is just 3 spots between her and Irish superstar and defending champion Ballymac Bonnie (56.55) and we are hopeful we can give the favourite a good race and improve on last year's third place.
Sadly the recent news over the disgusting atrocities the other side of the world in Australia have been to the fore and may yet have some serious implications on our industry. I hate to comment but I have to, as the few bad apples in New South Wales with their barbaric treatment of this magnificent breed has made me feel sick to the stomach since the news broke. I'm 100% sure that these practices are never used in the UK and though we still as an industry have work to do on welfare issues we are miles ahead of Australia and America as well. To me we can not rest until every greyhound bred is tracked from birth to death and a home is found for every greyhound that retires as well as the ones that don't make the track. It's always been a policy in our kennel that every greyhound retired is found a home whether it be through a proper RGT home finding scheme or the many that myself and my staff have found proper checked homes for, something I'm as proud of as much as winning my seven Trainers Championships.
And on this subject here are some great photos of our old kennel favourite Jazz Tilly's first two litters (provided by John Burrell)
First litter to Kinloch Brae at 8 months old and Barney and Bella now with John
Second litter of 11 pups to American sire Superior Product. Once again Tilly is proving to be a great mother and this litter is being reared by John Marriott.
On Tuesday at Towcester Ballymac Sinbad, Famias Hope and Macs On Storm all qualified for the 500m Standard final in their heats, Domino Storm warmed up for the Lowther Stakes with another stunning 5 length win in an excellent 29.32.
A busy day Thursday with Calco Flyer winning his semi final of the Coral Sussex Cup at Hove and both Ela ELA Genie and Patchys Kerry qualifying for other supporting finals when both second in their heats. At Monmore not as much success as the previous week with only California winning well in a good 28.09 and Billys Bullet (2nd) best of our others.
Some tough races at Romford on Friday saw Deanridge Madbye (available on our For Sale page) qualify in second for the 575m Friday Night Stayers. It was good to see Evanta Fantasy bounce back with a solid 5 length win in 24.02 but the well fancied Rubys Rascal suffered defeat over 575m on six bend debut going down by a couple of lengths though it was noted he was well clear at the drop.
There were two sprint wins on Tuesday with Airforce Cluxton taking the D2 in 15.68 and Mashmad Eyebrows making it two from two when winning a D1 in 15.42. Airforce Galaxy showed good early to take an A3 in 28.64.
On Friday Keeperhill Rage was just touched off in an A7, Catunda Daisy at last won a 655m S3 in 40.62 and Cappoquin Jack took another A7 in 28.80.
An excellent night on Saturday with six winners from our thirteen runners including Ribble Atom. Tread Lightly at last got off the mark and won well in 29.15, in a decent A6 Swift Dartmoor was involved in a thrilling finish holding on to win by a short head in 28.78. Vangaal was impressive taking an A3 in 28.52 and Adageo Djongo ran well from trap 4 to win a D2 in 15.68. Swift Windmill led at the first and showed good pace to win the last race in 28.72.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The 500m Standard Final at Towcester on Tuesday sees three runners from us.
On Wednesday a big night at Hove as the evergreen Calco Flyer runs in his fourth major final the Coral Sussex Cup while the supporting card features finals for Ela Ela Genie and Patchys Kerry while big guns Domino Storm and Billys Bullet also are on show.
We will be back to Monmore on Thursday with plenty of runners as we warm up for the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summers Stayers events the following week. Deanridge Madbye has trap 1 at Romford in the Friday Night Stayers final and we will have a few runners on the card.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Ribble Atom easily qualified for the Colossus Bets TV Trophy Final a week Wednesday and is now a best priced 4/1 (from 7/1). A big night Wednesday with the Coral Sussex Cup final and disappointingly I failed to recommend our finalist Calco Flyer and he is not much value at 5/1 to land the spoils. In the supporting finals both Patchys Kerry and Ela Ela Genie have excellent chances and are worth a bet.
ELA ELA GENIE - 4 pts win - Hove - Wednesday
PATCHYS KERRY - 4 pts win - Hove - Wednesday
2 pt win double recommended
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 2 pts e.w ante post 7/1 - Colossus Bets TV Trophy - Towcester - final Wenesday 3rd August