25th June 2019
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Unfortunately we are not involved in the Greyhound Derby itself this Saturday at Nottingham but I still can't wait for the sport's big night of the year. It should be a cracking final and the connections hopefully will all enjoy the week ahead which has included being wined and dined at the famous Ritz Hotel in London. With there being six railers the draw will play a huge part in the outcome and in my opinion the best dog since about the third round Magical Bale has drawn the plum trap 1 slot. Sometimes you look at the races too much and try and see how certain dogs can get beat but for me it's plain and simple, Magical Bale out and gone!
Plenty of people have had plenty to say on the venue since it was announced that the Derby would be staged at Nottingham but for me the team, led by Rachel and Nathan Corden, have done everything in their power to ensure the Derby is run properly and that will shine through, I'm sure, on the night itself. We are set for a great night's action and the atmosphere will be electric especially when it's time for the Derby roar!
For the last few years we have always managed to get a winner or two on Derby final night which itself is like winning a Category 1 final! This year we have two in supporting finals, Brinkleys Poet goes in the JPW Cup final and is drawn in trap 2 but will need to come out in his best style if he's to clear Ballymartin Hero in trap 1 while Antigua Fire faces a stern test in the RPGTV Stayers Cup final though I do like his draw in trap 6. A fast break is essential as middle and wide runners have found it difficult to get a clear run at Nottingham if they don't break in front though there is room for error over the longer trip. Our Regency winner Aayamza Breeze brilliantly won the Dorando Marathon in 2017 at Towcester, memorably coming from last to first but last year she never really got into the race when down the field. She takes her chance again incredibly for the third time but looks like she might have the enigmatic Savana Winner to beat. We have also entered Antigua Rum (Puppy), Brigadier Bullet (730m Super Stayers), Antigua Vows (Bitches race) and Garryglass Champ (Seniors).
With the Derby taking centre stage there's not too much about for our other open racers but good to see Chubbys Caviar back to her best and she duly landed a hat trick when winning her heat of the Friday Night Stayers at Romford and returns this Friday and can hopefully pinch another well deserved title. After the Derby there are plenty of top class events coming up and we will be looking to step it up a gear and try and have a great last half of the year. Patrick Janssens has stolen a march on us in the Trainer of the Year standings and indeed we will need to do well in all the big Category 1 events to get back to the top. I'm also expecting a big challenge from Kevin Hutton and if he does land the Derby he will be right in the mix.
Talking of second halves of the year our popular 5 To Follow competition closes to entries this week. The rules are all up if you go on to our home page and the full list of runners available are ready and waiting. We have a real mixture of established stars and some new ones that have just come on the card. Each entry (you are allowed up to five) must include two bitches and the first prize this year is a share in a pup with myself. It's FREE to enter so there can't be another better competition out there! Get studying!
A Tuesday night trip to Sheffield was a touch disappointing as the going was hugely favouring the rails and we had mostly middle to wide runners! so Antigua Fire's victory over 660m was excellent and 39.28 calc not too bad.
Chubbys Caviar won well from our four runners at Romford on Friday taking her Stayers heat in 35.44. On Saturday we were both at Nottingham and Monmore. At Nottingham the debut of pup Antigua Rum didn't quite go to plan as he was badly hampered at the first bend and could only finish 4th in the RPGTV Puppy heats, Antigua Romeo again ran well in the JPW Cup over 480 but just can't seem to get round the bend from middle to wide draws and was eliminated but Brinkleys Poet, though beaten in second, ran well to qualify. In the Stayers event Antigua Fire completed a quick fire double to land his heat over 680m in the fastest of the three 41.51 and Brigadier Bullet was desperately unlucky when 3rd in his heat. At Monmore just three runners, Antigua Vows was narrowly denied a win when beaten by two short heads over 480m but the improving Busters Bullet won very well in a 630m Maiden in 37.82.
On Sunday at Henlow just a few opens but a nice win for Algo For You in a 460m open by 3/4 length in 28.11.
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