28th November 2018
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It's certainly been an up and down year so far and make no mistake we have had some rotten luck when it comes to injuries but it did make me smile the other day when I read somewhere ' Mark Wallis, despite being 400 points clear in the Trainer of the Year standings is having a bad year by his standards' I mean, 400 points clear of our rivals! we have had four Category 1 winners which is either equal or better than any other trainer as well as plenty of finalists, a plethora of Category 2 and 3 winners including a 7th consecutive Peter Bussey victory and two, yes two! Greyhound Derby finalists! oh yes and let's not forget an unforgettable victory against the odds in a GTA Trainers Championship meeting at Towcester. Our strike rate at a healthy 25% is only 1 % down on our average each year and when you lose serial winners like we have all year you can see why, we have had to move tracks because of the Towcester closure and like everyone else we are suffering from a lack of owners to buy the better class dogs because of the loss of Sky. Overall I think we should be highly praised for our magnificent efforts in 2018 and no matter how much muck we get thrown at us we are still the kennel to beat and that will continue I guarantee! It will still take me days to compile my website review for the end of the year!
The year hasn't finished and I would love to sign it off with another big race victory and Brigadier Bullet may well be the one. A stunning 34.89 on Friday in the heats of the Coral Essex Vase at Romford certainly got many people talking and if he can reproduce that run he will be the one to beat, he has a stiff semi final taking on the like of Shotgun Bullet and Maysthistlecrack but he's starting to look a real special dog and one we can look forward to in 2019. That magical 35.00 barrier is such a good one to beat and I've lost count of how many dogs we have had that have done this over the years, well into double figures I would say and who can forget our former Essex Vase winner and legend Adageo Bob who must have broke the mark 16 + times!
We have three other big competitions getting under way this week as the open race calendar gets as congested as the M25!, the belated TV Trophy starts on Saturday at Crayford and originally we thought we would have out and out stayer Aayamza Breeze as our main runner but as it now clashes with the Ted Hegarty marathon at Shelbourne our preference was for that and the very best of luck to her in that now she is with my good friend Karol Ramsbottom. We have however entered Garryglass Champ and Kiltrea Mike, both have won well over 714m in the past but the jury is out on whether they will stay the extra distance. On Sunday at Swindon the Oaks generously sponsored by John Turner starts and is for 72 bitches, we would have had a fair chance of being well represented but the likes of Brinkleys Rosie (in season) and Ashikiran (480 too far for her) are ruled out, Chubbys Caviar an unlucky loser in the Bedfordshire Oaks final at Henlow a couple of weeks back is a decent sort but will have to improve another couple of lengths while Shrewd Honcho and Aayamza Bonnie are reasonably unexposed and could go well. On Sunday also, Henlow stage the heats of the Puppy Derby and this is a bit more worrying for our kennel long term as I we do not have a 2017 whelp that can be realistically entered for the event. I still hope it's a huge success for the track and no doubt the supporting opens will be a lot stronger with some big kennels travelling for the competition.
A few runners at Romford on Friday saw mixed results. In the Essex Vase heats Brigadier Bullet posted a fastest of the round 34.89 winning by nearly 9 lengths. Garryglass Champ was unlucky in his heat when dragged back looking a certainty to qualify from a tough heat while Not So Classical ran well when 4th. Saleen Ash had a rare off day and crashed out in the opening heat. In the Maiden Stayers final Culchieland appeared to check when well beaten and was found to be sore afterwards with a muscle tear while there was a nice win for Cotton Pants in the Bubbly Turbo Retirement Stakes when he spoiled the party by beating Bubbly Turbo by a head in 24.32 to land a generously sponsored £1,000.
On Sunday at Henlow there was a nice win for Jazz Jake at juicy odds of 12/1 in a 550m Maiden. We finished the meeting with a rattle as Towstar Billy took a sprint by a head in 16.64, Silva Hill won well again over 428m by 3 lengths in a good 25.77 and Glory Snake was impressive in a 460m winning by over 5 lengths in 27.56.
As well as winning the open on Sunday Jazz Jake also scored before on the Monday in an S3 in 34.06. Our near 6 year old Airforce Cluxton took a D3 well in 17.01 while Glasssmoss Sis took an A8 in a good 28.30, No Can Boogie completed a good day when landing an S2 in 34.15.
On Tuesday morning we also had wins for Cousin Dupree in an A7 in 28.39 and the consistent Ribble Ghost won well in an A6 in 28.21. In the evening Shazzas Bullet was unlucky when 2nd beaten a short head.
On Saturday No Can Boogie ran well again when second while there was a nice win for Aayamza Elseve in an S3 in a good 33.91
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BRIGADIER BULLET
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
On Friday we will be at Romford for the semi finals of the Essex Vase plus supporting runners. We will be at Crayford on Saturday night for the TV Trophy heats while on Sunday as well as a busy day at Henlow we will have the Oaks first round starting at Swindon.
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Of course we were mightily disappointed to lose Saleen Ash at the first round stage of the Essex Vase. Looking at trying to get a decent pay out before Christmas we can have a small interest on both Chubbys Caviar and Shrewd Honcho in the Oaks as either is capable of going deep in the event.
SHREWD HONCHO - 1 pt ew ante post - English Oaks - Swindon - starts Sunday
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 1 pt ew ante post - English Oaks - Swindon - starts Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
SALEEN ASH - 5 pts win ante post 8/1 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - lost