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Just a brief one this week as we are late with not getting back from the brilliant awards night in London until Monday night and then being really busy yesterday and today catching up.
Sunday night's GBGB awards night at the plush Park Plaza on Westminster Bridge was one of the best I have attended, the atmosphere was really good and everything about the hotel was lovely. The awards hosted by Darrell Williams and Jonathan Hobbs was its usual slick and stylish presentation and the food was excellent as was the entertainment.
The Greyhound awards didn’t have too many shocks and generally most people thought they went the right way though any connections with losing nominees are always going to be a touch disappointed. The special awards to Peter O’Dowd, John Gilburn, Charlie Lister and to Chop Chop Hope (winning most open racer) were magnificently received and most deserving as was the Greyhound of the Year Dorotas Wildcat.
We ourselves enjoyed winning the Stayer of the Year title with Bombers Bullet and connections led by Billy Boyle filled the stage in celebration and of course I was delighted to pick up a 10th Trainer of the Year title on behalf of Imperial Kennels.
The night went on long into the early hours and I enjoyed the night with my family Sarah, Daniel and Emily and many owners and friends. There is no doubt 2018 was a very bumpy one at times but we still had an enormous amount of success and dare I say it there seemed to be plenty of room for optimism at the awards, let’s hope so.
Not the best of nights at Romford Friday where we drew a blank though Glory Snake (ran well) and Shrewd Honcho both made the Friday Night Standard and Stayers finals.
At Crayford on Saturday our runners mostly ran well where Parkers Dynamite, Kiltrea Mike and Not So Classical all finished second with our ante post Golden Jacket favourite Brigadier Bullet winning well in a 714m Maiden in a good 45.79 calc
Last week saw wins from All Slick Now (17.10) on Monday, on Tuesday night Glassmoss Queen won well in 27.92 and Ribble Ghost won very well in 28.03.
On Thursday Nothing But Love was impressive coming from last to first to score in 28.28 while Savana Matt won in 28.42. On Friday morning Towstar Del Boy beat Shazzas Bullet a neck in 28.24 and on Saturday Avastorm at last scored a debut success in 28.09, Swift Windmill won well in 28.15 and Saleen Story took the top race in 27.68.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BRIGADIER BULLET
GRADED - NOTHING BUT LOVE
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Hopefully the weather won’t stop our plans to run opens at Romford on Friday and Crayford on Saturday while there might be a couple of opens at Henlow on Sunday.
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Kiltrea Mike was in a harder race than expected but I did think he was a touch of value and though beaten he ran well giving us a run for our money. It’s always hard putting one off bets on blind when you don’t know the race or the draw but sometimes it pays off. With the Golden Jacket just over a week away I can’t see too many bets this week but it might pay to have a little interest on Parkers Dynamite at Crayford on Saturday who looks like he’s just coming back to a bit of form
PARKERS DYNAMITE - 2 pts win - Crayford - Saturday
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KILTREA MIKE - 3 pts win - Crayford - Saturday - lost