4th December 2018
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Brigadier Bullet has performed magnificently in the Coral Essex Vase at Romford to date and lines up in Friday's £10,000 to the winner final a firm favourite to land what would be a well deserved victory for both the Bruiser Boyz syndicate and ourselves after an up and down year as I was saying in last week's newsletter. On Friday, no doubt, he faced the hardest semi final with pace drawn either side of him from trap 5. Phil Simmond's Prime Time banged out the boxes and Brigadier trapped ok but his pace saw him in a good position, driving the bend as well as I've seen since the days of 'Adegeo Bob' he came out the second bend right on the heels of the leader. Serial winner Shotgun Bullet was also in the mix but Brigadier was in full flow and sweeping passed Prime Time on the final two bends he pulled away for a 2 1/2 length victory in a fastest of the three semi finals 35.02. Sporting Dave was impressive in his semi final and all the early pace is coming from traps 1, 2 and 3 so we couldn't be happier with Brigadier's draw in trap 6. A Champion Stakes/Essex Vase double would be fantastic.
The Oaks kicked off on Sunday and two of our three entries qualified with Chubbys Caviar taking her heat in brave fashion in 29.28. She has a tough second round heat but has a great draw in trap 5 with 4 bang railers inside her. Aayamza Bonnie ran a blinder in a hot heat finishing second at 16/1, she also has a mega tough heat but she's an improving sort. Shrewd Honcho was a shade disappointing when crashing out but her future might well be over further. Overall it looks a decent competition though there were plenty of shock eliminations on Sunday. Watching the racing at Swindon it reminded me of what a good galloping track it is and we all hope the rumours of its closure being imminent are untrue and also the rumours that a new track will never be built if it does close are also untrue. Over the years the South West has lost tracks at Bristol, Reading and Oxford and if Swindon closed it would leave a massive area without a Greyhound track in sight.
The Henlow opens on Sunday are fast becoming very popular with trainers across the land and with regular competitions the track must be hugely delighted with how it's all going. The trainers are being well looked after with the £15 bonus for each runner and the prize money being paid into their accounts first thing Tuesday morning, how we all wish that happened at every track (especially Towcester and we wouldn't have been owed so much money when it closed!). Let's hope the winter weather is kind to us so we have as little disruption as possible. We have been fortunate enough to have two dogs that seem to be winning for fun each week - Silva Hill is well suited to the 428m and has won five of his last seven races over the track and distance whilst Glory Snake has won three of his last four runs in the top divisions of the 460m.
As said Brigadier Bullet was impressive winning his semi final of the Essex Vase at Romford on Friday but we didn't have much luck in the other races on the night.
I thought both Garryglass Champ and Kiltrea Mike ran as well as they could at Crayford on Saturday night in the TV Trophy heats but neither stayed the extra two bends.
On Sunday at Swindon we saw a win for Chubbys Caviar in the Oaks heats and at Henlow we had a double with Silva Hill (25.69) and Glory Snake (27.59).
On Monday we drew a blank with Adageo Zoomer, Come Home and Gully Foyle all second. On Tuesday morning Shazzas Bullet took an A8 by 2 lengths in a good 28.37.
On Friday we had another rare day with no winners with Bonitas Bullet and Deans Hail Mary both second while on Saturday Potman won well in an A6 in 28.24 and there was a fine debut for pup Flip The Tyre who was an eye catching second in an A7.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BRIGADIER BULLET
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Friday will be a big night at Romford with the Coral Essex Vase final and Brigadier Bullet hopefully can blast out the boxes to give himself every chance of landing the spoils.
Chubbys Caviar and Aayamza Bonnie travel to Swindon on Saturday night for the second round of the Oaks while on Sunday we should have a few open race runners at Henlow.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It seems strange having a runner in a big final at Romford and one that is favourite that we have somehow missed tipping! Hopefully some kennel followers put Brigadier Bullet in their ante post bets.
We have however put Chubbys Caviar in our selections for the Oaks at a juicy 66/1 and hopefully she can get through a tough second round heat to give us something to cheer about.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CHUBBYS CAVIAR - 1 pt ew ante post 66/1 - English Oaks - Swindon - second round Saturday
SHREWD HONCHO - 1 pt ew ante post 40/1 - English Oaks - Swindon - lost