6th March 2017
Another cracking week for our kennel where we produced 10 open race winners from just 24 runners at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday and included a Category 2 winner in the shape of Garryglass Champ in the Maiden Gold Cup at Henlow and two impressive heat winners in the eagerly awaited Coral Golden Sprint at Romford on Friday.
Indeed the Golden Sprint didn't start so well for us as Blackstone Jovi narrowly missed out in qualifying in heat 1 when 4th and then Mashmad Eyebrows crashed out the event when missing her break and then finding trouble at the first bend. We picked up when a titanic tussle between Clondoty Alex and Ela Ela Genie ensued with Alex showing his enormous heart to get the better of Genie, who ran very well, in a decent 23.89. This was eclipsed in the next heat by our legend that is Calco Flyer. At 4 1/2 years old he is arguably in the form of his life and a smash break saw him easily lead up and despite being strongly challenged by the fast Charity Dragon he pulled out all the stops and eased away at the finish to record 23.80 the fastest time of the first round, quite astonishing really and he retains his position at the head of the market. Minglers Toure found real bother and finished down the field.
It was a good night all round as we had four other winners on the night. Brynoffa Jasmin showed great early and beat Cotton Pants in a 400m Maiden in 24.19, Saffrons Tina blew her rivals away in a 575m Standard winning by over 7 lengths recording a smart 35.21. Stellas Vekayee fell out in the second division of the 750m but just got up on the line to win in 47.82 and Chubbys Oak disappointingly didn't get in the Golden Sprint but came in as a reserve for a one off 400m and won well in 24.28. Rubys Rascal may have been beaten at odds on but he didn't disappoint me as the winner Slick Sebastion is top class on his day and Rascal is building up to peak in two weeks' time when he faces marathon star Roxholme Magic in the match race. Rascal was beaten 4 1/2 lengths in a fast 46.97 but it was still a tremendous night for the kennel.
On Sunday we had some good chances at Henlow and Shlowdown Sally made it an excellent 5 from 5 when landing the sprint in 15.79. Ferryforth Fran took the Stayers in 43.39 at long odds on and Nimrod Son, running at the top of his game after a long absence, took the 460m Maiden in 27.87. The final of the Henlow Maiden Gold Cup looked a cracking and very competitive race and they came out of the second bend with our Muchas Gracias just leading and the whole field within a couple of lengths it looked set to be that way but disaster struck as the front three got tangled up and both Farran Smith and Sawpit Sunshine were sent crashing to the ground. Garryglass Champ seized his chance and burst through to lead out of the bend and that was race over as he won by over 4 lengths in 33.45 to pick up the £2,500 to the winner cheque and trophy. Sadly a serious injury to the unfortunate Farran Smith meant celebrations were kept to a minimum.
The victories this week mean we have over 70 open race winners already which is by far the best we have had in my memory. I have set targets this year and we will really try our hardest to achieve them, more pleasing is the fabulous strike rate in competitions which also obviously score decent points in the Trainer of the Year standings. We have the Trainers Championship meeting in three weeks' time so we will have quite a few open race dogs tied up in that. Whether we can win that is always one of those 'on the night' type things but we are really looking forward to the meeting at Towcester as it always produces some dramatic finishes. At the moment I've made my mind up on four or five of our team but will assess the situation in about 10 days' time. It's been seven years since we last won this meeting so I'm hoping one is due, hopefully this year.
I'm pleased to announce our newest member of 'Team Wallis' as Ryan Petite a young lad who's not long come out of the RAF has joined us. Already he's got stuck in and paraded his first group winner with Garryglass Champ on Sunday. As I've always said a trainer is only as good as the staff he has and the owners who buy us some great dogs to train. Good luck to Ryan, he loves the racing side of the game so expect to see plenty of him.
Our newest page on the website is up and the addition of the Energize Kennels page where some beautiful pups are for sale. Myself and breeder Gary Goulden are looking forward to bringing some nice pups through. Evanta Evita, Evanta Fantasy, Saffrons Anna and Fairest Royal are all great bitches that should produce some high quality stock in the future. Please have a look at the page and contact us if you would like to get involved.
I pretty much covered everything above from our open racing at Romford on Friday and Henlow on Sunday.
On Tuesday at Towcester we had 3 seconds in the opens as Ferryforth Fran, Swift Bravo and Airforce Karla all ran well.
Ribble Aon was best of our few graded runners on Tuesday when second in an A2.
On Saturday morning we didn't have the best of luck with our four runners but at night there were good wins for Micky Thebutcher scoring in 28.93 and at last Sosaidhs Blue who showed what she can really do when winning an S2 by 5 lengths in a calc 40.02.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN - CALCO FLYER
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Calco Flyer certainly made waves in the heats of the Golden Sprint winning in the fastest time (23.80) and is now around the 4/1 mark for the outright title.
Best bet on the Sky card may well be a back on song Ribble Atom in the marathon tomorrow night
RIBBLE ATOM - 3 pts win - Central Park - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CALCO FLYER - 2 pts ew ante post 14/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - semi finals Friday
MINGLERS TOURE - 1 pt ew ante post 33/1 - Coral a Golden Sprint - Romford - lost