Monday 10th November 2008
For the first time since I have worked at the kennels we had on Saturday the incredible drama of a run off between our Eye Onthe Brave and Charlie Lister's Affleck Elite to see who qualified for the All England Cup Final on Wednesday. This came about after the pair dead heated for 2nd place in the semi-finals at Newcastle on Thursday and the rules state that either a run off over the same distance within two days or, if both connections agree, the toss of a coin can decide the outcome. If one party decided they wanted the run off then the other side either had to agree to this or forfeit their place. Charlie clearly wanted the run off and though faced with another long trip to Newcastle myself and owner John Keefe said we weren't going to give up his chance and as long as Eye Onthe Brave was 100% he would be there. With Affleck Elite a 1/2 shot and all the tipsters giving us no chance it was a great pleasure to see Eye Onthe Brave striding away to land the contest by over 3 lengths in a blistering 28.53! and giving John Keefe a second finalist as the improving Eye Onthe Pulse had already qualified by winning one of the semi's. Still we probably have it all to do to win the £10,000 event as Barrie Draper's Boherna Best and Andrew Bell's Dotland Hit Man look very tough to beat after fast semi-final wins. Having said that, if Eye Onthe Brave can reproduce his run off win then we have a shout. One thing for certain with two in the final and no Lister runner we will score good points for the Trainers Championship which I'm now feeling very confident about. A big thank you to my kennelhand Sid Huett for doing all the long journeys to the North East and even giving up his day off to travel for the run off (get some e-mails to Tanya Stevenson for kennelhand of the year please) and with the likes of Mountjoy Gold and Ruby, Genesis Dream and Alix going for
supporting races live on Sky on Wednesday it promises to be a great night.
Next week will be one of the busiest of the year for the kennel as we visit no fewer than eight tracks with not only the Newcastle final night but have competitions at Crayford, Romford, Coventry, Harlow and Wimbledon to look forward to. The main competition starting is the heats of the Romford Puppy Cup on Friday and we could have a strong hand in this event with the likes of Eye Onthe Class and Goldcrest Lord who, though both were beaten in a hot puppy race at the track last Friday, ran with great promise. Also watch out for new intake Congo Invader who trials at the track on Tuesday, he looks a nice prospect.
Our two runners, Genesis Sister and Blues Wish, in the six heats of the Kent St Leger at Crayford on Monday were pitched in together (seems like every competition this happens to us!) and with both missing their break it looked over for them but to Blues Wish's credit she ran on strong to qualify in 3rd beaten 5 lengths behind winner Black On Air in 46.18 (-30). On Tuesday the heats of the RDC Promtions Stakes over 545m at Mildenhall again had our two runners in together and though Millwards Summit ran well in 4th it was Roswell Gemini who blasted out the traps to lead all the way in 34.17 (+15).
On Wednesday at Harlow in the heats of the Monkey Stayers over 592m Bell Tornado continued his great run of form with another decisive 3 1/2 length win in 37.55 (+20) with Rhias Beauty back in 4th but sure to come on for her first run in six weeks. In Div 2 of the Standard 415m a slow break cost Risky Fabio who ran on for 2nd beaten 2 3/4 lengths in 26.22 (+10). The next heat of the Maiden Stayers was marred by the injury just before the first bend of our Like Hot Cakes who broke down with a broken hock (career over but hopefully can make a full recovery). Genesis Alix got no run when 3rd in the 769m and Seanis Strike ran well when runner up to the fast Nobody Better in the top Division of the 415m beaten 2 lengths in 25.85.
On Thursday at Newcastle in the semi-finals of the All England Cup Eye Onthe Pulse led all the way to score by a length in 29.22 (-60) but Roswell Startrek just missed out on a place in the final when third to Boherna Best beaten 6 1/2 lengths in 29.04 (-50). Eye Onthe Brave dead-heated for second as said above beaten 5 lengths by the impressive Dotland Hit Man in 28.92 (-60). On Friday at Romford no luck with any winners though the puppy race won by the flying Confident Kermit in 24.12 (-10) produced good runs from Goldcrest Lord (2nd) and Eye Onthe Class (4th), Mooloolaba was a very unlucky loser in a 575m open beaten 3/4 length by Little Boy in 36.45 and in the last race Genesis Sister led everywhere bar the jam stick getting collared by Lavenders Grant in 48.30 (-30).
At Mildenhall on Saturday Roswell Gemini could only finish 3rd in the RDC Promotions Final after missing his break but on the supporting card there were good wins for Rusheen Classic (34.59 calc) and Droopys Zach (34.23 calc) and on Sunday at Coventry the open winners continued to flow with Kinda Ready scoring a debut open win for the promising Just The Best- Kinda Sleepy litter in 30.27 on a slowish track with wins in the 480m Standards for the improving Reagrove Class in 30.06 (-25) and Directors Ruler showed why he likes the Brandon Road track winning in 30.29 (-30).
Our only graded runner on Wednesday Hollywell Brett won in a close race in 26.74 and on Thursday Droopys Houdini scored a surprise win in 26.70 (-10) and Aero Rapido has taken a liking for the track winning again in 26.68 (-10). Chilli Blue added another win to his tally in 26.63 (-10) and Accordion Magic was just beaten in 2nd before Coolanga Flyer returned to form with a good win in 37.98 (-15) in the S1. To round off a good night for the kennel Genesis Gemstone won in 26.41 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - EYE ONTHE BRAVE (SATURDAY)
GRADED - COOLANGA FLYER
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Monday Blues Wish tries to qualify for the Kent St Leger Final at Crayford when she runs in a warm semi-final. While at Romford the heats of the Coral TV Stayers features four runners Corrig Vieri, Lockdale Storm, Millwards Summit and Missed A Train in what will be warm up
races for the forthcoming Essex Vase. We have trials at Wimbledon on Tuesday where some of our bitches, including Scintillas Ruby and Kinda Free amongst others, will be put through their paces with both the Puppy Oaks and the all ages Oaks in mind. The £10,000 to the winner All
England Cup Final live on Sky at Newcastle is on Wednesday and with the John Keefe pair Eye Onthe Brave and Eye Onthe Pulse in the decider and the talented duo of Mountjoy Gold and Mountjoy Ruby as well as Gavin Cheeseman's Genesis Alix and Genesis Dream it promises to be an exciting night for our kennel. Also on Wednesday Bell Tornado looks to add a third Monkey title to his tally and on a busy night the heats of the Standard Cup at Coventry feature Roswell Startrek, Seanis Strike and Reagrove Class. One of the best Puppy competitions, the Coral Puppy Cup, begins on Friday and, with a strong team,we will fancy our chances of winning this event for the third time in four years. Saturday the Puppy Oaks at Wimbledon begins and both Taboby Legend and the super fast Kinda Free could go well. On Sunday the Standard Final is the feature race of the night at Coventry.