Monday 11th October 2010
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We will be giving our survey codes to the press and to our MP's so that they can see how the survey is progressing and to ensure complete transparency at all times. The written survey forms will be added to the on line submissions at the end of the survey. Again, the written forms will be checked independently using the numbers before being added as part of the overall survey.
We want as many people as possible to complete the survey from all parts of our community and beyond. So we would encourage you to advertise and promote this survey however and wherever you can. This again proves transparency as we are encouraging all parts of the community and beyond to take part so that a proper conclusion can be reached. Only one on line submission per computer can be made.
We anticipate that this survey will last for about one month.
You can access our on line survey using the link below :
OR by visiting www.saveourstow.co.uk and clicking the survey icon.
Thank you to all the supporters who filled in the survey regarding Walthamstow Stadium that was available on our site from last Wednesday (see above). If you haven't then please do and pass it on to as many people as possible. Myself and Cheryl went down with Linda to Sainsburys just a stones throw from the iconic site to help SOS conduct the survey on Saturday and the response from over 1500 people from Walthamstow and the surrounding areas was incredible with 99% of them wishing they had their world famous dog track back which would become the focal point of the community again. It was overwhelming and I honestly believe that if we could get Walthamstow back it would revitalise the greyhound industry in these troubled times. We seem to forget that greyhound racing not only provides a relatively inexpensive night out that everybody seems to enjoy but provides a vast amount of jobs in community not just at the track but indirectly in many other ways. We are also an industry that provides large revenues for the government, especially concerning the betting industr. Ddriving away and passing the sad but still in one piece Stadium it brought a tear to my eye remembering the superb athletes from our kennel that over the years have graced the famous landmark and we must get behind SOS and its possible backers to ensure it's return.
Today on our Guest Column we are excited to announce the first of our exclusive 'Spotlights' from the Greyhound Writers whose views and memories of our truly great sport make compulsive reading. First up is my great friend Racing Post journalist Richard Birch and we thank him for his time in producing a witty and informative 'Spotlight'. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and let us know your comments via the feedback email. Over the coming weeks we have lined up all the greyhound writers to have their say exclusively on our site. I look forward to reading the 'Spotlights' from the likes of Jonathan Hobbs, Bob Betts, Paul Brown, Jonathan Kay, Jim Cremin, Phil Donaldson, Floyd Amphlet, Jim Austin, John Forbes, Jason Craddock, Patrick Kelly and many more as well as possibly the Sky team of Dave & Clive Lawrence, Gary Newbon and Julie Collier. As they say watch this space!
Brilliant to see Kinda Easy bolt out of the traps in his first round heat of the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon on Saturday and then stay on strongly to record the fastest of the night 42.02 to win by 1 1/2 lengths from the eye catching Baran Pimlico. Judging by that solid performance he is on course to make a bold defence of the title he won last year albeit for a staggering £5,000 less! And on the subject of prize money, questions are being asked from all corners of the game on what happened to the £8,000 runner up prize money from the Greyhound Derby final forfeited by Lyreen Mover's disqualification?! Kinda Ready was also put through his paces back at his favourite track and strode out beautifully in a trial before racing winning by over 4 lengths in a good 28.60. He will next trial at Newcastle in preparation for the All England Cup.
Over at Henlow the superb prize money on offer for the Primus Telecom Derby has generated some great racing and some large crowds at the Bedfordshire track and as we look forward to Thursday's semi-finals, we still have both Destroy The Camp and Bim Bam Boozle in there with a chance of making the live on Sky Final a week Thursday though the fact they have drawn the same semi is not ideal. After Sunday's second round the elimination of one of our all time favourite superstars from Imperial Kennels, Jogadusc Ace, ourselves and his owners Gavin Cheeseman, Duane Harvey, John Keefe and Scott Fraser have come to the decision to retire him. 'Ace' was without doubt a joy to train with the highlight being his £40,000 William Hill Classic win and I will be reviewing his career in detail on our 'Feature Dogs' later this week (I've eventually got the courage to take the magnificent pictures and write up of Eye Onthe Storm off that's been on the page since February!). We have already had some enquiries about using 'Ace' at stud and will be exploring the possibilities. Along with Geordie Parker, Jogadusc Ace is one of Brett Lee's top offspring.
A quiet week in terms of quantity but high in quality with the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby kicking off last Thursday and the 2nd heat providing a 1-2 for the kennel with Destroy The Camp outstaying Bim Bam Boozle to score by 1/2 length in 27.80 (-10). Drama as the traps opened at least 2 seconds too late in the 3rd heat and with most of the runners running a full race it wasn't possible to have a re-run and the only suitable alternative was to draw the three lucky qualifiers out of the hat of which Jogadusc Ace was a beneficiary.
The William Hill St Leger got underway at Wimbledon on Saturday with Kinda Easy gliding to an impressive 1st round victory as he tries to defend his title while at Hall Green the feature race was the £1,000 to the winner Eric Meek Memorial Trophy over 480m where Risky Skipper was made strangely a 5/4 favourite. Our thoughts were that he was short of a run and so it proved when, despite running well, he could only finish 3rd behind Peggys Way.Our other three runners in supporting races all ran OK, Kinda Razzle (3rd), Rockburst Eva (4th) and Join The Maids (4th) having her first race back from season.
On Sunday the 2nd round of the Henlow Derby continued and in a tough heat won by Westmead Guru, Bim Bam Boozle outstayed Jogadusc Ace for the 3rd qualifying spot thus ending Jogadusc Ace's brilliant career. Destroy The Camp's Achilles heel is his trapping and he looked in trouble in the 2nd heat but in the end qualified comfortably in 3rd behind Parkgarrif Power. In a couple of supporting races Risky Wand upstaged sprinting sensation Jimmy Lollie turning over the hot pot by 1 3/4 lengths in 16.56 but Droopys Elbow couldn't follow up his previous win over track and trip when only 3rd in the 550m.
Only four runners last Monday which saw a fine win for Aero Merlin in 28.38 while there was an improved 2nd place for Centaur Rosina with both Lil Magic (3rd) and Lord Aristocracy (4th) not disgraced.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - RISKY WAND
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Again another quiet week on the open front with both meetings this week throwing up what could be some priceless victories. At Henlow in the Derby, Destroy The Camp and Bim Bam Boozle are in together in a tough semi with other runners in supporting opens while on Friday at Wimbledon Kinda Easy has a hard 2nd round heat in the William Hill St Leger but in his favour he has the trap 6.
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At last some joy! Both Kinda Easy and Destroy The Camp are progressing well in their competitions and are a lot shorter in the market than when they started, hopefully they can continue the good work. Directors Spur seemed to take well to Henlow in a trial last week and could win in a supporting open on Thursday though be warned he does seem to like a draw as close to the rails as possible.
DIRECTORS SPUR - 2 pts win - Henlow - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - continues Thursday
KINDA EASY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - continues Friday