Monday 12th July 2010
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Kinda Easy was awesome at Sunderland on Friday taking the William Hill Grand Prix semi-final in style by 3 1/2 lengths in a fastest 39.46 and now trades as short as 5/4 in some books to land the £15,000 to the winner first prize next Thursday. Droopys Zach can count himself unlucky not to be joining Kinda Easy in the final as he was blocked twice in the race and then just failed by 1/2 length to make another Category 1 final. You have to say our St Leger hero Kinda Easy has now recaptured his best form since beating Droopys Zach at Wimbledon in what was the most incredible finish in the staying ranks last year. It was his 10th victory of the year and 20th in a 56 race career. Jogadusc Ace can also count himself a touch unlucky not to have the chance to defend his William Hill Classic crown when he was bumped out of the event in the semi-final the same night, try as hard as he could he just couldn't get a run and eventually finished 5th behind Fear Zafonic. There will be some big Trainers Championship points available in Thursday's finals with many of the current top six kennels having runners not only in the Classic Final (Charlie Lister - Fear Zafonic, Chris Allsopp - Ballymac Ace) and ourselves with Kinda Easy in the Grand Prix but also in the supporting finals with Blonde Snapper who took his Puppy Plate heat well in a good 26.96, 30 spots quicker than the other heats. Seamus Cahill is also represented with Rayvin Giovanni in the Puppy event and Jimmy Lollie looks good to beat old adversary Officer Donagh from Chris Allsopp's in form kennel in the Sprint final.
Eye Onthe Tempo picked up a nice prize at Henlow winning the Bookmakers Dual Distance Trophy worth £1,500 on Thursday which gave owner John Keefe a timely reminder that the game does still have plenty of ups after he is still coming to terms with the loss to racing of the legend Eye Onthe Storm recently. After Thursday the Trainers Championship standings were:-
Mark Wallis - 377 points
Seamus Cahill - 289 points
Chris Allsopp - 270 points
Charlie Lister - 268 points
Carly Philpott - 218 points
Paul Young - 214 points
Pat Rosney - 202 points
I think most tracks will be relieved the World Cup has come to an end as attendances have been affected by the football but even an expected increase in the next few weeks won't cover up what has been a disappointing couple of years for our sport. Who knows where the main problem lies? in my opinion it's a combination of a few things that are not quite right. Two things can start a reversal of this trend, one is we must have a national campaign to show people how good, fun and relatively inexpensive a night at the dogs can be for families as well as the punters especially if you compare the cost of say going to a local cinema or football match or even a night out at a restaurant. Secondly will of course be the re-opening of our flagship track Walthamstow. Without doubt the need for a track this side of London is so important to the long term future of Greyhound racing and the good news is that behind the scenes Bob Morton and the SOS team are winning their battle with L&Q as you can see for yourself in the latest edition of the Waltham Forest Guardian (E edition), you can access and read the interview with Bob Morton on their website, but also turn a few pages to look at the brilliant full page advertisement that SOS have had put in regarding London and Quadrant!
Kinda Ready our 2009 Derby winner has now recovered from a toe injury that forced him to miss his defence of the Wimbledon crown but he has now fully recovered and recent trials at Clonmel and Shelbourne have been encouraging without setting the world alight but last Saturday at Shelbourne his 28.61 trial has firmly put him on course for a crack at the Irish Derby beginning in a few weeks. A decision has been made to keep him in Ireland at his breeders Ian and Brenda Seymour's kennels to try and give him his best chance in the event. The travelling to and from England is hard on both staff and dogs and we wish both Ian and Brenda the best of luck over the next couple of months. He may well take his chance in the Champion Stakes at Shelbourne so keep your eye out for 'Del Boy'. Whilst on this subject the first two pups from Kinda Sleepy's next litter to Droopys Kewell have just arrived at our kennel and both look and seem as good as the previous litter! exciting times.
On Monday at Romford the heats of the Coal on TV Puppy Trophy saw Blonde Ross make his debut and although last to fastest heat winner the aptly named Droopys Cruyff he ran promisingly. In the other two heats Kinda Razzle showed a good turn of middle pace before finishing 2nd beaten 1 1/2 lengths behind Aero Vegas in 24.47. Paradise Riva also showed some good pace when runner up in her heat beaten 4 lengths in 24.46. On Wednesday in a trial session at Wimbledon Blonde Fletch showed he can be a force to reckoned with in the up coming Puppy Derby with a fine 28.54 spin.
At Henlow on Thursday both Eye Onthe Tempo and Droopys Elbow looked to have difficult chances drawn in trap 4 & 5 in the Bookmakers Dual Distance Final but a bullet break from Eye Onthe Tempo gave him the upper hand on the favourite Delwood Robbo and outstaying that rival he galloped to a 2 3/4 length success to land the £1,500 first prize with Droopys Elbow back in last. Our only other runner Ayamzagirl was a touch unlucky when finding plenty of trouble in the Marathon with a generous £400 first prize and when she did break free Midway Cash had already flown with Ayamzagirl a running on 2nd beaten 6 lengths in 55.60.
On Friday, as well as the William Hill Festival at Sunderland which saw wins for Kinda Easy and Blonde Snapper, we had the heats of the Crayford Vase which started well with a near 6 length success for All That Noise in 33.90 but went all wrong for our other entries with Rockburst Mason ko'd, Aero Bolt (5th), Blonde Playboy (6th) and Goldies Destiny only 4th. At Romford to complete a busy night Bim Bam Boozle was 3rd before Risky Smasher flew from the traps en route to a 6 length win in 24.32. In the Coral on TV Maiden final Paradise Riva was bustled out of contention but after a slow start Kinda Razzle ran on to be 2nd to Droopys Cruyff beaten 4 lengths in 24.41. Directors Spur was 3rd from a poor draw in the 575m Stayers.
Just runners on Saturday night with Lady Aristocracy, Genesis Fuzzums and Reachfar Love all 2nd and in the S1 a 1-2-3 for the kennel with Legit Jack holding Jogadusc Jasper by 3/4 length in 37.84 with Siesta Smudge in 3rd.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE TEMPO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Only trials in the first three days this week with Yarmouth tonight as Eye Onthe Flash continues his return from a rest. Dalcash Scolari is one of a few trialling at Sittingbourne on Tuesday and we will put some puppies through their paces at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Thursday is a big night as Kinda Easy bids to add the £15,000 William Hill Grand Prix to his name at Sunderland and the exciting talent Blonde Snapper is a short priced favourite in the Puppy plate Final.
The Crayford Vase semi-finals with our sole survivor All That Noise take place on Friday, runners at Sittingbourne are pencilled in for Sunday.
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A massive night for all our supporters on Thursday at Sunderland and both Kinda Easy and Blonde Snapper bid to give us a huge profit and I think we will stick to watching these live on Sky for the week's adrenalin rush!
KINDA EASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - final Thursday
BLONDE SNAPPER - 4 pts win ante-post 3/1 - William Hill Puppy Plate - Sunderland - final Thursday