Monday 13th August 2012
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I must confess I really enjoy watching Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky 212) on nights when I'm not racing myself. The action comes thick and fast and the open race nights at Hove/Monmore on Thursdays and Romford on Friday make great viewing and have produced some memorable top class action. It's also nice that we have enjoyed plenty of winners since its introduction back in December last year. Errol Blythe and Darrell Williams give us true professionalism as presenters and commentators as their knowledge of the game is second to none and I really enjoy Jason Barrasford when he is on, he is superb and completely barking mad! The experts Jonathan Kay, Jonathan Hobbs and Phil Donaldson are naturals on camera and their enthusiasm for greyhound racing shines through. Some of the guests can be very interesting and I love going on the couch when asked (next appearance August 30th). Clive Lawrence has done an excellent job putting this all together with the help his wife Bev and producer Kevan Moretti and we hope it's here to stay for the foreseeable future. One thing that I think would really cement its future and bring in plenty of viewers is some sort of Super Jackpot on each night's programme with it obviously carrying over to the next night if it's not won. It could involve perhaps picking 8 or even up to 12 winners with the races towards the end of the card with the winner guaranteed £100k plus or something substantial. Iff all of the bookmakers that finance the show Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hills and Corals as well as Betfair made this jackpot bet available online and through their shops it could prove really popular. People love betting with small stakes with a chance to win life changing money and we have a simple formula in greyhound racing with six dogs in every race that anybody can easily follow. Promoted the right way the RPGTV Jackpot bet could have a dramatic effect on turnover for the bookies which in turn can swell a future levy for greyhound racing. Annoying for everybody concerned is all those bookmakers that piggy back off things like RPGTV giving them loads of extra revenue and not attempting to help the industry out when asked to put something back. We so need to find an answer to this problem or there might not be enough trainers and owners to supply the product in the future.
The London Olympics has now come to an end and we can all get back to a bit of normality. As I said last week I've found it all quite inspirational. Mo Farah's 5000m gold on Saturday was a truly memorable moment but my favourite one was without doubt when Sir Chris Hoy won his sixth gold medal in the Mens Cycling Keirin final. He looked beaten with half a lap to go but summoned up a burst of energy, aided by a crazed and passionate Velodrome crowd, that shoved himself and his bike over the line in first place. The emotion of the occasion was a wonderful feeling. The Olympics brings to us many sports that most of us wouldn't dream of going to watch but for these two incredible week. I like many other people are transfixed to Rowing, Handball, Diving and a multitude of other diverse sports. One thing these all have in common is that all the people involved are at the top of their profession. Perhaps one day in greyhound racing we can put two weeks aside say in late July early August every two years and have some major 2/4/6 and 8 bend competitions for 36 dogs (top 36 fastest trial times qualify) with no other tracks being allowed to hold other competitions during this time. Coventry would be my idea of a perfect venue using the large open area surrounding the Stadium to hold a host of other canine activities for those two weeks making the whole festival special. The finals night, as well as the major finals, we could have four consolation races from each competition and a major intertrack final for the top graders with all GBGB tracks involved creating a special occasion that we can all be proud of.
On Tuesday at Wimbledon on the supporting card for the William Hill Puppy Derby on Sky it was nice to grab a couple winners in the shape of Risky Rosaleen (28.72) and Castlebride Dan (28.67) with both Blonde Reagan and Bridge Honcho runners up against good opposition.
At Hove on Thursday all our four runners ran well with Swift Tigress coming from out of the clouds to win a decent 695m Maiden race in the last stride.
At Romford on Friday we picked up three winners over 575m from our seven runners on the night with Adageo Brae (36.03) the pick. Ayamzabeauty (36.47) and Mountjoy Orion (36.27) kept our winners ticking over.
Ayamzaman returned to Yarmouth but was only second in the third heat of the East Anglian Challenge but will improve in Wednesday's final while at Sittingbourne last night Jazz Apollo failed in his attempt to defend the Kent Derby when third in his semi but good wins from Planning and Darian Chief.
On Wednesday night Kinda Neat got back on track with a fine win in an A4 in 28.30. Both Wednesdaywhacker and the improving Newinn Chick were second and in the last race Kinda True scored in top grade by 1/2 length in 28.30.
On Saturday Pagan Jimmy led til the run in when second but Carden Pookie after some promising runs without winning scored well by over 4 lengths in a good 27.84. Darian Creek got back to winning ways when beating kennel mate Swift Pepper in 27.92.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
It's a busy week again for our open racers with the Ladbrokes Gold Cup starting today at Monmore and Castlebride Dan is our sole entrant with Cuil Condor trialling.
A trip to Sheffield on Tuesday for two of our leading stayers Blonde Fletch and Blonde Reagan for Sky races.
Ayamzaman runs in the East Anglian Challenge final at Yarmouth on Wednesday and on Thursday the Brighton Belle kicks off with six first round heats.
On Friday we will be at Romford.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
We were spot on again in our recommendations this week with Risky Rosaleen (11/8) and Adageo Brae (6/4) both obliging in their respective races. The Brighton Belle kicks ff this week and the returning Aero Joker should improve for her trial over track and trip and although yet to be as prolific over 4 bends as she is over 6 bends I can see her doing well in this bitches event and is worth a small interest.
AERO JOKER - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Brighton Belle - Hove - starts Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RISKY ROSALEEN - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - WON 11/8
ADAGEO BRAE - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - WON 6/4