Monday 14th June 2010
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Blonde Snapper did not do his reputation any harm when an excellent runner up to the impressive Blue Artisan in last Tuesday's important Gymcrack Puppy final at Hall Green. Despite not flying the lids, Snapper was quickly in his stride and held a 1/2 length advantage from the warm favourite Blue Artisan who himself had pinged the lids. The pair who were neck and neck going round the second bend were well clear of a class field but as they approached the third bend Harry William's Blue machine had gone a length up. Snapper tried his best but in the end he had to settle for second as Blue Artisan pulled away to score by 4 enlgths in a fast 28.18 on a track that was a touch on the slow side. Blonde Snapper delighted us and owner Mark Currell in what was only his fourth race and will target next month's Wimbledon Puppy Derby. Congratulations to the connections of Blue Artisan who include MP Ian Lavery and Joss Barnfather who own in partnership with my mother in law Linda Jones the useful All That Noise trained by us. I think both these fast greyhounds will be leading candidates for next year's Derby. It was a good card at Hall Green, a track superbly run by Stephen Rea and as usual he went out of his way to ensure a good night was had by all.
On the supporting card at Hall Green it was nice to see Kinda Easy run well and win the Stayers race and the enigmatic but exciting Ayamzagirl won hopefully what was the first of many marathon wins, which gave her some compensation for not getting in the TV Trophy at Kingsley the same night. Our entry in the marathon show piece Join The Maids was a touch unlucky when getting eliminated from the event after being involved in a first bend pile up and could only finish 3rd.
The wins for Kinda Easy and Ayamzagirl on the Sky card at Hall Green enabled myself, Pete and Linda along with SOS colleague, and hopefully soon to be knighted!, Ricky Holloway to display our Save Our Stow t-shirts highlighting how close SOS are to achieving the impossible and bringing back the return to racing for Walthamstow Stadium. This has become even more possible when leading greyhound owner Bob Morton stepped in as the man behind the bid to buy the Stadium, you can't get much more credible than Bob Morton and despite a searching interview by Gary Newbon people are now believing SOS ARE THE REAL DEAL! Forget all the snipes at people like Ricky, let's get behind them in the final push to bring back Greyhound racing to our iconic site and watch as you see the whole sport rejuvenated when that first meeting opens its doors to the public. The same can't be said for Coventry as promoter Martin Dore, despite gaining licences from the likes of the gambling commission, has not being able to satisfy our GBGB in order to be able to re-open the galloping Midlands track. One wonders that the whole truth about why it's not possible is staying behind closed doors at head office, a shame a real shame as Martin Dore's expertise will be sorely missed in our ailing industry and many trainers and owners will be lost out of our sport due to there being no Coventry.
Today sees the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic and both our entries, Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri, have tough races with the latter having a poor draw in trap 4. They both did well to qualify with Corrig Vieri getting a confidence boosting win and Droopys Zach pleasing us all when returning from a long lay off to safely qualify in second. Droopys Zach has a good draw in trap 1 and he is entitled to come on for the run and the defending champ must have a big say in the outcome of the £7,000 to the winner Category 1 event. We have plenty of interest in the supporting competitions with the finals all on Friday afternoon. No luck for us in the Pall Mall heats with both Jogadusc Ace and Eye Onthe Brave finding trouble when eliminated.
The 5 To Follow list of dogs is now up so it's time for all to get their entries in for our popular competition running from July 1st - December 31st. Again you have to pick 4 dogs and 1 bitch from the list and choose a team name, each person is allowed up to 5 entries all with a different team name. Once you have made your selections you can enter by email or by post - see Competition Page for full details. This year all entries are FREE, there will be a fabulous prize on offer for every 50 entries we receive and don't forget there will be a transfer window for October 1st.
On Monday the heats of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic at Monmore saw Droopys Zach return from a long absence to run well when beaten a length by Bower Surfer and then a comfortable win by Corrig Vieri by 2 1/2 lengths in 38.30. Later at night time at Romford Goldies Destiny was fastest in the heats of the Doug Tyler Summer cup beating the useful He Went Wosh by 1 1/4 lengths in a fast 35.41.
Also on Monday at Nottingham in two Puppy races Kinda Close got battered from pillar to post when last but Lil Magic ran very well when 2nd and these two bitches have now had a look at the track before this week's Puppy Oaks. Adageo, making his first appearance since the Derby final, could only finish 3rd in the heats of the Alpha Feeds Standard trophy though his finishing time of 30.30 was respectable. In an earlier heat Aero Bolt was only 3rd when holding every chance.
At Hall Green on Tuesday as said above Blonde Snapper ran very well when runner up in the Gymcrack Puppy Final while on the supporting card Blonde Fletch took the eye when a bold second to Little Sensation beaten 3/4 length in the Puppy race with Destroy The Camp not far away in 4th. In the 642m Stayers Kinda Easy caught and passed early leader Honey Trampas at the 5th bend to go on and score by 2 1/2 lengths in 39.73 (-15). In the two Standard races Blonde Fern and Eye Eye Pickle were 4th and 3rd respectively before Ayamzagirl won a incident packed Marathon by a short head in 56.67 (-20).
On Wednesday at Harlow Sligo Too was best of our open races when 2nd in the sprint while both Risky Skipper (3rd) and Droopys Elbow (4th) ran well. No luck at Oxford in the heats of the Pall Mall on Thursday when both Jogadusc Ace and Eye Onthe Brave were eliminated.
A busy night at Romford on Friday with 12 runners. Blonde Gunner (3rd) ran well in the 400m Maiden beaten 2 lengths in 24.60 (-20) and making his debut over 6 bends Directors Spur came from behind to win well by over 3 lengths in 36.67 (-30) in a Maiden 575m with Blonde Banjo back in 3rd. Goldies Tara was 3rd in the Bitches 400m while Rockburst Mason had a rough ride in the 575m Stayers div 2. Blonde Playboy was a running on 4th in a 400m Standard but it was clear by this stage of the meeting that there was a definate bias towards the rails. Worryingly Goldies Destiny lined up in the Final of Doug Tyler Summer Cup but seemed to go nowhere from a good draw in trap 6 and eventually finished a well beaten last realising our fears about the outside of the track particular on the far side. Lil Rebel now with a plum trap 1 draw took full advantage with a confidence boosting win by 1 length in 24.64 (-10) in the 400m Puppy. Adageo making his debut over 6 bends could not have been more impressive, clearly struggling on the worst of the track on the outside he showed good all round pace to score by 1/2 length in 35.78 (-20) and was the only wide runner to oblige on the night, a good performance. In a good div 1 of the 575m Stayers All That Noise was a creditable 4th and at long last a marathon win for Jogadusc Jasper who stayed nicely to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 48.48 with Centaur Rosina back in 4th.
Sandra and Lou's young pup Reachfar Love really surprised us all when storming to an 8 length success in bottom grade in 27.04 on Wednesday but Paradise Riva on her debut found all the trouble going when well beaten. No luck with our 6 runners on Friday.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - ADAGEO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Today at Monmore the Ladbroke Summer Stayers semi-finals give Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri a chance to make another big Monmore final while we have plenty of interest in the supporting events. Tonight at Nottingham Kinda Close and Lil Magic have been pitched together in the heats of the Puppy Oaks.
No runners on this week's Sky card at Kingsley with opens pencilled in at Harlow on Wednesday and the rest of the week is yet to be planned though the Monmore Finals are Friday afternoon.
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A good week for our ante-post supporters with Blonde Snapper's excellent 2nd place in the Gymcrack final at Hall Green. His odds of 33/1 which were freely available the day we posted (someone did moan to me that they only got 25/1!) gave a nice profit. Kinda Easy's win in the Stayers race also came good though a bad draw in the Pall Mall for Jogadusc Ace ended our interest there.
I hope everyone is reading early as I think the best bets of the week are today at Monmore. Droopys Zach is 5/4 to win his semi-final today and 8/1 with bet 365 and Paddy Power to win the event for the second time - this looks very appealing. In the Dogs 480m Eye Eye Pickle is generally 10/1 outright to win and given his Monmore record this looks worth an interest. Kinda Handy is reliant on his draw to win the 416m event overall but is 9/4 with Stan James to win his heat from a plum trap 1 draw.
DROOPYS ZACH - 4 pts win anti-post 8/1 - Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic - Monmore - today
EYE EYE PICKLE - 1 pt e.w anti-post 10/1 - Festival Dogs 480 - Monmore - today
KINDA HANDY - 3 pts win 9/4 - Monmore - today
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Gymcrack - Hall Green - 2nd - 8pt profit
KINDA EASY - 3 pts win - Hall Green - Tuesday - WON 13/8