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Monday 14th September 2009


In the last few weeks I don't think I have ever seen so much criticism of our ruling body, currently the 'GBGB', and feelings seem to be running high amongst trainers, owners and breeders with massive concerns over decisions that have recently been made. A public meeting has been called on Wednesday by owner trainer Martin White and all the leading open race trainers have promised to attend to show that there is real unity from all within our sport. The meeting is at the Hilton Hotel, East Midlands Airport (JCT 24 M1) at 7.30. All trainers, owners and breeders are more than welcome to attend and it is hoped that some positive steps can be taken in discussions to perhaps show the 'GBGB' that higher representation from those that supply the raw product is needed to safegaurd the future of our industry. I will definitely be attending and I am pleased that this meeting has the full blessing of the 'GTA' (Greyhound Trainers Association) who, under the leadership of Norah McEllistrim, have done a fine job this year.

On the racing front it was pleasing to see Jogadusc Ace win well in his second round heat of the Betfair East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth on Saturday night beating Derby finalist Farloe Reason and ensuring Charlie Lister doesn't have things all his own way in the £20,000 to the winner event with which he has a strong hand in his pursuit of a 10th win. Jogadusc Ace, chasing his second big of the year win following the £40,000 William Hill Classic at Sunderland, is joined by kennelmates Eye Eye Pickle and Eye Onthe Brave in Thursday's semi-finals whilst also on the card is the final of the Derby Purse over 659m and our leading open race winner of the year Droopys Zach (13) bids for more silverware after winning his heat on Saturday.

Our injury list, which only a couple of weeks ago I reported was as good as I have seen, typically went downhill afterwards and currently a number of open racers will be out of action for a few weeks including Eye Onthe Flame, Kengyelfuto Snow, Parkmore Elite, Rockburst Mason, Bumble Lee and Pinewood Evo though none thankfully are serious and with a few new promising pups making their debuts in the coming weeks we should keep our winning momentum going to the end of the season.

Look our for full details of the new "kennel list" for the second half of the Five to Follow competition which will be posted next week.



In a fairly quiet week we travelled to Sheffield on Tuesday for Trial Stakes with our pups preparing for this week's Stones Silver Collar. Droopys Elbow ran well when second beaten by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.33 (+10). Goldies Destiny was 4th while in the top division Eye Onthe Flash went down by a length to the fast Loyal Rebel in 29.28 (+10) and should be a major force in the event.

On Wednesday only two runners in the opens at Harlow with Directors Wit finishing 2nd in a warm sprint beaten 3 lengths in a fast 14.85. The feature race was the final of the Monkey Standard and Risky Fabio took a good chance when leading at the first bend though the unwanted attentions of Floptheminkworm nearly cost him but he held on for a half length victory in 26.22 (-10). On the same night the East Anglian Derby got underway at Yarmouth and our team of ten runners had mixed results and although Eye Onthe Brave was our only winner when beating kennel mate Directors Fire, Jogadusc Ace, Mountjoy Ruby and Eye Eye Pickle all qualified safely.

On Saturday the main action was from Yarmouth with the second round of the East Anglian Derby with the draw being unkind to us with our three main hopes all drawn together. Mountjoy Ruby missed the break and could never get competitive but Jogadusc Ace produced a bullet break from trap 3 (5.31 sec) and led all the way to beat Farloe Reason by just over a length in a good 27.86 with Eye Eye Pickle a further length behind in 3rd. Eye Onthe Brave was well beaten in his heat when 3rd but qualified safely to Thursday's semi-finals. The heats of the Derby Purse over 659m produced another great run from Droopys Zach, feeling his way around the first two bends on his first look at the track he reeled in leader Glenard Rocket to score by a head in 41.25.

On Sunday the opens at Coventry started well with a fluent victory from Kinda Easy over 625m by 1 3/4 lengths in 39.56. Directors Wit is a greyhound who has pace to burn and again after a slowish start showed great pace to win by 3/4 length in 17.14. Dalcash Scolari was impressive when landing a 480 open in useful company in 29.63.




No graded runners on Wednesday and on Saturday Treacle Express was second but a massive bias to the inside runners gave Ragga Diva and Sweep Clean no chance, but surprisingly didn't stop Bell Tornado recording another success over 592m in a good S1 when he scored by 2 lengths in 37.96. Goldies Tara also overcame the bias when getting back on the winner's podium leading all the way for a 2 length victory in 26.54.






The Stones Puppy Silver Collar at Sheffield starts on Tuesday with Eye Onthe Flash leading our hopes but has a tricky trap 5 to overcome. Opens at Harlow Wednesday and on Thursday the semi-finals of the Betfair East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth take place with Jogadusc Ace again drawn with Eye Eye Pickle who has a nightmare draw in trap 5. The final of the Derby Purse should be a cracker and Droopys Zach is in the form of his life but will need to be to win. Possible opens at Romford on Friday and Coventry on Sunday complete the week.



Eye Eye Pickle our ante-post selection is going well but a tough semi-final draw in trap 5 will make it hard for us to hopefully get a run in the final a week Tuesday.

If there's any betting on the Stones Puppy Silver Collar at Sheffield tomorrow then I make Eye Onthe Flash a maximum bet. Unlucky in a trial stake last week the track and trip look ideal and this impressive looking hound is as fast as his brother Storm who has landed a Category 1 at Nottingham recently.

EYE EYE PICKLE - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - East Anglia Derby - Yarmouth - continues Thursday

EYE ONTHE FLASH - 5 pts win ante-post - Stones Puppy Silver Collar - Sheffield - Tuesday



EYE EYE PICKLE - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - East Anglia Derby - Yarmouth - continues Thursday