Monday 15th August 2011
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Returning back at the weekend from my family holiday it's surprising how much happens in our kennel in less than two weeks. Most dogs have run once or twice including some pups making their debuts, new dogs coming in, a few injuries to sort out etc, but also it was good to see all the greyhounds looking fit and healthy.
The main meeting I missed was the Betfred Select Stakes from Nottingham. I manged to watch the dvd of the night yesterday and it was covered in it's usual quality style by Sky. It was great to see the packed crowd and you could feel the excellent atmosphere. The racing matched the occasion with terrific prize money on offer and warm congratulations to Charlie Lister for his 1-2-3 in the Select Stakes though most people were surprised by the winner Jordansoilutions who gamely defended his crown. Our Blonde Snapper ran a good race and although at the rear he wasn't beaten far. The going on the night certainly favoured the inside runners on the night but there was no real excuses from us. It was still a great night as Blonde Fletch landed another important staying race the Betfred Select Stayers worth £2,500. After setting a furious pace 'Fletch' was all out to hold the in form Crash Bandit but just had enough in reserve to secure another brilliant victory. He now adds this title to the Grand Prix, Regency and Queen Mother trophies already in the bag and there is serious talk of the 'Greyhound Of The Year'' award for Blonde Fletch. 740m at Nottingham was stretching his stamina to his limit but his next target the Champion Stakes at Romford over 575m will certainly be a little on the sharp side. He is most definitely a much better tracker than when a beaten favourite in the Essex Vase over track and trip last December.
Last week the William Hill Puppy Derby concluded at Wimbledon and there was a fitting winner in Barry Draper's Eden Star who looks a brilliant prospect. We had a good run with Sulphur Spring who was just run out of a place in the final when third in the semi. In supporting races in form Aero Majestic ran well when runner up in a 687m Stayers race and Mountjoy Comet returning to the scene of his Tony Morris Memorial victory was desperately unlucky when 5th in a 480m race .
The Kent Derby began last week at Sittingbourne and defeats for both Blonde Snapper (a bit tired from Select Stakes four days earlier) and Jazz Apollo (poor draw in trap 6) had excuses but last night in the semi-finals Blonde Snapper's competition came to an end when only 4th, a missed break his downfall. Jazz Apollo was made a short priced favourite but a troubled run cost him the win but only beaten 3/4 length he made it safely through to next week's final.
Over the next few weeks you will see some slight changes to our web site and one particular feature is on our For Sale page where we will offer a potential top class pup for sale each month. We have a nice pup currently on the page and while I was away I received plenty of interest by e-mail in purchasing this nice youngster out of Scarty Lad x Conna Rose but only a couple of firm offers slightly below the asking price. I strongly recommend him so give me a call (07721778297) this week if you are interested he will be sold very soon. Our syndications that we will be offering will soon be up for viewing as well. Also we will be holding a Kennel Open Day (for owners and general public 9-30 - 1 pm) on Sunday September 4th where you can meet and question myself and see any of our dogs in our care and our facilities with refreshments provided.
I'm sufferring a touch this morning after playing yesterday afternoon in the Give A Bit Back charity football match at Dulwich Hamlet F.C. A very competitive game with Daren Johnson's superb veteran side against our greyhound industry 11 plus guests on a magnificently prepared Dulwich pitch. The first half hour went all the veterans' way as their passing game reminded us of an in form Barcelona side orchestrated by 60 year old 'Butch' Lockley... and they deservedly took a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes with a brilliant strike from Paul Dolby. The last 10 minutes saw the industry 11 come right back into the game and a double strike from guest 17 year old Frankie Barrett gave us a 2-1 half time lead. The second half started much the same as the first with some great football being played by Daren's Vets but Graham Clarke (journalist) and man of the match Elliot George (guest) were magnificent in defence and keeper Tony Palmer pulled off a couple of tremendous saves to keep the scoreline the same for the industry. Mark Burridge (Burridge Trophies), Mark Arkell (Romford Racing Office), the classy John Porter (Risky Syndicate), Sid Huett (Wallis kennelhand carrying a few extra pounds these days!!) and myself all rolled back the years to hold on to the lead while up front Matt Stearn (guest) and 49 year old John 'Elvis' Clements (owner) started to make inroads into the Vets' defence but woeful finishing from 'Elvis' reminded us of an out of form Daren Bent!! but finally a chance came to Paul Illingworth (GBGB) who stabbed home the third goal aided by a wicked deflection! Captain Jerry Bastion was 'Bryan Robson' like and inspirational and eventually his nephew Tashan Bastion added a 4th goal near the end for the industry 11, a great day all round with plenty of awareness and money being raised for a great cause!
A brief look at our open racing over the last two weeks where as said Blonde Fletch was the star of the show at Nottingham's select Stakes meeting taking the Select Stayers Trophy. Lil Risky ran well in the sprint when 3rd to Jimmy Lollie.
No luck at Romford on the Friday and the Kent Derby began at Sittingbourne on the Sunday with Blonde Snapper and Jazz Apollo qualifying though both Adageo and Bellers Bud were eliminated.
Last week at Wimbledon's Sky meeting Aero Majestic and Mountjoy Comet were unlucky and on the Wednesday opens at Yarmouth saw a fine win for Lil Risky in the sprint (16.49 +10) while Aero Joker got off the mark taking a Maiden in 28.12 (+30). Aoifes Candy ran well over 659m when 2nd.
At Henlow last Thursday Dalcash Scolari recorded another win over track and trip scoring well in 33.65,.
At Sittingbourne last night Aero Joker followed up Wednesday's Yarmouth win taking a 480m in 29.33. Rookery Pedro ran well in the heats of the Cab-it Silver Salver over 450m beaten two short heads in 28.11. Jazz Apollo qualified for the Kent Derby Final but sadly Blonde Snapper crashed out. Royal Premium came from a mile back to look all over the winner in a 500m race but for some reason made a dive for the leading dog near the line and despite winning the race the stewards deemed it nessasary to disqualify him to put a damper on the night.
Monday 1st August produced three nice winners where the improving Carden Twilight beat Scodan Moet in an A2 in 28.22 (+30), Rookery Pedro won a top grade well by 3/4 length in 27.90 (+30) and in another A1 Steam Machine took off when slamming her rivals by 3 1/2 lengths in a superb 27.77 (+30) though she was in season the next day and we will have to wait a couple of months to see her out again.
Carden Twilight was best of our runners on the 6th when 2nd in top grade.
Last week on the Wednesday the first two of an exciting litter of Droopys Scolari x Star Of Dromin made their debuts. Mountjoy Falcon ran very well when second to kennelmate Blonde Ross in an A3 beaten 2 1/2 lengths in a fast 27.86 (+30) while Mounjoy Osprey started his career in top grade and was only beaten less than 2 lengths in 4th. Risky Blue ran well taking an A2 in a good 28.25 (+30).
On Saturday Carden Twilight was best of the runners when again 2nd in top grade while the third of the Star Of Dromin litter Mountjoy Eagle was 4th in A3 company.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Mountjoy Comet and Bellers Bud kick off their Ladbrokes Gold Cup campaign at Monmore today and both are pitched in together in heat 2. Tonight at Romford we have four runners in the Coral On TV Stayers heats with Bourne Masons, Adageo and Goldies Destiny all looking to get back to winning ways, Rockburst Lenny completes the four.
We will be back to Romford on Friday and on Sunday the Kent Derby final sees Jazz Apollo running from trap 2 in what is a very good final. There will plenty of interest on the supporting card as British Bred dogs take preference in readiness for their gala night on the 28th.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
We have been a bit quiet the last few weeks and our last recommendation of Blonde Snapper in the Select Stakes ended up slightly disappointing although the slow going on the outside did seem to have an influence on the night's results. With a few big competitions coming up over the next few months we will have plenty of interest but for a bet this week look out for in form Aero Joker when stepped up to 575m this Friday at Romford.
AERO JOKER - 2 pts win - Romford Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE SNAPPER - 5pts win 7/2 - Select Stakes - Nottingham - lost