Monday 15th September 2008
Corrig Vieri's victory in Saturday night's Peterborough Puppy Cesarewitch completed an excellent and very busy week for our kennel and 'Dusty' joined some illustrious names on the trophy as previous winners include the likes of Spiridon Louis and Roxholme Girl to name a
few . Having said that it wasn't easy for our November son of Droopys Vieri despite blitzing to a 14.40 sectional (sprint open won in 14.60 earlier) and taking a clear lead, he found Nick Savva's future marathon star Westmead Errin a clear 2nd with a circuit to go but thankfully he
just had enough in reserve to hold on by 3/4 length in 38.17 which compares well with Directors Chair's winning time earlier in the evening of 38.07 . Corrig Vieri secured some valuable points in the Trainers Championship along with Rusheen Classic who won the Monkey Maiden final on Wednesday at Harlow; and at Yarmouth on Saturday Butterbridge Ali was back to his best when destroying his opposition in the heats of the Derby Plate over 659m and to cap a good night the ever improving Roswell Startrek upset the favourites when winning his second round heat of the East Anglian Derby and though he has drawn a tough semi-final on Thursday he could still surprise a few people and make the £20,000 final a week Tuesday.
After getting back from racing Saturday night I watched the recording of the Paddy Power Irish Derby Final and wow what a race! and seeing it over and over again I still can't believe how Shelbourne Aston won from the position he was in at the first and third bends. A gamble of
almighty proportions was landed and I would think celebrations will be going on for quite some time. English raider Ballymac Russo put up a great showing and Matt Dartnall deserves a lot of credit for his performance as we know only too well how hard it is to travel on the day of the race and try and beat the Irish on their own patch. It is still one of my ambitions to have a runner in an Irish Derby Final, the buzz of the occasion was clearly seen on Matt's face in his pre race interview. Talking of interviews, the Steel City Cup Final post race presentation made for compulsive viewing with John Mullins, who I sympathise deeply with, and Blonde Dino's new owner Ricky Holloway. It overshadowed what a great performance Blonde Dino's victory was - a greyhound with superb balance and speed.
Entries for our wonderful Five To Follow competition are coming in thick and fast so please
don't leave it to late to have a chance of winning some top prizes.
At Nottingham on Monday Like Hot Cakes and Genesis Dream ran respectably in National Oaks Trial Stakes and at Crayford in the heats of the Dual Distance Cup over 540m both Mooloolaba and Aero Blackjack qualified safely for Monday's final over 714m. In supporting races Eye Onthe Flame won well stepping up in trip for the first time over 540m hurdles in a calc 34.76 and in the 714m both Genesis Alix and Eye Onthe Spirit were made 9/4 jt favs but after Alix was nearly brought down at the first bend it was left to Spirit to take advantage out wide and after going clear she strode away to win by 8 3/4 lengths in a good 46.45 (-40).
On Wednesday in the heats of the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth Roswell Startrek got his campaign off to a good start scoring in the opening heat by 1 1/4 lengths in 28.14 (+10) but no luck for our other entries with Centaur Decree taking a crashing fall in his heat but thankfully
he has come off sound. At Harlow in the heats of the Monkey Stayers Rhias Beauty continued her love affair with the track coming from off the pace to win by a length in 37.95 (+15) to complete a four timer. In the 415m Monkey Maiden final Mountjoy Ruby was made an odds on
favourite but a slow start cost him dear as Rusheen Classic raced clear to win easily by over 3 lengths in 25.92 (+10).
On Thursday the Manchester Puppy Cup at Belle Vue was billed as the best puppy competition of the year so far and in the first semi Droopys Zach and Eye Onthe Brave were just run out of a place in the final when 3rd and 4th to the impressive Jesters Nap (27.35). In the second semi
Mountjoy Gold pinged the lids to lead up but had no answers to the powerful finish of Deanridge Fury (27.48) and Crown Rover eventually finishing 3rd . The hottest semi was the third and Goldcrest King showed real pace but was just led up by Fear Zafonic (27.22) and was then caught for 2nd place close home and, despite recording a fine 27.58 himself, was also eliminated.
The busy week continued at Romford on Friday where Kinda Classic (4th) and Risky Fabio (4th) were beaten favourites but Millwards Summit returned to form with a good win in the bitches 400m scoring by 4 lengths in 24.73 (-10). In a messy 575m Maiden Kinda Flashy showed good battling qualities to win by a neck in a moderate 36.96 (-20) and legend Eye Onthe Veto, despite a missed break, won the 575m Stayers by over 6 lengths in 36.42 (-30) on a very sticky track. In form Genesis Sister was badly baulked at the second bend when about to challenge for the lead in the 750m Marathon and had no chance after with Paul Young's Seamies Gambler winning again.
Saturday's feature race the Puppy Cesarewitch as said above was won by Corrig Vieri with Directors Chair again winning first time up at a track in the supporting 605m and in the marathon over 790m Genesis Alix ran well when 3rd and her turn will come shortly. At Yarmouth Butterbridge Ali won his heat of the Derby Purse by over 4 lengths in the fastest time 40.93 and in the second round of the East Anglian Derby Roswell Startrek caused a bit of a surprise winning at 8/1 by 3 1/4 lengths in 28.01 but take nothing away from this youngster he is still improving. On Sunday at Coventry our runners performed well - Rusheen Classic (3rd), Reagrove Class (3rd) and Ballyfinn Swift (2nd ran well) are all youngsters open to improvement and there were good workouts for Missed A Train (3rd) and Lockdale Duke (3rd). Eye Onthe Flame ran a stormer to make sure we didn't go home empty handed, just getting up on the line to win in 29.72.
On Wednesday Bingo Panda scored in emphatic style by over 5 lengths in a fast 25.96 (+10), Bee My Honey was a touch unlucky when knocked over when just about to lead. Thursday night started with Lews Trickster finishing 3rd but Accordion Magic was the first of five winners on the spin when leading at the first bend to score comfortably by 2 3/4 lengths in 26.35(+10). Ragga Diva just got up on the line to win in 26.59 (+10) and Centaur Lucky romped away to a 7 length victory in 26.33 (+10). Chilli Blue blasted out the traps and led all the way winning by 1 1/2 lengths in 26.50 (+10) and Rank N File continued the winning streak for the kennel taking the A4 by 1 1/4 lengths in a good 26.17 (+10). Centaur Rosina at last missed any trouble to win the S3 in 38.35 (+25) by 1 1/4 lengths to complete a good night for the kennel. On Saturday two winners from our nine runners with Centaur Deetee beating Princess Organa by the minimum distance in 38.15 (+25) and Coolanga Flyer took the S1 by 1 3/4 lengths in 37.59 (+25).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- CORRIG VIERI
GRADED- BINGO PANDA
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Genesis Dream and Elusive Jazz start the week off on Monday in the National Oaks heats at Nottingham while at Crayford Aero Blackjack and Mooloolaba try to win the competitive £2,000 to the winner Dual Distance Final. Rhias Beauty is seeking a five timer at Harlow on
Wednesday in the final of the Monkey Stayers and on the same night Centaur Decree bids to bounce back after his fall at Yarmouth last week by winning the heat of the September Standard Cup (final on Sunday). On Thursday the semi-finals of the East Anglian Derby see Roswell Startrek in a tough race while on the same night the final of the Derby Purse over 659m should prove a cracker with Butterbridge Ali a leading player. We will have runners at Henlow with the Maiden Derby in mind. Friday we will have runners at Romford and Coventry opens on Sunday.