Monday 16th April 2007
Hello and welcome again to our website now in our third week and a quick thank you again for all the fantastic feedback we have received. It really has been very positive and over the next few weeks we will be taking on board every thing that has been said to further improve our site. This week sees a new personal Question and Answer page to give you an insight in to our staff, first up is our headlad Pete Vernon's turn to be grilled and also our very own Linda Jones has her new column up to read with all her latest news.
Could I take this opportunity to let everyone know that next Saturday the 21st sees the W.G.S.O.A meeting at Walthamstow at which is very important that we try and raise as much as we can for the retired dogs so your support would be very welcome. Thank you to the owners that have sponsored races and anybody else can help in the shape of buying raffle tickets or tickets are available for the buffet in the Goodwood lounge priced at £40 - an excellent night that is worth every penny these are available by contacting either Mick Faithfull-01277 655803 or Barry Clegg-0208 5293286.
Last Monday Blackmagic Guy came a gallant 2nd in the Keith Johnson Easter Cup when defeated by Tarbrook Tico - one day we will get this fellow over the line in first in a competition final! On the supporting card we had mixed results with Go Commando running out of his skin to win by 5 1/2 lgths in a calc 28.22 - great to see 'Arri' come back from his serious injury in such fine form. Another dog of ours in top form is Ronnies Hare who won his 4th out of 5 races when taking the sprint race. Directors Wish was unlucky in the puppy race but looks a dog with a big future and Raging Jack was also a bit unlucky but in the process has split a web badly and will be out of action for a while.
Thursday's Open Race action from Walthamstow saw the impressive and in form Special Deal win again when winning Division 2 of the Standard in a calc 28.79 and also the new purchase of the 'Our Boy Sol Syndicate' s Roswell Bluesky racking another win when taking the 640 in a calc 39.90. Although defeated, our pups Directors Chair, Killer Keane and the new acquisition for the 'Champagne Club' Bubbly Magic all ran well and can look forward to the forthcoming Ocean Trailers competition with interest. Genesis Alix is another bitch in form and ran another great race when just defeated by track and trip specialist Westminster Taj in the 835m. Fear Armani also ran well when 2nd in the top division of the 475m behind the Pall Mall winner Ballymac Charlie.
Monday's BAGS card produced a sole win for our owner Mick Licence's Cream Munkie who would win by a lot further if not running so wide! Tuesday we only had a few runners again much to the disgust of our owners with many dogs waiting for runs - take note Walthamstow - but it was great to see raw puppy Bell Tempest win at the first time of asking when coming from last to first in 29.58 - a hound with a big future! Saturday's graded card was a successful one not just for our 3 winners in the shape of Shelbourne Ryan, Shelbourne Thessa, and Box Of Tricks but the immense promise shown by some our new pups in the shape of Lockdale Duke, Marathon Girl, Ardmayle Machine, Centaur Cappo all look to have bright futures and it was great to see the return of our top hurdler Ronnies Callum after a six months absence through injury. Although needing the run he led to the 3rd bend finishing eventually in 3rd but should come on for the run.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - GO COMMANDO
GRADED - BELL TEMPEST
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Last night we had several of our runners in action at Coventry including an in form GO COMMANDO and BUTTERBRIDGE ALI.
On Wednesday we have runners entered at Harlow including ROSWELL BLUESKY, GENESIS ALIX and RONNIES HARE. Thursday sees the start of the Bill McCluskey Ocean Trailers Puppy Competition for 36 dogs at Walthamstow. We look to have a strong hand with a number of high class pups entered including DIRECTORS CHAIR, BUTTERBRIDGE ALI, CENTAUR DECREE, BUTTERBRIDGE SID, BUBBLY MAGIC, KILLER KEANE, EYE ON THE FLAME AND EYE ONTHE POWER.
The three round Blue Riband at Hall Green begins on Friday, the final of which will be live on SKY. Our entries should include GO COMMANDO, EYE ONTHE GIFT, FEAR ARMANI and ARMIES PLAN.