Monday 17th January 2011
JOIN GOBATA NOW
NEW KENNEL TELEPHONE NUMBER 01842 758515
Last week's newsletter provoked some lively debate on Greyhoundscene's forum with mixed views on everything I mentioned - a possible Premier League, criticism of the GBGB and most things to do with GOBATA. Obviously in hindsight I might have timed my comments a little better but hey there's nothing wrong with strong opinions that get people's attention. I thought there were some superb posts in reply to all subjects that would not only give us all something to think about but gave us some excellent and refreshing ideas for the good of the sport. It does hurt when people get personal but I always look at how I can possibly use my kennel's achievements to help rejuvenate Greyhound racing but I can also see how some can misinterpret this. We have a GOBATA Committee Meeting on Tuesday and I will raise some points mentioned. Without wanting to keep repeating myself, I really think GOBATA have a real chance of doing some good for everyone in the sport but it is going to be hard especially when our ruling body continues to ignore everything GOBATA tries to pursue. Talks of strikes and other strong actions are not going to work. What we need is sensible discussion with the GBGB and to try and get a seat on the board so we can put our members' views across. At the moment the only way we are going to achieve this is for our membership to grow in strength and ultimately get a GOBATA run track for ourselves. I'm sure the GBGB'S agenda is to ignore GOBATA and hope the association starts to fight amongst itself and then they hope it will quietly go away, as I said last week we mustn't let this happen.
It was pleasing to have a couple of winners on the first Sky meeting of the year at Hall Green on Tuesday with Ayamzagirl showing all her pace to come from off the pace to look like she was going to win comfortably in the Marathon and then just doing enough to win for want of better words! A right little madam but at the same time hugely exciting for her owners and probably for the casual viewers. She will again be in front of the Sky cameras this Wednesday at Romford in a supporting race for the Coronation Cup which looks at the mercy of Diane Henry's Honey Trampas who runs the track and trip the best I've seen since our own Eye Onthe Veto.
Next Sunday I will be off to the annual Greyhound Awards bash in London and although it will be disappointing not to have any of our stars up for any prizes it's still a good night where you get to catch up with many friends in the industry. Credit where credit is due and the GBGB put on an excellent night but I expect the heirarchy of them will be taking some cotton wool for their ears as they can expect some strong views from some of the guests present on the night. Here is my opinion of the winners, Sprinter - Jimmy Lollie, Standard - Nambisco, Stayers - Raving Black, Marathon - Midway Skipper, Hurdler - Plane Daddy, Bitch - Freedom Emma, British Bred - Jimmy Lollie, Best Newcomer - Rayvin Giovanni and Greyhound Of The Year - Jimmy Lollie. Not very original I know but all deserving,. Special mention should go for some trainers not mentioned in my ideas of the winners that had great 2010's - Kelly Macari, Jimmy Wright, Paul Sallis, Paul Young, Chris Allsopp, Tony Gifkins, and Lorraine Sams (sorry if I missed anyone out) all had brilliant years while Kelly Findlay is definitely the name to watch for 2011.
Our first runner at Hall Green's Sky meeting on Tuesday Risky Rosaleen was battered from pillar to post in the Puppy race and finished a well beaten last but two winners from our other two runners sent us home feeling good. Firstly Risky Wand broke well and just got round in front at the first bend in the sprint going on to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 15.64 (-15) then in the Marathon Ayamzagirl produced an exciting finish to score by a head in 56.09 (-60).
On Friday at Romford Aldataro Lass could only finish 4th in the Coronation Cup semi-finals behind the impressive Honey Trampas and in a hot sprint Goldcrest Lord couldn't cope with a bad draw in trap 5 when only 5th, Mountjoy Moon looked very green in a warm 400m Maiden finishing 4th and Kinda Close just failed in her bid to follow up last week's win when 2nd beaten 1 /2 lengths in 24.42 (-20). At Wimbledon there was better news as Aero Bolt battled hard to get up and win by a head in the top division of a Springbok trial stake to make it two from two over the hurdles and is now a clear 5/1 favourite to win the event when it gets underway in a couple of weeks time.
On Monday Exceptional Ride and Legit Jack were both 3rd in their respective races with Aero Merlin coming closest when 2nd beaten a length in 28.41 after leading to the run in. On Saturday Lil Magic was 3rd in an A1 and on night where there were four top grades Corrig Vincent was again on the score sheet winning by 2 lengths in 28.54. In a hot A1 Goldies Tara ran well when leading to the third bend before finishing 3rd beaten 4 lengths in a fast 28.12. In the last race a well fancied Kinda Magical could only finish 4th after missing the break.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight at Romford both Scodan Parker and Lady Aristocracy take on some useful rivals in the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden 400m.
Back to Romford on Wednesday where we should have a couple of runners on the Sky card including Ayamzagirl and Goldies Destiny.
Opens are pencilled in for Henlow on Thursday and Romford on Friday as well as the last Springbok trial stakes at Wimbledon on the same night.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Well not the best of starts to the year with Risky Rosaleen getting no kind of run when last at Hall Green and to make matters worse our next two runners both won which I very nearly tipped up as well. When I put Goldcrest Lord up to make it four wins on the spin I didn't think that both Jimmie Lollie and Rotar Wing would be in the race and he would have a trap 5 draw as well! So not much luck but on a recovery mission this week I don't see why we can't have a few quid on Ayamzagirl at Romford on Wednesday as she is running out of her skin. I thought Kinda Close was slightly unlucky on Friday and seems to be at the top of her game and could be worth an interest on Friday
AYAMZAGIRL - 2 pts win - Romford - Wednesday
KINDA CLOSE - 1 pt win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RISKY ROSALEEN - 2 pts win - Hall Green - Tuesday - lost
GOLDCREST LORD - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost