Monday 18th June 2007
Its down to Directors Chair and the awesome Eye Onthe Veto to carry the flag for the kennel after the weekend's second round in the Greyhound Derby and I will review the heats in the open race review below.
A reminder to all that time is running out to enter our magnificent 5 to follow competition so don't delay and get studying to have a chance of winning the fantastic first prize of a superb well bred bitch out of top brood Up In Lights. Just a quick note that there are a couple of changes on the list of greyhounds to choose from firstly No. 3 Avoid The Rest has been retired, No 7 Blue Rizzler is injured and will be out of action for at least two months, No 17 Chase The Dream is shortly to go hurdle schooling and probably won't be back until September, No 18 Compliance Lad has moved to Romford and as with any selections points that count towards the competition must be whilst trained by our kennel. The same applies to No 34 Fear Armani who has been sold, No 37 Genesis Alix is in season and won't be back until August. No 70 Roswell Comet has had his name changed to Roswell Diamond and No 72 Roswell Rebel is going to be changed to Roswell Zodiac which will be confirmed next week. If anyone has included any of these in their entries you will be contacted so that you can change your selection.
Featured on our web site this week are a few new dogs for sale which are certainly worth a second look at! Also a new guest column from Barrie Clegg which I would like to thank him for. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Jemma Oliver to our full time staff and we will be adding her profile shortly.
The week started quietly with Like Hot Cakes who was slightly unlucky when knocked out of the semi-final of the Graphite (U.K) Puppy Derby on Tuesday. On Thursday we travelled to Henlow for the heats of Stondon St Leger over 660m. Eye Onthe Jewel had been in good form at Walthamstow but she had no answers to the strong running Tuftys Pearletta although she safely qualifyed in 3rd. Daisyfield Seani was almost knocked over at the second bend and was eliminated.
Friday was a big day as we sent our first three Derby qualifiers to Wimbledon and Killer Keane who had been the talk of the first round went in the traps well fancied but a slight missed break had this inexperienced dog in trouble and despite showing great pace down the back straight was checked at the third and failed to make it to the next stage. Although disappointed I expect this fine young dog to be top class and he is worth following in the next few months. Directors Wish had a tough task in heat 4 and after being crowded around the first two bends couldn't get in the race and again did his best running after the line. It would not surprise me to see this fellow back at Wimbledon in November competing in the St Leger. Directors Chair looked to have an excellent chance of winning in heat 8 and was made a 4/9 fav to do so. After a sluggish start and trouble at the first bend 'Dev' looked like he was on his way out of the event but a late surge saw him nick a qualifying place. At Romford we took five runners and when Ronnies Hare was 3rd and Daisyfield Matti and Roswell Pheonix were 2nd (ran well) it left the stage open to grand old timer Roswell Spaceman to steal the show following last week's win with a gutsy display to win by 3/4 lgth in 24.47. Saturday night a big crowd witnessed some top racing when heats 8-16 concluded the second round of the Derby and our first runner in heat 8 was Discreet Cat who broke very well but was squeezed out at the first turn. He rallied gamely but missed out by a 1 1/4 lgths in 4th and now the 'Cat' looks like being unleashed over 6 bends. Heat 12 was another tough one with Fear Robben who seems to get bad draw after bad draw and again a pitch in trap 3 was his downfall has he got in all kinds of bother at the first bend and after a late burst he pulled himself back to 4th but not enough to qualify. Heat 14 was one of the hardest of the second round and a big test for Eye Onthe Veto but coming out of the traps like he was on an elastic band (4.86 sec) he made the first bend in front with Geordie Parker right on his tail. As they raced down the back straight they were joined by both favourite Express Ego and Zigzag Dutchy but 'Veto' was not going to be denied and diving underneath the other dogs came out of the third bend in front and then raced away to score in a good 28.65. A great run that surely puts him in the mix for outright honours. Butterbridge Ali was the last of our runners to try and qualify but a slow start cost him dear in heat 15 and once again he ran on strong and although eliminated he looks likely to feature in the top 6 bend races later in the year.
Walthamstow proved a better night for winners for the kennel and Kinda Sure who showed explosive early again nearly pulled off a good win but just got caught near the line to lose by a hd and a nk in 28.93 by Beardys Lex Anne. Centaur Iris ran a well-finishing second in the novice marathon and then in the following race Stride On Babe confirmed her promise shown in qualifying trials with a nice win in the 475m maiden scoring in a useful 28.86. Genesis Alix has been a bitch that has been in terrific form for Gavin Cheeseman and once again ran a blinder to win the 880m the furthest she has been tested over. The time of 56.26 was very good and its a shame she has now come into season just when she has hit top form. First round Derby casualty Centaur Decree was in the tough 475m standard and when he decided to wait for the others to all come out of the traps before he did it looked like he was going to be out the back but 'James' took off to be fair and in the end did well to finish a close up 3rd. January Tiger was made 4/6 favourite in the veteran race over 475m and after smashing out the boxes romped home in a stunning 28.71- not bad for an oldie!
On Monday's BAGS card we had three dogs Reachfar Oasis, Emily Outlaw and Eye Onthe Spark who all ran well but finished second in their respective races but it was nice to see Emly Exile get off the mark winning in a calc 29.79. On Tuesday's card Lode Of Yank nearly had us in trouble with the stewards when winning the A6 by a couple of lengths in a fast 28.98 and then in the last race Snappy Girl returned to her best form after her season to simply destroy her rivals in a fast 39.78 in the S2 and is a bitch to follow over the next few weeks. Thursday produced some good runs from the kennel and a dog who looks to be improving all the time is Lockdale Duke - showing great pace he led off the second to beat Twilight Fantasy a couple of lgths in a calc 29.39. Another improving greyhound is John Keefe's Eye Onthe Power and although finishing second he again ran well and should be winning soon. Shelbourne Thesa was given a good chance from RM Chris Page and she took it well leading off the 5th bend to score by 6 1/4 lgths in a calc 39.92. Blue Rizzler was unlucky when going lame at the second bend after leading and with a torn Monkey muscle he wiil be out of action for a couple of months.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- LODE OF YANK
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday sees the retirement race for Vera Akehurst's A Bit Tricky and after 101 races he will retire to his owner's sofa so good luck to 'Bruno' in his last race! Most of this week's action will be centred around Saturday's Third round of the Blue Square Greyhound Derby and we are pleased with Eye Onthe Veto's draw in heat 1 and if he can keep breaking like he has he wil go a lot further in the event. Directors Chair has a tough draw in trap 2 outside the middle running Savanna Highlands in heat 5. We have Eye Onthe Jewel in the semi-final of the Stondon St Leger on Thursday. Evan Herbert's exciting prospect Roswell Diamond will trial this week at Hall Green in preparation for the Gymcrack starting Friday week. Other entries are to be planned today with raids on Romford (Friday) and Coventry (Sunday) expected.