Monday 18th March 2013
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Chris Allsopp landed a great 1-2 in the Ladbrokes Monmore Puppy Derby with Cluxton Free and Strategic Review and along with Express Flame who took the Bitches Final gained a huge haul of points for the Trainer Of The Year title although with our points gained from the beaten but not disgraced Jazz Tilly and Blonde Reagan in the Category 2 Ladbrokes Spring Festival Stayers and a decent return from our five winners at Coventry last night it will make interesting reading when the latest standings come out today.
One of our five winners from Coventry last night Sidaz Dippy is now on our 'Dogs For Sale' page. It's hard to believe this potential superstar stayer is only a May 11 whelp and put some top older dogs to the sword last night. She looks like she will get the full marathon trip now and both her and Mallogs Holly are two of the most exciting prospects in training at the moment. We have had plenty of interest in her already and I hope to have a deal secured this week for her to stay in our kennel.
We have a lot to look forward to this week starting tomorrow with the first Sky broadcast of the year at Wimbledon. We have four runners- Lil Risky in a warm sprint, Mallogs Holly in a good marathon, Bridge Ruth in the ladies race and Blonde Reagan returns to the scene of his famous St Leger victory over 687m and we hope the new SIS produced show is good for the sport. Three of our four runners, with the exception of Mallogs Holly, will, all being well, represent us at the prestigious Trainers Championship meeting at Yarmouth a week Wednesday and this Wednesday we are being entertained at the Imperial Hotel in Yarmouth for the luncheon which is always a good day. I hope to have our team ready by then and I will do an in depth review of the races next week.
It was good to read in the latest calendar that John Curran, owner and promoter at Kinsley, is giving 10% of all open race prize money won at the Gymcrack meeting to the trainers, an idea that I firmly believe should be implemented across the board in all opens which would not
only reward hundreds of trainers who travel many miles across the country but will safeguard the future of open racing. Sceptics will say that this will only benefit a few big trainers but I don't agree, I think the opens will be so much more competitive which in turn should see more turnover for the bookmakers producing more into the fund for all to benefit. Also many trainers do not pass on to owners the true cost of travelling everywhere and a 10% cut or even better added to prize money will be of huge financial significance to the trainers.
Talking of Kinsley, we hope to travel to the track with a few pups for trials in the next week in preparation for the Gymcrack and one pup who is worth watching out for is Blonde Tango who impressed in his series of qualifying trials and then in his second race on Saturday
comprehensively winning an A2 in an excellent 28.27 . This pup out o fthe exciting Toosey Blue x Blonde Jeannie litter looks a good one for owner Mark Currell and could very well reach Derby class. Watch out also for Extreme Lad who I think is decent and could go well at Kinsley.
I can agree with several comments in Jonathan Kay's article in the Racing Post today especially that we are, as a sport, in a better place than last year although we are light years away from where we need to be for everything to be rosy. One thing for certain is that the new jackpot pools being introduced should be a real winner especially if the end result is that someone has the chance to win life changing money for a small outlay. I still play poker on the Internet three or four times a week and there has been no sign of a dip since online poker boomed five or six years ago. The one thing that amazes me is the tournaments which attract thousands of players. I regularly play a tourney for $50 that starts every night at 8pm on Pokerstars. Years ago the pool used to be around $70,000 and now it gets up to $130,000 + most nights. For roughly £30 you can win £25k or more and get paid if you get in the top 15%. Of course you have to pit your wits against 2,500 or more other players but it's that big pay day at the end that punters love no matter how unrealistic it might be to win. What we also need to insure is that any small margins taken out of the new intended greyhound jackpot pool somehow find their way back to the people who supply the product namely owners and trainers!
Not the best of starts on Monday with Baran Bugatti getting a right whack in the Coral On TV Hurdle heats at Romford and though still finishing in third came off a bit lame but nothing too serious. Earlier in the day their was an excellent card at Monmore for the Spring Festival and wins for Jazz Tilly and Blonde Reagan in the Stayers while the gallant Benkaat Blue in the dogs 480m gave our kennel a good day while Garryglass Rodge was a beaten but not disgraced third in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby semi's.
No more opens until the Friday where Monmore's Ladbrokes Spring Festival was the feature and in the Stayers final over 630 metres worth a generous £5000 to the winner Jazz Tilly and Blonde Reagan turned in pole positions but favourite Ballyard Buddy was quickly on their heel. Jazz Tilly held the call until she left a gap at the 5th bend for Ballyard Buddy to nip through to go on and score relegating our two to 2nd and 3rd. Benkaat Blue nearly made the bend in the Dogs 480m Final from a tricky trap 4 slot but was pushed aside by eventual winner Bold Three and finished a decent 2nd.
At Romford Middletons Boy showed promise when 3rd in a 400m Maiden and in a hotter race Extreme Lad ran very well when 2nd. Glanmire Lad may have only been 2nd in his first race back since last December but there was a lot to like about his performance and he should strip fitter next time. Ayamzaman was also beaten at short odds but again he was a touch unlucky and is definitely looking like his old self. Mountjoy Eagle ran OK when 3rd as his connections were partying in the smart Pavillion. We had to wait until the last race for a winner and Hometown Honey now fully out of season ran well showing good all round pace to land the spoils over 575m.
A busy night last night where we sent out 9 runners (7 at Coventry and 2 at Sittingbourne). Bridge Bandit, our kennel revelation, made it three wins this year at Sittingbourne with a victory over 480m in a good 29.34 while Benkaat Boy returning from a break was poorly drawn over 450m when 4th. At Coventry an excellent card as usual with proper prize money for the races started well for us when Melodys Ace making his debut in this country took a 480m Maiden in 29.89 (-20), Carkei Max rewarded some consistent efforts when landing a 480m Standard in 29.60 (-20) and Jazz Apollo having is first race for over three months took the veterans in fine style in 29.58 (-20). The race of the night saw our track record holder Castlebride Dan take on the enigmatic but super fast Farloe Tango. As expected Dan showed his customary brute early pace and at the third bend was a good 3 lengths to the good but Tango escaping a bit of trouble showed an unbelievable burst of pace to pass our gallant Castlebride Dan and go on to score impressively in a brilliant 29.10 (-20), Castlebride Dan lost nothing in defeat. Our night still got better when the improving Carkei Babe took the top division of the Maiden in 29.85 (-20), Sidaz Dippy completed a superb night when landing a good 672 Stayers race after missing her break, showing good speed to lead at the first bend she held all her rivals off to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 42.29 (-30).
On Wednesday both Darian Creek and Swift Lucozade took the honours in the Bags Easter Eggstravaganz. Darian Creek won the 462m in 27.97 while Swift Lucozade won the 659m Stayers and both will now represent Yarmouth at Monmore on Good Friday. Hillcross Dallas won an A3 well in 28.57.
Just three runners on Saturday but again a good return with Blonde Tango a lovely Aug 11 pup out of Oaks winner Blonde Jeannie winning in fine style in an A2 in 28.27 while Swift Freeze hit form taking an A1 in 28.26.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week with heats of the Coral On TV Stayers at Romford tonight with Planning, Adageo Brae, Darian Chief and Hometown Honey.
The new Sky show kicks off tomorrow from Wimbledon and will feature four runners from the kennel including the prolific Lil Risky and St Leger hero Blonde Reagan.
Other opens this week will include Hove Thursday, Romford Friday and Coventry Sunday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Jazz Tilly gave us a small return when runner up in the Ladbrokes Spring Festival Stayers final. This week a bet for the new Sky show could be Bridge Ruth who is fancied to show pace to lead on the run in or hopefully before in the Ladies 480m. Extreme Lad impressed last week at Romford and could well come forward at Romford on Friday.
BRIDGE RUTH - 4 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
EXTREME LAD - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - Ladbrokes Spring Festival Stayers - Monmore - 2ND (6pt profit)
GARRYGLASS RODGE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 -Ladbrokes Puppy Derby - Monmore - lost