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Henlow's biggest night of their life, when the Sky cameras come to the Bedfordshire tack for the first time this Thursday, promises to be special with some top class racing on the agenda. The feature race on the card is the £20,000 to the winner Primus Telecom Henlow Derby final which looks a competitive race. We have the talented Destroy The Camp in trap 6 and with 'Fred' being the sole wide seed he should have a reasonable chance. In the semi-final last Thursday he was soundly beaten by Westmead Osprey by over 5 lengths in a fast 27.32 but to be fair he did well to overcome a poor draw from trap 5 and a bump at the first bend to safely qualify in 2nd and now with the odds on favourite Westmead Osprey drawn inside him in trap 5, who will have to get everything right to clear the four railers inside him, I see no reason why Destroy The Camp can't go close to picking up our kennel's first major trophy since Eye Onthe Storm won the Blue Riband at Hall Green back in April. We hope to have a few runners on the card including Risky Wand who inflicted a rare defeat to champion sprinter Jimmie Lollie over track and trip 10 days ago. Henlow despite it's unusual but fair track is a place we always enjoy going to and I'm sure they will put on a good show.
The William Hill St Leger reaches the semi-final stage tomorrow night and defending champion Kinda Easy made it through last Friday by the skin of his teeth. Despite only a four dog race in the quarter-final it was a quality race where all four runners could think they had a chance of winning the whole event and when 'Dave' missed the break he looked in real trouble of going out especially off the last bend when, only in 3rd place, the strong running Head Iton Jason loomed large to draw along side him but a desperate late rally saw him just squeeze through by 1/2 length but beaten 4 1/2 lengths by the strong running Baran Pimlico in 42.01. His semi-final draw is good where he has his favourite trap 6 box and you have to say it's the weaker of the two semi's. Let's hope he can take advantage and who knows a famous back to back St Legers might well be on the cards.
Reading Jim Cremin's article in yesterday's Racing Post on the magnificent new stadium at Limerick my immediate thoughts straight away are wow! this could be the new Walthamstow or the next state of the art stadium that could be built in this country. I will make sure I pay a visit in the near future to the impressive new jewel in the crown for Irish racing and without doubt you just know this is the way forward for the whole sport - refreshing, clean, smart and well run stadia are the only thing to take the industry into a new era.
I have now updated the 'Feature Dogs' page which features the career of the now retired Jogadusc Ace and also I hope everybody enjoyed reading Richard Birch's 'Spotlight' on our Guest Column. This will be up for another week and next week you will be able to see the views and questions answered by one of the sport's most popular characters Jonathan Hobbs of the Racing Post and Sky's regular presenter.
Again only Henlow Thursday and Wimbledon Friday last week and though we had no winners at Henlow Destroy The Camp ran superbly to qualify for the Primus Telecom Derby final this week with Bim Bam Boozle just missing out on a place in the final when 4th. Of the other runners youngster Gottabe Kinda found a tough puppy race and was a well beaten 4th behind Westmead Maldini (27.62). Directors Ruler (3rd), Goldies Destiny (4th) and Directors Spur (2nd) all ran well enough. As said Kinda Easy made it through to tomorrow's semi-finals of the William Hil St Leger when 3rd in Friday's Quarter-final.
On Monday we kept up our fine record since grading at the track where we have had a strike rate of over 30%. Corrig Vincent is close to his debut win and ran well when runner up in an A2 beaten 3 lengths in 28.41(+20). Mint Bulb, owned by my better half Sarah, notched up a superb hat trick of wins when taking an A3 in impressive style leading all the way to score by 2 lengths in a good 28.41(+20). Lil Magic is just coming to hand and produced an excellent win by 3 lengths in 28.27 (+20) and to cap a fine night Lord Aristocracy made it 3 winners from 4 runners when scoring by a length in 28.87 (+20).
On Saturday both Paradise Riva (2nd) and Sligo Too (3rd) made a good debut in an A2, Legit Jack ran better when 4th and Hidden Universe produced a long awaited but fine debut win by a 1 3/4 lengths in a very good 28.11 (+10) with Rockburst Eva totally out graded back in 5th. Lil Magic made it a quick fire double for the week when coming in as a late replacement in a good A1 coming from behind to win by 1/2 length in 28.22 (+10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DESTROY THE CAMP
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Bomber Barkley and Eye Onthe Brave run in the heats of the Coral on TV Standard at Romford.
On Tuesday Kinda Easy bids to make the William Hill St Leger Final when he runs from trap 6 in the 2nd semi-final at Wimbledon while litter brother and Derby Champion Kinda Ready travels up North for a trial at Newcastle in preparation for the All England Cup. Blonde Fletch and Risky Skipper (doubtful after shelling a nail) are also booked in for trials. We also travel to Hall Green for trials as Catunda Mae, Kinda Razzle and Kinda Close are being aimed at the Midland Oaks starting next week.
On Thursday at Henlow the Final of the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby is the feature race on the Sky card and Destroy The Camp runs from trap 6 in his first major final.
The Final of the Coral on TV Standard is the feature race at Romford and Goldcrest Lord makes his return after nearly a year off with injury.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
A huge night for followers on Thursday as Destroy The Camp recommended ante-post at 25/1 bids to land the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby and I would be mighty disappointed if he wasn't in the first 4 from a plot draw in trap 6. He is still 10/1 to land the final and if anyone hasn't already played this price is far too big and I would definitely advise a small interest. Kinda Easy continues his campaign in the William Hill St Leger and the 14/1 ante-post we availed ourselves to is still looking pretty.
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt win 10/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby Final - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - final Thursday
KINDA EASY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - continues Tuesday