Monday 19th July 2010
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Sunderland's William Hill Festival came to a dramatic conclusion last Thursday but sadly for the kennel we came home empty handed despite all three of our stars running very well. The £15,000 to the winner Grand Prix looked there for the taking for Kinda Easy but a missed break cost him dearly and he could only finish 3rd behind England Expects who had flew the boxes and lead all the way. A slight concern was that the finalists in the Grand Prix who had come out of their kennels straight after the previous race to be sampled and coated all had to wait in the paddock area for almost 1/2 hour while the hare was fixed after it had burnt out earlier and I'm sure this was not ideal for not just our fella but all the other finalists. Why they didn't wait to get them out of the kennels until the hare was fixed is ridiculous in such an important race. It's a fine line between winning and losing and I don't want to seem like I'm making excuses but to me this just wasn't right. Blonde Snapper also looked to have a great chance in the supporting £3,000 to the winner Puppy Plate but again a mistimed break saw him badly bumped at the first bend though he did well on the tight track to run on for 3rd place behind Rayvin Giovvani. Droopys Zach's unlucky 2nd place behind Hurleys Hero typified our night, close but no cigar! and it was a long drive back from the North East for myself and Tom on a wet and windy night. Congratulations to Craig Dawson for taking Jogadusc Ace's crown in the big race with the aptly named Target Classic who narrowly held Chris Allsopp's Ballymac Ace to land the £25,000 to the winner William Hill Classic and also congratulations again to William Hill for their brilliant sponsorship of the whole festival.
There was a bit of a shock for most people on the day of the William Hill Festival when it was announced that Hills supremo David Hood had left the company after what seems like a disagreement with his employers. David, an owner of ours (Lil Magic), told me that he had no immediate plans but would still like to take an active part in our sport which is great news. Not everybody's cup of tea but a proper dog man and one who has done so much to advertise and promote our sport through William Hills. Let's hope the GBGB can get him on board so we can utilise his skills in some shape as our whole industry would benefit from his knowledge and expertise.
The open race calendar is in full flight at this time of year and another busy week for the kennel sees us at several tracks but the most important meeting will be at Wimbledon on Friday when the prestigious William Hill Puppy Derby gets underway. Although only a Category 2 it's an event which most trainers aim their top pups for and this year's renewal should be as good as previous years. We should have several entries but hopefully Blonde Snapper can put Sunderland's disappointment behind him and do well. Blonde Fletch is fast and if he can get some draws on the rails he would also be a major contender. Bomber Barkley hasn't quite found his best form of late but he is a nice talent and watch out for Blonde Ross as well, he put in a good trial (28.88) at the Plough Lane circuit last Wednesday and could be anything. Other entries will include Blonde Robbo, Kinda Razzle and Paradise Riva.
A quiet start to the week with trials at Yarmouth, Sittingbourne, Yarmouth and Peterborough for up and coming races. The feature meeting of the week was the finals of the William Hill Festival on Thursday at Sunderland. Droopys Zach was involved in a tight finish in the 640m supporting open where Hurleys Hero just got the better of him by a head in 40.10 (-30). In the Puppy Plate Final Blonde Snapper was in trouble after a slow start and despite showing good pace up there was nowhere to go at the first bend and he was badly bumped back to last. Running through the field down the back straight for a second it looked like he could get back in the race but a bump at the third bend put paid to his chances and he eventually finished 3rd beaten just under 4 lengths in 27.44 (-30). In the £15,000 to the winner Grand Prix final a sluggish start for Kinda Easy in a race he needed to dominate was the reason for his downfall, again he showed good pace moving in to third place along the back straight for the last time to give himself some chance but in the end he had too much ground to make up and had to settle for 3rd beaten 3 1/4 lengths in 39.50 (-30)
On Friday at Crayford Goldies Tara pulled off an 8/1 surprise when winning the 380m sprint race by 1 1/4 lengths in 23.79. The feature race was the semi-finals of the Crayford Vase and our only survivor from the heats All That Noise looked a likely winner as he went to the bend on the shoulder of early leader Freedom Cody but in a split second he was dragged back and put in an impossible position. He tried hard but couldn't get back on terms and was an unlucky last. Jogadusc Jasper ran well to finish 2nd in a 714m supporting race.
Our only other opens were at Sittingbourne on Sunday night and again we started well when Directors Ruler landed the Veteran race holding on by 1/2 length in 29.39. The meeting went wrong after that with costly odds on defeats for Dalcash Scolari (found all the trouble going) and Marathon performer Ayamzagirl who couldn't get past Blonde Blitz when challenging at the 7th bend going down by a neck in a track record 60.18. Destroy The Camp finished the night up in style winning the top division of the Kent Derby trial stakes leading at the third bend to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.25.
Only a few runners on Friday where Lady Aristocracy scored her first victory coming from well off the pace to get up on the line in 26.86. Old stagers Genesis Fuzzums (26.72) and Sligo Too (26.39) both won well.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - DESTROY THE CAMP
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
As usual our runners at Romford in their regular Monday night comps are drawn together (they must think we are stupid in the GBGB offices when they are suppose to draw these out of a hat!) Adageo and Directors Spur are this week's ones in the heats of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl over 575m.
Also tonight we have runners at Yarmouth in one off opens with Directors Wit, Jodu Fame, Blonde Gunner and Corrig Vieri all having chances.
On Wednesday some warm Peterborough Derby Trial Stakes see us well represented.
Friday sees the heats of the William Hill Puppy Derby at Wimbledon as well as the final of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl at Romford.
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A small profit shown on Kinda Easy's 3rd place in the Grand Prix at Sunderland but in truth we were hoping for better. Blonde Snapper can be forgiven for getting beat at Sunderland in the Puppy comp as I'm sure this dog will lead us to some tasty returns in the future and to be fair we are already in profit with him after his 2nd place in the Gymcrack. He is definitely worth sticking with in the Puppy Derby beginning at Wimbledon on Friday as well as his brother Blonde Ross who might be a big price. Owner Mark Currell might have a strong hand as Blonde Fletch is as fast as anything in training and as long as he gets some rails draws he could also make the final. Eye Onthe Brave might not be the most reliable of dogs but on his day he can run with the best and I can see him winning on Wednesday in a Peterborough Derby Trial Stake. Also on Friday at Romford an interest on Goldies Destiny is advised.
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Friday
BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Friday
BLONDE ROSS - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Puppy Derby - Wimbledon - Friday
EYE ONTHE BRAVE - 2 pts win - Peterborough - Wednesday
GOLDIES DESTINY - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA EASY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - 3RD 8/1
BLONDE SNAPPER - 4 pts win ante-post 3/1 - William Hill Puppy Plate - Sunderland - lost