Monday 19th May 2014
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Sid Huett our head kennel hand is all signed up for Julie Collier's 'Fall For Hounds' Sky dive on 16th June and is looking for sponsors . I'm afraid I'm scared of heights and will not be signing up but will be making a massive effort over the next few months to get him well sponsored, click here for his link.
We are now right at the half way stage of a tremendously captivating William Hill Greyhound Derby which on Saturday produced some brilliant action at Wimbledon as all of the third round heats were on the same night. Again we were treated to some stunning performances and some great finishes as well as some shock eliminations. For ourselves it was a night of mixed emotions, Aero Nemesis enhanced his growing reputation and is still unbeaten while our other two remaining entries Benkaat Nero and El Flutter saw their Derby campaign come to an end.
A huge crowd on a gorgeous warm evening were treated to the best four bend action our sport can offer as the third round commenced. Long time ante post favourite for the outright honours Swift Keith looked flat when eliminated in the opening heat while track record holder Fiery Splendour was also beaten but qualified in 3rd as 25/1 /shot Thatchers Champ surprised to beat the solid Salad Dodger. Heat 2 fell the way of Kevin Hutton's win machine Jet Stream Duke while his more fancied Airport Captain was knocked out. The well backed Mind The Net was impressive in heat 3 picking up the plotted Jordans Brianna in the fastest time of the night 28.16 and Pat Buckley's flyer is going to be a real force. Youngster Roxholme Ted again showed superb early for Mark and Hayleigh Keightley to land heat 4 but will the quick runs find this talented June 12 whelp out?
The night's action was coming thick and fast and it was our turn in the second half of the round and out stepped our prodigious talent Aero Nemesis in heat 5. Sadly Nick Savva's Westmead Chris was withdrawn 'off colour' on the day and although I never like to wish any of our rivals any misfortune the empty box in trap 6 was an advantage. Personally I don't think it mattered as again Aero Nemesis roared up to the bend some 2 lengths clear of the field and running the first two bends like a dream the race was virtually put to bed, Paul Hennessy's Ecclestone tried valiantly to close the gap but Aero Nemesis stayed on well to score by 2 1/4 lengths in a fine 28.32 and was immediately slashed to 8/1 to win the Derby. No doubt Stuart Forsdike's star is in with a massive chance and we are three races away from that ultimate glory in the sport.
Heat 6 gave racegoers a terrific battle as Jason Heath's Ballymac Loch lead everywhere bar the line before he succumbed to Peter Cronin's Metro Jack in 28.54. This time last year we were hoping for a big run from Benkaat Nero but he was unluckily knocked out in the third round and sadly the same fate awaited him here in heat 7, a missed break and a bounce off the rails left him with too much to do and though not beaten far he never looked like getting in the first three in a race won by the strong Farley Chicken in 28.32.
The last heat looked on paper an absolute cracker and so it proved. Our El Flutter was an incredible 25/1 shot more because the race was so hot and as expected he turned in last position. Flutter tried his hardest to get on terms and for a minute his express finish looked like it was going to prevail but he was one stride away from making Tuesday's quarter finals. The race itself was a fitting climax to the evening and was really an exhibition by the most talented four bend star since Westmead Hawk as Holdem Spy simply blew away some class rivals coming from fifth to first in less than 100 metres, awesome!
What a night's action and we now can't wait for Tuesday. We didn't have to wait long for the draw and I was still washing El Flutter down when I heard Aero Nemesis pull the trap 3 box in the opening heat, I won't lie it was a real blow but it is what it is and if you are going to win a Derby you have to overcome these situations. It's a tough heat containing four wide runners with Vanrooney on his outside in trap 4, in a way this shouldn't present a problem as we try and get to the bend in front as the Irish star doesn't possess Nemesis' early. Both trap 5 and 6 Thatchers Champ and Fiery Splendour have showed great pace up and in Fiery Splendour we have a dog who has broken the track record but I still think we can make the bend in front of them if Nemesis can break well from trap 3 (he has won from trap 1 and 3 in Ireland). If this wasn't tough enough both the inside duo of Brother John (lunatic pace to the bend) and Salad Dodger (a surprise package but here fully on merit) will have their supporters.
Tomorrow night's quarter final action has four supporting opens live on Sky and it is promising to be a night to remember as the stadium celebrates its anniversary and Diane McLean follows her 'Show Of Passion' day with a 'Night of Passion'. She and all her supporters are promising to put on a special night to show the stadium still has a future and I hope as many people as possible can get to Wimbledon to enjoy the show.
Our kennel has had a few injury problems of late but the news of the likes of Adageo Bob, Aayamzamodel, Jazz Tilly and promising pup Benkaat Panther is better and all should be returning to action very soon. Not such good news for Aero Twizzle and Evanta Milan who face lengthy absences but hopefully will come back later in the year. Some great news from Ireland in that Saturday's Lee Strand winner at Tralee Vanfrankie is heading to our kennel in the near future. Vanfrankie bought into by the Ayamzaboys syndicate impressed with his all round speed when landing the €8,000 to the winner event which has always produced future champions. Evanta Van Gough beaten in the semi-finals also will be arriving and both will strengthen our kennel as we look to grab a 5th Trainer Of The Year title.
We have some interesting pups coming up for sale over the next few months and Mollys Chambers was quickly snapped up last week and produced an excellent 16.80 trial at Yarmouth on Thursday, look out for her in the future she could be a nice open racer. This week we have a lovely bitch up for sale - Airforce Anna is a November 12 whelp who possesses great early pace. Having come over to the kennel 3 months ago she came in season virtually straight away, bred out of Droopys Scolari x Dash On Lucy she has completed her qualifying trials and has lead and won both her 3 dog trials. She will be improving rapidly from her season and her age and could very well turn out to be a Romford Puppy Cup type. She looks good open class and at 5k is good value, call me if anyone is interested.
Just two runners at Hove on Thursday kicking our week off. Evanta Jack couldn't get an uncontested lead in the Steve Joel Puppy final when finishing down the field. Blackstone Marco made the trip worthwhile with a decisive victory over 515 metres after breaking in his best style and going on to score in 29.81.
On Friday at Romford both Rosealinda and Ilewin Allot were second from our five runners but the best was saved for last as Reel Trickyone blew his rivals away when blasting out the traps, not stopping Reel Trickyone won comfortably in 35.27.
As said Aero Nemesis was awesome when taking his heat in the William Hill Derby on Saturday and on Sunday at Sittingbourne a rare night where we came back empty handed. Evanta Evita was picked up after leading in the Bookmakers Standard final and both Blonde Razor and Bridge Bandit were 2nd in other races.
On Wednesday night both Energize Rosco and Garryglass Kaka came closest of our five runners when 2nd.
On Saturday a couple more seconds in the shape of Saffrons Champ and Energize Dan while there were excellent wins for both Evanta Fantasy, who dead heated when upped two grades in A2 in a good 28.14, and Domino Storm impressed again making it 5 wins from 8 starts when taking a very good A1 in fine style in 27.83, certainly a bitch in top form.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A big night tomorrow as the William Hill Derby reaches the Quarter Final stage and Aero Nemesis will have his unbeaten tag put on the line, also Black Francis and Darian Star run on the supporting card.
Our usual Coral programme with possibly Hove on Thursday and definitely Romford on Friday is the starters before the main course on Saturday where the William Hill Derby Semi Finals are the feature of the weekend. Also the supporting competitions get underway and Cornamaddy Jumbo returns to the scene of his Springbok triumph when he goes in the Champion Hurdle heats. We should also have a couple of runners in the Derby Plate for Derby dogs knocked out in the first three rounds.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
This is starting to get exciting now! Aero Nemesis recommended at 80/1 ante post (I know plenty who have got a bigger price) for the William Hill Derby is as low as 8/1 with some bookmakers. He faces a stern test in tomorrow's quarter final but we are only three races away from a massive pay day! Sadly our other two selections El Flutter and Benkaat Nero bit the dust at the third round stage but we had a good run.
On Saturday Cornamaddy Jumbo returns to Wimbledon for the Champion Hurdle and sure to be a bigger price than when winning the Springbok over course and distance is worth betting on to perhaps give us a memorable night a week Saturday!
CORNAMADDY JUMBO - 2 pts e.w ante post - William Hill Champion Hurdle - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO NEMESIS - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 80/1 - William Hill Derby - Wimbledon - continues tomorrow
EL FLUTTER - 1 pt e.w ante post 80/1 - William Hill Derby - Wimbledon - lost
BENKAAT NERO - 1 pt e.w ante post 500/1 - William Hill Derby - Wimbledon - lost