Monday 20th July 2009
Going into Thursday's William Hill Classic Final at Sunderland it would have only been in our wildest dreams that we could imagine winning the sport's second largest prize of £40,000 only 6 weeks after winning the richest prize, the Greyhound Derby. But in Jogadusc Ace we had a dog of real quality. Drawn nicely in trap 3 he flew from the boxes and, although slightly done by the sprinters' early of Ping The Lids and Mario Gomez out wide with favourite Droopys Bogart sandwiched in the middle, 'Ace' forced his way to the front around the first two bends and with a decisive thrust going into the third turn he pulled away to a magical and unbelievable triumph by over 3 lengths in 27.86 on a very slow track. Owners Duane Harvey, John Keefe and Scott Fraser (Gavin Cheeseman couldn't make it due to work commitments) celebrated in style and to say it has been an incredible year so far for Imperial Kennels is an understatement. This latest victory has seen us shoot up to over 750 Trainers Championship points for the year, double that of our nearest rival Charlie Lister, and with 5 months of the season left it looks a lead that looks unassailable in our quest for another title. This latest victory is special as well because Jogadusc Ace is bred out of our former 'Queen of the Stow' Star O f Dromin and, formerly known as Mountjoy Gold, he was bought by a syndicate of our owners when I recommended him to them and many thanks to Patsy Canavan for giving them the opportunity to buy such a good race dog. His consistency all year has been brilliant and he thoroughly deserved to land a big one and what a race to do it. William Hills sponsorship headed by David Hood was very generous and long may it continue.
THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO CELEBRATE WINNING THE WILLIAM HILL CLASSIC
In what was a busy open race week Eye Eye Pickle continued his run in the £15,000 to the winner British Produce Stakes when winning his second round heat at Swindon and both Pinewood Evo and Kinda Handy made it to next Friday's Rose Bowl final at Crayford when producing a kennel 1-2 in their semi-final and this week looks set to be another hectic one when we visit Yarmouth, Swindon, Harlow, Sheffield, Henlow, Crayford, Monmore, Peterborough and Coventry.
Great news this week, Genesis Dream who was retired earlier this year when she came into season has became a mum for the first time when she produced a litter of nine (3 dogs 6 bitches) to Killahan Panther and all are doing well. 'Betty' and her litter will be at Brenda and Ian Seymour's in Carrick-on-Suir who are responsible for our Derby hero Kinda Ready.
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At Harlow on Wednesday Directors Wit got off the mark with a good win in the sprint coming from last to first to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 15.12 (+5). Eye Onthe Flame quickly followed up in the 415m hurdle winning by a neck in 26.57 (+15) and Goldcrest Lord ran well when 2nd to the prolific Vigorous Zico beaten 2 lengths in a fast 25.63 (+15). Thursday as said above was our glorious victory from Jogadusc Ace at Sunderland.
On Friday at Crayford all three of our qualifiers were pitched in the same semi-final of the Rose Bowl and it was Pinewood Evo who led round the first bend and held kennel mate Kinda Handy by 1 1/4 lengths in 23.59 (+10). In a supporting 540m Hurdle Rockburst Mason ran well to beat Ardmayle Machine by 1 1/4 lengths in 34.35 (+30). At Swindon Eye Eye Pickle won his second round heat of the British Produce Stakes in 29.88 (-80).
On Sunday Dalcash Scolari, in only his second race, looked a pup to follow when winning div 2 of the 480m puppy race finishing strong to score by 3 3/4 lengths in 30.12. Kindred Sparky won well by over 6 lengths in a fine 29.75 and Parkmore Elite kept his unbeaten record when taking the top division of the puppy in 30.02 and Corrig Vieri got back to winning ways when taking div 1 of the 625m by 2 1/2 lengths in 39.87 (-30) to complete an excellent week for the kennel.
On Wednesday both Russell Legit and Sweep Clean were second before Genesis Fuzzums scored by 1 3/4 lENgths in 26.37 (+15). No luck on Friday with Lord Pishy and Centaur Rosina coming closest when both second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - JOGADUSC ACE
GRADED RACING - GENESIS FUZZUMS
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
A trip to Yarmouth for some opens tonight with exciting pups Eye Onthe Flash and Kilquane Jack both in action as well as Mountjoy Ruby and Eye Onthe Brave who faces a stiff task on his return from a rest. On Wednesday opens at Harlow as well as the semi-final of the Produce Stakes at Swindon with Eye Eye Pickle bidding for a place in the £15,000 final on Saturday. Possible Henlow on Thursday and on Friday Pinewood Evo and Kinda Handy contest the Tony Morris and John Humphreys Rose Bowl final. Also the heats of the William Hill Steel City Cup start at Sheffield on the same night and we could also be at Monmore and Coventry at the weekend.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
What a result from Jogadusc Ace landing the William Hill Classic recommended at 50/1 ante-post. After competition wins that we advised from Corrig Vieri (20/1), Bomber Bailey (16/1), Kinda Ready (66/1) as well as some near misses, his victory has gave us another 62.5 profit. I have not had a chance to work out our overall profit for the year but it should make pleasant reading for those that have followed our selections. I have not seen a market yet for the Produce Stakes at Swindon but we will play Eye Eye Pickle if there is as he has a good chance.
EYE EYE PICKLE - 1pt e.w ante-post - Produce Stakes - Swindon - Wed/Sat
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - WON 50/1