Monday 21st January 2013
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Greyhound racing is in the grip of winter and high praise is due to the track staff who have done wonders to get their tracks in such good race condition despite the elements. We were at Hove Thursday, Romford Friday, Yarmouth Saturday and Sittingbourne Sunday and all were in decent race condition. It really is the travelling from the kennel to the tracks that is hazardous and myself and all my staff have had to pull out all the stops to get there and back each time. The freeze doesn't look like clearing for this week so again I will have all the extra worries this weather brings.
Our kennel is still yet to hit top form but the signs are encouraging after this week's results. Benkaat Blue is a real winner and produced a good effort to win first time up at Hove on Thursday and on Friday we looked to have only a slim chance of getting one of our three runners through to the Coronation Cup final at Romford for next Friday so it came as a pleasant surprise when Darian Chief landed the first semi totally on merrit at odds of 20/1!. We then also saw both Adageo Brae and Carden Twilight perform brilliantly to claim second places in their semi's and we are delighted to now have half the field in the final. It will still be difficult to beat long odds on favourite Bansha Mo but all our three are well drawn so you never know.
Darian Chief who has been up for sale on our site for a while has now been purchased by Sean Middleton and I'm pleased to be saying he will remain in our kennel so hopefully Chief and Sean can get off to the best possible start by winning on Friday. Whatever the result, having the three in the final will score us good points for the new Trainers Championship standings which can now be seen on the new GTA website www.thegta.co.uk as well as the GBGB's www.thedogs.co.uk and also on Dave Smith's Greyhoundscene website. Only one change for this year, trainers will be awarded two points instead of one if races have the value of £250-£499. This hopefully may encourage promoters to perhaps have at least one better prize money race on their open race cards to attract a stronger entry. I sometimes wonder when I look at the calendar why for instance two standard races can't be advertised, the first one being for say double the win money than normal with more for the also rans and then advertise another standard for the normal amount (although this amount which has been well documented needs upping by promoters) and the best entries run for the better prize money race while any ones that are not accepted drop back into the normal standard races. Sounds more complicated than it really is, for example the top division of Romford's Friday night 400m Standard is always top class yet if any of these runners were to drop to Div 2 or Div 3 they would be odds on so why can't these better class and normally in form dogs run for better money and the trainer rewarded with an extra point for the Trainers Championship? This would be the case at most tracks that stage regular open nights.
We are all thoroughly looking forward to the Industry Awards gathering next Sunday at the London Lancaster Hotel. The black tie affair is now sold out and we have around 60 guests coming to enjoy the night where the top greyhounds over the year are celebrated. The Sky team do a fantastic job and their pictures that will be used will make everyone present realise how important Sky coverage is to our industry.
Lil Risky, Blonde Snapper, Blonde Reagan and brood bitch Star Of Dromin have all got excellent chances of winning their categories and it will be a first for our kennel if one was to go on and win the Greyhound Of The Year! We may be a little late next week with our weekly newsletter if we do as celebrations may well go long into the early hours of Monday morning.
There were some pleasing trials this week with Bridge Ruth scorhing around Romford in 23.86 over 400m while Ayamzaman returned an excellent 13.54 sprint over 225m and on Thursday Blonde Reagan warmed up for the Golden Jacket with a 29.88 calc trial at Hove.
No luck with our two entries at Romford in the Coral On TV Puppy Trophy heats with our 'Racing Club's I Am Titanium running well when 3rd behind eventual winner Rio Minstrel.
At Hove on Thursday, Ard To Beat ran an encouraging race when leading to the run in before tiring into 4th place, Benkaat Blue won well with his first look at the track by 3/4 length in 30.11 - 10. Sidaz Dippy should also improve with racing when 4th while Ayamzabeauty should really have won the Novice Stayers when her track craft let her down and eventually she finished 3rd beaten a head and a head.
Swift Lucozade ran well to dead heat in a Maiden Stayers at Romford on Friday in 35.95 and as said all three of our runners qualified for the final of the Coronation Cup with Darian Chief taking his heat by 1 3/4 lengths in 35.79. Son Of Legends was 3rd over 400m and Planning despite being even money favourite ran well going down 3/4 length over 575m.
At Sittingbourne on Sunday Bridge Bandit made sure we never came home empty handed when landing a 500m race by 2 1/4 lengths in 30.67.
Six runners on Saturday and youngster Hillcross Dallas just went down a short head in a A4 in 28.98 while sister Hillcross Dakota scored a debut win when showing good all round pace to land an A4 in 28.67. Castlegale Hawk is improving and was runner up in an A3 beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 28.42.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Carkei Glen makes his debut for the kennel tonight when he runs in the heats of the Coral On TV Maidens at Romford along with Blonde Bronson.
Weather permitting we could be at Hove and Henlow on Thursday and at Romford on Friday the Coral Coronation Cup Final takes centre stage where Carden Twilight, Darian Chief and Adageo Brae provide half the field.
We should also be planning an assault on Crayford with the Golden Jacket fast approaching.
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No doubt we were licking our wounds when Ayamzabeauty looked all over the winner at Hove on Thursday and somehow contrived to get beaten by a head and a head in third. This week looks difficult but with the kennel coming back to form I see no reason why we can't have an interest in Friday's Coronation Cup Final at Romford. Darian Chief at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and Betfred is far too big, he runs from his favourite trap 3 slot and represents solid e.w value.
DARIAN CHIEF - 1.5 pts e.w 16/1 - Coronation Cup Final - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AYAMZABEAUTY - 3 pts win - Hove - Thursday - lost