Monday 21st November 2011
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Wednesday's inaugural launch of GOBATA's Betdaq Premier League went off smoothly with the result of the Northern Qualifier not being decided right up until the last leg. Kelly Macari, who has a happy knack of pulling off wins when most needed, saw her Mill Sparticus take off in the last leg securing 'Team North East's' victory on the night. Charles Fanous's 'Mad Hatters' side had a great night with two winners. Firstly Coin Case for a delighted Paul Philpott won the opening leg and then Charles' own Miss Magpie an inspired Joker which scored double points for the team gaining them that all important second qualifying spot for the the Premier League proper starting in January. Sky covered the event in their usual slick style and it complemented an excelllent card featuring the Doncaster St Leger won by the irrepressible Charlie Lister's Lonely Boy. Doncaster on the night proved an excellent venue and the racing was superb and pretty trouble free and their fantastic hospitality would have put many tracks to shame.
All the teams that took part in the Premier League did so with a real enthusiasm and now we can't wait for the Midland and Southern Qualifiers taking place on December 3rd at Yarmouth Stadium. These two legs will be shown on Premier Sports (Channel 433) and will be free to air. Already the twelve teams involved at Yarmouth have or will be putting their possible runners around Yarmouth for a sighter of this tricky but fair track and a packed Stadium is expected on the night. I have our team now called Imperial Rock Its in my mind and will be trying our hardest to get in the first two to qualify for the main event though my team member Paul Sallis is unlikely to have any of our teams runners for the qualifier but will make a healthy contribution if we are lucky enough to get through.
The Premier League is without a doubt a positive step in the right direction as we battle through some tough economic times and with the help of the whole industry can establish itself into a vibrant and competitive concept. Any doubts people had that it would not succeed were quickly put to bed after Wednesday and the reaction in general was very good. Lessons will be learned and as with everthing new be adjusted as it goes along. Finance is the most important issue and the Premier League needs plenty of backing if it is to be sustainable but with new sponsors like Betdaq coming into the game and a format that brings a wealth of betting markets there's no reason why it can't find the backing it needs. Promoters fears that the Premier League would affect their big races were quickly dispelled when the entry for both the Eclipse at Nottingham and the Oaks at Wimbledon coming just a couple of days after the Premier League were of a very high quality. As we have said GOBATA wants to work with the industry and not against it. Praise should be heaped upon GOBATA's Martin White and Chris Page for their magnificent efforts in gettting the Premier League launched.
The Bags/Begs Intertrack reached its second leg on Friday at Oxford and only our kennel and Jenny White's kennel flew the flag for Yarmouth. With both Yarmouth and Perry Barr trailing from the first leg at Monmore it was important not to get too far adrift but both tracks should have had no fears as they completely dominated the six races at Oxford. I was slightly disappointed that our two runners Goldies Mark (4th) and Paradise Riva (5th) didn't contribute more points for the team but both were unlucky. What was to follow gave us great heart as Jenny White's Droopys Zina took a warm sprint in style and Riverside Way scored a brilliant last to first victory in the Puppy race. Perry Bar had a great meeting and won on the day (40 points) but with Yarmouth coming second and scoring 34 points the whole Midland section has only 16 points separating the six tracks which sees Hall Green on top and amazingly hot favourites Monmore on the bottom and also having played their home leg. Tonight sees the third leg at Yarmouth and if we are to do well we will need to come out on top given home advantage. For our kennel Goldies Mark bids to show he is worth his place in the team and Mountjoy Eagle has a lot resting on his young shoulders in the Puppy race. The Swindon leg comes quickly on Friday and we hope by this time next week we will be sitting in a decent position to be able to make the final.
If I was to slightly criticise the 'Intertrack' it would be that the legs are far too close together and don't really make it possible to be able to give all the intended runners a chance to trial at the tracks. Some might say that this would suit Bags racing with more 'scrimmaging' as dogs find their way round different venues giving some unpredictable results but maybe that's just me being cynical. The extra money invested is most welcome but in the future I would like to see two weeks between the legs and maybe making it eight races instead of six. Also there was plenty of talk about the Premier League being 'elitist' and would only be for the top half a dozen trainers - the Premier League has in fact involved over 60 trainers and in my opinion the Bags/Begs Intertrack is more 'elitist' as clearly if the class of runner is not 'A1' bordering on open class it will struggle to make an impact in the races which means 90% of Bags/Graded dogs have no place in the event. Both comments not a major issue but ones that needs pointing out.
We have a nice pup Carden Simon on the website for syndication and I have one more 1/4 share left for sale. Give me a call (07721778297) if you would like to get involved. Both the last two greyhounds we have syndicated are doing very well - Dixies Air bolted up in an open at Sittingbourne last night on his debut and Castlebride Dan (runs tonight at Romford) looks a massive talent.
A really busy last week on the track for the kennel and another rollercoaster ride. Munster Champ was second in his heat of the Coral On TV Stayers at Romford on Monday.
On Wednesday Ayamzagirl again saw the tail of Capoley Ash at Doncaster as she tries to get over the line for the leading Sky winner and a mixed bag of results on Friday as we covered four meetings. No luck in the morning at Oxford in the Intertrack and Mountjoy Orion, ante-post favourite for the Kent St Leger at Crayford, crashed out the event in unfortunate circumstances. In a great position at the first bend behind the leader Young Tokyo she had to slightly check and had her back legs taken away bringing her to the ground .
At Romford two costly odds on defeats for both Lil Risky (missed break) in the sprint and Aero Majestic over 575m who had no answer to a fast Razldazl Zamba. In the Coral on TV Stayers final Munster Champ ran well when third.
Good news at Nottingham as Jazz Apollo flew round in his heat of the Betfred Eclipse winning by over 5 lengths in a brilliant 29.76 the fastest of the whole round. Dalcash Scolari also qualified for next week's semi when third in his heat.
On Saturday the heats of an above average William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon saw three of our four entries qualify. Risky Rosaleen was a good second behind Brave Display beaten only 2 lengths in a fast 28.66. Bit View Emma also ran well showing great early pace when third to Ballinclare Hebe eaten 2 1/4 lengths in 28.64 and new intake Airforce Cougar ran respectably when second in the last heat and could improve for the next round.
On Sunday some good performances from our four runners. In the heats of the Maiden 480m Dixies Air scored on his debut. A strong running pup he galloped away from his rivals winning by over 7 lengths in 29.24. In the next heat Big Step was third but ran well with the winner Coolavaney Bert smashing the track record in 28.50. Aldataro Lass showed her liking for Sittingbourne with a 2 1/2 length victory in the heats of the 642m stayers in a good 40.12 and improving pup Kinda True was just caught on the line by the highly rated Rayvin Again over 500m in 30.43.
On Wednesday Scodan Moet was second before Catunda Mae scored in top grade by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.24 (+20. Get Home Bess ran her best race to date when second and Steam Machine won her first race since seasonal rest scoring by a neck in 28.38 (+20).
On Saturday Questhousesavana was runner up on his debut in an A5 as was Corrig Vincent in top grade. Clarecastle Dub also on his debut left his trial form well behind when bolting up in an A3 scoring by 10 lengths in 28.43 (+10) an improvement of 49 spots on his last trial. Thank god he faded on the run in or we would have been getting a stewards! Lil Magic and Wednesdaywhacker were both third.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight at Romford the heats of the Coral On TV Puppy 400 see both Mountjoy Osprey and Castlebride Dan in the same heat while the Bags/Begs intertrack continues with Yarmouth's home leg.
On Friday the semi-finas of the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham will be the main attraction and Jazz Apollo and Dalcash Scolari bid to make the final. Opens at Romford on Friday and Sittingbourne on Sunday are pencilled in.
On Saturday the William Hill Oaks continues and Risky Rosaleen, Bit View Emma and Airforce Cougar fly the flag.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Aero Joker never got accepted for the Oaks and this likeable bitch will be next seen out at Sittingbourne next Sunday and might be worth a bet. Jazz Apollo recommended at 14/1 and now down to 6/1 in the Betfred Eclipse has a great chance of making the final for our supporters.
AERO JOKER - 2 pts win - Sittingbourne - Sunday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ APOLLO - 2pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - Betfred Eclipse - Nottingham - semi's Friday
AERO JOKER - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Oaks - Wimbledon - no bet