Monday 22nd October 2012
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READ MARK'S BLOG OF THE EXCITING
DERBY BUILD UP CULMINATING IN BLONDE SNAPPER'S FANTASTIC DERBY FINAL WIN
Blonde Reagan blasted himself into a real TV Trophy contender with a magnificent trap to line heat win on Thursday at Monmor. Mark Currell's fawn flyer has bounced back from a couple of heavy defeats and was, accorrding to a few people, a shade fortunate to be even accepted for the 18 runner stake with over 30 entries received. In what looked a poor draw in trap 3 he went off at 8/1 but fairly pinged the lids en route to a scintillating 24.77 split and gamely held the ante-post favourite Storm Pockets by just over a length in a superb 52.19 (-40). The other heats won by Tywnwald Tom and Lotties Girl were over 4 lengths slower but the key to Blonde Reagan's chances of landing a first ever TV Trophy for our kennel will be to lead, anything but will be his downfall. He has drawn trap 6 as the only wide seed but he has always tended to cut in at the bend so only his best break will do if he is to clear the other runners on the short run to the bend. News that Tynwald Tom, who had drawn the red box, has been withdrawn lame is unfortunate for his connections in the marathon showpiece of the year and Paul Young's Aero Gaga in trap 3 will be the chief benefactor as he should easily clear Storm Pockets in trap 2 and get to the rails ahead of Lotties Girl and Pantone Eva drawn on his outside. Whichever one out of the front runners Blonde Reagan, Pantone Eva or Aero Gaga leads all eyes will be on where the stronger finishers Storm Pockets and Lotties Girl are as they go down the back straight for the last time. A real classic should be in store for all the viewers on Sky and at the track.
Added to the drama of the Ladbrokes sponsored TV Trophy is a certain Trainers Championship that after Wednesday's Sky meeting at Newcastle saw Paul Young cut our lead in half to just over 70 points. If Aero Gaga was to come out on top on Thursday then we will only have a very slim advantage as the Category 1 event scores 50 points to the winning trainer. Of course if Blonde Reagan can win then it would mean we would have a massive lead with only just over two months to go. Also interestingly both ourselves and Paul Young have a runner each in Henlow's Gold Cup (Darian Chief for us and Bubbly Rossie for Paul) over 550m and the Category 2 event which we both have a chance of winning carries another 20 points. Itt's a shame that both ourselves and Paul with the 'have dogs will travel' policy will get so little financial reward (£1500) for this coveted title. You would think that with this epic battle set to go right to the wire and so much coverage in the press and on Sky a sponsor could be found for the last two months of the year. Perhaps if one could step in the BGRF could match any sponsorship say with £5000 each, that's £11,500 total with something like £7000 to the winning trainer and £3000 to the runner up with £1000 going directly to the winning trainer's kennelhands and £500 to the runne rup's kennelhands. I know my views will have many graded trainers and owners thinking this is a bit elitist but this prize money would merely
go a little way to easing the personal cost to myself and Paul for all the travelling up and down the country that we do. On another thought what about a National Trainers Championship just for graded trainers. Something like each trainer who enters having to supply four greyhounds, a sprint, two standards and a stayer who have not won opens, firstly in heats at their home track and then in regional finals at a neutral track just outside their region so not to give any home advantage and a grand final at a neutral track slotted on a Sky card where none of the trainers again have home advantage. If the overall prize money was decent it could spark quite an interest from owners and trainers who are declining at a rapid rate. Of course these are things that I would be working on for owners and trainers in my role as a Committee Member of the GTA if we were ever allowed to sit on any of the GBGB committees but hey that's another story!!!!!
Plenty else happening in the Greyhound world starting with the continuing saga of Walthamstow. Firstly it's brilliant news for SOS and all their supporters that the viability report showing L&Q would lose over £14 million of tax payers' money is to be taken account of by Boris Johnson when he makes his decision on whether planning permission can go ahead on the redevelopment of the site. This loss will have a huge bearing on his decision which was supposed to happen this Wednesday but unfortuanatley we will have to wait a little longer as Boris has decided to take a personal holiday this week. Keep sending those e-mails in, one final push may convince Boris to do the right thing!
This Wednesday the GTA combined with GOBATA will hold the first of two national meetings for owners at the Holiday Inn at Doncaster DN4N 9UX. This should be well attended and will include guest speakers Harry Findlay, Martin White and GTA Chairman Rick Holloway. It certainly seems to me that this GTA initiative has sparked some thought from the GBGB and promoters with firstly all of a sudden the GBGB announcing all registration fees for owners have been waved for the rest of the year. This will be a welcome bonus for owners and the many trainers who have to buy their own greyhounds to keep their kennel strengths up. Secondly the promoters are holding a seminar to discuss such matters as the current state of the sport. Again I welcome this but please can they, at some point, ask a couple of well regarded owners and trainers to have their views heard, after all without them the promoters have no product.
It was lovely to read Richard Birch's 'Greyhound Greats' in Saturday's Racing Post when he featured one of our all time great kennel stars Eye Onthe Storm. The memories came flooding back of what a truly superb race dog Frankie was and I must admit that the sight of this strapping black and white aeroplane in full flight was a joy to behold. We still have him in our kennel and he is as happy as larry.
It turned out to be an excellent week for the kennel on the track. despite our lead in the Trainers Championship being slashed. not just with Blonde Reagan and Darian Chief's exploits but at Hove on Thursday two of our most exciting bitches announced their arrival with emphatic successes. Airforce Diva and Bridge Ruth took apart their opposition with ease but will no doubt have tougher races to come. All being well we can look forward to having an excellent run in the forthcoming William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon with the prize money increased to a brilliant £15,000. Ayamzaman also had a triumphant return to Romford on Friday and he is just a pleasure to train and one you can't help having a soft spot for in the kennel.
Thank you to all the people that have enquired about our new 'Racing Club' and for the members who have joined. If you're still thinking about it and you need any more info feel free to call or e-mail me. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Our first club greyhound I Am Titianium had a handslip at Yarmouth last Thursday and moved well. He will have his first qualifying trial this Thursday again at Yarmouth in a sprint and this magnificent young pup should go well.
On Wednesday at Newcastle Lil Risky was second in a sprint supporting the All England Cup on Sky.
A big day on Thursday where Blonde Reagan took his heat of the Ladbrokes TV Trophy in impressive fashion. Hometown Honey couldn't quite get to the front in her heat and her run petered out at the end but being only an August 10 her best marathon days are ahead of her. No luck in the rest of the supporting events but over at Henlow Darian Chief did us proud when landing his semi-final of the Gold Cup over 550m in 33.79 while there was supporting open wins for Kinda Neat in 27.97 in the puppy race and Bridge Bandit took a Maiden 550m holding on by the minimum margin in 33.89.
On a busy day at Hove both Airforce Diva (30.02) and Bridge Ruth (28.82) landed their respective races in fine style.
On Friday at Romford Risky Fred, Benkaat Blue (pleasing return from lay off), Springdale Hawk and Adageo Brae were all second but Ayamzaman produced another win to his tally when taking a 400m race in 24.22.
Only runners on Saturday with the semi's of the Yarmouth Championship the feature. Darian Marvel ran well to lead off the second bend but was caught by old stager Jackdaw Summer. The £1,000 to the winner final is on Wednesday and Darian Marvel is not without a chance. Swift Lucozade made up for an unlucky defeat last week when scooting up in an A2 in a good 27.80.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Glanmire Lad and Bridge Honcho both trial at Nottingham tonight. Runners at Mildenhall tomorrow which include Mountjoy Orion who loves the track. A big day Thursday with both the Ladbrokes TV Trophy Final on Sky and the Henlow Gold Cup Final as well. Other plans or the week are to be pencilled in.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Blonde Reagan could give our followers a good pay day on Thursday if he could oblige in the TV Trophy final especially if you took the 25/1 available on the day. Lil Risky returns to the scene of his Summer Festival win when running over 416m and both could give our kennel a huge lift if they win.
LIL RISKY - 2 pts win - Monmore - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE REAGAN - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Ladbrokes TV Trophy - Monmore - final Thursday
HOMETOWN HONEY - 1 pt e.w ante-post 40/1 - Ladbrokes TV Trophy - Monmore - lost
SWIFT FREEZE - 2 pts win - Henlow - Thursday - lost
SWIFT FREEZE - 1 pts e.w ante post 50/1 Henlow gold cup - lost