Monday 22nd September 2008
A busy week's open racing action and looking at the table on Friday we extended our lead to 153 points over Charlie Lister in the Trainers Championship and for the first time since we hit the front back in March we actually got a mention in the Racing Post on Sunday that we were at the top! Still this week was a case of the nearly's as Aero Blackjack was second in the £2,000 to the winner Dual Distance final at Crayford and Butterbridge Ali was runner up in the £2,500 Derby Purse at Yarmouth which both had valuable points attached but great news was Centaur Decree's victory in the £500 Standard Cup Final last night at Coventr. A splendid effort for this fella to get back to the track let alone win! Bad news though, our injury list is growing with Butterbridge Ali the biggest casualty tearing his groin muscle in his efforts at Yarmouth. He joins Tipp The Breeze, Rhias Beauty, Seanis Strike, Eye Onthe Force and Brett Black all good open racers on the side lines though hopefully these will be back shortly to aid our cause. This next week is huge starting with our top little bitch Genesis Dream who is strongly fancied to land Monday night's National Oaks at Nottingham worth £1,000 to the winner but more significantly the East Anglian Derby Final on Tuesday at Yarmouth worth £20,000 sees our improving star Roswell Startrek up against Charlie Lister's flying Ninja Jamie who will probably go off odds on but our boy is up for it and could surprise a few people.
There is just over a week to go for entries to be in for our Five To Follow competition so for a chance to win some superb prizes get those thinking caps on and don't forget your team has to include two bitches. Our staff and connections teams (only for fun) will be posted later this week for you to view and the banter has started already as we try and beat last year's winner Cheryl!
In the Ladbrokes Dual Distance Final over 714m at Crayford on Monday night Aero Blackjack chased Big Brett Coal from the third bend but couldn't get to him going down 1 3/4 lengths in a good 45.87 with Mooloolaba back in 5th. At Nottingham in the heats of the National Oaks a welcome return to the winner's rostrum for Genesis Dream who used her rails draw to good advantage to lead down the back straight and then hold on from the strong Pond Shakira by a short head in 30.46 (+10). On Tuesday at Hall Green Mountjoy Gold beat litter brother Mountjoy Ruby 1 3/4 lengths in a decent 28.48 in preparation for the forthcoming Produce Stakes.
On Wednesday at Coventry in the heats of the Standard Cup Directors Ruler hit the rails at the first bend and was well beaten but a sensational run from Centaur Decree in heat 2 saw him destroy the top class Rev Counter by 3 1/4 lengths in 29.48 (+20), a pleasing run after his tumble the previous week at Yarmouth. In opens at Harlow Chilli Blue took the sprint taking it up at the 2nd bend to win by 2 lengths in 15.39 (-5) and Kinda Classic was 3rd in the heats of the Maiden Monkey Stayers. In the Standard Stayers Bell Tornado was back to his best
winning well by 5 1/2 lengths in 37.78 and an Alan Dee double with Bell Tempest, who is three from three at the track, taking the 769m Marathon by 2 1/2 lengths in 50.78 with Genesis Sister a well beaten 3rd. An unlucky Rhias Beauty was pulled out the Monkey Stayers final after running out of time with an injury picked up in the heats.
Thursday at Yarmouth in supporting opens there were no wins but solid performances by Jonos Patience (3rd), Ballyfinn Swift (2nd), Treacle Rose (4th) and Eye Onthe Spirit (2nd) before the Semi-Finals of the East Anglian Derby got under way. In the first semi Roswell Startrek showed good pace to cut inside Cobra Striking at the third bend to chase home winner Ninja Jamie going down by 6 lengths in 27.86 but safely qualifying for the final. In the £2,500 to the winner Derby Purse Final over 659m Butterbridge Ali slightly missed his break and was led up by chief rival Barnfield Loreto and although Ali gave valliant chase he could never get to Pat Rosney's in form star going down 2 lengths in 40.98. Bad news as well Ali was lame the next morning with what looks like a tear in the groin and his St Leger campaign looks in doubt. At Henlow in the heats of the Bedfordshire Maiden Derby Bingo Panda ran the track very well leading at halfway for a 2 1/2 length victory in 28.06. Risky Fabiowas squeezed on the run up and never qualified but our other entry Rank N File was 2nd and safely through. In supporting opens over 550m Kinda Flashy was just collared on the run in beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 33.63 while Directors Chair suffered the same fate when runner up to Creamery Swift running on strong but going down by 3 lengths in 33.60.
At Romford on Friday no luck in the opens but a good run from Millwards Summit just failing to catch Nightshade by a neck in 24.45 in the Bitches 400m and in Division 2 of the 575m Stayers Coolanga Flyer was in the process of winning but as he was about to take it up off the last bend he was fought by Killough Will and stopped in his tracks; undeterred he still only went down a head and a short head in 3rd. Eye Onthe Veto found trouble at the first bend and was only second to Maises Girl when odds on and in a hot 750m Marathon Genesis Alix ran well in 4th only beaten 2 1/2 lenths in a fast 47.72 by the flying Seamis Gambler.
At Coventry on Sunday a double for Dan Daley's pair, Lockdale Storm in the Puppy Div D by 6 lengths in 30.02 and Lockdale Duke in the Standard Div C by 3/4 length in 29.95 and a terrific win for Centaur Decree who ran the bends like he was on wheels in the feature race of the night the September Standard Cup Final by 3/4 length in 29.58. We were close in other opens on the night when Reagrove Class and Aero Blackjack were both second and Eye Onthe Pulse and Droopys Zach were close up thirds.
Thursday saw a nice debut win for Emly Magic who cut loose to score by 7 lengths in a good 26.10 (+15) and both Imperial Prize and Accordion Magic, who showed good early pace, were second. And talking of cutting loose, Blues Wish did just that leading at the first bend and running away from her field to score by 12 lengths in a fast 37.45 (+40) - too fast though as she incurred the wrath of the Stewards in doing so! On Saturday Genesis Fuzzums, Megusta Manners, Roswell Gemini, Notanothersecond and Genesis Gemstone all came second before So Said He salvaged the night with a win in the A3 by a length in 26.25 (+20) but sadly Ants Gunner picked up a nasty injury in the race and is likely to be out of action for quite a while.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- CENTAUR DECREE
GRADED- BLUES WISH
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
The National Oaks Final at Nottingham on Monday for Genesis Dream in trap 1 could get the week off to a good start while on the same night Risky Fabio is at Romford in th Coral Puppy Standard heats. The important East Anglian Derby Final at Yarmouth, won twice before by our kennel (Courts Legal and Fear No One), comes to a conclusion on Tuesday live on Sky and Roswell Startrek is an outsider but not without a chance in this decider. In supporting races Goldcrest King lines up in the Puppy race and Bell Tempest in the Marathon. Wednesday there will be opens at Harlow and Directors Chair runs in the heats of the Mini Stayers Cup at Coventry. The Henlow Maiden Derby continues on Thursday although our two qualifiers, Rank N File and Bingo Panda, have been drawn next to each other in the same semi. Opens are also planned at Romford Friday and Coventry on Sunday.