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Destroy The Camp put up a brave effort when runner up in one of the biggest races of the year the Primos Telecom Henlow Derby. All the attention was on warm favourite Westmead Osprey after his scintillating semi-final performance but a missed break put paid to his chances. Meanwhile up front Westmead Guru, Kelly Findlay's supposed second string, was blazing a trail with our fella Destroy The Camp his closest pursuer but despite running as well as he could he couldn't get near the pace setter who scored by just over 3 lengths in 27.52 to land the £20,000 first prize. A nice consolation for Destroy The Camp's owner, Kai Miller, was second place which carried a generous £5,000 prize. The tremendous prize money on offer was put up by Henlow's joint owner Bob Morton who's company sponsored the event and no doubt he was pleased that the bulk of it came back to him as the owner of the winner Westmead Guru. For the trainer's part (Kelly Findlay) it was a case of 'back in the big time' as she has only returned to the sport a few months ago having taken her licence out again after a break of a couple of years. Kelly Rockman, as she was better known, had been very successful in her own right before last Thursday and is also one of the elite few who has paraded a Greyhound Derby winner, namely Westmead Hawk, when she was working for Nick Savva. Having known Kelly for a number of years her win came as no surprise to me as she is as excellent and skilled a greyhound trainer as there can be and will be winning many big races if she is able to have a sustained interest in our sport. She also now joins a strong feminine presence in the top bracket of trainers who have won plenty of Category 1 and 2 races this year like Kelly Macarri, Carly Philpott, Lorraine Sams, Hazel Kemp, Liz McNair and Gemma Davidson.
Henlow's biggest night of their life, when the Sky cameras visited the track for the first time, got off to a disastrous start when in the first televised race the traps opened late and the race was stopped at the second bend thus voiding the race but overall the meeting, full of top class greyhounds, was a success and hopefully this meeting can gain a permanent spot in the broadcaster's schedule. The next Sky meeting comes quickly when the cameras come down to Wimbledon tomorrow for the William Hill St Leger meeting. Sadly we and Kinda Easy will not be defending the title won so memorably last year as 'Dave' fluffed his lines in last Tuesday's semi-final and was eliminated. We do, however, still have plenty of interest on the card as Kinda Easy's more illustrious litter brother Kinda Ready takes on puppy sensation Rayvin Giovanni. This will be 'Del Boy's' first race back at the track since the glorious night last year when he caught Fear Zafonic right on the line to capture the Blue Riband of greyhound racing events the Greyhound Derby Final which every owner and trainer dreams of winning. Seamus Cahill and his in form team will be hard to keep off the podium in other races on the night with the likes of the prolific Jimmie Lollie and Droopys Oscar running and I have to applaud him for not ducking any races with his stars and in my experience running the dogs regularly when they are winning is the best policy.
Talking of Kinda Ready and Kinda Easy, their mother Kinda Sleepy in her next litter by Droopys Kewell had her first winner when on Saturday a blue bitch Kinda Dizzy won an A5 at Yarmouth in good fashion and over the next few months look out for the littermates as they progres. The April 09's are all a bit green but have enormous potential. Gottabe Kinda a black dog runs tonight at Romford and has shown promise in 3 opens to date while Kinda Breezy a black bitch makes her debut at Yarmouth in an A4 tonight. Kinda Magical is a fantastic looking black bitch who has shown great early pace in her qualifying trials at Monmore and Romford and is due to run shortly and Kinda Dashing a black dog who has qualified to grade at Yarmouth and should be running this Saturday. The last one in the litter Gottabe Sleepy a little blue bitch looks just like her mother and is also going well in qualifying trials at Yarmouth. After a year that has seen many of our top class dogs, that made 2009 such a stellar year, retire these pups, along with some other highly promising recent intakes, could be the new Kinda Ready or Eye Onthe Storm's of the future. Look out over the next few months for Stormbeam (set to make his debut Saturday at Hall Green), Risky Rosaleen, a full sister to Rayvin Neasa, highly rated by Charlie Lister, is currently qualifying at Yarmouth and Brave Drover who has some phenomenal early. All these will form a strong team that we are putting together for our 2011 campaign next year and with the help of our loyal owners over the next few weeks we will be looking to strengthen the open race team to make sure we are challenging for the Trainers Championship title next year.
Thanks for a fabulous response to our 'Spotlight On' feature where Richard Birch talked openly about his views on our sport and this week it's the turn of the popular Racing Post Journalist and regular Sky pundit Jonathan Hobbs which makes great reading. Our updated 'Feature Dogs' with Jogadusc Ace's distinguished career on display took some writing but was well worth it and in doing so you realise how lucky we are to be able to train dogs of his calibre.
On Monday at Romford Eye Onthe Brave ran well to finish second to Bead The Biscuit beaten by 2 1/4 lengths in 23.96 (+30) in the Coral on TV Standard heats with Bomber Barkley slightly unlucky when 5th in his heat. Kinda Easy was eliminated from the St Leger at Wimbledon on Tuesday. On Thursday at Henlow live on Sky Destroy The Camp was a gallant runner up in the feature race and in supporting races Eye Onthe Tempo returning from injury ran a blinder when 2nd beaten 1/2 length by top local Kilara Mac in 27.75 and will be stepped up next week for the Silver Salva competition over 550m. Risky Wand couldn't repeat the feat of beating Jimmie Lollie again when only 4th to his rival and Join The Maids ran well when 3rd in her first Marathon since seasonal rest to Killishin Masai going down by just over 6 lengths. It seems incredible that we have gone nearly 2 weeks and about 25 runners since our last open race win with an incredible amount of seconds (13) and I was reminded that we were stuck on 199 winners. At Romford on Friday the scenario was typified when many of our runners ran superb at big prices but found one too good. Aero Merlin, Rockburst Eva, Directors Ruler, Bim Bam Boozle and in the Coral on TV Standard final Eye Onthe Brave were all runners up and Droopys Elbow ran well when 3rd.
Just six runners on Saturday night with Kinda Dizzy making a winning debut leading all the way to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.24 (-20). In a messy A2 our two runners came out on top with veteran Sligo Too getting the better of debutante Scodan Parker by 1 length in 29.20 (-30). In top grade races Severn Barcelona, returning from a long term injury, was 3rd and Lil Magic bidding for a hat trick was unlucky when only 4th.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - EYE ONTHE TEMPO
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
A busy week starting tonight with the heats of the Coral on TV Maiden Standard at Romford with Gottabe Kinda and Aero Merlin predictably drawn in the same heat.
Tomorrow at Wimbledon live on Sky Kinda Ready returns to the scene of his famous Derby victory while Blonde Fletch returns from a few weeks off. Both run in 480's and Risky Wand (sprint) and Hidden Universe (puppy 480m) face tough races. On the same night at Hall Green the Midland Oaks heats see Kinda Razzle, Catunda Mae and Aldataro Lass try and make Saturday's final.
The heats of the Silver Salver over 550m at Henlow on Thursday begin and we will have a strong entry that includes Eye Onthe Tempo, Goldies Destiny, Directors Spur, Dalcash Scolari, Bourne Masons, All That Noise and Droopys Elbow.
We will also be at Romford Friday and Hall Green Saturday with also the All England Cup beginning at Newcastle on the same day with Kinda Ready and Blonde Fletch likely entries.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Destroy The Camp returned us a nice little profit when runner up in the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby. Recommended at 25/1 he did us proud but Kinda Easy's failure to make back to back St Leger finals was disappointing.
This week the Sky meeting at Wimbledon gives us a couple of chances with both Kinda Ready and Blonde Fletch looking set for big runs. The latter makes most appeal for a bet as we have not seen the best of him yet. On Thursday the Henlow Silva Salver over 550m looks likely to be a warm event and we will have plenty of entries. It's hard to find value when you haven't got the draw or runners but if I was pressed to select one of ours it would be Dalcash Scolari e.w who should be suited by the track and trip.
Kinda Ready takes his chance in the All England Cup on Saturday and it wouldn't surprise me if one of the bookies sticks his neck out and lays a good price about our fella.
BLONDE FLETCH - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
DALCASH SCOLARI - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Silver Salver - Henlow - Thursday
KINDA READY - 1 pt e.w ante-post - All England Cup - Newcastle - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - 2nd 25/1
DESTROY THE CAMP - 1 pt win 10/1 - Henlow - Thursday - lost
KINDA EASY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - lost