Monday 26th October 2009
The first news is of our brilliant triumph in yesterday's crunch football match against Romford at Harlow Stadium. The 1-0 scoreline reflects the competitive nature of the match in which we started with an understrength but determined team due to some key players being unavailable. With previous 9-1 and 7-2 wins over Romford a well prepared and stronger visiting side could smell the scent of victory but with some dour defending against a strong wind and the help of the crossbar we went into the break level, not that we didn't have our own chances to score. The second half produced a much stronger performance from us and we missed a glut of good chances though Romford were always dangerous on the counter attack and only a fine fingertip save from outstanding goalkeeper Graham Clark kept the scoreline level. With 15 minutes to go the key moment came when Romford were awarded a dubious penalty but another magnificent save from Graham Clark kept them out. With the game looking destined for a draw another Romford counter attack produced an open goal which only Stuart from the racing office can tell you how he mucked it up! and then with only 30 seconds left on the clock an in-swinging corner from us to the edge of the box was sweetly struck by stand-in centre back and man of the match Gary Sonnex through a melley of players and into the back of Romford's net much to the delight of our undefeated side. With the ref's final whistle shortly after jubilant scenes followed and special praise must go to the superb midfield duo of Jerry Bastien and Craig Harrison while veteran John 'Elvis' Clements led the front line in great style and a special guest appearance from Derby wining owner Daren Johnson at right back was full of class.
Daren along with fellow owners Chris Badger and Gary Crouch now look forward to Tuesday night's William Hill St Leger final in which their Kinda Easy lines up alongside kennelmate Droopys Zach in the £13,000 to the winner Classic. After last Tuesday's semi's in which Kinda Easy was a fine second to Frazers Clone and Droopys Zach won in determined fashion for owners Andy Pelley and Sarah Whippy it must rate as an excellent chance for the kennel to add the St Leger to the Greyhound Derby title already won also ending some past near misses in this event that has so far eluded Imperial Kennels. There's a real buzz at the kennels at the moment and we also have the brilliant prospect Eye Onthe Storm on the supporting card in a mega tough 480m looking to make it eight on the bounce that has included the Nottingham Puppy Classic.
The start of the All England Cup on Thursday at Newcastle looks to be ultra tough but our team of five will include the returning Jogadusc Ace and Eye Onthe Flash and we will be disappointed if we are not represented in the final.
On Monday at Nottingham Droopys Elbow ran a fine race when 2nd in the heats of the Brakes Foodservice Autumn Puppy Cup beaten 4 3/4 lengths by the fast Romeo Active in 30.03 while in heat 2 Droopys Seve endured a rough ride when eliminated. In supporting races no luck for Goldcrest Lord and King but a winning return from the under-rated Bumble Lee in a 500m contest by 3 1/2 lengths in 30.24 (+30) was a welcome sight.
On Tuesday we didn't have much luck at Hall Green with our four runners with Gan On Parker (2nd), Mountjoy Ruby (2nd and lame afterwards), Glenagower Champ (3rd) and Dalcash Scolari (3rd) but the main feature of the night was at Wimbledon where the semi-finals of the William Hill St Leger saw Kinda Easy qualify for tomorrow night's final when second to Frazers Clone beaten 3/4 length in 41.18 and only lost when he was carried very wide by trap 3 Centaur Academy for at least 200m but it was still a fine effort and he holds every chance of making it a superb family double after brother Kinda Ready's Derby triumph. In the second semi Droopys Zach turned a handy third place at the first bend and bided his time beautifully when leading on the run in to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 41.34 and now trades as favourite for the Classic final in most Bookmakers' lists.
On Wednesday at Harlow the heats of the Monkey Maiden over 415m had all three of our entries pitched in together and it was Rank n File who came out on top winning well by 3 1/2 lengths in 26.48 (-30). Goldies Destiny never got competitive in the Monkey Maiden Stayers final and Bell Tornado was a well beaten 2nd in a 592m.
On Friday at Romford in the Coral on TV Stayers final Droopys Carvalho turned the tables on Eye Onthe Tempo slamming him by 6 lengths in a fast 35.50 while both of our other runners Goldies Tara (3rd) and Kinda Handy(4th) ran well in tough races.
In the last Sunday meeting for the moment at Coventry amazingly we started off with the first five winners! Directors Fire took div 2 of the sprint very well by 3 1/4 lengths in a good 17.06 and despite a missed break Corrig Vieri won the 625m by 3 1/2 lengths in 39.39. Treacle Express is coming into form and took div 4 of the 480m Standard in 29.83. Two divisions of the 480m Maiden Puppys were won by the promising Aero Bolt in a fine 29.71 and Glenagower Champ ran his best race to date scoring from behind in 29.68 in div 1. Eye Onthe Brave stopped the roll when only 3rd in div 3 of the 480m Standard. Goldcrest Lord was also 3rd but most impressive of the night was Eye Eye Pickle who stormed home by 3 lengths in 29.38 to complete a six timer for the kennel.
A couple of graded runners Wednesday with Justins Princess a good 3rd on her return from season. On Saturday Rainham Giles got off the mark when winning in 26.20 (+40). Bim Bam Boozle and Russell Legit were both 3rd before Blackey Said So beat kennelmate Genesis Fuzzums in 26.18 (+30). Sweep Clean ran well winning a by a head in 26.19 (+30) and there was a welcome return to the winner's podium for Eye Onthe Pulse who won in 25.92.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Droopys Elbow runs in the Brakes Foodservice Autumn Puppy Cup final at Nottingham tonight with Goldcrest King and Bumble Lee in supporting races.
On Tuesday the much awaited William Hill St Leger final features both Droopys Zach and Kinda Easy who both hold excellent chances of landing a second Classic of the year for the kennel. Eye Onthe Storm also runs on the supporting Sky races looking for eight on the spin.
Wednesday opens at Harlow while on Thursday the All England Cup gets under way at Newcastle with a strong team from the kennel that includes Eye Onthe Flash, Jogadusc Ace, Parkmore Elite, Dalcash Scolari and Kengyelfuto Snow.
Friday we will be at Romford and Hall Green where the Midland St Leger and Midland Oaks heats take place.
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Goldies Destiny was an expensive failure at Harlow last week but good news for our ante-post supporters of Droopys Zach in the St Leger he now trades as favourite in most books and looks to have a great chance of giving us a bumper pay day tomorrow night at Wimbledon.
The All England Cup starts at Newcastle on Thursday and a small interest in Jogadusc Ace who has proved to be a superb competition dog is in order.
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pts e.w ante-post - All England Cup - Newcastle - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDIES DESTINY - 3pts win - Harlow - Wednesday - lost
DROOPYS ZACH - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1- St Leger - Wimbledon - final Tuesday