Monday 28th February 2011
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Crayford on Saturday turned out to be an eventful morning. In the Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy we were represented by both Goldies Destiny and outsider of the field Eye Onthe Tempo. The latter fairly pinged the lids and raced into what seemed an unassailable lead but a combination of the heavy going and favourite Barnfield Rocky's superb middle pace Eye Onthe Tempo succumbed late on to Carly Phillpot's Barnfield Rocky and Goldies Destiny who was finishing best of all was only beaten 1/2 length. Despite being pleased with both of our runners' efforts it was dissapointing not to have landed the title. Worse was to come when Ayamzagirl came from an impossible position to get up on the line to win the 874m Marathon but on the run in she lunged at Tony Gifkins' runner Capel Yankee as she went past the long time leader. The stewards at the track took the view that it was deliberate interference and promptly disqualified her. Of course it's well known that Ayamzagirl was very quirky and sailed close to the wind on a few occasions but there is no denying she was a real crowd pleaser and gave a tremendous amount of fun for the owners who have taken the decision with grace. I would imagine there were conflicting opinions on the verdict but without doubt she added interest to the marathon scene whenever she ran. We still have to decide wether we will try to clear Ayamzagirl in 3 four dog trials or retire her, the owners are having a think over the next few days.
Ayamzagirl's disqualification summed up what was a poor week results wise for the kennel with a number of fancied runners getting turned over but there were some bright spots. Blonde Snapper returned to Romford for another sprint and looked well when recording a good 13.52 while Kinda Ready warmed up for Tuesday's Sky card at Wimbledon with a satisfactory 28.86 trial at the Plough Lane circuit. Bellas Bud, owned by Dick and Ann Barfoot, looked a name to follow in the coming months after winning a tough little 400m Maiden on Friday and something that was pleasing was the way Blonde Fletch stayed when tried over 630m at Monmore on Saturday pulling right away from his rivals to win by 8 lengths. It's hoped that Blonde Fletch after some rough rides recently over 4 bends can turn out to be more than useful over the full 6 bend trip.
On Wednesday the annual Betfair Trainers Championship lunch takes place at in Wimbledon and as always I look forward to what is an excellent day. Betfair's hosts Tony Calvin and Tom Rolfe look after the six trainers and connections in grand style and it is our main priority at the start of every year to try and achieve a top six place so we can get into the Trainers Championship meeting. Hopefully a Premier League based on the Trainers Championship meeting format will also give the open race kennels something to aim for in the very near future as its style and formula can work very well. At the moment I have my team sheet ready as we try and defend the title we won last year at Doncaster and I feel it has a balanced and strong look about it with only a couple of spots I'm undecided about. For the puppy race Mountjoy Moon will look to make up for her recent mishap at the track while in the sprint a place could either go to Directors Wit (won at last year's meeting), Risky Wand or Goldcrest Lord. The six bend team will be Blonde Fletch and Kinda Easy all being well and in the all important four bend team we have Kinda Ready, Destroy The Camp, Blonde Snapper (fingers crossed he comes through his next two trials OK) and Eye Onthe Tempo. This of course, like last year, could change if we pick up any injuries or such like. Dalcash Scolari would have been an automatic choice for the team but we are putting him and a couple of other runners aside for a crack at the Arc at Swindon which is on at the same time as the Championship. I feel it's important to have a presence in the first major four bend race of the year and the Arc which we won two years a go with Corrig Vieri is an important event.
Daren Johnson, our Derby winning owner, has announced his intention to do an almost impossible task of running from John O'Groats to Lands End all in one month for charity. This would mean running a marathon a day to complete the near 1000 miles. We are appealing to everyone to make a contribution to Daren's efforts. He will attempt this unbelievable feat in April and he hopes to raise many thousands for both the RGT and Help For Heroes, two worthy causes for sure. Iff you go to www.giveabitback.net you can read all about his desire to give something back. It is hoped that during the run we can get a few celebrities from the greyhound world to show some support and take time out to run alongside Daren at some stage even if it's only for a few hundred yards! (that's for me!) or a few miles. Sky have kindly offered to cover Daren's run on their programmes in April and Betfair were the first to dip their hands in their pockets donating £1,000 to his cause. More details will be available as the time gets nearer and all of us at Imperial Kennels would like to wish Daren the best of luck not only on the run but in his intensive training so please visit the website and make a donation.
A brief look at what was a largely disappointing week. On Monday both Scintillas Jesse and Brave Drover missed out on a place in Friday's Maiden 400m final when both finished 3rd in their heats. A rare trip to Sheffield saw both of our sprinters slightly unlucky when knocked out of the Molson Coors Northern Sprint heats while in supporting races Aero Bolt was a runner up over 500m Hurdles and Risky Rosaleen was an unlucky 3rd in the 480m Puppy and Dalcash Scolari, after being knocked sideways at the first bend in a hot 500m race, took off to only get beaten 1/2 length.
On Thursday Destroy The Camp wasn't quite on his game when beaten into second at Sittingbourne over 480m while at Romford on Friday Bellas Bud took the opening 400m Maiden by 1 1/2 lengths in a good 24.13 but the rest of the night didn't go as well with Lady Aristocracy and Bourne Masons both second and Gottabe Kinda, Stormbeam and Catunda Mae all running well enough when 3rd in their respective races.
On Saturday morning Aero Bolt had a rough ride when 4th in the 540m Hurdles at Crayford and as said Goldies Destiny and Eye Onthe Tempo were 2nd and 3rd in the Category 2 Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy. At night both pups Kinda Dashing and Kinda Magical looked out of their depth in Monmore Puppy Derby trial stakes while Aldataro Lass ran well in a 630m when 3rd and Blonde Fletch looked impressive when winning his 630m easily.
Just runners on Saturday with Kildream Pet a bit unlucky when upgraded 2 grades to A2 eventually finishing 5th. Aero Spark made no mistake at the 3rd time of asking winning an A4 by 6 lengths in 29.38 (-80), youngster Kildream Monster also got off the mark landing a 1/2 for the kennel beating Aofies Candy 1 3/4 lengths in 29.57 (-70). Blonde Sid (3rd) and Blonde Rascal (4th) should be winning soon.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Another busy week staring tonight with the heats of the Coral on TV Bitches 400m at Romford with Lady Aristocracy, Kinda Close and Paradise Riva all in action.
On Tuesday a great Wimbledon card features the Racing Post Juvenile race and on the supporting card two class 480's include Kinda Ready and Destroy The Camp in the same top division which is annoying when you see Charlie Lister has two strong entries who go in different divisions, very strange! Risky Rosaleen is in a hard bitches race and Risky Wand takes on Jimmie Lollie in the sprint.
We will be at Swindon on Wednesday for the Arc Trial Stakes and on Thursday it doesn't look like we will have any entries in the Monmore Puppy Derby for the first time since I have been in charge at Imperial Kennels.
We will be at Sttingbourne on Thursday and Romford on Friday.
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Well we didn't get anything back with our selections last week, both Aero Bolt at Sheffield and Lady Aristocracy at Romford found one to good while we nearly pulled off a coup with Eye Onthe Tempo who led for 530m at Crayford before getting caught close home at a juicy 14/1! Difficult this week to find too many bets but Stormbeam shaped well on his six bend debut at Romford last Friday and I would say he would be close when he tries again this Friday.
STORMBEAM - 3 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO BOLT - 2 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - lost
LADY ARISTOCRACY - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday- lost
EYE ONTHE TEMPO - 1 pt win - Crayford - Saturday - lost