Monday 28th July 2014
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I have to agree with Sheffield's John Gilburn that it was disappointing to only see 15 entries for the TV Trophy that starts on Tuesday. New sponsors Rotto Rood Windows have put up good prize money with £8,000 to the winner for the 915m marathon showpiece. Maybe that's one reason for a lack of entries, the distance is far too stiff to tempt any six bend type dogs. The likes of Monmore's 835m certainly brought that into play and many would say we used it to our advantage as Blonde Reagan stepped up from 6 bends to 8 bends to land the title in 2012. The heats also clash with the Sussex Cup Final live on Sky and one wonders the logic of putting a one off marathon on the same night as the TV Trophy heats. Despite only 15 entries the final is sure to be a cracker as there doesn't seem to be much to chose between the top 6 in the betting market, that includes our very own Aayamzabella who was just beaten by Burgess Borna last Tuesday over track and distance. Aayamzabella hasn't been at her brilliant best this year but really took off in the second part of 2013 last year breaking three track records. Hopefully she is regaining that form and she will go close if she does.
Evanta Evita's brilliant run of seven straight victories came to an end on Thursday as she missed her break in the heats of the Coral Ladies Trophy at Hove. She tried her hardest to recover and lost nothing in defeat and small compensation for her was that it was kennelmate Aayamzamodel that won the race. Aayamzamodel is not without a chance in Tuesday's final and this versatile bitch is having a good year. She will be a strong contender in the Champion Stakes at Romford that is about 4 weeks away and I'm certainly looking at a strong team for that event with the brilliant Adageo Bob winning well again over the 575m trip on Friday. Essex Vase Champion Reel Trickyone is still in great form and Blonde Razor who on his day is more than capable of winning the event. We could also have a few interesting contenders stepping up in trip with the likes of Blackstone Marco, Vanfrenchie, Evanta Nemo and Evanta Van Gogh. News that Derby champion Salad Dodger is targeting the event is brilliant, with the likes of defending champ Airport Captain and Sunderland Grand Prix winner Farloe Rio also in the mix it will be a superb competition as always.
The lack of hurdle races in the calendar is becoming a real problem and without doubt the best hurdler in the country Cornamaddy Jumbo has been frustrated by the situation. He has not raced since his Champion Hurdle success on Derby final night. What the answer is I don't know but the way we are looking I think we will be forced to run him on the flat.
My Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club has been up and running for a while now but we still have room for new members. Last week one of our exciting youngsters Saffrons Roxsy flew round Yarmouth in an A4 and this December 12 puppy looks very useful. On Saturday night the Club's new purchase Airforce Anna (to be renamed Saffrons Anna) a November 12 puppy was graded in A1 company for her debut and though down the field she also looks promising. The Club is £500 (one off payment) to join and £30 per month and we currently have four greyhounds in training with another possible purchase coming up soon. Full details are available via the Racing Club link on the home page.
This week we heard the sad news that former kennel star and top brood bitch Star Of Dromin passed away. She came into our kennel in 2004 and looked something special but after running in the final of the Coronation Cup she became very ill but thanks to Linda she pulled through. When I took over the licence from Linda in 2005 she got her first win in May in an A5 and then never looked back. Quickly stepping up to open class she won an incredible 34 of her 55 races and was one of the stars of the kennel that landed us the Trainer Of The Year award at my first attempt that year. Her biggest success away from Walthamstow was landing the £5,000 to the winner Coral Gold Vase at Romford. At one time she won 18 out of 20 races during 2005/2006 but it was her superb performances at Walthamstow that made her known as the 'Queen Of The Stow'. At one point she held the track records at 640m, 835m and 880m for owner Patsy Canavan. One of my favourite memories in greyhound racing was seeing the Walthamstow race card where I always turned to the page seeing 'track record' 'Star Of Dromin' at three different distances at the same time trained by Mark Wallis...she was also part of our formidable team that landed the Trainers Championship meeting at Wimbledon in 2006, a track she wasn't completely at home with. She went out on a winning note at Peterborough in a Sky race and then was off to the breeding paddocks. Without doubt she threw some quirky ones but also some incredibly fast genuine ones like Jogadusc Ace (William Hill Classic winner £40,000) and both Ayamzaman (Romford legend) and Benkaat Falcon (Stud Book winner - Monmore) amongst many others. Throughout her breeding career she was handled brilliantly by Debbie and John Mullins and we all loved her to bits .. bless you and thank you Star!
At Sheffield on Tuesday Aayamzabella put in a solid effort in a TV Trophy trial stake over 915m just going down by 3/4 length in a useful 57.72. Benkaat Nero ran well when 3rd over 500m.
On Thursday at Hove our best chance Evanta Evita lost nothing in defeat in the Coral Ladies Trophy heats with Aayamzamodel winning a messy heat in 30.26.
At Romford on Friday Aero Babooshka is getting closer to her best when 2nd in a 400m Bitches. Again the star of the night was Adageo Bob who rode a hefty bump at the first bend to come from behind a good field and score by a couple of lengths in 35.46.
Reel Trickyone slightly missed his break in the Lucky 7 Dual Distance final at Henlow last night and turned 2nd to Savana Nijinsky but just couldn't get to the front runner going down by 3 lengths in 33.50. A couple of nice winners on the card with Benkaat Nero winning a 550m Standard by nearly 6 lengths in a fast 33.33 while Evanta Jack led and took advantage of trouble in behind winning over 460m by 2 3/4 lengths in 28.02
On Wednesday Evanta Candyman scored an overdue success with a 4 1/2 length win in an A2 in a good 28.24.
Two good A1 successes on Saturday night with Evanta Nemo powering home in 28.06 and the returning Sidaz Dippy using her experience to win in 28.00. Promising puppy Crown Jewel making his debut ran well when 3rd in an A2.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Aayamzabella embarks on her second TV Trophy at Sheffield tomorrow night and a better draw in trap 1 should give her every chance of making the final. At Hove in the supporting Bitches Final Aayamzamodel could make it a good night for the Ayamzaboys Syndicate.
We will be at Romford on Friday and on Saturday Evanta Evita returns to Wimbledon for the heats of the 480m Ladies.
On Sunday we will be back at Henlow.
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I don't see any reason why Aayamzabella can't go well in this year's TV Trophy and is worth an e.w interest when the heats kick off tomorrow night at Sheffield.
Over at Hove Aayamzamodel could go close if she breaks in her best style in the final of the Coral Ladies Trophy.
AAYAMZAMODEL - 3 pts win - Coral Ladies Trophy - Tuesday - Hove
AAYAMZABELLA - 2.5 pts e.w ante post - Roota Rood Windows TV Trophy - Sheffield - starts tomorrow
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLACK FRANCIS - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday - lost