Monday 28th October 2013
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Adageo Bob is a 7/4 shot tonight to land the British Bred Produce Stakes at Nottingham. He again showed his liking for the galloping track when coming from off the pace to land his semi final by 1 1/2 lengths in a fastest of the night 29.74. The competition is a replacement of the old Produce Stakes where you had to enter at various stages of a British Bred puppy's career which was always time consuming and a waste of time and money for most breeders and owners. In the new format the only restriction was that the entries had to be whelped in 2011 and of course British Bred which in this day and age is much better. The key to getting British Breeding vibrant again is to have more competitions say once a month around the various parts of the country all with a minimum prize of £5000 to the winners with a percenteage going to both the breeders and trainers with tonight's competition along with the Swindon Produce Stakes earlier in the year being the main attractions. The prize money tonight with £8,000 to the winner and terrific also ran money is to be commended. Can our Adageo Bob win tonight? Yes but it's a tough final with Harry Williams' Hadrians Wall looking a likely leader it's essential that 'Bobby' turns the second bend within a couple of lengths and then it will be game on for Dick and Ann Barfoot's blue dog whom they purchased off our 'Dogs For Sale' page a few weeks ago and he can more than repay their faith if he was lucky enough to win tonight. ('Bobby' did exactly that to win the Final by a short head)
If we were to hold any hope of retaining our Trainer Of The Year title then Adageo Bob virtually has to win tonight as the 50 points on offer for first place would put us right back in the mix again as we currently lay in 4th place around 60 points off the lead which is continually changing hands day by day between Paul Young and Charlie Lister with Chris Allsopp only a few points behind. It has been a case this week that all three trainers have done better than us as three other big competitions where taking place. On Thursday a hot Coral Olympic saw Paul Young score a double and with heats of any category 1 or 2 event worth 5 points to the winners these are crucial points. Our best chance on paper Bridge Honcho just lost out by a short head for qualifying and only Jazz Tilly, a brave second, made it through to the semi's next Thursday with Paul Young qualifying all five of his runners. On Saturday a brilliant William Hill St Leger kicked off with 8 first round heats and Charlie Lister scored a double and we had mixed fortunes with Risky Emerald, Hometown Honey and the well fancied Sidaz Dippy all eliminated. Blonde Razor ran well when just collared close home by the strong running Musical Gaga and Killeford Khali but is safely in the hat for the second round while Aayamzabella dropped back to six bends made it a hat trick of open wins with a fine and much needed win for the kennel. The RPGTV Henlow Derby last night proved a good night for Chris Allsopp as he won one semi final (10 pts to the winner) and qualified two others into the final with our Ayamzaman and Benkaat Blue eliminated as well as Charlie Lister and Paul Young's runners.
The trainers title looks like it will go right to the wire and adds spice to every competition especially at the end of the year. As I've said many times it beggars belief that the sport does not have the vision to put some serious financial rewards to this and not just for the winning trainer but right down to the top 10 or even top 20. Maybe with Betfred joining five other major bookmaking firms on RPGTV it wouldn't dent their finances too much if they all put in £10,000 at the start of the year and sponsored a 2014 trainers title with something like £15,000 to the winner and ladder down to the 10th place or £10,000 to the winner and ladder down to the 20th place. This of course would need them to show some generosity but perhaps with them all making decent profits as the majority of money bet on RPGTV goes off shore it's not such a bad idea as long term the trainers fighting to climb the ladder would make the open racing even more competitive which realistically would produce higher turnover. Of course this is only a small idea from me and in the context of the future of the sport is way down the list in priorities as owners and trainers continue to drift out of the industry. Why the GBGB has to commission another expensive survey is beyond me. All they have to do is invite a few trainers and a few owners to an open meeting with promoters and GBGB board members which they would gladly attend free of charge and they can tell them to their face the problems and possible solutions to our sport which is in a real crisis at the moment.
News that Gordon Bissett, head of Ladbrokes greyhound operations, is to retire is more sad news for our industry. Gordon has always tried his best for greyhound racing and has always been sympathetic to owners and trainers listening to what they have to say. Both the Ladbrokes tracks, Monmore and Crayford, lead the way in graded prize money, and open racing prize money in competitions has been excellent thanks to Gordon and he is a very nice man to go with it as well and will be a hard act to follow. We wish him well for the future.
Adageo Bob was impressive winning his semi final of the British Produce Stakes at Nottingham on Monday but Adageo Brae was knocked over in the Bookmakers Standard final but seems OK. On Tuesday Murlens Crash was a close up second in a sprint open at Coventry.
At Hove on Thursday a slightly disappointing night in the heats of the Coral Olympic where only Jazz Tilly qualified from our four runners though I thought Reel Trickyone ran well despite coming last in a very warm heat.
On Saturday at Wimbledon Aayamzabella took a heat of the William Hill St Leger using her second rails draw to good effect in 42.46 and Blonde Razor led for a long way in his heat but just ran out of steam in the closing stages to finish 3rd. Risky Emerald and Hometown Honey ran OK in their heats but were eliminated along with Sidaz Dippy who couldn't recover from bad crowding at the first bend. On Sunday both Ayamzaman and Benkaat Blue made a hash of the start when knocked out of the RPGTV Henlow Derby but Butterbridge Bri ran well when a close third in a 550 Maiden.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
At Coventry on Tuesday both Hillcross Miami (29.88) and Hometown Honey (29.76) scored well in torrential rain while Saleen Bolt was second.
On Wednesday at Yarmouth the highlight of the meeting was the Yarmouth Championship and Ilewin Allot was made a 2/1 favourite for the event and the result was never in doubt as he raced to a first bend lead and then came home strong to win the event for the first time for our kennel by 2 3/4 lengths in a very good 27.83 +20. Risky Lass also obliged in an A5 in 28.64(+20).
A good night was had on Saturday at Yarmouth by around 30 members of our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club. Both of the club's dogs ran well with Ollie Blue 3rd in an A4 and Saffrons Dream, an April 12 pup, coming from last to second in a warm A3 to go down by 2 1/2 lengths in a fast 28.04. Swift Rachel took off in an A2 scorching round in a superb 27.69.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
As said tonight is the final of the British Bred Produce Stakes and Adageo Bob bids for Category 1 success, Aero Twizzle runs in a good sprint open.
Jazz Tilly flies the flag for us in the Coral Olympic at Hove Thursday and we should have some other open race runners.
We will be at Romford Friday and on Saturday the second round of the William Hill St Leger is the feature action and both Blonde Razor and Aayamzabella have tough heats to contend with.
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Unfortunately two of our ante post bets crashed out of their events at the first stage but Blonde Razor is safely through to the second round and most importantly Adageo Bob recommended at 8/1 for the British Produce Stakes is now a 7/4 shot to win tonight's final. We will stick with these two for our weeks racing.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts e.w ante post 8/1 - British Produce Stakes - Nottingham - final tonight
BRIDGE HONCHO - 2 pts e.w ante post 16/1 - Coral Olympic - Hove - lost
BLONDE RAZOR - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 10/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - second round Saturday
SIDAZ DIPPY - 1.5 pts e.w ante post 33/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - lost