Monday 29th August 2011
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Friday night's Champion Stakes heats didn't quite go as planned and only two of our eight entries made it through to next Friday's semi-finals namely Jazz Apollo and Rockburst Lenny. There were a couple of hard luck stories, both Dalcash Scolari and All That Noise who just failed to get round the first bend but if I'm honest Blonde Fletch ran an absolute shocker when eliminated in heat 2. It's clear with Blonde Fletch that he needs plenty of work and regular racing to be at his best and having only one trial since his Nottingham Select Stakes Stayers win clearly doesn't suit. It was one of those nights and even the prolific Lil Risky was beaten when odds on for Coral On TV Standard Final when finding all the trouble going. The draw for the semi-final summed everything up when both Jazz Apollo and Rockburst Lenny were pitched in together in the first semi with Jazz Apollo facing a difficult draw in trap 4 in what looks the toughest of the three semi's. Thankfully all our runners from Friday seem OK and we will dust ourselves down and look forward to the week and months ahead.
Friday afternoon's Monmore results from the Ladbrokes August Festival went the way of Charlie Lister's Taylors Sky who won the Gold Cup and Head Iton Jason who landed the Stayers event for Chris Allsopp and both trainers have made significant inroads into our lead at the top of the Trainers Championship standings with Chris only 15 points behind us and he could well be in front of us after tonight's Nottingham Puppy Classic where he has a strong hand. Charlie is also looming large and has the tools to catch us both as we move into the last third of the year.
I hope you will like reading our slightly revamped website which will go live later this week that has some subtle changes. You will be able to follow the latest news and updates on our front page and we have at last caught up with the social networking scene that sees us both on Facebook at Mark Wallis Greyhounds and also you can now follow me on Twitter at @wallis_mark. I have made a few tweets this week (wow I have 8 followers!) and I am getting used to this phenomenon that has swept the country over the last couple of years and I will try and keep my tweets as informative and as interesting as I can. Pete Vernon, my head kennelhand, will have his own column and will be regularly writing an off the wall blog which I hope everyone will find interesting and our Feature Dogs over the next few weeks will show a complete who's who of our Kennel strength.
Later this week we will also be going live on our Syndications page and our first syndicate is set up under 'Imperial Kennels Club 1'. This will be a relatively inexpensive way for owners (new or old) to be able to enjoy the fun of greyhound racing and the experience of being an owner at Imperial Kennels. We are looking for 25 members paying a one off payment of £500 with a £50 per month membership. We have lined up a top class pup for the club to be aimed at next year's Monmore Puppy Derby and hopefully the William Hill Greyhound Derby (£125,000). We will look to add another puppy to the club every 3-6 months and will always be looking for the best pups available to compete in opens and competitions. We have had a number of enquiries of late regarding syndications so don't be late in contacting us or you will miss out on our first club (but don't worry we will always set up another club exactly the same if demand exceeds expectations). Each member will have exclusive access to their own syndicate page via a password which will bring the latest club news and up to the minute greyhound information. Socially we will have a club meeting at a track at least once every three months (hopefully when club greyhounds are in big finals or Sky races) and will be holding an open day for owners and the public on the first Sunday of every month starting next Sunday September 4th where myself and Sarah will be present to answer any questions or if you simply want to come to Imperial Kennels for the chance to see some of our stars that are household names then feel free to visit. Please contact us through the website or myself personally on 07721778297 if you would like to join the club. We will also be advertising other syndications to cater for everyone's needs if this one doesn't suit.
After the joys of winning the Kent Derby with Jazz Apollo at Sittingbourne only last Sunday it seemed to be a case of after the Lord Mayor's show this week as it has been a tough week. Lil Risky did get the week off to a good start with a narrow victory at Romford on Monday in the heats of the Coral on TV Standard and on Tuesday Mountjoy Orion took off over 700m at Mildenhall scoring by 5 lengths in a quick 45.10 but that was as good as we got and disappointments at Monmore Monday and Yarmouth on Wednesday and on Friday nothing seemed to go right in the first round of the Champion Stakes at Romford with Lil Risky also unlucky in the Coral On T.V Standard final.
A similar story at Yarmouth in the grades where we drew a blank on Wednesday and Saturday. Born Tobe Blue was best of Wednesday's when just caught on the line and on Saturday we came close with a few without wiinning, Risky Lass (2nd) Risky Blue (3rd) Risky Rosaleen (2nd) and Carden Twilight (2nd) all ran well
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the Champions Night Maiden Stayers heats and Marathon heats that support the Champion Stakes final get underway at Romford and it's great to see Ayamzagirl making her return.
On Tuesday Wimbledon's Sky card sees Sulphur Spring and Aero Majestic in action in supporting races and it's back to Romford on Wednesday for the heats of the Champion Night Puppy and Standard events.
Friday we are again at Romford for the semi-finals of the Champion Stakes where Jazz Apollo and Rockburst Lenny face a tough task.
The Yarmouth Derby gets underway on Saturday but entries from ourselves might be thin on the ground.
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Jazz Apollo is flying the flag for us in the Champion Stakes but is in a tough semi on Friday. Aero Majestic is better than last week's Monmore run and is worth a small interest on tomorrow's Sky card while Rockburst Fanta will not be 12/1 again in a Maiden at Romford on Friday.
AERO MAJESTIC - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
ROCKBURST FANTA - 4 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ APOLLO - 2.5 pts e.w anti-post 12/1 - Champion Stakes - Romford - continues Friday
BLONDE FLETCH - 1.5 pts e.w anti-post - Champion Stakes - Romford - lost