Monday 29th June 2009
Tuesday is the last chance to enter our website's 5 to Follow competition (we will accept late postal entries up till Thursday. So if you have not picked your 5 selections (must include 1 bitch) now's the time to get them in if you want a chance to win £1,000 (betting vouchers) with prizes for second (£500) and third (£250). Trust me it's great fun watching out for your selections over the next six months and don't forget 20% of your entry fee will go to charity. (The website entry form is working OK but if anyone does have a problem then please send you entries via the following e-mail email@example.com. Remember to include your name, address, telephone number as well as your Team Name and 5 selections. You can still use the Paypal payment method if you wish.)
News that there is renewed hope of seeing the iconic Walthamstow Stadium return is filtering through the industry. Strong efforts are being made to secure a deal with L&Q to try and bring back Greyhound racing which can only be good for our sport as we sadly lack a showpiece stadium in the south that we can all be proud of. This Saturday a rally outside Walthamstow Stadium at 12 noon can show the local council that the Greyhound Industry is right behind the efforts to resurrect what was the best Stadium bar none over the last 20 years or so. A high turnout of people will undoubtedly show what the industry feels, that Walthamstow should never have been closed, so if you would like to voice your opinion then you know what to do - THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE!
Harlow is currently bucking the trend in this difficult economic climate with large crowds at all meetings, mainly due to the hard working efforts of Promoter Dave Barclay and General Manager Chris Page and their staff. The promotions on offer which have been aimed at businesses and sports clubs have been a huge success and we would all hope that the positive feedback they have received can see these people return on a regular basis and maybe in time into prospective greyhound ownership which would be a massive boost to our kennel. I currently have several pups at reasonable prices that would suit syndications if anyone is interested.
Kinda Ready made the long journey last Friday to Dundalk for a trial in preparation for the International race on July 12th and his time of 28.85 was more than satisfactory. He will have to improve to make an impact in what is going to be a high class and intriguing race and it would be nice to win but his long term aim is the Paddy Power Irish Derby which begins in August and as Wimbledon proved he is a proper competition dog. I cannot believe some of the knockers recently, we have a worthy Champion that the industry can be proud of. Charlie Lister said this week that Fear Zafonic was lame after the final which could have cost him the race but let's not forget that our fella running from an adverse trap 5 draw, received a hell of a bump out of the traps and but for that would have clocked a 28.40 ish. Who knows, time will tell wether he can reproduce that dazzling turn of pace again but for the moment let's respect the owners who are true greyhound people who have put a lot of time and money into our sport and I can't think of any more deserving winners than them.
On July 11th, the day before we travel to Dundalk, there is a superb meeting being held at Wimbledon organised by Questhouse Kennels Dave Wood in aid of the Macmillan Nurses Cancer Trust. We will look to have plenty of runners on the night which includes a generous £3,000 race sponsored by Simon Wooder in memory of his mother Rosie. I have reserved plenty of tickets (cost £25) for the night so if you would like to attend then let me know a.s.a.p.
Last week wasn't the best week we have had race wise (ma be our dogs are saving their wins for the forthcoming 5 to follow comp) but we will be trying to move up a gear with the start of the William Hill Festival at Sunderland next Saturday and our main hopes Corrig Vieri, Droopys Zach, Jogadusc Ace and Directors Fire all trialled well last Saturday when put them through their paces at the tight North East circuit and I for one would not be surprised if we landed one of these major prizes on offer.
A disappointing week for us on the road as a long journey to Newcastle on Wednesday set the trend. Our three runners all running from trap 1 looked ill at ease, as did all the other inside runners on the night. Tthey seemed at a real disadvantage with the sand almost giving way going in to the bends causing a number of runners to lose their footing. On Wednesday at Harlow in the heats of the Monkey Maiden Standard Callums Man ran well to qualify in second and Kinda Handy also ran well after a near five month absence through injury to finish third just tiring at the end when leading from the first bend. Justins Princess was a touch unlucky in the final of the Monkey Maiden Stayers when knocked right back through the field after a bump at the first bend eventually finishing third. No luck at Henlow on Thursday with our runners though again Kindred Sparky put in his usual honest race when third to the ever green Cobra Striking. Romford on Friday looked set to follow suit when we had to withdraw Rockburst Mason (off colour) on the day and again our three runners didn't get on the score sheet but watch out for Eye Onthe Flash who looks more than useful.
Blackey Said So ran best of our three graded runners when second on Wednesday and on Saturday we were unlucky to draw a blank again with Sweep Clean, Bell Tempest, Mint Bulb and Droopys Elbow all finishing in the runners up spot and our prolific Bell Tornado missing his break in top grade and well beaten in third on going rated 200 slow!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - KINDRED SPARKY
GRADED RACING - SWEEP CLEAN
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
We will be hoping to get off to a good start this week when Bumble Lee steps up in trip tonight at Romford in the heats of the 575m Coral on TV Maiden Stayers. On Tuesday Directors Chair, Mountjoy Ruby and pup Parkmore Elite run on Oxford's supporting card for the Cesarewitch final live on Sky. Callums Man will be an outsider in Harlow's Monkey Maiden Standard final on Wednesday which hopefully will see a race fill for Bomber Bailey over the hurdles.
We shall be back to Henlow on Thursday with a couple of pups looking to gain experience with the Westmead Puppy Derby coming soon. Look out for Dalcash Scolari who looks a nice prospect. Romford again on Friday before we set off to Sunderland on Saturday as the William Hill Festival of Racing kicks off with the heats of the Classic (450) and the Grand Prix (640) with over £100,000 in prize money up for grabs. Also on Saturday the Paddypower Irish Derby trial stakes at Wimbledon will give in form Eye Eye Pickle a chance to gain a free entry.
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A blow out last week at Newcastle but not entirely the dogs' fault so back to the main action of the week and to try and add to our impressive ante-post strike rate in competitions we will concentrate on the William Hill Festival at Sunderland that starts on Saturday. In the 640m Grand Prix the current holder of the title Lenson Joker bids for glory again and looks sure to start as favourite. Both of our intended runners are capable of upsetting the jolly, Corrig Vieri has the early to lead which is essential on the tight circuit and the in form Droopys Zach is hard to keep out of the frame and I don't see any reason not to select them e.w to give us a great run. In the 450m Classic worth £40,000 to the winner Jogadusc Ace is sure to improve for his trial last week and again is worth a small investment at what should be reasonable odds (prices should be out Weds/Thurs).
CORRIG VIERI - 2 pts e.w ante-post - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
DROOPYS ZACH - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - Saturday
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pt e.w ante-post - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDCREST LORD, GOLDCREST KING, EYE ONTHE STORM - 3 x 1 pt wi doubles 1 pt win treble - stake 4pts - Newcastle - Wednesday - lost