Monday 2nd December 2013
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Reel Trickyone marched into his first Category 1 final with a commanding performance beating the now ultra consistent Adageo Bob by 2 lengths in the Coral Essex Vase semi-final last Wednesday. 'Butch' has been one of our unsung stars this year regularly trying his hardest in open class with a fair bit of success but undoubtedly his winning run in the fastest of the three semi's of 35.35 was his best effort to date. As I have said many times these Category 1 finals are so tough to win but Reel Trickyone will go close for owner Chris Richards if he produces the same in tomorrow night's final at Romford live on Sky.
Adageo Bob did nothing wrong in chasing Reel Trickyone and his time of 35.49 would have won both the other semi's and if Dick and Ann Barfoot's strapping blue dog can trap in his best style he would complete a memorable last three months which have seen him win the British Bred Stakes at Nottingham and a win in the Essex Vase would see him as one of only two dogs this year that has won more than one Category 1 competition, the other being Shaneboy Spencer for Liz and Rab McNair.
The Coral Essex Vase Final also sees Charlie Lister with two runners in the shape of Killieford Khali and Hather George and to say the night has significant implications on the Tainer Of The Tear title is an understatement. With Charlie around 60 points in front of us with Paul Young sandwiched in between us a win for Adageo Bob or Reel Trickyone is essential and could set up a massive last four weeks of the season. Two weeks ago the sponsors Ladbrokes made us a 20/1 chance to defend our title but after Bridge Honcho's superb Eclipse victory last week and now with two live hopes in tomorrow's final we are trading at a lot shorter odds. If one of Charlie's does win then that will certainly end any hopes we have especially as we had no entries in the Oaks for the first time I can remember and we are not planning to enter any in the Categry 2 Laurels starting on Thursday.
The Oaks is the final Category 1 event of the season and with Charlie and Paul both having live chances it again means we must win the Essex Vase to keep up with them. Murlens Chance has made the final of the Category 2 Crayford Rose Bowl on Saturday and, although he seems to have lost a knack of winning, there are valuable points to be had in the final. We have 9 other runners in £500 races at Romford tomorrow night - with 5 points for each one up for grabs you can see how important tomorrow is. We only have around 20 open class runners available at the moment with both Charlie and particularly Paul having many more the winners will have to come on a regular basis. Next week sees the start of four Category 2 events at Monmore in the Ladbrokes Festival and we will look to being well represented in the two runs for £5,000 heats and finals. Eclipse hero Bridge Honcho will run in the 480m contest he won last year. The Category 2 National Sprint at Nottingham also kicks off next Monday and the Boylesports Golden Muzzle starts on Tuesday at Coventry another Category 2 event with valuable points available. We should be well represented in the Henlow Cesarewitch over 550m a week Thursday. Hectic! yes you can say that again.
It looks likely we will be without the services of our talented marathon star Aayamzabella for the rest of the year as she is out in Ireland for a crack at the Ted Hegarty at Harolds Cross starting next Friday. We would have loved to have taken her ourselves but the travelling and costs of going over for potentially three journeys at this time of year make it not viable so she is in the hands of our friend Karol Ramsbottom who reports her in great shape and ahead of the gruelling 1,000 yard trip she recorded a fine 29.40 trial at Harolds Cross on Saturday. We wish the best of luck to Aayamzabella and Karol for the event. The Ayamzaboys Syndicate who own her deserve a decent win as they have been very loyal to our kennel over the years and on Friday at Romford they may well have unearthed a decent little prospect in the shape of Aayamzamodel who won a 575m Maiden in good style. The time may not have been impressive but I do remember our St Leger hero Aero Majestic winning a 575m Maiden in a moderate 36.32 in his first run over the trip, he later broke the magical 35.00 barrier I think on three occasions as well as many other successes including that famous St Leger victory.
Last week we offered four shares in exciting staying prospect Rosealinda and they have all been snapped up. After this week we will be offering a similar deal on an exciting young puppy that I'm currently buying. This is a popular way of having a decent interest in good class greyhounds at affordable prices. Don't forget our 'Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club' is going from strength to strength and after an initial one off payment of £500 to join it costs £1 per day to be part of our club and this week the club is on the verge of adding a superbly well bred youngster to their ranks. Our Racing Club offers members their own exclusive information page on our site and is a long term project that will be a huge part of our future.
As said on Wednesday the Coral Essex Vase semi-finals at Romford saw Reel Trickyone beat Adageo Bob by 2 lengths in a fine 35.35 in the first semi. Bridge Ruth drew the handicap box of trap 1 in the second semi-final and as usual fom this trap she failed to trap and after pacing up was badly hampered at the first bend, to be fair Ruth flew down the back straight but just couldn't make up the lost ground and could only finish 4th.
On Friday we were back to Romford and that dreaded trap 1 box put paid to Aero Twizzle's chances in the sprint. Aayamzamodel made an excellent staying debut when landing a 575m maiden by 5 lengths in 36.14 (-30) and in the 575m Stayers a kennel 1-2 with Ilewin Frimley just getting the better of Hometown Honey by a head in 35.92 (-30). Blonde Razor was looking to get back on the winning trail but a slight stumble out the boxes saw him arrive at the bend with the pack and he was forced to check losing valuable ground and in the end did well to get to within 1 1/2 lengths of Bridge Jane in 36.05 (-30). As said Murlens Crash qualified for the Crayford Rose Bowl final when 3rd in his semi-final on Saturday.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
On Monday the third leg of the Bags Championship at Yarmouth against Peterborough didn't go so well for the home team although I was overall pleased with our six runners. A surprise win for Ilewin Aggen over 462m in a bunched finish in 28.70, Ilewin Allot somehow managed to get well beat but Swift Rachel made sure we ended the Championship on a good note when taking the final 659m race leading on the run in to score by 2 lengths in 41.20. In a graded race afterwards Ollie Blue ran superbly when landing an A4 by over 7 lengths in a career best 28.48.
On Saturday Darian Star returning from seasonal break scored easily by 4 lengths in a good 28.30 in an A2 while youngster Evanta Prince showed good promise and early pace when 3rd on debut in an A6.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tuesday night at Romford is as big as it gets for our kennel this year. The £10,000 to the winner Coral Essex Vase final sees Adageo Bob and Reel Trickyone take on the mighty Charlie Lister duo of Hather George and Killieford Khali as well as the fast Hipower Rhino and Regal Bailio. A win would not only put us bang in contention for the Trainer Of The Year title but could give our kennel that unbelievable 50th Category 1 success in our time. Plenty of other interest on the supporting card with the likes of Garryglass Rodge, Aayamzaman, Blonde Razor, Bridge Ruth, Hometown Honey and many more all running.
Other plans are being made for the rest of the week but Saturday sees Murlens Crash in the Crayford Rose Bowl final.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
We have two finalists in the Essex Vase final and somehow we have managed to miss them for our ante post bets! that's the way it goes sometimes and as much as I really don't mind which of our two wins, if I had my betting head on I think Adageo Bob priced up at 7/1 in the final is too big I would have to recommend a small interest on him but make sure you have a saver on Reel Trickyone if you do. The supporting card looks tricky and any winners on the night will gratefully be received!
ADAGEO BOB - 2 pts win 7/1 - Coral Essex Vase Final - Romford - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE RUTH - 1.5 pts e.w ante post 12/1 - Coral Essex Vase - Romford - lost