Monday 2nd July 2007
Directors Chair our last remaining Derby contender was knocked out at the semi-final stage on Saturday night but I'm positive that this fellow along with some of our other Derby runners will enjoy a successful second half of the year and help the the kennel in its bid to win this year's Trainers Championship in which up to last Wednesday we were sitting on top of the table albeit only by 6 points from Charlie Lister and with John Mullins not toomany points behind it could be an exciting end to the year.
Good luck to every one who entered our 5 To Follow competition. It was a great response with around 300 entries and if anyone has forgotten to do their entry you have until our first BAGS runner today to put your team through! Just as a matter of interest these would be my 5 to follow if i was to do a list: Butterbridge Ali, Lockdale Lord, Fear Robben, Ragga Diva, Genesis Sister. We are running a separate competition between the Staff (only for fun and pride of course!) so we will let you know what 5 the rest of the staff have chosen.
Last Sunday we sent a few runners to Coventry mainly with the Summer Derby which starts in a couple of weeks in mind and it was nice to see the Champagne Club's Bubbly Magic get back to winning ways when scoring in a calc 29.94. Bell Classic has shown a liking for the track and won another of the Trial Stakes in 29.73 and of our other runners Not So Jolly also ran well. Tuesday at Wimbledon it was down to the last 24 in the Blue Square Greyhound Derby and our last representative Directors Chair was in heat 1. After a moderate break he was helped when favourite Droopys Robinho and Blonde Dino came together at the first bend where he nipped inside and chased the front runner Dilemmas Flight who kept on strong and held 'Dev' to about 4 lgths in a fast 28.68.
At Harlow on Wednesday our two entries in the weekly Monkey Stakes were drawn in the same heat and although favourite Roswell Pheonix completely missed her break and was never a factor, Eye Onthe Flame made a better start and was always in contention finishing second beaten by the shortest margin in a 27.27 (-70) but could well turn this round in next week's final. Armies Plan showed his liking for the circuit when notching up another win in the 592m standard.
A busy night on Thursday at Walthamstow with a number of high class races on show. Division 2 of the stayers race had Charlie Lister's Drimeen Rumble as clear favourite but our Discreet Cat made a bold bid to follow up last weeks maiden win when leading right to the winning line before the in form Shelbourne Thesa picked him up in a respectable 39.72. In Division 2 of the Puppy 475m we saw both Lockdale Duke and Pinehurst Silk lead in to the bend but trouble soon after for 'Silks' left Duke in a clear lead and he eventually crossed the line in front in a calc 29.11. Fear Mykeo was second in Division 2 of the standard 475m and in the Division 1 of the Novice Stayers a good class race was a messy affair with our Directors Wish, who was stopped in running a couple of times, running on strongly to grab the honours in a slowish 40.45 (-15). Daisyfield Matti was again second in the Maiden 475m and a win looks just around the corner for him. Last week's marathon was particularly hot but this week with no Cash For Kate in the race Snappy Girl proved to be a class above when winning in 53.04 (-20). Eye Onthe Power(2nd) and Roswell Bluesky(3rd) both ran well and our last runner Rather Rapid came out on top in Division 2 of the Novice Stayers to complete a good night for the kennel. His winning time was only 40.70(-40) but he can get better as he is only young!
The Gymcrack is up and away with our two entries Like Hot Cakes and Roswell Diamond being asked a hard task both failing to qualify but they still should be dogs to follow over the next few months!
The feeling of being knocked out in the Semi-Final of the premier event is not nice but in fairness to Directors Chair he never looked happy at Wimbledon and did well to make it that far in the competition and his time will surely come. Killer Keane was drawn in a tough heat in the Derby Plate and struggled to get a clear and although soundly beaten I think that Keane is another dog that is capable of doing well in the next few months.
A quiet Monday's BAGS card with both Emly Outlaw(3rd) and Special Roxi(2nd) running best. Tuesday's card was opened with an authoritative display from Banjo Ocean who won easily in a good 29.42(+30). Eye Onthe Jewel ran well in the S1 to be second and both Old Guinness(2nd) and Largo Lassie(3rd) ran well on their debuts and John Keefes Eye Onthe Gift(2nd) looks like a winner soon. Marathon Girl came good at last on Saturday evening's card at the Stow winning in a good 29.42(-20) but the best performance of the night came from the consistent Not So Jolly who won the A2 by 5 lgths in 29.51(-40) to keep his good spell going.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- SHELBOURNE THESA
GRADED:- BANJO OCEAN
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday night is a busy night for open race fans as we travel down south to Hove with a strong team of dogs with Trial Stakes for the Sussex Cup taking place. Eye Onthe Flame is in the final of the Monkey 415m at Harlow on Wednesday. Derby fever is gripping us this week with Saturday's final live on Sky where we hope to have a couple of runners on the supporting card.