Monday 30th July 2007
The Irish Derby gets underway next week and we wish Eye Onthe Veto and John Keefe the best of luck. Judged on Saturday night's Champion Stakes Final defending champ Razldazl Billy is the one they all have to beat. The feature race of the week over here is the final of the Sussex Cup at Hove on Tuesday and we were slightly unlucky not to be represented in the race as our two semi-finalists Directors Chair and Butterbridge Ali came together with each other off the second bend which ruined their chances. Sam Poots looks to have the race at his mercy with the flying Barnfield On Air a long odds on chance. Butterbridge Ali will be aimed now along with a few others at Walthamstow's Grand Prix which starts on the 21st August and it will be nice to repeat last years 1/2/3/4 result for the kennel and maybe defending champ January Tiger will be entered as well.
Next Sunday at Harlow Stadium sees another football match with Walthamstow playing a team comprising of Greyhound Scene forum members so if anyone is interested in watching us destroy these wannabe's kick off is at 11.30. It seems as though we have a real shrewdie leading the 5 to Follow competition. 'Nick the dosh team 2' has scored very well but there's a long way to go yet! and Pete is leading the staff challenge which brings me on to the subject of guest columns as we take a different view with an interesting insight in to Pete's first experiences with Greyhound racing. One of my greatest memories in my time in Greyhound racing was the victory of Go Commando in the 2005 Gymcrack at Hall Green which was my first Category 1 winner since taking over from Linda so I was sad when his owners and myself decided to retire him as a series of injuries have held him back from his best form this year. 'Arri' is a firm favourite with us all at the kennel but no definite plans have been made for him yet. He certainly would make a wonderful pet if he isn't used at stud which is a possibility.
As stated above Go Commando ran his last race before being retired in the heats of the Phil Isherwood Rose Bowl at Romford on Monday night. Treacle Rose was another of our runners who is not getting the rub of the green especially at Coventry when she was unlucky in the heats of the Premarket Bitches 480m Cup on Wednesday. It was nice to see the return of Roswell Starship who has been lame since the Pall Mall final in a 420m spin at Peterborough on Thursday morning and his time of 25.93 was satisfactory but more importantly he came through his workout sound. The Semi-Finals of the Sussex Cup at Hove are mentioned above and in the supporting bitches competition Vigorous Whitney ran well to finish 3rd but with only the first two through it was left to Stride On Babe to qualify for the final on Tuesday when she was a fast finishing second in her heat. At Walthamstow the open card saw a great performance again from in form Centaur Iris who defeated the gambled on Ceroc Salsa in 53.79 (-20) and Discreet Cat has found the winning knack when taking division 2 of the Grand Prix Trial Stakes in 40.17(-15). There were good runs also from Ortuna (3rd) and Treacle Star (3rd). On Sunday night at Coventry the feature race was the Summer Derby and in the supporting Puppy 625m Final Night Night just failed to make the bend when finishing in 4th and Snappy Girl was also 4th in the 880m final. The other races produced a terrific run from Killer Keane who was just picked up on the line by Kooga Kid in a fast 29.23 and Eye Onthe Power was a good second in the 625m race.
Mondays BAGS card was as difficult as usual but a significant result was the hurdle race that saw Lockdale Lord in only his second race over the sticks win in a good time of 29.22 (+20). This son of Larkhill Jo could have a big future. Blackmagic Rose is improving with every run and Jamie Langley's bitch won well in a good 29.40 (+10). Tuesday saw a first win for the strapping Roswell Zodiac leading on the run up to win by 1 1/4 lgths in 29.43(+30) and he seems a dog to follow over the next few weeks. In the S1 Coolanga Flyer and Shelbourne Thesa got pipped by Lady Be Wise in 39.80 (+30) and Largo Lassie's winning turn is just around the corner as she produced another good run to finish 3rd in the A5 which again was won in a fast time. Irate Kate is bang on out of season now and she took the last race in good style winning by 1 1/4 lgths in 40.13. On Saturday Carden Noir ran her best race to date since coming out of season going down by the shortest margin after leading right to the wire in 29.23 (+10). The S1 had us wondering why the Racing Manager had upgraded Lode Of Yank without winning an S2 but Chris Page isn't sitting in the hot seat for nothing and the bitch duly bolted out of the traps and romped to victory in a splendid 39.54 (+15) but for me the run of the night came from our bitch Rhias Beauty who fell out the boxes and looked to have no chance but produced a performance with great track craft and guts to lead on the line by a neck in a not too shabby 40.06 (+15). A bitch that should give Adam Laycock and his syndicate plenty of fun over the next few months.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- CENTAUR IRIS
GRADED:- RHIAS BEAUTY
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday sees the start of the John Smiths Peterborough Derby and Evan Herbert's duo Roswell Starship and Phoenix represent us but both have difficult first round heats and draws to overcome. Thursday has its usual array of opens at Walthamstow with some more Trial Stakes for the Grand Prix taking centre stage with the return of Fear Robben likely to be entered. Friday is the second round of the Peterborough Derby and on Sunday we may send a team to Sittingbourne in preperation for the forth coming Kent Derby.