Monday 3rd October 2011
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Tomorrow night at 9.45 Aero Majestic has his date with destiny at Wimbledon as he bids to land the Stayers Classic crown the William Hill St Leger. In what is probably one of the most wide open finals for many years 'Maj' lines up with a strong chance. He will have to come out the traps in his best style as he will need to dominate to be able to win, that is something he can do. There is a tremendous amount on the line for both the owners and ourselves. The 'Aero' prefix is now established as one of the leading names in our sport and there's no doubt they thoroughly deserve a classic win. Headed by Stuart Forsdyke, his family will savour and enjoy the big occasion. The race could have a major bearing in the titanic battle between our kennel and Chris Allsopp's team at the top of the Trainers Championship standings with a vital 50 points at stake for winning and the pressure is enormous but in truth that's why I love the game so much and I can't wait. The adrenaline will be pumping as the hare approaches the traps and our hopes and dreams could be decided in a few strides. Whatever his fate in the final Aero Majestic looks to have a bright future, the Leger final will only be his 16th race and this will be a big chance to come out of the shadow of his illustrious kennelmate Blonde Fletch.
Talking of Blonde Fletch, he heads up to Newcastle for their Festival of Racing which continues on Thursday and 'Fletch' will run in the heats of the 670m Category 2 event. The semi-finals of the All England Cup and the Northern Puppy Derby take place and Kinda True is our sole survivor of the events and would not be without a chance of making the Puppy Derby Final. Recent Newcastle winner Risky Rosaleen also heads up north for the Angel Of The North Oaks.
Jazz Apollo came through a difficult draw on Saturday at Nottingham in the second round of the British Bred Produce Stakes winning well and has a fantastic chance of landing the £15,000 to the winner event but make no mistake there are still some top class British Breds to beat with Dave Firminger's Romeo Metro and Romeo Patrol looking particularly strong. The semi's take place on Friday.
Henlow has been a happy hunting ground for us in recent times but we were out of luck in last Thursday's Henlow Silver Salver final. Defending champion Dalcash Scolari made a bold bid to keep hold of his title but could only finish 3rd beaten less than a length and All That Noise out the back in last. We did have a winner on the night when Rookery Pedro continued his recent improvement taking some notable scalps like Westmead Shaw in a Henlow Derby Trial Stake. The £15,000 to the winner event starts a week Thursday and this week Blonde Snapper will have a 460m trial in preparation. He came out of a spin at Romford this week well, he clocked a fast 23.85 and looks back to his best which could spell trouble for our Championship rivals.
Just a quick reminder to those that have not sent in their changes for the 5 To Follow competition they need to be in a.s.a.p as points for their selections will only count when their changes are complete.
On Monday Rockburst Fanta was 2nd in the heats of the Coral Bitches on TV Standard at Romford and on Tuesday Aero Majestic in a messy semi-final of the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon qualified for tomorrow's final when 2nd to Pensky Rain beaten 5 3/4 lengths in 42.28.
At Henlow on Thursday no luck in the Silver Salver final and in supporting races Sulphur Spring was just caught on the line in a Henlow Derby Trial Stake before Rookery Pedro took the honours in the top division winning in 27.85.
Just three runners at Romford on Friday and an excellent return from injury from Kinda Close who won a Bitches 400m in 24.47 while Rockburst Fanta was well beaten after a missed break in the Bitches 400m Final.
At Newcastle on Saturday in the heats of the Northern Puppy Derby New Phase was eliminated after finding trouble at the first bend but Kinda True ran well only going down by the minimum margin in 29.35.
Only runners on Wednesday and both puppies Carden Twilight and Bit View Emma scored in top grades. Carden Twilight was up with the pace early and the strong running pup pulled away to win well in 29.20. Bit View Emma having her first graded race scored well after taking the lead at the opening bend winning by 6 3/4 lengths in a fast 28.11
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow Aero Majestic bids to land the William Hill St Leger final live on Sky. On Wimbledon's supporting card Mountjoy Osprey, Lil Risky and Rookery Pedro have chances.
Opens at Henlow on Thursday and the Festival continues at Newcastle which includes the semi's of the Northern Puppy Derby where Kinda True runs from trap 4.
Opens at Romford on Friday and also the semi-finals of the British Produce Satkes at Nottingham should give Jazz Apollo a chance of making another big race final.
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Tomorrow night Aero Majestic can give our followers a decent pay day if he could win the William Hill St Leger. Advised at 25/1 at the outset he is sitting pretty at around 3/1. New Phase was a first round casualty in the Northern Puppy Derby but Kinda True could still make an impact for us. Rookery Pedro is starting to show the promise he made as a puppy and is in form, still not fully exposed he could go well at Wimbledon tomorrow at decent odds.
ROOKERY PEDRO - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AERO MAJESTIC - 1 pt e.w ante-post 25/1 - William Hill St Leger - Wimbledon - final Tuesday
NEW PHASE - 2 pts e.w ante-post 10/1 - Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle - lost
KINDA TRUE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 20/1 - Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle - semi's Thursday