Monday 4th August 2008
Last week's protest at Walthamstow Stadium to try and save the track from closure was an outstanding success with mass media coverage and what seemed a lost cause only a few weeks ago now has a realistic chance of coming off. Ricky Holloway and Neil Gerrard MP deserve the utmost praise and they have the full backing of not only our kennel but everyone who cares about our great sport and we should all get behind the massive efforts being made by them and who knows this time next week we could yet still all look forward to a bright future at Walthamstow!
Eye Onthe Brave made up for what was an indifferent night last Saturday in the heats of the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon by romping into next Tuesday's final when winning the semi-final in good style by 3 lengths and, being the sole railer, looks to have a major chance of landing the
£6,000 first prize. Great news with Centaur Decree is that he has come out of his comeback race (3rd) on Thursday in excellent shape and should improve as did Butterbridge Ali who ran a stormer when runner up to the prolific Cobra Striking on his second race back. Tipp The Breeze has also made the final of the Keith Johnson Summer Cup final at Perry Barr next Thursday and we are confident of a big run from her as she is nearing her peak out of season.
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Back to Centaur Decree, all being well he will be entered at Hove on Thursday the 21st August for the Emily Wood benefit meeting organised by Dave Wood and James' owners have kindly donated any prize money he receives that night to Dave's fund raising. I also have a number of tables booked in the restaurant so give me a call if anyone is interested.
A quiet start to the week with Harlow's opens on Wednesday only getting to the fourth race before a major hare failure resulted in the rest of the meeting being abandoned. Only two heats of the 415m Monkey Maiden were run and Genesis Gemstone won easily by 5 3/4 lengths (4.88 sec) in 26.31 but Bingo Panda in heat 2 was badly bumped on the run up before finishing 5th to John Faint's Retail Blitz who did 26.18.
Thursday's opens at Walthamstow coincided with the Save Our Stow protest and one of the biggest crowds for ages witnessed some good action on the track (long may it continue!). From our kennel puppy Mountjoy Diamond led in the 640m Novice Stayers but doesn't quite get home at the moment and she dropped back to finish 3rd to Alpinto in a modest 40.31. In the 475m Standard Div-2 Butterbridge Ali, in only his second race back from injury, ran a blinder when runner up to Cobra Striking beaten only 1 1/2 lengths in 28.78 and was well clear at the drop. Bell Tornado was a well backed favourite for the puppy 475m and when he loomed large off the last bend he looked to have the race in the bag but for some reason got involved in a barging match with trap 6 Orlock Jo and despite winning the race by a head he was lucky to only be marked awkward. The 640m Stayers produced a good race and Eye Onthe Spirit was a shade unlucky when bumped at the 3rd bend eventually dead heating for second 1 1/2 lengths behind Bubbly Rambo in 39.76. Kinda Flashy has been running well in defeat recently and it was nice to see him score his first open win in the 475m Maiden catching kennelmate Eye Onthe Pulse (ran well) and going on to score by a length in 28.96. In the top division of the 475 Standard all eyes were on the return of Arc Hero Centaur Decree in his first race back from a serious gracillis injury back in February and as much as no one expected him to beat the flying
veteran Legal Major we witnessed some of that real pace that saw him land two competitions at the Stow eventually tiring a bit to finish 3rd beaten only 2 3/4 lengths and a head to Legal Major in 28.83. At Perry Barr on the same night Tipp The Breeze ran well in the semi-final of the Keith Johnson Summer Stayers by keeping Head Iton Paddy's winning margin down to 3 lengths as his time of 39.93 was a new track record but I certainly would not discount her reversing this form in the final.
On Friday at Wimbledon our only survivor in the semi- finals of the Stan James Puppy Derby, Eye Onthe Brave, produced an excellent performance when leading all the way and although helped by trouble between the others at the 3rd bend was always going to win and did so by 3 lengths in 27.95 and with a few of the fancied runners getting knocked out in the other semi's he has a decent chance in Tuesday's live on Sky final. We also kept Eye Onthe Force and Directors Chair ticking over with runs at Romford and although Directors Chair again showed his class with a convincing 5 length success in 35.75 it was kennelmate Stride On Babe who upstaged Eye Onthe Force when he was baulked on the run up by leading at the 5th bend and held on by a head to win in a modest 36.46 (-20).
A few opens graced Walthamstow's Saturday night's card and in the 475m Hurdle Div-2 Eye Onthe Flame was badly impeded at the 2nd bend and eventually finished 3rd in a messy race where winner Westmisterpearl was disqualified for fighting. In the 475m Puppy Roswell Startrek, after a lightning break, was awesome when beating his rivals by 5 lengths in a fast 28.78 and this late developing dog could be worth following in the next few months. In the 640m Stayers Discreet Cat and Missed A Train renewed rivalry but both had to play second fiddle to Barnfield Leo in 40.24. In the bitches 475m Elusive Jazz was made a shade of odds on
favourite but was bumped at the first bend which left kennelmate Pinewood Evo in the lead but she was caught off the last bend by the strong running Droopys Lotto and beaten 2 lengths in 28.94 with Elusive Jazz back in 4th.
On Tuesday's graded card Maia an April 07 bitch having her first race just failed to get up and win beaten a short head in 30.08. Taboga Legend a Feb 07 also having her first run found plenty of trouble in running and when only beaten a neck in 29.64 it appears a very promising run. In the Breeders Forum British Bred Stakes Final Rank N File was all the rage in the betting ring and duly justified the punters' faith when leading at the first bend to go on and score by
2 1/2 lengths in a good 29.21 (+10) with Centaur Rosina running on in 3rd. In a warm looking A7 Rockybay Class was 5/2 jt fav and ran well in third but newcomer Risky Fabio made a teriffic debut when leading at the first bend and holding on to score by 3/4 length in 29.13 (+20). Genesis Alix's first run back from seasonal rest was pleasing when she was second beaten 1 3/4 in 29.34 (+10) and in the S1 litter brothers Centaur Cappo and Bell Tempest completed a 1-2 for the kennel with Cappo scoring by 1/2 length in 40.14. The other graded race of note was on Saturday when Directors Ruler won the A1 by 3 3/4 lengths in 28.95 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- ROSWELL STARTREK
GRADED- RISKY FABIO
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week starting with a few of our pups, including Kinda Flashy, Kinda Classic, Goldcrest King, Ballyfinn Swift and Mountjoy Ruby, being put through their paces at Nottingham with next week's Puppy Classic in mind. Tuesday sees the final of the Wimbledon Puppy Derby with Eye Onthe Brave attempting to emulate Kinda Spooky's success in this event in 2003 for the kennel. We will be busy with opens at Harlow on Wednesday and Walthamstow on Thursday and on the same night Tipp The Breeze runs in the final of the Keith Johnson Summer Stayers over 660m and we could have open runners elsewhere later in the week as well.