Monday 4th May 2009
With months of speculation and predictions, finally the 2009 Blue Square Greyhound Derby got underway on Friday night at Wimbledon with the first 12 heats and I must admit, despite the current economic climate and general uncertainty around at the moment, it was a pleasure to see a united greyhound industry supporting this great event. Although numbers are down on the mass of entries from four or five years ago, the quality is as good as I can remember. Large crowds at both Friday and Saturday's first round were treated to some brilliant and exciting racing and as usual the premier classic produced shocks as well as confirming those heading the betting are worthy favourites and with a strong Irish presence it looks like this year's event is going to be a real thriller. In all our kennel numerically had the largest entry and on the whole we were pleased to see eight of our twelve go into the hat for the second round. The likes of Kinda Ready and Eye Eye Pickle who would be rated our strongest challenges both qualified with comfort and should come on a bundle for the runs. One of the pleasant surprises was the victory of Kinda Easy at 14/1 and his time of 28.86 had a few eyebrows raised. A morning gamble on Kindred Sparky at 14/1 down to 5/1 on Friday nearly came off with Sparky just run out of first place on the run in. Of the ones eliminated, Eye Onthe Brave can count himself unlucky as his final time would have qualified in every other heat and Roswell Startrek and Eye Onthe Pulse were badly hampered well before they got to the bend giving them no chance and sods law Goldrest King and Kengyelfuto Snow drawn in the same heat managed to hit each other at the first bend with the latter failing to qualify in the end by a short head. The draw for next Fri/Sat second round made yesterday morning looks to have been fairly kind to us as we have none of our remaining eight pitched in together and, though it's not easy at any stage, we can be confident of a bold showing from our team.
Genesis Dream (on our Feature Dogs link) ran her last race on Tuesday at Hove when a close up 2nd in a Bitches 515m race on the Sky card as she has now broke in season. She has travelled across the water to Ian and Brenda Seymour, her original breeders in Carrick-on-Suir and will shortly be mated to Killahan Panther. Gavin Cheeseman's prolific winning daughter of Kinda Sleepy will be sorely missed at the kennel but is in great hands and hopefully we will be seeing her offspring on the track in the future.
The Derby obviously takes centre stage over the next few weeks but it's important that the rest of the kennel ticks over and the return of open wins for the likes of Bomber Bailey and Bell Tornado are very important to our cause and it was a real bonus to see Justins Princess take a Monkey final on Wednesday to score some invaluable points towards the Trainers Championship.
On Monday at Romford our two pups Bumble Lee and Goldies Destiny couldn't repeat their wins from the previous Friday in the heats of the Coral TV Puppies - worse they both finished unlucky 3rd's and out of a place in Fridays final. It was looking like one of those weeks as
Genesis Dream was again unlucky on Tuesday at Hove when 2nd beaten 3/4 length in a Bitches 515m race behind Parkwest Glider in 30.06. Rockburst Mason was also in the wars in a trouble marred Hurdle race when a well beaten last.
At Harlow on Wednesday Treacle Rose ran well when 3rd in the 415m Seniors race and in the heats of the Monkey Stayers Centaur Sandi suffered an odds on defeat but qualified in 2nd for next week's final where she meets Bell Tornado who comfortably won his heat by 4 lengths in 37.98. In the Monkey Maiden final over 415m Justins Princess and Notanothersecond were only at the back going into the first bend but trap 1 Sunnyside Tom moved wide and hampered the rest of the field allowing our two to nip through on the inside with Justins Princess running away to victory over Notanothersecond by 3 lengths in a good 25.97.
Goldies Tara was knocked out the Peterborough Puppy Derby when last in her semi on the same night. A rare trip to Henlow on Thursday proved successful with Bomber Bailey winning the Hurdle race by 2 1/4 lengths in 28.37. Missed A Train also ran well when a close up 4th.
The Blue Square Greyhound Derby kicked off on Friday at Wimbledon with 12 first round heats and we had to wait until heat 8 for our first two runners but trouble at the first bend for both Goldcrest King and Kengyelfuto Snow stopped any chance of winning and it was a case of
racing for the qualifying places which Goldcrest King managed when 3rd but Kengyelfuto Snow just failed to get that all important 4th place by the smallest margin. In a hot heat 10 Eye Onthe Pulse was badly hampered on the run up and could not recover when knocked out in 5th and in heat 11 Kindred Sparky ran his heart out leading until the 4th bend before coming 2nd to Glenard Sunrise beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 29.09. At Romford on the same night Goldcrest Lord's good run of form continued with another victory in the sprint in 13.77 while both Princess Organa (4th) and Risky Sensation (3rd) ran well.
On Saturday the Derby heats continued and Directors Fire in heat 15 ran much better than in last week's trial stake when 4th to Shelbourne Denny beaten only 4 lengths in 28.96. Heat 17 saw the elimination of Roswell Startrek who had nowhere to go on the run up from trap 4 and was forced to check wide which gave him no chance thereafter. Eye Onthe Brave looked to have qualification in hand when third going down the back straight but in the end ran out of gas finishing only 5th and, though no consolation, his finishing time of 29.20 would have qualified
from all the other heats. Kinda Ready, having his first race for 5 weeks, finished a respectable 3rd behind Farloe Reason in heat 20 beaten 3 3/4 lengths in 28.84 and should come on well for the run. In a tricky heat 22 both Eye Eye Pickle and Mountjoy Ruby turned handy around the first two bends but neither had any answers to winner London Walter going down 3 lengths and 1/2 length but again safely through. Still looking for our first winner it was a pleasant surprise to see Kinda Easy turn in second place going around the second bend after a much better break and he raised a few eyebrows when he raced clear at the third with one of the leading fancies for the event Bandicoot Tipoiki in pursuit. Keeping up a strong gallop Kinda Easy drew away to score by 3 3/4 lengths in a fine 28.86. In the last heat Jogadusc Ace was well fancied to give main market rival Deanridge Fury a run but in the end was well out-gunned finishing 3rd beaten 5 lengths in 29.03 on a track that was slowing down.
On Wednesday Centaur Rosina followed up last week's win with a decisive victory by 4 1/4 lengths in 26.56. On Friday Genesis Fuzzums scored an overdue victory winning by a head in 26.92 (-20). Ruff By Name also ran well when winning by 2 1/2 lengths in 26.61 (-20). On Saturday Genesis Alix sccored her first win since seasonal rest by 2 1/2 lengths in 26.52 (-10). Treacle Gem and Ragga Diva were both second before Risky Fabio won a warm A3 impressively by 3 3/4 lengths in a fast 26.07 (-10).
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - KINDA EASY
GRADED RACING - RISKY FABIO
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
The week starts with a trip to Nottingham tonight with pup Bumble Lee in action.
On Wednesday at Harlow Bell Tornado and Centaur Sandi battle it out in the Monkey Stayers final while we are also at Coventry.
A return trip to Henlow if the hurdle race fills on Thursday but the main attraction of the week will be at Wimbledon Friday and Saturday with the second round of the Blue Square Greyhound Derby taking place. Opens at Coventry on Sunday complete the week.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
All three of our ante-post selections are through to round 2 although I don't think their prices have significantly changed. I must admit looking at the second round draw I think the bookies will try and take Kinda Ready on in his heat but I feel sure he will find 3-4 lengths and on that basis should be worth having a good bet at the best price available.
KINDA READY - 3 pts win - heat 10 - Wimbledon - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA READY - 2pts e.w ante-post - 66/1 - Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - Friday/Saturday
EYE EYE PICKLE - 2pts e.w ante-post - 100/1 - Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - Friday/Saturday
MOUNTJOY RUBY - 1 pt e.w ante-post - 250/1 - Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon - Friday/Saturday