Monday 5th November 2007
It's been two weeks since our last update due to holidays and it's surprising how much happens in not only the greyhound world but in the kennel as well on and off the track. The Northern Puppy Derby at Sunderland threw up a strong candidate to next year's Derby when Charlie Lister's Farloe Reason bolted in to capture the £8,000 first prize. Spiridon Louis won a brilliant St Leger at Wimbledon to enhance his Greyhound Of The Year aspirations although his chief rival Barnfield On Air looks well on the way to winning the £22,000 Blue Square 480m after beating main rival Fear Haribo in the second round by 7 lengths in a new track record 28.89. Blonde Jeannie ran terrific to land Saturday night's Global Windows invitation at Sheffield worth £5,000 and send trainer John Mullins a clear second in the Trainers Championship table right on the heels of leader Charlie Lister with our kennel not totally out of the race yet in third. From the kennel's point of view we have been slightly out of luck. Directors Chair (4th) ran very well in the Leger final and a competition looks sure to come his way soon. Kennel sickness stopped Centaur Decree when he was going well at Coventry and John Keefe's duo Eye Onthe Force (very unlucky in semi-final of the Romford Puppy Cup) and Eye Onthe Veto (only beaten 2 lengths in the Global Windows invitation) can still hope to win a decent event before the end of the year. On the graded at front at Walthamstow those dogs that have missed the kennel sickness have performed very well and we have produced plenty of winners with some interesting newcomers that look worth following over the next few weeks in the shape of Directors Vision, Cassius Clay, Kissmedeadly, Shes Crazy, Centaur Gemstone and Carden Signal (improved significantly unfortunately not to the stewards liking though!).
The Racing Post Festival starts this week at our home track and we hope to field a strong team over the next couple of weeks including the return of Fear Robben but like all our owners we are gutted about the recent prize money cuts at Walthamstow, once again the life blood of the sport (the owners) are worst hit!
Look our for our latest Guest Column contribution from Scott Fraser. Scott (ex Glasgow Rangers footballer) heads the Centaur Partnership and also owned top race dog Geordie Parker and he tells the story of how he got into the dogs.
The Retired Greyhounds Gala Charity Evening takes place at Walthamstow on Saturday 24th November and we would like to ask all owners if they could help to raise money for the retired dogs. This can be done in three ways - race sponsorship of £300, £500 or £1000, dog sponsors at £10 each or by buying raffle tickets. Please get in touch if you are wish to take part in any of the above - as soon as possible if you are interested in race sponsorship.
Both Aero Blackjack and Roswell Diamond got no sort of run in the heats of the Puppy Cup at Nottingham on the Monday and were eliminated and Raging Jack could only manage second in the Eclipse Trial Stake behind Afflek Elite. On Tuesday in the semi-final of the St Leger at Wimbledon both Directors Chair and Discreet Cat were drawn in the same heat and another good break from Directors Chair took him into the lead and for a time he looked the likely winner with Cat not being able to dominate struggling Paul Young's Local Knowledge came with a strong late run to deny Chair in 41.26. Both our entries for the first round of the Blue Square 480 at Coventry were drawn in the same heat and the money came for our Killer Keane who was sent off favourite but Centaur Decree hadn't read the script and flew from the traps and led right to the wire with Temple Lad catching him but the judge couldn't split them and a dead heat was the decision with Killer Keane knocked out. On Friday a busy night at Romford started with an impressive hurdle win over 400m for Lockdale Lord in a good 24.70 -10. In the first round heats of the Puppy Cup Fear Charlie was making his debut for the kennel and showing good early pace he led to the third before Black Ice Boss passed him to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 24.77-10. Roswell Zodiac was made favourite in his heat but was badly bumped on the run up and eliminated as was Blackey Said So and So Said He in heat 3. It wasn't looking great until Eye Onthe Force showed a real top turn of pace to collar the gambled on Mustang Garcia by 3/4 in a fastest of the round 24.24-10
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Tueday's St Leger final on paper promised to be top class and so it proved with our Directors Chair showing good pace up to lead in to the first bend only to see Lenson Joker right behind him. As the two raced up to the 5th bend the marathon runners namely Spiridon Loius and Westmead Aoifa were poised ready to pounce, Chair was running out of puff but was not disgraced in 4th place. Lindys Girl (4th) may not be fully out of season but ran well in the bitches 480m race. On Thursday runners were a bit thin on the ground but Genesis Alix is back to her very best as she gallantly won the 835m in 53.23 -40. On Friday in the semi-final of the Romford Puppy Cup both Eye Onthe Force and Fear Charlie suffered badly as there was carnage at the first bend and although Force ran on strong he was just beaten a head and a head for qualifying. Eye Onthe Veto was re-routed to Sheffield following his withdrawal from Coventry the previous week to contest the Global Windows Invitation (formerly the Dransfield), it was a hot race and when Blonde Jeannie trapped like a rocket he was always struggling to go the pace and despite doing his best work in the closing stages he was beaten a couple of lengths in a fast 29.12.
On a busy Bags day Lews Trickster (2nd)and Special Roxi (2nd) both ran well and Bell Tempest made it two on the spin with a good win in A6 in 29.22. Tuesday is one day I won't forget as our pup Carden Signal having his first ever race looked something special when romping home alone to win by 7 lengths in 29.25+20, an improvement of 88 spots on his trial of 30.33 and one that incurred the wrath of the stewards! Chase The Dream confirmed his promise as a novice hurdler as he fairly trounced his opponents in the H2 to win by 7 3/4 lengths in a good 29.48 +20. Another improving bitch is Allglaze Cruise who showed good all round pace to win by a length in a good 29.08+10. Coolanga Flyer is in fine form and again ran well when winning in 40.24 in the S1. Vigorous Whitney is a fast bitch when on song as proved as she completed a good night for the kennel by beating Pennys Viva in a fast 28.79 by 1/2 length. Stride On Babe (3rd) on her return from season also went well when leading to the run in as did Shelbourne Ryan who finished runner up in the A1. On Thursday a couple of graded races scattered the open race card and Lode Star didn't need a second invite as he won the S1 by 3 lengths in 40.41-30. Centaur Cappo ran well in the S2 to be runner up beaten 2 1/4 lengths in 40.29-30. Saturday saw a rare graded 835m race and both our dogs domminated proceedings with Genesis Alix beating Lode Of Yank in 53.59. The previous race was also won by Gavin Cheeseman as his new purchase Genesis Dream (formely Night Night) won well at the first time of asking in 29.11 and to cap a great night Genesis Sister won the S2 in good style by 6 1/4 lengths in 40.17.
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Ragga Diva again found the knack of winning as she won an A2 by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.28+20 on Monday's Bags card and Lady Asher also returned to the winners rostrum when scoring in 29.13. Tuesday we had Missed A Chance making a winning debut coming from off the pace to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.63+10. Lindys Belle showed promise in her first race and that was confirmed as she ran away from the field at the third bend to win by 3 lengths in 29.08+10. On Saturday with plenty of fireworks going off around the track any good results would be grabbed by both hands and it is night's like these head kennelhand Pete Vernon becomes invaluable as not only all twenty runners came back safely but we had seven winners as well. The first winner Centaur Gemstone could prove to be memorable as she is the first pup from the Centaur Greyhound breeding operation that we viewed in Ireland a few months ago. Leading down the backstraight she crossed the line in front by 2 1/2 lengths in 29.71+10 on her debut. Chase The Dream has taken to hurdles as well as anything I have ever seen and my friend Jason Foster deserves the credit for a brilliant display of hurdling on the way to a victory in the H1 by 1 3/4 lengths in a great 29.29+10. Directors Star looks a pacer dog and again he showed a decent turn of foot to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.20. Sofem rolled back the years as she won a good S2 by 2 3/4 lengths in a fine 40.08. Genesis Dream has come back from season well and looks to have improved with age as she made a mockery of A3 rivals to win by 5 3/4 lengths in an excellent 28.89. Lode Star is a dog who has improved the last couple of months and won nicely in the S1 by 1 1/4 lengths in 40.04. In the A2 we had the forecast with Eye Onthe Flame defeating Blue Rizzler by 1 1/2 lengths in 29.33 and Vigorous Whitney was just touched off by a head but it didn't stop it being a great night for the kennel!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- 22nd OCTOBER - EYE ONTHE FORCE
29th OCTOBER - GENESIS ALIX
GRADED:- 22nd OCTOBER - CARDEN SIGNAL
29th OCTOBER - GENESIS DREAM
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Tuesday night sees the start of the Racing Post Festival with the heats of the Goodwood Cup in which we have Raging Jack running. Unfortunately we have got no entries for in the Scurry as the 430 is a bit of a specialist trip. On Thursday's Sky card at Coventry featuring the Blue Square 480 Cup Final we hope to have Butterbridge Ali and Shelbourne Ryan running.
Saturday sees the start of the Brighton Belle at Hove in which we wil be entering Lindys Girl, Genesis Dream and Stride on Babe and also Walthamstow's Festival continues with the Maiden Derby heats for which Blackmagic Rose would be our leading chance. Also the heats of the Seniors Derby for which Fear Mykeo has been laid out and the heats of the Marathon where in form Genesis Alix and Centaur Fuji will be our interests.