Monday 6th April 2009
This Tuesday the Grand National final is the first feature race of the week and unfortunately we will not be represented with any runners. Eye Onthe Flame was eliminated when 3rd in last Friday's semi-final but rest assured our three hurdlers Eye Onthe Flame, Bomber Bailey and Rockburst Mason will all be winning plenty of races during the rest of the season. The Scottish Derby at Shawfield also concludes on Saturday with the decision not to enter any runners as we felt it was a bit too close to the English Derby and, with also the less demanding Blue Riband on at the same time, is hopefully the best decision. We were very pleased with the trials at Hall Green last Friday from Kengyelfuto Snow who beat Mountjoy Ruby 3/4 length in 28.42 and Roswell Startrek who won his trial by 9 lengths in the same time looking in fine nick. Centaur Decree went OK beating Ballyfinn Swift just under 2 lengths in 28.81 and should come on for the spin but the top class Boherna Best fired a warning to all when clocking a fast 28.25. The £10,000 to the winner competition gets under way on Friday and we expect to have a strong entry that, along with last Friday's triallers, will also include Goldcrest King, Jogadusc Ace (Mountjoy Gold) and Eye Onthe Brave who have all run the track well in the past. The Golden Sprint worth £8,000 to the winner also kicks off on Friday at Romford and we were pleased with the progress Directors Fire has made in recent weeks and his fine 2nd in last Friday's Coral TV final will make him one of our leading hopes with Goldcrest Lord and Kindred Sparky though both Congo Invader and Sligo Too will miss the competition due to injuries. The Greyhound Derby is now less than four weeks away and youngsters Kinda Ready and Eye Eye Pickle are both being prepared with only Wimbledon in mind, with the later running on Tuesday's Sky card which could prove informative. Just to show how busy our kennel is sometimes we also have half a dozen pups trialling at Peterborough this Thursday morning with the Puppy Derby coming up with the likes of Bumble Lee, Goldies Tara, Risky Sensation, Risky Flame, Emly Bob and Ruff By Name being put through their paces.
Speaking to Dave Wood this week he looks to be putting together a fine night's racing on July 14th at Wimbledon in aid of the Emily Wood Macmillan Cancer Support benefit. I have pledged plenty of support, as we did at Hove last year, and look forward to any response in helping with either sponsorship or tickets on the night (£50) - note I will only enter runners for that night from owners who will support the event. Also before then we have the Charity Day at Harlow on the 31st May in support of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and again our kennel will help support the day as much as we can. The day kicks off with a football match between Harlow and Romford where yours truly will be gracing the field again followed by a fantastic afternoon's action on the track featuring inter-tracks and opens followed by an auction. At night a poker event will keep those punters interested right to the end.
On Monday the heats of the Coral TV at Romford saw Goldcrest Lord a good 2nd to Black Ice Boss beaten 2 1/4 lengths in a fast 23.97 (+10) and in heat 3 Directors Fire showed a fine turn of early pace to score convincingly by 5 lengths in a fine 24.03 (+10). On Tuesday in a Derby trial stake at Wimbledon Goldcrest King ran a fine race to lead at the third bend only to get caught by Cobra Boss on the line in a good 28.84. From our four open runners at Harlow on Wednesday it was great to see Bell Tornado back on the winner's podium when he took the 592m Stayers Div 1 by 3 1/4 lengths in 37.89 (-30).
A rare trip to Sittingbourne on Thursday as we searched for hurdle races and Bomber Bailey showed real desire to win in a messy race to grab the honours by a 1 1/4 in 30.21 though we were out of luck with Eye Onthe Brave and Spirit.
On Friday at Romford Goldies Tara ran a good race in Div 2 of a Puppy 400m leading at the last bend to pull away and score in 24.34. In the Coral TV Standard final with Black Ice Boss a non runner drawing trap 1 the other five railers needed a flying start. Goldcrest Lord missed his break and never got any kind a run when last but Directors Fire who broke well just got chopped off at the bend and despite giving a valiant chase he could not get to Glengar Clover going down a length in 24.06 (+20).
The Grand National Semi-Final saw Eye Onthe Flame find trouble all the way to the bend and although full of running when 3rd he couldn't get a blow in beaten 8 lengths in 28.01. The £500 to the winner for unraced greyhounds sponsored by Dave and Clive Lawrence on Saturday at Wimbledon was eagerly awaited with some fine talent on display. In the end it was a slightly messy affair with our Eye Onthe Storm moving off at the bend and eventually finishing 3rd beaten 2 lengths in 28.23.
At Coventry on Sunday the night didn't start well when Eye Onthe Tempo in his first race for John Keefe was knocked over at the bend. Treacle Maggs ran well in third as did Kindred Sparky. Both divisions of the 625m were won by us Missed A Train 39.81 and Droopys Zach 39.44 in convincing fashion. Kinda Free still looks green when 3rd in the 680m behind Swift Ninja and Eye Onthe Force and Pulse still on the comeback from serious injury both ran respectably. Jogadusc Ace (29.39) and Goldcrest King (29.35) made it four winners on the night.
Short and sweet this week with only ten runners on Wednesday and Saturday with Maia the only winner.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - DIRECTORS FIRE
GRADED RACING - MAIA
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Directors Chair returns to six bends tonight in the heats of the Coral TV Stayers at Romford along with Centaur Sandi and Lockdale Storm. On Tuesday's Sky card at Wimbledon two runners in the shape of Eye Eye Pickle and Goldies Destiny. Opens at Harlow Wednesday and Sittingbourne Thursday then competitions at both Hall Green (Blue Riband) and Romford (Golden Sprint) on Friday. Derby Trial Stakes on Saturday with opens on Sunday at Coventry.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
It was a tough week just gone with the Grand National ante-post bets down the pan and Goldcrest King a strong fancy getting chinned on the line. Looking ahead to this week's competitions the Blue Riband at Hall Green looks as if we have Boherna Best to beat. Probably the least exposed of our dogs is Kengyelfuto Snow and a smart 28.42 trial shows he could give us a decent run e.w. Directors Fire has impressed me at Romford recently and could also be a spot of value in the Golden Sprint at Romford - both events start Friday.
KENGYELFUTO SNOW - 2 pts e.w ante-post - Blue Riband - Hall Green - Friday.
DIRECTORS FIRE - 1 pt e.w ante-post - Golden Sprint - Romford - Friday.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
GOLDCREST KING - 3 pts win - Wimbledon - Tuesday - lost
EYE ONTHE FLAME - 2 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Grand National - Wimbledon - lost