Monday 6th May 2013
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Ballymac Eske took the Ladbrokes Scottish Derby in authoritative style at the weekend and now heads to Wimbledon later this month for the second part of what could be an historic treble. Of course the English classic will take some winning as we know all too well after our Blonde Snapper's famous victory last year, six gruelling rounds await if the sport's supreme superstar is to land a first Greyhound Derby victory for Barrie Draper. Over the years, like many trainers, the Draper team have had some Derby class greyhounds but have not yet been lucky enough to win an English Derby, this year they have a plethora of canine talent that not only includes Ballymac Eske but Farloe Warhawk, who broke our Castlebride Dan's Coventry track record last night, as well as few other four bend stars such as Fire Height Spec and Farloe Barracuda but Ballymac Eske, if he continues to show the early pace he displayed at Shawfield, will be the one to beat for all contenders.
Barrie Draper's team could well be our main challengers to the Trainer Of The Year title and after the weekend moved a lot closer to us with a mountain of points. After a quiet couple of weeks in the kennel it was pleasing to see firstly Bridge Ruth win well at Hove on Thursday and then Glanmire Lad bounce back to form winning a decent 400 metres at Romford on Friday in a good 23.92 and then on Sunday at Coventry veteran Jazz Apollo landed the Constable Cup over 485 metres showing great determination and pace.
Blonde Bobby a Jully 11 whelp also raised a few eyebrows when landing a decent Maiden in a flying 29.13 and this strong running pup could be a a real star of the future. Special mention should be made of Bridge Honcho who clocked an excellent 15.79 sprint before racing as he builds up to his Derby campaign.
Stefan Watson who owns Jazz Apollo is also part owner with John Bozza and Peter Bridges of Jazz Tilly and tomorrow night Tilly bids to land the Category 1 Coors Three Steps To Victory when the final leg is staged over 660m at Sheffield. Trap 1 for Tilly is a bonus but it is a real warm race with Welton Arthur her biggest danger. The Coral Regency continues on Thursday at Hove and despite the disappointment of Blonde Reagan being eliminated in last Thursday's heats we still have three chances of making the final with Sidaz Dippy, Aayamzalad and Hometown Honey all safely through to the semi-finals.
This Saturday Yarmouth stage their Gala Open Race card in support of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and we hope to have a few of our kennel stars such as Lil Risky and Aayamzabella in action. I have a table of ten for our owners if they want to attend on the night at £30 a head and also we are looking for a few greyhound sponsors at £25 each, thank you to both Lee Greenwood ((Kinda Neat) and Chris Richards (Reel Trickyone) for their generous donations already. If any of our runners win I'm sure a percentage can be donated as well for this good cause. It should be a great night's racing if anyone would like to go.
On Monday Glanmire Lad ran well when a close up third in a warm sprint over 305 metres at Nottingham while both Blonde Bobby (2nd) and Darian Chief (3rd) also ran well.
Jazz Tilly made the long trip to Sheffield worthwhile when qualifying in third over 500 metres in the Coors Three Steps To Victory semi-finals. Extreme Lad finished third in the Old Kentucky Puppy Prize final at Coventry on Wednesday.
At Hove on Thursday Sidaz Dippy (2nd) Hometown Honey (3rd) and Aayamzalad (3rd) were not beaten far when qualifying in the heats of the Coral Regency while Bridge Ruth slammed her rivals by over 8 lengths in the Bitches race in a good 29.56. At Romford on Friday a quickfire double over 400 metres as Benkaat Boy won in 24.26 while Glanmire Lad was the star of the night beating a good field by 2 1/2 lengths in 23.92.
At Coventry on Sunday Reel Trickyone ran well when third and Bridge Bandit kept the winning distance of Farloe Warhawk to a respectable 5 1/2 lengths as he broke the clock in 28.99 but Jazz Apollo made it a great night for the kennel winning the £1,000 to the winner Constable Cup.
On Wednesday Gunite Meg and Swift Obama were both third of our three runners while on Saturday Polar Sean was our only winner when this young pup held on by a head in an A2 in 28.52.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
The heats of the Tony Byerley Quicksilver take place over 575m metres at Romford tonight with Darian Chief, Adageo Brae and Springdale Hawk in action.
Jazz Tilly bids to land the Category 1 Coors Three Steps To Victory final at Sheffield tomorrow night while Blonde Razor goes in a warm puppy race.
The Coral Regency semi-finals at Hove are the main feature on Thursday and we will be back to Romford on Friday and Coventry on Sunday.
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Jazz Tilly can give our supporters a great pay day if she lands the Coors Three Steps To Victory Final at Sheffield tomorrow night while Sidaz Dippy has a good chance of making the Coral Regency final when she runs in Thursday's semi's.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 14/1 - Coors Three Steps To Victory - Sheffield - Final Tuesday
SIDAZ DIPPY - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Coral Regency - Hove - semi's Thursday