Monday 6th September 2010
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Bob Morton's attempt to buy Walthamstow is still one of the main talking points in Greyhound racing and clearly you can see that L & Q are making it as difficult as they can for Bob but rest assured he and SOS are not going to relent and the pressure is going to be stepped up again so L & Q's stalling tactics will be working against them in the long run. It is clear that a lot more has to be done before we can have our dogs grace the hallowed sand of Walthamstow Stadium but the wait will be worth the while!
The Ladbrokes Irish Derby reaches its conclusion at Shelbourne Park this Saturday and what an exciting race we have in prospect. Hot favourite Tyrur Big Mike has been drawn a difficult trap 4 slot and if he finds any trouble then the other five finalists will all fancy their chances of landing the crown. I have been fortunate enough to be invited over there and will be flying out Thursday morning with the plan to go to the Harolds Cross Puppy Derby first round the night before. Both Blonde Snapper and litter brother Blonde Ross were due to run but sadly Snapper has picked up an injury and will miss the event.
Before I go to Ireland we have the important matter of the £10,000 to the winner Coral Champion Stakes final at Romford on Wednesday night live on Sky. After the first round you would have been perhaps surprised by the final line up with the withdrawal of the impressive Honey Trampas (lame) before the semi's and then both fastest of the first round Farloe Titan and our own Derby finalist Adageo being eliminated amongst others. Despite Adageo's defeat it is great that we have two runners in the final and All That Noise caused a shock when winning the first semi on merit at 14/1! Owned jointly by my mother in law Linda Jones with MP Ian Lavery and his friend Joss Barnfather, 'Noisey' has a great draw in trap six and it would be a pleasant surprise for Ian and Joss, who have had some bad luck in finals this last couple of weeks with their other more high profile dogs Blue Artisan and Tudor Prince, if he could land this big one. Our other runner Bourne Masons will start at a lot less odds than All That Noise after he produced a slick victory in his semi-final in the fastest of the three times 35.54. Bourne Masons before Friday's semi hadn't quite hit the form that saw him a beaten favourite in last year's Essex Vase Final over track and trip but he looks back to his best now and his draw in trap 4 wouldn't worry me. Raving Black bids to keep Seamus Cahill's recent winning finals record going and is a massive danger to both of ours. Droopys Oscar's impressive Caffreys Puppy Classic victory last Monday at Nottingham has given Seamus plenty of daylight in the Championship standings and a win for Raving Black could well seal his first title as he would go well clear at the top of the table. If either Bourne Masons or All That Noise win then it would put us back within reasonable range and will make the last few months of the year very interesting.
This week we have officially retired one of our best and most likeable greyhounds over the last few years Bell Tornado. 'Simon' one of the last in the kennel left who had raced at Walthamstow had 86 races in total winning an incredible 40 times for owner Alan Dee. Most of his victories came at Harlow where he was well known to all the punters and other kennel staff and especially the vet Stefano Malegori who he used to jump all over when he saw him. Simon will shortly be re-homed locally and will enjoy a long and happy retirement.
Blonde Fletch was a slightly disappointing 5th behind Droopys Oscar in the Caffreys Puppy Classic Final at Nottingham on Monnday while at Romford Droopys Elbow overcame a trap 4 draw to land a heat of the Champion Stakes Maiden Stayers with Jodu Fame back in 4th.
At Hall Green the last for a little while Tuesday night opens started well with Risky Wand getting up on the line in the sprint in 15.60. Kinda Razzle was 3rd in the puppy race and Blonde Robbo 2nd in the Maiden before another impressive performance from Risky Skipper who followed up last week's Maiden victory with a superb win in a 480m Standard. Showing tremendous middle pace he took the lead at halfway going on to score by 2 1/2 lengths in 28.59 (-30) an excellent time. Kinda Easy went off 2/5 favourite in the 640 Stayers race and shot clear at the trap rise, pulling clear he went on to score by over 8 lengths in 39.86 (-45) to complete a good night for the kennel.
In the Romford competitions supporting the final night on Wednesday, Hidden Universe was blown away by Rayvin Giovani when 2nd beaten 7 lengths in 23.77 but both Rockburst Canyon and Bim Bam Boozle were eliminated from their events.
Back to Romford on Friday and Dalcash Scolari made no mistake from a good draw in a 575m Maiden leading all the way to score by over 4 lengths in 35.55. All That Noise and Bourne Masons took their semi's of the Champion Stakes while Adageo missed his break and could never get in a telling blow when only 3rd in his semi. Blonde Fletch making a quick debut over 575m was made a warm favourite and ran well but found too much trouble in running and could only finish a staying on 2nd while in the top division Eye Onthe Tempo bolted out the boxes and had a long lead but tired close home and was just beaten on the line.
On Saturday the Betfair East Anglian Derby began at Yarmouth. Destroy The Camp was one of only two entries for us but looked to not run the track and was a well beaten 5th behind defending champion Fear Zafonic who smashed the clock doing 27.26. Our other entry Eye Onthe Flash qualified in 3rd in his heat but will have to improve to remain in the event.
At Monmore all our runners ran OK with Kinda Handy (4th), Directors Ruler (3rd), Blonde Gunner (3rd) and Paradise Riva (3rd) and Directors Spur making sure we didn't go home empty handed winning from behind over 480m in 28.53.
In Trials on Thursday we had another 6 or 7 graded on the card with some of our returning seasonal bitches now ready to run. Catunda Mae, Centaur Rosina, Mint Bulb, Lil Magic and Aldataro Lass will be on the cards soon and have all run the track well. Only three runners on Saturday with Shoot To Thrill (4th), Lord Aristocracy (badly bumped 6th) and an encouraging debut from Corrig Vincent (4th) in a tough A2 introduction.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE - BOURNE MASONS
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the heats of a 400m Coral TV Maiden Trophy see Kinda Razzle try to break that maiden tag and Blonde Charley gaining experience.
On Wednesday Romford's big night of the year features the Final of the Champion Stakes with Bourne Masons and All That Noise flying the flag for our kennel. Both Hidden Universe and Droopys Elbow run in supporting finals.
Also on Wednesday the second round of the East Anglian Derby continues with Eye Onthe Flash our sole survivor.
Opens at Sittingbourne on Thursday and Romford on Friday and on Saturday Yarmouth not only features the semi's of the Derby but the heats of both the Derby Purse over 659m with Kinda Easy and possibly Corrig Vieri and the The Magners Sprint which Directors Wit is pencilled in for.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
After what had been a good couple of months for followers you could say it all went 'pear shaped' last week with all our ante-post bets biting the dust. Still this is another week and I think we can have a couple of bets starting with the Champion Stakes Final on Wednesday where I think Bourne Masons has a realistic chance of winning and 5/1 is a good price. I thought Jodu Fame ran well and was a bit unlucky on her six bend debut last week and warrants a bet when returning on Friday.
BOURNE MASONS - 3 pts win 5/1 - Romford - Wednesday
JODU FAME - 2 pts win - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BLONDE FLETCH - 1 pt e.w ante-post 8/1 - Caffreys Puppy Classic - Nottingham - lost
ADAGEO - 2.5 pts e.w ante-post 6/1 - Coral Champion Stakes - Romford - lost
DESTROY THE CAMP - 2 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Betfair East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - lost