Monday 7th October 2013
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The William Hill Festival at Newcastle reaches its climax this Tuesday with some cracking finals and supporting races. It would have been nice to have representations in the two Category 1 finals on the night, the All England Cup and the Northern Puppy Derby, but we haven't. We have however got the talented and classy Bridge Ruth lining up in the Category 2 Angel of the North Oaks and what a race it promises to be. Bridge Ruth was marginally fastest of the three heats last Thursday but faces stiff opposition with the likes of former kennelmate Airforce Diva, a cracking bitch who is now with Charlie Lister, and also Bucks Motto who has an exceptional record this year, it promises to be one of the races of the night. We also have three live chances in the supporting opens on Sky in the shape of Bridge Honcho, Aayamzabella and Sidaz Dippy.
A busy week ahead for the kennel with plenty of open racing. As well as the Newcastle bonanza we have the Kent Derby semi's on Thursday at Sittingbourne where Bridge Bandit is going well at present and the Kent St Leger final at Crayford this Saturda. Blonde Reagan looked back to his best when landing his semi-final on Saturday in great style but again despite this only being a Catergory 2 event it is very good final and Reagan will have to be in top form if he is to lift the title. This would be a huge bonus to the kennel as we have had an up and down year with Blonde Reagan and with the William Hill St Leger just around the corner less than three weeks away who's to say he couldn't defend that title he so bravely won last year.
Blonde Reagan will hopefully head a strong team for us in the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon starting on 26th October. Looking at the ante post lists the likes of Fear Emoski and Musical Gaga will take some beating but I think on Friday at Romford I liked what I saw with Blonde Razor running his second race over 575m. Slow away but showing bags of pace to the bend he nipped inside trap 1 at the second bend with a lovely turn of foot, from there he drew clear to win by over 8 lengths in a very good 35.26. I've no doubt that Blonde Razor would smash the 35 second barrier in time but now we will look at stepping him up further. The Leger trip of 687m takes some getting and as much as I think Blonde Razor will be well suited you never can be sure until he actually runs that distance. Whatever his fate he looks a fine edition to the Dick and Ann Barfoot team of dogs and you could see their delight when picking their trophy up on Friday. Sidaz Dippy is yet to hit her best form since her seasonal rest but I'm sure she will do well in the St Leger and I also think we have another one for the competition but will keep that one up my sleeve. Hometown Honey winner of the Sunderland Grand Prix in July is just trialling back from season and looks a long way from being race fit to make the St Leger but we will see how she progresses in the next couple of weeks.
Last week I commented on some serious problems in our industry, not least the lack of a promotional arm to our governing body and a lack of bookmaker profits coming back into our sport to owners and trainers. Funny how the hors racing authorities have negotiated with the bookmakers with the success of online gambling to bring an extra £35 million into prize money for 2014 yet greyhound racing seems incompetent of negotiating a similar deal for our sport. The threat of action by horseracing owners was the reason they were brought to the table and looks the only way forward for something to be done in greyhound racing. There has to come a time where owners and trainers should stand up and be counted. Strong leadership for both owners and trainers are needed to get their points across and I know the trainers have the right man for the job but what about the owners, they should be urging the Federaton of British Owners Association to speak up for them.
On Thursday our long trip to Newcastle saw both our puppies eliminated from the Nothern Puppy Derby with Benkaat Boomer showing good promise in 3rd in a tough heat. Sidaz Dippy was a shade unlucky in th Great North Run heats but Bridge Ruth won well in 28.58 in her heat of the Ngel of the North Oaks.
Over at Sittingbourne Baran Bali Hi held every chance trying to defend his Grand National title but was ran out of a place in his heat whilst Bridge Bandit again showed his liking for the track when winning his heat of the Kent Derby in 29.28.
At Romford on Friday Aero Twizzle used his exceptional early pace to double up from last week. His winning time of 24.09 shows he's still improving and as said Blonde Razor was impressive winning over 575m in a fast 35.26 while Ayamzaman ran well when a close up 3rd in a warm 400m.
The Kent St Leger semi-finalsat Crayford on Saturday saw the elimination of Aayamzabella with the trip and track too sharp for her but Blonde Reagan was poetry in motion winning by over 5 lengths in a fast 45.23.
YARMOUTH AND COVENTRY REVIEW
At Coventry on Wednesday Hillcross Kansas ran well when 2nd beaten 3/4 length in an A3 whilst Risky Emerald ran on well to land a warm A2 by the minimum magin in 29.58.
At Yarmouth on Saturday on a fast track Ollie Blue was just turned over in an A5. Ilewin Frimley scored again in a fine 27.71 in an A2. Ille More. Ilewin Allot and Skips Special were all 2nd before Swift Obama landed an A2 in 28.11.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Blonde Bobby warms up for the produce stakes at Nottingham tonight in 500m race while Risky EmerAld makes her debut over 6 bends in the Coral on TV Maiden Stayers at Romford.
A great Newcastle card live on Sky tomorrow with Bridge Ruth the highlight for us running in the Angel of the North Oaks Final.
Bridge Bandit bids to make the Kent Derby final on Thursday but has a hot semi to contend with, we will be at Hove as well.
Our usual Friday night runners at Romford on Friday and on Saturday Blonde Reagan looks to add more silverware to his cabinet as he tries to win the Kent St Leger at Crayford.
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Plenty of excitement this week if readers followed our tips from last week with an interest in three different competitions, we will leave it at those and hope for a very profitable week.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BRIDGE RUTH - 5 pts win ante-post 4/1 - Angel Of The North Oaks - Newcastle - final Tuesday
BRIDGE BANDIT - 2 pts e.w ante-post 16/1 - Kent Derby - Sittingbourne - semis Thursday
BLONDE REAGAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post 8/1 - Kent St Leger - Crayford - final Saturday
SIDAZ DIPPY - 1.5 pts e.w ante-post 25/1 - Great North Run - Newcastle - lost