Monday 7th September 2009
Eye Onthe Storm's brilliant victory in Nottingham's Caffreys Puppy Classic Final, worth £7,500 to the winner, was our kennel's fifth Category 1 winner of what is turning out to be a stellar year. John Keefe's awesome looking pup looked to have it all to do when he only broke moderately and favourite Farloe Razl went 2 lengths clear at the first bend but Storm paced up well and ran a great first two bends to turn right behind the leader. Much to most people's surprise he then blew Charlie Lister's charge away down the back straight and got inside his rival at the third bend to hold a decisive 2 length advantage, one that he maintained to the winning line to score a memorable victory. This was our kennel's third win in 5 years in this important puppy competition following wins in 2005 (Ronnies Champion) and 2007 (Fear Robben) and one that has took us up to 950 points in the Trainers Championship standings and already well past last year's total points of 918 with which we won the title. As much as we look safe in our defence of the title, we will not rest on our laurels and will be looking to win some more silverware before the year is ended.
As I mentioned in recent newsletters, the outrage amongst trainers over the GBGB's drug pooling policy, amongst other issues, has caused them to do a u-turn and go back to previous methods where the seals on the samples can only be broken at the HFL. As much as there needs to be some cost cutting, this was clearly not the way forward and all trainers, including myself, are not against any changes that bring the sport into modernisation but the lack of communication by the GBGB leaves a sour taste in the mouth. They are going to have to perform much better in the future if they want to recapture the trainers' trust again but most people's opinion is that the GBGB thinks all trainers are 'at it' and they have to rule us with an iron rod to stop us from cheating. Nothing could be further from the truth and trust me owners and trainers will look soon to unite to remove this current regime if they don't start to listen to the side of the industry that supplies the raw product they earn their generous wages from.
Our 5 to Follow competition is warming up nicely with 'SLUM DOG 2' holding a slender lead over 'GRS WINNER's selections. As we approach October don't forget you can change your current picks if you want, retaining their points, to some new ones as long as again you include one bitch. Look out in the next week or so for the up to date list from which you can choose your new selections.
Monday produced our fith Category winner of the year in Eye Onthe Storm at Nottingham and we looked to gain another on Tuesday at Romford as Kinda Easy went into the £10,000 to the winner Champion Stakes Final. From a difficult trap 4 slot he needed to break fast but when he was only 4th going into the bend it was game over as the fast away Go Big Hitter took the honours in style, although Kinda Easy did stay on well he could only finish 5th. It was not the best of nights for our five runners as we came away empty handed.
On Wednesday at Harlow Blackey Said So missed her break when 6th in a sprint on her seasonal return and in the Monkey Standard heats Risky Fabio just held on to win by a head in 26.40 (-20).
On Sunday we returned to Coventry for their popular open meeting. Dalcash Scolari was a shade unlucky when he crashed into the rails at the first bend before recovering to be 4th. Kinda Easy gained slight compensation for Tuesday's defeat with a good win by 1 3/4 lengths in 39.49 over 625m in Div 2 while in Div 1 Corrig Vieri outclassed his rivals scoring impressively by 7 lengths in a fast 39.17. Win machine Droopys Zach made it a good night for our stayers when taking the 680m by 2 1/2 lengths in 43.38.
On Wednesday Imperial Prize returned to the winner's podium scoring by 2 1/4 lengths in 26.92 (-30). Sweep Clean was 2nd beaten 1/2 length in 26.52 (-20). On Saturday Ragga Diva was runner up in her first run back from season and Nitram gained his first win when beating kennelmate Mint Bulb by 1 1/4 lengths in 26.46. Directors Fire was 2nd before Bell Tornado took the S1 by 4 lengths in 38.05.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
A trip to Sheffield on Tuesday as we put a few pups, including the impressive Eye Onthe Flash, through their paces with the Silver Collar in mind. On Wednesday the Betfair East Anglian Derby gets underway at Yarmouth and our team of nine entries include Jogadusc Ace, Eye Eye Pickle and Mountjoy Ruby. Risky Fabio runs in the Monkey Standard final on Wednesday while opens for the rest of the week are to be scheduled.
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We picked the wrong final last week with our recommendation of Kinda Easy letting Eye Onthe Storm slip through the net when he won at 6/1. The East Anglian Derby is a tough event to win and though we seem to be getting the better of Charlie Lister recently in the big races it's going to be a mighty task this year with the likes of his Fear Zafonic and Farloe Reason to beat but I expect Eye Eye Pickle to run a big competition and could be value when ante-post prices are available.
EYE EYE PICKLE - 2 pts e.w ante-post - East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - starts Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
KINDA EASY - 2 pts win 6/1 - Romford - Tuesday - lost