Monday 8th October 2012
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This week I'm so pleased to announce that all the details are now available (click on the Racing Club bullet or the Racing Club logo) for the launch of our brand new 'Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club'. I have been asked many times to do a club syndication and in the current climate I feel now is the right time. It will enable Members to be part of our incredibly successful kennel at affordable prices. After an initial one off joining fee (£500) Members will pay as little as £6.50 per week tois to make our 'Racing Club' the best club in greyhound racing. Using a unique Members' password locked page on our Racing Club page ONLY Members will be able to see up to the minute bulletins and the latest news on our Club Greyhounds which we hope will be chasing the top prizes in the sport and Members can fully expect some inspirational gambles as we try and find the next 'Kinda Ready' or 'Blonde Snapper'. I'm so excited by our new 'Racing Club' and looking at the response we are getting I can't wait for our first Club Greyhound called I Am Titanium to grace the track in November. If you are interested in joining then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07721778297 and we will send you full details.
Unfortuanatly there was plenty of talk again last week off the track rather than on it as the GRA's future plans for Wimbledon Stadium were submitted to the local council and surprise surprise they don't include Greyhound Racing. Yes that's right the GRA, which stands for the Greyhound Racing Association, is selling the sport down the Thames and now it's clear to see that their investors Risk Capital who recently revealed that they are partners with Gilliard Homes have no intention of including Greyhound Racing in their portfolio. Of course this doesn't come as a such a shock as this is what we all expected as Risk Capital were only ever property speculators and like the Chandler family did at Walthamstow they have done their best to run down the business over the last few years so as to make it look like it's not viable. What bothers me most is that the GRA's Chief Executive Clive Feltham has kidded everyone into believing he knows nothing about his company's business plans. Surely if he did he would not sit on our GBGB's Board of Directors and the important BGRF as well as two other committees including, and you could not make this up, our sport's Commercial Strategy Committee. If having a Practitioners' Representative on the GBGB Board that hates the majority of the people he represents isn't bad enough we all have to put up with Mr Feltham who must be laughing his socks off as he makes a decent living out of all us lot.
The politics of the sport really drags you down at times because really all I want to do is train dogs to the best of my ability and I know we have a fantastic product in Greyhound Racing. I was recently looking at the Greyhound Racing in Australia and I can't believe how much it is thriving in recent times. They seem to have got everything right, they have been hit by the world recession as much as anybody but still they expect to increase prize money for the 5th consecutive year by 10% due to its popularity. Of course this has a lot to do with the fact that the majority of profits from the tote only (TAB) going straight back into prize money but I'm sure there are plenty of lessons our GBGB could learn from our friends down under.
On the track last week, apart from Mountjoy Orion reaching the Kent St Leger final when just collared on the line in Saturday's semi-final, it wasn't the best week we have had this year but with the pressure off in the Trainers Championship it wasn't so disastrous. Ayamzaman and Castlebride Dan were both eliminated from the Primus Telecom Henlow Derby semi-finals and now the final could be all important for the sixth place in the Trainers Championship. In what is a top class final Barrie Draper who is currently sixth has the exciting Farloe Warhawk running for him and Seamus Cahill who is some 50 points behind has two runners in kennel star Loughteen Blanco and Guinness Dusty. With Charlie Lister's Taylors Sky, whose reputation is growing with every run, looking so determined at the moment and the tough Be Real in opposition as well as the new kid on the block Ballycowen Dave it should be a great final. Lets not forget also who was first and second last year, in a great race Taylors Sky 2011 Derby winner just got the better of Blonde Snapper and we know what he did this year!
Some other positive news for the sport was the announcement that SIS (Satellite Information Sgreyhound venture which is expected to start in the Spring of 2013. Martin White and Chris Page have been instrumental in bringing this deal to the fore and Kevin Ackerman and Lord Hesketh from Towcester are excited by the prospect of making it the highest quality greyhound track in the country. With Coventry not too far away from Towcester but with Harry Findlay trying his hardest to give punters something back both these tracks should and will get the full support from all the leading trainers, let's hope the GBGB follow suit.
No luck on Monday as Jazz Tilly was unlucky in running in the Nottingham Produce Stakes semi-final when one place off a qualifying spot for the final and Lil Risky had a troubled run when last in his heat of the Coral On TV Standard heats at Romford.
A rare trip to Mildenhall on Tuesday saw Darian Chief skate home in a 545m Maiden Stayers by over 10 lengths in a calculated 34.12 and Ballintine Molly followed up her win at Crayford with a battling performance to win by a head in a 545m Stayers in 34.44. Shambo Shine was third over 700m.
On Thursday Henlow proved to be a bit unlucky with Ayamzaman and Castlebride Dan both eliminated from the Primus Telecom semi's and in other races Bridge Bandit came closest when third in a 550m Maiden Stayers. Over at Hove on the same night Aero Prince pulled off a surprise when taking a sprint catching leader Ardbeg Chris on the run in to win by 3/4 length in 16.39. Billy Mac ran well when third over 515m as did Aero Joker who was a well beaten second in the Ladies race.
On Friday at Romford Darian Chief quickly followed up the Mildenhall win with a good success over 575m in 35.75 while Puppy Cup champion Glanmire Lad looked in trouble when his back legs where taken at the second bend in a 400m Puppy race but recovered well to go on and score by 2 lengths in 24.47.
On Saturday at Crayford in the Kent St Leger semi-finals Risky Rosaleen ran well and was just run out of a qualifying spot when fourth and for a long way Mountjoy Orion led kennelmate Carden Twilight in the second semi but both succumbed late on with Carden Twilight fourth and Mountjoy Orion getting caught on the line but safely into next Saturday's final.
On Sunday Bridge Honcho was our only runner at Coventry but found plenty of trouble when only fifth.
Only runners Saturday night and Darian Star and Wednesdaywhacker both came closest for us when second in their respective races and both should be winning soon.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Plenty of trials this week with Hometown Honey preparing for a crack at the TV Trophy with a 630m Monmore spin along with Adageo Brae and Risky Trophy. Trials at Romford Tuesday and a trip to Henlow at night for supporting races on the Henlow Derby Sky card with Lil Risky looking to get back on the winner's podium.
Also at Henlow on Thursday the Gold Cup over 550m kicks off and Ballintine Molly and Darian Chief head our team while at Hove Airforce Diva completes her qualifying trials and Aero Prince amongst others will have races.
Back to Romford Friday and on Saturday a busy night will see runners at Yarmouth and Monmore with TV Trophy Trial Stakes and Mountjoy Orion has a squeak in the Category 2 Kent St Leger final from trap 3. Sunday we should have runners at Coventry with possibly the debut of Bridge Ruth to look forward to.
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Ayamzaman tried hard but was eliminated from Henlow's Derby. This week is tough but I recommend an interest on Mountjoy Orion in Saturday's Kent St Leger final as she may well skip clear and hold on for glory.
MOUNTJOY ORION - 3 pts win - Kent St Leger Final - Crayford - Saturday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AYAMZAMAN - 2 pts e.w ante-post 20/1 - Primus Telecom Henlow Derby - lost