Monday 8th September 2008
Lenson Joker's decisive victory over our Directors Chair in last Tuesday's Champion Stakes Final at Romford has stamped him as one of the all time greats in greyhound racing and it's going to take something very special to stop him winning the Greyhound of the Year title at the
B.G.R.B awards night in January. Tony Collett has trained him to a tee and the way he glides round the bends is a joy to behold and I would be surprised if another big race win doesn't come his way in the near future - the St Leger looks at his mercy. As for Directors Chair, he ran another solid race and picked up valuable points for the kennel and the St Leger is still on his agenda. He will also look to defend his Midland St Leger crown at Hall Green in November.
In an action packed week on the track there were notable wins from the likes of Eye Onthe Veto (Tuesday's Sky card), Goldcrest King taking the notable scalps of Fear Zafonic and Jesters Nap (heats of the Manchester Puppy Cup, where all four of our entries qualified) and
Corrig Vieri (heats of the Puppy Cesarewitch at Peterborough). And next week we will be clocking up the miles in search of open race successes with no fewer than 9 tracks on our schedule with the £20,000 to the winner East Anglian Derby getting under way on Wednesday with the fit-again Centaur Decree leading our kennel's challenge.
As mentioned last week, our exciting Five To Follow competition is now ready for entries and it should provide plenty of fun and debate over the next few weeks and months not only on deciding your picks but following the progress of your selections. Unlike before, and to make it easier, you can now pay on line through the site using the ultra safe Paypal method, or by sending a cheque by post. To avoid disappointment don't leave your entry too late and anyone who picks a selection that is not able to run on October 1st (due to season, injury etc) will be contacted for a replacement, but once the competition starts your selections are final. The total prize pool (- 10% for administration and another 10% for the retired greyhounds) will be shared out in prizes with the fabulous first prize of a table of four at the next Trainers Championship meeting (venue not decided yet) with £500 of free betting vouchers to be used on the night. Myself, our staff and connections of the kennel will have a separate competition just for fun and we will post our selections for your amusement very soon! Be lucky and a word of warning, look further afield than the obvious selections because you would be surprised how many times some of the graded dogs can win scoring valuable points, as Genesis Sister proved in last year's competition when she was the leading selection. If anyone would like an idea on some select Guest Column. Be lucky!
On a busy week for the kennel our runners on Tuesday night's Sky card at Romford performed well with Eye Onthe Veto answering a lot of critics with a scintillating run in the 575m Stayers race showing the old pace that has seen him win four Category 1's in his career. He strode away from his field to win by over 4 lengths in a slick 35.51. In the Puppy Standard Final Risky Fabio had no answers to winner Bonville Stan who beat him 4 lengths in 24.28 but showed that he has a bright future and would have got a lot closer if he had broke better. Bell Tempest also ran well in the 750m Marathon Final keeping the winning margin of the flying Seamis Gambler down to 4 1/2 lengths when runner up and in the feature race of the night the £10,000 to the winner Champion Stakes Directors Chair made the break of his career to lead in to the first bend but the majestic Lenson Joker was quickly on the scene and in an unreal burst of pace put daylight between himself and the field - a lead which, despite the valliant efforts of Directors Chair, he was to keep winning by nearly 7 lengths in a fast 35.22 and resigning our fella to the runner up spot for the second consecutive year.
On Wednesday the opens at Harlow started well with Rusheen Classic coming from off the pace to lead at the third bend and score comfortably by 5 1/2 lengths in 26.30 in the first heat of the Monkey Maiden Standard. No luck in the second heat but Mountjoy Ruby in the third heat trapped well and led at the first bend and with plenty of trouble in behind strode away to win by an incredible 16 lengths in a fast 25.88. Blackey Said So was second in the 415 Standard beaten 1 1/4 lengths in 26.00 before in-form Genesis Sister ran away with the 769m Marathon scoring by 11 lengths in a decent 49.84. To round up a good night Rhias Beauty, who has taken a shine to the track, completed a hat trick when landing the 592m Stayers by 2 1/2 lengths in a good 37.38.
At Belle Vue a classy Manchester Puppy Cup started well with Goldcrest King, after showing fine early to lead at the first bend, holding on to score by a head beating Fear Zafonic in 28.04. Both Mountjoy Gold and Eye Onthe Brave qualified along with exciting new intake Droopys Zach who was very unlucky not to win his heat going down by 3/4 length in 28.04. On Friday Tipp The Breeze was knocked out in the semi-final of the Yorkshire St Leger, although she was sore the next day which maybe explained a below par run. Better news on Saturday at Peterborough in the heats of the Puppy Cesarewitch over 605m when Corrig Vieri became another wide margin winner for the kennel scoring by over 13 lengths in 40.91 on a track rated 280 slow!
On Wednesday pup Hollywell Brett nearly landed us in trouble with the stewards when bolting in by 6 1/2 lengths in a fast 26.48. Our other two graded runners Ragga Diva (3rd) and Megusta Manners (4th) ran well. On Thursday a few near misses including Centaur Deetee (3rd), Genesis Fuzzums (2nd), Rank N File (2nd) before Coolanga Flyer took the S1 by 2 1/2 lengths in 37.96. Saturday looked hard for our runners and so it proved with runner up King Jackson closest.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED- HOLLYWELL BRETT
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
A busy week starts on Monday when Aero Blackjack and Mooloolaba run at Crayford in the heats of the Dual Distance Cup and bitches Genesis Dream and Like Hot Cakes warm up for the National Oaks at Nottingham with Trial Stakes for the event. Wednesday sees the start of the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth and our five entries, headed by Centaur Decree, try to qualify for Saturday's second round. On the same night Mountjoy Ruby and Rusheen Classic run in the Monkey Maiden final at Harlow with supporting opens. The semi-finals of the Manchester Puppy Cup take place on Thursday with high hopes for our four qualifiers. Friday opens at Romford are pencilled in and on Saturday Corrig Vieri looks to land the Peterborough Puppy Cesarewitch Final. We will also look to send runners to Coventry on Sunday.