Monday 8th September 2014
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A very interesting week with top class action on the track at both Yarmouth and Romford and some huge news off the track from Towcester. The week finished with a guest appearance on RPGTV with the knowledgeable Ian Meek and Patrick Kelly.
Firstly the East Anglian Derby kicked off last Wednesday and what a class line up we saw. It was great to have two winners and in all 5 of our 7 entries qualified for the second round tonight. Aero Nemesis looked somewhere near his best when giving the useful Cathys Clown a start and a beating in 27.73 while Benkaat Boomer continued his love affair with Yarmouth winning his seventh out of his last nine races at the East Coast track, he ran the bends superbly and recorded a career best 27.89. Domino Storm, Snappers Lad and Ilewin Allot also made it through.
At Romford on Friday it was mixed emotions in the semi finals of the Champion Stakes. I almost wish I hadn't read the story in the Racing Post that the draw had been cocked up and that it had only come to light a few days later. That meant if it had followed correct procedure we would not have had three in one heat and Adageo Bob would have gone in heat 2 and not heat 1. Typically Adageo Bob then decided to leap out the trap on all four legs crashing into trap 6 effectively ending both chances. Meanwhile track champion Reel Trickyone smashed out the boxes and made all to score in 35.17. Blackstone Marco ran a brave race but the gaps closed just at the wrong time and both he and Adageo Bob missed out on a place in the Category 1 final. It also ended a brilliant run of 11 straight wins over the course and distance for Adageo Bob. No doubt both of these will be back in the headlines soon. As for Reel Trickyone what a true champion he is and he is and now is just 6/4 to land an incredible treble of all the big 575m competitions at Romford having bagged the Essex Vase and the Coronation Cup. The draw for the final in trap 2 is far from ideal but 'Butch' will still be the one all the other connections of the finalists will fear most and Chris Richards his proud owner will relish this final.
Both Blonde Razor and Aayamzamodel ran well in their semi finals but a missed break from Blonde Razor cost him dearly, trap 1 doesn't really suit him, while Aayamzamodel despite recording 35.34 missed out also. On a great supporting card Cornamaddy Jumbo was our only other winner when landing his heat of the 400m Hurdles in good style but with the improving Jetstream Reason going faster in his heat he will have a race on in his paws to win Wednesday's final. A great card is anticipated and hopefully another memorable one for our kennel.
The news last week that Towcester has fully committed to greyhound racing and that they have sold 40% of their horse racing fixtures in order to concentrate on the dogs has really set tongues wagging and I sense a renewed sense of hope from many owners and trainers! I also hear that they plan to have an extensive open race competition schedule bringing many of our prestigious events back that have fallen by the wayside! the Guineas, Cesarewitch, Pall Mall and the Racing Post festival could all make a welcome return.
It's always sad when a greyhound gets seriously injured but it's particularly sad on the rare occasion one gets such a bad injury that they have to be put to sleep. This unfortunately happened last Wednesday to a lovely little bitch Ebony Rocket in her first ever race. I won't go into details but we all at the kennel were totally gutted by this loss and our hearts go out to her owners Steve and Sarah Cragg.
On Monday at Romford Black Francis was just caught on the line in the 750m heats supporting the Champion Stakes final and will have another chance in Wednesday's final.
As said above our main open racing action was at Yarmouth on Wednesday and Romford on Friday whilst on Sunday we nicked a winner in the sprint with Sneezys Snail opening his account and Sidaz Dippy ran a game race when beaten just under a length in the 692m.
Adageo Lad our only graded runner was 3rd on Wednesday and no luck on Saturday with both Aero Barbarella and Let's Havit Right getting caught near the line after leading. Rockburst Louis ran well when 2nd in top grade as did Evanta Candyman who was 3rd in another top grade race.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the second round of the East Anglian Derby sees some mouth watering clashes and Aero Nemesis has a tough heat but is running well.
Wednesday night is Champion Stakes final night and Reel Trickyone will be trying to capture that elusive treble of Essex Vase, Coronation Cup and Champion Stakes victories at Romford over 575m. Black Francis and Cornamaddy Jumbo also run in smaller finals on the night.
We will be back at Romford on Friday and will be looking forward to the Romford Puppy Cup next Monday.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
No luck with our ante post selections Aayamzamodel at Romford in the Champion Stakes while our big outsider Do It ForTwiggy in the East Anglian Derby was just out of a place when 4th in his heat.
For a bet this week it's time to lump on the Jumbo on Wednesday in the Hurdle final at Romford especially as Jetstream Reason is likely to make him a price.
CORNAMADDY JUMBO - 5 pts win - Romford - Wednesday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AAYAMZAMODEL - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 33/1 - Champion Stakes - Romford - lost
DO IT FOR TWIGGY - 2 pts e.w ante post 100/1 - East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth - lost