Monday 9th April 2007
Thanks to everybody who logged on to the website last week. We have had a fantastic response and the feedback that we have had has been very, very positive.
A big thank you to Mick Licence who put the idea to me and has put the work in and to Julie Orford for the design work on the site.
Over the next few weeks we will be using the feedback from you to further improve the site.
At the moment I am in Dublin and have been playing in the Irish Poker Open which has prize money of well over Euro 2 million with all of the best players from Europe and some from the USA. With over 708 entries I played the best I could but after beating 634 players I was unluckily knocked out late on Saturday night in 74th position (72 places paid!). It has been a bit like our dogs this week - close but not quite getting there at the finish. But it has been a great experience and really enjoyable to take part.
Tuesday night saw ROSWELL STARSHIP finish a gallant 3rd in the PALL MALL at Oxford behind the Harry Redknapp owned and Charlie Lister trained Ballymac Charley. Despite missing his break our fella gave a brave performance and looks sure to play a part in plenty of big finals for the rest of the year.
On the supporting card that night EYE ONTHE FLAME came closest to a win for us just getting beat in a photo against his sister Westcountry Lady - another dog worth keeping on the right side of.
On Thursday both BLACKMAGIC GUY and COOLANGA FLYER ran well in their semi of the KEITH JOHNSON EASTER CUP at Perry Barr. BLACKMAGIC GUY came second to make it through to Monday's £5000 final.
We had near misses at Walthamstow on Thursday's Open Card with NIL FINANCE, BOX OF TRICKS, ARMIES PLAN and ROSWELL BLUESKY all running well in defeat.
On Monday a bitch we mentioned last week - RAGGA DIVA - popped up to win again in a useful 29.25 (+10) and is a bitch that is clearly in form at the moment.
Tuesday night saw the debut win for Head Kennelhand Pete Vernon's aptly-named bitch MARATHON GIRL which saw her open her account in a time of 29.43.
On Saturday night at the Stow it was great to see Dick and Ann Barfoot's dog SPECIAL DEAL win the top grade race in 28.97.
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Monday night sees BLACKMAGIC GUY contest the KEITH JOHNSON EASTER CUP FINAL at Perry Barr. It would be great to see this multi-finalist win a big event. On the supporting card we have some interesting runners: GO COMMANDO who has returned very well from a long lay-off, promising pup DIRECTORS WISH, in form RONNIES HARE and Perry Barr track record holder RAGING JACK.
Thursday night sees all Open action at the Stow with the last batch of Trial Stakes for the OCEAN TRAILERS PUPPY STAKES taking place. We expect DIRECTORS CHAIR, BUTTERBRIDGE ALI, KILLER KEANE, CENTAUR DECREE and the Bubbly Club's new purchase BUBBLY MAGIC all to put their claims forward for this puppy event.
Friday sees the start of the GOLDEN SPRINT at Romford where we hope to have ROSWELL STARSHIP entered.