Monday 9th April 2012
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Blonde Snapper and Lil Risky got our Coral Golden Sprint challenge off to a flying start at Romford on Friday when winning their opening heats. With Mountjoy Osprey qualifying as well we go into this Friday's semi-finals with a strong hand. Blonde Snapper had to work hard to get the better of Pat Curtin's Farloe Ashes who had been re seeded from wide to middle and I was concerned that drawn in trap 2 he would move off and hamper Snapper in trap 3 but to be fair Farloe Ashes railed to slip into a two length lead but gradually Blonde Snapper wore him down to get up close home and score in 24.18. Lil Risky didn't quite come out in his best style but zoomed up to the bend and had a bit of luck he so deserves when finding a clear path to strike the front off the second bend, from therein the result was never in doubt as Lil Risky won by three lengths in 24.08. Mountjoy Osprey was a drifting favourite after a couple of recent setbacks following a nine race unbeaten run over track and trip and had to be content with a runner up spot behind another course specialist Diamond Cnoc in 24.07 with our other runner Castlebride Dan getting no sort of run back in 4th. Slick Sian was the fastest of the round winning well in 23.98. Blonde Snapper has got the best of the draws for the semi's and looks set to go off favourite in the first semi. Lil Risky and Mountjoy Osprey have drawn the hottest semi-final which contains no less than four of the heat winners. Lil Risky in trap 3 has to clear both Drumcove Lad and Slick Sian which will be no easy task while Mountjoy Osprey in trap 5 has a severe hazard with Farloe Ashes on his outside in trap 6. Still I think despite this Golden Sprint being one of the best I can ever remember we are optimistic of one of our three superstars landing the event.
For a change this week all the talk in the sport was about what was happening on the tracks. The Bettor.com Scottish Derby sees no Charlie Lister runner which is surprising as both Boher Paddy and Taylors Cruise where eliminated. Kelly Macari is double handed with Mill Bling Bling and Mill Pegasus for Friday's final which could fall to the fairer sex as both Julie Bateson (Bowtime Sykes) and Elaine Parker (Droopys Cristian) are represented. Harry Williams' stalwart Tudor Prince makes another big race final and there's an Irish flavour with Paul Hennessy's Barefoot Allstar a live contender. I often get asked why we don't enter for the Scottish Derby and really it's down to the travelling (a near 7/8 hour journey) and four runs inside 13 days which I feel is too hard for any of our dogs.
The Ladbrokes Blue Riband also got underway at Hall Green on Wednesday on what was a quite dreadful day weather wise with plummeting temperatures and sleet greeting the runners. With Hall Green only recently laying new sand this made conditions as tough as they can be for the dogs, with ones drawn wide at a distinct disadvantage. Both our runners struggled with Rookery Pedro in trap 6 having no chance with the conditions. Kinda True did just qualify but was a long way behind the impressive Coolavanny Pedro and will have to significantly improve to make the final.
The Bags 'Easter Bunny' series concluded at Swindon on Friday to a packed stadium and this was the only live action in the bookmakers on Good Friday. As much as it was great for the bookmakers to give out some £150,000 in this series of greyhound racing let's not forget by showing this action it allowed them to open their shops on what traditionally used to be a non betting day thus allowing all those punters to flood the shops to play the roulette and gaming machines that they make huge profits on.
Our website last week reached its 5th birthday since our launch date. In this time we have endeavoured to give all our readers and supporters regular updates and features and have tweaked the odd few things to give a 'magazine' style feel. I would like to thank Mick and Maureen for all the hard work that they do for our superb site. Over the next few weeks look out for a couple of new features including an 'Owners Spotlight' as well as our regular last six months '5 To Follow' competition.
Hall Green on Wednesday with Kinda True a well beaten 3rd in his heat of the Ladbrokes Blue Riband and Rookery Pedro having no chance in his heat out wide.
A good night at Hove on Thursday with a nice double for Mark Currell's Swift Freeze (30.18 calc) and Blonde Kimber (30.30 calc) in the two divisions of the Maidens over 515m.
As said above the Coral Golden Sprint started well at Romford on Friday with a double courtesy of Blonde Snapper and Lil Risky.
On Sunday at Sittingbourne Dixies Air justified favouritism when landing his heat of the Easter Standard by 2 1/2 lengths in 30.63.
On Wednesday Ayamzabeauty made a good debut when just getting caught in a warm A2 going down a length in 28.50.
On Saturday Wednesdaywhacker was a good second in an A3 and Bit View Emma scored an overdue success when winning in top grade by 3 1/4 lengths in 28.50. Oct 10 pup Planning again showed he was a youngster going places when just going down by a 1/2 length in 28.57 after being held up a couple of times.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight the heats of the Coral On TV Maiden over 400m see Risky Fred, Carden Simon and debutant Marlfield Luke in action.
On Tuesday at Sheffield Jazz Apollo takes on a good field from an awkward trap 4 in a supporting race on Sky and Ballintine Molly goes in the 660m.
Kinda True has an outside chance of making the Ladbrokes Blue Riband final in the 3rd semi-final on Wednesday.
On Friday the semi-finals of the Golden Sprint are the feature races at Romford and we will be back to Sittingbourne on Sunday with Dixies Air in the Easter Standard final.
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Rookery Pedro unfortunately had no chance with the weather conditions at Hall Green last Wednesday but Lil Risky did us proud bouncing back to win his heat of the Golden Sprint at Romford though he does face an incredibly tough semi-final on Friday. Blonde Snapper has an excellent chance in his semi-final and at 6/1 ante-post he has to be worth adding to our bets with Lil Risky. Jazz Apollo could be a bit of value at Sheffield tomorrow on Sky and is worth an interest.
JAZZ APOLLO - 2 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday
BLONDE SNAPPER - 2 pts e.w ante-post 6/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
ROOKERY PEDRO - 1 pt e.w ante-post 33/1 - Ladbrokes Blue Riband - Hall Green -Wednesday - lost
LIL RISKY - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - continues Friday