Monday 9th February 2009
This week's racing has been severely disrupted by the weather with many meetings being called off due to heavy snow producing arctic condition. With two major competitions in full flow and a busy open race schedule plus two nights at Harlow planned it has been a real headache for myself and the kennel not only in trying to prepare the runners but mindful of the safety in travelling long distances for both greyhounds and staff. The postponement of the second round of the Arc on Saturday at Swindon is looking the most difficult as it has been rescheduled for Monday's Bags card with the semi's taking place on Friday but with conditions in the region still looking bleak this could yet change.
Bomber Bailey has made the Springbok Final on Tuesday at Wimbledon but has a tricky draw in trap 2 with the middle running Nebuchadnezzar in the one box it's not going to be easy to lift the trophy live on Sky. Whatever his fate he has shown us that he has a great future over hurdles and only being a Nov 06 he is plenty young enough to improve further. A fantastic supporting card sees the kennel represented in every Sky race so it could be an important night. Chief groundsman at Wimbledon John Forster deserves the utmost praise for his superb expertise in preparing a track in impossible conditions.
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Of the meetings that escaped the weather this week the Arc first round at Swindon produced a mixed night for the kennel. In freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions the third heat saw both Directors Ruler and the unlucky Roswell Startrek crash out of the competition followed by the elimination of Reagrove Class and the strongly fancied Goldcrest King who was in trouble after a slow start. Corrig Vieri got the kennel back on the right track with a convincing win in 28.96 (-20) and Eye Onthe Brave ran well to catch Mountjoy Ruby (should come forward for the run) on the run in to score in 28.92 (-20) but sadly defending champ Centaur Decree went out after a slow start.
Two pups Risky Flame and Risky Sensation ran well enough in tough races at Coventry on Wednesday and on Friday at Romford there were some good performances from Taboby Legend (2nd), Eye Onthe Spirit (2nd), Goldcrest Lord (3rd) and an unlucky Genesis Dream (3rd) but both Eye onthe Flame who won a warm 400m hurdles in a good 24.78 (-20) and Congo Invader who won well in the top 400m standard in 24.46 (-20) were impressive. On the same night the semi-finals of the Springbok saw Rockburst Mason eliminated in 3rd when giving himself too much ground to make up. Bomber Bailey in the second semi trapped well and led into the bend but taking a middle course he allowed Freedom Man to get up his inside and though he eventually got the better of that rival he found Rocky Rocket loom large on the outside to pip him by a neck in 28.39.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - CONGO INVADER
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Mountjoy Ruby, Eye Onthe Brave and Corrig Vieri wait to see if the weather relents so the second round of the Arc at Swindon can continue on Monday. Bomber Bailey runs in Tuesday's feature race on Sky the Springbok final at Wimbledon and with some of our big names such as Mountjoy Gold, Kinda Ready, Goldcrest King, Eye Onthe Flame, Genesis Alix, Tipp The Breeze and Elusive Jazz in action on the supporting card it promises to be a big night for the kennel. Open race action is planned at Coventry and Harlow on Wednesday and Romford on Friday and also Coventry on Sunday.
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Bomber Bailey advised at 16/1 e.w ante-post looks to add to our healthy profit when he runs in Tuesday's Springbok final although his semi- final neck defeat last week gave us a losing week. Goldcrest King crashed out of the Arc at Swindon but hopefully Corrig Vieri (20/1 now 7/1) can give followers some cheer if he can reproduce his emphatic first round performance again. Looking at Wimbledon's superb supporting card I think both Eye Onthe Flame (460m hurdle) and Mountjoy Gold (460m Standard) can win but have tricky races. Elusive Jazz (480m bitches) has a squeak and should be a spot of value. Goldcrest King (480m standard) is as fast as anything given a clear run and pup Kinda Ready (480m pups) is well drawn to win his third Sky race on the trot and Tipp The Breeze (688m stayers) has a good chance.
KINDA READY - 4 pts win - 8.00 Wimbledon - Tuesday
ELUSIVE JAZZ - 1 pt win - 8.35 Wimbledon - Tuesday
GOLDCREST KING - 2 pts win - 8.50 Wimbledon - Tuesday
TIPP THE BREEZE - 1pt win - 9.10 Wimbledon - Tuesday
0.5 pt win Yankee - 1.5 pt win Accumulator (total - 7pts)
ADVISED LAST WEEK
BOMBER BAILEY - 2 pts e.w ante-post Springbok - 16/1 (final Tuesday)
ROCKBURST MASON - 2 pts e.w ante-post Springbok - 14/1 - lost
GOLDCREST KING - 3 pts win - ante post Arc Swindon - 7/1 - lost
CORRIG VIERI - 1 pt e.w - ante-post Arc Swindon -20/1