Monday 9th June 2008
Saturday night's retired greyhound benefit meeting organised by W.O.W.A at Walthamstow was a great success, not only on the track where we had 8 yes 8 winners! but off the track as well with an enormous amount of money raised. Congratulations to Barrie Clegg and his team for their efforts on what was a sad night for all as this will be the last of these events at the stadium that they will do before it shuts and on reflection they can be proud of their achievements over the years in the unselfish way they have helped thousands of retired greyhounds. On a disappointing note I was furious that the original Arc trophy won this year by Centaur Decree was put in the auction by the Chandler family after I requested a few weeks ago that I would put a large donation to the retired greyhounds if I could have this superb trophy as a present to my Centaur syndicate as they were the last winners of this prestigious competition. And though none of us begrudge the Mildean boys for outbidding me, or the £2500 it made at auction, as they have also won the event before us, but surely as the last winners this would have been the right gesture from the stadium owners!
A lot of rumour and speculation as to what happens to our kennel after Walthamstow finally shuts their doors on August 16th is being said and I have been besieged with queries as to our future but I can state that at the moment nothing has been finalised and until I weigh up all our options and discuss them with my wife Sarah and my staff and owners first I will then make a decision, probably in July. I would most definitely say that our kennel will go all out to win the Trainers Championship this year but who knows sadly Imperial Kennels might not be around in 2009 if the right offer hasn't materialised by then. Tuesday night at Oxford we could take another step towards realising our ambitions when both Directors Chair and Coolanga Flyer line up in the Cesarewitch final live on Sky and with kennel stars Seanis Lad and Aero Blackjack in action as well we will be hoping for a decent result.
Not the best start to a Monday when both Genesis Dream (season) and Rockburst Mason (lame) were pulled out of Monmore's Summer Classic but Eye Onthe Veto got the show back on the road with a resounding 9 3/4 length success in a Crayford Vase Trial Stake over 540m in a calc 33.72 and he looks like he handles this tight circuit very well.
On Tuesday Coolanga Flyer sprang a surprise victory in the semi-final of Oxford's Cesarewitch over 645m when beating favourite Vatican Fyne by a neck in 40.60 (-40) at generous odds of 10/1. The second semi was as tough as they come and when Directors Chair popped the lids he looked the likely winner but his old adversary Lenson Joker had other ideas and showed tremendous pace and beat 'Dev' by 3 3/4 lengths with track record holder Primitive Way getting up to dead heat with us for second - a great final is in prospect.
On Thursday the heats of the Graphite UK Puppy Derby at Walthamstow took place and ante post favourite Fear Zafonic produced another stunning display to win the first heat by 6 3/4 lengths in 28.52 (-10) with our Bell Tornado a creditable 3rd. Kinda Flashy is improving with
every run and very nearly stole heat 2 showing fine pace to lead at halfway only to get caught close home by the strong Turar Abit by a head in 29.13 (-10). In heat 3 outsiders Jonos Patience and Kinda Classic ran well against Westmead Diver (28.53 calc) with the latter pinching 3rd. Eye Onthe Brave was out run in the closing stages by Special Liberty going down by 2 1/4 lengths in 29.02(-10) in heat 4 and in the last heat Mountjoy Gold made sure we didn't go home empty handed when he held off the challenge of Presence Of Mind by 1/2 length to score in a good 28.97 (-10) a pup with a big future.
At Romford on Friday we had no luck from a win point of view but decent performances from Seanis Doire (3rd), Aero Blackjack (2nd), Missed A Train (2nd) and Scintillas Ruby (an unlucky 4th) could see these win very soon.
On Monday's Bags both Special Roxi (3rd) and Tipp The Breeze (4th) were unlucky in the opener won by Many Memories in 29.08 (+20) and in the next race Treacle Pearl landed a kennel 1-2 when she caught Jonos Patience on the line in 29.05 (+20). Ballyfinn Swift is improving and was a good 2nd to Jo Jo Anne beaten 1 3/4 lengths in 29.04 (+10). Notanothersecond was yes 2nd and Megusta Manners 3rd to Chivalrous in 29.31 before Lews Trickster grabbed another win by 1 1/4 lengths in 29.59.
Tuesday saw Ragga Diva land the Racing Post nap in convincing style by 5 1/2 lengths in 29.15 (+10) and Mountjoy Ruby quickly followed up when coming from an impossible position to win by a short head in 29.44 with Rusheen Classic an unlucky 4th. In the S1 Mooloolaba ran well to be 2nd to I Dont Clare beaten 1 1/2 lengths in 39.71. Pinewood Evo (3rd) is running well without winning and Largo Lassie returned to the winners rostrum with a comfortable 6 length success in 29.18. Ants Gunner ran his usual honest race to be 2nd beaten 2 lengths to Blue Pockets in 29.18. Ortuna landed a kennel 1-2 beating So Said He by a length in 29.23 and Treacle Satin completed an excellent night for the kennel when getting up on the line to beat Bell Imperial and our Centautr Deetee by a head in 40.29 in the S2
On the graded front on Thursday Cassius Clay scored a debut hurdle victory in fine style by 5 3/4 lengths in 29.63 (-10). Thankyou Les Kid was fancied to follow up last week's win but after a decent break checked badly on the run up and was beaten a distance but thankfully she doesn't seem to have sustained any serious damage. In the S1 Centaur Cappo bravely chased Swift Easton but the line came too soon as he went down by 3/4 length in 40.11. Bee My Honey produced a rousing finish to get up on the line to open her account in 29.91 (-10) by a head in an A7 and Pinehurst Silk ran well to be 3rd in a warm A3.
Saturday night's Retired Greyhound Benefit Meeting will live long in the memory as far as winners go and Centaur Rosina started the night off producing a storming finish to catch Small Wonder on the line in 29.82 (+10). Eye Onthe Flame found all kinds of trouble in the H1 but still
got up to win cosily by a length in 29.54 (+10) and a debut victory for Wilson Pick It by 2 lengths in an A8 in 29.62 (+10) saw him justify favouritism. Bell Tempest made it an incredible four wins in the first four races when bolting up in the S2 by 7 3/4 lengths in 39.78 (+15) in the S2 and King Jackson tried hard to make it five when 3rd beaten by a length in 29.38. A great performance from Imperial Prize when she blasted her opponents away by 5 lengths in a good 29.12 (+10) to land Five To Follow Competition winner Peter Whates a first success. Lockdale Lady had the crowd buzzing as she showed her rivals a clean pair of heels en route to a 4 3/4 length win in 29.08 (+10) and Stride On Babe made it an astounding seven wins from eight races when she won by 1 3/4 lengths in 28.93. Another victory was foiled as Eye Onthe Spirit and Discreet Cat could only finish 2nd and 4th respectively to Ask The Question in the S1 and Centaur Gemstone ran a blinder to be 2nd beaten 3/4 length in 29.17 by Rahora. Just to cap off a tremendous night in-form Treacle Rose won the A1 by 1 3/4 lengths in 28.80 to make it eight winners - the most our kennel has achieved in one night.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACE:- EYE ONTHE VETO
GRADED:- IMPERIAL PRIZE
WHATS ON THIS WEEK
Eye Onthe Veto starts his campaign for a 5th category 1 title when heading for the Crayford and their Vase on Monday night while on Tuesday Directors Chair and Coolanga Flyer try and bring some silverware home when competing in the final of the Cesarewitch at Oxford which is live on Sky. The Semi-Finals of the Graphite UK Puppy Derby are at Walthamstow on the same night which has seen four of our runners drawn in the same semi. The final is on Saturday which will be a gala open card. We will have runners at Romford on Friday and will also look to
be trialling Commander Chief and Seanis Strike at Hove on Thursday.