Tuesday 14th July 2009
This week's newsletter is bit late on parade as I have just returned from Ireland where we were out of luck in our attempt to land the Boylesports Dundalk International with Derby champ Kinda Ready. The record books will say he was last in the 25,000 euros to the winner one off race that was billed as one of the best in recent memory but it doesn't tell the whole story. After breaking reasonably well from trap 1 'Del Boy' was in a good position going into the first bend but instead of railing he moved into the middle and into a world of trouble which forced him right to the back of the field and out of the race. Up front there was a titanic battle between Accordello and Skywalker Queen with the latter proving stronger on the run in to grab the first prize. To be fair Kinda Ready did make plenty of ground up and though well beaten I think it was the right decision to have a go at the valuable invitation and the whole experience will stand him in good stead for next month's Paddypower Irish Derby at Shelbourne. I took the chance to travel over with my family and the whole weekend was excellent and the huge crowd that was in attendance at Dundalk were more than kind and appreciative of our appearance and the sponsors Boylesports and the Dundalk management could not have been more helpful.
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On what was a hectic weekend we were literally all over the UK. Friday we were at Crayford, Romford and Harlow which proved quite fruitful with both Kinda Handy and Risky Fabio winning well in the heats of the Rose Bowl at Crayford.
Saturday we had long trips to Swindon, Sunderland as well as the important charity meeting at Wimbledon. On the whole it was a slightly disappointing weekend results-wise but Eye Eye Pickle, despite an odds on defeat in the opening round of the 2 Year Old Produce Stakes at Swindon, still should have a major say in the outcome of the event. Both Droopys Zach and Corrig Vieri crashed out of the Sunderland Grand Prix but again one of our most consistent performers of the year Jogadusc Ace made it through to the £40,000 William Hill Classic Final next Thursday when he battled hard to qualify behind Gymcrack hero Droopys Bogart. Dave Wood can be proud of the night's entertainment at Wimbledon where an outstanding card was well supported though again we were a little disappointed that we never came back with a winner from the evening. Bomber Bailey, who had won earlier in the week at Harlow, was involved in a tough battle with the country's no 1 hurdler Platinumlancelot before going down a short head came closest for us.
Other highlights on a busy week were Goldcrest King's unlucky 2nd in a William Hill Trial Stake at Sheffield on Tuesday and Bumble Lee's first victory over six bends in 35.71 at Romford on Friday night.
On the graded side at Harlow Russell Legi t, Confident State and Lord Pishy all produced good wins in the week.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
OPEN RACING - BUMBLE LEE
GRADED RACING - LORD PISHY
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK
Opens at Harlow on Wednesday but without a doubt the feature race of the week is the William Hill Classic Final worth an incredible £40,000 at Sunderland on Thursday and we have a live chance in the shape of Jogadusc Ace who runs from trap 3 and at around 5/1 if he re-produces his Derby Quarter-Final effort would be in with a great chance of landing the spoils.
A long trip to Swindon on Friday as Eye Eye Pickle continues in the Produce Stakes when the second round takes place and on the same night at Crayford the semi-final of the Rose Bowl has disappointingly thrown all three of our qualifIers in together in the first semi.
At Coventry on Sunday we will look to run some of our future prospects like Parkmore Elite, Dalcash Scolari and Kilquane Jack.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Despite the defeats of Corrig Virei and Droopys Zach at Sunderland in the festival we still have a chance to show a profit if Jogadusc Ace recommended at 50/1 ante-post can secure a top 4 place. Not too much that strikes the eye this week but if Eye Eye Pickle is 10/1 or bigger in the market for the Produce Stakes at Swindon which resumes on Friday he would be worth a wager.
EYE EYE PICKLE - 1 pt e.w ante-post (if 10/1 or bigger) - Produce Stakes - Swindon - Friday
JOGADUSC ACE - 1 pt e.w ante-post 50/1 - William Hill Classic - Sunderland - Thursday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
CORRIG VIERI - 2 pts e.w ante-post 12/1- William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - lost
DROOPYS ZACH - 1 pt e.w ante-post 16/1 - William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland - lost
KENGYELFUTO SNOW - 3 pts win - Sheffield - Tuesday - lost
GOLDCREST LORD - 2 pts win - Wimbledon - Saturday - lost