17th August 2015
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The Collossus Bets Television Trophy final tomorrow night will be one of the highlights of the year for Towcester. The meeting live on Sky Sports can showcase their excellent track and facilities and a fine and varied card should prove popular, The final itself is superb despite the ante post favourite Roxholme Magic falling by the wayside, the fact that we have an Irish interest with Ballymac Bonnie involved adds spice to the race and what a story it would be if Lord Hesketh's Ribble Atom was to scoop the prestigious trophy and £8,000 first prize, Towcester's racecourse is on Lord Hesketh's estate which has been in their family's name for many generations and he was instrumental in bringing greyhound racing to the Northamptonshire venue. In tough times he has opened up the first greyhound track for many years and has a vision of a way forward for the long term future of not only Towcester but our industry as a whole. RIbble Atom was one of a few pups that Lord Hesketh asked me to buy and train for him and she has progressed steadily since her first race back in January. After winning a couple of times in the grades over four bends and running on fairly strong we decided to step her up to six bends a couple of months ago and she took a maiden race over 655m at the first time of asking, she then caught the eye running on over a stiffer six bends at Hove and next won over a short eight bend trip at Romford. A record breaking debut over the 906m at Towcester and a defeat before running on to qualify for the final last Saturday in the TV Trophy heats behind Droopys Cottage certainly means she's not without a chance, whatever her fate our young marathon star has a big future.
Towcester follows up the Sky night on Tuesday with a big night on Saturday as the high class Lowther Stakes sees a stunning line up of bitches racing for a generous £10,000. Forest Twilight will be a warm favourite after smashing Domino Storm's track record on Saturday in the semi finals winning by 7 lengths in 27.72. We may still have a lot to say in the final as Domino Storm won her semi final in a very good 27.93, Evanta Evita could again come on more and she safely made the final when just getting caught on the line by Coolavanny Slip in 28.15 The all important draw sees Forest Twilight in the plum trap 1 slot inside Evanta Evita, Domino Storm continues to get the middle draws and runs from trap 4 again. Key to the race will be whether Evanta Evita can come out quick and get across to the rails before Forest Twilight, if the two did come together this could help Domino Storm but she needs to ping herself, if she was to lead I don't think anything can catch her, with other opens supporting the card it should be another great night.
Swift Whirlwind landed another Friday night Romford final for our kennel and owner Evan Herbert when beating kennel mate Blonde Razor by 5 lengths in the Doug Tyler Summer Cu., I think he certainly surprised a few people how strong he ran on and with that sprinter's early pace he will be a force to be reckoned with over this 575m trip. The Champion Stakes starts a week Friday and we should have a strong team. We are also planning an assault on the East Anglian Derby and Clondoty Alex warmed up for the event when a reasonable 3rd in the East Anglian Challenge last Wednesday. Blue Moment looks highly likely to miss the event after damaging a toe in a sprint race supporting the final.
Apart from Clondoty Alex who was 3rd in the East Anglian Challenge at Yarmouth last Wednesday we had a few runners on the supporting card who will improve over the track in the next few weeks. Millroad Rodger was just collared on the line over 462m while Penny Seabiscuit also ran well when 3rd in a decent maiden. The consistent Ilewin Allot was 3rd in a hot sprint and Black Francis was unlucky when 4th over the 659m trip behind the classy Farloe Rio.
As well as Swift Whirlwind winning the Doug Tyler Summer Cup at Romford on Friday in a decent 35.21 Patchys Kerry also ran well winning a heat of the 500 maiden stayers in a good 35.41. At Towcester on Saturday it was a good night for Domino Storm and Evanta Evita who qualified for the Lowther Stakes final.
We seem to have had plenty of near misses over the weekend. Aero Harrison did manage to record his first win when taking an S3 on Friday in 40.23. On Saturday Dehavillands Boy, Saffrons Champ, Alice My Angel. Roswell De Nero and Airforce Venus were all second and Benkaat Dolly won another S2 coming from behind to land the spoils. On Sunday no winners but close with Ferryforth Fran and Vanbasten who again were both second.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tomorrow night is Towcester's big night on Sky featuring the Collossus Bets TV Trophy final with Lord Hesketh's Ribble Atom in with a chance. Plenty of runners on the supporting card including Adageo Bob's first veteran race.
We will be at Romford on Friday and the Lowther Stakes final on Saturday worth £10,000 to the winner is the feature race of the night at Towcester, both Domino Storm and Evanta Evita can fly the flag for our kennel.
WEBSITE RECOMMENDED BETS
Plenty of interest this week in the two big Towcester finals. Tomorrow Ribble Atom recommended at 14/1 takes her chance in the TV Trophy final. On Saturday we have both our recommended selections Domino Storm and Evanta Evita looking to give our supporters a decent pay day.
ADVISED LAST WEEK
RIBBLE ATOM - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Collossus Bets TV Trophy - Towcester - final tomorrow
DOMINO STORM - 2.5 pts e.w ante post 6/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - final Saturday
EVANTA EVITA - 2 pts e.w ante post 14/1 - Lowther Stakes - Towcester - final Saturday