Monday 31st March 2014
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Sid Huett our head kennel hand is all signed up for Julie Collier's 'Fall For Hounds' Sky dive pencilled in for June and will be looking for sponsors over the next few months. I'm afraid I'm scared of heights and will not be signing up but will be making a massive effort over the next few months to get him well sponsored,
click here for his link.
I had a horrible feeling all week that our luck that has been so glorious for the last four or five months is going to turn against us at some point and on Tuesday at Sheffield I was unfortunately proved correct. The GTA Ladbrokes Trainers Championship meeting is always a magnificent event as the six leading open race trainers from 2013 battle it out over eight races over various distances and we felt confident beforehand that we had a team that would do itself justice and all we needed was some luck but as soon as Sidaz Dippy was fought as she lay in second place with little less than a couple of hundred metres to go in the first race of the championship I knew then it wasn't going to be our night. I've no doubt, but for the incident, Sidaz Dippy would have been a good second in the 660m behind the back to form Fear Emoski, she eventually finished 5th scoring only two points instead of seven.
After the first three races we were in trouble as both Benkaat Nero (tough race) and Reel Bliss (ran well but outclassed) finished last in their respective races and with only four points to our name we were propping up the table. Murlens Crash looked to hold a great chance and after getting the better of local hope United Leeds he then saw Charlie Lister's Southern Mesut rush up on the inside to land the spoils. Charlie Lister now held a big lead in the Championship and was trading at ridiculous odds of 1-25 on! Hometown Honey beat Lister's Greyhound of the Year Farloe Tango in the 720m but found an inspired Mollys Hope too good for her and Aayamzamodel was a desperately unlucky loser when also second in the Bit. Adageo Bob ran a massive race just going down a neck to Guiness Spark in an ultra fast 28.70 to end any hopes we had but unbelievably the r's Redbrick Stuart was last in the final leg Paul Young's Jaytee Lightning came storming through to bag the spoils and gave Paul a popular first Trainers Championship victory, Reel Trickyone was an eye catching third.
At Romford on Friday the Category 1 Coral Golden Sprint was a great occasion and as usual connections of finalists were wined and dined in the superb Pavilion. Ilewin Allot for Dave Cunningham did superbly well to make the final and I always thought he had a puncher's chance of winning but this depended on him leading. A good break from trap 3 wasn't quite enough to get in front and Lough Messi went on to score from a brave Mays Teejay with Ilewin Allot fading into 5th. Evanta Jack scored an eye catching win in a 400m Maiden and looks one for the future but there was trouble for our Springbok hero Cornamaddy Jumbo who looked in need of a run when 5th.
Also on the track Lightning Zeus is another who has done well for us recently but a poor draw in trap 6 in yesterday's Category 2 Queen Mother Memorial Cup final at Sheffield was too much of a handicap and despite not being beaten far he was last. Zeus will join our team heading for the Coral Regency along with Sidaz Dippy and possibly Hometown Honey if she doesn't break in season, something I seem to have been saying for quite a while!
Over at Henlow a great start for our strong team of six entries in the Category 2 Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup heats... Blonde Razor back after a rest got kicked our winners off when overcoming first bend crowding to score by 1 1/2 lengths in 33.86 and is sure to come on for the run.
Ilewin Frimley continues to pop up at decent odds and flew out the traps (8.77 sectional) to lead all the way to win by over 4 lengths in 33.7.
Adageo Brae qualified in 3rd in his heat and the toughest heat saw Aayamzamodel run well again but she had no answers to Kevin Hutton's flying Jet Stream Duke who beat her by 3 3/4 lengths in a fastest 33.47 with Bridge Bandit qualifying back in 3rd, he will certainly be the one we have to beat if we are to win the event.
Jazz Tilly completed an excellent night for the kennel when overcoming a slow start to weave through the field and get up and score by 3/4 length in 33.86 and all six of our entries go into the draw for the semi-finals. Earlier in the night the exciting Blue Moment scored an impressive debut win in a 460m Maiden in a good 27.79 and looks a pup going places.
The other big news last week came with the press launch of the new greyhound track being built at Towcester racecourse. Straight away my thoughts on watching the Julie Collier interview gave the impression of pure class and nothing but the best will be spared in their attempts to produce the Ascot of the greyhound world. We will cover the Towcester story right through until it opens in hopefully October this year.
We have covered most of the open racing above. On Tuesday at Sheffield as well as the a Trainers Championship meeting the heats of the Queen Mother Memorial Cup saw Lightning Zeus go down by a short head in his heat but later on Fairest Royal took off win a Bitches open comfortably in a fast 28.98.
At Romford on Friday Evanta Jack was our only winner on a Golden Sprint night and near veteran Ayamzaman was an unlucky second.
Over at Swindon important trial stakes for the forthcoming Pinpoint Recruitment Arc saw a back to form Garryglass Rodge win well in 28.70. Aero Nemesis showed good pace after being impeded at the first bend to finish second in his trial stake while in a hot third trial stake Blackstone Marco was only fourth but should be still one of the fancied runners when the event kicks off on Friday.
As said Henlow last night was a successful night for the kennel with all six of our entries in the Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup qualifying for the semi-finals.
Saffrons Champ scored at the third time of asking in A4 grade for our Markwallisgreyhounds Racing Club in a good 28.53. A win on debut for Benkaat Panther an unraced son of Vans Escalade ran well in an A2 to show good all round pace and score by 1 1/2 lengths in 28.39. A superb run from Domino Storm in the last race as the young September 12 daughter of Makeshift won an A3 by 8 lengths in a fine 28.28.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tonight Adageo Bob travels to Nottingham for the heats of the Truframe Greyhound Stud Book Trophy with Reel Trickyone on in a supporting open.
We will be at Hove on Thursday and Romford on Friday as well as Swindon where the first round of the Pinpoint Recruitment Arc begins with six heats.
Sunday sees the semi-finals of the Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup at Henlow where we have 1/3 of the field.
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Well it didn't quite happen for us in the Trainers Championship meeting at Sheffield on Tuesday while Ilewin Allot looked dangerous going into the first bend in the Coral Golden Sprint final but his chances quickly disappeared.
Our Bunny Bookmakers portfolio looks strong going into next Sunda's semi-finals and we should have a decent chance with our three selections.
On Friday at Swindon the Pinpoint Recruitment Arc kicks off with SIX heats and all three of our intended entries should go well but Blackstone Marco has already done us a favour at Monmore and despite a Trial Stake defeat he should still hold strong claims of lifting the title.
BLACKSTONE MARCO - 2 pts e.w ante post - Pin Point Recruitment Arc - Swindon - starts Friday
ADVISED LAST WEEK
AAYAMZAMODEL - 4 pts win -Trainers Championship meeting - Sheffield - lost
MARK WALLIS - 2 pts To win Trainers Championship meeting 6/1 - Sheffield - lost
MARK WALLIS - 2 pts without Charlie Lister in Trainers Championship meeting 11/4 - Sheffield - lost
ILEWIN ALLOT- 2 pts e.w ante post 12/1 - Coral Golden Sprint - Romford - lost
JAZZ TILLY - 2 pts win ante post 7/1 - Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup - Henlow - semi's Sunday
AAYAMZAMODEL - 2 pts win ante post 12/1 - Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup - Henlow - semi's Sunday
BLONDE RAZOR - 2pts win ante post 14/1 - Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup - Henlow - semi's Sunday