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Central Park four-timer a real highlight

 

Druids Busy Man is making excellent progress on the gallop as we begin to build him up following his broken hock. He’s the most lovely, laid-back dog and spends most of his day on his back with his legs in the air. He’ll have at least another month on the gallop before we think about a hand slip.
Dalcash Behold is also making great progress following a wrist injury and will be ready for a trial soon as will Forest Beaux as she returns from a pulled Achilles tendon.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Thursday morning as we met Pat Hare at Swindon. Ela Juliet returns to Ireland for breeding while Chubbys Dubh is a very well bred new arrival.

 

 

 

Our Oaks winner, Ravenswood Flow was given a spin at Monmore on Thursday evening and she ran the track nicely to post 28.55. Bull Run Java is a really nice b1tch and she posted 28.50 in her first four bend workout. Kingsbrook Kerry clocked 28.61 and is going the right way following season. London Nights recorded a very fast 15.28 in her first trial back following a niggle and Nanny Nuala posted 15.67 in her first look at Monmore.
Velvet Jed ran on strongly to win his A2 by a neck while Swift Hadriana made it two wins on the spin as she led all the way in her S3.

 

 

 

We were very much out of luck at Romford on Friday evening as we returned empty handed. Argentina charged the boxes in his 400m open and could never get competitive thereafter. Drive On Hunter again ran a cracking race in defeat as he led to the run-in but had no answer to the late charge of the Champion Stakes winner. He’s taking his racing well at the moment and is enjoying the regular work. Ballymac Camdon couldn’t quite get around the bend in his winner-of-one open and looks ready for a step up in trip now.

 

 

 

Bull Run Blinder looked to be running a very good trial at Monmore on Saturday evening before being distracted close home and badly checking up. She still posted 29.26 and is another lovely b1tch. Drumcrow Luna completed her qualifying with a 29.28 spin. Ballydorgan Des was crowded in his sprint trial but still posted 15.91.
Most of our runners found trouble but Bit View Shannon ran with good promise following a short lay-off.

 

 

 

Although Ballymac Osby was out of luck in the Kent Derby final, we still had a great night at Central Park with four very impressive winners.
Osby started flying to the corner but wasn’t able to clear all the inside runners and was badly crowded on the bend. Thankfully he returned safe and sound and has the Eclipse next on his agenda.
Bull Run Byte is a cracking b1tch and she made it 3 wins from her last 4 races as she led all the way in her Ladies race. She’s very hard to beat when breaking well and she won by 1 ½ lengths in 28.90. Byte joins Ravenswood Flo and Magical Vera for trials at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Swansalona Playa sprang a 20/1 surprise as he led virtually all the way in a hot 500m open. He posted a very fast 29.68 and beat kennelmate, Kentish Prince by 1 ½ lengths. Both of these boys still have plenty of improvement left in them and both will have the Eclipse and Olympic on their agendas.
Headford Tony showed what a super prospect he is as he returned to a much more suitable trip following his Romford puppy cup campaign. Tony battled very hard to lead off the last bend to win by 2 ½ lengths in 29.03 and he’s now won all 3 of his Central Park opens. He’ll stay a bit further too.
Headford Ranger didn’t disappoint on his much anticipated 6 bend debut as he ran out a brilliant 11 ¾ length winner. It was a poor quality race which he was entitled to win well but it was still good to see him so full of running all the way to the line and he looks like he’ll stay further too. His winning time of 39.47 was as fast as anything we’ve had there and we’ll aim him at the St Leger.

 

Osby into Kent Derby final

 

I had an early start to Tuesday morning to take 5 dogs to Romford for trials. Ela Juliet disappointed when posting 36.19 in her 575m solo. Ravenswood Flo (24.48) and Burgess Lucia (24.62) are both coming along well. Drive On Hunter (24.44) and Slaneyside Izzy (24.40) both had good workouts too.

 

 

 

Donna took the journey back down to Central Park on Wednesday for the run-off between Kentish Prince and Droopys Denny. Thankfully Prince came out on top when winning by 6 lengths and takes his chance in the semi-finals on Sunday.

 

 

 

There was another good trial session at Monmore on Thursday evening. Kingsbrook Kerry continues to impress following her lay-off as she posted 15.32. Bull Run Java (15.54) and Bull Run Blinder (15.56) both moved well again and will be ready to step up to four bends next week. Ballydoyle Terry is only a June 18 baby and is basically having his schooling trials at Monmore. He looks a really nice type though as he clocked 15.70 and was strong into the drop.

 

Swift Hadriana got a much deserved win in her A5 as she ran on strongly to get up on the line.

 

 

 

We were out of luck in the big final at Romford on Friday night as Badminton Donal never got competitive. He was very distracted on parade and not himself. I’m not sure if there was a b1tch in season around but all he wanted to do was check out every dog going! He remains a top class prospect for next year though and we’ve plenty to look forward too.

 

We got plenty of luck in the 575m final though as Ballymac Diego avoided plenty of trouble to slip bye on the inside. He stayed very well and it’s another good race for him to pick up.

 

Drive On Hunter ran his heart out in his 575m open but had no answer to the Champion Stakes winner coming home. He would have needed the race though and he should improve for the run.

 

Argentina, Ballymac Camdon and Ravenswood Flo all ran well in defeat.

 

 

 

We had a good night at Monmore on Saturday evening as we won a couple of the £500 open races. Pulp Fiction got his first career win as he ran a great first tow bends to stride clear in his puppy open. He won well in 28.22 and should continue to improve. He was lightly schooled and it’s always hard for pups to learn their trade in open class and top heats so he’s been progressing well.
Kingsbrook Glyn returned to action for the first time since finishing lame at Sheffield and ran out a brilliant winner of the 630m maiden. He’s taken to Monmore very well and we’ll leave him there for the next set of opens.

 

 

 

Lassies Gift made it two from two as she led all the way to win her ‘winner of one’ open by 2 lengths in 29.19 at Central Park on Sunday evening. She’ll head to Hove next week for a trial in preparation for the Brighton Belle. Slaneyside Izzy and Galloping Moon will join her for trials.

 

Ballymac Osby showed lovely early pace to win his semi-final of the Kent Derby in 29.25. We always had this competition in mind for him since he finished lame in the Derby Plate final and it’s great to see him line up in a major final. He’s drawn all the way out in trap 5 for the final but he normally breaks well from out there so it might just work out for us. He’s in great form. Headford Ranger missed out in 3rd place but once again did a lot of running coming home and will be stepped up to the 642m trip next week.

 

Magical Vera and Kentish Prince were both out of luck in their semi-final as both were badly crowded. Thankfully both returned in good form. Prince will return to Central Park for a 500m race while Vera will head to Newcastle next week for a trial in preparation for the Angel of the North. She’ll be joined by Ravenswood Flo and Bull Run Byte.

 

Donal makes puppy cup final

 

Donna took the trip to Mike Guilliard in Cheshire on Monday to take Headford Zidane back to have his plate removed from his broken front leg. It’s healing well but an external fixator was fitted to give it every chance of a perfect mend. Hopefully this will only need to be for around a month. He remains in great spirits and really will make someone a wonderful companion when the time comes.
Ballymac Iax was also given a positive progress report following his wrist injury suffered when winning his A1 at Monmore. He’s doing great and should be ready to gallop in a couple of months. 

 

Romford has one of the best track surfaces in the country since it’s been re-laid and proves an ideal place to bring back the ex-lame dogs and in season b1tches. The 5am alarm isn’t quite so ideal but it’s well worth the effort and we had a good trial session. Burgess Lucia looks like making a top class b1tch and she certainly loves the London Road circuit. She beat our 2018 English Oaks winner, Ravenswood Flo by a short head in 13.69. Flo ran the track very well on her first visit and it’s lovely to have such top quality coming back into the open race team. Swansalona Playa posted 13.68 in his solo sprint in preparation for the Friday night card. Ela Juliet had been treated religiously for a ligament problem and it looks to have worked well as she showed nice early pace to beat Lassies Gift in 24.56. Lassie’s got lost on her first visit there and hasn’t done much for the last couple of weeks so this would have been a much needed spin. Drive On Hunter returned from a slight shoulder problem with a 24.67 spin and came back in good order. He beat Slaneyside Izzy by a couple of lengths as she returned from season.

 

 

 

Kingsbrook Glyn has returned in great form since damaging a wrist at Sheffield and that continued at Monmore as he won his 480m trial in 28.30. He’ll be stepped straight back up in trip and will more than likely take in a 630m maiden open at Monmore next weekend. Turkeys Blaze ran the track nicely to clock 28.86 while Drumcrow Luna checked at the sough and posted 29.86. Kingsbrook Kerry surprised us a little with an excellent 15.48 solo while Bull Run Java (15.58) and Bull Run Blinder (15.85) will both make lovely b1tches and will improve greatly over the coming weeks.
Bravo Kiss was our star of the show on the graded card as she led all the way to beat kennelmate, Distant Move, by a length in their A2. She clocked a personal best 28.35 and has a very good record from limited races. Hopefully Distant Move won’t be long in winning, he’s improving all the time and deserves to get his head in front.

 

 

 

Badminton Donal had to work hard to win his semi-final of the Romford puppy cup on Friday evening after not trapping in his best fashion. He showed great pace up and fairly flew down the back though to take the lead at the 3rd bend. Donal won by 1 ¼ lengths in 24.25 and returned in great form. He’s now won 3 of his 4 UK starts but he’ll very much need to be on his toes at the lids as it looks like whatever leads will win the final. He has the makings of a top class dog and whatever happens I’m sure the form of this final will work out rock solid as it nearly always does. It would be fantastic to win the final for Stephen and Sharon Harvey as they are huge supporters of the kennel and the industry.
Argentina made a winning return to Romford as he flew the lids to beat kennelmate, Lemon Express, by 2 lengths in 23.87 in the first heat of the 400m competition. It’s another good quality final but unfortunately neither of our lads managed to draw the six box but they both returned in fine order and will run well.
Ballymac Diego couldn’t quite get on terms with Saleen Ash after he took a flyer but he ran well to qualify for next week’s 575m final in 2nd place. Diego is thriving on his racing at Romford and is really taking his races well. Swansalona Playa got no run at all in his heat and finished last but returned safe and sound.
Ballymac Camdon is improving all the time and won’t be long in winning again. He finished 2nd, beaten just over 3 lengths after a troubled run.

 

 

 

It looks like we face a real battle to make the top 6 in the trainer’s championship this year with probably 3 trainers chasing the last two places. Hopefully Badminton Donal will score well in the puppy cup final while we have a nice team for the Kent Derby and could go well there. There’s still 3 months of the year left though and we’ll be giving it everything we have and have some lovely dogs coming back into the team following season and lameness. I always felt it was going to be difficult this year as we cut our strength down by over 50% in order to carry out all the work on the kennels that needed doing. Plus, as we said we would, we haven’t been buying so many dogs this year as we look to become much more self-sufficient with our home bred pups. The main works on the kennels are nearly all done, the framework is going up on the final set of 8 double kennels and they are looking superb. That will be 30 double kennels completely refurbished and ready for filling up and there’s a real buzz around the place again. It’s cost a fortune to complete everything but we couldn’t be happier with the end results and it’s taking us to a new level. What with the gallop, treatment room, tea room, shower and kitchen area, living accommodation and CCTV system all being done as well in the last year it’s made for a very busy time.

 

 

 

Bull Run Byte ran out a brilliant winner of the 480m ladies final at Central Park on Sunday as she led all the way to win by 2 lengths in a very fast 28.64. She’s a cracking b1tch and will be ideal for the Angel of North Oaks and English Oaks –if it ever gets confirmed!
Kentish Prince faces a run-off on Wednesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Kent Derby after he dead-heated for 3rd place with Droopys Denny. Our fella did very well to recover after badly hitting the rails at the first and third bend. I expected to find him tired and sore this morning but he was in great form and providing he checks out ok with the physio, he’ll take his chance on Wednesday. He’s very green in behind dogs but is a fast dog and we’ll have a lot of fun with him.
Ballymac Osby safely made it through in 3rd place in a red-hot heat and improved nicely from last week.
Magical Vera and Headford Ranger both also made it safely through as they finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Vera ran a cracker to be beaten just a length in 28.72 and is really running at the top of her game at present. She’s a top class b1tch and there’s some lovely competitions coming up for her. Ranger made up a huge amount of ground to qualify and really does look like a potential star over further.

 

Lassies Gift made a winning UK debut as she led all the way to win her 480m maiden in 29.26. Lassie is already a kennel favourite and has a lovely way about her. She looks like she’d stay further already and is a really nice type. Magical Blond improved for last week’s debut and won’t be long in winning as will Ballydorgan Des who went well in a very tough sprint open.

 

Flying Donal the star of a great week

 

There was an early start to Thursday morning to meet Ross Myles with a lovely new arrival. Ballydoyle Blake is a beautifully bred June 18 baby by Laughil Blake x Fear Emoski. He qualified in Shelbourne Park in 28.53 and looks a lovely prospect. He’s a very well made dog and has settled in very easily considering his age. He does everything right which is normally the sign of a classy dog.

 

 

 

The unraced Screen Dancer produced a stunning pre-race trial at Monmore on Thursday evening as she posted 28.29 in just her 2nd ever four bend trial. Dancer is homebred by Mike and George Burton out of our former open racer, Office Flirt and looks a very exciting prospect.
Drumcrow Luna moved well in her first UK trial to post 15.95 while Ballydoyle Terry continued his education with a 15.87 spin.
Union Secret was the star of the show for us as she ran out a comfortable winner of the A1 in a very fast 28.16. Secret thrives on her work and she would literally race every day of the week if you let her. Pulp Fiction ran on well to finish 2nd to her and won’t be long in opening his account.
Union Maid made it a double on the night for owner Peter Sandbach as she led all the way in the S1 to beat kennelmate, Forest Zara, by one length in 38.31. Maid has taken a few races to get used to the new distance but looks tailor made for it.

 

 

 

Badminton Donal made a winning start to his Romford puppy cup campaign as he flew the lids to lead all the way. He stretched clear to win by 3 ½ lengths in a fastest-of-the-round 23.71. He’s had a couple of rough rides in his previous two races there and this would have done his confidence the world of good. Donal faces a tough task in the semi-final with a lot of early pace on his inside but he should be fine if he comes away in his best fashion.
Headford Tony made an early exit from the competition as he got no run in his heat. He was never the ideal Romford type though and he’ll be stepped back up to 480m next time.

 

Ballymac Diego is really enjoying his racing at Romford and he made it two wins on the spin as he led all the way in his 575m open. He stays this trip well in front and is only just fully maturing now. He’ll head back next week for the heats of a 575m comp.
Ballymac Camdon couldn’t get a run early in his 400m race but ran on well enough and will continue to improve for the racing.

 

 

 

Unfortunately Argentina got no run at all in his semi-final of the Yarmouth Derby on Saturday evening and finished last. He returned in good shape though and will more than likely head to Romford on Friday.

 

 

 

We had a great end to the week as we hit a hat-trick of winners at Central Park on Sunday with a couple of forecasts for good measure.
Kentish Prince is a really nice type and he made it two wins from 3 UK starts as he led all the way to take his 480m trial stake in 28.88. Prince is a lovely natured dog and should have more to come as well and could even have a future over further too.
Headford Ranger ran a terrific race to just pip kennelmate, Magical Vera on the line in 28.96. Vera ran a great race as she flew the lids to lead well but Ranger could be a real star over further and he just got up on the last stride. Both dogs are running at the top of their game and will be entered for the Kent Derby next week.
Bull Run Byte showed terrific pace down the back straight as she overcame a missed break to lead out of the 2nd bend. She is staying stronger all the time and beat kennelmate, Galloping Moon by 3 lengths in 29.25. Moon hadn’t raced since the end of May so we were delighted with her run and she’ll improve for next week’s final.
We couldn’t quite finish the night off in style but we came close as Rockscoe ran a terrific race when beaten just a short head in Division one of the standard. Rocky is a smashing dog with the nicest character. It’s taken a lot of work to get him back to this standard but it’s been well worth it and he’ll take his chance in the Kent Derby next week. Ballymac Osby couldn’t overcome a missed break in the same race but ran well enough in defeat. That was his first race since Derby final night and it would have taken some of the fizz out of him.

 

 

 

Looking forward to next week we should have strong teams for both Romford and Central Park while we should have some nice types beginning their qualifying trials at Monmore including Bull Run Java, Bull Run Blinder, Velvet Matilda and Turkeys Blaze.

 

 

 

Unfortunately Magical Bale was out of luck in his Irish Derby semi-final as he went out in 5th place. It would have been a magnificent achievement to reach a 3rd Derby final but it wasn’t to be. We were hoping to get across for the final but we’ve plenty to concentrate on here with the Romford puppy cup reaching the semi-final stage and the Kent Derby starting off so we will head across for a few days break when the Forest Natalee pups are a bit further in to their schooling.

Weekly news

 

We had a good start to the racing week as Lemon Express and Argentina both safely made it through their first round heats of the Yarmouth Derby.
Express still hasn’t got the hang of the track but it is very difficult for wide runners there but he stuck on well to finish 3rd beaten just a length and a half. He would have needed the run and should improve next week.
Argentina will also benefit from the race as he also finished 3rd. He missed the break but showed all of his old early pace to lead at the bend. He swung off the 2nd bend and is also still finding his feet there. He dug deep coming home to qualify by a short head.

 

 

 

Bull Run Byte loved the long run to the corner at Swindon on Tuesday morning and she flashed from traps to post 28.05 in her first look at the new circuit. Magical Blond ran on well to finish 2nd after a badly missed break while Bit View Shannon enjoyed the change of scenery from Monmore.
Kingsbrook Glyn clocked 13.50 in his sprint trial as he returned from the wrist injury he picked up at Sheffield.

 

 

 

Dorotas Wildcat has settled in well with the Dunphy’s as he takes up full-time stud duties. Sean described him as the closest he’s ever seen looks wise to the great Some Picture. He said he walked into the stud block and growled at Laughil Blake twice and already thinks he’s top dog there. The Cat has already mated a nice Droopy’s b1tch and has a few more lined up. His litter to Forest Dot absolutely flew around Newbridge recently and are highly regarded.
There were also good reports from the first two Forest Natalee pups that had a hand slip at Newbridge so we’ve plenty to look forward too.

 

 

 

We’ve been busy trying to strengthen the team and have a few very exciting types joining us in the next week or so, one of which may be available for sale soon.

 

 

 

We drew a blank at Monmore on Thursday evening as most of the dogs got trouble. Screen Dancer moved very nicely in her first four bend trial as she posted 28.80.

 

 

 

The new Romford was buzzing on Friday evening with the official opening of the new stand. There was a great crowd and it really was like a return to the good old days.

 

Badminton Donal was just beaten in a very tight photo finish in his puppy race. He overcame a nasty first bend bump to lead out of the 2nd bend and looked to be home and dry as he stretched clear but was just done on the line. He suffered some bruising to his leg from the trouble but will be fine for the puppy cup on Friday.
Headford Tony missed the break and was immediately in trouble as the 3 dog moved off on him. He returns for a crack at the puppy cup before being stepped back up in trip.
Swansalona Playa couldn’t get the run of the race in his maiden 575m final and was in trouble at the bend. He’ll be stepped down in trip and heads to central park on Sunday.
Thankfully we didn’t leave empty handed though as Ballymac Diego showed what might have been in the Champion Stakes as he led all the way in his 575m open. He’s a difficult dog to pass when in front and he held on well.

 

 

 

Ohthereorlaith always looked likely to produce a really good run when the penny dropped and that was the case on Saturday evening as she led all the way to win her A4 in a fastest-of-the-night 28.49. It may take her a race or two to get used to the hike in grade but she’s a lovely pup going forward.
I’ve Got Gears is very aptly named and she showed wicked early pace to produce a 4.39 sectional on her way to a 28.73 success in her A2. She’s only a March 18 baby so we’ll have to keep an eye on her not being over raced but is another lovely puppy.
Money Marciano suffered a broken hock in his A1 on the run to the first bend. The vet did a brilliant job with him and made him very comfortable.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby (28.76) and Headford Ranger (28.85) both moved very well as they were given a blowout before racing at Central Park on Sunday evening. All being well they will have a trial stakes next week before the Kent Derby. Ballymac Camdon tired coming home but still posted 29.36 in his first look at the track.

 

We were out of luck with our four runners on the night but there were some good runs in defeat.

 

 

 

Argentina still hasn’t got the hang of Yarmouth fully but ran well to finish 2nd in his ¼ final behind Roxholme Glory. It was good to see him trap well and he looks to have all of his early pace still. He needs top-of-the-ground tracks and on both occasions so far the track at Yarmouth has been very heavy with dogs going in up to their wrists. Hopefully it’ll improve for Saturday.
Lemon Express never got to grips with Yarmouth either and will be more than likely head to Central Park now.

 

 

 

Money Marciano was operated on by Daniel Docherty on Monday morning and it was another top job. Marciano is very comfortable and has a cast on for around a month.

 

Kingsbrook Glyn has returned well from injury and he won his trial at Swindon today in 28.42. Magical Blond (28.60) and Galloping Moon (28.72) also moved well and will be ready to race.