The racing week began at Swindon at a very wet and windy trial session. Dorotas Wildcat produced a quite stunning 15.93 sprint as he flew the lids and moved very fluently. The gallop being back in action has been a great boost for him and it’s possible he’ll be given a race next week.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been as impressed with a first trial as I was with Druids Busy Man. He missed the break a touch and moved straight to the hare rail but drove the first bend very well. He got a little lost out of the 2nd bend but flew up the home straight and powered to the drop. He came out of the trial well and hopefully he’ll head to Henlow for the maiden derby.
Buckos Dream looks to have turned the corner after a spell of cramping and he delighted us with his 16.29 spin. Hopefully he will continue to improve now and is also a possible for the maiden derby.
Drive On Hunter clocked 29.10 as he continues his comeback and is nearly ready for a race now. He’s a really nice type and should be part of our trainers championship team all being well.
Bull Run Byte really took off from halfway as she beat Ravenswood Flo by 6 lengths in 29.21. Flo got bogged down on the going but will have improved for the spin.
Martin Lanney was kind enough to come to kennels late on Tuesday evening while he’s over for the Cheltenham festival to check a few dogs over for us. We only had time to do around 10 dogs but they will improve nicely for being manipulated and we’re hoping to be able to get Martin over more regularly this year.
Dorotas Star came back from Newpark Stud in great order after being mated to our very own Magical Bale. Hopefully all will go well and we’ll have a nice litter of pups. Her first litter are nearly 9 months old and are looking superb.
We had a great night at Monmore on Thursday evening as we returned with 5 winners. Swift Frisco got a much deserved win as he ran on strongly to land his A3 by a short head in 28.76.
Bravo Kiss is a really nice type and she made it 2 wins from her 4 starts as she showed a lovely turn of early pace after a missed break to lead at the bend. She stretched out well down the back and was running on very strongly to win by 5 ½ lengths in a personal best 28.59. Kiss is really well bred and looks like making a lovely stayer.
Forest Lana showed superb early pace to lead at the first bend after kennel mate, Bit View Shannon, took a flyer from traps. Lana won by 1 ½ lengths in 15.42. Shannon stayed on well for 2nd place and looks like a step back up to 480m is much needed.
Norvillman has really hit a purple patch of late and she ran a brilliant first two bends to take the lead in her A2. She never looked like getting beat and won by 2 ½ lengths in 28.78.
Ballymac Sydney made it a sibling double on the night as she followed up her sister, Bravo kiss, victory when running on strongly to win her A3. She looks another from the litter who looks destined for a staying career and she posted a personal best 28.71 and has now won 4 of her 9 races.
Forest Zara was beaten just a head in her A2 and is really running well at present. Union Maid will produce a big run soon and she was desperately unlucky not to make the bend in the same race.
We had no luck at all in the final of the Golden Sprint on Friday evening. Prize Fighter was immediately sandwiched at lid rise and he quickly lost all chance. He did very well to make the final though and actually ran on well to finish 4th. He’ll have to Sheffield soon for a spin in preparation for the trainers championship.
It took me a couple of weeks persuading the owners of Billericay Blue to let us give him a chance at Romford and thankfully it paid off as he won first time up in 24.40. He showed lovely pace up and ran the track well and will head back for a puppy comp next week. He’s a big framed dog and a long way away from being the finished article.
Ballymac Pam looked like she needed the look round in her 575m maiden but went well enough, she’ll be given another run next week.
Snooty Mary (ex Bit View Bridie) ran a very game race after stumbling out the boxes as she qualified for next week’s b1tches final in 2nd place. She was beaten by the brilliant Chopchop Hope but will give her a race next week if trapping on terms.
We were made to wait until the last race on Saturday night at Monmore for a winner but once again Dlacash Behold really impressed with another top heat win. He didn’t get things all his own way and had to battle to the front but he is staying better all the time and won in 28.36.
Forest Lana ran well in the sprint open as she was beaten just a head.
Madabout Philip pinged the lids in the final of the maiden gold cup at Henlow but had no answer to Roxholme Butt who ran out a good winner. Philip never really looked at ease at Henlow so he did very well to finish 2nd in the competition.
We hit a hat-trick of winners at Central Park on Sunday evening. Galloping Moon made it 5 open race wins on the spin at the Kent venue as she made a winning six bend debut. Apparently her 12.52 was a sectional record for the distance and she kept up the gallop well to win by nearly 3 lengths in 40.06. All being well Moon will be one of our 660m runners on Trainers Championship night.
Magical Vera overcame a tricky looking draw in trap 2 as she ran a terrific first two bends to win her 450m ladies race by 1 ¾ lengths in 27.26. Vera has been in great form of late, winning 3 of her last 5 races and she looks set to be our representative in the 480m ladies race at Sheffield if she takes to the track.
Ballymac Osby is much better suited to the big gallop at Central Park and he flew the lids to lead all the way in his 480m race. It was a very good quality race and he never gave them a look in as he won by 3 lengths in 28.70. Although Sheffield is not ideal for him, Osby will be in the team for one of the 500m races on trainers championship night.