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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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A good week with some lovely debuts

 

Headford Ranger ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in the Puppy Classic final at Nottingham on Monday. The brilliant Ice On Fire was a very deserving winner and he flew the lids to lead all the way. Our fella made up a lot of ground to be beaten just a length in 29.39 and I’m sure he’ll have his day in a major final. Plans are fluid for Ranger but the Kent Derby is a possible, while the Eclipse and Olympic look ideal for later in the year. He came out of the race in superb form.

 

 

 

There was another early start to Tuesday morning for the Romford trial session.  Swansalona Playa runs the track really well and he won his sprint trial in 13.77. Headford Tony ran the track better on his 2nd look and he beat Ballymac Camdon in 24.37. Ballydorgan Des moved well behind Magical Houdini and went with him until the 2nd bend before getting the bend wrong. He faded on the run-in but showed some signs of his Youghal form.

 

 

 

We drew a blank at Monmore on Thursday evening but had a couple of pleasing runs in defeat. Bravo Kiss was an unlucky loser in her A2 and Distant Move and Ohthereorlaith both ran better than the form may suggest.

 

 

 

It was great to see the partial opening of the new grandstand at Romford on Friday evening and they really look to have done an excellent job. It would have been very easy I’m sure to have pulled the plug on the stadium giving all the problems they faced but it’s a massive boost for the sport to have it back up and running. The Friday night open race cards are a real highlight of the week and we’re very keen to build a good all-round team to support the track each week, it’s still one of my favourite tracks to have a winner at.
We had a good night on the track as we returned with a couple of winners from our six runners.

 

Ballymac Camdon had a poor draw out in trap 6 and despite breaking well he couldn’t clear the inside and got trouble. He came back in good form though and is a nice prospect going forward.
Headford Tony ran a cracker to finish runner-up in his puppy open in his first race at the London Road track. He missed the break a touch but showed good early and took a touch on the bend and moved off the 2nd but he stuck on very well behind an impressive winner and will return next week. He has the puppy cup on his agenda.
There was much anticipation over the English debut of our Badminton Donal and he didn’t disappoint as he showed massive heart and determination to win a scrappy maiden. He missed the break but flew to the corner where he was badly crowded a couple of times on the bend but he showed great pace once he shock the dog off and had the race quickly under control. We know he’s a very fast puppy but it was great to see him show such a good attitude and will to win. He’ll also return next week and then take in the puppy cup.
Unfortunately Ballymac Diego went out of the Champion Stakes at the semi-final stage as he couldn’t overcome a missed break to lead at the bend. He stayed on well afterwards but was never going to qualify from behind. He’ll also head back to Romford for a one-off race on grand opening night.

 

Swansalona Playa was our performance of the night as he returned to racing following a lay-off with a very impressive win in his 575m maiden. Frank had some lovely form in a particularly hot Cork unraced stake and is from our former racer, Borna Gene. He showed good early pace and really stretched clear in the middle part of the race to win by 3 lengths in 35.48. His winning time was quicker than all the Champion Stake semi-finals and he should come forward for the final next week. Patanjali showed glimpses of her old self as she stayed much better to finish 3rd in the same race.

 

 

 

We were out of luck at Monmore on Saturday evening as we drew a blank with our 6 runners. I’ve Got Gears showed great early in her puppy open and really does look a nice type for next year. Pulp Fiction is very green but showed good pace in his maiden and won’t be long in winning.

 

 

 

We were down to just two runners at Central Park on Sunday evening following the withdrawal of Lassies Gift by the stewards – apparently her point of registration urine sample hadn’t been sent back by the lab in time despite being done 3 weeks ago – but we returned with a tremendous double thanks to Rockscoe and Kentish Prince.
I was delighted to see Rockscoe get his first win since returning from injury and he ran on strongly to take his heat of the 480m standard by 1 length in 29.23.
Kentish Prince produced a great debut in the heats of the 450m maiden competition as he popped out and led all the way to win by 5 ½ lengths in a very fast 27.06. He’ll be stepped up to the 480m after this final and has the Kent Derby on his agenda.

 

Galloping Moon returned to action following a lay-off with a very good 16.46 sprint trial as she beat Ballydorgan Des (16.58) and Ballymac Osby (16.60). Moon and Osby will step up to 480m next week as they eye a tilt at the Kent Derby while Des will make his UK debut in a sprint race.

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Brilliant runs from Ranger and Diego the highlight of the week

 

We had a good start to the week as Headford Ranger ran out a brilliant 8 ¾ length winner of his puppy classic semi-final at Nottingham on Monday evening. Ranger broke well and ran a superb first two bends to take the lead and drew right away coming home to score in 29.57.
We’ve a nice enough draw in the final although the brilliant Ice On Fire will I’m sure prove tough to peg back. Our lad is improving all the time though and came out of his semi-final in brilliant form. It’s a lovely final to make and he looks a lovely type for the Hove Olympic later in the year.

 

 

 

Velvet Jed got his first career win at Monmore on Monday afternoon and should continue to improve nicely. He led going into the third bend and posted a fastest-of-the-day 28.58.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Tuesday morning as we were on the road at 6am for Romford’s trial session.

 

Badminton Donal really does look an exceptional prospect and he flew the lids to beat Lemon Express by a neck in 23.91. Donal looks perfect for the upcoming puppy cup while Express joins Argentina as our two dogs for the Yarmouth Derby.
Headford Tony ran the track very nicely to post 24.21 on his first look and more than likely joins the puppy cup team although we’ll give him a race or two there first. Swansalona Playa again moved well as he continues his comeback from injury, he posted 24.33.

 

 

 

Bravo Kiss returned to winning ways in just her 2nd start following a lay-off and should have plenty more to come. She paced up well and led at the 3rd turn to win her A2 by 2 ½ lengths in 28.74.
I’ve Got Gears (formerly Signet Sparrow) got her first career win for owner John Dickie and looks a lovely prospect going forward. She’s only a March 18 baby out of our former racer, Dorotas Irena, who is a daughter of Droopys Danneel. She has wicked early pace and really stretched clear down the back. She tired a little coming home but had plenty in hand to cross the line 4 ¾ lengths to the good in 28.67.

 

 

 

Ballymac Diego ran out a brilliant winner of his Champion Stakes heat at Romford on Friday evening. He showed good pace up after a missed break and ran a very brave first bend to surge to the front and left plenty of trouble behind him. I don’t think it would have mattered though as he’s a fast dog on the bunny and stays this trip well in front. He posted a fastest-of-the-round 34.93 and won by 10 lengths. This win would have done him the world of good and he’s a nice enough looking draw in the first semi-final.
Patanjali was disappointing in her heat as she finished last. She broke well and showed nice pace but faded right out of contention from the 5th bend. Hopefully she just needs a few races to return to form and she’ll be kept on the go now. She looks a picture and is a far superior b1tch to what we’ve seen recently.

 

 

 

Tom took the long drive to Yarmouth on Saturday evening to give our puppy derby winner, Argentina and Lemon Express their first experience of the track before their Derby. It’s a very hard track to run first time – especially for wide runners – and both should benefit greatly from the look. Argentina completely lost his way at the 2nd bend but moved well enough to clock 28.30. Lemon Express also got a couple of the bends wrong and looked to tire slightly on the run-in to post 28.27. All being well they’ll take their chance in the first round a week on Monday.

 

 

 

Sunday didn’t get off to the best of starts as Ballymac Fargo suffered a wrist injury at Henlow. We’ll have him assessed as soon as possible and give him everything he needs.
Magical Vera made it a hat-trick of Central Park wins as she took the ladies race over 500m. Vera was crowded early but showed good pace up and once she cleared the bend she was never going to be beaten. Vera won by a length in 30.22.
Bull Run Byte was out of luck in the 450m final as she was very badly crowded on the bend. She’ll have a step up in trip now and a longer run to the bend will be a big help to her.
Rockscoe ran well in defeat in the 480m open and is taking his races well following lameness.

 

Lassies Gift beat kennelmate, Kentish Prince by a head in 29.58 as they completed their qualifying. Both are lovely youngsters who have plenty more to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update

 

We had another good trial session at Romford on Wednesday.
Lemon Express is a cracking dog and he really runs the London Road circuit well. He pinged the lids to beat Badminton Donal by just over 4 lengths in a flying 23.80. He’ll have his final qualifying trial at Romford next week before heading to Yarmouth for a trial. It was another good trial by Donal and his 24.14 on the day was a very pleasing spin. He’ll also have his final trial at Romford next and is likely to be kept there for the upcoming Puppy Cup.
Ballydorgan Des showed lovely early pace before losing his way around the opening two bends but still clocked 24.67 and gave the impression he will find plenty of time for the spin.
Swansalona Playa returned for the first time since finishing lame at Central Park with sore metacarpals and he delighted us with his 24.28 solo. He ran the track nicely and is a promising dog. The form of the unraced stake in Cork in which he was very impressive has certainly worked out well with the likes of Trickys Dumbo and Note Bene to name a couple.
Ballymac Camdon is another lovely dog who was really impressive when winning on his Romford debut back in May when taking the heats of a maiden stake. Unfortunately he sprained a wrist in the final but he moved well to clock 24.32 and will be ready for racing now. He beat Patanjali by a head as she showed very good all round pace. Jali will probably be given a go in the upcoming Champion Stakes.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Thursday morning as I met Ross Myles at around 1am to collect Magical Blond for Garry and Karen Philips. Blond is a lovely looking fawn dog and looks a nice staying prospect despite not having much luck in his couple of races at Limerick so far. He may need a little patience but fingers crossed he’s lucky.

 

Lasting Legend and Gentle Delight also joined the kennel on Thursday for the Jabba Crew. They are from the next litter on from Donation and are meant to be nice staying types.
Ballymac Iax produced a great run in the A1 at Monmore to beat kennelmate, Bit View Shannon, by 6 lengths in 28.35.

 

 

 

Slaneyside Izzy, Velvet Matilda and Burgess Lucia all re-joined the kennel on Friday after being away for their seasonal rest and are in terrific condition. They are 3 top class b1thces and we’re really looking forward to the future with these girls.
Despite the awful weather we managed to have a good day with the dogs with plenty being put through their paces on the gallop. Ballymac Osby was given his first spin since damaging a tfl muscle in the Derby plate final and he flew up. We are hoping to have him back for the Kent Derby at Central Park. Ballydoyle Terry is only a June 18 but he impressed when beating a nice open racer of ours.

 

 

 

Magical Vera made it two wins on the spin as she led at the first bend to take her 480m ladies race in great style. Vera is improving all the time and really stretched clear to win by nearly 5 lengths. She will be a big runner in this years Oaks and will look to go one better than last year.
Ballymac Diego, Bull Run Byte and Burgess Sarah all ran well in defeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A long overdue kennel update!

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve had chance to do a blog but hopefully I’ll be able to keep the site a bit more updated now.

 

 

 

The 21 pups we had born at the kennels during May took an unbelievable amount of time and work and made for even longer days than normal! We are left with just two pups now and they head to Ireland in a couple of weeks. It’s been an absolute pleasure to have them and watch them grow and their characters develop but I must admit it’s been nice to see them head off to their rearers!
I think the British Bred scene will become even more important to the industry in the coming years so we’re looking to produce a couple of litters every year from our kennels and we’re very lucky to have some top class b1tches to breed from.    

 

 

 

The first litter from Dorotas Star should start schooling in the next couple of months while the first litter from Forest Natalee have just come into the racing kennels from the field and are reported to look magnificent.

 

 

 

There has been plenty of work carrying on at the kennels with another range of 6 double kennels completed after a refurb. Once again, they have made superb kennels and we’re delighted with them. We’ve had a new steel security door fitted to the front of the kennels to replace our old wooden one and the front of house part of the kennel has been repainted and the floor re done. The breakfast room is nearly complete after having a new window fitted, new floor and the walls re plastered and painted.  We’ve plenty left we’d like to do and the final 8 double kennels to re refurb will more than likely be the next project.

 

 

 

It’s been a fairly lean time on the racing scene but we are starting to pick up nicely again now and have had a good couple of weeks.
We had a lovely open race treble at Central Park on Sunday. Bull Run Byte ran a super race as she regained her winning ways in just her 2nd race back from seasonal rest as she showed huge back straight pace to take control of her 450m race. Magical Vera also won at the 2nd time of asking as she flew the lids to lead all the way in her 500m ladies race. Both these girls have been a big loss from the open race team and it’s great to have them back approaching their best and both should be massive runners in the Oaks this year.
Headford Tony looks a great prospect and he maintained his 100% record as he led all the way to lead home kennelmate, Burgess Sarah, in the 480m maiden final. There looks to be plenty more to come from Tony and it’s likely he’ll head to Romford for the Puppy Cup if he takes to the track. Sarah won her heat last week in good style and looks to be coming back to the form she was showing during the unraced b1tch stake in Newbridge.

 

 

 

Headford Ranger produced a top class run last night at Nottingham as he won his heat of the Puppy Classic in a flying 29.45. He was drawn in a red-hot heat with arguably the best 3 pups in training all drawn on his inside but he is as game as they come and he ran his heart out to collar Ice On Fire on the line. He’s a nice enough looking draw in the semi-final so fingers crossed he can break in his best fashion and make the final. He certainly looks a top prospect for next year.

 

 

 

We have had some lovely new arrivals in lately as we look to strengthen the open race team for the remainder of this year and next.
Badminton Donal looks a bit special and we were delighted with his 24.15 spin at Romford last week.
Lemon Express is another very fast dog and he arrived in great condition from Peter Cronin. He moved well in his first look at Romford and has a possible tilt at the Yarmouth Derby on his agenda.
Ballydorgan Des showed unreal early pace in his debut race at Youghal and is another very exciting prospect. He looks made for the Romford Puppy Cup.  
Note Bene has some lovely runs on his Irish card including a 28.24 at Cork and he’ll be aimed at the Kent Derby.
Lassies Gift is a beautiful looking b1tch and she has some lovely form at Galway including a 28.59 A3 win.
Ela Juliet needs no introduction having won the stayers classic at Monmore last year. She’s a top class stayer and will have all the major six bend races on her agenda towards the back end of the year. She arrived in top condition from Matt Dartnall.
Ballydoyle Terry is an interesting newcomer. He’s a repeat mating of the brilliant Rising Brandy and comes highly recommended. Terry is only a June 18 so won’t be rushed but will more than likely have a sprint trial soon.

 

 

 

All eyes will be on Shelbourne Park at the weekend for the start of the Irish Derby and we have the brilliant Magical Bale flying the flag. He went back to Pat Guilfoyle around a month ago and has had a couple of super trials in preparation. I’m still gutted that we were beaten in the English Derby final with him as I genuinely thought he was the best dog in the Derby. Unfortunately the best dog doesn’t always win the Derby but I can’t help feel that with a draw away from the rail, he would have had a massive chance. I believe the plan is for Bale to head back to us when his Irish Derby campaign is over and there’s some lovely races for him to have a crack at.
I’m delighted with his litter that we have to Dorotas Star – they really are ringers for him with their length and height.

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Cat flies and Druids impresses in a good week for the kennel

 

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.

 

 

 

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Golden Sprint and Gold Cup finals to look forward to

 

We started the week with a good session of galloping on Monday as we put 20 dogs through their paces.
Naughty Molly has been in flying form as she returns from the gracilis injury she suffered at Sheffield last year. She looks as good as ever and should be ready to trial in a few weeks. Druids Busy Man has settled in nicely and is full of beans at home. He has been moving well and will be ready for a trial next week at Swindon.

 

 

 

Madabout James was given a confidence boosting solo trial at Swindon on Tuesday morning following his fall at Monmore. He went well after slipping a bit out of the boxes and posted 29.23.
Drive On Hunter continued his excellent comeback when he was given his first four bend workout in months and posted 29.05. He would have needed the blowout and is a lovely dog.
Bull Run Byte built on her very promising comeback last week as she posted a fastest-of-the-session 16.32. The season looks to have done her world of good and hopefully she continues to improve.
Ravenswood Flo has taken a little time to return to form following a lay-off but she is starting to improve and she clocked 16.57 today.

 

 

 

Wednesday was a bit of a wash out as we were hammered with wind and rain for most of the day. We had a good catch up on some odd-jobs though.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Thursday morning as I met Pat Hare at 3am. Forest Natalee returned home after being mated to Droopys Jet and god willing all goes well. Distant Move joined the kennel after impressing in his schooling trials.
Dalcash Behold returned to form with a bang as he led all the way to win his A1 by 3 lengths in a very good 28.34. He has been cramping of late but was much better for the extra galloping and he remains on course for a crack at the maiden derby at Henlow.
Norvillman has been knocking on the door lately and got a much deserved win in her A3 as she ran a terrific first bend to take the lead.

 

 

 

Prize Fighter ran a terrific race as he safely made it through to the Golden Sprint final when finishing 2nd in his semi-final on Friday evening. He has been a tremendous little dog for the kennel and really deserves his place in a major final. We won the event last year with Forest Chunk so it would be lovely to follow up. He came out of the race in great shape but will need to break better in what is a top class final.
Forest Beaux flew the lids to lead all the way in her S2 at Monmore on Friday afternoon. The 630m is just about her limit but she should continue to improve following a spell on the sidelines. Bravo Kiss, Ballymac Sydney and Swift Frisco all ran well in defeat.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby got no luck in the first round of the Steel City Cup as he was crowded at the bend and then got spooked by something close to the running rail in between the 3rd and 4th bend.  Thankfully he returned in good shape though.
Forest Mike made it 2 wins from his last 3 races as he led all the way in the 480m open race at Monmore. He won in 28.39 and will head back to Monmore next week.

 

 

 

Madabout Philip made it through to the final of the 550m maiden Gold Cup at Henlow on Sunday afternoon as he overcame a slow start to finish 2nd in his semi-final. He should improve for the further look round but will need to come away a bit better next week.
Although we didn’t come away with a winner from Central Park on Sunday evening, I was pleased with the runs of all our dogs.
Shibboleth may have been closer at the finish if she had been drawn nearer the rails but she ran another good race and will head back for the Silver Salver next week.
Madabout James ran the track well on his first look as he was beaten just half a length in his heat of the maiden 480. He broke well but just took a touch on the bend but considering he took a nasty fall in his last race at Monmore this was a good step forward.
Forest Lydia and Ballymac Pam both ran well in their heats as they finished 3rd. Lydia was crowded on the run to the bend while Pam looks to be crying out for 6 bends now.
Big thanks must go to Paul Chorley who worked all day long topping the gallop up in quite atrocious rain and wind. We must have put over 150 bags of shavings on and it will be in super shape when we get some kinder weather.

 

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Moon and Bridie stars of the week

 

Drive On Hunter continued his comeback with another very pleasing trial as he clocked 16.31 in his solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday morning. He returned in great shape and will be ready for a step up in trip next time. Hunter is the only Fernando Bale dog we have and he is a smashing dog to work with. Bull Run Byte was given her first spin since seasonal break and she moved very well as she posted 16.45. We only saw glimpses of her ability before her season but she should make a very decent b1tch this year. Ravenswood Flo continues her comeback after winning the English Oaks and she posted 16.51. Hail Cleopatra clocked 16.54 in her solo sprint but came back a bit sore on an old sprained wrist and will be given around 6 weeks off with a course of injections to help as well. Jovial Monk beat Ballymac Pam in 29.30 as they were given a blowout.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Wednesday morning to meet the transporter. Argentina and Ballymac Berry joined Martin Lanney for a crack at the Con Kirby and Irish Puppy Oaks respectively while Dorotas Star left for Newpark Stud to be mated to our very own Magical Bale. We looked at so many stud dogs for her but we’ve always wanted a litter with two of our kennel stars so this seemed a great opportunity to do so. Bale is superbly well bred and a beautiful looking dog so the more pups we can get on the ground out of him the better. Fingers crossed all goes well and we have some healthy pups in a few months. 

 

 

 

We had a very interesting day at the kennels on Wednesday as our vet, Polly Smith, visited us to take blood samples from 10 dogs. The samples will all go off for full analysis and with the help of Nottingham University we are looking at getting the dogs diet analyzed to see if any improvements can be made in what we do and what we feed. It’s hoped we can get some blood tests carried out immediately after a race or trial as well to see if this can help the analysis.

 

 

 

Bravo Kiss was a very impressive winner of her A4 at just the 2nd time of asking as she overcame a missed break to lead at the bend. She stayed strongly to win by 2 ½ lengths in 28.97. Kiss is very green in her stride and has plenty left to come and should make a really nice b1tch.
Billericay Blue made it 3 wins from 5 starts as he took the drop down in distance in his stride when leading virtually all the way in his D2. He won by nearly 3 lengths in 15.62 and is only just starting to strengthen up. Swift Frisco and Chasing Highs both ran well in defeat while Leedon Brandy moved well to clock 38.00 in his 630m trial before racing.

 

 

 

 

 

We didn’t have the best of days at Monmore on Friday afternoon as Mossrich Mirage came back with a badly torn shoulder. Swift Hadriana ran well in her stayer’s race though.

 

 

 

Bit View Bridie overcame a tricky looking draw in trap 2 to run out a very impressive winner of her 400m maiden final at Romford on Friday evening. She moved off a bit early on but showed great pace up and really stretched away to win by 4 ½ lengths in 24.06. She will get a 480m trip no bother as well and is a really good prospect for all the major b1tch races this year. This was our 4th Cat 3 win of the year.
Prize Fighter ran a great first two bends to overcome some early crowding as he went onto to finish 2nd to Roxholme Hat in the first round of the Golden Sprint. He is taking his races really well at the moment and has a nice enough draw to work from in the semi-final. I’d love to see him line up in a major final.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby ran a very good race to finish 2nd in the Juvenile at Sheffield on Saturday night. The winner was very impressive and looks a real Derby type but I was delighted with our fella as this was only his 2nd race of the year and there is more to come from him. He’ll head back to Sheffield for the Steel City Cup and will be part of our trainers championship team as well.

 

 

 

Pro Duchess has come back from injury in fine form and she won a good class A1 in great style as she blasted clear to win in 28.49. She has now won 5 of her 6 races and will head to Henlow at some point in the next couple of weeks for a trial as we think about the maiden derby with her.
Chicago Fire made it 5 wins from his 8 career starts with an all the way success in his A2. He won in 28.49 which stood up very well compared to the puppy derby heats and he’s shaping up into a really nice pup.
Jungle King has improved massively over the last few weeks and he was just beaten on the line in his A1. He showed lovely early pace but the 480m is just a touch too far. He clocked 28.36 in defeat and he’ll be another to head to Henlow for a trial soon.

 

 

 

I’ve never been keen on taking dogs to Henlow without a trial, especially over the 550m trip, but Madabout Philip handled himself very well to finish 2nd in his heat of the maiden stayers gold cup. Philip showed good pace after an average start and should improve nicely for the look round. He returned in super shape and is really taking his racing well.
Galloping Moon made it four wins on the spin as she came out on top of a great buckle with Magical Vera to win the 500m standard final in 29.90. She has really thrived on the consistent racing at Central Park and looks special. Vera has improved nicely over the last few weeks as well and ran a cracker in defeat. Both girls will head to Sheffield in the next week or so for trials as we begin to turn our attention to the trainers championship meeting.

 

 

 

The work on the gallop is all but completed and it’s been great to have it back in use since Friday. Forest Chunk, Lost One Dare and Drumcrow Darcy have been flying in their return from injury and they should be ready for a trial in a couple of weeks. Dream Fairy, who is to be renamed Towstar Ciara after being purchased by Jonathan Newman’s syndicate has been very impressive in her work and I can’t wait to get started with her on the track.

 

 

 

Magical Bale suffered a horrible looking fall in his semi-final of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday. It was always going to be a tough draw to cheat out in trap 5 but he very nearly made it round. Thankfully other than some soreness he has returned ok and should head back to Burford in a couple of weeks after some more straws have been taking from him.
Velvet Matilda had better luck in her puppy final in Dundalk on Friday night as she flew the lids and led all the way in 28.81. She has now won all 3 of her 525 yard races and heads to Shelbourne Park for a trial for the puppy oaks.

 

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Six open winners as kennel starts to hit form

 

Drive On Hunter delighted us with his 16.29 solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday morning as he returned from a lay-off following the Romford puppy cup final. Hunter broke and ran the track very well and will return again next week for another sprint. We’ve no definite plans for him but he’s very likely to head to Sheffield at some point with a view to being part of the trainer’s championship team. Ballymac Daz was given a solo sprint following her incident at Romford on Friday evening and she moved very well when posting 16.52.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Wednesday morning as we took Ballymac Osby for a trial at Sheffield with a possible place in the Juvenile up for grabs. He seems to really like it there and clocked 28.81 and he should improve for  the run.

 

 

 

We had a good day at Swindon on Wednesday as we won both the opens we contested. Forest Lana flew the lids to lead all the way in her sprint open despite not having a look there. Shibboleth was crowded early out the boxes in the same race and could never get a blow in. Forest Mike has been showing signs of returning to form and he ran one of his best ever races as he pinged the lids and led all the way in his 480m open. He clocked 28.69.

 

 

 

Thursday was a very busy day at the kennels with Robert Meek with us for most of the day to check over around 40 dogs, we also had two race meetings to cover and a trip to meet the transporter.
Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan for Dorotas Wildcat in his first race back since the Eclipse final as he was eliminated from the Winter Derby in the first round. The short run to the bend was always a concern for him and that proved our undoing as after a tardy start he just couldn’t get a run anywhere in the race. He returned safe and sound though and it was just one of those races. He’ll be ticked over in trials and a couple of one-offs as we now plan towards the Derby.
We had better luck at Monmore as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Mossrich Mirage really bounced back to form following a spell on the sidelines as she led all the way in her S2 to win by nearly 5 lengths. Chasing Highs is improving nicely and he beat kennel mate, Norvillman, in their A4. Bravo Kiss showed glimpses of pace as she made her debut in the same race and she won’t be long in winning. Pro Duchess is a really decent b1tch and she won first time up since returning from lameness when taking the D1 in great style, Hopefully she can stay sound and have a run of races, she would be a nice type for the maiden derby at Henlow.

 

 

 

All 3 of our runners at Romford ran their hearts out on Friday night as we returned with two winners and a 2nd.
Bit View Bridie is a b1tch we’ve always thought highly of and she was a very impressive winner of her 400m maiden heat as she pinged the lids and led all the way in a very fast 23.99. I think she’s more suited to a 480m type trip which makes this run even more impressive. She already has a 15.30 and 28.27 at Monmore on her book and she could make into a nice Oaks b1tch for later in the year.
Prize Fighter has been a tremendous little dog for the kennel and just loves his racing at Romford and he added another Cat 3 success to his CV as he led all the way in the Steve Simmonds standard final. He beat a high class field including Kilmore Lemon and Grays Cup Winner and heads into the next week’s Golden Sprint in great order.
Ballymac Daz ran a super race in the maiden 575m final to finish 2nd, beaten just a length to the odds-on favourite. She showed no ill-effects from her incident last week and stayed the trip well. She was giving away 6 months in age to her opponents and will make a lovely b1tch this year.

 

 

 

North Dakota won his A3 on Saturday evening as he showed good pace to battle to the front and stayed on well to win by a length in 28.70. He’s plenty left to come and will be a nice dog for this year.
Billericay Blue ran a cracker as he was caught just on the line in the A2. He runs Monmore really well and he showed good pace to stretch them clear. He’s a big, young dog and has a lot of strengthening up to do.
Thankfully Madabout James was none the worse from a horrible looking fall at the 3rd bend in his A1. We’ll give him a solo sprint at Swindon next week as a confidence booster.

 

 

 

We had another good night at Central Park on Sunday as we returned with 2 winners from our 4 runners. Forest Lydia improved nicely for her trial last week as she was beaten 2 ½ lengths to a 29.00 in the 480m maiden. She will improve again for the run and will be ideal for next week’s 480m maiden comp. Madabout Philip was left too much to do after being crowded from the boxes in his 480m final. He ran on strongly to the drop and looks like he really needs a step up in distance now.
Galloping Moon made it a hat-trick of open wins as she ran out a very impressive winner of the first heat of the 500m standard. Moon flew the lids and led all the way to win by 4 lengths in 29.75. She is really flying now and looks every bit as good as we thought she would be and she should have a great year.
Magical Vera returned to winning ways as she led all the way in the other 500m heat. Vera trapped much better and was always in control. She came home 3 lengths to the good in 29.97 to make it 6 open wins for the kennel on the week.

 

 

 

We’ve been keeping busy behind the scenes with the 2nd phase of kennel refurbishment now well under way. The new kennels have been in use for a bit now and we’ve been delighted with them – they really are ideal. The whelping area is near completion as well so we should be up together for our next litter of pups. The work on the gallop is progressing well and looking brilliant. I’m hoping we will be able to get to work on the surface from Wednesday and have it back in use although there still may be some boarding to finish off.

 

 

 

Magical Bale ran a great race again to safely make it through to the semi-finals of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park. He’s got a tough looking draw in trap 5 but fingers crossed he gets a clear run and makes another major final.
Slaneyside Izzy completed her unbeaten run through the Kilkenny unraced stake and heads to Shelbourne Park for the puppy oaks.
Velvet Matilda looks to be going the right way as she made it two wins on the spin in Dundalk as she took the semi-final of the puppy stake. All being well she will also head to Shelbourne for the puppy oaks.

 

We’ve a couple of our dogs heading to Ireland soon. Ballymac Berry will be given a shot at the puppy oaks while our English Puppy Derby winner, Argentina, heads to Limerick for the Con Kirby. The fast 525 yard trip should prove ideal for him and both will join Martin Lanney for their Irish campaigns.

 

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The Moon shines bright at Central Park

 

Lost One Dare and Forest Chunk both flew up the gallop on Monday afternoon as they continue their comeback from hock injuries and should be ready to trial in a few weeks. Both looked as good as ever and had no reaction whatsoever to their hocks. Dorotas Wildcat flew up in his workout and still loves his work. Drive On Hunter has been working well following a lay-off after being knocked over in the Romford puppy cup final and will head to Swindon next week for a solo sprint. I’m really looking forward to having him back in the open race team and he should have a great 2019.

 

 

 

Work began to re-fence the gallop on Wednesday morning. There’s a huge amount of work to do – the gallop is 290 meters – and it looks like we will be without it for around 2 weeks but it’ll be well worth it the end. Work also began on the whelping kennel to render the walls and screed the floor and it's looking great so far. It shouldn't be too long before one of our broods break in season. 

 

 

 

Dorotas Wildcat flew around Hove in a pre-race trial on Thursday evening when clocking 27.96 over the 490m trip. He came home much stronger this week and runs the track superbly. All being well he will head into the Winter Derby next week in good form.

 

 

 

We had a good night at Monmore on Thursday as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Ballymac Charm made it 2 wins from her last 3 starts as she won for the first time over the 480m trip. She ran on strongly after a missed break to lead off the last bend to win her A4 in 28.75. Chasing Highs took the drop down in distance to sprint racing in his stride as he led virtually all the way to win his D2 by 4 lengths in 15.57. He should continue to improve and hopefully make a nice little dog. Chicago Fire made a winning return following a lay-off with swollen glands as he led at the halfway point to win his A2 in 28.90. Fire has now won 4 of his 6 races and has more to come.
Norvillman, Ballymac Pam and Forest Beaux all ran very well in defeat and won’t be long in joining the winner’s enclosure.

 

 

 

Donna took a team of 7 trial dogs to Monmore on Friday afternoon and they went nicely. Madabout James took a nice step forward from last week as he posted 28.47 when beating Jovial Monk (28.98) and Bravo Kiss (29.00). Pro Duchess has made a good return from injury and that continued as she beat Billericay Blue in 28.69. Bit View Bridie is improving all the time and she flew round to beat Signet Hawk in 15.33.

 

 

 

I had a nightmare 4 hour journey to Romford on Friday evening but thankfully we returned with a couple of winners. It was a strange nights racing and Prize Fighter took full advantage of a dog fighting to slip through on the rails at the last bend to win his 400m standard heat. Argentina looked to have done enough to make the bend in his heat but was crowded and knocked back to 3rd. He ran well after though and will be stepped back up in trip soon. Baby Blitz unfortunately didn’t stay the 575m trip as led but faded away. Ballymac Daz got the verdict in her heat of the maiden stayers comp but nearly gave it away after becoming unsighted on the run-in. She’ll be given a solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday before next week’s Romford final. Leedon Brandy ran well enough in a red-hot stayers final but could never really get a blow in. Buckos Dream went OK in his first look at Romford but continues to suffer from cramping issues.

 

 

 

We were made to wait until the last race of the evening for a winner at Monmore Saturday evening but Jungle King won the A1 in great style. He has really come forward since his spin at Swindon and he flew the lids to lead all the way in 28.46. All being well he will head out for an open race soon.
There were some terrific runs in defeat from our dogs though with Chosen By Destiny runner a blinder to finish 2nd in her puppy derby trial stake. Unfortunately she broke in season on Sunday and will miss the competition proper but she’ll make a lovely b1tch for later in the year.
Ballymac Berry also ran a super race as she flew to the 3rd bend before being crowded out. Berry heads to Martin Lanney for a crack at the puppy oaks in Shelbourne.
Forest Mike is returning to form and he was just denied on the line in his A1 and he heads back to Swindon on Wednesday for an open. Bit View Shannon also ran well after missing the break in her open and will improve for the run.

 

 

 

Galloping Moon was the star of the show at Central Park on Sunday evening as she ran riot in her b1tches race as she won by 9 ½ lengths in a top class 28.64. We’ve run some wonderful b1tches at Central Park over the years but I can’t remember having one that has gone faster. Moon was sold to new connections on Sunday morning and we wish Jack and Rod Yates the very best of luck with her.
Shibboleth made it 2 wins from 4 starts at Central Park as she led all the way in division 2 of the sprint open. She won by 2 ¼ lengths in 16.40 and heads to Swindon on Wednesday for their sprint open.
Madabout Philip once again did a huge amount of running coming home as he was beaten just a length in his heat of the 480m comp. He still managed to break 29 seconds and has really been running well of late. He’s a nice draw in the final so fingers crossed.
London Nights once again flew home in her maiden open after missing the break again. She was full of running to the drop and looks a nice stayer in the making. She’ll be giving a break now as she’s only young and has had enough racing for her age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kennel update

 

The racing week began at Swindon where we had 5 trials. Ballymac Fargo won his first mixed 480m trial in 29.51 while Forest Lydia clocked 29.40 in her solo workout. Pro Duchess continued her comeback from injury with a 16.60 first look at the track and Jovial Monk recorded 16.64 in his first run back since a lay-off.

 

 

 

As hoped we were able to gallop for the first time on Wednesday and we put 26 dogs through their paces. They were so happy to be back in work and all galloped very hard. Lost One Dare and Forest Chunk continue to look good in their comebacks from broken hocks and should be ready for a hand-slip in around a month.

 

 

 

Dorotas Wildcat was given his first look at Hove on Thursday evening with a possible tilt at the Winter Derby in mind. He ran the track very well and despite tiring coming home he clocked a fastest of the session 28.36. This was his first four bend spin since winning the Eclipse final at the back end of November so he was entitled to have needed the run, especially with the lack of galloping of late. Chances are he’ll head back to Hove on Thursday again for another solo spin before the competition starts the following week.

 

 

 

Chicago Fire (29.10), Norvillman (29.25) and Madabout James (29.26) all had a 480m trial at Monmore on Thursday evening. It was a messy trial with all of them coming together on the bend. Bravo Kiss posted 15.73 as she returned from a slight hip problem and looked to move well while Signet Hawk posted 15.83.
It was another good night with the runners as we hit a hat-trick of winners. Forest Zara has been running well of late and she got up on the line to win her A2 contest by a short head in 28.75. Baby Blitz produced one of the best performances of her career as she won her A2 by 4 ¾ lengths in 28.34. North Dakota is a rapidly improving puppy and he followed up last week’s D1 win with another all the way success. He beat kennelmate, Money Marciano, by 2 lengths in 15.50.

 

 

 

It was another one of those evenings at Romford on Friday as we were unlucky not to come away with a winner. Argentina looked to have done enough to clear the bend in his open but the inside two dogs came together and unfortunately we came off the worse. We’ll keep him to Romford for the Golden Sprint but he’ll step back up in trip after that. Ballymac Berry ran well after a slow start to finish 2nd in her maiden final and showed some lovely pace. I think it all happens a bit too quickly for her at Romford so she’s likely to step back up in trip. Leedon Brandy ran well in his first race back following a lay-oof to finish 3rd in his stayers heat and make next week’s final. It’s a very good class final but he should come forward for the run. Swift Jim dived to the rails from trap 3 but ran well after to finish 3rd. He’s heads to Doncaster to new connections and we wish him well. He’s a lovely little dog.

 

 

 

We had another good night at Monmore on Saturday as we returned with a couple of winners. Bit View Shannon was a very impressive winner of a good quality D1 as she led all the way in 15.35. Jungle King got his first top heat win as he led all the way. Swift Frisco ran a great race in defeat as he was beaten just a head in an A4 final.

 

 

 

Galloping Moon ran out a very impressive winner of the Cat 3 ladies final at Central Park on Sunday as she ran on strongly to win by 2 ¼ lengths in a fast 28.86. She has improved a lot recently with regular runs and she should have a great year. Magical Vera could never get a run at any point of the race and was crowded throughout. Vera is starting to stay better all the time though and came out of the race in good form.
Ballymac Osby made a winning reappearance after a 6 week break with a brilliant win over the 500m trip. He was crowded at the start but took off to the bend and stretched clear to win by 4 ¼ lengths in 29.78. We’re hoping of getting an invite to run in the Juvenile at Sheffield but he’ll head to the Steel City Cup regardless and hopefully he’ll be in for a big year.

 

London Nights ran a great race in defeat in her 480m maiden after a missed break and plenty of trouble but she fairly flew home and will surely pick up a maiden open soon.
Madabout Philip was another who ran a tremendous race in defeat as he made up a massive amount of ground after a missed break and trouble. He really seems to love Central Park and will more than likely head back next week.
Despite running a very good race to finish 2nd in his first look at Central Park, Headford Kev, returned with a cracked hock and faces 3-4 months off. He should make a full recovery though and will be given all the time he needs.

 

 

 

We received some sad news on Monday as former kennel star, Barnish Booth passed away from cancer. Mickey as he was known was a great little dog for the kennel and won the 2012 Oxford Gold Cup among many other opens.

 

 

 

Lost One Dare and Forest Chunk both flew up the gallop on Monday as they continue their comeback from injury while Dorotas Wildcat and Prize Fighter also impressed.

 

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Kennel update

 

Unfortunately we didn’t have the best of starts to the racing week as Ballymac Diego tore a shoulder muscle at Nottingham on Monday evening. He looked to be nicely placed at the 2nd bend but moved off a touch and quickly went backwards. He should make a full recovery although I don’t think he’ll be back on the track for around 3 months.

 

 

 

We had 7 trials at Swindon on Tuesday morning and it was a good session. Jungle King beat Ballymac Fargo a length in 29.54 and both would have gone better but for coming together down the back straight. Leedon Brandy looks to be back to his best as he beat Ravenswood Flo in 29.02. Ballymac Osby moved nicely to clock 28.89 in his solo trial.
Dorotas Wildcat clocked 16.20 in his 2nd sprint trial back from a break. He will more than likely head to Hove next week for a 490m trial before a possible tilt at the Winter Derby there.
Forest Lydia delighted us with her 16.42 spin in her first look at Swindon. She suffered a nasty fall in her last race at Monmore but thankfully returned none the worse and looked the part today.

 

 

 

We also had 6 trials at Romford on Tuesday afternoon. Ballymac Berry impressed with her 24.31 first look when beating Ballymac Pam who was forced to check at the 2nd bend. Swift Jim railed well to beat Bit View Bridie by a length in 24.35 while Hail Cleopatra ran the track well to beat Shibboleth in 24.44.

 

 

 

I had an early start to Thursday to meet Pat Hare with a new arrival for the kennel. Druids Busy Man was the talk of Ireland after his stunning 28.56 winning debut at Youghal and we were delighted to be able to secure him. He’s been purchased by Stephen Harvey and I’ve kept a little leg myself. Obviously he needs more racing experience but we’re very hopeful he will be a big part of our Derby team which will be spearheaded by Dorotas Wildcat and Magical Bale. He is a lovely dog and has settled in well.
Mababout James also returned to the kennel after a spell in Ireland for an A3 limerick stake. He won his first round impressively in 28.78 but was well beaten in his other two races. He’ll head to Monmore for some graded races where hopefully he will find his feet.

 

 

 

Robert Meek spent most of the day at the kennels on Thursday as he checked over 43 dogs for us. He confirmed the 3 month diagnosis on Ballymac Diego but he should make a full recovery. Bravo Kiss is ready to resume her trials after a minor hip pull, Signet Hawk is ready to return to action after a sore metacarpal and Lazy Man is making excellent progress from his gracilis injury suffered at Nottingham.

 

 

 

We had another good night at Monmore on Thursday as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Baby Blitz is returning to form following a couple of lay-offs and she won her A3 nicely in 28.84. Swift Hadriana has taken a few races to settle to the 630m trip but she ran on strongly to win her S3 by a length in 39.02 and she should continue to improve. North Dakota is a puppy that has probably gone under the radar a little but he looks like making a nice type and he made it two wins from three starts as he led all the way in his D1 following a lay-off. Dakota made a good start when winning A5 on debut in 28.98 but then slightly pulled a calf muscle next time out and needed around a month off. There’s plenty to come from him and he could make a nice pup for the Monmore puppy derby. Bit View Shannon looks to be returning to form as she was beaten just a neck by Dakota. Forest Mike has been lacking regular runs of late but he ran well to finish 2nd in the A1. Hopefully with Swindon starting their Wednesday opens again, we will be able to get some more races into him.

 

 

 

I think I could have stayed at Romford for another 12 races on Friday evening and still not come home with a winner – it was just one of those nights!
Swift Jim ran well on Romford debut to be beaten ½ a length and did a lot of running after the inside dog moved straight out on him at trap rise and our fella cut to the inside. He’ll return again next week.
Ballymac Berry is a really nice puppy and she took the step up in class to maiden open race company well as she was a very eye-catching 3rd after trouble. She missed the break but showed lovely pace from 2-3 and will improve for the further look around.
Madabout Philip never really got competitive after a missed break and trouble in his 575m maiden open and he’ll probably head back to Central Park next week.
Argentina lost all chance in the 400m standard final after slipping out of the boxes and Prize Fighter was in all sorts of trouble at the bend. They’ll both have a couple of weeks off before we head back to Romford for the Golden Sprint.
Headford Kev was also in all sorts of trouble at the bend following dogs moving off and he’ll head to Central Park next week for the heats of a 450m competition.

 

 

 

Ballymac Charm got her first career win as she took the drop to sprinting in her stride. She won her D3 by 2 ¼ lengths in 15.59 and this confidence booster will have done her the world of good.
Buckos Dream showed exceptional pace after a missed break to lead his maiden 480 but tired badly coming home. He’ll improve for the run though and won’t be long in opening his UK account.
Forest Lana, Chosen By Destiny and Zero Forks all ran well in defeat in their open races as did Sonny Bill in his D3.

 

 

 

Magical Vera got a much deserved win at Central Park after a couple of really good performances in defeat as she ran on strongly to take her heat of the 480m ladies competition in 28.95. Vera had to work hard after a missed break but showed her class and was a good winner. Ballymac Daz delighted me with her performance in the same heat as she overcame plenty of crowding to run on very strongly to finish 3rd. We’ve always thought she would make a nice stayer and it looks like the time is right to step her up in trip.
Galloping Moon was beaten a short head in her heat of the same comp as she was just pipped on the line in a real buckle. She is starting to improve with a few regular runs now and there should be more to come. London Nights showed plenty of potential when 4th in the same race and she’ll return next week for a maiden.
Billericay Blue stumbled at the boxes in his maiden and left himself too much to do. He’ll head back to Monmore for some more experience.

 

 

 

Thankfully the weather has been improving and most of the snow has now gone. The dogs have really missed the gallop in the last week or two with the frozen ground and then the snow but I’m hoping we can start to gallop again on Wednesday. I put the chain harrows up there today and it’s in good condition, it just needs a bit more of the frost to leave the ground. It doesn’t take long for the lack of work to show in ours dogs performances.
The first set of redeveloped kennels will be ready for use in the next couple of days and they really are looking superb. The next job on the list is to revamp the puppy area with the walls and floors due a makeover. It won’t be too long now before Dorotas Star is due in season again so we need to have everything done and ready for her. After that we will begin to rip down another block of kennels ready to be completely redone.
Work to re-fence the gallop is due to start on Monday and hopefully will be completed in a week although it’s a massive amount of work to be done.

 

Magical Bale was a brilliant winner of his first race back since finishing runner-up in the Irish Derby final. He flew the lids to run out a very impressive winner of his 550 yard open race at Shelbourne Park. Pat and team have done a marvelous job in bringing him back to form and he now heads to the Easter Cup before returning to us for the English Derby.
Slaneyside Izzy continues to impress in the Kilkenny unraced stake and she made it two wins on the spin as she ran out a 6 length winner in 29.18 having won her opening heat in 28.95. She'll more than likely stay in Ireland for a tilt at thee puppy oaks before joining us.

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Wildcat crowned 2018 Greyhound of the Year

 

We had a great night at the GBGB awards on Sunday evening where Dorotas Wildcat was crowned the standard distance dog of the year for 2018 and was also awarded the coveted Greyhound of the Year title as well. It really did cap a wonderful year off for Wildcat and the kennel.
It was back in 2013 for our last award winner – a certain Droppys Danneel clinched the b1tch of the year title. Little did we know that she would go onto produce one of the best litters of all time a few years later! Wildcat’s Greyhound of the Year title goes very nicely along Forest Natalee’s 2017 Irish b1tch of the year title.
It was lovely to have Ravenswood Flo nominated for the b1tch of the year title last night although I don’t think anyone could deny Donation the award – she’s been tremendous. Hopefully we may be lucky enough to return next year with a nomination or two.  

 

 

 

Once again the racing week began at Swindon on Tuesday morning where we put 7 dogs through their paces. Dorotas Wildcat returned to the track for the first time since his brilliant unbeaten run through the Eclipse at Nottingham and he delighted us with a 16.16 spin. He’s only been kept ticking over at home with galloping so it was good to get this spin under his belt. It’s possible he will head to Hove for their Winter Derby depending on how his trial work goes.
Galloping Moon (29.30) and Ravenswood Flo (29.56) were involved in a messy 480m trial but the spin would have done them good. Ballymac Osby (29.68) and Leedon Brandy (29.64) also came together in their trial but will improve for the blowout. Ballymac Fargo clocked 29.78 in his first four bend trial since August and is expected to improve next time out. Bull Run Bandit posted 16.65 in his solo sprint.

 

 

 

We had a good afternoon at Monmore where we had a couple of winners from our 7 runners. Moana continued her excellent start to her career when leading all the way in her A4. She is very strong and looks like making a nice stayer for Mike and George Burton. Zero Forks ran a terrific race to get up on the line to win the S1 and has really thrived since our switch to Monmore. Thankfully Forest Lydia returned none the worse for a nasty fall in her A4.

 

 

 

I had an early start to Thursday morning to collect our first new arrival of 2019. Patanjali joined from Liam Dowling for Stephen Harvey and myself and will make a lovely addition to the open race team. Jali quickly rose through the grades at Tralee and Shelbourne but it was over 750 yards that she really made an impact when winning an open in 41.66 and then finishing 2nd on the Night of Stars card when beaten 2 ½ lengths by Towcester Story. She was only 19 months old at the time and dropped down in trip to win an A1 over the 600 yards and then finished strongly to be beaten 2 lengths in a 575 yards A1 before coming over. She is a fine looking girl and is settling nicely.

 

 

 

We sent 7 dogs to trials at Monmore on Thursday evening. Far Bank Frank flew the lids to post 28.54 in his first four bend trial since being knocked over a few months back. Buckos Dream missed the break but showed terrific pace throughout to clock 28.68 and he’s starting to come to hand nicely. Mossrich Mirage returned from a spell of sickness with a 28.93 spin. North Dakota (15.51), Forest Beaux (15.50), Pro Duchess (15.42) and Ballymac Pam (15.71) all moved very well as they continue their comebacks.

 

 

 

We had a terrific night at Romford as we won both the races we had runners in. Argentina made a very impressive comeback following a short break after his puppy derby win last year as he pinged the lids and made all to win in 23.99. He was very fresh and should improve nicely for the run and has a big year ahead of him all being well. Headford Kev was unlucky in the same race as he was badly crowded at the bend but he showed some of his old early speed and will return again next week.
Prize Fighter also made a winning return following a short lay-off with a minor niggle as he led all the way to win in 24.10. He has a superb Romford record and loves his racing there. It’s a very hot final next week and both of our boys will need to be on their game to win but we’re looking forward to it.

 

 

 

Saturday evening at Monmore began well with some good pre-race trials. Ballymac Berry was very wide throughout but moved nicely to post 15.69 in her solo sprint while Chasing Highs returned to action with a 15.63 spin. Shakatar (29.09) and Norvillman (29.17) are both being stepped up from sprints and went ok.
Sonny Bill got his first career win as he bravely took his D4 contest by 1 length in 15.85 and has plenty left to come.
Ballymac Sydney returned to racing for the first time since late October but showed no signs of rustiness as she led all the way to win her A3 in 28.73. Sydney has now won 3 of her 4 races and looks a lovely prospect for this year. The idea is to keep her lightly raced with a view to possibly making a nice brood b1tch when the time comes.

 

There is a lot to like about Chosen By Destiny and she was a very impressive winner of her A2 despite a missed break. She showed lovely early pace and bravely took control at the bend before stretching clear. She hadn’t run for a couple of weeks and can only improve. Twink as she is known is only a May 17 and this was just her 4th career start. She won in 28.78.
Bit View Bridie missed the break and was crowded in her A1 but showed signs of learning her trade when around dogs which was pleasing. Forest Lana ran well to be beaten a short head in her D1 but really gave the race away by running so wide at the corner. Money Marciano ran well in 3rd in the same race in his first race back following lameness.

 

 

 

Pauline and Eric took charge of the open race team at Central Park while we were enjoying the awards evening. Billericay Blue posted a very pleasing 29.64 to beat London Nights (29.70) and Ballymac Daz (29.74) in a pre-race trial which was a nice effort considering they all found some trouble at the bend. Shibboleth got a much deserved first open race success as she impressively won her maiden sprint by 5 ½ lengths in 16.37. She looked much more suited by the rails seed and all being well so she have plenty more to come. Hail Cleopatra was out of luck in her £500 maiden final as she missed the break and could never dominate. Galloping Moon badly needed a race and she ran very well on her first look at Central Park when beaten just a head in division 2 of the standard. She ran on strongly to be beaten just a head and her calculated time of 29.00 was an excellent first look. Gan Gan Fred had a horrible draw in trap 5 in the same race and just couldn’t get a run. Magical Vera was desperately unlucky in division one of the standard as she very nearly made the bend in front. They have a 480m ladies competition which will hopefully fill next week. Zero Forks ran well in a very hot 642m contest to finish 5th.

 

 

 

The first range of redeveloped kennels are looking superb. The lighting is now complete, all painting done and we’re just waiting for some more frame work to complete the job which should be with us on Friday. The new treatment room is also finished and we should be moving the ultrasound, laser and ice machine in place and beginning to use the room this week.

 

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Philip lands first Cat 3 as Bridie and Cleo impress

 

The racing week began with a trial session at Swindon on Tuesday morning. Galloping Moon was given a much needed blowout and posted 29.34. We’ve entered her for several races, none of which have filled lately so she really needed this. Ballymac Fargo continued his trial work with a 16.70 spin. He was a bit excited this week and missed the break but railed well and will be ready to step up to four bends next week. Ravenswood Flo was given her first workout since winning the Oaks back in December and went nicely after missing the start. She was beaten around 4 lengths by Prize Fighter who absolutely flew round in 16.14. Argentina was given his first piece of track work since winning the puppy derby at Henlow and was very impressive on his first look at Swindon as he clocked 16.28. He is full of himself at home and is desperate to race so he’s more than likely heading to Romford next week along with Prize Fighter and Headford Kev.

 

 

 

We were out of luck at Monmore on Tuesday afternoon as thankfully Swift Figgy returned safe and sound from a nasty fall which was the last thing he needed as he returned from injury.

 

 

 

Although we returned empty handed from Monmore on Friday as well, there were a couple of nice performances. Ballymac Charm has been harshly treated since joining the track but she showed some signs of coming forward when only beaten around 3 lengths in her A3.  Buckos Dream posted 28.60 in his first four bend trial since September. He has moved very well in his sprints but would have really needed this. Ballymac Sydney has been given a nice break and she came back well with a 28.93 trial and she looks like making a nice stayer. Ballymac Pam returned from season with a very pleasing 15.56, she beat Forest Beaux by a length which was an excellent effort by Beaux as she has been off injured for a few months.

 

 

 

We didn’t have any luck in the two open races we were represented in at Monmore on Saturday evening as both Forest Mike and Raquel found trouble. We did manage to win both of the top heat races though. We’ve always thought a lot of Bit View Bridie and she showed that things are beginning to fall into place for her as she flew the lids to lead all the way in 28.27. This was only a couple of spots off of the open races on the night and this was only her 6th ever race. She will continue to improve and should make a lovely open racer. Dalcash Behold made it 2 wins from his 5 UK starts as he flew the lids and led all the way in 28.51. London Nights ran well in the same race after missing the break and will be given a spin somewhere else next time to further her education. Billericay Blue was given a short break following his two impressive graded victories and he looked a much improved pup ass he powered to the line after a missed break in his solo sprint trial, he clocked 15.61. Ballymac Berry was also given a short rest after her unbeaten start to her career and she posted 15.78 after missing the break and getting a bit lost at the 2nd bend.

 

 

 

We had a good night at Central Park on Sunday as we returned with a couple of winners and were very unlucky not to hit a hat-trick.
Hail Cleopatra was very impressive when landing her heat of the maiden 480m competition in a fast 29.00. She’s had a very stop-start career to date and she should improve nicely with further racing.
Madabout Philip landed our first Cat 3 event of the year as he followed up his heat win when flying home to catch kennelmate, Gan Gan Fred, on the run-in to win the 480m standard final by ½ a length in 29.00. It was good to see Philip really battle for this win as he didn’t have it all his own way and he was very strong to the drop. I’m looking forward to seeing him back over the 575m trip at Romford as he looks ideal for it. Fred seems to love Central Park and ran another really good race there but Swift Jim didn’t really fire and will have a spin somewhere else.
Magical Vera ran a great race in defeat in her first outing since the Oaks final as she was beaten just a short head in 28.85. She was forced to check a couple of times and really looks like shaping up into a serious b1tch this year.
Ballymac Diego was very green in his puppy race and was lucky to stay on his feet at the corner but he needs racing and experience and will be kept on the go now.
Shibboleth was crowded in her maiden sprint final and looks like she would now appreciate a rails seed.

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Kennel update

 

The week began with a good session of galloping on Monday where we put 28 dogs through their paces. Forest Beaux, Forest Chunk and Lost One Dare all continued their comebacks and are going the right way. The surface on the gallop is in terrific order but it’s been 12 years since we put the fencing up and some of the posts have seen better days so it’s due to be completely re-fenced in the next 3-4 weeks. At 288 meters long it’s going to be an expensive job but it will be well worth it and the fence will rise to around 5 foot high with boards across the bottom to stop the wind taking some of the surface away. I’ll post some pictures up on Twitter as the work goes on.

 

 

 

It was great to get back to Swindon trials on Tuesday morning to give a few dogs a much needed spin. Bull Run Bandit has made an excellent comeback from his cracked hock and then a tendon injury and that continued as he beat Madabout Philip by 1 ½ lengths in 28.66. We’re hoping that Henlow will confirm the dates of their maiden derby so we can start making some plans for Bandit and a few others that we’d like to keep for it. Swift Jim was given his first blowout since finishing a beaten favorite in the puppy derby final and he really impressed me as he beat Headford Kev by 2 ½ lengths in 16.31. We’ve taken things very easy with Ballymac Diego since he was knocked out of the puppy derby at the semi-final stage but he’s a really nice dog and we’ll get cracking with him now as we build up towards the Monmore puppy derby. Diego posted 16.48 in his solo and was very strong into the drop.
We purchased Ballymac Fargo way back in August when at the tender age of 14 months he posted a flying 29.61 in his first ever 525 yard trial in Tralee. As always his owner, Stephen Harvey has been very patient and allowed us to give him plenty of time to grow up and strengthen up. We gave him his first bit of track work since that trial in August and he delighted us with a 16.67 solo. He was slow from the boxes and very green in his action but when he did let himself go he showed huge pace and I was really impressed. He’s a top looking prospect and will have another solo next week.

 

 

 

We had a good night at Monmore on Thursday as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Norvillman got her first win since returning from injury and seasonal break as she ran a very brave first bend to win her D2 by 4 lengths in 15.65. Raquel flew the lids and just held on from kennelmate Shibboleth by a short head in 15.45. London Nights is a puppy with a big future and she made it 3 wins from her 5 starts as she flew the lids and led all the way to win her A2 by 2 ¾ lengths in 28.58. She’s only a July 17 baby and was homebred by Mike and George Burton.
Buckos Dream is really starting to come to himself now and he produced a very fast 15.21 in his first mixed trial as he beat Ballymac Sydney and Skinny Love. Swift Figgy (28.84) and Swift Frisco (28.94) both rejoined the graded strength after picking up injuries.

 

 

 

Our good Monmore form continued on Saturday evening as we managed another hat-trick. Chicago Fire took a big step forward on the clock as he made it 3 wins from his 5 career starts when leading all the way in his A4. He found a couple of lengths on the sectional and finished 2 ¼ lengths to the good in 28.61. Ballymac Daz ran on strongly to make it 3 wins from her 7 starts as she took a good quality A2 by a short head in 28.73. Moana has made a great start to her career and she made it 3 wins from 5 as she ran on strongly to win her A5 by nearly 3 lengths in 28.96. Dalcash Behold, Forest Lydia, Signet Swift, Sonny Bill and Jungle King all ran very well in defeat. Money Marciano (15.34), Far Bank Frank (15.46) and Bit View Shannon (15.57) all trialled well as they continue their comeback from injury.

 

 

 

We had an enjoyable evening at Central Park on Sunday and came away with a winner and some very good runs in defeat.
Magical Vera is improving rapidly and she was very impressive in her first look at the venue when smashing out and posting 29.04 in her trial. She beat kennelmate Ballymac Diego by 3 lengths. Diego missed the break and got a little lost around the first two bends but really came home well and will improve bundles over the coming weeks.
Hail Cleopatra ran a cracking race to finish 2nd in her 480m maiden on her first look at Central Park and her first run for 3 weeks. She pinged the lids but got lost around the bends so did very well to only be beaten a length to a fast 29.12. She has plenty left to come and will improve for the run.
Shibboleth got a little lost and crowded in her maiden sprint open but will improve for the look and safely made it through to next week’s final.
Pro Penny stumbled at the boxes and got crowded at the bend as she was beaten in her sprint open.
Madabout Philip gave us our first open race winner of the year as he flew the lids to win his 480m heat very impressively by 6 ¼ lengths in a fast 28.90. He has always looked capable of a big run so it was great to see him get everything right. Swift Jim qualified in 2nd place behind Philip and probably ran better than the distance shows. He would have badly needed the run and will improve for look round. They’ll both be joined in next week’s final by Gan Gan Fred who finished 3rd in the other heat. Fred flew the lids but couldn’t quite go the pace of King Cash but the quick run will benefit him.

 

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Quiet start to the new year

 

It’s been a much quieter week than we had hoped for with a couple of little niggles meaning our intended nights at Hove and Romford were put on hold and Henlow didn’t manage to fill a single open on Sunday.

 

 

 

Our racing year began at Monmore on Tuesday and Forest Zara made sure we came home with a winner as she ran on strongly to win her A4. Norvillman ran a good race in her D2 when just beaten in a photo finish and shouldn’t be long in winning.
Bit View Bridie moved well to clock 28.68 in her pre-race trial and will be given a couple of graded races for experience. Baby Blitz continued her comeback with a 28.71 while Brave Kiss (ex Ballymac Yasnil) slightly pulled a hip muscle and faces 2-3 weeks on the easy list. Bit View Shannon posted 15.55 in her first trial back from lameness as she beat Skinny Love by around 5 lengths. Buckos Dream showed a nice bit of improvement from his Swindon trial as he posted 15.42 in his first look at Monmore.

 

 

 

We had a couple of winners at Monmore on Thursday evening. Swift Hadriana ran on very strongly to pick up kennelmate Moana in their A5 to win by 1 length in 28.97 and both should continue to improve. London Nights is a lovely puppy and despite being very green in running she stayed very well to win her A2 by a length in 28.68. She’s an exciting puppy and she certainly has plenty more to come. Chosen By Destiny continued her excellent trial work as she qualified for racing in 28.67. Signet Swift is as green as grass but she ran on well to post 29.14 while Forest Lydia clocked 29.16. Shoemaker Billy returned with a sore hock from his trial and faces a spell on the sidelines.

 

 

 

We were a little unlucky to leave Monmore empty handed on Saturday evening after some good runs in defeat. Forest Mike ran on well in his 480m open race after missing the break but he should benefit from the run. Ballymac Daz is very much going the right way and she was very unlucky in the puppy open as she was crowded early on. She looks like making a nice stayer and will benefit from a more galloping track. Jungle King and Dalcash Behold both ran well in separate A1’s as well. Sonny Bill qualified for racing with his 29.99 trial while Shibboleth (15.54), Money Marciano (15.53) and Far Bank Frank (15.50) all moved well in their solo trials.

 

 

 

Next week we have some trials booked for Swindon on Tuesday morning and are hoping to have a team of dogs heading to Central Park on Sunday.

 

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