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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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Saturday hat-trick completes the year

 

It’s been a lovely Christmas week for us with just one race meeting to cover at Monmore and the open dogs given the week off. We’ve managed to catch up on plenty of jobs that needed doing including putting around 100 bags of shavings on the gallop to keep it well topped up.

 

 

 

We’ve nearly finished painting the first range of kennels that we are redeveloping and they’re looking great. The metal framework will be ready to go soon and then we’ll be waiting on the electricians to come in and put the lighting in.

 

 

 

The weather has been very kind to us so far this winter and we were able to have a great week of galloping with 27 being done on Monday, 16 on Tuesday (yes even on Xmas day), 12 on Wednesday and 37 on Thursday.
Forest Chunk had his first loose gallop since having the screws removed from his broken hock and moved very well. It’s too early to say if he’ll return to racing yet but it was a good first step.
Lost One Dare also had his first gallop since chipping his hock during the Yarmouth Derby and looked great.

 

 

 

Our only race meeting of the week proved a successful one as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Jimboy got his first career win as he ran on strongly to win his A5 in 29.13. Litter sister, Moana made it two wins on the spin as she took the upgrade to A6 to win in 29.02. They have great attitudes these pups and look very strong running types. Dalcash Behold ran out a very impressive winner of a hot A1 in just his 2nd run for the kennel as he flew the lids and led all the way in 28.40. There’s plenty more to come from him and it could be worth keeping him away from open racing with the Henlow maiden derby coming up in a month or two. The 460m trip there would suit him well.

 

Signet Swift is as green as they come but she showed glimpses of what’s to come when winning her trial in 29.46. She beat Forest Lydia (29.64) and Sonny Bill (30.06).

 

Chosen By Destiny (formerly Noelles Chico) delighted us with her first look at Monmore when posting 28.71 as she returns from her hock strain. She’s a lovely puppy and has a bright future. She beat Ballymac Charm by 5 lengths and is now qualified for racing.

 

 

 

Looking to next week, we’ll likely have runners at Hove, Romford and Henlow as well as a nice team for the open races at Monmore on Saturday evening.

 

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2019 Dogs To Follow

 

2019 Ten to Follow

 

 

 

We didn’t do too badly looking back at last year’s list which included an English Derby winner, an Irish Derby runner-up and a Golden Sprint winner. The list of unraced pups featured Ravenswood Flo who went onto win the Oaks so hopefully we can have the same success with the new list!

Once again it’s been really tough to narrow it down to 10 choices and I’ve had to leave some super dogs out including, Ravenswood Flo, Bull Run Bandit,  Swift Jim, Ballymac Daz, Billericay Blue and Pro Penny but I’ve tried to include a few that are only just starting out.

 

 

 

Dorotas Wildcat (Ballymac Vic x Droopys Danneel - May 2015) * Owners – David Usher & K. Hutton

 

Wildcat tops the list for the 3rd year in a row after a stunning 2018 which was highlighted by his sensational English Derby victory in June. He followed that win up with an unbeaten run through the Eclipse at Nottingham and has been rested since.

At the moment the intention will be to run him in the trainer’s championship meeting as part of his build up to defending his Derby crown at Nottingham for which he is the winter favourite.

We’ve always kept Wildcat lightly raced and I think he should be as good as ever in 2019.

 

 

Magical Vera (Tarsna Havana  x Sizzling Sarah - October 2016) * Owner – Stephen Harvey

 

Despite having only raced 7 times, Vera already has an English Oaks runner-up spot on her CV and looks a very exciting prospect for 2019.

Vera was purchased unraced from the Guilfoyle’s having come highly recommended following her schooling trials and is from super brood Sizzling Sarah.

We started Vera off at Towcester where she was beaten first time up in A7 grade after missing the break. She then gave a massive indication of what was to come as she won A4 next time up by 5 lengths in 28.23.

She then headed to Newcastle for the Northern Puppy Derby where after a troubled run she made it through to the semi-finals but had to be withdrawn in season.

We gave her plenty of time and she came back for the Oaks at Swindon with some pleasing sprint trials. She battled well to a first round victory in 28.97 and ran her heart out to qualify in 2nd spot in the quarter finals, she popped out and made all in her semi to win in 28.96 before running a super race to follow kennelmate Ravenswood Flo home in the final.

We’ll keep Vera to races of her own sex where ever possible and you’d fancy her to stay a bit further with the way she is bred.

 

Argentina (Tyrur Big Mike x Headford Maura - January 2017) *Owners – Mike and George Burton

 

Argentina was purchased after an impressive debut win in Galway when known as Headford Big Mike. He showed terrific early pace and we were delighted to have him in the kennel. He was soon snapped up by Mike and George Burton and in just his 3rd run for the kennel finished 2nd in the Trafalgar Puppy Cup final behind King Sheeran. He showed great pace to lead to the 3rd bend and it was obvious he would make a serious puppy over a lesser trip.

A switch to Romford paid immediate dividends as he won his first four open races at the track including a 23.94 in the first round of the Puppy Cup there. Unfortunately he missed the break and got trouble in his semi-final when ante-post favourite for the competition.

He then ran very wide in his first look at Henlow and our plans to get another trial into him before the start of the English Puppy Derby were thwarted as he came down with the kennel sickness. We were delighted to see him qualify from the first round as we knew how short of work he was. He then showed great improvement in his semi-final as he led all the way bar the line in 27.64. He made no mistakes in the final as he flew out and led all the way in 27.50 to claim the £7,500 prize.

Argentina should improve further during 2019 and will be an ideal dog for the Golden Sprint, Henlow Derby and all the competitions over that type of trip.  

 

 

Drive On Hunter (Fernando Bale x Ballymac Salpa - December 2016) * Owner – Stephen Harvey

 

Hunter’s record of 1 win in 7 probably doesn’t appear too special at first glance but I think this little dog could be a real cracker in 2019.

He was purchased after making a winning 28.62 debut in Waterford and really looked the part. Due to the combination of a few things, Hunter had been on the easy list for a while before we got him so we decided to start him off at Romford over the easy 400m trip with the Puppy Cup in mind. He won a maiden by over 6 lengths in 24.30 and did remarkably well to reach the Cat One decider where he was unfortunately knocked over but thankfully returned ok. A blind man could see the track or trip didn’t really suit him so it was a great effort to make the final and next year over more suitable, tough four bend trips he could make a really nice dog.

 

 

Ballymac Diego (Droopys Sydney x Ballymac Razl - May 17) * Owners – Hand of Dog Syndicate

 

Diego was purchased unraced from Liam Dowling after clocking a superb 29.68 in his first 525 yard trial in Tralee.

We began his trials at Monmore where he posted an excellent 15.64 over the 264m trip. Further trials included a 29.02 at Swindon and a very fast 28.85 spin over Nottingham’s 480m trip and a 16.42 solo trial back at Swindon.

We decided to give the English Puppy Derby a try at Henlow and he delighted us with his 27.73 trial effort. He ran well on debut to be beaten just 2 lengths by Strides Farran before winning his first round heat in 28.05. Diego ran a very good race in the semi-final and looked destined to make the final but showed his inexperience when moving of at the last bend and drifting wide which cost him his place in the final.

We gave him a trial back at Swindon for a blowout and despite some crowding on the bend he posted 28.95 and looks a really top prospect for the major events next year at the bigger type of tracks. He has the Monmore Puppy Derby as his first main target and should be worth an interest at a decent price for the Derby. He’s one of our top pups for sure.

 

 

London Nights (Laughil Blake x Terminator - July 17) * Owners – Mike and George Burton

 

Homebred by Mike and George Burton out of their former open racer Terminator, London Nights has made a good start to her racing career at Monmore. She was beaten on debut in A4 but still clocked 28.80 and then made no mistake next time up as despite a missed break she led at the first bend to win her A3 in 28.60.

There’s plenty more to come from her and she’s a lovely looking puppy. It would be ideal if she could break into season over the winter to allow her to mature a bit further but she’s certainly going to be worth following and she could be anything.

 

 

Ballymac Berry (Pinpoint Maxi x Vicraz – July 17) *Owners – Billy McMahon & K. Hutton

 

We purchased Berry unraced from Liam Dowling after clocking 30.16 in her first 525 yard trial in Tralee.

She delighted us with her first look at Monmore when posting 15.75 and graded into A6 where she showed lovely all round pace to win easily in 28.99.

Despite being upgraded to A4, Berry again led all the way to win easily. She looks to be a natural trapper with super early and gets the trip strongly.

She’s only a baby and could improve to be a really nice sort during 2019 and looks to have a touch of class about her.

 

 

Chosen By Destiny (Scolari Me Daddy x Noelles Chiquito - May 17) * Owner – Terry Kenealy

Formerly known as Noelles Chico when in Ireland, she was purchased after winning 2nd time up in Galway in a very fast 28.79.

We began her UK qualifying trials in Swindon where she clocked a very good 16.66 in her first solo sprint. She was then put in at the deep end in her first 480m trial against Bull Run Bandit and Ballymac Diego and she showed huge pace to lead until the halfway mark before being beaten around 3 lengths. She was subsequently found to have sprained a hock and was given a couple of months off to recover. She started her trials back in 16.55 and looks to be going the right way.

She has wicked early pace and looks a lovely prospect for the Monmore Puppy Derby in March.

 

 

Ballymac Osby (Kinloch Brae x Ballymac Scarlet - September 2016) * Owners – G.Lee, S. Jackson & A.Egan.

 

Ballymac Osby made a stunning start to his racing career back in the summer as he won his first 4 races in scintillating style. He quickly shot through the grades at Towcester with a 28.63 win in A4, a 28.13 win in A3 and then a stunning top heat win in 27.91. He won a red-hot trial stakes for the Steel City Cup at Sheffield when beating the likes of Droopys Expert, Geelo Blissful and Lightfoot Oscar in 28.72. Unfortunately he was badly crowded and checked the pick-up in the first round heat and we then kept him off for a month.

He came back with a very impressive Cat 3 win in a 500m competition at Central Park when beating the useful Headford Johnny in a fast 29.86.

Osby then took to Nottingham for the Eclipse where he ran the top class Droopys Verve to just under 3 lengths in the first round of the event and really caught the eye of plenty of people. He was unlucky to be knocked out of his semi-final after early crowding.

Another top run in the first round of the Olympic at Hove followed where he beat Droopys Gold by a length in 30.07. Yet again, he was desperate to be knocked out of the semi-finals after being very badly crowded early on.

He remains one of our top prospects though and with some more time to mature he could have a great 2019 in all the big comps.

 

 

Dream Fairy (Laughil Blake x Fandango - November 2016) * Owner – Geoff Hutton

 

Dream Fairy was purchased unraced having impressed in her trials at Thurles. She was kept for the prestigious Monbeg Unraced stake at Enniscorthy where she ran out a brilliant winner of the competition in 28.78 back in July.

She posted 28.74 at Waterford on her way to the semi-finals of the Munster Oaks where she was badly crowded throughout and sprained her elbow.

We bought her over to the UK afterwards and gave her plenty of time to settle in. She was beaten just 1 ¼ lengths by Magical Vera in her first look at Swindon and recorded 16.60 despite running very wide off the 2nd bend. She improved the following week to post a super 16.38 and really caught my eye.

Unfortunately Fairy broke into season soon after and is on the easy list for a couple of months but I’m convinced this is a really decent b1tch and she will have a great 2019.   

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 unraced pups

 

 

 

Ballymac Fargo  (Ballymac Vic x Coolavanny Angie - July 17) * Owner – Stephen Harvey

 

Fargo is a stunning looking blue brindle dog who was purchased from Liam Dowling after posting a flying 29.61 in his first 525 yard trial at Tralee back in August.

We have given this strapping dog plenty of time to mature and settle in and he hasn’t seen a track since leaving Liam. We’ve kept him ticking over on the gallop though and he looks very good indeed. We’ll see how the weather is over the winter but I would imagine he’ll start his trials in late January.

Coolavanny Angie has thrown some top class dogs over the years including Chespirto, Ballymac Twitter, Ballymac Anton and Ballymac Arminta so this fellow is certainly exciting.

 

 

Ballymac Charm (Pinpoint Maxi x Looney Surprise - March 17) * Owner – Peter Sandbach

 

Charm also joined us unraced from Liam Dowling after posting 30.36 in her first 525 yard trial at Tralee. Liam always liked her and it was easy to see why when she joined the kennel – she’s a lovely looking pup.

Charm broke into season fairly soon after joining us and has only just begun her qualifying trials. They have been very pleasing though as she has posted 15.74 and 28.77 at Monmore which considering how long she has had off are lovely runs and she’s certainly worth following.

 

 

Signet Swift (Ballymac Vic x Dorotas Irena - May 17) *Owner – Peter Sandbach

 

Swift is out of one of our former racers Dorotas Irena who was a daughter of the great Droopys Danneel.

Swift was reared by Craig Dawson and schooled in Ireland by Damian McCann where she was very highly thought of.

We gave her plenty of time to settle in and mature and we’ve only just started her off and she was impressive when posting 16.01 at Monmore after missing the break. She has always galloped well at home and looks a really nice prospect.

 

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Oaks 1-2 caps off an incredible year!

 

The racing week began at Swindon on Tuesday morning as we sent 6 dogs for trials.
Ballymac Diego impressed again as he ran on strongly to pick up Bull Run Bandit by just over a length in 28.95. They came together on the bend a bit so this was a nice trial. Bandit has done very well since returning from injury and could have a very good 2019. Ballymac Yasnil looked a little lost in behind but is only a very raw novice.
Chosen By Destiny (ex Noelles Chico) had her first spin since spraining a hock and moved well to clock 16.55.
Buckos Dream had his first trial for the kennel after picking up a toe injury. He missed the break by half a second but moved well afterwards.

 

Ballyoak Petal also had her first trial since finishing with a problem and railed nicely to post 16.56.

 

 

 

We had a quiet afternoon at Monmore as racing was abandoned after we had only had a couple of runners. Swift Hadrianna ran on well while Norvilman had a much needed blowout in her D3.
Dalcash Behold clocked 28.36 in his pre-race trial when beating Ballymac Charm by 5 lengths. We were delighted with Charm as this was only her 2nd time over four bends in her life and she looks a cracking prospect for Pete Sandbach.
Pete also has Signet Swift in the kennel and she impressed in her first trial for months when clocking 16.01 in her solo sprint. She was very keen beforehand and missed the break a mile and looks a really exciting prospect.

 

Shakatar clocked 15.63 in his first trial back since having a tendon removed and hopefully we’ll start to see the best of this fellow now.

 

 

 

Velvet Honey went off to her forever home on Tuesday with Melinda from Basingstoke and has a wonderful home. Melinda has the most adorable whippet and they look to be getting on great.

 

 

 

We were out of luck in the Olympic at Hove on Thursday evening as Ballymac Osby was knocked out at the semi-final stage. Osby missed the kick and dived straight for the rail and with the 3 dog moving out as well we were badly crowded. He was also crowded at the corner but ran well after. He’ll be given a nice break now and hopefully he’ll mature and fill out a bit. He remains a cracking prospect for next year.
Galloping Moon and Hail Cleopatra both ran well in defeat in their first races for a while and will be kept on the go now.

 

 

 

Over at Monmore we had a good night as we returned with a couple of winners. London Nights is a really nice homebred pup for Mike and George Burton and she won the A3 grade in only the 2nd race of her life. Despite a missed break she was able to lead going into the bend and went on to win in 28.60. She’s only a July 17 baby and has plenty more to come.

 

Her litter brother, Chicago Fire, made it 2 wins from 3 races as he ran another very game race to win the A5 in 29.01.

 

 

 

For the first time in a while we came home empty handed from Romford on Friday night. Prize Fighter ran well in defeat in the 400m final but came up against a very special pup in Grays Cup Winner.
Leedon Brandy missed the kick but ran another solid race to finish 3rd in his 575m open.
Jovial Monk ran the track better than he did before but cramped badly in his 575m open. It’s not like him to cramp so we’ll have a full MOT done on him before we continue.

 

 

 

Ravenswood Flo and Magical Vera completed a dream year for the kennel on Saturday evening as they ran their hearts out for us to finish 1st and 2nd in the English Oaks final at Swindon.

 

Flo has come a long way since making a winning debut in A6 at Towcester back in January and has now won 6 of her 16 races. She has been improving at just the right time and flew the lids to lead all the way in 28.82.
Magical Vera has had a great Oaks campaign in what was her first competitive action since July and to finish 2nd in such a competition in only her 7th ever race is a superb achievement. I think she’ll make a top class b1tch next year.

 

Both girls will enjoy a rest now while we wait for something suitable to come up. It’ll certainly be a tough choice as to who represents us in the b1thces race on Trainers Championship night!

 

I was thrilled for their owner, Stephen Harvey, who puts a lot into the sport and always puts the welfare of his dogs as his number one priority. It’s a very special race to win and we’re very proud to have won it for the 2nd time following Droopys Danneel’s success in 2013.

 

 

 

We had one winner at Monmore in their £500 open races as Raquel led virtually all the way in the sprint open. Kennelmate, Shibboleth, was coming with a massive run off the 2nd bend but stumbled across the back of Raquel and fell over. Thankfully she returned none the worse for her tumble and will be back soon.

 

Dalcash Behold showed great pace for 3 bends before cramping very badly coming home and finishing 4th. He isn’t the best traveller and doesn’t kennel very well either so we’ve plenty of work to do with this lad but he has a lot of ability and hopefully he will come right soon
Pro Penny looked set to make it 5 wins on the spin in the other sprint open on the card but swung very wide off the 2nd bend and lost the race. She is a terrific little b1tch though and will have a very good 2019 all being well.

 

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Argentina rules supreme in puppy derby final

 

It was nice to begin the week with no racing or journeys to make on Monday so we had a great day at the kennels and got plenty of galloping done.
Buckos Dream has really enjoyed being back in full training following a toe injury and he looks to be moving very well. I’m looking forward to trialling him next week. Noelles Chico and Bit View Shannon are also returning from injury and are moving well.
The Wildcat was given a gallop and fairly flew up! Forest Natalee also enjoyed a little mooch about and is settling in great.

 

 

 

Tuesday was a much busier day as we had 3 tracks to cover. Galloping Moon showed no ill effects from her nasty tumble suffered in the first round of the Oaks as she beat Hail Cleopatra by around 2 lengths in 28.72. All being well both girls will head to Hove on Thursday. Bull Run Bandit continued his excellent comeback from injury with a very pleasing 16.20 in his solo sprint at Swindon and will be stepped up to 480m next week. Ballymac Yasnil missed the break but looked very strong into the drop as she posted 16.81.
Shibboleth won at the first time of asking following a lay-off as she showed terrific early to win her D1 in 15.36. Hopefully this will be the start of better things to come from her as she is a very pacey girl.
Forest Zara got a much deserved win in her D3 as she finished strongly to get up on the line.
London Nights made an impressive debut when finishing 2nd in her A4. She was unlucky in running and won’t be long in winning.
Dalcash Behold looks a lovely dog for Mike and Alison Bandurak and he posted 28.57 in his first four bend workout for four months. He cramped coming home and has plenty left to come.
Ballymac Charm looked useful when clocking 15.74 in her first trial in the UK.

 

Donna and Jock made the journey North to Sheffield where we had 3 runners at their evening meeting. Naughty Molly ran the track very well to lead at the first bend to win her heat of the b1tches competition in good style. Unfortunately Bull Run Byte was badly crowded on the run up in her heat and was eliminated.
Gan Gan Fred was just beaten in a photo finish in his 500m standard but ran well in defeat and showed improve for the run.

 

 

 

Madabout Philip had a troublesome dew claw removed by Simon Gower on Wednesday morning which meant he had to miss Friday’s maiden stayer’s final at Romford but it was a good job done and he’ll return in the New Year.

 

We had another good day on the gallop with 17 dogs going through their paces. Signet Swift has impressed me every time I’ve seen her and I’m really looking forward to starting her off next week.

 

Forest Messi left the kennel on Thursday morning to join the Hall Green rgt. Messi is a tremendous character and we’ll miss having her around the kennel. She was a great little b1tch on the track who always gave everything she had and won lots of races especially in her early days at Towcester. She’ll make a wonderful pet for someone.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby ran a very good race to win his first round heat of the Olympic at Hove on Thursday night. Osby is learning and improving all the time and will make a lovely dog next year when he starts to fill his huge frame. He’s got a tough looking draw in his semi-final and will need to be on his toes at lid rise.

 

Drumcrow Darcy was eliminated in 4th place in the same race and looks to have come back with a small problem.

 

 

 

I had a shocking journey to Romford on Friday night as problems on the M25 meant a 4 ½ hour trek. Thankfully we had a fairly good night with a winner and a couple of nice runs in defeat.

 

Pro Penny has been superb for the kennel, winning 4 of her 5 starts and she made it four wins at Romford on the spin as she took the b1tches race by nearly 9 lengths.

 

Prize Fighter was beaten for the first time since returning from injury but still made it through to his 3rd Cat 3 final on the spin as he finished 3rd after a missed break and trouble at the bend.

 

Leedon Brandy has been running very well and he ran another good race to finish 2nd in his 575m open. He still has more to come but looks the type of dog who will appreciate the better weather.

 

 

 

Saturday night proved a great night for the kennel with a hat-trick of winners at Monmore and both of our girls making it safely through to the £15k Oaks final at Swindon.

 

Magical Vera will line up in the Oaks final in what will be only her 7th career start. She has now won half of her 6 races after she led all the way in her semi-final to win in 28.96. Vera hadn’t raced since being withdrawn from the Northern Puppy Derby semi-finals so this really is a terrific achievement by her and I really fancy her to improve again for the run. She has a lovely draw as the only wide runner.

 

Vera will be joined in the final by Ravenswood Flo as she ran her heart out to finish 2nd in the other semi-final. Flo didn’t break in her best fashion but had every chance and gave it her all. She has a lovely draw in trap one and should get a nice run in the final but she’ll need to break in her best fashion. Both girls are owned by Stephen Harvey and they came out of the race in great order and will be ready for the final.
Moana showed lovely track craft for a novice as she came through strongly to win her A7 by 3 lengths in 29.27
Billericay Blue is a lovely prospect and he made it 2 from 2 as he led virtually all the way in his A5 to win by 4 lengths in 28.97. He’s only a July 17 baby so he’ll be given a break now before we carry on with him. He showed some lovely pace when he let himself go but is very green still.
His sister, Ballymac Berry, really impressed me as she also made it 2 from 2 as she flew the lids to lead all the way in her A4 to win by 4 ½ lengths in 28.98. Again, she’ll be given a break now before we start again next year. She has a lovely turn of early and gets the trip well. She’ll certainly appreciate better going as well.

 

 

 

We had another great night on Sunday as Argentina ran out a very impressive winner of the English Puppy Derby final at Henlow. He flew the lids and led all the way to win by 2 ½ lengths in 27.50 and claim the £7,500 prize for owners Mike and George Burton.

 

Argentina has improved nicely throughout the competition and thankfully saved his best run for the final. He has now won 5 of his 12 races in the UK and looks a super prospect for 2019.
It’s the 2nd year running we’ve won this prestigious event following Magical Bale’s brilliant win at Towcester last year.

 

Swift Jim ran well in defeat but was just forced to check at the 1st and 3rd bends. He has plenty more to come though and is another lovely prospect for next year.

 

Headford Kev ran out a brilliant winner of the 460m standard open as he flew the lids to win by 1 ½ lengths in 27.36. Kev has had a great year after making the puppy derby final last year and as he’s been kept lightly raced he should have a great 2019 as well. He’s an absolute star in the kennel and a real favorite of ours.

 

 

 

Unfortunately our luck didn’t last until Sheffield on Sunday evening as Naughty Molly finished lame in the b1tches final when checking at the 3rd bend. Gan Gan Fred ran well enough in the standard final when finishing 3rd.   

 

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Wildcat simply the best as kennel continues on top form

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve managed to do a blog but hopefully now that we have broadband at the kennels I’ll have more chance of getting them done regularly again.

 

 

 

We’ve had a very busy few months and there’s plenty to catch up on but it only seems right to start with Dorotas Wildcat and his brilliant victory in the Eclipse at Nottingham.

 

 

 

We were always going to be under massive scrutiny when we made the decision to bring him back racing after his Derby victory but thankfully the decision has been more than justified as he won all 5 of his comeback races culminating in that thrilling win over Droopys Verve in the £8k decider.

 

 

 

He loves his racing and has really enjoyed being back in full training and he looks as good as ever. We’ve nothing set in stone but I’d imagine after a nice break he’ll return for the trainer’s championship and a third Derby campaign. Hopefully his Eclipse victory will give him the much deserved Greyhound of the Year title as well.

 

 

 

After a poor start to our English Oaks campaign where we only qualified two of our six entries from the first round, Ravenswood Flo and Magical Vera certainly did us proud last night as they both made next week’s semi-finals.
Flo has been a super little b1tch and she absolutely flew the lids in her heat to win in 28.82. She returned in great form and was very pleased with herself!
Magical Vera is a b1tch I really like and I think she’ll have a great 2019 and considering she hasn’t raced since the first round of the Northern Puppy Derby back in July she has already had a super Oaks campaign. There’s plenty more to come from her and hopefully she’ll get a nice draw next week.

 

 

 

We’ve had a terrific English Puppy Derby again this year and for the 2nd year running we have qualified two for the final. We were lucky enough to win it last year with the brilliant Magical Bale so it would be very special to follow up in the event again.
Swift Jim is improving all the time and he flew the lids to lead all the way in his semi-final. Jim won by 2 ¾ lengths in 27.49 and really runs the track well.
Argentina showed a nice bit of improvement in the way he ran the track as he flew the lids but was just beaten a short head on the line by King Dylan in 27.63. Argentina only just got over the sickness in time to run in the heats last week and I fancy him to improve again for the final.
Ballymac Diego looked set to qualify in 2nd place in the same race but moved off of the last bend and gave King Dylan plenty of room to run. Diego is only a May 17 baby and has done very well to reach the semi-finals. He’ll make a very good dog next year at a more galloping track.
Headford Kev returned to winning ways as he broke very fast and led all the way to win his 460m standard open in 27.65.

 

 

 

Romford has been a very happy hunting ground for us of late and we hit another hat-trick of winners on Friday night.
Prize Fighter has been on fire since returning from injury and he made it five wins on the spin at the London Road circuit as he added another cat 3 success to his CV in a very fast 23.69.
Leedon Brandy is one of the nicest dogs you’ll ever meet and it was great to see him win his first open race for the kennel as he flew out to lead all the way in his 575m winner of one in 35.53.

 

Pro Penny is a super little b1tch and she made it a hat-trick of wins at Romford as she led all the way in 24.22.

 

 

 

The Olympic at Hove begins on Thursday and we’ll have Ballymac Osby and Drumcrow Darcy running for us.
Both dogs ran super races in trial stakes this week when finishing 2nd and they should improve for the further look round.

 

 

 

We’ve been having plenty of winners at Monmore from a much reduced racing strength and we’ve plenty of nice pups coming through that can hopefully join the open race team next year.

 

Billericay Blue made a very promising debut as he won his A6 in 29.11. He’s a big July 17 baby so has plenty left to come.

 

His sister, Ballymac Berry also made a winning start as she flew the lids to win her A6 in 28.99.

 

Chicago Fire was the first of the litter by Laughil Blake x Terminator to win as he showed real tenacity to win his A6 on debut in 29.15 while North Dakota is another July 17 baby with a nice future after he won on debut in 28.98.
We had a nice open race double last night as Ballymac Daz and Forest Mike obliged.
Ballymac Daz has only had 3 races but has won two of them including the puppy open last night. She’s a lovely b1tch who looks like making a really good stayer. It looks a super litter and we’re very lucky to have four of them (Daz, Sydney, Diego and Yasnil).
Forest Mike made it four open race wins on the spin as he ran a very brave first bend to take the 480m standard open in great style. He’s made an unbelievable comeback from the injury he suffered in a nasty fall back at Towcester and has been a great little dog for us and the Exodus Racing Syndicate.

 

 

 

Swindon have been very good to us by allowing us to trial our open race dogs on a Tuesday morning and we had some lovely runs there this week.
Dream Fairy is a b1tch I really like and she impressed me with a 16.38 solo sprint. We’ve not done too much at all at home with her and this was only her 2nd piece of track work since finishing lame with a sprained elbow at Limerick back on the 1st of September. She’ll step up to 480m next week.

 

We haven’t seen the best of Hail Cleopatra by a long way yet and she’s another b1tch who will make very decent class. She moved well today as she posted 16.41 as she returns from a sprained wrist she suffered at Monmore when she was very badly crowded. She won A1 at Monmore in only her 2nd ever race and that was after checking badly at the pick-up.
All being well Bull Run Bandit will have a big 2019 and he returned from a little niggle with a very pleasing 16.33 sprint.

 

Ballymac Yasnil began her qualifying with a 16.84 solo sprint and moved very well to the drop. She’ll have another sprint trial next week and will improve bundles over the coming the weeks.

 

 

 

We’ve plenty of work carrying on at the kennel as we’ve begun to redevelop the 2nd kennel block. They will make lovely kennels and hopefully the first phase will be completed early in the New Year.

 

 

 

All our pups seem to be doing very well. Joe Hurley looks to be doing a great job with the Dorotas Star babies and they’ve grown so much over the last few weeks. Paddy Kehoe reports that the Natalee pups are looking great and loving life out in the field. We’ve certainly plenty to look forward to in the future all being well.

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Kennel update

 

There’s plenty to catch up on after missing last week’s blog as we had a great weekend away for the Irish Derby final.
We headed straight to Paddy and Margaret Kehoe’s on Friday who once again looked after us so well. Forest Natalee was in wonderful condition after whelping a litter of 9 to Laughil Blake and all the pups look to be doing great too.
Droopys Danneel has a litter of 6 to Ballymac Vic and all looked to be doing well while the Dorotas Wildcat x Forest Dot pups are absolute stunners and hopefully a few of those will be heading to Burford in the future!

 

Magical Bale ran his heart out in the Irish Derby final on Saturday evening when finishing 2nd. There were no real hard luck stories and we were beaten by a better dog on the night. It was a great thrill though and Pat and his team have done a wonderful job with him.

 

Dorotas Del Mar has been sent back to Martin Lanney with the Night of Stars a possible target for him.

 

Dorotas Wildcat returned home after a spell in Ireland where Brian Jones has collected around 30 straws from him. Big thanks to Martin Lanney who has put a lot of work and effort into getting the straws.
Wildcat returned to Swindon on Tuesday with a 16.23 spin. He would have badly needed the run so we were pleased with this effort. He’ll have another trial at Swindon next week and we’ll decide where to go with him after that. The All England Cup looks to have come too soon for us but the Eclipse at Nottingham looks to work well.

 

Our Ballymac Vic x Dorotas Star pups were earmarked last week and left us to join Joe Hurley for their rearing and schooling. They were in superb condition and are very lengthy, athletic looking pups. Hopefully we’ll get chance to go over and see them in the next few months. It’s certainly been strange without them around the place.

 

We’ve had a couple of new recruits join the kennel. Noelles Chico is only a May 17 whelp but she was purchased after a brilliant 28.79 win in Galway in only her 2nd career start. She’s a lovely made b1tch who has not put a foot wrong since she arrived and looks a top prospect.
Signet Swift (Ballymac Vic x Dorotas Irena) joined the kennel after finishing her schooling trials in Ireland and is meant to be pretty decent. I never take too much notice of schooling trials though but I’ll look forward to seeing her begin at Monmore in a few weeks’ time.  

 

Looking back to last weeks’ action Madabout Philip finished 3rd in his puppy open at Nottingham and could never really get a run at them. He’s in great shape though and will be kept going.
Ballymac Osby got a very rough ride in his heat of the Steel City Cup and checked the pick-up as well. He has since checked out well and will be given a confidence boosting solo at Swindon next week.
Westway Turk finished 5
th
in his heat and has since joined David Mullins. Turk is a lovely dog who should thrive on his Romford 575m races and has done very well to return from a horrible shoulder injury suffered in his first UK trial.
Argentina showed terrific early pace to lead the Trafalgar Cup final a few lengths down the back but had no answer to the top drawer King Sheeran coming home. I’m delighted with his progress though and he’ll be a lovely pup for the Romford and Henlow puppy cups. He’ll head to Romford soon for a maiden.
Rockscoe was not beaten far at all in the final of the maiden 550m Henlow competition and did well after not being able to lead. He’ll head back to Swindon if the races fill or we’ll take another look at Hove with him.

 

We’ve been racking up the winners at Monmore with Cliffords Pick, Jungle King, Swift Jim, Forest lana, Bravo Echo, Forest Mike (twice), Shakatar, Swift Figgy, Skinny Love, Magical Dreamer, Money Marciano and Mossrich Mirage all obliging over the last couple of weeks.
Forest Mike looks back to his best now and won his A1 in a very fast 28.15 last time out while the penny looks to have dropped for Shakatar as he ran out an impressive winner. It was also great to see Mossrich Mirage win her maiden open as she just beat kennelmate, Bull Run Byte on the line.

 

Ballymac Diego made a very pleasing start for the kennel as he posted 15.64 in his first look at Monmore. He’s a beautifully made 37.5 kilo, May 17 pup so he won’t be rushed and will probably have another sprint in a couple of weeks.
His sister, Ballymac Sydney, also moved well to post 16.04. She’s not seen a track for several weeks and has been in season so this was a nice run.
Raquel returned to action with a very good 15.56 spin.

 

Looking forward to next week we have Gan Gan Fred at Nottingham on Monday and hope to have a few in opens at Swindon on Wednesday while we should also be trialling at Hove on Thursday.  

 

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Osby oozes class and Bale makes Irish Derby Final

 

Naughty Molly got the start wrong and then showed her inexperience at the first bend when checking off the back of a dog as she finished last in the Lowther Stakes final at Nottingham on Monday. It was good experience for her though and really was a terrific achievement to reach the decider after only 8 races. The announcement that Swindon have secured the Oaks this year with a £20,000 first prize is tremendous news for the sport and that is very much her main target later in the year so long as nature doesn’t intervene.
Madabout Philip finished 2
nd
in his puppy open final and ran well in defeat. Again it was good experience for him and he returns to Nottingham next week for a 500m puppy open.
Millroad Susie is really finding her feet now and she made it two open wins on the spin as she showed a lovely turn of middle pace to take control of her 680m race. Susie stays well and never looked in danger of being beaten. Unfortunately the stayer’s competition didn’t fill for next week so we’ll have to find another race for her.

 

Lost One Dare was foot perfect in his 2nd round heat of the East Anglian Derby as he flew the lids and led all the way in 27.34. Dessie has been a tremendous dog for us despite two nasty shoulder injuries and it would be much deserved if he could line up in the decider. He’s a tough draw in trap 6 in his semi-final but is more than capable of running another big race.
Dorotas Del Mar missed the break and was crowded at the bend in his heat and went out in 4
th
place.

 

Ballymac Osby could potentially be up there with some of the best we’ve had in the kennel and he made a stunning step-up into open race company when winning his Steel City Cup trial stake at Sheffield on Tuesday. It was a red-hot trial stake which included Droopys Expert, Geelo Blissful, Lighfoot King and Lighfoot Oscar but Osby showed great pace, track craft and bravery to take up the running late on and win by 1 length in 28.72. It’s hard to believe this was only his fourth career race and first time under lights and he remains unbeaten. He heads our team for next week’s Steel City Cup.
Gan Gan Fred and Westway Turk were both out of luck in their trial stakes. Fred heads to Nottingham for a trial after a week off and Turk will take his chance in the competition.

 

We had another good day at Monmore on Thursday as we hit a hat-trick of winners. Chasing Highs got off the mark at the 2nd time of asking as he flew the lids and led all the way in his A6. He won by 4 ½ lengths in 28.87 and this would have done him the world of good. He’s only a March 17 puppy and has plenty left to come yet.
Keel Breeze made it two from two as she led all the way to win her A5 by 2 ½ lengths in 28.96. She’s improving all the time and looks to stay well. Glory Marge ran well to finish 2
nd to Breeze and is coming along nicely.
Hail Cleopatra ran a huge race to lead home a kennel 1-2-3 in the A1. This was only her 3
rd ever race and she checked badly at the sough through inexperience but was still able to beat Ballymac Pam by 1 length in 28.56. She surely must have posted a 28.30 without this and looks a bit special. She was unlucky in running last week in the maiden open and prior to that she hadn’t raced since March when taking part in the open unraced b1tch stake in Newbridge.
Glenanore Diego, Swift Jim and Leedon Bacardi all ran well in defeat.
Drive On Hunter recorded 15.61 in his first spin for the kennel. He dived straight to the rails from trap 5 and got the 2
nd
bend a little wrong but this was a very good spin and he’ll have another sprint next week. He’s not seen a track since making a winning debut at Waterford back in June.
Mash Mad Sidney ran the track very well to post 15.72 as he returned to the track following a lay-off. Far Bank Frank also ran the track well to post 15.68 in his first trial since having a tendon removed. Forest Fern (16.08) and Forest Miles (16.02) both had much needed blowouts after some time off and all will have a 480m trial next week.

 

Our good form continued at Monmore on Friday afternoon as we returned with a couple of winners. Whizzy Devil got a much deserved win in his A3 as he led at the first bend. Devil stayed on well to win by 2 lengths in 28.58.
Swift Figgy has really taken to his new surroundings well and he stayed on very well to win his A3 by a head in 28.84.
Money Marciano was just picked up on the line to be beaten a neck in 28.66 and is improving nicely. Magical Dreamer and Jungle King also ran well in defeat.
Signet Hawk impressed in his first trial at Monmore before racing when posting 15.82. He’s only a May 17 and has only been lightly schooled so this was a really pleasing trial especially as he’s not seen a track for about 6 weeks.
Forest Zara completed her qualifying trials for the sprint trip when posting 15.75.

 

We finished the week at Monmore with another double as Forest Beaux and Bravo Echo both obliged. Beaux made it two wins on the spin as she took the double upgrade to A1 in her stride. She fairly flew home to get up on the line to win by a head in 28.70. Bravo Echo got a much deserved win in her A5 as she led all the way to win by ½ a length in 28.98.
Argentina made the final of the Trafalgar Cup as he finished 2
nd in his heat. Although beaten 6 ½ lengths by the hugely impressive King Sheeran, our fella showed great pace up after missing the break. There’s plenty more to come from this dog but he’ll need to break a lot better next week in a red-hot final. Bull Run Byte finished 3rd
in the same race and looked a little sharper.
Mossrich Mirage ran well to be beaten just a head in her maiden open while Drumcrow Darcy also ran well in defeat.

 

Lost One Dare was out of luck in his semi-final of the Yarmouth Derby. He could never get a blow in from a tricky trap 6 draw and was later found to have suffered a central tarsal injury to the hock. He faces 3-4 months on the easy list but should recover well and we very much hope a return to racing is possible.

 

Magical Bale kept all our dreams alive as he ran a mighty race to win his semi-final of the Irish Derby. Bale showed the heart of a lion to hold on from Jaytee Taylor after battling to the front at the last bend. He’s a nice draw for the final but whatever happens now he has given us all a great thrill. Pat Guilfoyle and his team have done a magnificent job with him and hopefully Bale can give them back-to-back Derby wins following Good News last year. It should be a great weekend and we can’t wait to head to Dublin.

 

Rockscoe ran a very brave race to finish 2nd in his semi-final of the maiden 550m Gold Cup at Henlow. He was crowded a couple of times early on and I was worried this would take its toll in the later stages of the race but he battled very well and showed the benefit of last week’s run. He’ll have a great chance in next week’s final if trapping in his best fashion as he should improve again.

 

Forest Alma left the kennel to join Emma Jinks at Peterborough and we wish her well. She was affectionately known as ‘The Thug’ in the kennel and hopefully she’ll go onto win plenty of races.

 

Pro Penny and Pro Pearl join for David Sullivan and the Pro racing club and were in lovely condition from David Mullins. They are a fine looking pair of well bred b1tches and we look forward to starting them off.
Ballymac Berry has been purchased by myself and Billy McMahon and is a fine looking puppy. She’s very young so won’t be rushed but she should make a lovely type.
Ballymac Daz is the fourth member of the Droopys Sydney x Ballymac Razl litter that we’ve had in and she is a very strong looking pup. She’s full of puppy coat but has been doing some super times in Tralee and was soon snapped up by Greg Lee.

 

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Weekly update

 

It was a busy start to the week with both Nottingham and Yarmouth on Monday evening. We’ll start at Nottingham where we had a terrific night as both Naughty Molly and Madabout Philip obliged in fine style.
Naughty Molly is a terrific prospect and she built on a good first look last week to run out an easy winner of her Lowther Stakes semi-final. Despite moving middle early on, she showed superb all round pace to win by 2 ¼ lengths in 28.82. We’ve a nice draw in the final but it really is a top class race with some fabulous b1tches in it. This will be just her eighth career start and she really has done remarkably well already.
Madabout Philip won his heat of the 480m puppy competition in fine style as he led at the 3
rd bend before drawing right away to win by 5 ½ lengths in 28.82. The win will have done his confidence the world of good and he certainly deserved his win after running with huge credit during the Northern Puppy Derby. 
Dorotas Del Mar ran a great race to finish 2
nd to King Elvis in the first round of the East Anglian Derby over at Yarmouth. He showed great pace up to get on the inside of Elvis at the corner but just moved off at the 3rd bend and left Elvis a nice gap to pass us again. Del Mar stuck on well though and should improve for the run.
We looked like having the forecast in our other heat as Prize Fighter led Lost One Dare down the back straight. Prize Fighter moved off at the last couple of bends though and they both came together. Thankfully Lost One Dare still qualified in 3
rd
but Prize Fighter tired into last. He showed serious pace though but was later found to have suffered a minor niggle and will be off a few weeks.

 

We had another good day at Monmore on Tuesday afternoon as we returned with a couple of winners. Swift Jim won the D2 on his debut and was very brave on the bend after missing the break. He stayed very well to the drop and looks like he’ll get the four bends too. Keel Breeze ran well to win on debut in the A6 as she stayed well to get up on the line. It’s been a long road for Breeze after her paperwork was lost by Towcester and she then came into season. She should continue to improve. Glory Marge and Forest lana also ran well in defeat.
Razor Blazer completed his qualifying at Monmore with his 28.74 spin while Forest Zara continued her comeback from season with her 15.57 sprint.

 

I had an early start on Thursday morning to collect two new recruits. Isthattheway arrives for Billy McMahon and comes with a big reputation. He’s only a July 17 baby but has gone very well in his schooling trials at Tralee and is a fine looking dog.
Ballymac Yasnil is a lovely looking b1tch and she comes highly recommended from Liam Dowling. She’s a sister to Ballymac Diego and Ballymac Sydney who we already have in the kennel and is from the next litter of Ballymac Razl who has thrown no end of top class dogs. She’s on the website for sale.

 

We hit our first Monmore four-timer on Thursday evening. Forest Beaux may have gone 13 races without a win since beginning her racing career but it was always plain to see that she had a big run in her if able to lead and that’s exactly what happened. Beaux led at the bend before staying on strongly to win her A3 by 6 lengths in 28.46. She looks to stay very well and the 630m trip should be ideal for her.
Money Marciano showed some sparkling early pace to lead at the bend before stretching right away in his A3. He cramped a little coming home but still won by 5 ¼ lengths in 29.14. I thought the time looked better than that and he should improve again for the run. The softer 480m trip looks perfect for him.
Morning Live Len bounced back from a troubled run last time out as he led all the way to win his A3 by a short head in 28.85. He showed some lovely early and middle pace to stretch right away and just held on after tiring late on. Emperor Casanova took a sharp hike in grade to run very well in defeat in the same race when finishing 3
rd and he really looks to be shaping up now.
Swift Frisco completed the night’s work as he ran on strongly to win his A2 by 1 ¾ lengths in 28.97. Frisco and his brother Figgy have been cracking little dogs for the kennel and they should get the 630m trip as well.
Velvet Honey led all the way bar the line in her A5 and Ballymac Pam ran another good race in defeat to finish 2
nd
in the A1.  

 

Bit View Shannon continued her excellent record when taking the step up to maiden open class in her stride as she showed lovely early pace to overcome a slow start to lead at the bend. She stayed on well to win by a length in 28.43.
Magical Dreamer made it a double on the night for us as she led all the way to win her D4 by 1 ½ lengths in 15.75.
Bull Run Byte finished 4
th
on her debut and looked like she would benefit from the race. Hail Cleopatra got no run on her debut but will also have needed the race badly.
Argentina missed the break in his division on the maiden open but showed good pace afterwards without really getting a run at them.
Drumcrow Darcy and Forest Mike were both out of luck in the standard 480m open.

 

Lazy Man unfortunately lost his unbeaten record in the Henlow sprint final on Sunday afternoon as he was very badly crowded on the first bend. He looked to have had the hard work done as he showed terrific early pace to get to the bend in front but was caught from behind and his race was over. He’s a tremendous little dog though and we’ll look at a more galloping type of track for him now.
Rockscoe was beaten into 2
nd place in his heat of the maiden 550m competition but ran very well in defeat. Rocky broke well and led a good few lengths before tiring coming home. He hasn’t raced for a couple of months though and would really have needed this. He should improve nicely for the run.
Forest Alma could never quite clear the pace inside of her from a tricky trap 6 draw but did well to finish 3
rd
.

 

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Kennel update

 

The week began with a trip to Nottingham on Monday evening. Madabout Philip ran the track well on his first look to post 29.01 in his 480m trial. This was his first piece of track work since the Northern Puppy Derby final nearly 3 weeks ago so he would have needed the spin. He’ll return next week for a puppy competition.
Despite the lack of a trial, Naughty Molly ran a terrific race to finish 2
nd in her heat of the Lowther Stakes. She was beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Marians Dream despite running off at the 2nd bend and getting lost at the last as well. Molly will improve nicely for the look round and has a good draw to work from in the weaker of the two semi-finals. This was only the 6th
race of her career so it really was a terrific achievement to be competing at this top level and she can only improve.

 

Swift Frisco gave us our first inter track winner at our new home when he finished well to win by ¾ of a length in 28.66. Shakatar and Forest Beaux also ran well in the same race.
Emperor Casanova got his first career win as he swooped at the 3
rd
bend to take full advantage of some crowding before staying on well to win by nearly 5 lengths in 28.75. Nova certainly runs the track much better than he did at Towcester and this would have done his confidence the world of good.
Argentina continues to impress in his trials and he qualified with an excellent 28.41. Hail Cleopatra is a lovely puppy as well and she really pleased us with her 28.58 effort. Razor Blazer got a little lost on his first look but still posted 28.96. He would have badly needed the run so the blowout would have done him good.
Swift Jim looks a nice puppy in the making and he won his sprint trial in 15.59. He beat Forest Zara (15.74) and Magical Dreamer (16.08) as they continue their return from season.

 

We headed to Sheffield on Tuesday evening as we begin the preparation for the Steel City Cup. Ballymac Osby has enjoyed a nice break since his brilliant 27.91 A1 win at Towcester so I was thrilled with his 28.90 spin over the 500m trip. He flew the lids and ran the track very well. He’s certainly maturing into a special dog and it was good to see him take so well to a new track. Osby beat Gan Gan Fred (29.12) and Rockscoe (29.26) who both moved well too. Fred would have needed the spin while Rocky will probably head to Henlow for the 550m maiden competition.
Osby and Fred will be joined by Westway Turk for trials again next Tuesday.

 

We had another couple of winners from our inter track runners at Monmore on Wednesday. Swift Figgy was crowded at the first and third bends but ran on very strongly to win by a short head in 29.51. Skinny Love was another short head behind in 3rd place and also ran very well.
Bit View Shannon is a lovely b1tch and she made it 6 wins from her 11 starts as she led all the way in 28.78. Ballymac Pam ran a blinder in behind Shannon as she ran on very well to be beaten a length and she won’t be long in winning.
Bull Run Byte completed her qualifying trials with a very pleasing 28.53 trial win over Cliffords Pick (28.83) and Whizzy Devil (29.13).
Forest Blossom ran on well to beat Keel Breeze and Chasing Highs in 29.27.

 

We had a good morning on the gallop Wednesday with 17 dogs going through their paces. Bull Run Bandit continued his comeback with an excellent spin while Ballymac Natalie had her first gallop since damaging a wrist at Nottingham last time out. The Yarmouth Derby dogs were given a spin with Dorotas Del Mar being particularly impressive. Far Bank Frank is also going the right way following a tendon operation.

 

Millroad Susie ran a super race to win her 630m open at Monmore on Thursday evening. She was made to do things the hard way but she’s really taken to her new surroundings well and deserved her win after running very well the previous week over the 480m trip. Susie is only just getting going again following season and has plenty more to come. All being well she’ll be part of our team for the Yorkshire St Leger.
Forest Lana ran another good race in defeat to finish 2
nd
in the sprint open while Glenanore Diego missed the break but ran well after.
Leedon Bacardi missed the break in his maiden open but will now be graded on.
We had another 9 trials before racing and that’s now most of the dogs graded on. Whizzy Wonder ran on well to win his trial in 28.51, while Galloping Moon was eye-catching in behind when staying on very strongly to post 28.68. She’s only a baby but looks a really nice prospect. Money Marciano cramped coming home but is still short of fitness, he posted 28.95.
Mossrich Mirage has really taken well to Monmore and she won her trial in 28.49. Jungle King (29.12) and Glory Marge (29.30) both graded on in behind.
Drumcrow Darcy (28.48), Forest Mike (28.59) and Jolie Lace (29.06) all joined the graded strength as well.

 

Shibboleth was sent to Damian McCann in Northern Ireland on Thursday for some re-schooling. She’s very immature still so hopefully some intensive schooling will make her more focused. She’s a very pacey lady and is still very young.
Damian seems to think the b1tch pup that we have schooling with him at the moment by Ballymac Vic x Dorotas Irena looks very pacey and has been flying in her sprint trials following a short lay-off with a sore metacarpal. We’ve had the comrade (Signet Hawk) in the kennel for a few weeks now and he is a lovely pup, very good to handle and looks to be able to move on the gallop. He should be ready for a sprint trial in a week or two once his paperwork is complete.

 

Hard Bought was taking into the Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust and will make someone a great companion. Well’ard as he was known was a real kennel favourite and as hard as nails. He was an old fashioned type dog who would literally run through a brick wall for you. He never had much luck with injuries though and was limited to just two wins in his UK career.

 

It was strange not having any runners from the kennel on Saturday evening but two of our former stars ran huge races to make it safely into the ¼ finals of the Irish Derby. Jelly Flood was never in any danger when turning without any trouble and sailed through in 3rd. Magical Bale ran well in defeat after crowding at the bend as he finished 2nd to Lenson Blinder.
Dream Fairy was crowded out on the bend and was eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Munster Oaks. She had done well though to reach that stage for such a novice.

 

Lazy Man extended his unbeaten record to 5 UK races as he flew the lids and led all the way in his semi-final of the Bedfordshire sprint competition at Henlow on Sunday afternoon. He came home 1 ½ lengths to the good in 16.60. We’ve got trap one in the final and despite having some time to find on the clock, I fancy our fella to improve again.
Forest Alma ran another good race in defeat as she was 2
nd
in the 460m standard open. Alma broke well but couldn’t quite clear the bend without trouble but really stuck on well and seems to be improving nicely.

 

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