...but heads up as Dmagio makes the final at Shelbourne...
BUT for the spin of a coin there would have been two more Razldazl dogs in a Shelbourne final in recent times following the appearance of the victorious Razldazl George and his kennelmate Razldazl Bugatti, who took a crash course rounding the second bend, in the Ladbrokes Irish Derby final on September 10.
Next Saturday week at Shelbourne, Razldazl Dmagio will contest the 480 metres Razldazl Open Unraced Stakes decider at the Dublin track for Dolores Ruth but not his travelling companion, Razldazl Will who, although qualifying in third in Thursday’s semi-finals, went out of the event.
How’s that you might ask? Simple, he dead-heated with Express Champ and connections opted for the due procedure, the toss of a coin, which Will’s trainer, Dolores Ruth, lost. “Do you know, it’s the first time I’ve lost a toss in 20 years so really I can’t complain,” she said.
Hove fans eagerly anticipate the return of Jimmy Lollie...
OPEN race fans are spoilt for choice tonight and choosing where to go, if you haven’t already gone that is, will be a difficult decision for most.
There are big finals at Henlow, backed up with eight supporting opens, and up north at Belle Vue, where Sheffield trainer Elaine Parker will be hopeful that her recently arrived renaissance continues.
There are two opens on the Oxford card but Hove just about take the biscuit with 12 opens no less, one of which marks another comeback by ace sprinter and greyhound of the year, Jimmy Lollie.
WIMBLEDON owner Ross Banner rates the possibility of Walthamstow rising from the ashes a 5-4 chance but goes 4-7 that no it won’t.
Change that second price around and 7-4 against are the odds the bookmakers are offering about Sports Personality of the Year and champion National Hunt jockey an umpteenth number of times, Tony McCoy, becoming the first rider to receive a ban under the new whip rules announced yesterday by the BHA.
Don’t miss a trick those bookies do they but we reckon they would offer at least 1000-1 about the Save Our Stow (SOS) brigade throwing in the towel, keep at it lads and lasses.
Romford mechanism to get once over...
ROMFORD racing manager Peter O’Dowd is reported to be a little concerned over a bunch of very fast sectional times at the Essex track in recent weeks.
So fast in fact that our Peter is contemplating getting his watch fixed or, rather, having the timing mechanism at the track checked out.
He is, however, satisfied that the overall times “are fine” but we fancy that he and his colleagues in the judges’ box could not believe their eyes when Eden Star smashed to smithereens the 400 record there in the recent Puppy Cup semi-finals!
Literally for the record, Barrie Draper’s dog lopped chunks of the record - 22 spots – set by Ardbeg Mentor in April last year.
...but the Premarket man will be back for the final!
‘THEY missed me with the bomb but got me with the fall-out’ is how Nottingham-based trainer Charles Fanous might have described his fortunes in the second St Leger semi-final at Wimbledon on Tuesday in which he was doubly represented by Curragh Kewell and Penskey John.
On paper, both dogs had it to do against Aero Majestic and the luckless Head Iton Jason but while Curragh Kewell qualified in third and goes back to Plough Lane for next Tuesday’s final, Penskey John went out and back to his Papplewick kennels with Fanous, who runs the Premarket greyhound supplies and accessories business, planning his next tour of duty!
For the perfectionist this second eliminator was not for them, in a bunched race that more resembled a bunch of looneys trying to navigate the maze at Hampton Court on a foggy day it was the complete outsider of the party, Penskey Rain, a littermate of Fanous’s dog, who spoilt most of the parties.
HAS any trainer out there experienced any problems with the recently-introduced annual veterinary kennel inspections? If so, get in touch while the same applies to the Point Of Sampling rule, whereby new greyhounds for GBGB registration must provide a urine sample.
...and withdrawals did nowt to help!
GARY MATTHEWS and his associates in the Wimbledon racing office would have every reason to breath a big sigh of relief when what really has been a nightmare of a St Leger finally comes to a conclusion on Tuesday next week.
Right from the start there were problems when the competition looked like falling short of entries, a situation which helped bring about one of the GRA’s biggest-ever phone bills from BT as Matthews and his colleagues feverishly began ringing around for runners!
They got there in the end but the gremlins soon got to work, first when Droopys Greg was withdrawn from the quarter-finals after “over exerting” himself in round one and then when the fastest first-round winner, Paul Hennessy’s Irish runner Barefoot Machine, was withdrawn off-colour.
Buckley dog fastest in Laurels re-runs...
THEY were keeping their fingers crossed that all went well at Curraheen Park on Monday when three first-round heats of the Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels, which were aborted on Saturday after a traps malfunction, would pass without further incident.
They need not have worried, all went like clockwork and, talking of clocks, a couple of very quick times were posted by the Irish Derby runner-up, Dream Walker, and Slick Seattle.
Dream Walker was challenged early doors by Barefoot Admiral but as that rival’s stamina began to sap Tom O’Neill’s Dream Walker ran right away from him to win by more than five lengths in a speedy 28.17sec.
But fractionally more quicker (just one spot) went Slick Seattle for Pat Buckley. He was led by Deerfield Music but when that one went walkabouts on the fourth bend along came Slick Seattle up the inside to win by just under a length.
The second round of the Laurels is on Saturday.
Draper says he doesn’t know just how good Eden could be...
EDEN STAR’S victory in the Romford Puppy Cup final on Friday was just as emphatic as his record-breaking run (23.34sec.) in the semi-finals a week earlier when he romped home by 10 lengths no less.
Seemingly with his trapping ability becoming more reliable, he made not the slightest mistake in the £8,000 final, bolting up by more than eight lengths in 23.60sec., comparatively pedestrian by his very high standards!
Barrie Draper’s dog has now won six of his eight races over here since joining the kennel from Ireland and those two defeats followed early hassle but his raw speed carried him into second spot both times.
Laurels heats declared void after malfunction...
WHATEVER it was that made the traps open prematurely for heats four and five in the first round of the Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels (525 yards) at Curraheen Park on Friday was remedied for the conclusion of the opening round the following night down in Cork.
The rest of Friday’s card was called off after the glitch and full marks to racing manager Brian Collins who did not ask the trainers of those who ran in the void races to come back to both start and finish their business the following night!
Taking into account that the no-race greyhounds had run the full distance and that one of them had taken a fall prompted Collins to request that the dogs go back on Monday instead. Some of the greyhounds had long journeys to and from Cork so good to see some commonsense being applied by Collins and his colleagues.
Fastest heat winner in the concluding batch of heats on Saturday was Moes Tavern in heat nine, Craig Kelly’s dog taking no prisoners when slamming the opposition by almost eight lengths in 28.17sec. Add 30 spots on top of that, Curraheen Park was running super-fast on Saturday.