Back to my normal Friday service, no ante post selection this week despite the laurels starting at Belle Vue. The top class racing at Belle Vue overshadowed an average card at Romford. So we went to Belle Vue for both the FFT and my private members selection. Eric Court looked to have a solid chance in his laurels heat after a sparkling trial he was the FFT selection. Later in the Oaks Quarter Final I was keen on Kevin Hutton’s Forest Sara to get the better of Evanta Evita. I do believe Evita is being brought to a peak perfectly for the Final after seasonal intervention by Mark Wallis. I was out with friends for dinner so I watched the recordings when I got home. Eric Court unusually fluffed his lines at the start which you can’t do at the top level only managing to qualify in third. Forest Sara turned handy but showed no middle pace and went out of the competition behind Jaytee India who nailed Evita on the line. Cashen Maureen was the most impressive winner of the night giving Mark Wallis a strong hand in the Oaks.
Saturday saw bits and pieces of open action at Wimbledon & Crayford but nothing at the prices tempted me into having a bet! Not even the ‘Night of Stars’ tempted me to have a bet! Instead I watched the boxing at a mates and even managed to win a few quid from the enemy.
Sunday popped up to the RGT kennels to see Tommy who was in fine fettle. Picked up a Racing Post to read an excellent article from RPGTV’s Julie Collier on her Australian greyhound trip. We could learn a few things from the Aussies! After looking at the cards/prices I decided there was again nothing at the prices that tempted me to put up a selection or back anything. I was heading to Sittingbourne to watch two of my dogs who both had decent chances IMO. Goes Hot in the sprint 4/1 was big IMO with B365 and Wotnofizz 9/4 in the 480 maiden final. After a very nice dinner in the Sittingbourne Restaurant (recommended) Mrs D & I ventured out onto the terraces to watch Patch run a blinder just falling to catch the trap five runner who came out underneath the boxes. He must have been four clear round the first bend Patch after a moderate break by his standards cleared the pack at the first bend to shut the winner down to 3/4 length. I was hoping to go one better in the maiden final with Fizz, he didn’t disappoint he broke ok for him and turned handy behind the two leaders, he took off down the back straight, taking up the lead at the third bend pulling away to win comfortably in a decent time. His win was meant to make the journey home shorter but unbelievable roadworks on the A2 put paid to that. Still it turned out to be a very good night.
Monday a new month the last of the year, I intend to finish with a flourish, it’s the usual catch up day, looked at Nottingham card after the prices came out for a selection to kick start the month. After some thought I decided to send out a no bets day and concentrate on Romford’s sky card tomorrow to kick start December.
Tuesday up with the larks got a Racing Post from the newsagent and got to work. I sent out three selections to subscribers before 10am. The two bitches races on my radar with Mark Wallis having a strong hand with Domino Storm 5/2 and Aayamzone 6/4 being the selections. Though I did have my own bitch Wotnobubbles in the second bitches race, she is stepping up in class but the 12/1 on offer was too big IMO for a bitch who could lead them round the first bend. But as you all know I never tip my own.
My third and final selection was Maxine Locke’s Drumna Finch 7/1 who she had skilfully brought back from injury. He won well Friday and was overpriced IMO. He rated a solid each way bet at the prices especially with Bet 365 my favourite bookmakers going 1/3 odds.
I went over to watch all the action with my mate Andy. All the faces were in attendance, as per usual for a Sky night. Mark Wallis was in good form nailing two winners off the Sky TV card but his Domino Storm lost us all chance of winning by stumbling at lid rise. Aayamzaone however restored the balance by hosing up in the other bitches race. Even better was that Wotnobubbles secured my each way bet hanging onto second place after leading round the first bend as I thought. Drumna Finch looked lame to me and he showed no va va voom after a decent break in the marathon. This left us all with a small deficit on the night.
The Essex Vase Final was marred by two separate fatal injuries to two of the runners, Tuna Crunch was knocked over at the third bend and Ballymac Aalto was badly bumped at the fifth bend. This left Adoremus to pick up Any Dack to land the prize for local trainer Maxine Locke. The track as is the norm on sky nights was conducive to fast times. Adageo Bob showed what might have been by equalling the track record in a supporting race. Not sure there’s any need for a fast track – a slow track is a safe track!
Wednesday watched the recording of the Sky programme before taking a look at tonight’s cards. There was nothing on the graded cards on RPGTV to tempt me nor on the bags track championship meeting at Hove, no bets advised.
The first advance card came out for the Towcester the newest track and the first to be built for 19 years. The racecourse executive decided to build the 1.8m track after they realised that the racing fixtures alone couldn’t sustain the venue. Increased prize money and the forward thinking of the track management has seen three of the top six trainers in the country, including champion trainer Mark Wallis leave there positions at other tracks to join Towcester. The first meeting is on Saturday evening and the following Saturday the Sky cameras are in attendance for a top class card as is the GMT.
Now if you want a great night out at the dogs to check out this new venue and if you would like the GMT to mark your card, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday I pulled the curtains open and saw a very grey depressing morning, undeterred I set about the Hove card and quickly saw that I wasn’t the inky one who thought Droopys Odell was worth a bet the 15/8 was gone and the 7/4 was being hoovered up quickly. Got what I could on with Coral 888 sport & Ladbrokes and sent out the email as quickly as I could for subscribers to do the same. Odell was desperately unlucky last week and I think he can make amends this week. Settled down to watch the evenings action and just couldn’t believe that I watched an action replay of last weeks race where this week Odell tangled with Blonde Razor at the first bend, my new nemesis Jet Stream Smurf took full advantage to race into the lead and try as he might Odell couldn’t find a way past being beaten a length – priceless!
Friday I have a strong word for one over at Romford that’s expected to win, to pay for ours and the kennels Christmas but that’s for my subscribers only.
For today’s free tip we go over to Belle Vue where we have reached the semi final stage of both the Laurels and Oaks. Mark Wallis has a stranglehold on the oaks with Evanta Evita odds on to win the first semi and Cashen Maureen odds on to win the second.
No value there so I have gone for Jim Hayton’s Monmore Gold Cup winner Viking Jack who was impressive winning his heat in the fastest time last week beating last weeks FFT Eric Court who fell out. His draw out wide is in his favour as I expect there could be some trouble inside him. He’s worth a bet at the odds to repeat the dose this week!
Belle Vue 8.45 Trap 6
Win bet @ 11/4 Hills & B365