It’s the start of the super St Leger Festival of racing, four days of top quality sport, however my focus will be at Romford greyhound stadium tonight for their prestigious Champion Stakes at 9.19. The reason for this is my girlfriend Barbara is a member of a syndicate who own Longrange Denis.
Denis runs from trap one and is trained by Norah McEllistrim a superb trainer of these wonderful animals. He has never won an open race as yet but qualified for the final with a brilliant 2nd beating Kevin Dears Blackstone Marco into 3rd place and fair play to Kevin as he has wished us good luck in the final.
Our boy is drawn in trap one and is the only railer in the contest so at 12/1 with Sky Sports represents a bit of value.
If you are thinking of getting into owning a greyhound Norahs Racing Club is great value with a share in six dogs who run in graded and open races. The club has members as far afield as Spain and the West Indies and this is for an annual cost of £300. Also if you wish to own a dog outright to run in your businesses name it’s a great way to advertise and Norah will find you a top dog at a very realistic price.
Turning my attentions back to sunny Donny you will find this is one of the oldest race courses in the country with racing going back to the 16th Century. In 1614 the residents of Doncaster tried to stop the races as it was attracting a very rough element but eventually gave in as it was so popular.
The first St Leger was run in 1776 and won by Allabaculla who I believe was tipped up by the Gambling Don and the race is recognised as the oldest Classic race run anywhere in the World.
I have looked at a couple of races at Carlisle today for Howies Hottie however I’m going to stick with Doncasters lucky last the 5.15 and put up Dangerous Age as a sporting each way tip. The filly is now trained by Charlie Hills after the sad death of his brother John earlier this year.
She is an improving horse who will appreciate drying ground and the sun on her back. The Hills have booked Ryan Moore to ride and as he has won on her before that must be a big positive. The only unknown is the draw in these cavalry charges but with Ryan in the plate it’s a chance worth taking.
Green Howard wins again and Safety Check goes in at 8/1
Gabriels Bounty trainer R.Fahey – Went off too fast at Wolverhampton running out of petrol. With a more conservative ride the horse can do better when next seen.
Inkerman trainer J.Osborne – Running into a bit of form and can win in a low grade affair.
Madamoiselle Bond trainer W.Jarvis – After a slow start she could not get into contention although she stayed on well once the others had flown.
Hawkeyethenoo trainer J.Goldie – Given too much to do at Ascot but noted making good late headway. The trainer thinks he needs to come down in the handicap however I think he can still win off his mark.
Second Step trainer L.Cumani – After a slow start from a wide draw he was seen to weave his way through the field when the race was over and with more luck next time can go close.
Back next Wednesday have good week and be lucky.