Usual Friday newsletter sent out with free tip enclosed. Plumped for the well drawn Fivestar Clipper to get a trouble free run whereas his heat conqueror Adageo Bob had a difficult draw. Once the ‘greedy ones’ got round to pricing up I sent out another selection to subscribers Kevin Boon’s Farneys Cookie who ran well on Monday behind the two aforementioned greyhounds. This was a much easier opportunity tonight. Met the Cardinal for our pre-meeting dinner at Miller & Carter before arriving trackside looking forward to watching our own two runners Laura & Marco. Laura started the evening off with a bang, bolting from the traps and not seeing another rival in her maiden. We had a bit on at the 6/1 that was freely available in the afternoon. Cookie ran no race at all after early crowding, the same could be said of Clipper, with well drawn Airport Captain looking back to his best just holding Adageo Bob, though I have a feeling Bob will get his revenge in the Essex Vase.
Marco also disappointed after early crowding, but my spirits were still on high after Laura’s earlier win.
Saturday saw only a few opens at Crayford & Shawfield which were quickly bypassed with a no bets email. So I spent the day with my grand daughter Poppy instead, she’s just the best!
Sunday I zipped up to see Tommy who is still looking for his forever home! He’s in really good form. Watched my son’s football match before agreeing with Angus the dog that Coolmore Joe 2/1 looked a solid bet at Henlow. Backed and sent out before meeting my friends Alan & Jill for Sunday lunch. My busy Sunday continued as I shot over to Henlow to watch the action. Like Friday I had two dogs running Patch in the sprint was disappointing and Fizz who we had high hopes for in the Maiden Derby, went out when he was badly crowded at the first bend, pacing up well after a slow break. He’s a fast dog but looks like he needs a longer run to the bend. Coolmore Joe couldn’t lift the mood as he could only manage second after a tardy break. Not the best of nights and apart from Laura not the best of weekends.
Monday woke up with a painful frozen shoulder, which got me out of the housework! I decided to have a go at the bags championship decider at Romford and put out two selections to subscribers. Cloella 7/2 looked the call in the first 575 and Droopys Hemione 6/4 looked the one in the second 575. Backed and sent out to subscribers. Popped down my local bookies to watch how the selections went, it was very quiet with just the bookie and myself in attendance. I knew we were in trouble when Cloella drifted from 7/4 out to 11/4 and the bookies had it right as he ran no race! However all was not lost when the well backed Hermione 4/5f hosed up confirming Sittingbourne’s win and deserved place in the Bags Track Championship Final.
Tuesday up with the larks as usual on a Sky night. The cameras were over at Colwick Park Nottingham for the Final of the Betfred Eclipse. Quickly identified two runners on the card that I thought were overpriced and who I thought could outrun those odds. Clounamon Queen 6/1 and Dragon Big Bux 7/2 were duly backed before being emailed out to subscribers to do likewise. Settled down later to watch all the action, I did think that there would be a few shocks as the racing appeared extremely competitive. At the end of play 33/1,16/1,10/1 and 8/1 winners later told you it was a bookmakers bonanza. Anyway my subscribers needn’t have worried as Queen bolted out of the traps as expected and in winning clocked the fastest 500 metre time of the night, to reward them with another big price sky winner!
Big Bux couldn’t quite land us a double whammy only managing second after a moderate break in the sprint. Still another big winning night for us on Sky.
Wednesday saw RPGTV graded fare at Romford & Peterborough that failed to interest me in any shape or form. A no bets email was quickly sent out. However I did watch the show as my friend & the ‘sheriff of Romford’ Dave Fredericks was the guest on the programme. I did say to my punters to watch him as he would tip up a few winners, which duly did!
There were just the four opens at Hove, its been like this at the Sussex track for some time now, not sure why, they used to fill a whole Thursday card with opens.
There was one open over at Henlow, a Mini Final over 428 metres, having watched the heats last week I thought the plum rails draw was good enough for Brannew Rock 7/2 to win the Final as he had done in his heat. Backed before being sent out to subscribers to do likewise. I was in my office watching all the action, I noticed the fog at Henlow getting worse as the meeting went on and it was no surprise that they had to abandon with two races to go. One of them still to race was the Final. All bets should be voided.
Friday all roads lead to Romford where the Essex Vase starts with six heats tonight. I will be in attendance as Marco is running, though his two poor recent runs taper enthusiasm somewhat of success. Dogs can make fools of you and I’m hoping he puts up a better show this evening. Now for the Friday Free Tip let’s go Ante Post in the Essex Vase. Me and lots of other knowledgeable greyhound hacks believe Adageo Bob is the most likely winner of the Vase. His level of form and consistency make him very hard to beat. The 10/3 available is fair and worth a bet.
Coral Essex Vase Ante Post (Final 2/12)
Win bet @ 10/3 generally