ARCHIEVE BLOG JAN ’16 – OCT ’16
More bad office days – even with Jimmy and Rosie on the job as they came with us to Sunderland to watch Vicky race. Vicky did everything right but when in winning positions during the race, she backed off twice when a dog came to challenge her at bends and threw the race away. This was Vicky the timid, the self same dog who had to be moved to a kennel on her own for being aggressive ! Our luck well out. Vroom was also running well but faded at the end and finished sore. Thankfully nothing serious. Next up last night was Bruce who had a major chance – and finished last. Thankfully he is totally sound but appears not to be handling Crayford at present. Thankfully Alan had a bigger bet than normal on a 7/2 dog not in Panther that romped it so losses for the week not as bad as they might have been but bad enough. Still 5 runners tonight inc on RPGTV so is it a Super Yankee ? Personally will settle for a winner (any).
On the horse front, will get details up of new horse when pic through. Charlie Hall meeting in full swing and a meeting we have always attended but have to miss this year. Mind you what a brilliant competitive card at Sedgefield the other day. Winter still seems to be held at bay and it was a lovely day at Catterick races the other day when Doc (left) looked a picture. He has come out of the race well and we are looking forward to seeing him over obstacles this Winter.
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Bad day at the office yesterday – although all dogs and Doc finished without problem. Just results could have been better ! Doc, however, ran well enough on a return after a Summer break and will now probably go over obstacles for his next run. Better result for Alan at the sales yesterday (only just made it back to Catterick from Newmarket for Doc’s race, having missed his first two runners), when he sold a horse for £260,000 at the sales. As opposed to ourselves, this was a pretty nice day at the office and I can understand why he prefers the Flat nowadays. Think I could be persuaded to change my preference !
Still, another day and hopefully another winner tomorrow as VROOM runs at Chelmsford and with Jimmy and Rosie giving their support to Vicky tomorrow, how can she fail ?
4 dogs out today plus DEEP RESOLVE in the 4.00 at Catt. Back after Summer break and seems fine in himself but yard had bad time over the Summer months. First winner in long time last week so hoping things picking up. Doc’s main aim is for nov chasing this season but a run on the turf, especially as the yard not fully firing, isn’t a bad thing. Don’t want a prob over fences on first race. Doc has never really run well at Catt. so needs to improve on that, as his style of racing wouldn’t suit the track. Ground ok and at least the price is right – 28’s and on the drift ! Never know ?
THE KITE IS BACK !!!!!
One of our most successful dogs Ballymac Kite won again yesterday when just getting up on the line following a missed break in a sprint. Backed in from 7/2 to 2/1 fav, it was a bit nerve wracking but plenty of screaming at the screen seemed to do the trick ! She has now won 11 races from 31 races for us (almost 36%) and been 2nd x 6 reaching a form fig of 110. Total races are 18 wins 61 races. She was injured in June and came back on track last week when coming 4th but she missed the break that day as well. More should (touchwood) still come as she is a dog who normally shows a lot of early.
On the horse front, DEEP RESOLVE runs at Catterick tomorrow and there is a change of bloodstock also in the offing. Details will be posted shortly on a new horse ready to race in about 2 weeks. Cheque books at the ready !
From the other day, Vicky was a bit unlucky to lose having looked the winner all the way until the home straight. She moved off the rail slightly allowing a dog (a middle runner) to get up her inside. It thenm proceeded to carry Vicky out after the 4 bend. Still it wasn’t a poor run and having thought she was getting ready to come into season, it may not now be the case. Bruce ran disappointing and is being checked over. Watch out for Scion ! – she’s on her way back with very good trial time.
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Great to see Alan’s yard have its first winner yesterday for a long time since all the problems over the Summer. Deep Resolve now holds an entry at Catterick on Tues.
MUGGED ON THE LINE
RUBY REBEL went down right on the line today and it’s been one of those days. Took Jimmy & Rosie out to the reservoir early this morning and Alan lost the van keys on the walk through the woods – MORE ABOUT WHY ON JIMMY’S BLOG PAGE ONCE HE GETS AROUND TO IT – then he broke his glasses and Rosie decided she was having such a great time out and about she decided to ‘plant’ and point blank refused to get back in the van when we miraculously found the keys on the woodland path in amongst the ferns. Suppose that used up our good luck, as we just got back home in time to see Rebel get mugged on the line at 11/2.
Still, time for a change of luck again as both Vicky and Bruce racing at tea time – Sunderland and Crayford.
On the horse front, VROOM is well after his race but it was a little bit disappointing, even though he had been off track a while following his gelding. He is a very flashy individual and Dougie (Costello) who rode is sure he knows why the race wasn’t right so next time ? Let’s hope. There are a couple of intro shares available in Vroom who will be racing on the all weather tracks this Winter and I’m sure he will give owners plenty of enjoyment over the coming months. A small intro share costs only £485 FULLY INC until May 1st. If he doesn’t (no chance !) I’m sure Gay’s repartee will keep you amused !
An excuse for WILLOW ISLAND’S poor race last time comes in the form of the yard horses have now mostly been coughing – hence no runners. It happens and the good news is that it is now clearing and the next target is a race at Wetherby’s Charlie Hall meeting. Be there as an owner in Willow – still couple of intro shares left. See Willow’s own page. This was a meeting we religiously went to year after year and a meeting we put on many of the Racing Weekends before hotel prices meant you could literally have 10 days abroad in the sunshine or 2 nights in the Wetherby (mostly York) area for the same price (albeit with plenty of entertainment). Mind you, the weekends were great fun to be part of and there are many happy memories and stories (some still untold !) Which brings me to the next trainer’s horses ! DEEP RESOLVE & PHANTOM DANCER will have more entries shortly. The yard has had one or two better results in the last couple of weeks and hopefully things are picking up once again.
Deep Resolve will be declared a non runner today although he should be racing soon. Alan’s double with Vroom now at well over 300/1 wont now be landed ! Still, would happily settle for the one winner today.
RUM & VICKY DOUBLE !!!!
Both dogs ran last Thursday and it was a nice win double with both missing the break but both hitting the front at the third bend and then going away to win. Rum (pictured right) by 6 lengths and Vicky by 3.25 lengths. Would have been better still if Alan had backed them but where we were staying it was a bad signal and unable to get the internet connection. Still nice to see Vicky bounce back to form. Hope it continues, although a grade rise now likely.
Just back from a week away with Jimmy ! 2 winners whilst away and 2 runners DEEP RESOLVE & VROOM at Newcastle tomorrow. Incredible how much work builds up in 7 days. Lots of catching up to do and will update blog page soon. No doubt Jimmy will also be having his tuppence worth also !
More entries going in and races depend upon ground as much as anything. Rum Destiny and Kissy all ran last night but only Dessie threatened and he came a close 2nd. He didn’t break as fast as his last race and it probably cost him but never the less he has made a remarkable comeback after such a long time on the sidelines to be competing in Opens. Great training and a very patient approach by Jim. Interesting to watch Alan’s horses as they start raxcing again and following a 3rd the other day hopefully it is a sign that things are taking a turn for the better.
THE N. HUNT SEASON IS COMING SOON !
OK been here a while now but the first meeting at Wetherby has for a long time now, been considered by ourselves as the ‘proper season’. No doubt few feathers ruffled there but many will also understand ! Willow back schooling today and has an entry at Wetherby next Wed. If you want to see a clip of Willow in action schooling, take a look on Sam’s (England – not Drake anymore) twitter account. More blood testing for our horses with Alan this week and hopefully a green light? Doc has always seemed ok but just not worth the risk in running with the yard totally out of sorts over the Summer. Yard runners starting again tomorrow. Vroom has entries for Chelmsford and Musselburgh next week. Can’t say Gay doesn’t leave an opportunity of a winner pass her by !
On the dog front, Vicky ran again today and was backed in from early doors 11/4 to 5/4 fav on the back of a downgrade but anyone following this blog will have saved their money ! When she clicks again (but not before), she will improve to the dog we expect her to become.
Disappointing start for Will, Sam & Panther yesterday as things went rapidly downhill when a horse close to Will took a bad fall at the first and Will seemed to lose his confidence, backing off from the 2nd and 3rd hurdles and dropping himself out the back. For his 1st race back after a long lay off, he sulked. He has returned with no physical effects thankfully, so it is a case of sweetening him up for a couple of days and looking for another race. At least he is physically sound. Another day, another race !
WHAT A NIGHT !!
Dessie (left) got the month away in fine style when absolutely spreadeagling the field on his first race in 9 and a half months. Plenty of shouting at the screen, although in reality he didn’t need the support, as he ran from the traps and the result was never in doubt as he won by 5.25 lengths. Although Alan had thought Rum would have a chance to reverse latest form of Pumpkin and Rum, it was not to be, as Pumpkin (right) was away and gone and never looked back with Rum last away and always playing catch up. This he did to come 2nd to Pumps by 3.5 lengths. No money gambled by Alan but who cares with these sort of results. It was an emotional time at Crayford with Jim’s family there as I contacted him after Dessie’s win. Wished we could have been there.
Today sees WILLOW make his debut for Panther and Sam in the 5.10 at Uttoxeter. Although this season will see him go novice chasing, he sets off in a hurdle after 467 days off track. He is a stuffy sort so expected to improve on what he does today. Owners have been given a full race preview and what is expected. Only 7 runners now and odds drifted to 33/1. Apologies for delay in the blog today as had problem in uploading.
Today sees the return to the track of KELVA DESTINY in the 8.02 at Crayford live on RPGTV. He was a nice progressive dog but suffered a bad injury in mid December and has been absent ever since. Nine and a half months is a long time to have been off and I’m just hoping he comes off sound tonight regardless of where he finishes. He is a dog who will get further than this trip. Also on the same card is RUM & PUMPKIN again in the same race. Pumpkin has been getting the better of Rum in their clashes but tonight over this trip and track Alan believes fortunes can change – provided Rum doesn’t get too far adrift at the start. He is very prone at doing so – as many will know at their cost ! Alan not betting any dog tonight as he would love to see (myself included) Dessie return with a win but most importantly be sound. Regarding Rum and Pumps wont back against his own dog or horse ever.
Betting account details have been coming in for last month and they really do make for depressing reading ! Hopefully this month brings a change of fortune on that side also. Several dogs on their way back after injuries and seasons so they should also be out this month to bolster numbers. Also, WILLOW makes his debut tomorrow and further news in the morning.
Jimmy’s blog has re-started on its own page.
SEPTEMBER – A MONTH TO FORGET !
Might appear to be moaning and I probably am ! Just when I hoped September was going to slink out the back door unnoticed, it gave another sledgehammer blow to the head. Lucy phoned last night to say Dan had to have a scan and it was found that although not lame the horse had a tendon problem which would need a year out at rest. However, with Dan being her favourite horse and in view of his age she said it wouldn’t be realistic to bring him back after a year off so retirement beckons. A very good home has already been found – with Lucy herself where he will live out his days in pampered luxury and ridden by herself and family as soon as he has had a bit of down time. Dan was a great horse for Panther as he matched all criteria for us, being a horse who would take his owners to the races with the realism of being competitive. We became involved last November and in the months that followed Dan was indeed competitive, taking his owners to a variety of tracks (7) and into the winners enclosure on 8 occasions from 11 races – 72 % and all chases. His win and 3 x 2nd gave a few sore throats – inc myself ! Many thanks to Lucy and jockey Dean Pratt (plus not forgetting the big man himself) for all the good times owners had. It’s a shame Dan has had to retire but the big plus is that he goes out with a full and active future ahead in familiar surroundings. Hopefully, we will be able to have another involvement with Lucy in the near future but for now owners in Dan have been offered the chance of moving over into WILLOW ISLAND with Sam. It doesn’t give owners a chance to get to know the horse as he runs on Sunday. Roll on October !
27/9/’16 – 11am
Still changes going on within Panther with a new dog – VIOLET DANCER – becoming another involvement with Jayne. Violet runs today at Perry Barr, along with Star who makes a very quick racetrack return. Haven’t had chance to post details of Violet as yet but will do so next day or so.
12.15 Both dogs run. Violet missed the kick very bad and was last by a long way but trouble ahead at the first saw her take her chance and she cut in to be 2nd after the 2nd bend and really looked as if she would go ahead after the 3rd bend to win but then she never seemed to go forward, staying on at one pace to be second. Star never looks comfortable in handicaps in general and today was no different !
Details on Violet now posted. Another dog should also be coming into Panther soon.
The past week hasn’t been the best of times for us, with Showtime Star, Rabbits Rover and Maso out permanently (the two dogs with unfulfilled potential), Alan’s yard continuing to be badly affected by some sort of ‘bug’ preventing the horses running and both Jimmy and Rosie both having problems these last couple of days. Jimmy went badly lame on Sat and was rushed to the vets and sedated. Rosie went to the vets on a routine check yesterday but was found to be totally wrong with her bloods and heading towards a coma. Fortunately, both are once again fine this morning and have both been out for a walk together. I’m sure Jimmy will tell all in his blog when he gets his head together !
Willow has bypassed both engagements on Tuesday as the ground is a bit on the quick side. He now holds and entry at Uttoxeter on Sunday.
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CHANGE OF LUCK !!!
After yesterday morning’s two pieces of bad news, SHENDUS STAR broke the trend when she won at Perry Barr last night. From 80 races she has won 16 and been 2nd 21 times making it a 46% 1st or 2nd strike rate. Not bad for such a doleful looking dog ! The race looked right for her and she broke away fast and held the lead at the first but was then bumped and lost it until after the last bend when she again ran on strongly down the home straight to win going away. Racing really is a roller coaster of emotions. No runners today.
Within the space of 2 hours, we received 2 bits of bad news. Firstly Jayne got in touch to say that Rabbits Rover had just met with an injury. He has cracked a hock and it looks likely to be a career ending injury. It is such a shame as Alan had always felt the dog would improve on what he has done. Still only 2 years of age but never the luckiest, was 2nd x 10 and won 3 from 31. 42% in first 2 not a bad record. His litter brother was Open grade rated 111 and the only other litter sibling had only 4 races and was injured in the next. It would have been nice to see Alan proven correct. On this occasion I believe he would have been. Main thing now though is that Rover recovers without problem and gets a good home.
Next up was Gay on the phone to say Showtime Star had met with a problem that also is career threatening and that her advice is to retire the horse. We have taken that advice and have also jumped at the chance of continuing our involvement with Gay in another horse as our past involvement in the yard has produced many winners and placed horses. The horse is a 3 y. old called VROOM who has won 1 from 6 races and was bought by Gay from Charlie Fellowes. Gay turned the horse out over the Summer to strengthen up and be prepared for a Winter campaign on the all weather tracks. Vroom is almost ready to race and full details are posted on his own page now. Those owners within Panther who had a share in Star have been offered the chance to move over into the new horse without any cost. There will be a few introductory shares available for purchase @ £485 FULLY INC UNTIL MAY 1ST, with the remainder of the horse sold in 10% plus units. Just awaiting a photo to come through.
It has been a bad run of events in general these past few weeks with another one of Alan’s favourite dogs DROOPYS MASO also being forced to retire due to injury a couple of weeks ago. He is fortunately settling in at his new ‘forever home’ with one of his previous syndicate owners. Just hoping that is it for quite a while as other dogs are making their returns to the tracks and trials ongoing now.
We will now be looking at replacing Rover shortly.
ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT, JIMMY’S BLOG IS ABOUT TO START UP AGAIN
AS JIMMY SAID YOU JUST CAN’T KEEP A GOOD DOG DOWN !
Plenty of catching up to do for Jimmy who is still up to many of his old tricks plus a few new ones ! Please do take a look on a new page posted under Jimmy’s blog heading. Called ROSIE it outlines Jimmy’s trusted companion’s plight and we are looking for help to rehome her.
Although Vicky didn’t trot up last night having taken up advice from Jimmy on Sunday, she went down by only a fast closing half a length. She does seem to be coming back to herself now and so we have put 10% shares up for sale in her. If you are interested, please just email me [email protected]
On the horse front, WILLOW ISLAND now has 2 entries in, both at Southwell on Tuesday. Intentions are to run novice chases this season but he could have a comeback in a hurdle first. However, ground will be the dictator. 10 % plus shares are available in this 7 y. old by DARK ANGEL plus a very limited number of introductory shares @ ONLY £425 FULLY INC until May 1st 2017. It will only be a numerically small group.
Made a visit to Yvonne’s kennels yesterday to see Ana, Mandy and for Jimmy to give some words of advice to Vicky (left with Jimmy getting advice and right on her own) who has been winless on the track for a while now. Hopefully she will now trot up next time ! Vicky is certainly much more capable than she has been running of late. Alan hasn’t been backing her but is about to soon as she is getting her coat again and is certainly well in herself. Also, the formerly very quiet and shy Vicky seemed a very much changed dog since the last time we met her. Talking to Yvonne’s sister, she said Vicky, (the same Vicky who had to be moved kennels previous when always being picked on) had just had another fight and was again to be moved to single accommodation. Only this time, Vicky is now the aggressor who started – and finished – her latest skirmish.
Both Ana (left) and Mandy (right) will be possibly trialing in sprints this week as they both return from having their seasons. Both were very fresh. All shares in both Mandy and Ana have been sold but shares will be available in Vicky as soon as she is back to winning ways. Just want to make sure she is ok, as she (as stated) is considered to be much better than she has been performing. Matter of time (short) hopefully.
On the horse front, WILLOW could be entered up at Southwell next week in a hurdle. He has come to hand well and if you would like to be there as an owner, a share costs only £425 ALL IN at present until May 1st 2017. He will be an all rounder including flat.
ODDS ON DAN has a race picked out at Hexham on Oct 8th. Things are coming together nicely bar the yard itself at Alan’s. Of our horses there, DEEP RESOLVE is raring to go for his season of novice chasing and PHANTOM DANCER likewise for the finish to the turf but there continues to be a problem in the yard with horses running very poor. Nothing showing on our horses but they wont be risked until the yard is cleared of the problem. May appear to be ok but don’t want them running with a hidden problem which could then set them back even longer.
On the general news front, trainer JIM DALY has now moved his operation (not kennels) and is now based at Crayford. Larger prize money and all races shown live on BAGS and live streaming make it better for ourselves personally. However, with many of the dogs open grade, they will still be racing around the country.
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AH WELL !! 2nd (Pump) and 3rd (Rum) last night. No excuses and beaten by a better dog on the night. Would have been a nice prize money pot but still £450 back into kitty. Main thing as always, both dogs sound.
Both Pumpkin and Rum take each other on in the Derby Purse Final tonight at 9.24 at Yarmouth (£1,500 to winner). With a change in race times, I don’t believe it will now be on Sky Sports live as it is the race after the Derby. Will be live on bookies / live streaming. With the one dog now out it helps, as both Rum (especially) and Pumpkin (they are 3 & 4) would prefer rail draws. Rum tends to miss the kick and if he does then Pumpkin could get across him. Both are very good dogs and both have improved for a step up in trip. Both will be staying on and it’s hard to really split them but if pushed, I would have to favour Pumpkin, as Rum can sometimes give too much ground away at the start. Not an easy race in any case with another 3 dogs in the mix ! However, Alan not backing either as he has never once backed against one of his own dogs or horses ever. Wont stop a few celebrations though if either do win !
PUMPKIN / RUM DOUBLE 9/4 & 4/1 !!
No winners to date this month then from 3 runners last night, Vicky ran better than Alan expected to come 2nd and PUMPKIN and RUM both won their heats to the Derby Purse within 14 mins of each other at Yarmouth. Two very good staying performances and both dogs now take on each other live on SKY SPORTS EAST ANGLIAN DERBY NIGHT on Wed. Pumpkin, touchwood, is really doing very well at present. Also some of the other big guns that have been injured are now coming back in trials and gallops. Exciting times coming up (hopefully !)
We have been asked how Jimmy is coming along by quite a few people. Well he is still his usual self and getting out and about with his trusted friend Rosie. Both now travel for days out together in the van and it was a surprise to us that Jimmy just accepted Rosie into HIS van without complaint. In fact both travelled without a whimper between them. Jimmy had his first trip out in the motorhome this morning and loved every second – especially when he saw a rabbit cross in front as we were in the compound. Not recommended on the open road ! Hopefully when things settle down a bit and we have more time, his own blog page will resume. Meanwhile a couple of pics of him and Rosie on their latest trip out to the reservoir. Neither dog won the ‘who can get down a rabbit hole first’ ! Rosie is a lovely 5 y. old lurcher and really in need of her ‘forever home’. She is very kind and gentle and brilliant with people and other dogs inc. Jimmy ! She was abandoned and found wandering as skin and bone and taken to SARA going into total organ failure and she did very well to survive and be brought back to health. Whilst Jimmy (and ourselves) would be at a loss without Rosie, if you can help or do know of anyone who can please get in touch with SARA or give myself a ring 07775 743 885. Jimmy meanwhile still likes greys but has a social problem regarding any other breed of dog. People he loves, but other dogs (apart from Rosie) not so and we are still in the process of ‘socialising him’ – with a lot of help from the staff at SARA, Chris who has given a lot of back up and advice, a multitude of greyhound forums, another Chris who swims him every week and several others. Sounding like Oscars night. To think we thought Jimmy was such a sweet dog !! Mind you he still can be as can be seen below and for all his misdemeanours he is home to stay !
PUMPKIN – NAMED RPGTV PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK DOG
No winners so far in Sept. Stella taking a dip in form yesterday with crowding at the 2nd and 3rd bend preventing a hat trick and Vicky continuing to run lacklustre. It will be good to see her come into season. However, Pumpkin’s performance at Romford last Wed over the 8 bends saw her pick up the prestigious RPGTV award for last week. A full write up is in today’s Racing Post paper. She has come a long way in a year (since letting the big multi bet last year slip away when 4 of the 5 dogs won and Pumpkin was the culprit !) As I’ve said many times since, Alan still crying now. Come to think of it, myself as well ! However, she has certainly redeemed herself since and borne testament to Alan’s belief in her. She has now won over 2, 4, 6 and 8 bends in a career total of 12 wins from 53 races to date, with touchwood loads more to come as she isn’t 3 until next month.
Pumpkin became part of Panther on the same day as MASO (pictured left alongside Destiny, another big dog who is also making his comeback). In a world of differing fortunes, in the same week as Pumpkin hit the heights, Jim got in touch to say Maso had finished lame after a comeback trial. It was a recurrence of his previous problem and a decision is being made regarding his future with the recommendation to retire. One of the shareholders has previously agreed to take him home whenever his career came to an end so at least it is great to see him go out of racing to a whole new world. Jimmy can certainly bear testament to what a cushy life it can be – swimming, eating, sleeping walks etc. etc. Meanwhile w’ere knackered ! Maso won 8 of his 40 races and was an open grade dog. He raced off a weight of 37 kilos and was one massive lump of muscle. Maso was a dog whom Alan had a lot of affection as he had his quirks when racing. Racing wide he wanted to be inside, railing he wanted to be wide and in the middle he was dumbstruck ! He was by Westmead Hawk (whose dogs are generally noted as late maturing sorts) and being so big, Alan was convinced the best was still to come but he was injured just when turning 3 so we will now never know. It’s a shame but at least he will have a ‘forever home’.
I am working on different ideas for this Autumn / Winter regarding the dogs as more will be coming in also. Just need the right formulation including a betting side but Alan so far not agreeing to giving any input as he believes it will upset his style of betting. Plus he is superstitious. Very ! Give a dog and it is bound to lose approach. As I said I’m working on things !
Also in the Racing Post’s birthdays list today was the name of KIT STOBBS who was a big part of Arthur’s (Stephenson) yard when we were there before Arthur died. We learn’t so much from Kit and his ‘old fashioned ways’ before Arthur passed away and after. Kit had a great affinity to our old chaser Deep Decision (a real character himself) and rode him out daily. I believe racing lost a lot when new ideas came into the game and the old methods and recipes for getting over yard problems / virus etc were dropped by the wayside. Yes they took up a lot of time and nowadays time is a very important factor in a modern world but I firmly believe the modern day trainers would do well to take a look backwards and combine some of the old ways and ideas with the modern. People like Kit who turned 85 today and started off with Arthur when he started training have an incredible amount of knowledge. Can’t not mention Bobby (Beasley) who was also one of Arthur’s right hand men who gave ourselves so much help and encouragement in those early days. Great to see Bobby’s son doing so well as a jockey since his very bad injuries. Bobby and Kit and Arthur – no wonder the yard was so successful. I reminisce !
PUMPKIN 8/1 – BRILLIANT END TO AUGUST !!!!!!!!
This was a brilliant 8 bend run by Pumpkin at Romford tonight who was away quick, but lost the lead when the odds on fav held the rails at the first and went on to hold a commanding lead (Pumpkin knocked a bit sideways at the 2nd). However, Pumpkin proved to be very game and kept chasing the leader down, getting the lead back at the 7th and then stayed on very well to win by a length to fill owners pockets !! Double figure odds were easily obtainable earlier. It was excellent info from the kennels to owners prior to the race earlier in the day. ”Pumpkin couldn’t go into this race in better shape… has won a sprint open over 2 bends and now over 8 bends tonight ….. Romford is a track that where if you get on the front end early a greyhound can actually win over further than they look to want at other tracks. We’ve had 480 dogs that struggle with 480 at Sittingbourne go and win at 575 at Romford. The script tonight is simple – Smash out in front and keep on kicking ” SHE DID !
8 winners and very nice prices also made August a month to savour. No big multis like last year but great to be (touchwood) back in the groove once again. Hopefully the Autumn proves successful for our horses as well as the dogs. Don’t forget, last chance now to join in the fun with DEEP RESOLVE. Just give a ring 07775 743 885. ALL IN COST ONLY £325
STELLA A TREBLE IN AUGUST !!!!!!!
Stella made it 3 wins this month and will be in with a shout for grey of the month at the Barr. Normally she plays catch up after slow trapping but this time she was out quick and led from start to finish. Again it was a decent sp with odds of 9/4. Jayne had a bad run of form for a bit but Stella has certainly bucked the trend. 7 winners on the board this month so far is no mean feat considering the problems we have had with several dogs. However, some are trialling back in and Ana and Mandy will soon be back after being in season. Vicky, however, has lost her coat and has been following the pattern of Ana before she herself went into season so it is thought Vicky will be next out. However, the way she has been running is well below what she is capable of, so it will be good when she does go into season.
Bit quiet on the horse front with Alan’s yard out of sorts but whilst t has affected Dancer, Doc has done nothing but come to hand very well and is now ready for a racecourse gallop. He is still only 5 and has won 5 and been 2nd from only 25 races and Alan (husband) is convinced this will be Doc’s year as he embarks on a chasing career. The last couple of shares equivalent to a 1% lease are up for grabs @£325 until Jan. DON’T MISS OUT !! With only a couple of runners from Lucy’s yard (2nd yesterday) and none at present from Sam’s it is only Gay who is throwing in the winners. In fact another 2 with her last 2 runners. However, things will pick up soon as the N. Hunt season gets into swing.
The Summer months have normally always been a quiet time of year for us and this time with quite a few dogs having had long term problems also, it has seemed to be more dragged out than normal ! However, as Autumn comes in so the buzz returns and more new dogs will enter the equation as well as a return from injury of some of the older ones. When we have all the horses running also, it will be full steam ahead. Love this time of year and the start of the jump racing at Wetherby always seems to kick start everything.
PUMPKIN KEEPS THE BALL ROLLING !!!!!!
Pumpkin really has continued improving as she spreadeagled the open field at Harlow last night – inc kennel mate Rum who lost all chance as the traps went. Pumpkin was quickly away and never looked back whilst Rum was always looking on from behind. Been getting some nice priced winners of late as Pumpkin went off at 4/1. More dogs now coming back and trials starting soon for others.
ANOTHER GREAT RUN BY STELLA !!!!!
Once again Stella was slow away but then showed plenty of pace to actually lead at the 1st and never looked under threat of losing the lead as she won by 3.25 lengths and again at 7/2. Stella is definitely our success story of August. It has been a slow month overall for one reason or another but Autumn looks set to see more runners – both horses and dogs.
Most will have noticed all horse yards are quiet (bar Gay who hasn’t had a bad month) with Lucy and Sam having mostly jumpers and those have been on breaks. Showtime Star has bypassed a possible race at Lingfield on Wed as the claiming price was at £5000 and some shareholders didn’t want to risk losing him. He had a decent chance in the race had he run and he could have been bought back in at an auction if indeed he won but there is a fine line for owners to make a decision upon regarding risking losing a horse – financial as well as sentiment. Alan’s yard will hopefully be ready soon to emerge from the doldrums. Sam Drake (now Mrs England) has her flat licence and has just obtained a new horse to run on the flat soon. She has invited ourselves and members of Panther in her yard to come along when the horse runs it’s debut and ‘have a bit of fun’. Will keep all informed. Lucy was interviewed by RUK a week or so ago and the 10 min slot was broadcast last week each day to be included on the York racing.
Things pretty quiet at present as are the horse yards where we are involved. Gay has been the busiest with 16 runners in the past fortnight giving up 3 winners, 3 x 2nd and 3 x 3rd. Not bad for a yard that by Gay’s own admission doesn’t do very well over the Summer ! Our other yards are quiet with Lucy and Sam just getting the horses back into the swing of things and Alan has had a very quiet time recently and it was good to see a horse placed the other day. Hopefully it will be a start of things once again. On the dog front, we are having the occasional runners but nothing like the numbers og a couple of months ago for one reason or another. However, several are returning from injury now so I’m hoping things do pick up.
ANOTHER WIN FOR STAR !!!!
Previous members in The Quest syndicate may have noticed former group dog Star racing last night and she bounced out and led all the way to land the odds of 5/1. Not a winner for Alan though ! Still more than happy to have a winner regardless of backing. Rum and Bruce ok after their races on Friday night and different plans now on agenda.
Alan went to Lucy’s open day yesterday and armed with a camera so I could upload some pics, he never took a single one. Can’t believe it ! I couldn’t make it to the visit, as although we had intended Jimmy to make his debut guest appearance as a meeter and greeter, I thought better of the idea. Will delay the debut for a less taxing day. BBQ ? other dogs ? Jimmy bouncing out of his skin. All looked to spell a possible disgraceful debut. At least the day went well for Lucy and guests of about 50 / 60 people. The RUK cameras have been at the yard last week and there should be a 10 min slot on their daily broadcasts this week so do take a look at the new yard and facilities.
Vicky is well after her race yesterday but after breaking well was unable to get across the 1 dog who stopped at the first and effectively put Vicky out of the race. A wider draw may help us in future. Alan saved his pennies yesterday but is convinced her race will come. Don’t lose the faith in Vicky ! Talking of betting, it is a year ago today (by date) that THE BIG ONE just escaped ! 5 dogs running, 4 Yarmouth for Jim and one at Peterborough (also for Jim). We recommended to owners that all backed in multiples. Dare say we have mentioned this before ! All won at Yarmouth and the one considered the best chance by Alan got beat. The Yankee paid out very handsomely but ……….. IF ONLY ! Sure I’ll tell the story again no doubt. We have never topped the profits from that night since and it is well remembered, as we had made the journey down to Yarmouth for the meeting and ended up staying on an extended break in a hotel on the river in the broads. Would love all conditions to come together once again as they did that night but best today is a double with Rum and Bruce both competing at Romford (live on RPGTV). Big prices and would need plenty of luck to pull off a double. Still dreams are very nice and thinking about last year has lit the fires in Alan to land another (bigger one). Anybody fancy a share in a dog ?
Last chance to book up for the BBQ at Lucy’s on Sat. Please phone on 07775 743 885. Promises to be a good day weatherwise and Lucy has a couple of new horses now in.
Vicky runs today in a downgraded race but she hasn’t been herself of late and while we are convinced she is a lot better than she is showing at present, the downgrade today may not be sufficient. Also, she has never run well from trap 2. This is now her 9th race since her last win and she was showing very progressive form until then. Her litter brother Fox has continued his progression (both were showing very progressive form together until Vicky stopped being herself) and is now A1 winner and 6 from 17. Vicky has won 4 from 15 but it was 4 from 7 while she was progressing and I’m fully convinced she will bounce back when she is back to herself.
STELLA – WHAT A PRICE !!!
Good job I persuaded Alan to take down his message on the blog yesterday regarding Stella. She wouldn’t have won otherwise ! Alan was so convinced she had every chance yesterday and wrote a rare message proclaiming this vast knowledge to the World on this blog page before listening to me – and then taking it down without tempting fate ! With having had a slow break the race previous and then showed fast pace down the back PLUS coupled up with a downgrade also, Alan couldn’t see her being beat. Now when have I heard that one before ? How could I let him show himself up when his luck had only just returned for a couple of races ? Well, have to admit, he got it right – although not without a major shock (his face told its own story, mine no doubt also at the thought of the loss of more money) as Stella broke slow and was closer to last by the first. Fortunately, Stella really does have a nice turn of foot and she came through well to win by over 3 lengths. The biggest surprise for Alan was the price at 7/2 (although having some on at sp he also had more on at less !) Hopefully we will be having more runners coming up again shortly as injured dogs start returning to the track.
KISSES FOR KISSY !! 4 WINS / 9 RACES
It was thought a quick break would mean she would be able to lead up and this she did – leading all the way. It is proving to be a very nice litter for Jim and Kissy is catching her siblings up fast. Another grade rise looks on the cards. Hopefully our luck continues.
Details of the new horse – WILLOW ISLAND who is in training with kinda new trainer SAM ENGLAND ! Sam married partner Jonny on Friday and I’m not sure what name she will be under officially in the trainers lists for now. Willow was recommended by Jonny for Sam to purchase when it was known it was for sale – so it had better be a good one or a first fall out on the cards ? Shares are available as 10% or a few of our usual intro shares equivalent to a 1% lease. Cost is £425 until May 1st ALL IN. ALL OWNERSHIP BENEFITS. Willow will be possibly a dual purpose prospect as Sam will be having runners on the flat. However, mainly for N. Hunt and expected to chase also this season. Full details on WILLOW’S own page.If you would like to take up with one of the smaller intro shares, please get in touch on 07775 743 885
Also, full details of the latest dog to be part of Panther – LURRIGA PRECIOUS (STELLA to friends) on her own page. August has always been a month where we look towards the N. Hunt season and this season we have DEEP RESOLVE, WILLOW ISLAND and ODDS ON DAN to have (hopefully) some fun with. Also wouldn’t rule out PHANTOM DANCER but intentions are for the turf at present.
On the dog front, the injured are coming along well as hoped and several now ready or will soon be ready to trial back in again. It has been a quiet time by normal standards but Jimmy has been his normal boisterous self to keep us well occupied !
Don’t forget if you would like to come along to the stable warming (!) BBQ / HOG ROAST at Lucy’s please just get in touch 07775 743 885
Great to see Gay hitting form again. Just when she told us she always has a lean spell in the Summer, in go 2 of the last 3 runners plus a 2nd. Just need Showtime to be running again soon !
NEW TRAINER (sort of !)
DETAILS POSTED MONDAY – IF NOT BEFORE
WELL HELLO AUGUST !
Pumpkin saw off July in great style when she got the ball rolling on Day 1 of August with a strong stayer’s win by being 2nd all the way but wearing down the leader after the last bend to win on the run in. Great result when we did need one. Thanks Pumpkin – and Jim of course !
Have just received a pic of a new dog to be within Panther as of today. It does indeed run for us today but with no chance of posting full details beforehand, I don’t wish to tempt fate by saying any rushed details until she has run. Feeling very superstitious at present and just because we had the winner yesterday I am only too well aware of how things can change in this game !
Showtime Star has bypassed Yarmouth tomorrow. She is fine though and other entries coming.
Don’t forget Lucy’s Open Day BBQ / HOG ROAST takes place a week on Sat and you are welcome to come along. Invitations now going out. For yours, please just get in touch – [email protected] 07775 743 885
Great to see the backside of July ! Horrendous month for injuries and problems and as you may have noticed the latest prob was Shendus Star being a non runner on Sat. Thankfully it wasn’t an injury but Jayne has been ill herself of late and staff who were racing took the wrong dog to the track and Star instead of racing was relaxing in her bed at home ! I suppose it was good news in the fact that she is well and missed her race with no problem to herself. Bruce (on Frid) was also very lucky (unlucky depending upon which way you look at it) when he was squeezed out and knocked back quite badly to need a check over by the track vets. Fortunately he was given the all clear and Bruce has been fine at home since so another race will be looked for. He is open grade and I’m looking forward to seeing him at different tracks. He has run well at Romford but he may just improve further for a different track. We will see. Anyhow, goodbye July and hello August and possibly an involvement in a new dog who runs tomorrow. Also hoping to unveil a new horse soon. Have hoped to unveil one before but want a horse to be hopefully be able to step up on what has so far been achieved by it. Nothing like improvers who are ahead of a handicap ! Risky ? Yes but we have done very well with horses like this who others don’t want and have gone on to show improvement to win races for us. News as it happens.
Nice price, shame about the result ! Main thing as always, horse fine afterwards and able to run again. Soon no doubt knowing Gay who believes in running horses regular. Why not if they are fine. Invitations being sent out shortly (via email to those we have emails of !) for Lucy’s stable warming ‘Do’ on Sat 13th. If we don’t have your email address and you would like to come just email Anne on [email protected] Should be a good day out.
Well, things are heating up again as the odds of Star went out to 66/1 in several places but this price was well over what it should be (at least we thought so !). Now dropping at present. Nice price but he still has to do his tricks !
NOT SUCH A HOT TIME !
With the temperatures going skywards unfortunately our team aren’t in the same frame of mind ! It has been very quiet on the horse and dog front the last week or so with very few runners. In fact it is looking as if it will be a month that records our lowest number of winners in total since we started listing. It had to happen with injuries and the fact that everything was being handicapped or graded higher with all the success of previous outings. Hopefully, as generally happens with downgrades and new horses / disciplines, things will come around again. Shouldn’t complain really as it has been a very profitable time for quite a while now. Just get used to the success !
Never know though, Showtime Star runs tomorrow in a decent handicap (£12,000 guaranteed) and more news tomorrow.
Called in at Lucy’s new yard last Friday and Dan seemed content in his new surroundings as he never lifted his head from the grass all the time we watched. Still he deserves it as he ran some very good races for us before his short break (due to lack of suitable races / follow up race). Might as well have a short break now and come back fresh next month. Lucy has had a lot of work to do on the new property but SAT AUGUST 13TH has been selected as a day to have a break and ”A STABLE WARMING VISIT ”. Why not come along and enjoy yourself on a day out ? It’s FREE (all our visits are – why pay for a visit ?). However, a donation can be made to The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Hog Roast or BBQ on menu. For time and directions etc please just email / text [email protected] / 07775 743 885. The yard is approx 7 miles North of Malton.
Jimmy happily explored the yard but Lucy and Tom’s dogs were on lock down ! However, he seemed happy enough with the horses and was totally non plussed with the hens and chickens as they roamed around. Never ceases to amaze ! It was then back to SARAS again to meet up with Rosie (pictured). Quite why she puts up with Jimmy I’ll never understand. He is presently running about the house barking and nicking anything he sets his eyes upon. Rosie has been poorly last week (diabetic) but is now herself – fresh and bouncy once again. If you live in the locality, I’m sure SARA would be very pleased for your help in any form. They always need volunteer dog walkers or people to help with their many fund raising events or general help around the farm. They have their own large farm to house the animals and a couple of hours a week helps SARA and is also a great way of giving something to a great cause. I guarantee you will also get a lot out of it yourself ! Great staff and very friendly and they (and Rosie) have been a great assistance to Jimmy these past few weeks helping him to settle into a life outside a racing kennel.
DON’T FORGET, COME ALONG AND MEET UP WITH JIMMY AT LUCY’S STABLE WARMING BBQ (hopefully not literally !).
PLEASE JUST GET IN TOUCH
THE STAR – BACK TO WINNING WAYS !!!!
Jayne is having one of those times when nothing goes as you would hope. Dogs out of form, injured or badly out of luck. Shendus Star has been one of the latter. However, it all fell into place yesterday when former Quest dog Star came good once again. Long may his form last – and Jayne’s luck to change also.
Panther is also having one of those periods where not a lot goes right. Our dogs are quiet compared to previous times, with coming into season now just hitting both Ana and Mandy both together. A muscle injury has seen Scion miss out on her Summer target at Monmore but on the good news front, Destiny did a nice trial and it wont be long before he is back on track. Alberta who did a similar injury to Destiny is fine but still resting. Maso also now out for a month. Hopefully the fit keep popping one in !
On the horse front, we are also quiet with Dan having a very short break with little racing for him, so Lucy has given him a freshener. However, he will be on the home gallops on Sat 13th Aug for the BBQ and stable visit. I will send out an email with details to all owners within Panther. Have a new horse with Sam and more details will be in a newsletter. Both horses with Alan S. coming along as expected and (Alan – husband -especially), really looking forward to see Doc sailing over those big ones. There is still a share available in Doc if you fancy being involved in a Novice chaser at Aintree or more likely Cheltenham. Well ok we can all dream can’t we ? To be honest, I don’t believe I could shout any louder at those tracks with a winner than I do when we win a seller anywhere. Can’t beat that excitement of a winner. Hopefully it will come when Star wins at Newmarket next Tuesday ! Well must be off as Jimmy (the dog who never sleeps) has decided it’s time for a search of food in the kitchen. Can tell with the crash of the pan ! Nothing in it, if there had been there wouldn’t be now. 2 weeks after castration no sign of him settling down as yet. However, it’s incredible watching him walk out totally relaxed with Rosie. They look like a married couple – before the honeymoon period is over !
Star ran a solid race coming 3rd and at least got ew backers money back. He is well after the race and will soon be ready to go again. No horse sits on its laurels at Gay’s !
The BBQ at Jim’s went off well and hopefully Jimmy and ourselves can make it next year. Set to trial at Lucy’s next !
It’s been a quiet time of late with the dogs – much quieter than we are used to but several on short breaks or awaiting specific races coming up.
CUTE – BUT COSTLY !
It was very nearly 3 winners in 3 days but VICKY (pictured getting advice at kennels by Jimmy) gave her race away. A strong determined run to the third bend saw her well in control and victory hers for the taking. However, in one of those ‘don’t count your winnings before the line moments’ she hesitated and seemed to invite the others to catch up before running on strong again to come 2nd – posting her best time to date ! She is very much improving (well sort of) and has won 4 from 12 (and 4 x 2nd). It’s excellent form but you can’t help but think it should have been 5 wins and 3 seconds. Alan still crying over his 4/1 betting voucher !! Said it a couple of posts ago, get a share in a dog and you too could have been crying along with Alan !
Anyhow, tears now dried up and it’s over to the horses again with SHOWTIME STAR taking centre stage at Lingfield (8.50). Present odds 6/1 which seem pretty decent given his turf mark of 65. Ok, he has achieved it by running worse on the turf than the all weather but there is no obvious reason why. The only neg Alan can see as to Star’s claims today is the ground. Here’s hoping.
Jim Daly’s kennel visit and BBQ takes place tomorrow but unfortunately, Jimmy not at his best behaviour at these sort of do’s and although Jemma said there will be lots of food and drink on the menu, I guarantee there wouldn’t be with a rampant Jimmy present. We are hoping to visit Jim later in the year and for Jimmy to make his BBQ debut at Lucy’s next month. Couple of more weeks full on training available ! Sit, stay and leave the burgers (and dogs – not the hot ones ) alone ! Hate to be defeatist but kinda think there will be hassle.
KISSES FOR KISSY XXX !
Kissy makes it 3 winners in 3 days – this time well fancied and won as 7/4 fav. Jemma from the kennels is top class re her recommendations. Alan says he really doesn’t have to look up all the form with Jemma on the case ! Kissy flew the traps and led start to finish. She has now won 3 from her 6 races to date and is improving as she goes.
Showtime an intended runner at Lingfield on Sat
MANDY – ‘NEVER SAY DIE’ WINNER !!
This was a great win by Mandy as she broke quick but then lost ground at the first two bends and looked as if she had no chance going down the back. However, she is a very tough bitch who never knows when to say enough and she battled on brilliant to get back up on the line to win. Shouted her home alright and it was nail biting stuff. Had Jimmy running around the house wondering what was going on ! It wasn’t the money on this occasion as this was part of the pre race assessment given to owners by Alan ”….. I wont be backing (tissue 5/2). Not to say she doesn’t have a chance as she obviously has but it looks so open for me to have a bet. I will be shouting her home though ! ” – Shout he did ! Goodness knows what the neighbours would have thought if he had backed Mandy.
If you want to have some fun at a very low cost you really can by taking a share in a greyhound. Owners in Mandy only paid a small fee for a 10% share and then £50 into a training kitty. This was last August and the fees have never had to be topped up since. Mandy has won 9 races and been 2nd x 9 from 36 races since arriving from Ireland. i.e. 25% winning strike rate, 50% 1st or second. More great training by Yvonne ! You too could be shouting at a computer or tv screen or better still be there live. GET INVOLVED !!! Interested, just give a ring 07775 743 885
Lucy is having a BBQ at her new place on Aug 13th and has invited all in Panther along. Please get in touch if you fancy coming along. More news in a week or so.
RUM – A MUCH NEEDED WINNER !
Following plenty of seconds again, Rum landed the odds to make it a first winner in July for Panther. This must be the longest wait for a winner we have had for a long time. Rum has certainly hit form with 3 wins and a 2nd from his last 4 races and now 11 wins from 48 races in total. Amazing what a strangle can do. Hopefully we wont wait as long for another winner !
Don’t forget, there are introductory shares available in Deep Resolve. Apologies, although it had been said there were to be 20 such shares available (25% shares still available – p.o.a.), there are in fact only 10 like this in total. ONLY 3 NOW REMAIN. If you are interested, please get in touch 07775 743 885.
Showtime has bypassed Leics and now holds an entry at Lingfield on Sat. Other horses and dogs all progressing as expected.
Just to let you know, DEEP RESOLVE has some introductory shares (20 max) available in him at a cost of £325 ALL IN until Jan 1st 2017. They are equivalent to a 1% lease share and a full set of rules are available upon request. Just give a ring on 07775 743 885 or email with your name, phone no and address
(to [email protected])
He has been a great horse to have owned since he was a yearling and has now won 5 and taken his owners into the winners enclosure on 64% of his races. I have always believed this horse was made to chase and this season we will hopefully be proven right. At this price, he will hopefully give his owners plenty of entertainment. You are under no obligation to continue ownership after Jan 1st. Also the cost is a one off payment and you will not be asked for anything more.
Quick update on Jimmy. Touchwood he is back to normal mayhem creation. How do you give a dog who wants 24 hours exercise and attention a day, a 5 min walk each day for a week ? I’ll let you know !
IT’S JIMMY THE FISH !
While things a bit quiet on the horse front here’s a quick update on Jimmy. Been taking him swimming of late and as greys aren’t noted for their natural ability in swimming, we had expected him to be at least a bit nervous or fazed. However, Chris, who has the hydro therapy pool, said Jimmy must have been swimming before as he just got his front legs swimming natural and on his first session also had his back legs going strong instead of being tucked up. Can’t imagine he has been swimming before as he was brought up with his siblings wild for the first 12 months. Never know but I imagine Jimmy has just taken to it, as believe me this is one smart dog with a total mindset of his own. Still finding it hard to adjust to other breed dogs and other behavioural problems connected with settling in but think we are gradually getting there. Taking him swimming and also lots of exercise to keep him tired (Jimmy doesn’t know the word !) He has also been going to obedience classes where other owners have been very patient with him as he gets used to the other dogs in the class. He was also castrated yesterday. However, it didn’t stop him feeling hungry during the night, stealing Alan’s jeans and tearing the pocket apart for the few bits of kibble in them as treats. Ok he didn’t have a lot of supper due to having had an anesthetic, plus we did have his privates removed but the reaction was a bit over the top ? He showed not a bit of remorse !
It has been a busy time and generally a disappointing time these past few days. Vicky was knocked out of her race at the 1st and 2nd bend, Bruce came 2nd in the Sprint Final and Scion hasn’t come to trial at Sunderland, as she still needs a trial on home turf before going competition racing. However, she is ready now and intentions are for The Summer Cup at Monmore. Other long term absentees Destiny and Alberta are progressing well – so touchwood some good news. Other news is that Becky will be moving in the next couple of weeks to John Wade’s yard as he has wound up his operation. It really is a fantastic place with all amenities. Becky has done brilliant in such a short space of time and this is a very big step up the ladder and a great opportunity for her.
Talking of onwards and upwards, we have now left the ownership of Rita. She has shown ability by coming 2nd and certainly looked a winner for us a couple of runs ago only to stop short. A good home outside of racing was offered and so she will now retire. It isn’t easy to retire horses out of racing and so when the opportunity arises for a good home, it has to be considered realistically with the future of the horse at the forefront. Sam has been good with Panther and we certainly intend having another horse in the yard shortly and will have details posted here soon. Also we have been invited down to a stable visit there to see all the yard horses which have increased in numbers since we first became involved. Many are being prepared for the Winter season coming up as well as the Summer jumpers still in the middle of their season. Sam has obtained her flat licence and so there is a possibility of seeing dual purpose horses at the yard. Will keep you updated with news on a visit
Showtime Star ran yesterday and really ran as was predicted to members of the Quest syndicate. Advice was NOT to back as there were plenty of negatives to overcome. It was surprising to see Star’s price to come in from the overnight 12’s to 4/1. At least Quest members and owners who followed advice didn’t have burn’t fingers ! Star is expected to run again on Friday at Doncaster in a charity race as part of the Stable Staff week. It has been a great initiative to make the public aware and promote one of the hidden sides of racing.
Rita, however, was disappointing at Stratford. The ground wasn’t ideal but you couldn’t put it all down to that. Still, Sam reports her very well in herself and it is possible she could go to Rasen on Sunday but it may be a bit quick of a track return, so a decision will be made last minute. For now we wont be selling shares in Rita until she hits her form again. However, long term we will also be looking at taking another horse with Sam for the Winter months.
With an insufficient number of members THE QUEST SYNDICATE will close tomorrow. It had a tremendous amount of runners and winners with their dogs and horses and started with a WINNER on the first day with DROOPYS ALBERTA advised bet @ 11/2 (replaced free of charge when injured by another top class dog DROOPYS SCION). The last runner will be TOPSTAR VIXEN tomorrow on the last day for The Quest. Will she be a winner ? Shame the Quest has to close as I honestly believe it was the best value ever offered in racing with such a number of runners and a lot of winners – most of which were advised as bets. In fact members who wanted the syndicate to continue said they had made considerable profits from the bets advised. Unfortunately, to fund 4 dogs and 4 horses meant a lot more members were needed and with the cost of advertising it would not have been sensible for me to do so. On the plus side, we are keeping most horses and dogs (although some changes will be made) and they will be offered as shares for sale as either lease or owned.
ANOTHER WIN FOR RUM !!!!!!
DROOPYS RUM won again last night to make it 10 from 45. Again he showed his trait for slow trapping but has a lot of ability and pace which he also showed last night. TOPSTAR VIXEN ran another sound race also last night but came 2nd even though beating the odds on fav. Another 2nd ! Been an incredible number of late. Still, it proves the dogs and horses are in good order. Star runs at Brighton on Tuesday and if you would like to be there as an owner, shares in him are only set at £385 until Jan ’17 – fully inc. Other horse shares are also now available with Alan Swinbank, Sam Drake and Lucy Egerton. Details on all shares are on each individual horse page.
Been a few days of 2nds and disappointments ! Finalising in Bruce coming 2nd tonight at Romford in an Open – backed from 5/2, a price that was recommended to owners in Bruce to 6/4 fav. However he only needed to be in the first 3 to qualify for the final next week in a decent pot prize. Hopefully our luck will change again by then !!
IT DID IN THE 22.40 AT ROMFORD TONIGHT WHEN DROOPYS PUMPKIN WON
THE LUCKY LAST @ 12/1
WHAT A CRACKER !!!!!!
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BRUCE – WHAT A START !!!!!
BLACKWATER BRUCE got off the mark very impressively last night when flying out of the traps to spreadeagle a decent field on his racetrack debut. He went straight into an open at Romford live on RPGTV and 6/1 was available which Alan missed having just taken the 11/2 seconds before ! Still, wont complain. Bruce was purchased to be a sprinter but had problems in qualifying at Yarmouth but certainly had no probs over 4 bends at Romford last night. Touchwood he should also come on for this as well. Looks a real open class dog to go to war with and give owners a lot of enjoyment.
Once again there are plenty of changes being made within Panther ! We are reverting back to syndicating individual shares in horses and dogs. For The Quest to be viable and to have 4 dogs and 4 horses running for members, we needed a lot more members to join. These past 6 months have seen the dogs and horses run very well and landed some very good bets as well for members. Anyone reading this blog page will have seen there have been many winners for both Quest members and owners in individual horses and dogs. However, The Quest will close at the end of the month and shares will be made available in some of the horses and dogs that were under its banner.
Changes are being made now to this site and I’m afraid with all the work involved, a casualty will be Jimmy’s Blog. Many have taken a keen interest in following Jimmy and he is very well and still up to his usual antics. Believe me ! Unfortunately, something has to give. If time does present itself, then Jimmy’s Blog will return in the future. S.A.R.A.’S PAGE will be placed on this site on another location. We are very much indebted to the staff at the rescue centre who have helped so much with helping Jimmy to accept other breed dogs and we are continuing to take Jimmy there to see Rosy. Rosy is a very special dog who has given Jimmy so much confidence. She is totally bomb proof and indeed needed to be to accept Jimmy ! Although it would be a great miss to Jimmy, if anyone is wanting a very special companion then please bear in mind Rosy. She had a very bad experience when badly neglected and had organ failure which left her at death’s door but she recovered well with the centre’s help to be the dog she is today. She has been left with diabetes because of her organ failure but it is hoped this will also clear up in time. If you can offer her a very good, loving home, please get in touch. The Quest website will also close at the end of the month. Trying to run two websites plus get to see dogs and horses race, plus having Jimmy at home, was all proving to be an impossibility. And to top it all, Alan has had to miss THE GLORIOUS 16TH – THE START OF THE COARSE FISHING SEASON ! Bless him !
Individual horses and dogs will have changes made as to their availability and posted on their own pages.
2 MORE WINNERS !!!!
Everything has been flat out these past few days and something had to give which was this blog page. However, there have been runners – horses and dogs – and owners have received full pre race reports. KELVA KISSY (left) after almost a 4 month break due to injury bounced back with an easy victory on June 1st. It was stated here that she would come on for the race also which she did when defying a grade rise and winning by 5 lengths ! on the 11th. She has now won 2 from 4 races and is another who hopefully will continue her improvement.
Next up was winner DROOPYS RUM (PICTURED RIGHT) 0n the 13th who got a decent enough break for him and trounced the opposition by over 4 lengths in an A1. Now a winner of 9 from 44 races, it leaves you wondering how far this dog could really have gone if he had the knack of not sleeping through his alarm ?
On the horse front, ODDS ON DAN has now made it 3 x 2nd and a WIN from his last 4 races. On Sat he lost out both on the track by a neck and then in a long deliberation in the stewards room. Pictured left at Hexham ideally he needs the faster ground but the rain just seems to follow him everywhere – and he is in really good form. Constant racing seems to suit him, and he always looks so burly !
Another to always look burly is DAZZLING RITA who looked all over the winner at Uttoxeter last week but was probably found out by the trip and today goes over the shorter distance although 4 pounds wrong – plus the rain ! Shares are available in both Dan and Rita and details soon.
Last night saw SHOWTIME STAR run. This horse appreciates the rain but as sods law applies, the 2 horses we want no rain for get it and this fellow doesn’t ! At least members of the Quest were informed Alan wasn’t backing even though there were other factors that were favourable.
Another page to have suffered of late is Jimmy’s Blog but I can assure you he is his usual self !
Becky who rode in the charity race at York last Sat did have a very good day and raised plenty of charity money (don’t know full total) for her efforts. It was the culmination of a lot of hard graft but unfortunately the trophy didn’t come her way. Always next year ?
SORRY NO NEWS OF OUR WINNERS (AND INEVITABLE 2NDS !) FOR PAST FEW DAYS DUE TO PROBLEMS BUT SHOULD BE BACK ON TRACK TOMORROW WITH A FULL UPDATE.
Members of The Quest have a double header today with ODDS ON DAN at Hexham and SHENDUS STAR at Perry Barr. Both are running very well of late with Dan 2 x 2nd and a win and Star 2 wins and a 2nd from their last 3 races. ”Quids In” as one member put it. However, it does get harder !
Lucy although having the two up at Hexham also has owner Becky Robinson (pictured) riding in the Macmillan Charity Race at 5.50 at York today. Becky has been riding out at the yard in prep for the race and has put in a lot of work. Give her a cheer if you are there.
VICKY LANDS THE RECOMMENDED BET !!
TOPSTAR VIXEN made it 4 wins from only 7 races as she ran another fine race to land the odds of 2’s into 5/4 fav. for members of THE QUEST. Members have had a very good time of late re recommended bets. This was a trophy race but unfortunately nobody there to pick it up ! Seems a problem at present, no members there when horses or dogs win to receive trophies !
Today sees Rita at Uttoxeter and hoping the thunderstorms avoid the track ! Don’t forget, there are 10% shares available for sale in Rita plus other horses with Sam (and Lucy also) and we will soon be having stable visits organised hopefully. Just need Panther’s ‘meeter and greeter’ Jimmy to pull his paw out and get cracking ! He has been ‘socialising’ last night and no doubt will have more news in his next update.
The run of 2nds continues on a daily basis ! Hopefully it changes for the better but at least it shows all are well and as long as you are having runners, you have a chance ! Both Sam Drake and Lucy Egerton have done brilliant in their short association with Panther and we are hoping to expand within both yards. However, to do so will mean cut backs in other places and Panther has always been of the opinion that change is a necessity in order to move forward. Possible plans are being mulled over at present.
Sam notched up another winner at Cartmel the other day and she really is having a brilliant start to her training career. There are shares available with Sam and our own DAZZLING RITA missed out at Cartmel by missing the cut by 1 ! It might have been a double as Rita is very well at home. Next up for her is a race at Uttoxeter. Another to be doing well for Panther is Lucy who won for us with ODDS ON DAN in his last race and he goes to Hexham on Sat for THE QUEST SYNDICATE. Members also have TOPSTAR VIXEN running for them on Sat.
Meanwhile, today, it is the dogs that take prominence with DROOPYS RUM and DROOPYS SCION both in the Final of The Rose Bowl live on RPGTV tonight. Scion is another to be running for members of THE QUEST. Also tonight live on RPGTV is LEEVIEW MANDY at Sunderland. All members and owners in the dogs & horses receive full pre race rundowns and betting info.
KISSY MAKES IT WIN 1 ON IST JUNE !
Touchwood but the winning streak continues as Kissy won very easily last night. She was back after just shy of 4 months off due to injury and is expected to also come on for the run. This was only her 3rd race to date and she is still a pup until mid October. Hopefully she will prove to be a progressive bitch in the making.
The last share in Scion has now been sold.
REB MAKES IT 15 FOR LAST MONTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a cracking total of winners last month as with dogs winning previous months and going up the grades it always looked as if it would be tough but especially the new pups carried their weight. RUBY REBEL won with ease yesterday after an electric start. Improved splits every race to date. He is a big pup going the right way. He was graded in well by Jayne at A7 going out to A8 and then won that and his next race before coming 4th next time having led all the way to the run in when he stopped quite quick. It was thought it was a pulled hare to blame as Reb was fine after the race. As it turned out it was a new driver and likely the hare had gone from Reb’s vision. Anyhow the 4/1 touched yesterday (Alan took less !) was bigger than expected. Reb has won 3 from only 5 races now all in May and Vicky has also won 3 from only 5 races to date with 2 in May. Would like to think the numbers total would be the same for this month and while I like to think positive ……….. !
One to look forward to in the short term is DROOPYS SCION who competes for the Rose Bowl Final on Friday and then all being well there is a Sky open race at Peterborough on the 15th and then hopefully being aimed at Sunderland’s Grand Prix on July 2nd. She will be coming up for trials at Sunderland closer to the event.
Shame Rita missed the cut for today’s race at Cartmel by one but now expected to go to Uttoxeter on the 11th and Dan aiming for Hexham on Sat.
Jimmy been a bit busy retraining of late so his Blog page delayed a couple of days !
Dazzling Rita missed the cut for tomorrow’s race at Cartmel. Next up probably Uttoxeter. Meanwhile Odds On Dan entered at Hexham on Sat.
Yvonne pulled the name from the hat for THE QUEST MEMBERS FREE £50 MONTHLY BET – winner ANDREW THACKERAY. Also, TERRY DAVIS’S name was pulled for the £25 bet from the Horse & Hound Group. Congrats to both and bets winging their way to both in post now.
” I LIKE JIMMY ” !
Love to hear those words ! Abby (Yvonne’s granddaughter who lives at the kennels) came over to see me as soon as I arrived yesterday to give me a hug as I haven’t been back for a couple of weeks. I will be updating my Blog Page in the next couple of days so please take a look.
QUEST MEMBERS IN THE MONEY AS STAR MAKES IT 14 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quest members are having a good time of things as Shendus Star (pictured coming away from her field on the run in) lands the bets again. 3/1 sp. 3 recommended bets in last few days have made it a profitable Bank Holiday. Members are riding their luck using bookies cash to keep topping up the profits from recommended 10/1 2/1 3/1 winners. However, its not just about winning bets but the enjoyment and excitement of cheering your horse or dog home. Great fun and only a £1 a day ! AND YOU GET TO KEEP THE PROFITS ! What more could anyone ask for ? GO ON GIVE IT A TRY !
VICKY LANDS THE BETS – AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
End of the month approaching but the winning bets keep coming !
”With profits from Dan weighing heavily in pockets, no reason not to have a dabble !” was what members of THE QUEST SYNDICATE were told in a full pre race report on Vicky’s chances. Vicky’s litter bother FOX has now won 4 from 6 at Sunderland and Vicky has made it 3 from 5 (only 5 races to date in her life). Again brilliant buying by Yvonne. There have now been 13 winners to date this month (dogs and horses). It never gets easier as horses go up in weights and dogs up in grades but it really has been a brilliant continuous run since well before December last year. Don’t forget we are looking for a new dog once we have a sufficient number of people to form a new syndicate. Just get in touch to register your interest (no obligation) and you will be kept informed. Shares would be in 10% units. Also, don’t forget we also have individual shares available in horses and dogs with all trainers.
Jimmy is having the time of his life whilst causing more mayhem – now for staff at SARA who have put themselves out so much to help him on the road to accepting other breed dogs. Rosie is doing her best also by ignoring his tantrums ! We have put a page up on Jimmy’s Blog main page heading re SARA and it will contain info about SARA, dogs / cats available for rehoming etc etc. It is an official charity and has such a lot going on. Any info sent through from SARA will be posted on that page.
OH DANNY BOY ! BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!
Was how one member of THE QUEST SYNDICATE texted through after the race. ODDS ON DAN landed the bets of members yesterday who were told Dan was a recommended bet with plenty in his favour. He touched 10’s at several places and from messages received, quite a few members followed betting advice and there will no doubt have been quite a few hangovers this morning from amounts won by members mentioned. It was also great for Lucy who hasn’t had it easy since changing to her new self contained yard with a bug affecting most horses. Dan was Lucy’s first winner from her new base and will hopefully be the first of many. Dan has made it 12 winners to date this month. Still time for more ?
DROOPYS SCION is being prepared for a race on Sky next month and there is 1 share left in this fast improving bitch. Cost of the dog was £10,000 and the last 5% share is £500 plus 5% kennel bill. Give myself Anne a call – 07775 743 885 to see if there may be a discount ! Touchwood, all being well, she will be competing in the top Summer competition races around the country
Rita entered Cartmel next week.
Jimmy’s continued love life updated on his blog.
WHO’S THAT GIRL GETTING A SNEAKY EAR NIBBLE ?
SEE JIMMY’S BLOG !
PUMPKIN WINS OPEN WITH EASE !!!!!!!!!!!
Pumpkin traveled to Harlow and won her race in very good style. Unfortunately for Alan and those who followed his judgement (?) it was a loss maker ! Rum also traveled for a race there and Alan’s suggested bet for owners was an up and down and double which would have paid a very handsome divi had Rum read the script. It wasn’t for the first time that Rum slept through his alarm call and gave the field a 10 length start. No way was he ever going to make it up (although he always tries so hard to do so and came 3rd btn 3.5 lengths). Main thing though is that Rum is well and a sound dog can always race again.
Today members of The Quest have ODDS ON DAN racing at Rasen. Betting has seen him drift but now starting to fall again having made 10/1. Members have been given a full pre race report last night.
Great news from Jimmy, he is in love ! No doubt he will tell you all soon on his Blog page, as he has another date tomorrow !
MASO MAKES IT DOUBLE FIGURES !!!!!!!!!!
Following yet more seconds over the past few days, Maso (white dog pictured with Destiny) did the honours of making it to another month of double numbers of winners. Alan has been proven correct with this dog, as Maso is improving well with racing experience and maturity. He has a 23% win ratio now but looking at more recent figures, they show a 33% win ratio and then a 50% win ratio of late. This is taken with the hard task of increasing in grades also ! A4 to A1. He was always a very big ‘clumsy’ type of dog who never knew quite where he wanted to be on track. Wide, he wanted to be on the rails, rails and he wanted to be wide. In horse terms, he was a green runner. He may still be a very big dog at 36 / 37 k but he has certainly matured both mentally and physically with, touchwood, plenty of continued racecourse success still to come. Shares are available (discount may be possible !!) Just give a ring on 07775 743 885
On the horse front, a decision shortly on Dan racing at Rasen tomorrow and Rita aimed at Cartmel next week. Dancer will be entered again soon.
Dancer has had to bypass today’s race having thought to have knocked herself during the night in her box. New entries will be looked for.
Vicky had an unfortunate experience yesterday when attempting to make it 3 WINS from 4 runs. Sideswiped at the first and second bend yesterday and effectively knocked out of the race. Still finished the race and none the worse so will be racing again next week.
Scion is back trialing after having a month relax in preparation for the OPEN COMPETITION races over the Summer. Exciting times for THE QUEST SYNDICATE.
ODDS ON DAN entered Market Rasen and intended runner for Quest members next Wed.
Interesting to see some new horses coming into the yards from the Spring Sales this week. Also looking forward to the stable / kennel visits to be arranged soon.
Will we make it 10 winners for May this weekend ? Runners coming up so keeping fingers crossed.
Jimmy’s Blog – quick update posted
RITA – ANOTHER TO BE 2ND !
Rita ran and jumped well last night for members of THE QUEST SYNDICATE but the only neg mentioned to members did indeed prove to be too big. RAIN ! Still, not to worry, those taking the ew bets @ 14’s on offer earlier on did ok with her price coming in to 11/2 sp. Sam was back in touch this morning to say horse very well and new plans to be made. Rita is an ideal Summer Jumper horse for Quest members and there are also 10% shares available in her as well as other yard horses. Please just get in touch if you are interested in a share. No time to rest on laurels for members with Vicky attempting to make it 3 WINS FROM ONLY 4 RACES. It gets harder though !
PHANTOM DANCER RUNS TOMORROW NIGHT.
REBEL MAKES IT 9 WINS FOR MONTH !!!!!!!!!
And Mandy adds another second ! Reb is an Aug ’14 pup and has now WON 2 OF HIS 3 RACES. A big pup (33k and getting bigger by the race !) and willing to throw his weight around. He is improving all the time and was well graded in by Jayne. Few more pennies in the pot for Alan. Need to get a recent pic for him and I will get details up ! Always looking to try to form a new group of owners willing to go in for a new pup before they run or with a run or 2 in Ireland. Vicky fitted the profile and Reb also and both have won two of their first 3 races. If you are interested in going in for a new pup please just get in touch – [email protected] or 07775 743 885. We already have 4 people interested in going in for a new dog. No obligation at this point so just get in touch.
On the horse front, RITA runs at Southwell tonight for members of THE QUEST SYNDICATE. Full race report on The Quest website. Was 14’s and now generally 12’s. Positives but one neg. Hoping the neg isn’t too big !
PHANTOM DANCER RUNS FRID CATTERICK
2 more 2nds !! Maso & Rum. WHERE ARE THE WINNERS ! – Shouldn’t moan really we have been having plenty of good fortune.
RITA RUNS TOMORROW AT SOUTHWELL
SHARES AVAILABLE IN PHANTOM DANCER
This horse is for sale as a whole horse. However, until that time, we have a very limited number of shares equivalent to a 1% lease available. You will receive ALL OWNERSHIP BENEFITS – Prize money, stable visits, owners badge etc. GO RACING AS AN OWNER FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST OF OWNING YOUR OWN HORSE.
Dancer is a 4 y. old filly who has needed time but is a horse who will continue to improve with racing. Hopefully, she should give her owners plenty of enjoyment now as she is racing competitively, having been 2nd and 3rd from only 3 races to date. There has to be a lot of improvement in this filly who has raced green and is now eligible for handicaps off a 60 mark.
THE COST OF A SHARE EQUIVALENT TO A 1% LEASE IS ONLY £55 PER MONTH
Dancer is racing now and you could be there in the winners enclosure when she next races. This is a great way for anyone wanting to dip their toe in the water regarding ownership. You will get 100% involvement at a very small cost in a numerically small group of people.
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DON’T MISS OUT ! RACING AGAIN SOON
Well that’s the selling boots off – unless you would like to join THE QUEST SYNDICATE. Only £1 a day for an involvement in 4 dogs and 4 horses. There, had to say it ! A decision will be made tomorrow regarding the running of Rita at Southwell on Wed for The Quest members. Members have had a lot of racing involvement to date and quite a few winners since the group was set up. Hopefully plenty of more to come. Meanwhile, the 2nd’s continue with Panther dog ‘Bunny’ (Rabbits Rover) just failing to get up yesterday.
STAR WINS FOR QUEST MEMBERS !!!!!!!!
RECOMMENDED BET – 5/2 SP
SHENDUS STAR (sire KINLOCH BRAE pictured) was recommended as a bet yesterday to THE QUEST SYNDICATE members and she promptly won start to finish cosily. She has done very well for members of late, winning 4, 2nd x 2 and 3rd in last 7 races ! In fact all the dogs have done very well with Alberta and Scion (being aimed for a SKY race next) 2 top class Open / competition dogs and new pup TOPSTAR VIXEN winning 2 of only 3 starts to date. DROOPYS PUMPKIN almost made it another double when just going down by a short head last night at Yarmouth. Touchwood but Panther has had a tremendous amount of success with the greyhounds from the moment we became involved. As well as those being mentioned on the website pages, we also have others being brought and reared through for the future. Hopefully the success will continue and expand. On the horse front, Doc is now on Summer turnout 24/7 to get the best of the Spring / Summer grass before coming back in on July 1st ready for a novice chase campaign hoping to improve on his 5 wins for Panther. He is only young and Alan has always maintained chasing will be his game. Now is the time to be proven right ! Over the Summer we presently have SHOWTIME STAR for the turf and DAZZLING RITA and ODDS ON DAN for Summer jumping.
Stable visits / kennel visits are being planned and the first date to be announced is a BBQ AT JIM DALY’S ON JULY 17TH. A stable visit is expected to take place before then though.
JOIN IN THE SUMMER FUN
Why not join THE QUEST SYNDICATE – PRESENTLY 4 DOGS & 4 HORSES FOR £1 PER DAY – or one of our individual shares in a dog or horse ? Come racing as an owner or watch from the comfort of your own home (never been a better time for watching dog & horse racing on tv / computer than nowadays with so much racing televised). If you are interested in joining The Quest, please just get in touch with myself Anne 07775 743 885. If you had joined yesterday, a £40 bet would have got you £100 back already ! Having said that, please note, The Quest is NOT an out and out tipping service but an ownership group set up for you to get enjoyment from racing dogs and horses.
SHARES AVAILABLE IN A FLAT HORSE RUNNING NOW – PHANTOM DANCER
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JIMMY’S LATEST BLOG UPDATE ON LINE NOW
It was another cracking day for members of THE QUEST. Dan (pictured yesterday) bounced back to form on the faster ground at Sedgefield to go down fighting and from messages received there was a lot of shouting at tv screens and in bookie shops ! It was great for Lucy also to see a horse she believed was now right at home to run its race. Touchwood the yard has turned the corner. He will be (touchwood), giving members plenty of enjoyment over the Summer. Plus THE QUEST’S other Summer jumper with Sam Drake – Dazzling Rita – should soon be out again. Also Showtime Star with Gay Kelleway. DONT MISS OUT AT ONLY £1 A DAY !
It wasn’t just about the horses as KITE got the show underway when she WON at lunchtime. She is a formidable dog BOTH 2 AND 4 BENDS (OPEN CLASS) with an excellent win strike rate for Jayne. Kite has won a lot of bookies cash in the time we have owned her. More being taken @ 9/4 yesterday. Then it was over to Yvonne at Sunderland where ANA bounced back to form to be 2nd but couldn’t peg back the winner. Finally, MANDY also got in on the act as she fairly flew the traps and led from start to finish WINNING @ 7/2. She is a very gutsy bitch.
ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR OWNERS AND MEMBERS WITHIN PANTHER
Dan runs today for The Quest Syndicate at Sedg in the 4.20 Outsider of the lot touching 18’s this morning and in reality the reason is there for all to see in the form. However, hoping for a turnaround and a change in fortune also for Lucy, who has had a lot going on since moving yards a couple of months or so ago. Always hard for humans and horses with many problems surfacing. Dan and Lucy won this race a year ago and it would be great for Lucy to have a repeat performance – and members of The Quest ! Also looking forward shortly to a visit at the new yard with members and owners in Panther. Self contained and in the York / Malton area.
REBEL WINS ON ONLY 2ND OUTING !!!!!
Ruby Rebel ran a very brave race yesterday. Having been slowly away he cut in at the first and bullied his way through on the rail and bar going wide at the third had the race sewed up pretty much from his actions at the first. He is an Aug ’14 pup and had an injury with a metacarpal which has kept him off track until recently. Jayne had him graded in well for his first race A7 but he was slow away and dropped to A8 for yesterday. Drifted to 5’s in the betting (nice for owners !). Don’t think he’ll see an A8 again ! I will get details up asap on this dog on the site.
Our other two dogs which ran yesterday both came 2nd – Bunny & Star. ALL TOLD NOT A BAD WEEKEND FOR THE DOGS
7 RUNNERS – 4 WINNERS / 2 X 2ND LONG MAY IT CONTINUE !
Too early as yet to know plans for tomorrow horses and will give another update later
VICKY / MASO & PUMPKIN – IT’S A TREBLE !!!!
With 4 runners last night, it was the 3 bitches that all won – VICKY coming on leaps and bounds with a sub 28. Alan always said Maso would need time and he has and Pumpkin also coming along well. Vicky is part of The Quest Syndicate and the dog chosen to replace Jimmy (has delayed his blog today and will update in a couple of days to take in yesterday’s encounter with another breed of dog). Presently has only one thing on his mind – food ! Totally Crackers at present. Followed no doubt by his head down. As Alan said, he is Lucky b*****d. Personally, I think both are.
Phantom Dancer (pictured at Thirsk last night) ran pretty much as expected and she will be given a mark on Tuesday. She is a very nice horse in the making. She has a powerful frame and is filling into it and should get further in time.
3 MORE DOGS OUT TODAY AT PERRY BARR SO FINGERS CROSSED
Plenty going on with Dan expected to run at either Sedg or Southwell on Tuesday and Rita has been schooled over fences. A video can be seen on Sam’s twitter page and we are trying to get it updated onto The Quest site. Trying being the word. Vicky (the human) been called in. Greyhound Sales take place at Pelaw tomorrow and whilst Alan very keen on going, not sure what Jimmy will make of the idea. Not sure what I make of the idea either, letting Alan loose at Pelaw ! Updating websites still ongoing and runners seem to be quicker than updates on individual web pages on the horses and dogs – but getting there.
THE JOBS A BUCK – ALMOST SPOT ON !
4 DOGS RUN 3 WINNERS
FULL NEWS TOMORROW AFTER KENNELS
Re the dogs, Buick had to be withdrawn as he was off colour so we will never know how much Scion could have been worth ! Matt meanwhile is in the next round but several professionals knocking the form. Sure Alan knows best though !
Busy weekend re the dogs from Panther, so hoping a winner or two pop up. The Quest Syndicate have a runner today and tomorrow. Also, Dancer runs at Thirsk tonight for her owners and Rum goes to Yarmouth also tonight for the same group of owners. Sure Dancer will prove to be a better horse in the future than she showed last time at Southwell when faded tamely.
Taking Jimmy to have a meet with a (hopefully) new friend today to try to get him to settle with other breeds of dog. Met up with another dog whilst out yesterday and let the side down. Fingers crossed all goes better today as its off to Thirsk afterwards.
Greyhound Derby heats get underway tonight and Alan split with Matt who he has backed and Buick as he is the full brother to Scion who is in the Quest syndicate. On the horse front, Dan, also in the Quest Syndicate holds entries at Sedg and Southwell on Tues and Rita (another in the Quest) has been schooled over fences this morning with Sam sending a video across. When I manage to open it, I will also attempt to try to get it up on the web pages of the Quest site for all to see. Cavalry may be needed !
PHANTOM DANCER declared to run at Thirsk on Sat. Not many runners of late on the dogs.
Just a quick news update on Jimmy. He met up with 3 other dogs who were being walked by a professional dog walker today and Jimmy happy to meet up ! In fact it was one of the others who growled at him as Jimmy started to become quite excited with new friends. Also arranged to take him to a Greyhound Trust worker to help Jimmy meet up with one of their dogs used to meet with other greyhounds in their rehoming process. Two very positive steps forward for Jimmy in the space of 2 hours ! No doubt Jimmy will inform all on his blog as to his meeting with a (hopefully) new friend in a few days.
I have taken yesterday’s post down of shares available in STOW as Lucy been in touch to say the horse has now picked up an injury. In view of his age, the intention is to drop him out of training and previous owners in the horse had always said to Lucy they would love to retire him themselves so the intention is that they will be contacted and he will hopefully be going to their place once let down. Regarding ourselves, we will be leaving his ownership. Lucy is looking at future aquisitions so we will see what turns up on that front. Meanwhile, we still have ODDS ON DAN with Lucy and he is one of the horses in the QUEST SYNDICATE. He is expected to be entered for Sedgefield and Southwell next week.
JIMMY’S LATEST BLOG ENTRY ON ITS OWN PAGE NOW
BUNNY SPOILS THEIR PARTY !
No winner on the final day of the month but off to a flyer on first day of new month when BUNNY fairly flew home yesterday to snatch a victory over the very well backed second. It was quite a result really, as when looking in for the live stream, we hadn’t realised the racing was delayed at Perry and not getting the live stream, clicked onto audio and heard the commentary of a race in progress. Thought it was our race and heard the one dog (our trap) had got up on the line to win but that it had turned on the other dog. To be disqualified out of racing was on the agenda until discovered the off time was 4 mins prior to our race. Hopes up once again and then watched live stream of Bunny winning – on the line but without any biting ! Brilliant result at 3’s !! Bunny has had his probs but nothing serious and as Jayne said, he has found himself nicely graded once things come together. They are now and his last 3 races read 1 / 2 / 1 / Only 18 races on the board for this youngster who is strengthening and developing and comes from a nice litter by Gold Slipalong out of a Westmead Hawk bitch. There is a 10% share available. Just get in touch 07775 743 885.
Went to Yvonne’s kennels yesterday and Jimmy will be giving an update later on his own Blog page.
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Jimmy has now ‘blogged’ his latest exploits and can be viewed on his own Blog Page. We have dogs running tonight at Perry Barr – RUBY REBEL & BALLYMAC KITE – and Yarmouth – DROOPYS RUM & DROOPYS MASO – and need one to win to make it double figures for Panther winners again in a month. Here’s hoping !
Just needing one more winner to make it double figures again for the month but getting short on runners before the end of the month ! Big ask as one of them is a new pup with Jayne – RUBY REBEL – who is to have its first race after been off with a metacarpal injury. This was before it had ever been on track and Jayne not happy it is on Sat’s card. Will be getting details up of Rebel shortly. Likewise new sprinter BLACKWATER BRUCE with Jim.
Last night saw Rita (pictured) lead the field but the ground had changed from good with firmness to good to soft with several jockeys saying there were patches of very deep ground. The year off told, as she faded coming up the hill but she will be racing again soon. Sam’s successes continued, however, when Nipper added another victory in a later race. Be there as an owner when Rita is in the winners enclosure.
Back to updating the quest site (with plenty of help by Vicky from webs on line) and Jimmy getting his news ready for his Blog update.
Vicky ran a cracking race yesterday for Quest Syndicate members when she came 2nd (4’s). Recommended as a bet, she had the lead but lost it by the 3rd bend and dropped back before putting in another challenge on the run in to go down by only half a length staying on. Compensation surely awaits ? Maybe losses can be regained quickly, as The Quest Syndicate also has a debut runner in DAZZLING RITA tonight at Sedgefield. Rita also makes a debut for trainer SAM DRAKE tonight and keeping fingers crossed all goes well as Rita has been off track for a year.
Why not come Summer jumping with Panther’s two young and upwardly mobile trainers – SAM DRAKE & LUCY EGERTON ? Both extremely friendly. Ownership options in both yards are via 10% + shares or by joining THE QUEST SYNDICATE if you would like to dip your toe in the water. Cost is only £1 per day and includes other horses, trainers and greyhounds. Details on The Quest’s own page.
WHAT A RUN BY RUM !!!!!!!!!
Rum ran a cracking race and used all his 36k weight to hold a position on bend one and then repelled open grade kennel mate Beauty who came to challenge before going away again on the run in. He is a very good dog and full brother the the highly regarded DROOPYS VODKA. Unfortunately all shares are taken in Rum but there are shares available in other top OPEN GRADE dogs. Just get in touch with Anne on 07775 743 885
2 more runners coming up for members of THE QUEST SYNDICATE. TOPSTAR VIXEN (Vicky) runs tonight at Sunderland and goes trying to make it 2 wins from 2 runs having won on her debut for members. DAZZLING RITA runs her debut for The Quest tomorrow at Sedgefield.
With the new N. Hunt season now underway, why not come racing with Panther. Hurdlers and Chasers (10% shares) are available with trainers SAM DRAKE (left) & LUCY EGERTON for the Summer jumps season. Or looking to dip your foot in the water ? Why not gain the ownership experience by joining THE QUEST SYNDICATE. COST IS ONLY £1 PER DAY ! Includes flat horses and jumpers plus several greyhounds including top dogs DROOPYS SCION & DROOPYS ALBERTA. Come racing as an owner at the greyhound stadiums and racetracks as an owner. Give Anne a ring if you have any questions on 07775 743 885
Negs as mentioned for Doc did indeed outweigh any pluses. However, as the ground will be changing shortly – or you would expect it to do so at his time of year – Doc will most likely be let down for the best of the Spring grass and be brought back to start off novice chasing. Convinced this is where he will excel.
Phantom Dancer makes her 2nd racetrack appearance today and goes to Southwell after careful deliberation. She is a horse who will improve both mentally and physically as she races and is a very nice future prospect.
As most trainers know within Panther and several owners, quite a lot has been happening behind the scenes with ourselves since Christmas which has limited our chances of going to the races with horses and dogs. It has nothing to do with finances or Panther itself or any of the trainers we are involved with. However, I hasten to add that it has also nothing to do with a club that has had apparent problems. The first I knew was when asked by an owner if Panther was the club with problems. They had seen a reference from Becky’s website directing them to Anne Duffield’s site. As we have had horses in the past with both trainer’s, (Anne when married to Alan S.) it was a case of 2 + 2 = ?? I don’t know the club involved, haven’t tried to find out as it isn’t my problem and have had quite sufficient problems ourselves away from racing of late without getting caught up in something. However, I will take this chance of thanking all trainers who have given their full support with meeting owners at the races etc. when we couldn’t attend and owners and members within all groups who have also been supportive. Many thanks. Expect being at the races more now and all getting back to normal – if Jimmy keeps himself behaved ! You will see why in his next blog which will be on line by the end of the week hopefully.
Many will have seen Gay had an accident with a horse and herself is laid up. Likewise, Jimmy had an accident (not my fault as he said – again !) and although looking quite bad initially, looks as if he has got away with it – although I’m sure happy with the attention !
Seems like trainers and retired greyhounds don’t do too bad when laid up ! Wishing both a speedy recovery.
I have said it before but I WILL GET BOTH THIS SITE AND THE QUEST SITE UPDATED ASAP AS WE DO HAVE NEW DOGS NOW IN PANTHER AND STABLE VISITS TO COME. We are registered on twitter at long last and will get it into play when everything else in place. Meanwhile have Rita entered up at Sedgefield and Spring / Summer racing starting in earnest with jumpers and flat. Plus also the dogs continue to race. 2nds but no winners this last week.
MASO MAKES IT 6 WINS NOW !!!!!!!!
Another of Alan’s fav dogs at Jim’s due no doubt to his attitude in running. Wide he wants to be inside, inside he wants to be outside. Very much like Alan regarding decision making ! However, Maso (pictured left with Destiny) continues his climbing of the grades and he is a big backward sort that improvement as he raced was always predicted.
Doc runs in the 2.55 at Catterick today with Ben again riding. Best price I can see at the moment is 3’s after 4’s last night. The race on paper / form looks ideal (hence price !) but there are also negs attached which all members of The Quest Syndicate have been informed. Don’t forget, this is the same horse who won over hurdles at the stiff Hexham track on heavy with front running tactics – going away to win by a very large margin eased down ! Rated 120.
SHENDUS STAR WINS 3/1 RECOMMENDED & SP !!!!!!!
Members of THE QUEST SYNDICATE again had another pick up when Star won yesterday at Perry Barr. Given as a bet to members of the Syndicate with odds of 3/1 (although Alan hung around trying for bigger !) Star slightly missed the kick but ran strong to gain the lead by the third bend and ran strong to the line to win at 3/1 sp. Jayne’s dogs are running well at present – ours definitely are with Bunny winning the other day as well !
THIS IS NOW 6 WINNERS IN 4 DAYS FOR PANTHER !
On the horse front, DEEP RESOLVE has been declared to run at Catterick on Wed.
Don’t forget, The Quest Syndicate is not a massive membership group and costs only £1 per day to be in. The last 3 runners for members have all been winners – dogs & horse.
You could be there at Catterick on Wed as an owner !
Just give a ring 07775 743 885
ANOTHER DOUBLE !!!!!! – RUM & VICKY
TOPSTAR VIXEN (left) made her racetrack debut last night and showed her bravery for a first race to come through (make ?) a gap on the 3rd / 4th bends to win on the run in. Another great start for a dog in The Quest Syndicate as Alberta won on her first race and who can forget Jimmy’s first race ? I certainly can’t as I look at him now, curled up on a duvet as I write ! 2 wins, 2 x 2nds from 6 runs and injured out of racing in the 7th. DROOPYS RUM also won last night by using his undoubted class and recommended to his owners – ”should have the beating of these” – ”looks a decent bet”.
5 winners in 3 days
It hasn’t been a bad time of late with 5 winners in 3 days for horses and dogs in Panther. Plus PHANTOM DANCER also made a brilliant racetrack debut when coming 2nd on Tuesday. Racing, whether it be horses or dogs will always be very much a roller-coaster ride. Likewise betting. However, to fully enjoy the occasion, you need to have patience and as the old adage goes, accept that horses and dogs aren’t machines. Always expect the unexpected ! Also, regarding the betting as Alan has always maintained ”It’s better to miss a winner than back a loser !” If all factors don’t stack up, why bet for the fear of missing a winner ? Seen it happen frequent. Presently within Panther we have tried to offer individual shares in dogs and horses plus have introduced THE QUEST SYNDICATE as a new group for all to be able to afford – £1 per day. Presently involved are 4 dogs and 4 horses which offers a person plenty of racetrack and betting action. The group has its own website with a private members section which details all betting info. Almost as many horses and dogs as members at present ! In fact need to advertise the following
WANTED – QUEST SYNDICATE MEMBERS
People required to enjoy free complimentary owners badges at racetracks, enjoy racetrack hospitality of free lunch meals, enjoy meeting up with trainers, jockeys etc. in parade ring, enjoy picking up winners trophy with pics etc and enjoy complimentary champers whilst watching a re-run of your horse winning. Nobody (myself included !) was on hand to do the honours when DEEP RESOLVE won on Thursday. Not often Alan S. stood on his own in the ring.
YOUR OWN HORSE / UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR ONLY £1 !!
It could be you next time, as we have horses with SAM DRAKE / LUCY EGERTON / GAY KELLEWAY & ALAN SWINBANK
I will be finally getting this website and The Quest website updated over the next few days and everything brought up to date. So many runners, and horses / dogs coming and going everything has got behind. Cavalry been drafted in !
AND FINALLY, I WILL BE HIJACKING JIMMY’S BLOG PAGE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON JIMMY AS WELL AS WHAT IT HAS BEEN LIKE TO ADOPT A GREYHOUND FROM THE OWNERS SIDE ! WELL WORTH A READ IF YOU ARE EVER CONSIDERING IT ! PLEASE DON’T BE PUT OFF BECKY !
IT’S A DOUBLE !!!! – SCION & BUNNY
Scion (right) annihalated the field last night in her final to win by an unprecedented 13.75 lengths ! This was a cracking run and members in The Quest knew their profits were in the bag as soon as she left the traps and stormed clear never stopping. 5/4 fav but members informed 2’s were available earlier. Scion is a new dog in the Quest and came in recent. The website will be updated shortly.
Bunny – Rabbits Rover – ended up just caught on the line but it was a deadheat. He is a dog whom we have mentioned previous as one who will improve and I believe he will come on again.
Although Dan was not a recommended bet yesterday to members of The Quest due to weather and other negs, he did run a decent race under the circumstances. In fact he looked as if Alan may have egg on his face for not recommending him, as at one point he came with a strong looking challenge before fading back to 4th. It all augers well for his Summer jumping campaign on better ground. As a footnote to the race, it was a very good run by Sam’s Attimo to win under a big weight.
More dogs out tonight, privately owned in syndicates and The Quest. It’s easy to become involved in a dog or horse share or in The Quest Syndicate. Just make the call 07775 743 885 !
DEEP RESOLVE – IT WAS THE DAY !
Doc was given a fine ride yesterday. Breaking slow as he tends to, he was allowed to come around the field in his own time and then had a nip and tuck battle on the run in to the line. Stayed on well to win in photo. This is now his 5th win from only 24 races AND WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANYWHERE NEAR THE BEST OF HIM !! It would have only cost you £1 to have been there as an owner with free meals, complimentary champagne after picking up the winners trophy. As it was, no member of The Quest Syndicate was on hand to do so ! Tomorrow, we again have a runner for The Quest Syndicate – ODDS ON DAN – at Southwell and again there will be nobody from the Quest Syndicate present. AT ONLY £1 PER DAY to be involved with now 4 greyhounds inc. 2 top class competition dogs and 4 horses YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE ! JUST GIVE ANNE A CALL ON 07775 743 885
PHANTOM DANCER – A STAR IN THE MAKING
Dancer made her racetrack debut yesterday and it was the perfect introduction, coming a staying on 2nd. All owners were aware Dancer will be a horse who improves, however, she ran a blinder yesterday when there were more negatives than positives. Losing her place through greenness and needing a ‘second wind’, she stayed on strongly from 5th to 2nd. She will come on a bundle for this and is another very nice horse in the making for the stable. She is a big young horse with a lot of potential. Interested in owning a share in this horse with untold potential ? Shares are available from 5%, please just get in touch with myself Anne on 07775 743 885
Not a lot of time to enjoy yesterday’s race as DEEP RESOLVE returns to Southwell today. He has been stepped up in trip but has lost his races at Southwell with some very indifferent breaks from the stalls. We have never seen the best of this horse who achieved a rating of 120 over hurdles after only 2 races. Today the day ?
18 mins later we have Mandy racing at Sunderland and good luck to all owners.
SHENDUS STAR – ANOTHER QUEST WINNER !!
Alan was a bit wary of Star meeting up with traffic problems during the race yesterday but all fears were dispelled when she broke fast, went straight for the rails and held the inside line without problem. The race was put to bed at that point and she won nicely at 3’s.
PHANTOM DANCER makes her racecourse debut today at Redcar for her owners. There are probably more negatives than positives today but the main thing is that she has a nice run and racetrack intro. She is a nice filly in the making. All owners received full pre-race details yesterday. Dancer is the type of horse Alan excels with.
DEEP RESOLVEreturns to action tomorrow for The Quest Syndicate and ODDS ON DAN holds an entry of Friday also for THE QUEST SYNDICATE.
WHY NOT BECOME INVOLVED WITH YOUR OWN PRIVATE ACCESS TO INFO – ALL FOR ONLY £1 PER DAY
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Great National yesterday from all aspects – except Jimmy was of the opinion it was ‘WOOF JUSTICE’ as his dreams of a bonio feast went down the pan on The Last Samuri. Fortunately he only had a one bonio stake ! Following on the heels of Distime’s excellent run in the Topham, Attimo chalked up an easy victory for Sam at Sedgefield yesterday. Hopefully the run of success continues for Panther trainers with Sam and Alan at Market Rasen.
Maso continued Alan’s run of seconds last night going down by a neck and Bunny continues to frustrate. Hoping for better luck tomorrow when Dancer makes her debut tomorrow. Things haven’t been kind for her with a host of niggles along the way.
BRILLIANT SCION !
Scion ran an absolute cracker last night to win by almost 7 lengths at Romford. She is an improving bitch over the longer trip. Today sees Maso and Rabbits Rover return to action.
Brilliant run also by Distime in The Topham yesterday for Sam Drake. Hopefully Attimo at Sedgefield gets another winner on board for her. Just a daft bet on The National for ourselves but further news on those on Jimmy’s Blog page !
Phantom Dancer makes her racecourse debut on Monday at Redcar.
Hope Aintree going better for readers after day 1 than it has for Alan. Only the one bet but another 2nd with L’ami Serge. Looking forward to another winner ! Mind you the racing is brilliant. Alan has bypassed today for betting but all good wishes to Sam Drake who runs Distime in the Topham.
Lucy has moved into the new yard but as always seems to happen with an upheavel comes some sort of problem and some of the horses have had a prob with haylage. It is sorted out now and more yard runners will soon be seen again. Members of Panther are invited to a stable visit to be arranged shortly.
On the dog front, we have several who are presently off with injury and although most are short term, Destiny, a very good dog, has now been off for a while. However, others are all due out again soon including Ana and Scion who race tonight – one at Romford and the other at Sunderland – both live on RPGTV. Scion is in a competition and hopefully the main aim is she gets through to the next stage. Ana has a tough assignement up against her kennel mate. Talking of Scion, she may be joining The Quest Syndicate on a ‘loan arrangement’ if Alberta’s injury proves it is going to take a while. It is a shame if Alberta is out as she is a top grade competition dog but Scion herself is a progressive bitch on the Open circuit.
Another fine day for betting ! Alan really fancied our 2 dogs racing today, Shendus Star for The Quest who at 7/2 led all the way until an inch from the line when she was mugged and Mandy for her group of owners. Owners were warned about a blocker being there and unfortunately it did its job. Doc fine after his race and Dan has a new race earmarked and new horse Rita with Sam Drake, has been to Sue Smith’s gallops for a workout away from home. No race picked out but looking towards end of the month. With Lucy’s new yard now getting ship shape a stable visit will be arranged in the near future.
FORGOT TO MENTION YESTERDAY, JIMMY HAS GIVEN HIS LATEST BLOG UPDATE ON HIS OWN PAGE ON THIS SITE
Members of the Quest were told Alan really did fancy the chances of Doc yesterday and touching 7’s it was considered a big price (before coming in before the off). Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, as Doc is a horse who doesn’t quicken and is a one paced galloper. The 12f suits and the softer the ground the better and with conditions in his favour it made watching the dawdle of a pace painful ! You just knew what the outcome was going to be. It was. Still, main thing is Doc was fine after the race and a fit and sound horse can always run again. Keep saying it but Doc is a much better horse than he is showing of late. His turn will come again for sure. Adding to the disappointment of the day was that Bunny (Rabbits Rover) was a dog Alan also really did fancy to win. Unfortunately, it was very slowly away from the traps and lost lengths. However, by the 3rd bend it had made up all the lost ground and looked the likely winner but was then chopped off and went from 2nd to last. Again, the main thing is he is sound and will race again soon. What a day for a bet ! Hope it’s not a sign of things to come for Aintree ?
Doc runs today in the amateur race at Donny and 6’s pretty much across the boards. It is fair to say he has disappointed over the Winter and never really took to the all weather. In fact his runs seemed to get worse as he got slower and slower out of the stalls. If this trait continues into today, he could lose the race in the first 100 yards. I never envisaged Doc running off this mark for long but he won off it with Simon on at Haydock and never progressed. He has always looked a better N. Hunt prospect (rated 120 hurdles after 2 impressive wins) but off his flat mark it seemed the obvious route to try to exploit. So fingers crossed today he lives up to his home reputation and lands another winner for members of The Quest Syndicate.
The involvement with the new dog mentioned in the last post has now been purchased and the 3 shares sold by the first night but we will also be looking for another young dog to syndicate with Yvonne and if you would be interested in such a share (10 %) , please just send your name through to be informed of what we could get, cost etc. as soon as a dog is chosen. No obligation on any person sending name forward but you will have a priority on taking up a share.
The Quest Syndicate have Deep Resolve out at Doncaster tomorrow and all members going have badges complimentary.
Mandy’s finishing position was as expected today and owners told Alan wasn’t backing. She drifted from the early morning 3/1 co fav to 6/1 sp. What wasn’t expected, however, was how she ran, getting to the first in the lead but then being knocked sideways and out of the race. To come 4th beaten only 3.5 lengths was a run to prove she will be winning another A2 shortly – touchwood ! With a strike rate of 1:3 since coming to Yvonne, Mandy has been a brilliant dog for owners.
Looking for 3 people to be involved with ourselves in a new dog. If anyone is interested, please get in touch 07775 743 885.
10 UP WITH SHENDUS STAR FOR THE QUEST !!!!!!!!!!
Star is a bit like Anna in that she can break fast from the traps and invariably is there or thereabouts, or slow, when all chance is normally gone by being crowded at the first bend. Yesterday lunch time, Quest members were happy as Star flew the traps and never looked back. She is a very strong stayer and the 7/2 advised still ended up 3/1 sp.
Since becoming involved with the greyhounds, we have had a tremendous amount of success in such a short space of time and the betting has produced a very handsome profit personally. People have said to us that they don’t understand the dogs but if you understand horse form, then dog form runs pretty much parallel. Alan believes in general, that the form stands up better with the dogs than horses. Within the bread and butter graded racing of the dogs, there are a lot of closely matched races which involve plenty of ifs and buts but if you are patient then the right profile race does keep cropping up. When it does is the time to take your chance. As dogs race pretty much on a weekly basis, it is a relatively fast turnover of dogs going up or down grades – i.e. up and down the handicap in horses. The only difference is that a badly handicapped horse can take all season to drop. Don’t get me wrong, we still have a lot of interest and involvement in the horses (and intending more) but the dogs offer a different medium. One of the biggest improvements in greyhound racing has been the ability to watch all BAGS racing in your own home via computer and live streaming. A 50p. bet allows you to watch live a race with most bookies on your own sofa ( alongside Jimmy in the case of our household now !) WELL THAT’S MY TUPPENCE WORTH FOR GREYHOUND RACING !
This time of year invariably sees a change in bloodstock for Panther as with the improving weather comes better ground. This year there wont be such a change as our horses with Lucy (Egerton) and Sam (Drake) are going to race throughout the Summer over jumps and for the turf all our horses with Alan (Swinbank) and Gay (Kelleway) will be racing over the Summer. Whilst the latter two trainers are very well established, Sam has just started training (with plenty of early success) and Lucy has thrown everything into her new career with a change of yard to one which has a lot more boxes and own gallops. We had a lot of success with Becky (Menzies), who has done brilliant since taking out her licence and it would be nice to have another involvement at her yard as previous horses have now retired. On the dog front, as I have mentioned, we have had a lot of success. Most dogs have been running in the graded races but with Jim Daly we have some top class dogs who are racing in Open events around the country. They are young dogs who can go on to even better things than have so far been achieved. Alberta is one such dog as is Scion. We are looking for involvement in new dogs all the time. If you would be interested in a share in a new dog or one we already have, please just get in touch – 07775 743 885
Also, if you would like to dip your toe in the water with an involvement in (presently) 4 horses and 3 dogs with 7 trainers for just £1 per day you can join THE QUEST SYNDICATE. Stable visits will be starting shortly now the (expected) better weather approaches and dogs and horses are running now. Your involvement starts from when your monies are deposited (£365 for a full 12 months from the day you join). Shendus Star was The Quest’s latest winner – make sure you are there / or on the next one !
Both websites www.panther-racing.co.uk & www.the-quest.co.uk are continuously being updated but with the dogs running so regular I keep getting behind through lack of time. Also, twitter is still on the agenda. I will get there !
SCION REALLY COMING TO HERSELF !!!!!!!!!
Scion took command of the race and never looked back. She is a very nice bitch whom we haven’t seen the best of as yet. However, what we have seen is already very good ! Open grade and already WINNER OF 8 FROM 27. Don’t forget, there is a share in this dog available. Just get in touch 07775 743 885.
Also, there is a share in Rabbits Rover with Jayne who came 2nd the other day and after problems at the start of career, looks as if things will now pick up.
Nice dreaming at odds of 7/1 & 5/1 (early prices) after Ben went in but Charlie hadn’t read the script. However, a winner is a winner and any profit is profit ! Mandy lucky to come out of her race last night in one piece when some bad crowding at the first and dog down. Myrtle not looking a bumper horse but Pauline hasn’t bred them for that. All chasers in making.Dancer has bypassed Fakenham.
Have to see what rain comes from the latest storm on its way for news on runners short term. However, Alan had a bet today with 2 at Carlisle – Basford Ben and Charlie Wingnut – up and down and double. Would make a nice pot for Aintree if it came off. IF being the word ! Also of interest at Carlisle is MISSY MYRTLE whom some will know as Myrtle from Pauline’s Thatchmire Stud a couple of years ago. Now racing on her debut in a bumper from Peter Niven’s stable. Big price but wishing connections all the best.
Dan and Dancer have both bypassed their Sat and Sunday races. Dan will now be entered at Newcastle next Friday and don’t forget, you could be there as an owner by joining The Quest Syndicate which has 4 horses and 3 greyhounds at only £1 per day to join. Just give a ring on 07775 743 885. Dancer has 3 other entries in at present.
Good luck today to Gay who has done very well to have 3 horses competing in the Championship races at Lingfield. All £150,000 races. Also, all pulled out in the draw for the unfavoured outside berth. Not a treble she would have wished for.
Jimmy (pictured) has finally got off his back and has put his thoughts down on his own Blog Page – see JIMMY’S BLOG heading on home page.
ANNA IS BACK !!!!!!!!
Ana hadn’t been running at her best for recent races but owners told Alan was backing her as if she broke as she can she would win this. Ana did indeed break fast and led all the way. Ended up from a tissue of 9/2 R. Post to 5/2 co fav so more happy owners ! It has been a profitable period for owners of most of the dogs of late so missing the betting at Cheltenham this year has had its compensations. As Alan tends to back large priced unfancied (by most) horses, the Cheltenham results didn’t look as if they would have paid off had he been backing this year. Now Aintree, that’s different !
Runners expected over the next few days with horses and dogs entered.
If I can get Jimmy to settle down a bit and get writing, his blog should be up over the Easter weekend.
I will be making a change to some of the pages shortly with the Dog Updates page to be replaced by JIMMY’S BLOG. Such a lot has happened since Jimmy came home 12 days ago and the intention is to keep all updated re the plus and minuses to having a retired racer on your hands. The dogs will be updated on the normal Blog page but as I said yesterday, info will obviously be for the owners of individual dogs or those within a group. I am presently thinking of ways of a new group to be formed to include dogs or shares of dogs we own to be brought together. Tonight we have 4 dogs from Jim’s running at Henlow and a bit more to it than just trying to win their races, with a final in mind later plus other future races in mind for others. Rather than send a dog to trial at a track, might as well run for money. Never know. Whatever, keeping fingers crossed.
Just a bit of news re Jimmy. He hasn’t been the sweet and innocent dog at home that many have seen at the kennels ! Pictured in full ”naughty boy regalia” Jim has however, been enjoying his outings although with a distinct dislike for other breeds of dog apart from greyhounds. He loves ‘The Gare’ watching seals and rabbits but dislikes any dog within 3/4 of a mile on the beach. More news from Jimmy on his own page in a couple of days or so.
News later re Dancer.
Well, Cheltenham over for another year and this is the first time ever we have neither won or lost, having had no bet at all. Seems surreal. However, some nice profits over the last week via the dogs. We have been asked about receiving info on the dogs but most of the dogs are owned via people having a % share in an individual dog or by a dog being involved in one of Panther’s racing groups of horses and dogs. Consequently those people receive the info on a private basis. All our groups are inexpensive to join as are individual shares in dogs. I am struggling time wise to keep all info up to date with all dogs and horses on the site’s pages as just as soon as a page has been updated, a dog has run again ! Will get up to date (as well as get on twitter) just as soon as.
Meanwhile, one dog who has been updated is TOPSTAR VIXEN (pictured – again ! Well I do like her). She is the new dog in The Quest Syndicate. ”Vicky” will be graded in shortly and have her first run for the group in a couple of weeks. Cost to join The Quest Syndicate is only £1 per day. Just get in touch to join this 3 dog / 4 horse group now on 07775 743 885
Of interest today is a horse called HOLLINS HILL in the 2.15 at Newcastle, trained by Sam and owned by her mother. Those who remember Pauline from The Thatchmire Stud will also remember the giant CLYDE who was then a backward 3 y. old. He has now had one bumper run and today tackles hurdles. He is now 6 and it will be interesting to see how he runs today. However, he always looked to be the type that would need time and fences. Incidentally, we bumped into Pauline a couple of weeks ago and it was interesting chatting to her and catching up on old times. I’m pleased to say her breeding operation continues to progress and it was a pity we couldn’t continue our Racing and Breeding group based at the stud. It was a very interesting aspect of the racing industry and Pauline was excellent to members of the group. Alan was particularly interested in the breeding side.
First time ever Alan not had a bet at Cheltenham. Left alone yesterday and thankfully watched Snuker run one of his typical lacklustre races at Hexham as well. Again today he has left Cheltenham betting alone. However, as always Cheltenham is great viewing regardless of money on or not.
38.5 / 1 DOUBLE – PUMPKIN & HEAVEN !!!!!!!
Quite a night for owners of PUMPKIN & HEAVEN at Yarmouth last night when both ran to their best to win very nicely. Heaven only ran 2 days previous whilst Pumpkin was having only her 2nd race after 3 months off. BRILLIANT !! With Alan not having a bet at Cheltenham for the first two days – looking as if it will be a hat trick today – it has only been betting on our own dogs within Panther. Can’t complain at that ! Don’t have to have festival winners to make a profit. It has been an incredible few days with the dogs.
Things have quietened down with the horses and I’m hoping to get the new dog updated shortly but there has been so much going on outside of racing these past few days including spending a fair bit of time in getting evidence of the crash sorted out. However, all going to plan with horses and dogs. Yvonne removed Mandy from last night’s card as management had put her into a very hard A1 and she accused them of using the dog to fill a race. Totally agree with what she did as welfare of dogs is more important than having a wide dog just as a runner to fill a race. Yvonne is a very strong lady !
Will see what Alan comes up with tomorrow at Cheltenham. Had fancied Snuker at Hexham today as it is a horse Panther used to be in (did brilliant for us before we left his ownership) but the value has gone with his win last time. It is a horse who loves a real slog and conditions are right but the horse can also get so far behind in a race that he gives himself no chance to get back into a race. Still, hope he does well for his connections today.
IMPRESSIVE KITE WON 3/1 INTO 5/4 !!!!!
Kite again had things in her favour at Nottingham when she landed the Betfred Maiden Sprint Trophy Final last night. Owners advised by Alan ”IDEAL TRACK, TRIP, EVERY CHANCE OF FOLLOWING UP LAST WEEK’S VICTORY HERE” Owners have had a brilliant week with Kite (Snowie) with two wins at 4/1 and 3/1 both advised recommended bets.
Well, it’s Cheltenham but Alan not tempted into having a bet today. Hasn’t had any ante post bets for entire meeting this year.
Phantom Dancer expected to have entries coming up.
0900 – Doc non-runner today Sedgefield. Pulled out lame this morning with foot infection / corn.
SCION WINS NICELY !!!!
Scion in a competition at Henlow looks to be very well suited by the 550 trip. She is through to the next round without any doubts during last night’s race. Price came in from 6/4 to 4/5 with good reason. She is a very nice bitch who is improving and a big race awaits ! Panther has involvement in 2 top class bitches with Jim in Alberta and this one. Also on the card was Maso who at 14/1 didn’t run a bad race. Looks as if needs further here as he ran strong at the finish. Alan convinced more to come from this one. Glad he was given another chance for his perceived indiscretion, as it was borderline depending upon how it was looked at – and by whom.
With the ground expected to be ‘bad’ at Sedgefield, neither Doc or Dan are declared to run. Until decs were reopened, only 30 horses on whole card. Roll on Cheltenham.
With decs reopened for an extra 30 mins with so few runners, Doc was one of the 12 to be declared. More news tomorrow.
Jimmy v Us
Battle lines have been drawn – and crossed by Jimmy on several occasions so far. Is the most placid of dogs most of the time and then …….!!!! More detailed news next few days.
MANDY WINS 7/2 – NICE FOR HER OWNERS !!!
Mandy, (pictured this morning), was full of beans at the kennels today and full of play. She won very nicely last night with a never say die approach to the race. She led until the third bend and won by coming back again on the run in. Very nice training by Yvonne to get Mandy to now win 7 from 20 races since coming from Ireland. Owners also on a high today with Alan positive about Mandy’s chances in his race assessment. WHAT A PRICE !
Mandy gives a nice intro to our new dog with Yvonne. The same person who recommended Mandy to Yvonne has also recommended TOPSTAR VIXEN – now referred to as ‘Vicky’. She is by top greyhound sire SCOLARI ME DADDY out of a 13 times (from 40 race) winning A1 bitch. She has only had 3 trials in Ireland and was whelped in May ’14. The farmer who owned her (and brother Topstar Fox) had no time to get them trained up and racing, so Yvonne now has them. Panther has taken up with Vixen. I will get her own web page up asap on both The Quest site and this site. Vicky will be joining The Quest Syndicate and should be trialing at Sunderland shortly. Don’t forget, it’s only £1 per day to join. Just get in touch 07775 743 885
Decisions made tomorrow regarding the racing plans of Doc and Dan (both also in the Quest) at Sedg on Tuesday.
Star ran pretty much as members of The Quest were told the previous night. Never bled but 5f just too sharp when he misses the kick. He will now be freshened up for a couple of weeks and race on the turf. Rated 12 pounds less on turf and he is just as effective. Stow has bypassed Kelso on Sunday and next stop probably Newcastle. Dan and Doc both entered Sedg on Tuesday. Well Cheltenham now just around the corner and Alan not had a single ante post bet. Used to do a lot of ante post betting for big meetings but with horses having so many options of races (and Alan picking wrong ones) he left it to betting much closer to the day and losing his money then. Suppose he got a run for his money though. Cheltenham has never been a great meeting for us on the profit front if worked on average over the years but Aintree has been much better. Loved it when we also had our own horse win at The Festival. Also have had quite a few runners at the Festival as well. Great times. Still enjoy Cheltenham though and will let you know how Alan does(n’t) !
On the dog front, it has been rather quiet recently with injuries and kennel sickness but still having the odd runner and Shendus goes tonight with Ganya. Others due in the next couple of days also.
It’s been quite a last few days, starting with being involved in a crash last Sunday when on way to kennels. Fortunately nobody injured but van looking as if it is going to be wrote off – although doesn’t look that bad as it was the rear chassis that took the brunt when we were spun 180 degrees. Fortunately didn’t have Jimmy in the back as it was on Tuesday he officially retired to our home. It was never intended to be on the agenda having a greyhound at home but life is full of surprises. Didn’t have any spare time before, got lots less now.
NEVER BELIEVE A GREYHOUND TRAINER !
Parting shot as we picked Jimmy up from Yvonne’s on Tuesday was ” Not a single quirk. Always very quiet”. Also, don’t believe that story about a retired greyhound being ‘a couch potato’. Jimmy was known at the kennels as being a bit grumpy and boring but I guarantee that is not the case. Yes he took to his bed at the bottom of the stairs well during the first day but an hour after lights out that first night there was a noise and on opening the bedroom door, there was Jimmy. You can guess the rest ! We have always had German Shepherds who need lots of exercise and attention, well I can tell you Jimmy would give everyone of them a run for their money. Grumpy and boring, he is not. He wakes at 5 am with his new pal a small teddy bear (I know – I’m daft) and proceeds to throw it in the air and then pounce on it until we are awake and its time to rise and shine. He has had a lot to take in these past couple of days what with having a swing bin lid stuck firmly on his head as he took off at top speed until smashing it off on a door post and then a walk to the beach. The latter was just too much as he saw the open expanse, water and other dogs running around loose. Didn’t know whether he wanted to meet other dogs or retreat. Ended up in between Alan’s legs growling. Heard all those stories about greyhounds happy to flake out on a sofa and do nothing – don’t believe them. Do greyhounds ever sleep or stop causing mayhem ? I think Jimmy had conned a lot of people at the kennels !
Showtime Star runs at Southwell tomorrow for The Quest Syndicate and hoping for best. Several people have enquired about Jimmy’s progress and we will keep updates on him on these pages.
KITE LANDS THE ODDS !!
Kite did everyone proud last night when winning at 4/1 in the heat for The Sprint Trophy at Nottingham last night. Considered the ideal venue and distance by Alan, owners were told Alan had backed at 4’s – a price she ended up at as well. Great when plans come off. Kite is a very nice Open Grade bitch and winner of 15 from 49.
LIFE’S A BITCH !
Whilst Kite was out earning last night, Jimmy was spending his last night at Yvonne’s kennels as he was picked up this morning by ourselves when he happily jumped into his new van and settled down for the journey home. With loads of exploring to do on getting home, it was a busy and tiring day for him and he happily settled down to ex kennel life at the bottom of the stairs. Not before discovering how to open every cupboard he came across and also standing admiring his image on the turned off T.V. screen and keep looking behind it to see if it was actually another dog in front of him or not.
It has been decided to retire Jimmy. He was injured 3 weeks ago on track when all who saw thought it could be a fatal injury. It wasn’t and has been damage to a shoulder which will recover. However, not wanting to risk further problems if back on track the decision has been made. Another greyhound will be put into training with Yvonne under The Quest syndicate.
Showtime Star has bypassed Lingfield on Wed but holds an entry at Southwell on Thurs.
Everything went as predicted by Alan to members of The Quest regarding Doc yesterday. The only thing he got wrong was that Doc’s price actually drifted as opposed to Alan believing it would drift from the 5’s on the night previous. Members told he wasn’t backing at all. Horse fine though and new plans now expected instead of Southwell and a mile.
Plans made for Showtime with an entry in at Lingfield and Dan expected back at Sedgefield again on the 15th. Stow next entry expected to be Newcastle 19th. Had hoped to have announced a new horse this week but nothing went as thought so advertising this weekend delayed. In the meantime, several dogs will be out this weekend but others still recovering from sickness or injury. Jayne’s kennel seems to be getting over its problems. Shani from the kennel whom we have been involved with has now been retired. She was a favourite of Jayne’s and she said she didn’t want to see her running as she was. Shani had ‘lost her way’ regarding racing and Jayne has moved her from the kennels to her own home to spend the rest of her life. She is only young and has a great life ahead of her. It’s great to see dogs being retired out of racing whilst they are sound and in one piece.
Deep Resolve – Doc to friends – runs today at Southwell for The Quest Syndicate. Hoping as opposed to confidence ! Just never know with a good break though.
NO STOPPING GANYA – 5 WINS FROM LAST 7 RACES !
March is off to a flyer as Ganya continues her rich vein of form to make it 5 wins from last 7 races. As mentioned previous, she had a bad bout of kennel sickness but has now bounced back winning A4, A3, A2 and no doubt will be facing A1’s again. Her pic doesn’t do her justice but no other available at present and at the end of the day it’s what she does as opposed to what she looks like ! However, in reality, she is a big blue bitch by the handsome Gold Slipalong (pictured left). Ganya has now won 21 from 74 races in total. Long may the form continue – but it has been getting tougher all the time, more so now ! Don’t forget, there is an opportunity to join the kennel in a 10% share in Rabbits Rover. He has been off for 3 months but is now trialing back in. Considered to have plenty of scope for improvement, is a 33k dog and winner of 1 from 11. This average will improve, you have been told !!! He is also by the sire Gold Slipalong, the same as Ganya.
Lots going on behind scenes as they say and working on new additions – horses and dogs. In the meantime, DEEP RESOLVE runs tomorrow for The Quest Syndicate.
Should have ended the last month with another winner but one of Alan’s fav dogs, Droopys Maso, had a case of ”lack of concentration” to put it politely on the run in last night and lost a race by coming 2nd he really should have won. He was under strong duress and has Alan’s full understanding – himself having had a few ‘lacks of concentration’ in his younger days. Main thing is Maso is showing more improvement and he is a big dog whom we are convinced has much more to give. Alan believes the penny has just started to drop and his position in a race is getting better. Maso really is a big dog and being young by the top notch sire Westmead Hawk, was almost guaranteed to have been ‘green’ initially.
On the horse front, DEEP RESOLVE returns to the fray for The Quest Syndicate on Thursday. You can be there as a member of the syndicate for only £1 per day !!!!! In fact it is cheaper than a £1 per day this year ! Just get in touch – 07775 743 885.
No further update re new horse at the moment.
IT IS A WINNER !!!!!!
DROOPYS SCION came good again winning last night at Yarmouth. I’m so sure Scion has unfulfilled potential, even though she is an OPEN class dog already and won 6 from 23 races. She is full sister to DROOPYS BUICK and from an excellent first litter of Droopys Hilda by Yeah Man. Buick is an Open dog winner of 12 from 20 and rated 140 and running top competition races. There is a share in Scion available – just get in touch 07775 743 885. Dogs Kite and Star ran last night but even though a 2nd, both had suffered kennel sickness previous and I don’t believe they are back on their game at present. Both better than their results show. Staying with the dogs, those at Yvonne’s expected to have full scans today and its not too late to own a share in Kissy before she wins ! Just get in touch now 07775 743 885. Don’t forget there may be a little discount !
News expected this week on a possible new horse within Panther. Will post details as soon as. Also news next week on Becky Robinson, mentioned in the last blog update, who would welcome your support.
IT FELT LIKE A WINNER !
Two runners at Sedgefield yesterday and both hated the tacky ground. Stow will come on a fair bit for that race. However, the cheers were all for ODDS ON DAN who raced for most part in total isolation (out the back). Pre race, he looked a real picture with a definite shine in his coat. No, not from over-wintering in Dubai but from a wet and frozen Malton. During the race he looked a forlorn sight as he struggled to go the pace on ground he wouldn’t stride out on. However, the fast pace helped, as once it started to ease, Dan started to make inroads until coming up to the last he was probably travelling the fastest he had all race. No chance of ever winning but for the 6 lunatics cheering in the ring for Dan to keep up the momentum, it was of little concern ! (Lucy really can cheer – even more so than me !) Great atmosphere to have been a part of. Dan was led up by Becky Robinson and her story will be in a couple of days time on this Blog. Don’t miss !
Possible we could have a new horse shortly and news will also be posted here in a couple of days if all goes to plan.
YOU CAN BE A PART OF THE QUEST SYNDICATE – ONLY £1 PER DAY !!! Greyhounds and horses with experienced trainers as well as trainers just starting out. Come racing in person or shout at home at the screen ! You will be part of the excitement and social events also with stable visits etc. All for only £1 per day – and I’ll throw some disappointments into the mix along the way as well – can pretty much guarantee that one ! Working on the webpage on Panther’s site for The Quest at present (hence it is down) but it will be up again over the weekend in its new format.
Inspections at present but hopefully all goes ahead at Sedgefield today with both ODDS ON DAN and STOW running. Interesting to see Asuncion also in Dan’s line up, as it is the horse Alan bid for a share in (and got) at the charity auction. +ve’s and -ve’s to chances of both Dan & Stow, so hoping for best.
With going uneven last night at Yarmouth and doing no favours to inside dogs, Rum probably had no chance from before he turned up ! Main thing he seems ok and new plans will be made.
IT’S A WINNER – But not the big one !!!!!
While all eyes were on Droopys Alberta in the prestigious LADBROKES GOLDEN JACKET yesterday, GANYA snook under the radar at Perry Barr ! She brings the tally of winners to 5 for the month, which is pleasing, as injuries, sickness and dogs racing at the top of their ratings all make it difficult. One of the exceptions has been Ganya who had actually dropped from A1 and had been running disappointing since a bad kennel sickness. However, she has now won 4 of her last 6 races for Panther. Alberta ran a creditable race last night giving her all but was no match for the winner who lived up to its ‘AWESOME’ reputation. Alberta is only a young bitch and is fine after her race and will compete in major competitions this coming year and should provide members of The Quest with plenty of enjoyment.
Tonight Rum competes in the final of the 58th Championships at Yarmouth for members of the Horse ‘n Hound Group. Hoping he traps well to give him a chance.
ODDS ON DAN & STOW could be declared for Sedfgefield tomorrow and a brief update on them later today.
2 DAYS / 2 FINALS !!
Droopys Alberta in Golden Jacket live on Sky tonight (£17,500 race). Those who took the plunge at 40’s plus 1/4 odds first 4 in a nice position now. Also others with 33/1 first 3 and today there are still places with 25/1 available 1/4 first 2.
It is a brilliant achievement to make it to the final itself, especially with such a rushed prep. Injured a shoulder when fav for the Christmas St Leger, and time was running out for her for this race. Managed to get two trials in but was still lacking fitness for her heat and then the semi also but is just about fully there now. It has been great training by Jim to finely balance the job. It’s certainly no easy task as Alberta’s price indicates and especially out of trap 4 (prefer 1) against this fav. who has lots of speed and gets the trip. Still its all about enjoying the race now and good luck to all members of The Quest Syndicate and to have a runner in a Cat 1 race so soon after The Quest has started is a fantastic achievement. I’ll be shouting at the screen tonight and I’m sure Jim and the 11 others who have a table down there will also be shouting if Alberta is anywhere near. It doesn’t cost a fortune to be involved in these Open race dogs. Alberta was sold in 5% units at a cost of £250 plus monthly kennel bill. All shares in her sold fast but Rum has also done very well at the same pricing. Droopys Maso (right) also came over at the same time from the Droopys Stud and Alan still convinced we have not seen the best of him. A big (very big) dog by Westmead Hawk he still has shares available in him. Just get in touch on 07775 743 885 with Alan and there might just be a little bit extra !! Also at the kennels is a young pup – Kelva Keane – winner of 1 from 2 races with shares available. Again just get in touch with Alan for a bit extra ? Cost is £100 plus share of monthly kennel bill.
2nd Finalist in 2 days is Rum (left) who runs tomorrow night at Yarmouth and news on him tomorrow.
On the horse front, The Quest Members have Odds On Dan entered up at Sedgefield on Thursday. Its been a busy time for members of the Quest since the group started with both horses and dogs running regular. WHY NOT BECOME A MEMBER OF THE QUEST ? ALL IN COST £1 PER DAY. Lots of racing and enjoyment and winners !!
In fact Alberta started the ball rolling when recommended at 11/2 ! Get in touch today 07775 743 885
Apologies for some weird letters keep appearing in text ! I’m assured its being looked into.
Kite ran disappointing last night and will be checked over. Rum and Scion both in same semi final tonight at Yarmouth for a spot in the final on Wed by finishing in first 2. Alberta set for her date on Sky in the Golden Jacket final on Tuesday. Showtime Star runs today in the 2.35 at Lingfield and he is a horse in the Quest syndicate and more details on that site www.the-quest.co.uk Shendus Star runs tomorrow for members of The Quest also. New horse STOW entered Sedgefield Thurs for the Horse ‘n Hound Group 2 and Quest horse ODDS ON DAN also entered at the same meeting.
News on the dog front. Jimmy is over lameness but awaiting having a full thermal image scan to assess all possible problems. Thought to be muscle not bone. Mandy to trial after her kennel sickness and Shendus Star and Ballymac Kite both have just trialed after their own bouts of kennel sickness. Kite runs tonight for the Horse ‘n Hound Group 2 (in conjunction with horse Stow trained by Lucy) and touchwood has every chance. ‘Bunny’ also has just trialed after his injury and management have requested another trial – oops ! Showtime Star runs for The Quest Syndicate at Lingfield tomorrow and entries possible for Stow and Dan next week plus the charity horse Asuncion. Been all go – and I’ve finally (well almost) got the accounts sorted ! Next on agenda all those jobs on back burner, inc Twitter, plus the websites brought back up to date. Thankfully Vicky been great help with The Quest Syndicate site.
TALE OF 2 PIGEONS !
Whilst at the races last night, Yvonne told us about a pigeon that dropped into the kennels yesterday morning. In fact it dropped into the long puppy enclosure – and was promptly seized upon by one of the pups. Granddaughter Abbi ran in and removed it from the pup and although seeming ok, it couldn’t fly. Daughter Caroline then took it to the vets who gave it the all clear and so back to the kennels it went. On opening the box, out it shot never to be seen again. Obviously heard the story about the first pigeon who turned up a couple of years ago and parked itself on the roof over the kennels. Fearing for that ones safety with the dogs happy to prove the point that they could indeed ‘catch pigeons’ that one was boxed up and taken to Newcastle city centre where there are many pigeons living wild and it was released to spend the rest of its days with a mate. However, on returning home to the kennels, again parked on the roof was the same pigeon. No ring on and obviously unable to find its own previous home it had managed to beat Yvonnne back to her kennels after only being there one day from being boxed up and taken over 30 miles away ! It made its own nest and there remained until ……………….. (sorry not a good ending !).
You will have gathered from the above that the family are very much ‘animal friendly’ and welfare minded. Which made me think maybe there is someone reading this blog who would be interested in rehoming one of the dogs when their racing careers are over. All the dogs are rehomed from the kennels or via the rehoming centre and although we have never had a greyhound at home ourselves, I’m assured they make great additions to a family. Cat friendly dogs – no prob and Yvonne tests them out, although these are much sought after. We have 3 dogs presently in syndication at Yvonne’s and sooner or later (preferably the latter as all young dogs) they will also need new homes outside of racing. For now though, if anyone is interested in having a retired greyhound as a pet at home please just get in touch with myself on 07775 743 885.
Now back to racing ! Runners coming soon with more dogs and horses out short term and next week. This month has proven to be difficult with the dogs having had such a successful couple of months are now mostly, in horse racing terms, ‘handicapped to the hilt’. However, unlike with horses it is a lot more short term, as they will drop the grades or find easier opportunities than horses can.
MASO ON THE BUNNY !!!!
Dog giant Maso made Alan’s day yesterday as he ran a powerful race to muscle his way through on the bend to then show pace down the end of the back straight and finish off going away in his Quest to get the bunny. It was a committed race by Maso who doesn’t always give the impression he knows where he should be and what he should be doing. Great result and great to watch as he was wagging his tail away going into the traps. No wonder one of Alan’s favourite’s ! Heaven who has been running very well of late just went down on the line to come 2nd. also last night at Yarmouth. Bit further and it would have been a double. Still it was another very good run from a very consistent bitch. She is the full sister to Destiny and the most raced with 5 wins from 40 races but 2nd 11 times. 40% 1 or 2 strike rate not to be sniffed at. It is an excellent home bred litter by Jim.
On the horse front, Star is entered up for The Quest Syndicate on Sat and Lucy continues to spruce up her new yard. Gallops are being attended to before the horses move over. Both yards are being kept on as the grass and paddocks at the old place are very good for turn out. Looking forward to the first stable visit at the yard. Never a better time to join The Quest as everything going well with both horses / dogs and trainers. To join just get in touch 07775 743 885.
2 NEW HORSE PROFILES
The profiles of 2 new horses within Panther are now on their own pages. DAZZLING RITA (left) with Sam and STOW with Lucy. Sam’s own profile is also now back on after it disappeared from the trainers pages whilst the website was down. Who hijacked Sam ?
We have looked this time for the older handicappers as, although unlikely to be going to Festivals, they are battle hardened so to speak and ready to take owners to the races and hopefully provide plenty of enjoyment along the way. We had a lot of success with Becky and 2 similar types in Pistol Basc and Uncle Brit. Both new horses should be running over the Spring and Summer and touchwood will be competitive in their racing. Rita has joined in with THE QUEST SYNDICATE whilst Stow has joined the Horse ‘n Hound Group along with greyhound Ballymac Kite. Both trainers – as well as our other trainers – have other shares available in younger horses coming through but I have gone down this route, as so many problems can (and have) happened with young horses maturing and developing. Our priority is to provide runners and hopefully winners in the short term. The Quest syndicate contains horses with experience and wins to all their names plus the dogs are probably the opposite types in young ones who were chosen to progress and Alberta has certainly done that.
On the dog front, we have several coming back shortly from sickness or injury but the big one missing is Destiny who will be on the injured list for 2 months yet. Such a shame as he is not only a very talented dog but a very friendly one at the kennels and races. Tail always wagging before and after a race. The new pup with Jayne still needs a bit more time after injuring a metacarpal whilst Rabbits Rover, Kite and Shendus Star at the kennels are back trialing again. Heaven and Maso are out tonight and whilst the former has a hard race ahead, Maso is more than capable if his racing head is on.
SCION MAKES IT 3 IN YARMOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS !!!
Scion has always promised to be a very good bitch and she is going the right way. Won her heat for the 58th Championships at Yarmouth last night. She goes through with Rum who also qualified in his heat in 2nd place. Biggest cheer, however, probably for DROOPYS ALBERTA who went through to the final for The Golden Jacket in 2nd place yesterday. With many holding big odds vouchers she carries a lot of hopes ! However, it will be a great night whatever, when she runs live on Sky a week on Tuesday. Should improve again for race but will really have to to beat the fav ! A real flying machine with stamina. Another neg is her trap 4 draw with the fav given T1. Still, plenty of shouts from members of The Quest Syndicate I’m sure.
Since last Sunday the Panther site at first started to have intermittant access before finally going down altogether. The problem transpired to be the hosting company’s own hosting computer. The problem was promised to be rectified shortly but it never was until yesterday, the company we are with, purchased space on another computer with another firm. Hey presto, here we are again !
During the down time, we now have details on 2 new horses which I will get up on the site. One will be joining the Horse ‘n Hound group along with greyhound Droopys Rum and the other will join the quest syndicate making it 4 horses and 3 greyhounds – including the top notch DROOPYS ALBERTA.
Alberta runs today at 11.37 Crayford in the first of the semi finals for The Ladbroke Golden Jacket. She has had a bad preparation for a race like this, as she suffered an injury in the Christmas St Leger which needed 4 weeks off and it was then a rush to get just 2 trials into her. In her heat for The Jacket she ran well until ‘blowing up’ on the run in but still qualified by finishing 3rd. That race will have brought her on fitness wise and again this race today will do so likewise and she should be spot on for the final itself. The stumbling block is she is in trap 3 today and needs to finish 1 or 2 to qualify. She is around 3/1 for today’s race but qualifying is the main aim. Those holding 40’s vouchers for the comp outright will be crossing fingers etc but she is still available @20’s with 1/4 odds 123 for the big one.
Remaining with the dogs, both Jayne’s and Yvonne’s kennels have a bug doing the rounds and it has affected some of our dogs with Kite being withdrawn from an open (looked brilliant opportunity for her – typically) and Mandy withdrawn last night at Sunderland. Jimmy also ran a bit flat the day previous. Ana due out tonight but keeping fingers she is ok. Several from Jim’s out tonight also inc Rum & Scion.
One bit of good news was that GANYA WON LAST TUESDAY TO MAKE IT 2 WINNERS FOR THE MONTH. Always said it would be tough this month for winners and it is proving the case – especially with the bug coming into play as well. Some not so good news last week was that Destiny – himself a very good open class dog with Jim – did a very good comeback trial from an injury but was then found lame on a hind leg the following morning with a new injury. It was worse than first thought and scans showed a stress fracture of a hock. It could have been much worse of course but he needs 2 months rest and then rescanning. Vets have said he will make a full recovery and he is still a young dog, so fingers crossed.
There is now a profile up on new trainer for Panther SAM DRAKE and I will have the new horse profiled shortly.
SOME PAGES ON THE SITE ARE NOW OUT OF DATE WITH SO MUCH GOING ON WITH RUNNERS / INJURY ETC AND I WILL GET THEM UPDATED ASAP
ALBERTA QUALIFIES FOR NEXT ROUND IN JACKET
Droopys Alberta qualified for next Saturday’s rounds of the Golden Jacket by coming 3rd. She will come on a lot for that race and looks to be in a nice round next week. Also many of the ante post favs eliminated so she is keeping the flag flying for Quest members.
Have to get these pages updated with Sam’s profile and the two new horses on their own pages. Showtime out on Tues for The Quest members plus a decision on Dan to be made as ground not ideal at Sedg.
Also more dogs out this week inc. Kite in an open competition at Nottingham. Another 2nd last night with Ana following on from Jimmy and yet another 2nd with Scion. Last month 14 winners, this month so far loads of 2nds !
Sam’s run continues with RAKTIMAN winning nicely at Catterick yesterday under Jonathan (Jonny) England, Sam’s partner. It was a good day also for Lucy who had BOLLIN LINE win well at Catterick also. It also augurs well for our own Odds On Dan in training with Lucy – 10% lease shares available @£160 all in cost per month – who came 3rd when Bollin was second at Catterick previous on not so good ground. Dan has been waiting for the better ground and could run at Sedgefield this week but had none stop rain so far today.
Its a day for the dogs as far as Panther concerned as DROOPYS ALBERTA starts off her quest to win The Golden Jacket. She runs in heat 2 at 8.18 and needs to be in the first 3 to qualify for the next rounds. She hasn’t had a great prep having been injured in her last race and had only 2 short distance trials (went well) at Crayford in the last week or so. However, expect her to come on again for this 6 bend contest so main thing is she qualifies rather than win (although it would be nice) tonight. Her odds to win comp halved this last week from 40’s. More news on other dogs on updates page.
New Trainer – SAM DRAKE
Sam is the latest trainer to become involved with Panther. Although the following is just a quick update, Sam will have a full profile on the site very soon. Sam has just been granted her trainer’s licence and sent out her first runner STAR PRESENTER on 27th Jan – which was her first WINNER also ! As she said, it could only be downhill after that – it was as she became involved in Panther less than a week later ! Joking (hopefully) aside, she then sent out BOURBON PRINCE to come a good 3rd at Doncaster 2 days later and DISTIME ran in the Sky Bet chase (former Great Yorkshire chase) a day later. Not a bad first week of training. Sam rode Boris The Blade for Panther (there is a very good story behind that one that Alan remembers all too well after she came 2nd on Boris at Wetherby !) during her career as a jockey. However, Sam’s heart has always been in training and was a good rider and trainer of her own pointers. Now it’s the big stage ! Sam is very friendly and down to earth and even gave Alan a crash course in twitter – so watch out for his new toy coming in the not too distant future ! Sam knows our other trainers Lucy and Becky well, so fingers crossed for a good time coming by all in Panther. We will have a horse to go Spring / Summer jumping with Sam and details again will be posted on the horse’s own page. It is a new addition to THE QUEST RACING SYNDICATE. That will then take the number of horses in that group to 4.
It really has been a very busy few days, albeit not spent on the accounts. Its that time of year again which I hate, as trying to unearth documents from the past that really should have been filed properly in the first place. Office normally untidy but this year a bomb site as those last documents sought before the job gets started. I’m an accountants nightmare as everything goes down to the wire !
Still, a bit of racing therapy always helps and Mandy provided that at Sunderland yesterday. She is a very genuine bitch running in A1 company. Had no chance yesterday against kennel mate but she is a great dog for betting as she has won owners her keep plus plenty of profit when advised. Very genuine runner in right race when chips down. While on subject of the dogs, ALBERTA has been the subject of sustained money ante post for The Golden Jacket (£17,500 event). 40’s early on, now b.p. 25’s but only with Paddy, all rest 20’s or less. Heats start Sat and to go through needs to be in first three. Fingers crossed she does as she did a slow break when in the Oaks which meant she was eliminated, then when 6/4 fav for the Christmas St Leger, she was injured when running. Back again now, it’s all systems go. You can still be involved in Alberta by joining the Quest. Just get in touch. As said previously, 14 winners last month is going to be very hard to come anywhere near this month but we’ll have some fun in trying. Jimmy out tonight for The Quest.
Found time to archive the blog pages (had to as site working very slow) so the heading ‘Blog’now starts Jan 1st. Earlier updates within the archived pages listed under the main Blog heading. Details of Boris and the cost to Alan (not betting) of his 2nd at Wetherby in there somewhere.
Many congrats in order to Lucy who has just put pen to paper on a new training establishment. Still in the same area, but about 10 miles North. Expects to move in about 6 weeks time and so the gallop watch at Malton we were to arrange, has been suspended in favour of a ‘Stable Warming’ where the horses (quite a few new horses also recently arrived) can be viewed on Lucy’s own gallops. News on that later.
Nearly finished. Started off introducing a new trainer but to end we also have just agreed on another new horse to join Panther. Only happened last night and paperwork to be finalised, so details in a few days.
Now where are those missing b****y statements ?
Lots going on and just back having been away all day to meet new trainer and horse. Full details just as soon as time allows plus details of Doc’s race will be on the Quest. Looks as if some got burnt fingers but all members of Quest told Alan not backing. Price in from 6/1 to 2/1. Off to Sunderland tomorrow and site updates as I get time.
Doc out at Southwell today and news on The Quest website www.the-quest.co.uk
Heaven went down by a neck in a power packed finish last night making it a hat trick of 2nds in 3 runs ! 5 dogs today with more news on updates page.
Last month was another very good one regarding the dogs when beforehand we had thought they might be graded / rated too high. All kennels had their dogs racing well though and to finish with 14 winners was great for all concerned. Again, this month fearing the worst as dogs really must be at the top of their ratings. Still, hoping for the best with Kissy just starting out and injured dogs coming back. Also for Alberta who will be challenging for The Ladbrokes Golden Jacket. A competition on Sky. Alberta is a dog in The Quest syndicate and very good but hasn’t had the rb of the green in the big ones to date. Slow away in The Oaks meant she was eliminated in her heat and then injured in the Christmas St Leger when 6/4 fav. Back from that injury now but had only 1 trial to date and heats start Sat. Fingers crossed for good draws as she is a railer.
Deep Resolve back at Southwell again tomorrow and news in morning. Several dogs expected out this week.
RUM MAKES IT 14 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rum did one of his better traps last night and won in convincing style. Owners more than happy with their 7/2 early price. Ended up 9/4 fav. To quote Alan in message to owners ” Trap well and the race is his ”. He did and it was ! However, owners probably not so happy as Alan also pointed out his thoughts on Maso !
Unfortunately, the little cutie you can see pictured below on yesterday’s update failed to run any sort of race in his event. Trapping on the slow side he seemed indecisive of where he wanted to be and settled for a run around not making or losing much ground ! Was backed in to evens and cost Alan any winnings on the night off Rum and plenty more as well apparently. Not to worry, Maso is one of Alan’s favourite’s – or was ! At least members in Quest told Alan not backing Shendus Star who also ran yesterday and although running a good race was only 2nd. Very good run from new pup Kissy who came a close third last night – full brother won his event at the same meeting. Shares in her available at only £50 and full brother @ £100. Just give a ring 07775 743 885.
This coming week sees horses and dogs running but it is getting harder with the dogs as they are all now getting graded to max. Still, same thing was said last month and it has turned out brilliant. 14 WINNERS ! Alberta will face some hard competition for The Ladbroke’s Golden Jacket (£17,500 race) and it all kicks off next week. Good luck to all Quest members.
Hope to have news on a new horse to come into Panther this week. Will post details as soon as.
Some very good racing on both dog and horse front this weekend. Cheltenham and Donny for horses today and a good and interesting card at Sedgefield tomorrow. Hoping Alan’s account balances don’t suffer as 5 dogs also out today including one of Alan’s favourites – DROOPYS MASO (pictured). Not one of the most graceful dogs to hit the tracks but definitely one of the biggest. Bit like Alan himself I suppose. Shendus Star (for The Quest) also back out having been 2nd btn a neck last time after a slow start. Won previous 2 races.
Latest pup KELVA KISSY another to run tonight and makes her racing debut. An Oct ’14 bitch, she has been graded in at A7. 5% shares are available and full details of her ownership group are on her own page. More news on the dog updates page regarding the dogs.
Once again spending a bit of time in bringing this site back up to date as well as the Quest site (www.the-quest.co.uk). If all goes well, I’m hoping to be involved in a new horse for Panther this coming week and news will be posted as soon as.
THE DOC IS BACK !
Doc, (pictured going to post yesterday), finished a staying on 2nd and the mile trip has helped him to become more competitive. His price was available at 20’s but ended up being 8/1 sp so somebody more optimistic than myself ! He is expected to return to Southwell next week with 2 entries now in. If you would like to become involved with Doc and come racing with him – he’ll be running on the all weather until the start of the turf when he will transfer over to catch soft ground – then just get in touch 07775 743 885. Cost only £165 for 6 months. Nobody from his ownership group there yesterday so need somebody to pick up the future trophies !
Pictured at Catterick, he looked as if he had just been washed as he gleamed in coat and is certainly an eye catcher – imposing stature and totally white. However, Sam again disappointed on Wed and it seems he has fallen out of love with the game, as Brian said he wasn’t enthusiastic within the race. As it seems there is no wind problem having been fixed over the Summer, then the correct decision has been made to retire him. Panther took the chance to be involved with him in the Autumn of last year as he was only 9, on the assumption that if the wind problem had been holding him back, then it was most likely he would be a very well handicapped horse for this season. He may well have been ‘well in’ but unfortunately if a horse isn’t in love with the game then it wont make any difference. It didn’t ! When he came in after the race, he was happily looking around him and not blowing one iota ! As Becky said, he will be more than happy the following morning out in the field. It is intended he will be retiring to Mary’s place and she knows all about Sam as she works at the yard so it’s great for all parties.
People in Sam’s ownership group also had the involvement of greyhound BALLYMAC KITE who kept the flag flying with 7 wins from 16 races all A1 events or D3 sprints during the ownership period. Some even covered their group fees with profit, so having a dog involvement also gives more entertainment – especially if things not going right with a horse. Kite (Snowie to friends) is still staying on in Panther and indeed she has reached the stage of another open race being looked for.
NEW HORSE FOR PANTHER ? WATCH THIS SPACE VERY SOON !
Deep Resolve out today in the 3.50 at Southwell and is dropped to a mile. Bit of an experiment as he has won over 7f previous – but also over 2 miles at Hexham on heavy and hurdles ! Can only see what transpires. Entered back up next week in another mile contest incase all goes well today. Not sure what to expect ! Sam disappointed again yesterday but main thing is he is sound and without problem – bar it would seem he has fallen out of love with the game. Decisions to be made on future.
Busy day yesterday and things off to a brilliant start as Ganya pounced late to win her sprint. Jayne’s dogs really are back with a bang this month. Then followed a flying finish by Shani after a slow start to be an unlucky 2nd. Showtime Star for the Quest Syndicate then came 3rd with a gutsy run over an inadequate trip to land any ew bets with 20/1 odds available (12/1 sp). Further dog news / runners on the updates page.
Today sees Samson Collonges at Catterick 1.50 but its a bit of hoping Becky’s influence on him pays dividends. Alan can’t back today but many will think that’s a positive to Sam’s chances !
Deep Resolve back out at Southwell tomorrow with new agenda.
3 dogs out today and Showtime Star (for The Quest Syndicate) at Southwell. Star is in a good quality race with a £19,000 guarantee pot but the big neg is that it is over 5f when he is ideally suited to further. However, on the plus side, the surface suits and the draw is fine. The hood to keep him settled comes off and blinkers go on to wake him up ! On the drift with 20’s available. Hope he is running strong at finish over this trip. Also for The Quest today is Jimmy at Sunderland. Just had first winner of day with Ganya at Perry Barr details on yesterday’s updates page. Also a flying finish by Shani to be 2nd after bad start.
Big White Flash Samson Collonges runs tomorrow at Catterick and his ownership group have been having a lot of success this term with the Little White Flash BALLYMAC KITE. Great to have a greyhound and Horse combo for owners, as when a horse isn’t running, the dog generally is. In this case, Kite has run 14 times, winning 6, 2 x 2nd and 2 x 3rd – plus 4 runs over a 6 week period of being unplaced when the kennel was under a bad gastro bug. Not bad going and training by Jayne ! Sam has been disappointing to date for the new group having been pulled up and unseated in his two races to date but Becky been trying new approach out – will things change ? Further news on that race tomorrow.
BRILLIANT NIGHT FOR MASO & KITE !!!!!!!!!!!!
Quoted to owners of Kite in a pre race dispatch yesterday morning, ”goes with excellent claims” and on dog updates page that both have realistic claims, it made a great double last night as it now makes it a dozen for the month to date. Not bad as several ‘big guns’ were resting at Jim’s. Pleased to see one of Alan’s favourite dogs – Droopys Maso (left) – back on winning trail having been knocked over last race. He is a big dog by Westmead Hawk whom Alan believes has lots of potential. Individual shares are available in him, just get in touch. Possible discount !
Off to sales on Tuesday at Donny and further news later on possible horse runners this week. More dogs racing this week also. Meanwhile, off to kennels.
Another 2nd and Shendus Star went down by a neck for The Quest last night. 2 more dogs out today (dog updates page for more details) including one of Alan’s favourite’s Droopys Maso. Big dog by Westmead Hawk whom he is convinced the best is yet to come. Knocked over last race but making (yet another) return to the track. Seems to keep having set-backs.
Horses come to the fore next week and a trip to the sales at Doncaster on the agenda ! Also plenty going on behind the scene. If you haven’t joined The Quest, now is definitely the time.
Asuncion was well after her 2nd the other day. With half the field falling, she had looked the winner even though doing her best to throw the race away on the top bends (stable and horses box bends). Still looking the winner at the last but then went straight through it allowing herself to be caught on the run in. Main thing is she (and apparently the fence) is none the worse and blinkers may next be on the agenda.
JIMMY MAKES IT 10 !!!!!!!!!!
Pictured last Sunday (above) both Mandy and Jimmy must like having their pics taken as both ended up in photo finishes in their respective races last night. Jimmy stayed on well to win a short head, Mandy nip and tuck to the line and went down by the same distance. All dogs are running very well at present (Ana badly hampered though last night) and Jimmy progressing very well. He is now 2 from 3 and a second and you can be part of this success story by joining The Quest syndicate. Includes 2 more dogs and 3 horses. All for £165. What more can I say ? Join up now !
2 runners and no winners yesterday. What’s happened ? Main thing as always is that all dogs and horses keep sound and well. It’s been a quiet spell on the horse front but Alan’s charity share buy Asuncion trained by Becky and owned by EPDS Racing runs at Musselburgh today and different tactics being tried in the hope it brings better results. Hoping Doc and Dancer will have more entries shortly. Sam expected to be entered Catterick next week and Dan awaiting better ground. Longer term forecast not looking too bad so may have horses back on track soon. Showtime Star has bypassed the chance of a quick return to Lingfield this weekend. Dogs not so weather dependent and have provided plenty of action of late. Tonight no exception with Jimmy running for The Quest Syndicate and Ana and Mandy for their respective owners. All at Sunderland. More wins they get the harder it gets !
CANT’ KEEP A GOOD DOG DOWN – HEAVEN MAKES IT 9 !!!!!!!!!
Heaven looked as if she had a hard task on against the favourite last night but although she has a tendency to miss the break consistently, she also has that will to win which sees her in good stead. She is the full sister to Panther’s very good Destiny and from a very good litter of homebreds by Jim Daly. Last night she missed the break badly but a clear run through on the rails saw her make ground hand over fist to win cosily and in from 6/1 ! Charity auction horse Asuncion runs Muss. tomorrow if meeting gets go ahead.
Called in at Yvonne’s yesterday and all three dogs based there were well in themselves. Mandy and Ana playful in the freezing (-5) weather. Jimmy still having a culture shock coming to Spennymoor. Snow, mud and now a waterlogged frozen field ! Walked Mandy and Jimmy together and both got on great. Mandy a very strong puller and Jimmy the total opposite. Bit of a little and large act, although Jimmy allowed Mandy to boss. He is a very laid back dog who never pulls and happy to just do whatever you – and Mandy – want him to. Ana was full of beans as she posed for pics and mucked about. Always has that mischievous glint in her eye. It has been very interesting watching Mandy and Ana’s natures develop (since they joined Panther) on and off the track. Jimmy is just starting to show his.
When Alan produced, out of the blue, a share in a greyhound for me about 18 months ago (in place of intentions of my own German Shepherd), not for one second did I imagine how it would change the face of Panther. The fun and enjoyment that can be obtained from greyhound racing is something I never envisaged. It has been an incredibly successful time with Jim, Yvonne and Jayne, which I suppose helps and as Alan has gained more knowledge very quickly by translating horses form and basics to dog racing, it is now becoming profitable on the betting front also. I’m not naive enough to believe it will all continue to be a fairy tale, as I’m sure there are bites on the a**e always in the shadows, but I’ll continue to enjoy everything while we can. Just as well as Ana, Mandy & Jimmy all out Wed. 2 up in grades so plenty of fingernail biting next couple of days !
The horses have been very quiet of late but the weather just hasn’t helped and meetings called off when we have had declared runners. Showtime is an exception and Gay tends to run her horses as greyhounds – once a week – so no resting on his laurels and he is expected out again this week for Quest members. Sam could also return to action, plus the horse Alan had a successful bid for in a charity auction Asuncion.
DOUBLE DELIGHT – GANYA & KITE !!!!!!!!
Owners in the Horse ‘n Hound Group 2 incorporating SAMSON COLLONGES with Becky and BALLYMAC KITEwith Jayne saw their dog in the group win again last night. Kite (Snowie or little white flash to friends) is now back to her best. Sam is the big white flash and presently struggling to get the right race when a meeting isn’t abandoned ! He is well and Becky herself riding him out everyday. For the dog and horse it cost members of the group only £385 to join last Sept. all in until May 1st. BALLYMAC GANYA presently has no shares available (or a good pic !) and was beaten a few days ago by Quest dog Shendus Star. However, he is another from the kennel who is coming back to his best after a gastro bug laid several dogs low. Some were very seriously ill. Ganya has been a dog who gets away slow, shows a lot of pace to generally take the lead and then lack of stamina sees her lose the race on the run in. Over the sprint trip yesterday she came good. More runners expected out this week and Showtime Star could run Lingfield Frid or Sat.
SHENDUS – ANOTHER FOR THE QUEST SYNDICATE !!!!!!
Really must get Jayne to send through the promised new pic of Shendus. Shendus old pic not very complimentary to say the least ! This race shows Shendus (Star) is getting back to her best after being ill. This is now her second win on the trot and looks destined to again face a rise in grade back to the top. She did as was hoped, quick break, went back and then ran on very strong to win by 2l. @5/1
Same couldn’t be said about Showtime (Star) who missed the break and was then running wide all the way and when Luke looked for a gap on the approach to the final bend it never opened and he had to take a pull, losing momentum, before Showtime started to run on again strong. May have a step up next time. Unlucky race.
More runners expected next week.
Both Showtime Star and Shendus Star race for the Quest Syndicate today and badges booked for those requesting them. Showtime is in a claimer @£14,000 which is a realistic price / weight considering he is high in the ratings and 12 pound above his turf rating which looks very lenient for the start of the turf when it comes. Especially as he likes cut. However, back to today, hoping he breaks quick and can lead. Shendus tonight will be probably higher odds to complete her double but she should be running strong at the finish.
MANDY LANDS THE ODDS !!!!!
A very confident Alan yesterday morning told owners in Mandy ”race is hers to lose…..been offered good opportunity……can’t see a negative …” The early 3/1 price surprisingly stayed for a while but by race time she went off 5/4. A great result for owners and a great run by Mandy on a track that took some getting. She was out and away and never looked likely to be caught. You can be part of the syndicate – there is a 10% share remaining – and I would imagine most already in Mandy’s ownership have covered their costs and well into the future already as she has now won 6 from 15 since joining Yvonne. Mandy has been a great purchase by Yvonne as has Ana and also new pup Jimmy who won last week on debut and then 2nd under wrong conditions the other day. Interested in a share ? please just get in touch.
Showtime Star and Shendus Star both out tomorrow for The Quest syndicate.
ANA BACK TO WINNING WAYS !!!!
Ana last night flew from the traps and led all the way making it her fastest time to date and highest rating. Pictured at the kennels this morning, she was totally unfazed with having raced last night. No doubt a hike in grade will now follow ?
Also at the kennels, Jimmy not quite understanding why he has to get his fur muddy when he has just done all members in the Quest syndicate proud when winning on his debut on Wed. If its not snow its mud !
On the horse front, Sam has had to miss his engagement at Ayr with the track abandoning tomorrow’s meeting. Showtime Star holds 2 entries this week Lingfield and Wolverhampton. Looking at a gallop watch at Lucy’s for The Quest syndicate but ideally want better weather than present.
Still catching up on web updates but getting there ! Next up prize money payments and the dreaded yearly accounts. Hate sorting out all paperwork.
SHENDUS STAR JOINS IN THE FUN FOR QUEST MEMBERS !!!
STAR got back to winning ways tonight beating kennel mate (and Panther) Ballymac Ganya into 2nd. Really have to push Jayne to get those promised updated pics of dogs at kennels ! Great result. Keep saying it, THE QUEST IS A GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY GROUP TO JOIN. WHY WAIT ? Just get in touch for £165 ALL IN 6 MONTHS !
Memberships also available in racehorse PHANTOM DANCER in training with ALAN SWINBANK who (the horse !) is having entries made now AND the horse ownership group comes with a FREE INVOLVEMENT in greyhound DROOPYS RUM ! All FOR £285 FULLY INC ! AGAIN JUST GET IN TOUCH.
A3 ON TRACK DEBUT ? – SNO PROB FOR JIMMY !!
Jimmy ran a very nice race last night – full of promise. Not a lot of conditions in his favour but he did members of The Quest proud and should continue to do so. You can be a part of this young pup’s future by joining the Quest. He is a lovely happy dog to be involved with and as Yvonne said he came off the track last night thinking he had won the Derby ! From not many dog runners at present (quite a few on breaks), it’s good to have 2 winners on the board so early in the month. Droopys Alberta another dog in The Quest will be having another couple of weeks off before being prepared for the £17,500 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket. in Feb. Exciting times as also new horse(s) possibly in pipeline.
Mandy used as a reserve last night – more news on the dog updates page. Jimmy makes his track debut for the Quest Syndicate tonight. In at A3 grade – higher than would really have wanted. Also in last race and for a young pup – youngest in race – not ideal under lights for first race and so much going on with all the races going on before his race. Not ideal conditions but hope he has a good experience as he will come on for whatever he does. Membership to the Quest still only £165 / 6 months for now. Don’t miss out !
LITTLE WHITE FLASH GETS THE YEAR ROLLING !
Kite got the year off to a flyer when leading all the way last night for THE HORSE ‘n HOUND GROUP 2. She has been fine but management just never put her in a race for a while. Kennel mate Ganya has been looking like the winner the last 2 races after slow starts, catching up, getting the lead then just not staying on in the home straight. Today she is in a sprint and the question is, can she trap sufficiently fast enough to get the lead by the line ?
Runners expected this week are The Big White Flash – Sam – and with Tony injured, Brain Hughes is expected to take the ride. Nice double if the two white flashes do it ! Jimmy could make his debut for The Quest but with meetings not being on over the Christmas period, there are quite a few dogs ready to race. Dancer doesn’t go to Lingfield.
At Yvonne’s kennels this morning and all 3 dogs fine. Mandy more friendly than normal which prompted a jealous streak in Ana who then was demanding attention ! Jimmy his normal laid back self !
No surprises with Doc who was well wrong at the weights yesterday and new plans probable. The dogs take over today and looking forward to possibly new pup Jimmy running this week on racetrack and Quest debut. Horse news is Dancer, Sam and Showtime Star all entered up.