RIP Newlawn Sweep
Ein Ausnahme-Greyhound mit offensichtlich gutem Trainer und Besitzer
ist dieses Jahr gestorben. Der Greyhound mit den nach meinem derzeitigen
Wissensstand meisten gelaufenen Rennen.
Newlawn Sweep had 268 at Crayford and 3 at Romford in Open races.
Unfortunately, he passed away earlier this year of old age
Damit ist Newlan Sweep insgesamt 271 offene Rennen gelaufen.
Im Alter von 11 Jahren ist er aus Altersgründen gestorben.
Unglaublich, was geht wenn man sie ordentlich behandelt!
IAN BLAND: OUR INSIDE MAN AT CRAYFORD
258 and counting... M y first column here in the March issue opened
with a feature on track favourite Newlawn Sweep who is still racing here
at the age of seven and a half. He is the all-time race record holder at
Crayford with 258 races on his card and is I hope about to add yet
another landmark to his career record by winning his 50th graded race
for trainer Patsy Cusack and owner Peter Claxson. So the question now
has to be does anyone know of any other grader that has had a half
century of graded wins? It would be interesting to hear from anyone
with any information. In the interim Sweep shows no sign of planning to
retire and I would not put it past him to go and win at least one more
time and further elevate his already considerable reputation here. Last
month’s tips Zenas Elena and Zenas Poppy both managed wins at odds
of 2-1 and 7-2 and I have been keeping a close eye on proceedings with
a view to finding you more winners in this month’s issue. Like All tracks
our trainers have those top grade dogs that occasionally feature in Open
races here and whilst they win the odd race at that level they may to
my mind be just that little bit short of open class although they do tend
to make the most of home advantage in such races. What is evident
however is that usually they benefit greatly from having featured in
Opens and then do very well when returning to top graded races. So
here are my dogs for you to back with some confidence over the next
few weeks. Pony Bride is trained by Steve Gammon and is decent Open
class. He has had three dozen career races to date at various venues
both in this country and in Ireland as a puppy. His last four races have
all been at Crayford and he clearly likes this track having won one and
finishing second twice in his three Open races here since late April.
During this period he also ran in an E1 graded race over the Golden
Jacket distance of 714 metres and romped home three lengths in clear
of the field in a decent time of 45.76 seconds. If he has a weakness it is
that he is generally slow away from the
traps however he runs on extremely well and came from fifth place in
his E1 race to win easily. The dog finished third in this year’s Golden
Jacket final just three and a half lengths behind winner White Soks
Roks. In his case you would have to say that he is an open class
greyhound so why hesitate if he gets another crack in an E1 race? Julie
Luckhurst has recently been sending out Droopys Celeb in Opens over
both 540 and 714 metres. The dog ran graded races here previously
between July and September 2011 before a spending a year at
Sittingbourne also at graded level prior to returning to Julie’s kennels.
The dog won an open race here in midMay on merit but actually finds
our top grades A1 and S1 over 380 and 540 metres respectively difficult
to win however put her in grade 2 over either distance and she wins. So
look out for her at that level and back her with confidence. My others
for you to look out for are Springwood Ali, Fernhill Fury, Jims Journey
and Burgess Lad who are all likely to land the odds in graded events. All
have won Open races at Crayford and are a formidable foursome when
dropping back to graded races. On the retired greyhound front we have
three special occasions scheduled. There will be a parade of our ex-
racers at Crayford in between the races on the evening card of Friday
28 June followed by our Annual Retired Greyhound Show here on
Sunday 21 July. The Charity Race evening when races and individual
greyhounds will be sponsored in aid of our home finding scheme will
take place on Saturday 5 October 2013.