Young Graders To Follow (1)

Kelva Captin (wd Ballymac Vic – Silverview Pinky)

Crayford grader Kelva Captin is an August 2015 dog trained by Jim Daly. His dam, Silverview Pinky, (by Head Bound), was an Oaks finalist in 2015 and is a litter sister to Silverview Perky, winner of the Oaks and bitch of the year in 2011. Kelva Captin’s Crayford career began back in March, when he won in A8 grade over 380 metres, and followed up the following month in A7. He then ran without distinction in a Henlow open race on 14th May and must have come back sore, as he was off the track after that until 4th July. Tried in S4 over 540 metres, Kelva Captin showed that the longer distance held no terrors for him, winning consecutive races in average winning time for the grade. Upgraded over the four bend trip to A6, he won at the third time of asking on 22nd August, showing good early pace and coming home 11¼ lengths clear of the second in 23.66 seconds (going correction +30), a very fast time for the grade. Starting at 6/4 that day, the improvement was clearly expected, and it would be no surprise to see him defy the grader once again in the not too distant future. The one fly in the ointment is his trapping, which tends to be a bit hit and miss; hopefully this will improve as he matures and gains more experience.

Wheres Princess (bd b Droopys Odell – Thurlesbeg Bound)

Wheres Princess is an exciting young bitch that has been showing much promise at Hove in recent weeks. Whelped in January 2016, she’s by Racing Post Juvenile winner Droopys Odell. Like Kelva Captin, she’s out of a Head Bound bitch, Thurlesbeg Bound, a former Oaks finalist. Starting off in A10 at the end of July, Wheres Princess has used her early pace from Trap 3 to progress rapidly through the middle grades. Probably best when leading, she also showed, when winning in A9, that she can come with a late run. Her 30.29 seconds finishing time when upgraded to A8 was very quick for the grade; an average winning time for A8 is more like 30.70, and her clocking was closer to an A3 time. No surprise, then, that she was able to defy a two grade rise on 28th August, again showing good early to win her A6 comfortably. It will be interesting see how much further she can go up the grading ladder.

Clash Cityrocker (bd d Sparta Maestro – Pretty Hawk)

Henlow grader Clash Cityrocker is an October 2015 son of Sparta Maestro, a useful Irish sire that won the Harolds Cross Bookmakers Puppy Derby and held the 600 yard track record at Shelbourne Park. Clash Cityrocker’s dam, Pretty Hawk (by Westmead Hawk), was a winner at Clonmel and Thurles but had her promising career curtailed by injury. A wide runner, Clash Cityrocker had three runs at Mildenhall, showing ability without troubling the judge, before transferring to Henlow in May. He opened his account in an inter-track race on 24th June, and then made steady improvement in A6 before winning at the fourth attempt in that grade on 22nd July. Showing early and middle pace, he led at the fourth bend to finish in 27.96 seconds (going correction -40), a useful time for the grade. He was out of his depth in a couple of minor Henlow open races, but then ran well when contesting an A5 on 12th August. He trapped well to lead early, and remained competitive when collared at halfway by the eventual winner, finishing a length behind in second place. Back in A6 next time, Clash Cityrocker stayed on stoutly to win by 6 lengths in 27.76 seconds (going correction +20). A week later he confirmed his well-being by winning a minor open race in 27.78. Further success seems assured.

Whizzy Rascal (bk d Laughil Blake – Droopys Posh)

Whelped in April 2016, Whizzy Rascal is a son of 2014 Irish Derby winner Laughil Blake. His dam, Droopys Posh, won twelve open races, mainly at Sittingbourne and Hove, breaking the track record over six bends at the Kent circuit. Whizzy Rascal’s trials revealed that he prefers to take a wide course, and also that he is capable of a fast break. In August he won both his three dog trials by wide margins, leading all the way on both occasions. Making his debut on August 26th in A4, he confirmed the promise of his trials with a trap to line victory in what was, admittedly, just an ordinary winning time for the grade. Upgraded to A3 on 31st August, Whizzy Rascal continued to progress; despite a slower than usual exit from the traps and taking a bump on the run-up, he still had the pace to lead at the first bend. He kept on to win by ¾ length in 24.66 seconds (going correction +20), an average winning time for A3. He doesn’t need to improve by much to defy another rise in class, since there is very little difference between the average winning times of A3 and A2 grades.

July 2018
Focus On Nottingham
 
June 2018
Focus On Newcastle
 
May 2018
Focus On Monmore Green
 
April 2018
Focus On Hove
 
March 2018
Focus On Doncaster
 
February 2018
Focus On Crayford
 
January 2018
Focus On Central Park
 
December 2017
An Index Of Previous Blog Posts
 
November 2017
Focus On Belle Vue
 
October 2017
Young Graders To Follow (2)
 
September 2017
Young Graders To Follow
 
August 2017
Getting A Clear Run
 
July 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)
 
June 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (1)
 
May 2017
Specialisation (2)
 
April 2017
Specialisation (1)
 
March 2017
Qualities Of The Successful Backer
 
February 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (2)
 
January 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (1)
 
December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
 
November 2016
Racecard Comments : M - R
 
October 2016
Racecard Comments : H - M
 
September 2016
Racecard Comments : H
 
August 2016
Racecard Comments : E - H
 
July 2016
Racecard Comments : B - D
 
June 2016
Racecard Comments : A - B
 
May 2016
Form Cycles
 
April 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
 
March 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
 
February 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
 
January 2016
The Striped jacket
 
December 2015
The Orange jacket
 
November 2015
The Black jacket
 
October 2015
The White jacket
 
September 2015
The Blue jacket
 
August 2015
The Red jacket
 
July 2015
Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
 
June 2015
Upgraded Dogs
 
May 2015
Downgraded Dogs
 
April 2015
Focus on Romford
 
March 2015
Focus on Swindon (2)
 
February 2015
Focus on Swindon (1)
 
January 2015
Exploiting Formline Comments (2)
 
December 2014
Exploiting Formline Comments (1)
 
November 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (2)
 
October 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (1)
 
September 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
 
August 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (5)
 
July 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (4)
 
June 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (3)
 
May 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (2)
 
April 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (1)
 
March 2014
The Time Test
 
February 2014
Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
 
January 2014
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (2)
 
December 2013
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (1)
 
November 2013
Trap Draw
 
October 2013
Sires To Note
 
September 2013
Racing Post Summaries (3)
 
August 2013
Racing Post Summaries (2)
 
July 2013
Racing Post Summaries (1)
 
June 2013
Laying Greyhounds On The Betting Exchanges
 
May 2013
Spotting The Ungenuine Dog
 
April 2013
Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow
 
March 2013
Specialisation (2)
 
February 2013
Specialisation (1)
 
January 2013
Winter Ground Conditions
 
December 2012
Front Runners v Strong Finishers
 
November 2012
Weight
 
October 2012
Identifying Improving Greyhounds
 
September 2012
Race Ratings (2)
 
August 2012
Race Ratings (1)
 
July 2012
Following dogs in form
 
June 2012
Adopting a professional approach (3)
 
May 2012
Adopting a professional approach (2)
 
April 2012
A Greyhound's Win / Lose Ratio
 
March 2012
Adopting a professional approach (1)
 
February 2012
Warning To Speed Fans
 
January 2012
Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest
 
December 2011
Early Paced Dogs
 
November 2011
Speed Handicapping (5) : More FAQs
 
October 2011
Speed Handicapping (4) : FAQs
 
September 2011
Speed Handicapping (3)
 
August 2011
Speed Handicapping (2)
 
July 2011
Speed Handicapping (1)
 
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