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    British Performance of the Week - Week 22, 2024
British Performance of the Week - Week 22, 2024
GARFINEY BLAZE. Photo: Steve Nash. Source: greyhoundstar.co.uk

British Performance of the Week - Week 22, 2024

This week's headline story is the stunning resurgence of Crafty Shivoo. The fastest Derby second-round winner shattered her personal best with a remarkable 28.59 on Saturday night, improving by a significant 22 spots.

But Crafty Shivoo wasn't the only star from the Wallis kennel this weekend. On Friday, her kennelmate New Destiny posted the fastest heat win in the Coronation Cup with a time of 34.82, which was a full 36 spots quicker than the next best, Ballymac Diana, also from the Wallis team. Additionally, New Destiny's half-sister, Coonough Crow, recorded the year’s quickest 750m on the same card, finishing in 47.51.

At Monmore on Saturday, Ballymac John and Garfiney Blaze from the MWD team stood out. Ballymac John's performance was notable, being half a length faster than Links Maverick’s best this year, placing him fourth on the 2023 leaderboard. Garfiney Blaze clocked 41.14 (+15) for the 684m trip, the quickest since Bombardier's run in 2021.

Adam Sears' My Lennie shone at Central Park during the ARC Silver Salver. Celebrating his first day as an adult, My Lennie recorded the fastest heat win with a time of 16.29 (N), just seven spots shy of Emers Sammy’s fastest of the year.

Queen Joni made a triumphant return at Hove with a dominant performance. Her 29.14 (-10) victory over 500m was nearly eight lengths clear, giving her the fastest and fourth quickest runs of the year. She now boasts 21 wins out of 28 races.

Debbie Calvert's Agile Annie set a new fastest time of the year at Doncaster. Clocking 29.19 over 483m, Agile Annie's performance was the quickest since Dropzone’s 29.13 recorded nearly four years ago.

At Nottingham, Always Wishing impressed over the 255m distance. Winning a sprint competition heat with a time of 14.93, she was just a length short of Quarteira’s fastest in 2023.

Simon Deakin's Kilara Jacko could be Perry Barr's Performance of the Week. Winning in A2 with a time of 28.26, the question remains whether he could have bested Swift Prank in Saturday’s competitive A1.

Newcastle saw Ballymac Lineout break the 29.00 barrier. Jimmy Fenwick's pup clocked 28.42 (+20) in A1, marking his third win in four outings.

Magical Camilla marked her return at Sunderland with a notable A1 win. Her time of 27.21 was impressive, especially given it was only her second start in six months.

At Swindon, Ballymac Madgie delivered a standout performance. Her 41.29 run over 682m was the third fastest ever at the track.

Rachel Hill’s Laid Back Joe showed exceptional form at Oxford. He clocked 26.72 in an A1, following up a 26.82 run.

Essjay Swallow made an impressive start at Harlow. Unraced in Ireland, this August pup clocked the quickest time of the week, 26.44 (+20) in A2.

Notesinurpocket delivered the fastest time of the week at Suffolk Downs. Despite minimal progress over six months, his A1 win in 23.76 stood out.

Swift Unkind is the Yarmouth Performance of the Week. Despite not being the absolute fastest, his consistent performance over 108 races earns him this recognition.

At Kinsley, Moss Row Gemma stood out. Dave Cooper’s runner clocked 27.83, two lengths faster than Lynnway Touch on the same card.

Valley's Different Speed completed a 12-timer in a display of resilience. Overcoming early traffic, he showcased a tenacious will to win on the home stretch.

Romeo Victory and Savana Heross were highlights at Sheffield. While Romeo Victory won for the 12th time this year, Savana Heross’ 720m win against a strong field was particularly impressive.

At Crayford, Razldazl Hermes set the fastest time of the year. His 22.89 run in a 380m Cat 3 final was just half a length shy of the track record.

Gurtnacrehy Axel bounced back at Pelaw. After a series of defeats, he won an A3 in 25.75, showing significant improvement and rejuvenated confidence.

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