All of us at Salacres kennels would like to thank you all for your support throughout what has been a tough but successful year. Thanks for reading and let's hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and a successful 2018.
Writing blogs takes up a fair bit of time and when things get busy they unfortunately are the first thing to suffer. So please accept my apologies for lack of updates just lately. On the whole things have been going well. Obviously after such a spectacular winning run which included the magnificent 8 winners in a meeting we were bound to slow down a bit on the winners front. We've still been getting our share though and the dogs in general are running really well. Non more so than Incredible Flyer who is now hitting peak form after her seasonal rest. Flyer recently put them to the sword in a Nottingham 680m open when leading from start to finish and recording a fastest time of the year of 4127. It was pleasing to see her produce such a run , I always worry about bitches returning from season until they show me that they've retained their form. This run gave us the confidence to enter Flyer for what was the Ted Hegarty Marathon , now the Best Car Parks Marathon and now of course staged at Shelbourne Park rather than the previous home of Harolds Cross. This is of course a very prestigious competition and we're proud to see Flyer qualify for next weeks final. Flyer finished second in her heat after not coming away well but then showing huge heart to run on an qualify. In her semi final on Friday she smashed through the traps like a bullet from a gun , storming into a commanding lead she faltered a little late on to finish third beaten 2 lengths. This bitch never gives you anything less than 100%. She does everything you ask and is a pleasure to train. Her breeder Joy Battley at Barley kennels should be immensely proud of her , as we all are here at Salacres kennels and her part owner / rearer Vincent Lund. Let's keep our fingers crossed for her on Friday that this British Bred bitch can go to Ireland and beat them on their own door step.
All of us at Salacres kennels would like to thank you all for your support throughout what has been a tough but successful year. Thanks for reading and let's hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and a successful 2018.
Well what a month we had throughout September and coming into the beginning of October. The dogs over the past month or so have been in the form of their lives. They quite simply are out of their skins. The team at the kennels have been working hard as they always do and deserve huge credit for the form that we find ourselves in. Results on the track are a testament to the love and care that each and every one of the dogs at the kennel receive. The results we've been having aren't simply a case of the dogs being in races that they simply can't lose , the sp's of alot of our recent winners show that in actual fact they've performed well above expectation in winning their races. September saw us land 42 winners. A terrific total and surpassing the previous record amount of calendar month wins held by the Thompson kennel of 38. Below is a reel of all 42 winners throughout September but this is a team effort at Salacres kennels and let's not forget the efforts of all of our greyhounds who put in so much effort throughout the month.
After the success of September we really thought that things couldn't get much better. However Tuesday 3rd October 2017 saw us yet again set a new record at Nottingham and it's a record that will surely take some beating. We landed no less than 8 winners on the day. Take a bow Salacres Pops , Salacres Glen , Salacres , Salacres Douglas , Salacres Walsh , Comerford , Salacres Silvia and Salacreshandsome. A terrific day and it's days like this that make all the hard work worthwhile.
Exciting times at the kennels at the moment with some cracking looking pups coming through by Zero Ten x Barley Bussell. We already have a nice Barley Bussell bitch in the kennel in the shape of Incredible Flyer. Flyer is a terrific bitch who with any amount of luck has a very bright future ahead of her. It was a bit of a disappointment to see Flyer come in season just before the Select Stayers as she was a leading contender for a role in that race. That said it should with any luck free the way for a tilt at the major six and eight bend competitions later this year. If the latest pups we have out of the dam have the same kind of ability then we are in for an exciting 2018. I must say that they are 3 of the nicest looking pups we've had at the kennel in a long time. Having also recently purchased Droopys Zebo i'm pleased to report that she has recently given birth to 2 pups , a dog and a bitch. Although we'd have hoped for a few more in the litter , having just the 2 has meant that Zebo who is a first time mum is able to give them the very best of everything. Again if looks are to go by they could both be crackers. The dog pup is a ringer for his sire Tullymurry Act.
It was good to appear on RPGTV recently for the second time. I was keen to appear on the show as it gives a good platform to speak to my fellow trainers around the country and get across messages that otherwise may get lost in translation or not get across at all. The new 18 month contracts given out to trainers at GMG tracks have been a big topic of conversation just recently. Murmurings that dogs under contract to trainers at GMG tracks will be unable to enter open races at other tracks. This is simply not the case and this false message is being put across by people who simply have no understanding of the situation and let their head wobbling get in the way of the truth. GMG tracks as with all tracks have their interests as a business to think about. However anybody with an open race greyhound or indeed a young greyhound who looks like he or she could potentially be open class have absolutely nothing to worry about. Trainers with such dogs will not be prevented from taking these dogs on the road. As I commented in my recent Greyhound Star piece , if any trainer is told that they cannot take a dog to another track for an open race and if the dog in question is of open class or potentially open class ability , then I urge you to contact me immediately and I will take up your case. Talking about wobbly heads i've been approached by various people at the track asking have I seen what such and such has been saying on the forum about you. "You're a puppet for Rachel Corden" , "You're just there to be a mouthpiece for such and such". I seriously couldn't care less what these people are saying. I'm quite happy in the knowledge that they're sat at home wobbling their heads away. In fact I find it quite amusing really. I'd just like to say that I really don't have the time to worry about what this small group of 'muppets' (to coin my sons favoured phrase) have to say. I neither value their opinion or care for it in any way , shape or form. So to those intent on informing me of these intellectual masterpieces wrote on forums by people with far too much time on their hands , thanks but it's really not something that concerns me.
These are exciting times for the sport. I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel and in the not too distant future I see a time were trainers will be ruling the roost when it comes to negotiating our contracts. I must admit these recent 18 month contracts were put upon us quickly and without warning. What i'd ask now though is that all GMG trainers get behind their tracks and therefore the GMG and ensure that we as a sport are left with the number of tracks we have now and hopefully more , rather than the contracted sport that the SIS proposals appear to have in mind. At the moment trainers are in huge demand. Should SIS be victorious in their plans then trainers will be struggling as bad as we ever have been. So let's get behind GMG and once their victory has been secured , we as trainers can then set about securing our own futures.
Thanks as always for reading and if anybody has any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.
I headed down to London early on Thursday morning for what would be a long day. I was to attend my second GBGB board meeting since my appointment as Practitioner Director and I was also to appear on Racing Post Greyhound TV as the guest for the evening. Following the recent news that Tom Kelly will be finishing in his role at the board we were also informed that Barry Faulkner will soon be retiring. This will leave the top two jobs at the GBGB up for grabs. I sincerely hope they are filled by two individuals that will take the bull by the horns and take this great sport forwards. We need two fresh new faces to come in that are up to what will be a very tough but achievable challenge of getting this sport back on track. We also held a press briefing in the afternoon , it was good to catch up with a few people and these briefings are much needed. They ensure that the press are kept up to date on important matters and that people around the UK are therefore kept up to date on matters of importance to them.
I was to head over to Canary Wharf to guest on RPGTV during the evening. I must say my tipping could have gone a little better , though I did land my NAP and NB so things weren't too bad ! More importantly though it was a chance for people who don't know me around the country to hear my thoughts on a few things. I'm here to do my best for all. It was good to hear from a few people I know and it was also good to hear that I have the support of many people around the country. I'm here for all trainers and anybody that ever needs to speak to me , give me a call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
It was back into things on Friday and we had two winners down at Notts. Comerford is a pup that is really improving of late. His win on Friday was his fourth win in his last eight races , going from winning A6 to winning A3 in the process. He's far from the finished article just yet and i'd be disappointed if he wasn't winning again soon. Salacres Costa hadn't won since February , he gives his all every race so this A3 win was overdue.
Saturday night was almost a case of close but no cigar. Dougie , Keitel , David and Colin all finished second. We did fancy one of our runners strongly though. All night i'd heard a buzz around the track about a bitch called Nanny Cakes. Trained by Colin Wilton , Nanny Cakes is a terrific little bitch who has done Colin and her owners more than one good turn just lately. The people fancying her though obviously don't read this blog. Incredible Flyer is a bitch we've made absolutely no secret of that we rate her highly , very highly. Flyer is only a July 2015 pup but she is a good open class stayer in the making of that I have no doubt. Flyer also traps well with regularity. So given a nice make up in trap 1 we fully expected her to pop out , hold her pitch and get gone. Get gone she did and the race was never in the slightest bit of doubt as she pulverised her rivals into submission whilst winning by 5 1/2 lengths. Keep Flyer in your notebooks , with luck on our side she'll be winning more than her fare share of decent staying races.
We were pleased today to tie up a sponsorship deal with local kids football team Riverside FC. I'm a big advocate that children should be allowed a more active role within the sport of greyhound racing and they should be encouraged in any activity they wish to take part in. After being approached to sponsor the team I agreed immediately and Riverside FC will now proudly carry the salacresracingteam.com logo on their shirts.
Thanks as always for taking time out to read the blog.
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The weekend couldn't have got off to a much better start as we had 5 winners at Notts on Friday evening. Comerford is a September 15 pup and is a 3/4 brother to the great Walshes Hill along with some other nice types , many of whom we've trained ourselves. We were actually close to purchasing Walshes Hill but that's a story for another day. Anyway back to Comerford and this was his third win in 11 starts and his first at A4 level in a personal best time of 31:11. He's coming forward with each week now so hopefully he'll continue to progress. Salacres McManus finished second in this race to give a Salacres forecast of £14.39. Next up was Salacres Fintan who was winning in A4 grade for the second week in succession. Fintan is a gentlemen of a dog and Fridays win took his tally to 17 wins and 14 seconds from 74 races. Mr Consistent. Salacres Product was our third winner when he took his A6. He'd taken his time to get off the mark but this was his second win in 3 starts so let's hope he keeps it going. He doesn't have the greatest of early so he has to tread carefully in the first half of the race before he builds up a head of steam late on. Salacres took a while to get his first A2 under his belt but won again in the grade on Friday. He's in good form and is one to keep on side if not too harshly treated next time out. Salacres Kearni is a full brother to Product who won earlier in the night. He's alot more early pace than Product has and at this stage is a couple of grades faster. Kearni popped out and led in this A4 and with bad trouble in behind he ran out a ready winner.
We headed to Notts on Saturday evening with 9 runners. Fridays tally was going to take some beating but a return of 3 winners and a couple of runner ups wasn't too bad an effort. Keitel looked to hold a chance in the D2 sprint and duly obliged at odds of 5/2 in a time of 18:05. Awayday Rock continued his excellent winning form when winning in A3 , taking his recent record to 7 wins in his last 15 starts. David has been running well of late and showing a lot more early than he used to. After taking a first bend lead in this A2 the race was his for the taking so long as he kept on going in front , thankfully he did and ran out a 2 3/4 length winner. Silvia and Blitz both ran creditable races in second.
Onto Monday evening and we didn't have to wait long for our first winner as kennel stalwart Salacres Michael won in A3. Michael is a stunning looking white and fawn dog who will be 5yo in a couple of months. He's as enthusiastic as he ever was for his racing and is a pleasure to have around the kennel. We had one more winner on Monday night who we fancied strongly and who backed up that faith with an impressive performance in winning at open class for the first time. Home bred Salacres Olympic (Olly to his mates) looked plotted up in trap 1 in his 480m Puppy Open and after taking the lead as they headed down the back straight the result was never in a moments doubt.
Just the one winner on Tuesdays BAGS card. Salacres Freddy does what Freddy does best as he got up with a strong late run in the shadows of the post. Freddy hadn't won in two consecutive races since May 2015 but put that record to bed as he followed up last weeks S4 680m win with this effort over the shorter 500m trip in A6. He couldn't land the hat-trick could he ?
It was over to Towcester on Tuesday evening with Salacres Koeman for an English Derby Trial Stake. We had Koeman probably as well as we've had him so far in his fledgling career so even though this was a decent race we quietly fancied our chances. Koeman didn't let us down as he got up right on the line to touch off the Carla Hendy trained Drumkeen Oyster. It was a very game and gutsy effort and the plan now is to have a tilt at the Derby. He's young , improving , starting to stay on better with each run and obviously likes Towcester. He has to take a chance and with a bit of luck might go a round or two.
Many thanks to legendary greyhound photographer Steve Nash for the above image. Such is the quality of Steve's work that he wasn't happy with the focus achieved on the above photo and therefore wouldn't charge me for it. Most people would be more than happy with the shot but not Steve who is a perfectionist and a credit to the sport. Follow him on twitter @SteveNashPhotos and visit his website www.steve-nash.co.uk
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Three winners to start the weekend at Notts on Friday as Vincent , Foxy and Castell all did the business. We really rate Salacres Vincent (Zero Ten x Incredible Lulu Sept 15) , he's a 3/4 brother to Walshes Hill , it's difficult for any dog to reach the heights that he did but Vincent has pace all the same. He showed his potential on his third ever trial with an 1829 calculated run. We've taken our time with him since then , giving him plenty of experience in trials. Though Vincent was unsuccessful in his first 3 races , he took off on his fourth start on Friday when winning his D2 by 2 1/2 lengths in 1813. Vincent is far from the finished article yet and we're sure he'll progress throughout the year. Our second winner on the night was another Zero Ten dog. Step forward Salacres Foxy. All of our dogs mean the world to us but Foxy is a real kennel favourite. He overcame a serious injury earlier in his career and though he now races at a level lower than that which he once graced , he still loves to race and pulls your arm off to jump onto the van when he knows it's time to head to the track. This was Foxys third win in his last five starts. Our third and final winner on the night and yet another winner sired by Zero Ten was Salacres Castell. This stunning white and black dog is coming forward with every passing race and I don't think he's finished improving just yet. Weighing in at over 37 kilo this A4 win took Castell's record to 3 wins in his last 4 outings. Fintan and Beyonce both ran creditable races in second place.
We were also represented by 3 runners down at Romford on Friday evening. We always enjoy our trips to Romford. It's a great track with excellent facilities and a great atmosphere. Incredible Flyer and Empire lined up in heat 3 of the BGBF Puppy Oaks over 400m. Empire ran a terrific race finishing second in 24.22 plus 10. A great run for a young pup with just the one look around the venue. Empire will take her place in the final this coming Friday. Flyer could only finish fourth beaten a fair way after trouble , this trip wouldn't really play to her strengths and it was just another step on the ladder for a bitch we rate very highly. Later on the card David lined up in the 575m event. He wasn't too badly away , as he hasn't been at Notts lately , first bend trouble looked to put him out of the race but he showed a devastating burst of pace along the back straight to put himself into contention rounding the last couple of bends before running out of steam a little late on. David is a bit of a enigma and doesn't win as many races as his pace should allow , but he's another kennel favourite and i'm sure it'll not be long before he's winning again.
A tough night on Saturday. We had seven runners on the card but left for home empty handed with Salacres (A2) and Extreme (A3) being the closest we came to a winner as both filled the runners up position.
We had 10 runners at Notts on Monday evening including 3 in the D2 sprint. A return of 3 winners on the night including the first 3 home in the aforementioned sprint was a very welcome return. Salacres Dougie won the sprint in 17.93 by 4 lengths from Vincent and Keitel just a head back in third. The Salacres tricast paid out at £48.23. Salacres Kearni was our second winner on the night. Kearni was winning in A4 grade for the first time and as a July 15 pup he's definitely heading in the right direction. Our third winner on the night gave us all a great thrill. We've made no secret of the regard in which we hold Incredible Flyer (Makeshift x Barley Bussell July 15). Flyer made a great start to her career , firstly winning easily in A6 grade and then following that up not long after with a win in A3. Unfortunately it wouldn't be long before Flyer came down with the cough. As with most kennels around the country this year we had a few come down with it , particularly the younger pups. It's took alot of time and care from the team at the kennels to get Flyer back to form but her win in A3 a couple of weeks ago showed she was on the way back and last nights 480m Puppy open win absolutely confirmed it. Looking to be in an unpromising position at halfway , to those who don't know her so well at least , a win looked unlikely. To those that know her a little better however we could see her gradually moving through the gears. Flyer stays make no mistake about that and that is where her future will lay. Running on strongly up the run in she got up in the shadows of the line to win by 1/4 of a length and pull away to the pick up. We're all looking forward to her progress this year. Big mention must go to Vincent who owns this bitch in conjunction with Peter. Vincent only rears a couple of pups at a time usually but he leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of excellence and this bitch has been reared to his usual high standards.
Just the one winner on Tuesdays BAGS meeting but we've often gone home without a winner on the van so even one is appreciated. Salacres Pops was winning for the second week in succession in A3 grade. Pops has a nice touch of early pace and is getting stronger with each race. Being just an August 2015 whelp he's another of our young pups to be showing great promise.
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We've had a really busy last few weeks , hence lack of updates to the blog. Alot of our time has been spent preparing our team for the British Bred Puppy event at Sheffield. Thankfully the work we put in saw both Salacres Koeman and Olympic qualify for the final and though we weren't to win , both the pups ran with great credit and still have plenty of improvement in the locker. Our other representatives in the competition all ran with credit too. In fact the whole of our Zero Ten x Salacres Gem litter reached at least the semi final. After putting so much time into the litter from the breeding stage , rearing and then through their schooling and onto their racing careers , it was good to see them doing so well and with plenty more to come. Peter's mother Madeleine put's her heart and soul into the pups and deserves huge credit for their progress. Madeleine is up at all hours of day and night making sure that the pups get everything they need.
We headed to Nottingham on Friday evening with 8 runners and ended up with a couple of winners. Diablo won his A3 , giving him his second win in his last 3 starts. Salacres Castell was our second winner on the night as he took the honours in A4. Castell started off well at the end of December when winning his A5 easily enough on debut. He lost his way for a little while though but has recently started running well , in fact he's not been out of the first 2 home in his last 5 races and has won 2 from his last 3. Weighing in at over 37 kilo and not turning 2yo until July , he should continue to improve for a while yet.
Onto Saturday night and we had a very welcome four timer. Salacres Product is a genuine young pup who hadn't managed to win in his first 14 starts. Being so genuine and wanting to win this was somewhat surprising. Going in as a late reserve for our own Salacres Colin in A7 he finally managed to shake off that maiden tag as he came from last to first to win by 5 lengths. Hopefully he can kick on from here and he manages to improve his winning percentage somewhat. It was a family double on the night as Salacres Kearni landed The Eric Robinson and Gazes Image Memorial Trophy in A5. Unlike his previously luckless brother , this was Kearni's fourth career win. My thanks go to the Robinson family for the very nice trophy. Douglas will be 5yo later this year but made light work of A4 opposition on Saturday night. Grabbing the early lead that he so needs he ran out a 5 3/4 length winner. Possibly the most pleasing win on the night though came from Incredible Flyer in A3. Flyer was looking really promising but then came down with the cough. She's taken a bit of time to find her form again but this A3 win was much more like it. Fingers crossed she can kick on from here as this is a bitch I really like.
Just the one winner on Monday evenings card but again a winner we were very pleased to see. Awayday Rock spent alot of time off the card in the second half of last year with injury. At one stage it was looking like we may never get him back to the track. Arthur as he's known in the kennel ran away with this A3 by over 4 lengths though taking his record to 6 wins in his last 12 starts. Arthur is a really lovable boy and it's just good to see him doing what he loves and racing again , but to see him winning races is a huge bonus.
Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us land a double. Salacres Pops is improving week by week at the minute and being just an August 15 whelp he should continue to do so for a while yet. I'm not sure he's ideally drawn out wide in trap 6 , however he pulled a personal best sectional of 509 out of the bag and ran a game race to win by 3/4 length. Anybody who has a good eye will have spotted how well he ran in defeat last time and would have been on today. Salacres was our second winner on the day. We gave him a spin down at Romford last week over 575m and it seems to have worked the oracle as he won in A2 for the first time today. Given that this was his 46th race it's good to see that he's still improving and it also rewarded Peter's 430am start to head down to Romford for the early morning trial session. Though some would say he'd already been rewarded by the extra large cooked breakfast he was spotted tucking into in the cafe up the road.
Tuesday wasn't over just yet. Koeman and Mata both ran at Towcester in opens this evening and both ran promising races in third place.
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Plenty has been happening since the last update. Last Friday evening Salacres Pops took advantage of a troublesome race to skip away around the outside and win his A4 by 9 1/2 lengths. It was an impressive performance to the eye but the winning time of 3108 tells you he'll need to improve against stiffer opposition. Salacres Koeman was facing A1 company for the first time in his fledgling career and it wasn't ideal that he took a first bend tumble. Thankfully he was fine and suffered no physical issues.
Three winners last Saturday night with Peter , River and Awayday Rock all scoring in good style. Peter came through with his customary late burst to win his A4 whilst River put his early pace to good use to win for the first time in A7. River finds Notts 500m at the upper end of his stamina limit , so although he got away with missing his break on this occasion , he'd not be one that would be coming from behind when stepped up in class. Salacres Moore was an unlucky loser in her A3 and as you'll read later in the blog she would soon atone for that defeat. Awayday Rock was off the card for most of the latter part of 2016 but has now won three times in 2017 , a testament to the work the team at the kennels have put in to get him back on track.
Just the four runners on Monday and though we didn't have any winners , Costa did run on well to qualify in second place for the Tagg Memorial Trophy Final. He looks up against it in what is a tough final on Monday evening , but he's fit and well and will be giving it everything he's got.
Onto Tuesdays BAGS meeting and we landed a very welcome four timer. Romeo Blitz took some time to settle into life at Nottingham but he won again in A4 company and has now won ten times for us. He's a dog that always seems to go off at big enough prices but you can never safely rule him out. Salacres Foxy won well in A6 whilst Destiny was a very impressive winner of her A4. I like all the dogs and bitches from the Zero Ten x Salacres Gem litter and I think given a little time they will all be competing in higher class than they currently find themselves. Destiny trapped out well on Tuesday and put these rivals to the sword as she scored by 5 1/2 lengths in 3057 (+20). If you'd asked me prior to Dougies A2 i'd have told you even money looked a very short price for a dog not without his issues. We're a little bit between a rock and a hard place with Dougie at present. Sprint opposition are proving a little quick in the early pace department whilst he's not quite coming home as strong as we'd like against 500m opponents. That said he went well clear here and though coming back to them late on he won by an ever diminishing head. The winning time of 3102 calculated tells you he'll need to get a bit stronger though to hold off A2 runners on a regular basis.
We headed to Sheffield on Tuesday evening to give David a 480m prep race ahead of a tilt at the Three Steps To Victory and were to be treble handed in the British Bred Puppy race. David finished fifth in his race , the look around will serve him well ahead of a tough Three Steps heat on Tuesday. Olympic , Incredible Flyer and Koeman all lined up in the aforementioned puppy race with Olympic (2nd) , Koeman (3rd) and Flyer (4th). They were all beaten by Carl Perry's Geelo Monty. He looks a pup with a very bright future and will take some beating in the British Bred Puppy competition which gets underway this Tuesday at Sheffield. It's worth noting though that Monty does have a 3 month age advantage on our pups , a not insignificant stat at this age and i'll be disappointed if our pups haven't also taken a huge step forward on their current form come July and August of this year. I'd like to wish all the puppys and their connections good luck for the competition this week. Competitions like this , and the chance of winning decent prizemoney , are the culmination of almost 2 years hard work. It was disappointing that Sheffield didn't receive more entries for the competition but i'm glad that they got the event on. Those of us who did enter our pups didn't deserve to be punished for the lack of entries from others. I would urge anybody breeding British to support the British Bred events whenever possible.
Onto this weekend and it really was a case of seconditus to start Friday as we filled that position in each of the first 3 races. Awayday Rock , River and Aneto all found one too good in their resepective races. We had to wait until the final race of the evening to get ourselves on the winners podium but it was a performance well worth waiting for. I am finding myself liking Salacres Moore with each passing performance. Moore is a very clever bitch , will pass on the inside or outside and spots a gap well. She appears at this stage that she stays quite well so you never know how she could turn out.
We had two winners on Saturday night and two seconds from just eight runners. Salacresbenidorm won his A4 in good style and was followed home by Romeo Blitz to give a Salacres forecast of £10.05. Later on the card we seen something we'd never see. Salacres Ussain is one of our Gem pups but spent the early part of his career with our friends in Ireland the Comerford family. Ussain has pace , there is no doubt about that , the trouble is he doesn't like to use it. The nearest Ussain has come to a win was when landing the local village pub's high jump competition. Big mention has to go to Gaynor who has put countless hours into ensuring that Ussain would somehow finally win a race. Last night albeit in A6 company Ussain finally won at the 28th attempt. Salacres ran well in A2 company in the final race of the night , he was beaten just a length and put up a personal best time of 3031 (+30).
Thanks for reading and also thanks for all the support i've received recently from people i've spoke to around the tracks. It means alot to know that I have the backing of most genuine greyhound folk around the country.
Grey Warrior has been in terrific form just lately and that continued on Friday as he completed a hat-trick of wins in A3 grade. In fact this was his fourth win in just his last seven starts. Warrior has a great attitude to his racing and is a pleasure to train. We had one other winner on Friday evening though we had to wait until late into the meeting for it to arrive. Salacres Pops is a young pup that we bought in as a sapling. He's a blue Droopys Scolari dog out of a bitch called Bit View Emma and being just an August 2015 whelp and with this being just his third career start , he should have a bit of improvement to come yet. Pops had shown a bit of pace in his trials but in all honesty hadn't run great in his first couple of races at A3 grade. A drop in grade to A4 combined with being able to get on the bunny early worked the oracle though and Pops ran out a game winner.
Saturday evening saw Salacres Silvia winning at S3 level over 680m. It's good to see a S3 on the card as there are plenty of dogs , such as Silvia , who obviously appreciate a test of stamina but would find S2 level too difficult. This was far from being a terrific race but it was nice all the same to see Silvia land the spoils and win for the second time in her last four races. David was back on the card after a short break and it was pleasing to see him run well when finishing a decent second in A1. We'll hopefully be targeting the Three Steps To Victory with David at Sheffield. He's a strong running sort and that is a competition which could well suit him.
It was close but no cigar on Monday and Tuesday. Awayday Rock (Monday) , Kearni , Biaritz and Diablo (Tuesday) all finished second in their respective races. Tuesday evening saw the team represented at both Towcester and Sheffield. Peter headed to Towcester with Salacres Empire for the sprint open , she ran well enough but was well beaten in all fairness and similar comments apply for Salacres Keitel who Mark had taken for the sprint at Sheffield. Mystery and Pops trialled over the sprint trip at Towcester and it was pleasing to see Mystery chase hard all the way to the pick up after his little misdemeanour at Notts. Koeman and Olympic both trialled at Sheffield over 500m and they both went well. There is a British Bred Puppy competition coming up at Sheffield and we will be targeting both of these dogs at that as well as one or two others. The sport needs to see everybody supporting these British Bred events whenever and wherever possible. It's always good to get out and about to different tracks. I spoke to a few trainers at Towcester and it's great to receive so much support with regards my recent appointment at the GBGB.
Thanks as always for reading and here's to a good year ahead in the sport.
Peter Harnden , Trainer attached to Nottingham since 1997