We were also represented down at Romford on Friday evening by 3 runners. Salacres Fancy was taking in a 575m maiden open , she ran well enough without ever really getting involved , Salacres Chip was facing one of the leading dogs around Romford in his race in the shape of Glanmire Lad. 'Lad' was bred by good friends of our kennel Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey over at Manilla kennels in Northern Ireland. He is also a full brother to the two blue pups in our kennel Salacres Manilla and Salacres Boots. Even at a very young age and still unraced in the field , it was apparent that Glanmire Lad has something special about him. His brothers were good looking pups but he just stood out amongst them as one that was destined for special things. Having already won the Romford Puppy Cup for his trainer Mark Wallis , that early potential is being realised and he is sure to win many more races yet. So why didn't we pick him instead of his two brothers ? Unfortunately we were over a week too late. John Egan , owner of amongst others Dream Walker , had beat us to the punch by the finest of margins. Good to see that he's doing so well though , even if it is tinged with a slight feeling of if only. Back to Chip , he didn't run badly after a troubled race but has ran better. I fancied that Salacres Vision was our best bet of the night and the one to pay a few exes. He was beaten just 1/2 a length in the end and with racecard comments of ChlFr3,FcdTCk4&6&RnIn you can see that we're counting ourselves a little unlucky not to be collecting.
Back at Nottingham , we had a good amount of runners on the card for Saturday night so it was a little disappointing that racing couldn't take place. The track itself was perfectly raceable but the recent bad weather meant that a few of the trainers were going to find it difficult to make it to the track. As such the sensible decision was taken by the track management to call the meeting off at an early stage on Saturday afternoon. Monday night we were only lightly represented on the runners front but we were looking forward to getting back to business. Somebody didn't tell the floodlights though and after a good while of trying to solve the problem the meeting was abandoned.
Tuesdays morning BAGS meeting (without the need for floodlights) went ahead without incident. We ended the day with two winners courtesey of Salacres Ferry in his D2 sprint race and Cool Biko taking his A3. Ferry was completing his hat-trick and was also scoring for the 4th time in 5 races. He's proving a profitable dog to follow for his followers. It's interesting as we've actually got a new column appearing in the new online Greyhound Express magazine from the 1st April. Ferry was the dog that we have given readers as one to follow , since the column was submitted he's since won 2 races , I hope he's not finished winning for Peter and co owner Alan Witts just yet then ! Biko was yet again winning at a nice price for Peter and co owner Bernie Slater. Bernie rarely finds the time to fly back from his holiday home in Jamaica these days (paid for with his Biko winnings) , but I do know that he's delighted that the dog continues to run and win so well , even though he will be 5yo later this year. The drinks are on you Bernie !
Thanks for reading and see you soon.