A great night for the kennel tonight as we landed the Nottingham Trainers Championship. Our four representatives in the competition were Salacres Dubai , George , Impact and last but certainly not least Sonic. After a disappointing start with Dubai finishing in last place in his heat , we took off in some style as our other 3 runners all ran out excellent winners. A great night and brilliant to once again get our hands on the Nottingham Trainers Championship trophy.
Last week got off to a slow start , represented by 8 runners at Nottingham we could manage just 3 runner up places. Salacres Dubai and George along with Magnificus all went down to narrow defeats. After a slow start to his Notts career Dubai has really found his feet over the past weeks as he landed victories in A6 , A5 and A4. Being a homebred pup makes these wins extra special and i'm sure it will not be too long before he's winning again.
Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us head to the track with 11 runners. We ended the day with a treble courtesy of Salacres Prince , Oak and Anna. Prince ran a game race to come from behind and score for the third time in 7 runs. Oak always led in his S3 680m race to make it 3 wins in 4 outings whilst Anna showed that there's life in her yet as she destroyed her A5 opposition to win by over 8 lengths. Some feat considering she hadn't won since the previous May but she had shown the week before that a return to form wasn't too far away and those that had kept the faith were duly rewarded with a never in danger success.
Friday again saw us with 11 runners but this time we managed to up our winning tally by 1. The four winners came in the shape of Salacres Patience , Impact , Princess and Sonic. Patience is in good form with herself at present and Fridays win was her fourth in eleven starts. Impact must be one of the most consistent dogs in the country at the minute , scoring for the 10th time in just 16 runs his record is a reward for his desire and consistency. Princess has never been the easiest bitch to train since arriving from Ireland but she is in decent form just now and Fridays win was her second in three starts. Hopefully this purple patch can continue for a while yet. Our fourth and final winner of the night was Sonic. This beautiful white and black dog finds A1 just a tad difficult but his record of six wins from 6 starts in A2 grade is unquestionable.
Onto Saturday and again we took 11 runners to the track. Just the two winners on this occassion but they were both very welcome. Salacres Oak was stepping back down in trip to 500m but ran on well to lead on the run in and score by a length. This was Oaks third win in four starts and completed a quick fire hat-trick. Savana Ophelia completed the double , she'd not won since late November but the downgrade to A4 worked the oracle and she ran well to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Overall the dogs have kept themselves in really good form over the winter months. We've a nice batch of pups that will be hitting the track during various stages of the year so keep an eye out for them there should be one or two worth following.
Thanks for reading and please check back next week as I aim to once again provide regular updates to the blog.
Peter Harnden , Trainer attached to Nottingham since 1997