Khan Takes A1 In Style
We made our first trip for a long time to Peterborough stadium last Wednesday evening. It's surprising really that it's been so long since we visited the track as it's not too much of a journey from our Notts base. We headed there with 4 runners , Anna , Chip , Vision and Fancy but we didn't fare too well at all and headed back up the A1 without a winner. A quick note about the stadium itself , very tidy little stand and well worth a visit , though a look or two around the track for your dogs would be well advised before you see them at anything like their best. Friday evening back at Notts we ended up with 3 winners (or 2 1/2 anyway). Salacres Fergie scored the first win of his career here in the UK. He'd previously won 1 race from 9 in Ireland and it's taken him until his 11th race here at Notts to score a victory. He's not exactly a win machine but good to get a win on his card. Next up Salacres Tango got his head in front , well as in front as it gets with Tango as he dead heated for first place with Ron Thompsons Crown Star. I pinpointed Tango as one to include in your forecast bets a little while ago , anybody taking that advice shouldn't have done too much damage since. Our third and final winner of the night was Salacres Way. He was scoring for the 3rd time in 10 career starts to date.
Saturday night we had just the one winner. Salacres Howard winning his A8 race by 2 lengths. He is one of our homebred pups from the Rebel Ring x Centurion Ginny litter. He was beginning to get a little frustrating , but after scoring at the eleventh attempt we hope he can now progress.
Sunday we headed over to Coventry with Salacres Chip and Salacres Sparky. Chip didn't come away too badly in his sprint race and looked to be in a decent enough position , he was clipped from behind early though and that ended any chance of him getting involved. It has been a little while since Sparky tasted marathon action and we were hoping for a decent run. Sparky has pace over the trip of that there is no doubt. However he has brought myself and Mark both pleasure and frustration in equal measures. He didn't come away too badly but got to the first bend and decided that he didn't actually fancy racing that night and tailed himself off. Very very frustrating. Back to Notts for now Sparky !
Just the one winner at Notts on Monday night but I couldn't have been more pleased. Salacres Khan was marked up on this blog as a dog that readers should follow closely. He has showed me that he had a touch of class about him from the very first day he arrived at the kennel. There was simply something about the dog and his schooling trials showed me that he had the potential to be very decent. As i've previously noted it came as somewhat of a surprise when he graded in at a lowly A7 level. I'm as optimistic as the next man but when you had the belief that I did in the dog i've got to admit I thought he'd have qualified a little higher than that. His record though now stands at 9 wins , 5 seconds and 5 thirds from a total of just 23 races. He's gone from winning A7 back in September 2012 to winning A1 last night and with a puppy open victory thrown in for good measure. He's brought me great pleasure watching him progress through the grades and with a little bit of luck he hasn't stopped improving yet. I must also take time to thank Peter Robinson the racing manager at Notts and his team of staff. It's a difficult job bringing pups along but I must say that they've given Khan every chance to improve and learn his trade. Vincent Lund up in the Scottish highlands doesn't like too much of a mention but he must also receive a little praise for his rearing of Khan.
Todays (Tuesday) bags card saw us on the scoresheet just once. Salacres Night winning in A5 , a race in which we also had the runner up , Salacres Ali just 3/4 length back in second. A forecast just shy of £15.00 gave followers of the Salacres forecast a decent dividend.
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Marette - First Win For A While !
We had a great night at Nottingham last night. From a total of 13 runners we scored with 6 winners and even filled the forecast spot in one of those races. With us being doubled up in some races it was actually 6 winners from a possible 9 , so very pleased with that. Good servant to the kennel Salacres Dellboy got the night off to the best possible start by landing the first race of the night , Salacres Naomi was an 8/1 chance but she chased him home to fill the runners up spot and give anybody partaking in the Salacres forecast a £36.75 payout. Dippy Diva has been running well of late in both trials and races and she took the second race of the night when winning her A3 event. We didn't have a runner in the third race of the night but Salacres Fancy took the fourth race of the night in great style , winning her A2 race in terrific style , leading from start to finish she ran out a comfortable 5 length winner. Salacres Marette made it 4 when winning for the first time since last September , he's not exactly prolific but he is honest and should win more than he does , his time was not really any different to his 3 previous runs , but the run showed that given a chance he does still know how to win. I was really pleased to see Salacres Polizzi winning the S2 event over 680m. Barring injury this bitch was destined to become one of the countrys leading stayers. Nowhere near that level now but it's pleasing to get her back on the track and capable of winning the odd race here and there. Finally at Notts Garlyn Phanter made it six. He was up in grade to A6 after his Notts debut win in A7 , that was not to stop him however and he ran out a good winner.
Away from Nottingham and we were represented by 3 runners down at Romford. Salacres Smooth was taking on maiden open race company over 575m , he didn't run too badly for a long way but was well beaten in the end. Salacres Chip lost all chance when pecking at the start. To give him his due he did show good pace up into the bend but any chance remaining was quickly lost when he got involved in crowding. So with 2 down at Romford it was left to Salacres Vision to save the day. It was a decent 575m race that he found himself in and as a July 2008 whelp he isn't getting any younger. He loves it here though , he took a flying break from trap 3 and scorched around the track for an always led success , stopping the clock in a decent 3580. That was his first success since scoring here at Romford on Essex Vase Final night back in December.
We had one other runner on the day. Salacres Gibbo , one of our homebred Rebel Ring x Salacres Power litter was having his second start for doubly attached Kinsley / Nottingham trainer Ron Thompson. Nottingham was just proving too much of a stern test for Gibbo at this early stage of his career so we decided to see how he'd go for a while over a less demanding trip. Ron , aided by his daughter Anna , get some very good results with their dogs and it was pleasing when they agreed to take him on. He'd finished a well beaten last on his debut but the experience obviously stood him in good stead as he ran out a length winner on Friday afternoon.
All in all a very good days work.
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Kinloch Brae Litter Planned For 'Oyster'
The weekend just gone got off to a fairly slow start , just the one winner on Friday night , that being Salacres Night in A6 grade. Night was doubling up having previously won in the same grade a week before. She's a consistent bitch who will always give you a run for your money , in fact from a total of 24 career races she has finished in the first 3 home on no fewer than 19 occasions. Saturday night we scored a couple of winners. Salacres Way was scoring for the second time in his short career so far whilst it was also pleasing to see Garlyn Phanter winning on his debut for the kennel. A little bit of red tape had delayed his career here at Salacres Kennels but he ran well to run out the winner of his A7 event on Saturday. Monday we were lightly represented compared to usual but most of our runners ran well. One performance that did impress me was the debuting effort of our newly recruited April 2011 bitch Salacres Anna (Swords Prince x Ex Libris). She wasn't an expensive purchase but she has impressed in her trials so far and though very hard in against the likes of Fear Emoski and Sidelight , Anna ran a very creditable race and looks to have a decent future ahead of her. Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us end the day with a pleasing 4 winners. Salacres Smooth scored another A2 victory , showing good early pace he led by the first bend and never looked in danger as he powered away for a 3 1/4 length victory. He next runs at Romford on Friday night in a 575 maiden , he'll come on for the look but should run with credit. Salacres Tiger was winning in A4 grade for the first time. He's improving but we'll have to make sure we try and iron out a little bit of greeness that still remains in his running style. He's a big green pup though and i'm sure that he will mature with age and experience. Next up was Swift Sonchez. He'd not won since November but had ran well last time out and looked like he was coming back into form. He came through with his trademark late run to just get on top in the shadows of the post. Salacres Bingo completed the four timer , he got a nice clean run around the outside yesterday and after taking it up going into the 4th bend came home 2 1/2 lengths clear of 6/4 fav Coll Touch.
Away from Notts it was good to see Salacres Chip scoring another open race victory at Henlow last Thursday night. He continues to run at the top of his form.
Queen Of Rangers has once more come into season and we have this time decided to mate her to Kinloch Brae. Thanks to Dessie Loughrey (Farloe man) for his advice and fingers crossed we will soon have a decent litter on the ground. Queens current lot of pups to Premier Fantasy are all coming on well and continue to give us hope and dreams for the future.
Madeleine Harnden - Kennelhand Of The Year 2012
A great night was had by all who attended the annual GBGB awards ceremony down at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London last Sunday evening. It was a very proud moment to see my mother Madeleine being presented with the Kennelhand Of The Year award for 2012 and even though I do say so myself , very well earned. Congratulations also to Mark Perry who was the other joint winner of the award after giving many years service to the recently retired John Coleman. Congratulations to all other award winners on the night , with particular mention to Hurdler Of The Year Baran Bally Hi who was the excellent winner of the Salacres Racing Team Irish Grand National last year.
It was back to work on Monday and we started the week off in good style , landing a decent treble courtesy of Salacres Smooth (A2) , Isabellas Meako (A4) and Salacres Chip winning his sprint open in great style. Chip has been an excellent find for the kennel and continues to run well.
Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us land another well received treble. Salacres Maldini got the morning off to a good start , landing the opener in battling style , leading on the run in to take the honours. Next up was Dippy Diva , scoring an all the way success at very rewarding odds of 10/1. She really is Dippy by name and Dippy by nature ! The final leg of the treble was Salacres Fancy winning her A3 race. She stuck on well to take the lead on the run in.
Thursday afternoon we headed to Henlow with 7 runners for opens there that evening. Henlow is a track that we have enjoyed alot of good fortune at but Thursday must go down as one of our worst nights out open racing for a good while. Chips below par performance in his sprint race was a sign of things to come later in the night. Things didn't get much better performance wise , though Khan ran relatively well after early trouble , it really was a night to forget.
Fortunes can change very quickly though in greyhound racing and Friday was a prime example. The night got off to a good start with Salacres Cuban winning her A5 race. Salacres Night took the honours in her A6 , just gaining the upperhand in a close photo finish. Next up was Salacres Johno running in The Owners Bonus Series Final. He ran a blinder from way off the pace to pick up Dromana Susie on the run in. It was a very pleasing performance from this June 2010 whelp and he remains a dog to keep on the right side of for the forseeable future. Salacres Tortuga won his A3 race , though was maybe a tad fortunate that there was trouble on his outside at the first bend. The winning distance of 5 plus lengths was a little flattering I would have to admit.
As always , thanks for reading and stay lucky.
Peter Harnden , Trainer attached to Nottingham since 1997