An early start the following morning as we had the normal Tuesday morning BAGS meeting to prepare for. I thought we had a chance of at least one winner and with a little bit of luck maybe two or three. The first dog that I fancied was an obvious one. Barbican Lee is a recent recruit to the kennel for a new owner so it is always nice to get them that first win. After three runs in A4 Lee had been dropped to A5 the previous week and barring bad trouble at the second bend he most likely would have turned a two length defeat into a comfortable victory. Not to worry though , this had been well and truly noted and his time wouldn't be far away. So on Tuesday Lee was sent off a solid 5/4 favourite for his A5 event and duly did the business. Despite giving us all a little bit of a scare when moving off the last bend a little he came through with a strong late challenge and won well. Great to get that first win into him and i'm sure he'll be giving his owner Ray many more wins in the future. We had to wait until late into the meeting to secure our second and only other winner of the day. Salacres Adele was winning for the sixth time in her short career to date and was winning at A5 level for the first time. I'm pleased with how she's progressed from A8 onwards and hopefully she can find a little bit more yet.
On Friday we headed to the track with one or two chances but I must admit that the first come from a dog who's winning run surprised and pleased me in equal measures. Salacres Michael is named after the father of Pat Concannon who lives over in Derry , Northern Ireland. Pat has been a good friend to the kennel over recent years and after his father sadly passed away not too long ago it was the very least we could do to name a greyhound in his honour. Michael is one of our recent Zero Ten intakes and after winning the week before in A3 he was stepping into unknown territory on Friday against good class A2 opposition. Michael came away well , took a first bend lead and the result never really looked in doubt as he powered home to a 3 3/4 length victory. He's next racing in A1 on Friday , that might be a tough ask for this June 12 pup , don't forget that he's a novice of only three career races to date. That said , it's a compliment to the dog that the Nottingham racing office deem him to be worthy of lining up against such opposition. Regardless of where he finishes on Friday , he should be a dog worth keeping on your radar over the coming months. Salacres Tiger was our second winner and final winner of the night. This dog was always the pick of the March 11 , Rebel Ring x Salacres Power litter. Even from a young age he was always the pup that had people taking a second look. After a little bit of a novicey start to his career when he was a little green in passing dogs , he's really turned himself around and wins more than his fair share of races these days. Fridays win was Tigers 17th in a career of 72 races so far. He has also finished second 12 times and third 17 times. He is a dog that gives his all on each and every run and if I had a kennel full of dogs like him i'd be a very happy man.
It looks like doubles are in fashion this weekend as we again landed two winners on Saturday nights card. Salacres Anna has been a great bitch to the kennel , her recent win in the A3 Owners Bonus Series Final was very welcomely received and so was Saturday nights win when stepping upto A2 company. This was Anna's first win at A2 level on her 50th career start. It's great to see our runners still improving like this after such a long time in the kennel. We never have been and never will be a kennel who looks to bring in dogs to gain short term success. Once dogs arrive in our kennel they become one of the family. Some people find the time to criticise the larger kennels like ours but I can assure anybody reading this blog that the greyhounds in our kennel are names not numbers and each and every one of them are treated like royalty. We strive to get the very best out of them all , be they an A1 dog or an A8 grader. It doesn't matter to us , what is important is that each dog is enjoying it's running and winning at the highest level possible. Salacres Vamp was our other winner on Saturday. He's not been the easiest dog to train I must admit. He's a little bit highly strung at times but it was great to see him winning for the third time in ten runs. After bad trouble for a few of the runners at the first bend , the gap opened up for Vamp and he turned in a menacing position. He eventually came through on the run in to score a 1 1/4 length victory. A good win for the Vamp and very well received by his team of owners , the Up For A Bet Syndicate.
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