Anyway will give a more in depth update sometime during next week.
Apologies for the lack of updates over the past week or so , things have been very busy. We had a few runners at Sittingbourne on Sunday just gone , Salacres William running well but just failing to qualify for the final of their big veterans competition. William was actually pipped at the post by Farley Totti trained by Dave Smith (greyhound scene). He ran a great race to qualify for the final and from what looks a decent make up in trap 1 , i'd not be surprised to see totti go close in this Sundays final. We were doubly represented in the super stayers competition by Salacres Tortuga and Salacres Sparky. Sparky did well to qualify for the final , running a good race after totally fluffing the start. Tortuga blew up late on after running well for a long way. So on Sunday we head back to Sittingbourne for the final with Sparky but will also be represented by Salacres Cool , Town and Vision in the heats of the 480m comp , with William taking his place in the open sprint. Fingers crossed for a bit of luck down there.
Anyway will give a more in depth update sometime during next week.
Hopefully you read the last blog entry and were pointed in the direction of a nice 3/1 winner in the shape of Salacres Achiles. He's absolutely out of his skin at present and won at 3/1 on Saturday in A4 and only just failed to follow up in A3 yesterday. He was beaten just a short head yesterday after running another good race. Back to Saturday though and Achiles was the first leg of a four timer , Dellboy , Smooth and Casata being the other winners. All 4 dogs ran tremendous races and all had to do it the hard way coming from behind. Great to see the dogs running so well. Monday evening got off to a great start with Salacres Meako dipping under the 31 mark for the first time in 2 years , admittedly he's mainly been campaigned over shorter trips since then but it was still pleasing to see yet another old timer running well. That was the best the evening was to get though as he was our sole winner on the night.
Tuesdays BAGS card saw us on the winners podium with Salacres King and Salacres Nora. King is another dog who is in great form with himself at the minute , though I do feel that Noras rise to A5 next time out is slightly harsh given her winning time of 3161 and given that she only just managed to get up by a short head in a messy race. Still she did well to come from so far behind and hopefully she'll put up another good showing over the weekend.
Wednesday saw an extra BAGS meeting taking place at Nottingham , I believe due to Newcastle having their surface replaced. It turned out to be a good day for us with Salacres Class , Jill and Rogue all winning and most of our other representatives all running solid races. In fact Class was followed home in his race by Dellboy and Jill by Marette , both returned nice dividends so hopefully a few people around the country had Salacres forecasts on their betting slips.
That's all for now , hopefully a few winners over the weekend but should they all run good races and come off the track sound i'll be happy.
Dancing for her majesty
No luck down at Henlow on Thursday night but it was nice to return home to Nottingham on Friday and score with a nice treble , Salacres Casata , Isabellas Meako and Zacharius Corey all winning well. On Saturday we scored a decent double with Salacres Liz and Salacres William. Liz was bought along with two sisters , not for big money but all the same they were sent over apparently fully schooled and ready to go. That was actually far from the case with any of them , though very nice to see Liz getting on the skin on Saturday night and winning well , even if it was only a low grade race. Salacres William is a favourite dog of mine. He's a great stamp of a dog and has ran some tremendous races in against top class company. William had been off the track for sometime with quite a serious injury and even though he recently won a sprint open at Henlow , i'm sure that alot of people thought that this dog was now probably a shadow of his former self. Not a bit of it , William boomed out of the traps and scorched away for an easy 4 length victory in a time of 3049 off the back of a fast 510 sectional. Great to see William show a bit of his old self again. William was bought from Liam Kirley of the Glen prefix fame in Ireland , a gent to deal with and a producer of some fine animals over the years.
Now Sunday saw me taking a little bit of time out from the dogs. Not alot of people will know this but i'm actually quite an avid Morris Dancer. Myself and my troupe had been booked in to put on a performance in honour of her majestys Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It was great to be able to put on a performance and a good time was had by all. If anybody would like to book us for any kind of celebration , please just speak to me at the track and i'll be only too glad to fill you in on the wonderful world of morris dancing.
Back to the day job on Monday at Notts and it was great to see Salacres Achiles scoring another win. Down in grade to A4 after a brief stint in A3 and he immediately scored again. He's been in great form of late but I do think A4 is just about his level , I think his sp of 6/1 despite being a recent winner in the grade tells you that. The way he's running at the minute you couldn't rule him out scoring again soon.
Tuesdays bags meeting saw us come away with just the one winner , great to see Swift Sonchez getting another win under his belt
We had plenty of pups to get a gallop into on Tuesday afternoon once racing had finished. I couldn't have been more pleased with all of them. We had the Rebel Ring x Salacres Power litter to gallop , along with the Rebel Ring x Centurion Ginny pups. They all chased the drag hard and well which is all you can really ask. Our two Ace Hi Rumble x Lead Boots pups yet again looked very promising , i'm looking forward alot to those two hitting the track , same to with the Mineola Plan pups reared by Vincent Lund in the Scottish Highlands for us , they looked very promising indeed. There should be plenty of winners coming from this lot of pups once they hit the track so keep them all in your notebooks. We had ex Nottingham trainer Sheila Poole with us today to watch her Centurion Ginny pup being galloped. After retiring from the sport a couple of years back Sheila was looking for a nice pup to get involved with. It's always nice when an ex trainer comes to you for a runner as it shows that you must be doing something right in another professionals eyes and that's a huge compliment. Respected physio Marie Clarke has a share in one of the Salacres Power pups , I know she's very happy with hers too and I just hope that they do their owners justice.
Speak soon , thanks for reading.
Peter Harnden , Trainer attached to Nottingham since 1997