Saturday night got off to a better start , in fact our first runner of the night was a winner as Manilla Magic ran out an impressive winner of her D2 event. Owned by Newry trainer Deirdre Walsh , Magic has been showing pace in her races over here but had maybe been lacking a little concentration , Saturday though she put that all right and showed what she could do when her mind is fully focused by taking it up on the run in and pulling away for an impressive victory. We had two more winners on the night , Salacres Duke won his A4 race well after clearing what beforehand had looked like an impossible wall of early pace on his inside. Our third and final winner of the night was Salacres Kitty. Never a prolific winner in Ireland Kitty was winning for the 2nd time in 3 outings , once she took the lead the result was never really in doubt. If graded right she could go in again soon. The drive home on Saturday was slightly better than it had been just 24hrs earlier.
On Monday I thought we had a solid chance of a winner as we headed to the track. Salacres Oak hadn't ran badly at all in his first couple of starts for us in A3 but found himself with a downgrade to A4 on Monday. Though he had just turned 2yo Oak is a fairly inexperienced dog so it was good to see that the racing office had at least tried to give him a decent chance of getting his head in front. Not the greatest away and then encountering all kinds of trouble at the bend his chance had gone before they entered the back straight. That said he wasn't far away at the finish and ran with credit.
Tuesdays BAGS meetings saw us land two winners and also saw me witness the local bookmakers chalk up one of the most ridiculous prices i've ever seen put on the boards at Colwick Park. Our first winner was Salacres Achiles , the old lad still runs with huge credit for a March 2009 whelp , in fact no he is running better than that. He's running like a pup starting out in his career , a personal best equaling 3063 shows that. Our second winner of the day came in the shape of Salacres Flo. She was winning in A5 grade and was winning her 6th race from 30 starts at Nottingham. Now I must admit that on paper Salacreschipster had a chance of victory. He'd not ran too badly on his sole start in A3 and again the racing office did well to give this young dog a chance to get his head in front. Was he really a 1/2 chance though ? According to the Nottingham bookmakers he was who eventually sent him off a 4/7 chance. Anybody who gets involved in backing young novice dogs at this kind of price in a BAGS A4 race need their heads testing. It was an absolutely crazy price and though he almost won the race it would still have been a crazy price had he won. I've watched for months and months as some absolute stone cold certainties have won at Nottingham and have been sent off at massive odds. Quite what the difference was between some of them and chipster on Tuesday I couldn't tell you , but one things for sure I certainly wasn't suckered into parting with my hard earned and I hope you weren't either.