Saturday night we landed a treble. The first of which was Salacres Fancy who just got around the first bend in front and once doing so the result was never in doubt as she posted the fastest time of the night. The problem with Fancy , if you can call it that , is that on the bunny she records what would be considered good A1 times. In against A1 opposition though she doesn't have the early pace to get into that position. Before last night she was actually 12 graded races without a win , for a genuine as they come bitch that is too much and hopefully she's not that long before winning again. Next up was Salacres Jill who was winning on her downgrade to A7. Jill has been a grand old servant to the kennel who will be 6yo in a couple of months time , she won her race by an ever increasing 4 lengths. Our third and final victory of the night came courtesy of Salacres Biscuit. He took it up on the run in to win his A3 race by half a length. After starting out in A8 Biscuit has progressed through the grades to winning in A3 for the first time last night. 5 wins from 12 runs so far and he remains on a upward curve.
Onto Sunday and it was down to Henlow with two runners for the Bunny Bookmakers Gold Cup. We were to be represented by Salacres Brent and Gortown Ben. After trapping well and showing very early Brent got very lost at the bends and ended up a well beaten last. Much better was to come though from our new recruit Gortown Ben. When I was asked to train Ben by his owners Mr and Mrs Hodgkinson I didn't have a moments hesitation in saying yes. He's a dog that has impressed me with his style of running and i'm hopeful that we haven't seen the best of this dog yet. Having had the dog for barely a week before his debut run at Nottingham i'd not really had alot of time to do much with him but what little time we did have we utilised well and I believe his owners landed a little bit of a touch as he took that A2 race in a personal best time. Tonight down at Henlow it looked a tough assignment on paper and after trapping only averagely that task wasn't made any easier. He paced up well though and after running a great first bend put himself right into contention by taking a clear second place. He got a little lost going into the second bend and though eventually passed for second place and finding himself in third , his qualification for the Bunny Gold Cup Semi Final never looked in doubt. A great effort and having already been in touch with his owners I know they're delighted too.
Thanks as always for reading.