Onto Tuesday mornings BAGS meeting and though we had 11 runners on the card we could score with just one of those. Barbican Lee was winning for the 3rd time in just 6 runs , after taking a first bend lead the race was never in danger for this strong runner and he ran out a 3 1/4 length winner. Even good old Tango couldn't grab second on this occasion , he came through with a late run but unfortunately the run of the red jacket had escaped his attention and he only managed to finish fourth. Tangos fan club is growing by the week , I know that Betfred regulars have been hearing regular reports on his exploits via Gary Wiltshire and Ian Brindle and i'm sure it'll not be too long before he's landing the forecast money again.
Moving onto Fridays card we headed down to the track with 9 runners on the trailer. We scored with two of those and importantly our representative in the A2 Owners Bonus Series Final was one of them. Step forward Salacres Ray. Ray is a very consistent dog and thoroughly deserved Fridays victory. He's now had 20 races for us at Notts , winning five times and finishing runner up on a further six occasions. Ray is one of our Zero Ten x Incredible Lulu dogs who have done so well for us since arriving. Our other winner on the night was Salacres Large. Now this dog has always had a bit of ability but has found it tough to put everything together. He trapped in his best style yet though to make it 2 wins from his last 2 starts on Friday and with a bit of luck he'll continue to improve over the coming weeks.
Fridays win with Ray in the final was appreciated but we could be doing with a few more winners in general and though we headed down to the track on Saturday with a few live chances you just never know how they're going to fair until the traps open. Thankfully most of our fancied dogs read the script and we ended the night with six winners and four runners up. Salacres Mist has been very frustrating since arriving. He's not the easiest dog to train but these dogs provide a challenge and thus it's always pleasing when you finally get things to click into place. Running from a much more suitable trap 3 berth Mist was always in a threatening position and ran out a 4 length winner in a personal best time of 3054. Next up was Swift Wendy in A7. Wendy is a green as grass pup but she scored by a wide margin after getting on the bunny early. Hopefully she's not too harshly treated for that as we all know that pups can and often do surprise in equal measure. Our Salacreslinesman finished a distant runner up in the same race. Katie who was a good winner earlier in the week proved that result to be no fluke as she handled an upgrade to A4 in her stride , hanging on by a head in the end but a good win all the same. Salacres News will be a veteran later this year but she won her A5 by a comfortable 4 1/2 lengths , she's been a good little bitch over the years. Next up Savana Graham , I said earlier on the blog that he found his A1 just a little tough earlier in the week. Downgraded on Saturday night to A2 though and this race was much more to his liking. He was in front by the fourth bend to run out a 1 3/4 length winner for his owner Kevin Boothby. Finally Salacreswhitesox who was brought in as a late reserve made it six winners on the night. She'd been a very eyecatching loser in her A7 the previous week and despite being put in a grade higher as reserve she still had a decent chance. Getting around the first two bends unscathed was what this bitch needed and after carefully avoiding trouble at the last two bends also she powered home on the wide outside for a very welcome victory. Not a bad week overall , the dogs are starting to run into a bit of form and hopefully we can have a few more winners this week.
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