Just the one winner on Tuesday mornings BAGS card , Salacres Foxy showed terrific early pace after missing his break to skip clear of trouble on the inside and run away to a 5 3/4 length victory in A2. Foxy is also product of the Zero Ten sireline.
Friday evenings meeting also brought just the one winner. Salacres Kyle is an April 13 whelp but is very lightly raced for a dog turned 2yo. He's a better dog when leading so showed great guts and determination to reel in the leader close home in A2. Hopefully if we can keep him fit he still has improvement in him. Yet again Kyle is a son of Zero Ten.
Onto Saturday and we had a big day ahead as we headed over to Ireland with Salacres Francie for the first round of the Boylesports Irish Derby. I find it a real shame that we were the only representatives from the UK heading over. Francie is a really decent dog but i'd have no hesitation in saying that there would be a fair few other UK based dogs with superior chances of actually winning the competition. Some with real outstanding claims I would have to say , so it's a shame that the Irish Derby wasn't supported by more trainers from our shores this year. Why this is would be difficult to say , yes it's not cheap and yes it's time consuming , but we all only live one life and we shouldn't ever give up on trying. As for Francie a missed break and trouble on the run up put and end to any chances he had to progress beyond the first round , but he's come off sound , ate up well before boarding the ferry and enjoyed his day out. After setting off at 4am Saturday and not arriving home until gone 9am Sunday morning , it was a long trip , but one I would not hesitate to make again. My thanks to everybody at Shelbourne for making us so welcome.
Our trip to Shelbourne at least meant I missed a very uneventful night at Notts as we headed home without a winner.
Hopefully a better week all round this week.
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