Pre - Final TV Interview
Congratulations to Baran Bally Hi and connections upon winning the www.salacresracingteam.com Irish Grand National on Friday night at Harolds Cross. Trained in Ireland by Fraser Black for owner Stefan Baran , Baran Bally Hi proved a decisive winner of what was a quality line up for this years final (video of final below). Our thanks go to all the team at Harolds Cross , headed by Philip Peake they could not do enough for us and we enjoyed a terrific night at the track last night in quality surroundings. Meanwhile just a short drive away down at Newbridge we were represented by Queen Of Rangers in the quarter final of the ML Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks. Queen had to tread carefully from a poor draw in trap 5 , but after missing the break slightly she took up a position on the inside rail and ran a good first two bends to come out onto the backstraight in a clear second. She again ran a terrific race and came from behind to score by a length and a half from Loyal Prospect who'd set a scorching pace upfront. Now into the semi final and just one more top 3 finish away from reaching the final , again a poor draw in trap 5 to overcome but Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey have done brilliantly with her so far and fingers crossed we can qualify.
Back home at Nottingham we had just the one winner on Friday evenings card , Salacres Brad running a game race to win his sprint after missing the break.
The two semi finals of our sponsored competition the www.salacresracingteam.com Irish Grand National took place last night at Harolds Cross. It looks like being a terrific final with a quality line up. The draw is as follows T1 WESTMEAD MELANIE , T2 DRUIDS CAN TELL , T3 LENSON TEDDY , T4 SALEEN TOMPAJOE , T5 ALL SENSATION , T6 BARAN BALLY HI.
Over at Newbridge we were represented in the Ml. Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks by Queen Of Rangers. Pleased to say that Queen qualified for the next round courtesy of her third place finish and also pleasing for Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey that Manilla Boots also qualfied for the next round.
Col de Portet d’Aspet
Well sincere apologies for the lack of updates over the past couple of weeks but both myself and Mark have been off on our travels , acting as support vehicle drivers for the Headcase Charity bike ride across the Pyrenees. Bike ride perhaps doesn't do the trip justice , the journey from Biarritz to Collioure covered some 421 miles and taking in some 30 climbs , including monsters such as the Col Du Tourmalet. It was a very tiring trip and that was merely driving , the work and effort that the cycling team put in , headed by charity chief Colin Speirs , should not be underestimated. It was some effort and when we finally reached Collioure and saw the shimmering blue sea once again , there was a huge sense of achievement. The unmistakable bright yellow Vito van that we often travel to open races in is easily noticeable , this past couple of weeks however it was more likely to be spotted hanging onto a cliff edge some 2000m in the sky than at a dog track in the UK !
Whilst we were away the up and down news that seems to be the norm in greyhound racing was never far away. Head Case the greyhound picked up a couple of injurys at Belle Vue in his first trial in this country , he was taken wide by a short hare at the track and will now face a few weeks on the sidelines after jarring himself up. Fortunately it looks like he should be back in time to take on the National Sprint in December. The very next day I received some excellent news from Ireland. Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey over at Manilla kennels have taken on a couple of runners for me. Queen Of Rangers who has remained over there after having her litter of pups literally scorched around Newbridge on her first competitive start since whelping her pups in 2861. To do that kind of time is one thing , to do it from behind is another. I couldn't have been more pleased and my sincere thanks to Deirdre and Adrian for the work they've done with her. She now heads to the Newbridge Oaks , with a bit of luck she could be a major player. On the very same night Salacres Henry won for us at Dundalk in A2 grade. 2 from 2 at different tracks on the same night in Ireland , not a bad night at all.
Whilst away it was also great to see a couple of pups from our latest homebred litters chalking up their first career victories , Salacres Tiger from the Rebel Ring x Salacres Power litter scored in A7 whilst Salacres Scotty scored in A8 grade. They can only improve and will hopefully appear on the winners podium a few more times over the coming months. Salacres Khan is a dog that regular readers of this blog will no doubt have in their notebooks. He's now won his last two races and has won 3 from his last 5 in total. Starting off in A7 grade he won last time out in A4. He's heading in the right direction and not being 2yo until March 2011 he should get stronger with age.
As previously mentioned on this blog we have this year sponsored the Irish Grand National at Harolds Cross stadium in Ireland. It looked a tough renewal when the 24 competitors went to traps for the heats on Monday night and we are now looking forward to the semi finals this Friday and the final the following week. We will be over at Harolds Cross on final night at anybody over there do come and say hello , always good to put faces to names.
That's all for now , will update again soon , thanks as always for reading.
Peter Harnden , Trainer attached to Nottingham since 1997