We headed to Nottingham on Friday evening with 8 runners and ended up with a couple of winners. Diablo won his A3 , giving him his second win in his last 3 starts. Salacres Castell was our second winner on the night as he took the honours in A4. Castell started off well at the end of December when winning his A5 easily enough on debut. He lost his way for a little while though but has recently started running well , in fact he's not been out of the first 2 home in his last 5 races and has won 2 from his last 3. Weighing in at over 37 kilo and not turning 2yo until July , he should continue to improve for a while yet.
Onto Saturday night and we had a very welcome four timer. Salacres Product is a genuine young pup who hadn't managed to win in his first 14 starts. Being so genuine and wanting to win this was somewhat surprising. Going in as a late reserve for our own Salacres Colin in A7 he finally managed to shake off that maiden tag as he came from last to first to win by 5 lengths. Hopefully he can kick on from here and he manages to improve his winning percentage somewhat. It was a family double on the night as Salacres Kearni landed The Eric Robinson and Gazes Image Memorial Trophy in A5. Unlike his previously luckless brother , this was Kearni's fourth career win. My thanks go to the Robinson family for the very nice trophy. Douglas will be 5yo later this year but made light work of A4 opposition on Saturday night. Grabbing the early lead that he so needs he ran out a 5 3/4 length winner. Possibly the most pleasing win on the night though came from Incredible Flyer in A3. Flyer was looking really promising but then came down with the cough. She's taken a bit of time to find her form again but this A3 win was much more like it. Fingers crossed she can kick on from here as this is a bitch I really like.
Just the one winner on Monday evenings card but again a winner we were very pleased to see. Awayday Rock spent alot of time off the card in the second half of last year with injury. At one stage it was looking like we may never get him back to the track. Arthur as he's known in the kennel ran away with this A3 by over 4 lengths though taking his record to 6 wins in his last 12 starts. Arthur is a really lovable boy and it's just good to see him doing what he loves and racing again , but to see him winning races is a huge bonus.
Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us land a double. Salacres Pops is improving week by week at the minute and being just an August 15 whelp he should continue to do so for a while yet. I'm not sure he's ideally drawn out wide in trap 6 , however he pulled a personal best sectional of 509 out of the bag and ran a game race to win by 3/4 length. Anybody who has a good eye will have spotted how well he ran in defeat last time and would have been on today. Salacres was our second winner on the day. We gave him a spin down at Romford last week over 575m and it seems to have worked the oracle as he won in A2 for the first time today. Given that this was his 46th race it's good to see that he's still improving and it also rewarded Peter's 430am start to head down to Romford for the early morning trial session. Though some would say he'd already been rewarded by the extra large cooked breakfast he was spotted tucking into in the cafe up the road.
Tuesday wasn't over just yet. Koeman and Mata both ran at Towcester in opens this evening and both ran promising races in third place.
Thanks as always for reading.