Anyway onto Saturday and in the very first race of the night things got so much better but so much worse in the space of just one race. Salacres Fergie managed to win the race but it was a bitter sweet moment that I couldn't celebrate as we had kennel favourite Maldini suffer a bad injury. Maldini was a terrific dog to us who thrived on his racing and his enthusiasm for the game was a credit to him for a dog approaching 5yo. Thanks for the memories Tank. Salacres Kitty was our only other winner on the night , she was scoring for the first time since arriving from Ireland when taking her A7 race by 3/4 of a length.
Monday saw us land two winners , the first of which was our homebred Salacres Tiger. Tiger was a little green during his qualifying trials but he's since really got his act together to prove himself a really tough , genuine strong running dog. He was winning for the 6th time in 26 races and winning in A3 grade for the first time. He continues to improve and remains a dog to keep on side. He'll always give his all for you. Our other winner on the night was our veteran dog Cool Biko. Biko is owned by myself and Bernie Slater. I know he's delighted Bernie with some of his performances and though he's now a February 2008 veteran , he races with the enthusiasm of an 18 month old pup. Mondays win was his 20th from 107 starts here at Nottingham and hopefully not his last.
Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us land just one winner , the very first race of the day being taken in good style by our Salacres Achilles. He'd ran a good race in defeat last time out and given a run he was always going to be difficult to beat this time around.
Away from Nottingham we attended Coventry stadium on Sunday evening. We were represented by Manilla Magic , Head Case , Salacres Ferry and Salacres Fancy. No winners but all four ran with credit. Harry Findlay and his team are doing a great job at Coventry and their enthusiasm for the sport is great to see.
Late on Tuesday night myself and Mark set off on a quick trip over to Ireland. We were on our way to collect the six Premier Fantasy x Queen Of Rangers saplings. Not overly big in size but all a very nice shape and at the moment they're doing everything right. They'll be given time to settle in over here and it will be a few months yet before they start appearing on the racetrack. Fingers crossed that some of them have got a little bit of the ability that their mother and father had and we could be in for some exciting times. We also picked up 3 dog pups and a bitch pup from Pat Concannon , all littermates to our recent recruit Salacres Jinsky. Nice looking pups and hopefully they go well too. Whilst over we called to see the latest litter from Queen Of Rangers , Kinloch Brae was the sire this time around and I must say what a lovely looking litter they are. 6 dogs and 2 bitches , all brindle bar a couple of black pups and even at this young age they really do look the part. Fingers crossed that everything goes well with their rearing and this time next year we're starting to look forward to seeing them on the track. The photograph above is of this litter , the little black pup looking right at the camera is a little character already and likes to show people who's the boss !
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