Tuesday and Wednesday were to be very busy days for the team. Myself and Mark headed on an early morning ferry over to Ireland whilst the team back home were busy with 10 runners back at Notts. Looking at the chances whilst on the ferry over we were pretty much in agreement that we'd got the better end of the deal as our chances of a winner looked slim. Our assessment proved correct as a couple of second places from a total of 10 runners was the best we could manage. You could be disappointed and had our runners been put in with chances I may well have been , however the dogs in the main ran to form so there isn't an awful lot that you can do. Having a larger kennel you will always get the odd winner that wasn't an obvious pick , indeed we've had a few double figure winners over the past few weeks , they're received with open arms but at the same time it's also nice to drive down to the track knowing that you've a couple of live chances in the trailer.
Back over in Ireland we had alot of driving to do. After leaving Dublin we headed north to move the latest Queen Of Rangers litter to their schooler. The litter are looking well and with a bit of luck there might be a decent one or two amongst them. Whilst over we also took the opportunity to visit Dessie Loughrey. Dessie has provided some very welcome advice with regards the breeding of Queen Of Rangers and nothing is too much trouble for him. A nicer more genuine man you would travel a long way to meet in greyhound racing. It was a long drive back down south on Tuesday night but with 4 new pups to collect on Wednesday morning it was a drive that needed doing. Our next destination was to meet Aidan Comerford at his kennel over in Kildare. We were to collect a couple of brothers to our Louise and Ruby plus a further couple of pups. They'll be grading on shortly and with a little bit of luck should win a few races between them. So a mid afternoon ferry back home after a long but very interesting couple of days.
Friday evening our chances again looked slim. Rachel proving our sole winner and on a night where beggars can't be choosers I suppose one winner is better than non. She ran well , though to win by 3/4 length she's had to record a personal best sectional of 518 to win by 3/4 length. Had she not come away so well we'd have been disappointed to again be heading home without a winner. Roberto lined up in a D2 sprint race , he looked to have some kind of chance if trapping but pups being pups he totally missed it and though showing pace in behind the race was gone.
Saturday night continued in a similar vein to Friday. 10 runners and just the 1 winner on the trailer heading home. Salacres Lad popped out in front and with a little bit of trouble in behind he galloped home for a 2 length success in A6 grade. Earlier on the card Salacres Large made his debut , he's not a bad pup and in time will win races but he's still green and will need handling carefully.
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