In general the dogs have been running well of late. Given a chance by the grader they've all been performing with credit. Tuesdays BAGS meeting saw us land a treble courtesy of Salacres Fergie , James Bon Junior and Salacres Becky. Fergie ran one of the best races i've seen him run to come from behind and win by over 3 lengths. James Bon Junior is improving at a rapid rate of knots and also ran a game race , he's more of a front runner so for him to come from behind and get up for victory was no mean effort. Salacres Becky completed the hat-trick and also ran a very game race. Our other runners all ran well and though we could have ended the day with more winners , the treble was gladly received.
Friday night also saw us land a treble. Salacres Jason proved a runaway winner of his A6 race , he's not a strong stayer and the manner of his victory somewhat surprised me. As I said though the dogs are running well at present and he could be one to keep on the right side of if not too harshly treated next time out. Next up was Salacres Karma. This dog was proving expensive to follow having not won in his first 10 starts and in fact finishing runner up on the first 6 of those. He's since won 3 out of his last 8 though including a personal best at Nottingham on Friday night recording 3059 in A3 grade. He come from a decent contact of ours over in Ireland and now that he's getting a bit of confidence around the track he's really performing well. Our third and final winner on Friday came from the unlikely source of Salacres Tango. His much preferred finishing position is second place , but every now and then he puts his head just about in front , as much through default as anything else. Don't get me wrong , Tango hasn't got a nasty bone in his body but he's a little bit shy when it comes to getting himself on the winners podium. It was a shame on Friday to see Salacres Firefox knocked over at the 3rd bend. He's really been coming to himself lately and though there seems to be no obvious injury problems , I do hope that the tumble leaves him with no psychological concerns.
Saturday evening saw the first meeting of February. After a couple of trebles to end the month of January we landed a 4 timer on Saturday night. Salacres Laya took her A8 beating our other representative , Exit , by 2 1/4 lengths. It was a decent performance from Laya and she finished her race off very well. Laya is a bitch who would stay six bends and it's a little bit of a bug bear of mine that if you have a six bend runner at Notts then unless you're S2 grade then that's pretty much it as far as running over six bends goes. It would be good to see a few more six bend grades introduced to the card , i'm sure that there are plenty of dogs who would benefit from running over the 680m against dogs of their own class and it would also add some much needed variety to the card. Next up was Salacres Polizzi, I must admit that I thought she was a little harshly treated to find herself in A6 grade after what was a fortunate if not ultimately impressive win in A7. Polly was going nowhere fast when finding herself in last position nearing the bend in A7 , the field came together though and she slipped through in a threatening second place. From that position the result was never really in doubt. Saturdays A6 race was a more difficult affair altogether although the racing office were proved correct in their call as she ran out a game winner. Salacreslinesman made it 3 on the night as he swooped wide on the outside to take advantage of trouble on the inside. Our fourth winner of the night came courtesy of Salacres Chek. As with Karma mentioned earlier on the blog , Chek has taken a bit of time to settle into racing life at Nottingham , though last night saw him scoring for the 3rd time in his last 4 starts and his 5th win in his last 9. He's turning into a nice dog for us on the graded strength at Notts.
Sunday night see's us represented by 4 runners down at Henlow live on Racing Post TV. Though we've no absolute standout chances of a winner , i'm hopeful that Salacres Fancy , Tango , Conkon and Khan will all run with credit.
Thanks for reading and my apologies for lack of updates of late but the winter period is a busy time for myself. Normal service will now be resumed. Don't forget if anybody has any interest in placing a dog with us to race either at Nottingham in graded races or indeed to take on the road to open races at other tracks , please feel free to give Mark a call on 07877 393 829 and he'll be glad to talk through the options available to you.