Saturday night again saw most of our runners go well but it was a night of frustration as we finished runner up on no less than 4 occasions. Matt , Crackaway Drama , Irish and Finest all running well but finding one too good on the night.
Just 4 runners on Monday evening. First up it was Salacres David representing Notts in the BAGS Track Championship. David was running in the Elite Standard division and ran with credit when finishing third. John Mullins Badabing won the race and with David less than 3 lengths behind in a running on third , it wasn't a bad effort at all considering he met trouble in running. Salacres Biaritz was the nearest we came to a winner on the night. A winner of 3 of his previous 5 outings he found just the one too good when finishing a half length second. Roman Blueboy kept the tone of seconditus going when also finishing a half length second in his A5. Our final runner of the night was Salacres running in the Betfred Standard Trophy Final. In all honesty he was up against it in taking on the likes of Sidarian Padre. He finished 4th though and as is always the case the main thing is he came off the track sound and ready for another day.
Tuesday thankfully saw us put our run of seconds behind us. First up was Salacres Walsh in the very first race of the morning. Walsh looked like having a great chance of winning on Tuesday , but that could also have been said for his previous race when he admittedly ran poorly. No mistakes this time though as he popped out in front and maintained the gallop to score by a neck. Salacres Hill has been mixing sprinting with four bends and though this tough 500m at Notts does test his stamina he has been in good form recently , winning two of his last 3 races over the shorter 305m trip. After gaining an early lead in a race lacking any real depth of stamina , he was always going to be tough to beat and won by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths. Next up was Salacres Louise. She's a bitch who you can rely on when she looks to have a chance and a chance she looked to have on Tuesday. Popping out of trap 1 in good style and taking command of the race on the inside , the result was never in a moments doubt as she won by 3 lengths. Louise is kenneled with one of our favourite dogs that we've had at the kennel , Salacres Vision. Vision was a great dog to us and is still in rude health at gone 8yo. Salacres Foxy ran second but in all honesty was never in with a winning chance. Foxy is a dog who had better form in the past but it's been a remarkable achievement by the team at the kennel and by the dog himself to even make it back to the track. Foxy had a very severe injury and I hope he's soon rewarded with a well earned trip to the winners podium. If that doesn't look like being the case in the near future then he'll be retired and will be guaranteed a good home for life. Finally on the day Crackaway Drama won his A2. I'm running out of things to say about Drama. He's been a sensational dog for the kennel and this win took him to 10 wins from his last 20 races. He's a tremendous attitude to his racing and is a pleasure to have around the kennel. A good mention to Incredible Lulu by the way. Most famous for being the dam of the superstar sprinter Walshes Hill , Lulu has provided our kennel with no end of winners and Walsh , Hill and Louise are just the latest three.
The pups are still going through their schooling in Ireland and are all progressing very well. Another week or so and they'll be making their way back home. Fingers crossed they kick on from the early promise they're currently showing.
Quick mention to a couple of our regular readers , glad to have Colin Hooper and Big Phil checking in on a regular basis. Thanks lads