Saturday brought another hat-trick courtesy of Salacres Maldini , Johno and Lourdes. Maldini ran well to lead from early on , whilst Johno took his 680m graded event in good style , from our own Salacres Polizzi in second place. Salacres Forecast backers rewarded with a return of £19.39. Our final winner of the night was Salacres Lourdes. She's a lovely blue and white bitch bred over in Newry by Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey. She's a August 2011 whelp by Lughill Jo x Lead Boots. Though I do think there are more races to win with this bitch in the future , she must be counted a very fortunate winner on the night. Backers of Tinas Polo at odds on would have been very upset that she didn't pass Lourdes to win the race comfortably. Still you need a bit of luck in this game and for once a bit was on our side.
Monday night got off to a good start as Salacres Impact just got upto win in a close photo finish with Hopalong Aoifa. Salacres Chip ran well in his sprint open which was a hot race including the likes of Romford Puppy Cup winner Glanmire Lad and Dreams Of Glory. Chip came away well but was just outpaced slightly to the bend. Still it was another good effort from him. Our best chance of a winner looked to be in the other sprint race on the night. Head Case looked to have the best chance he's ever had of getting off the mark here in the UK. It's no secret that he's been a very difficult dog to train since arriving over here from Ireland. Made even more frustrating due to the fact that the dog was bought by a syndicate of 100 members in order to raise much needed funds for the www.headcase.org.uk charity run by Colin Speirs. Various injury problems and more recently problems which seem to be mental rather than physical have slowed down the progress of Headley as he's known in the kennel. We had been feeling though that we were starting to get to the bottom of the dog and into his mind as much as anything else. Thankfully on Monday night Headley read the script rather than ripped it up. He came away well , showed superior early pace to the first bend , ran off slightly coming off the second bend but then powered up the run in to score by an ever increasing length and pulling further clear to the pick up. I think relief was the key word of the night and it was good to see many of his owners enjoying the victory on the podium. Local bookmaker Steve Charlesworth was last but not least on the scene , his bottle of celebratory champagne summed up the sense of relief felt by all. Just one win and just one small step , but hopefully the start of things to come. He recorded 1768 which was the fastest time recorded on the night. Dreams Of Glory won the other sprint open in 1787 , whilst notable trialists before racing included Lemon Pluto 1784 , Newinn Rocket 1795 , Sidaz Jack 1779 , Little Reminder 1790 and Golden Wonder 1796. The plan next is for Headley to run in another sprint open at Nottingham next Monday followed by a trial at Wimbledon in preparation for a tilt at the Derby. Many many dogs who people have generally had down as sprinting types have done well in the Derby over the years. With a bit of luck Headley could be another. There are a few shares still available in Headley at just £100 per 1% share. This is fully inclusive with nothing more ever to pay. All prizemoney earned by Headley to be donated to www.headcase.org.uk. Please contact us for more details.
Two winners at Tuesdays BAGS meeting. Salacres Cool was a fortunate but well received winner of his A2 , whilst Salacres Kiera ran well to take her A4 by 4 lengths.
This coming Friday see's the Nottingham Trainers Championship. We're one of the six qualifiers for this event and having won it in Spring 2012 it would be nice to regain the title. We're represented in the event by Salacres Ben , Sour Face , Salacres Khan and Salacres Tango. Good luck to all six trainers and may the best team win.
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