Saturday night we had 3 winners. First up was Salacreschipster. Chipster had been sent off a short priced odds on favourite on his previous start and like I said then , I felt it was a ridiculously short price for an inexperienced dog running in an A4 BAGS race. He was put in Saturday nights race with Salacres Oak who had also ran a promising race last time out. The bookmakers pretty much made it a match between the pair with Chipster 2/1 and Oak 7/4. Chipster never really looked in danger as he led by the first bend and held on for a half length victory. Oak finished 5th and though it would have been nice to have secured the forecast he didn't run badly. Our next winner of the night was Salacres Impact who won his D2 sprint race. He is a dog who has had his problems and though he's not an out and out sprinter we do tend to keep him over that distance more often than not. He was winning for the 4th time in 5 races on Saturday and not for the first time he took advantage of trouble between the leaders to sweep by around the outside and claim victory. He pretty much led for the only time right on the line but they all count and it's nice to have a little luck on your side every now and then. Next up was Salacres French , he looked to have a solid chance on paper and though it was only an A7 race it was good to see him winning for the first time here in the UK.
Monday was very much a bitter sweet night. We had 4 winners but we also had charity dog Head Case suffer an injury when in with a winning chance and Manilla Magic withdrawn from her race after twice turning in the traps. Salacres Boots got our night off to a good start when winning the evenings second race. He found himself in a handier than usual position going down the backstraight and the result never really looked in doubt as he got up to win by 3/4 length. Salacres News was our next winner and she ran one of the best races i've ever seen her run. She's pretty much a front runner but after missing the break she had to navigate the field and come around the outside to get up for a well earned victory. She did well to hold off our own Cool Biko and anybody on the Salacres forecast was rewarded with a payout of £25.24. Next up was Dippy Diva and she again ran a fine race. She's difficult bitch to pass when on the bunny. I was originally a little disappointed in her i've got to admit but she's fast becoming a favourite of mine and Diva was winning for the 7th time here at Nottingham. If you ever think she can turn handy she's a bitch to keep on side because she isn't for passing easily. Our fourth and final winner of the night was new recruit to the kennel Gortown Ben. He's a lovely natured dog with the ability to match. He'd won 6 races for his previous trainer and had ran well in defeat on his final start before joining us here at Salacres kennels. Despite a little bit of first bend trouble on Monday Ben ran a storming race to come through and win a shade cosily in 30.11 +10. We were suitably enough impressed to enter him for the Henlow Gold Cup this coming Sunday and if he takes to the track first time he could go well. As previously mentioned Head Case unfortunately suffered an injury approaching the first bend of his sprint open race when in with a winning chance and then to top matters Manilla Magic was withdrawn from her race after twice turning around in the traps. We'll do some work with her to rectify this and hopefully this will be the last we'll see of these shenanigans.
Tuesday we had to settle for 1 winner , Salacres Cuban ran out an easy enough winner but don't let the winning distance fool you. There was plenty of trouble in the race and the fact that our own Salacres Jill who was sent off a 20/1 chance managed to secure second place shows you what kind of race this was. For the optimists out there amongst you the Salacres forecast paid £32.39.
Hopefully we will have a chance or two over the weekend. We're represented down at Henlow on Sunday by Salacres Brent and Gortown Ben in the Gold Cup.
Finally last but not least i'd just like to remember my Uncle Colin who sadly passed away during the past week after a tragic accident at his home in Canada. He was a great man and a great uncle and he'll be sadly missed by myself and all the family. R.I.P Uncle Colin.
Thanks for reading and see you all soon at the track. Don't forget anybody wishing to put a dog with us at the track to race at Nottingham or indeed for us to take out and about on the road for open races , please contact us via the website , speak to myself at the track or give Mark a ring on 07877 393 829 and he'll sort you out.