Saturday evening we landed a double as Salacres Moore and Hill both obliged. Moore who is a 3/4 sister to Walshes Hill has been showing terrific pace in her races but inexperience has cost her so far. Despite not gaining the clearest of runs on Saturday however she still managed to come through with a strong late run to win her A4 by 3 lengths in 3094 calculated. Moore is an improving type who I like alot. Hill who is actually a half brother of Moore's made it a family double when winning the top grade sprint event on the night at a huge 6/1. After trapping well and taking an early lead the result never really looked in doubt as he powered to victory in 1826. Salacres Empire finished third in Hills race and she lost nothing in defeat and remains one to keep on side.
Monday couldn't have got off to a better start as we landed the first two races of the evening as Salacres Beyonce always led in her A4 and Farran Sexton made it a quickfire double for the kennel as he came through late on to win his A2. I've made no secret of the fact that Salacres Mystery is a young pup I rate highly. He's from the Zero Ten x Salacres Gem litter and this is a pup with huge pace. He's not proving straight forward at the moment though and after stopping for a look around at the fourth bend in his 500m maiden open we'll have to get to work to make sure this doesn't become a habit. Rest assured though he's feeling no ill effects from his exertions , he came bouncing out of his kennel on Tuesday morning and had obviously enjoyed his evening out , even if he did leave us scratching our heads ! Salacres Dougie looked to have a solid chance for us in the maiden sprint final and despite not trapping too badly , in all honesty he was tapped for a bit of pace to the first bend and after running far too wide around the turn he could never get into genuine contention. He did run on well but it was far too little and far too late. He's fit and well though and we will look at other options for him over the coming weeks.
Another very welcome treble on Tuesday mornings BAGS card. McManus got the ball rolling when making pretty much all in A4. I'm hearing a couple of shrewd judges snapped up big prices about McManus , well done to them and I hope you put my score on. Comerford is a young September 15 pup from the Zero Ten x Incredible Lulu litter. He's been a bit green in his running since arriving from Ireland but this run was a big step forward as he ran a very gutsy race after no end of trouble to win in A6. Hopefully this acts as a stepping stone and he can no improve through a few grades. When the dogs are running as well as they are at present , you simply can't rule anything out with any confidence. Salacres Diablo is a prime example of this. He didn't really look at have a great chance and his sp of 9/2 shows he was far from a certainty. After trapping well he was in front by the first and ran away to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 3070 calculated. This was Diablos 56th race for us here at Notts and this was a personal best run , like I say , when they're in this kind of form you just can't rule anything out.
A great weekend and another good day but it wasn't to end here. We headed to Towcester on Tuesday evening with Salacres Koeman and sibling Olympic both running in the same puppy open over 500m and with Salacres Keitel running in the sprint open. Things couldn't have gone much better in the puppy open as Koeman completed a treble , leading early he really put this field to the sword when scorching away and winning by 5 1/2 lengths. In his last 3 races , 2 x A3s and now this puppy open his combined winning distances have been 17 lengths. This is a dog heading in the right direction (unlike Marks pants) and in six months time I really feel he'll be a real nice dog who won't be out of place in good class fields. Make no mistake though Olympic ran an eyecatching race in second. He didn't get the clearest of runs and unlike Koeman hadn't had the benefit of a trial. He impressed me nearly every bit as much as Koeman did. The Salacres forecast ? £49.73 for anybody who had their crystal ball out. Keitel couldn't get competitive in his sprint but hopefully the change of scenery will have done him good.
Thanks for reading and hope to see some of you down the track soon and wherever we maybe on the road.