We headed to Nottingham for Tuesday mornings BAGS meeting more in hope that with any great degree of expectation. With average odds of over 7/1 and with numerous runners actually being quoted at double figure prices , it was going to be a tough day to score any winners. A few of the dogs didn't read the script though. Salacres Butler won well in A7 grade at 10/1 , quite generous odds really given that he had recently scored in the grade and that the going was certainly not unfavourable on the outside of the track. Salacres Impact showed great bravery to storm between dogs at the third bend and then came passed the leader on the run in for a game success in his A3 race. Our final winner of the day came in the shape of Salacres Cuban. Cuban was drafted in as a late reserve and was actually running at a level higher than she should have been. Despite this and despite odds of 10/1 she took an early lead and the result never really looked in doubt.
Friday we landed another hat-trick. Salacres Howard one of our Rebel Ring x Centurion Ginny litter took his A7 race in a close finish whilst Cherry Bomb never looked like getting beaten once taking a first bend lead in A4. Our final winner on Friday was Salacres Laya. It was only a lowly A8 race but it's always nice to see your home bred pups winning , no matter what the grade.
After 3 winners on both Tuesday and Friday this week , we stepped up the pace and scored with 4 on Saturday. I know Mark was quite relieved to see Salacres Ferry winning and to be fair he did fancy him strongly. Mark has started a new monthly column in the Greyhound Express magazine and between us we gave Ferry as a dog for readers to follow. He'd actually gone and won a couple of races after the column was sent in , so though the selection of one to follow was correct , it might have been that he'd now be a little more difficult to win with. Ferry is really coming to himself now though and the faster going that the summer is likely to bring should play to his strengths. Next up was old favourite Salacres Getty , he won in his usual early pace always led style. Next up was Salacres Marette. He's not an easy dog to train is Salacres Marette. Potential wise he always looked like being a runner who should be competing at a higher level than A7 but lots of niggly little problems have proved a hindrance to his progression. Going into the 3rd bend on Saturday night he still remained 10 lengths off the pace in last position. He fairly flew up the homestraight though to score by a 1 1/4 lengths. It was a pleasing performance and hopefully he can put some consistency into his game over the next few months.