We headed to Notts on Saturday evening with 9 runners. Fridays tally was going to take some beating but a return of 3 winners and a couple of runner ups wasn't too bad an effort. Keitel looked to hold a chance in the D2 sprint and duly obliged at odds of 5/2 in a time of 18:05. Awayday Rock continued his excellent winning form when winning in A3 , taking his recent record to 7 wins in his last 15 starts. David has been running well of late and showing a lot more early than he used to. After taking a first bend lead in this A2 the race was his for the taking so long as he kept on going in front , thankfully he did and ran out a 2 3/4 length winner. Silvia and Blitz both ran creditable races in second.
Onto Monday evening and we didn't have to wait long for our first winner as kennel stalwart Salacres Michael won in A3. Michael is a stunning looking white and fawn dog who will be 5yo in a couple of months. He's as enthusiastic as he ever was for his racing and is a pleasure to have around the kennel. We had one more winner on Monday night who we fancied strongly and who backed up that faith with an impressive performance in winning at open class for the first time. Home bred Salacres Olympic (Olly to his mates) looked plotted up in trap 1 in his 480m Puppy Open and after taking the lead as they headed down the back straight the result was never in a moments doubt.
Just the one winner on Tuesdays BAGS card. Salacres Freddy does what Freddy does best as he got up with a strong late run in the shadows of the post. Freddy hadn't won in two consecutive races since May 2015 but put that record to bed as he followed up last weeks S4 680m win with this effort over the shorter 500m trip in A6. He couldn't land the hat-trick could he ?
It was over to Towcester on Tuesday evening with Salacres Koeman for an English Derby Trial Stake. We had Koeman probably as well as we've had him so far in his fledgling career so even though this was a decent race we quietly fancied our chances. Koeman didn't let us down as he got up right on the line to touch off the Carla Hendy trained Drumkeen Oyster. It was a very game and gutsy effort and the plan now is to have a tilt at the Derby. He's young , improving , starting to stay on better with each run and obviously likes Towcester. He has to take a chance and with a bit of luck might go a round or two.
Many thanks to legendary greyhound photographer Steve Nash for the above image. Such is the quality of Steve's work that he wasn't happy with the focus achieved on the above photo and therefore wouldn't charge me for it. Most people would be more than happy with the shot but not Steve who is a perfectionist and a credit to the sport. Follow him on twitter @SteveNashPhotos and visit his website www.steve-nash.co.uk
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