Tuesdays BAGS card saw us end the day with two winners. Salacres Polizzi came storming up the run in to win by over 6 lengths in her A4 race whilst Salacres Maldini ran out an easy winner of his D3 sprint race. I've got Salacres Polizzi booked in for a 680m open race this Monday at Notts. It's a step up in class but she's looking like the trip should prove no problem. It's a watching brief really. After the injury she had it's just a relief to have her back running and winning the odd race no matter what the grade. Fingers crossed she runs well.
On Wednesday we headed to Belle Vue for the first leg of the brilliant BAGS Track Championship event. Notts face Belle Vue and Sheffield in our group and it was important that we got some points on the board before our home tie at Colwick Park and then the tough trip to Sheffield. Belle Vue looked to hold a strong hand going into the meeting and so it proved as they ended the day with 74 points compared to the 52 of Notts and 43 of Sheffield. We'll take that though. A good home meeting at Notts and it's all left to play for going to Sheffied. Conditions at Belle Vue were atrocious. An already watered track was left saturated after constant rain all afternoon. Our own Salacres Brad was just touched off after leading for a long way in his 470m event by Paul Gregsons Leggy Tiger. It was a terrific buckle and unfortunately we just came out on the wrong side of a photo finish. Nottingham ended the day well though as Terry Munslows Tynwald Avatar proved a decisive winner of her 590m race. She not only put some much needed points onto the Notts scorecard but she paid the expenses of most of the Notts faithful. Looking forward to the home leg.
Friday nights meeting at Notts saw us land 4 winners. Cool Biko won yet again to make that 16 wins here at Notts. He's been a terrific dog for myself and co - owner Bernie Slater. He really is one of the most genuine dogs you could wish to own , he would literally run through a brickwall for you and if I were to have a kennel full of dogs like him you would never hear another complaint from me. Not that myself or Bernie are complaining , but his generous sp's are often well received too. Biko will be 5yo next February , but is still running with all the enthusiasm of a 16 month old pup. Our second winner of the night was Salacres Tortuga , owned by myself and Mark Pierrepont it's been a while since Tortuga got himself on the scoresheet. He's another genuine dog , not quite the force he once was but when given a chance of a clear run he will continue to do himself justice. Great to see him winning tonight. Our next two winners were Salacres Laya and Salacres Diane. Laya is a bitch pup from the Rebel Ring x Salacres Power litter , she was scoring her 2nd win from 3 starts and is improving with each week. Diane is a little younger being out of the April 2011 Rebel Ring x Centurion Ginny litter. This was Dianes second win in 4 starts and again she should pay to follow for a little while yet.
Now away from Nottingham I got one of the best pieces of news i've had all year. As previously mentioned on this blog I was tonight to be represented by Queen Of Rangers in the semi final of the ML Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks at Newbridge stadium in Ireland. When the call came at just after 10pm that she had won her semi final by 4 lengths in a time of 2859 , I could quite literally have flown to Ireland there and then , without a plane ! I can't thank Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey enough , to bring Oyster as she's known back to such form , so soon after whelping a litter , is one tremendous training performance. I look forward to visiting Newbridge next week for the final and if any of you are there , please come and say hello.
For now , i'm signing off , there's a cold beer with my name on it awaiting.