Back home at Nottingham on Friday the evenings BAGS meeting got off to a great start. Salacres Cuban who looked to have a solid chance in anycase , benefited from a troubled race to score by no less than 11 1/2 lengths. The winning distance flattered her somewhat but she did peform well. The next winner wasn't too far away as Salacres Achiles won the second race of the night and to put the icing on the cake we also had the second in the race too , Salacres Ring filling the forecast spot. Our only other winner on the night was Salacres Mitch who completed the treble by winning his A3 race. Mitch isn't getting any younger these days but is still more than capable on his day and it was nice to see him on the winners podium. The night which hadn't gone too bad though was to take a bad turn. We had Farloe Tico running in what was to be his final race of his career , he was to suffer a pretty bad injury on the run up however and I must say it was a gut wrenching way for him to bow out. Let's not forget though what a high class greyhound he was in his younger days and if it hadn't been for injury this was a dog that i've no doubt would have smashed six bend track records around the UK for fun. Take a bow Tico. He has now been patched up and once his injury has recovered we will be looking into the possibility of using him as a stud dog. Anybody interested please feel free to give me a call to discuss. He will be available for minimal cost , ignore his form in later years , this was a dog desitined for the top and his blood remains the same.
Sunday saw us represented at Harlow with Cherry Bomb and Salacres King. Both ran with credit but both needed the look around this tight but nice little venue.
Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday we drew a blank on the winners front but i've got to mention Farloe Tango , trained by Charlie Lister OBE. This dog is something else , 2952 in a pre meeting trial he really is out of the top drawer. Sure his lack of early could become a concern when taking on top class competition dogs , but I really feel we are watching the start of one of the games great dogs. Keep him well and truly on your side and if you can't bring yourself to back him , definitely be weary of betting against him , he's a serious , serious machine.
Todays morning BAGS meeting saw us land a decent treble with Salacres Tortuga , Salacres Guy and Salacres Amalfi all obliging. Tortuga looked a decent bet today , he was drawn to get a run in behind the pacesetting Rooneys Miss and once securing the second place spot coming off the second bend his performance was a sight to behold. He showed tremendous back straight pace to leave Alan Stevens charge trailing in his wake , coming home an impressive six length winner. He showed enough today to suggest that this 2011 Cock O' The North finalist owned by myself and Mark is now ready for a return to six bend action. As I noted last week in Dave Johnstons Racing Post column , he is a dog to keep on your side at the minute and he could well be one to keep in your notebooks for a little while yet.
This coming Friday see's our team participating in the Nottingham trainers championship. We've done well to qualify along with Lynn Cook , Malcolm Cooper , Val Green , Margaret Roberts and Alan Stevens. Should be an interesting night.
Over and out for now , please keep a check on the blog , we'll try and keep it updated as reguarly as possible.