Despite having 11 runners out on Tuesday not many stood out as having great chances and that bore fruition when we came away without a winner. Swings and roundabouts however and i'm sure they'll all get their chances again soon.
After Sparky had won his marathon at Notts on select night we felt it was a good opportunity to get Sparky into a sky race. Mark made the long trip down to Hove on Thursday to give him a trial in preparation for this coming Tuesdays Sussex cup final card but Sparky being Sparky he put in a poor showing. He can run with good dogs if he's in the mood but on Thursday he obviously wasn't feeling like putting in a show , feeling his way around a new track didn't help either and it came as no real surprise that he wasn't accepted for the sky marathon this week. He's capable of better though and we're sure that he'll show that soon.
After a blank Tuesday we scored a hat-trick on Friday night. Salacres Power got the night off to the best possible start , winning the first race at rewarding odds of 8/1. She's been a great servant to the kennel and was winning a race for the first time since November last year. It was only an A8 race and that is about her level now , she is still enjoying getting down to the track and racing though so it was great to see her winning. It was maybe apt that Power was winning at over 6yo on the very same night that the first of her pups from the Rebel Ring - Salacres Power Mar-2011 litter was making his debut. Salacres Tiger was appearing in public for the first time in A7 grade. He is one of the more compact pups out of the litter and is a little more forward than some of the others. He ran a decent race to be beaten just over 5 lengths despite not getting the clearest of runs , with a bit of luck he shouldn't be too long in winning. Tiger by the way is shown in the photograph above at a young age , he's the fawn and white pup 3rd in from the right with his littermates. The rest of the litter might take a little more time but patience is a virtue as always in this game. Salacres Clover and Salacres Lydia provided us with the second and third legs of the nights treble.
Saturday night saw the second blank meeting of the week as far as winners go and not much to note other than a pleasing debut from Salacres Manilla. He's a nice blue dog from the Ace Hi Rumble - Lead Boots Dec-2010 litter bred by Deirdre Walsh and Adrian Markey over in Newry. He finished second in his D2 sprint race but showed me enough to suggest he has a promising future ahead. He'll need to be handled correctly and brought on steadily , but in the longer term he should be one to keep in your notebooks. His brother , Salacres Boots , shouldn't be too far away from hitting the track either. He's a little bit more backward in his running that Manilla at present but he'll not be long in coming right so watch out for him too.