Tuesday saw us heading to the track with 8 runners. We came away with 4 winners which was a very pleasing return. Awayday Rock has been a good dog to the kennel since arriving from Ann Lagans Sunderland kennel , but this performance was a step up on anything he's previously shown. That said Rock has always given me the impression that he was a dog with a big run in him when everything clicked into place , after taking an early lead the result didn't really look in doubt at he powered home to a 5 length victory in a time of 3028 (+20). Salacres Waltzer was our second winner on the day. Waltzer had ran well in an open the previous week when showing good backstraight pace before hitting trouble at the third bend. He'd shown enough to suggest that he wouldn't be too long in winning , something the bookmakers had also picked up on by making him a strong early morning favourite. Waltzer didn't disappoint and after taking an early lead he held off his challengers in a competitive race by 2 1/2 lengths. Third winner of the day was Salacres Costa. This stunning looking fawn dog is developing quite a fan club down at the track and he came from way back to win by 1 1/4 lengths. He's heading in the right direction and remains one for your notebooks. Last but by no means least was Salacres Peter. This dog was bought as a stayer after some eyecatching runs in Ireland. Unfortunately an injury not long after arriving here has delayed his progresss but this performance was much more like it. Heading into the third bend he looked the winner all over but his run was stopped to a walk and he did very well to regain his composure and come powering through on the run in to win with a little in hand. It will be interesting to see how he progresses from here.
With no racing at Nottingham on New Years Day we had to wait until Saturday until next hitting the track. We ended the year as Nottinghams Champion trainer with a good amount of winners , but what was more pleasing was a strike rate of over 18%. That's over a 1 in 6 strike rate and given that as with all large kennels we have our fair share of dogs who would struggle to win 1 in 12 , we're very happy with that indeed. It shows to me that with the dogs we have the really want to win , we're not doing a bad job at all. So back to Saturdays meeting , which included the tracks trainers championship competition. After a long hard year it would have been nice to added the icing to the cake. In what proved a very open competition most of the 6 trainers headed into the final leg with some kind of chance , in the end it was Lynne Cook who emerged victorious and I pass on my congratulations. We did however have a treble on the night. Salacres Ruffian was bought as a good dog , I doubt he'll ever justify his price tag but he's heading in the right direction , has a good attitude and ran out a comfortable winner of this A2. Salacres Freddy has been well documented on this blog and he added another win to his tally in A5. After stumbling early on and then hitting trouble approaching the third , he did very well to win. Our third and final winner of the night was Salacres Fintan. This dog is another son of Zero Ten , the sire who has provided us with so many winners. Fintan probably hasn't settled down as quickly as some dogs do when arriving from Ireland , however this win shows he's now heading in the right direction.
Thanks for reading and may I wish you all a very happy new year.