Now enough of the negativity and let's hope we can look forward to a good winter and hopefully an upturn in results and fortune. The remainder of the Queen Of Rangers litter are currently trialling at Nottingham. There are 3 bitches and 1 dog currently trialling and though i'd say that non seem to be definite open class they do all look to have good attitudes and know what the job is about. They'll probably start off in and around the lower grades but with a bit of luck should progress and win a few races between them over the coming months. Three pups we received in the kennel from a contact and owner in our kennel up in the Scottish highlands have had mixed fortunes so far. Zero Ten is a new sire but he is one that you could be wise to put in your notebooks. The dog from the Zero Ten x Incredible Lulu litter , Salacres Borzoi , is a big backward type who has suffered a couple of injury problems to boot. He has ability and is currently over in Ireland seeing a few specialists. If he can be got right he remains a pup with potential and we look forward to getting him back over here at Salacres kennels soon. His 2 litter sisters that we have here at the kennel are Salacres Louise and Incredible Ruby. Louise won at just the second time of asking in A5 by 4 1/4 lengths. It was an impressive run for a youngster and hopefully given natural improvement she could be a bitch who will eventually race in the higher grades at least and with a bit of luck who knows. Her sister Ruby is a little behind her at the moment but she too won on her second career start and also ran reasonably well last time out in an A6. Both bitches should continue to improve a while yet.
Tuesdays BAGS card saw us land 4 winners and some much needed respite from the recent poor form that we've been in. Salacres Achiles won his A3 race , what a dog he's been for the kennel and if only we had a kennel full of dogs like him. Salacres Firefox has suffered with niggly problem after problem since arriving here in the UK and though he won yesterday I will be keeping my fingers crossed for a while yet that we can get a run of races under his belt. His confidence needs building up if he's to ever realise his potential , so hopefully yesterdays win can act as a catalyst for that and isn't another false dawn. Salacres Katie took and early lead and was never headed when winning her A4 race and even Salacres French joined the party by chipping in with a win. Dogs like French aren't easy dogs to win races with. In fact he's probably a dog that alot of kennels would have sold on within weeks of buying. He's very hard work at the kennels and isn't an easy dog to train at all. At Salacres kennels though we don't sell our dogs on. Once they come into our kennel they are with us for their racing lifes before hopefully finding happy homes for their retirements. Maybe the fact that we are so loyal to the dogs works against us at times ? We have more than our share of dogs that are either difficult to win with or simply don't want to win , we refuse to just sell them on though and bring in new dogs who might give an extra win here or there. So yes , some of these dogs are difficult to win with but when given a chance , as in the case of Salacres French yesterday , they can actually put their head in front.
Anyway looking forward let's hope that the next few months are a bit brighter than the last few , not just for me but for us all.
Thanks for reading and I promise that the next update to the blog wont be as long in coming as this one has been.