We started the week with a good session of galloping on Monday as we put 20 dogs through their paces.
Naughty Molly has been in flying form as she returns from the gracilis injury she suffered at Sheffield last year. She looks as good as ever and should be ready to trial in a few weeks. Druids Busy Man has settled in nicely and is full of beans at home. He has been moving well and will be ready for a trial next week at Swindon.
Madabout James was given a confidence boosting solo trial at Swindon on Tuesday morning following his fall at Monmore. He went well after slipping a bit out of the boxes and posted 29.23.
Drive On Hunter continued his excellent comeback when he was given his first four bend workout in months and posted 29.05. He would have needed the blowout and is a lovely dog.
Bull Run Byte built on her very promising comeback last week as she posted a fastest-of-the-session 16.32. The season looks to have done her world of good and hopefully she continues to improve.
Ravenswood Flo has taken a little time to return to form following a lay-off but she is starting to improve and she clocked 16.57 today.
Wednesday was a bit of a wash out as we were hammered with wind and rain for most of the day. We had a good catch up on some odd-jobs though.
There was an early start to Thursday morning as I met Pat Hare at 3am. Forest Natalee returned home after being mated to Droopys Jet and god willing all goes well. Distant Move joined the kennel after impressing in his schooling trials.
Dalcash Behold returned to form with a bang as he led all the way to win his A1 by 3 lengths in a very good 28.34. He has been cramping of late but was much better for the extra galloping and he remains on course for a crack at the maiden derby at Henlow.
Norvillman has been knocking on the door lately and got a much deserved win in her A3 as she ran a terrific first bend to take the lead.
Prize Fighter ran a terrific race as he safely made it through to the Golden Sprint final when finishing 2nd in his semi-final on Friday evening. He has been a tremendous little dog for the kennel and really deserves his place in a major final. We won the event last year with Forest Chunk so it would be lovely to follow up. He came out of the race in great shape but will need to break better in what is a top class final.
Forest Beaux flew the lids to lead all the way in her S2 at Monmore on Friday afternoon. The 630m is just about her limit but she should continue to improve following a spell on the sidelines. Bravo Kiss, Ballymac Sydney and Swift Frisco all ran well in defeat.
Ballymac Osby got no luck in the first round of the Steel City Cup as he was crowded at the bend and then got spooked by something close to the running rail in between the 3rd and 4th bend. Thankfully he returned in good shape though.
Forest Mike made it 2 wins from his last 3 races as he led all the way in the 480m open race at Monmore. He won in 28.39 and will head back to Monmore next week.
Madabout Philip made it through to the final of the 550m maiden Gold Cup at Henlow on Sunday afternoon as he overcame a slow start to finish 2nd in his semi-final. He should improve for the further look round but will need to come away a bit better next week.
Although we didn’t come away with a winner from Central Park on Sunday evening, I was pleased with the runs of all our dogs.
Shibboleth may have been closer at the finish if she had been drawn nearer the rails but she ran another good race and will head back for the Silver Salver next week.
Madabout James ran the track well on his first look as he was beaten just half a length in his heat of the maiden 480. He broke well but just took a touch on the bend but considering he took a nasty fall in his last race at Monmore this was a good step forward.
Forest Lydia and Ballymac Pam both ran well in their heats as they finished 3rd. Lydia was crowded on the run to the bend while Pam looks to be crying out for 6 bends now.
Big thanks must go to Paul Chorley who worked all day long topping the gallop up in quite atrocious rain and wind. We must have put over 150 bags of shavings on and it will be in super shape when we get some kinder weather.