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Thursday, 03 September 2015

THE Whitehaven Classic at Bower House, Eskdale on Monday deserved better support, but the current coughing outbreak and monsoon conditions after the first two trails didn’t help.

It had been glorious early on but after the first two races the heavens opened and the rain was coming down in torrents, quickly
turning the Bower House field into a mud-heap.

As a result some owners decided not to enter their dogs for the later trails, so consequently only 67 contested the five races.

But the day had started in exciting fashion with half a length covering the first three home in the senior trail. Langdale Ranger just beat Galemire Grace, who had looked tailed-off early on, and Night Vision.

In the maidens Blue Boy and Free Spirit were well clear of the other 23 runners and had the race to themselves. Blue Boy eventually won by a length with Miss Ellie eventually taking third.

In  the pups Daisy Dream suffered a set-back in her revived title hopes as she was beaten three lengths by Try Time with Marlou in
third, but only four of the six runners completed the course as conditions had worsened.

It was tight for all the tickets in the puppy maidens but a storming finish by The Script got him to the front in the closing stages and he beat Bluebond and Kaiser Sosa.

There was a tight finish in the open restricted as the first two went past together but Mrs McGregor was awarded a yellow card for
interference and disqualified leaving Thorn Dolly as the winner from Huntsman’s Jewel and Great Gable.

Looking back at the rest of the week’s events we start at Calebreak last Tuesday when Marli shopwed with a decent advantage which he held to the line, despite the best efforts of Tan Ted and Lady Bethan who wa back in third place.

Persian Gold also showed with a handy advantage in the pups and was good enough to keep going and cross the line nicely in front of Eden Rossi and Paloma Faith. The favourite Lone Rebel was fourth.

There was a desperately close finish to the open restricted as Razzle Dazzle and Carrick battled all the way down the finish. There was a length in it at the tape with Razzle Dazzle taking the red ticket. Mrs Macgregor was in third.

On Wednesday the focus was on Ennerdale Show with the Kirkland Leaps trail used for the vast majority of the course.

There was little change in the order from when the seniors were spotted at half-way and Overwater Arnie still led Galemire Grace
over the line with Jenny’s Rascal heading the others.

Daisy Dream won the pups to collect her 12th win of the season, so once again the top four are divided by just three points. It was a bumping finish but Daisy Dream just got in front when it mattered after Thorn Dancer had nipped in front down the finishing trod.
Persian Prince took third.

The opening trails had only attracted 24 runners between then but the race for open maidens saw 32 sent from the slip. It proved
an easy winner for the odds-on favourite Bedazzled who got away from the rest of the field who were led in by High Stile and Miss Ellie.

The last race was for open restricted hounds and there was another comfortable winner in the shape of JLS who beat Overwater Bessie, and these two were well clear of Howgill Blondie.

Prudence was virtually unbackable at Bridekirk on Thursday, starting at long odds on and she won as you would expect from a hound starting at that price. Aspire, who had driven the trail early doors, was in second place ahead of Silver Spangle who was third.

Punters looking for a similar outcome in the pups were thwarted. This time Arizona was sent-off odds-on but could only come
home in third, some 20 metres behind the winner Persian Sky with runner-up Silver Charm midway between them.

There were only five runners in the closing open restricted trail and they were led in by Izzabella with Quiet Linnet inssecond, beaten about six metres with Jimmy Choo finishing third.

There was disappointment at Dearham on Saturday when the three competing seniors couldn’t do it faster than 48 minutes. As a result the trail was declared void, but the inquest remained – especially when the three hounds taking part, Prudence, Silver Spangle and Sambucca had finished first, second and third at the previous meeting.

Fortunately the other trails weren’t affected and in the pups Arizona moved level with Huntsman’s Kraka on 15 wins for the season.  He won in good style from Silver Charm and Santino.

Kraka has been out for a short while with injury and so, too, has Persian Bay who returned at Dearham and finished in fourth place.
Here’s hoping Huntsman’s Kraka, Arizona, Persian Bay and Daisy Dream can all stay fit and get the maximum racing over the last two months to give us a terrific finish to the race for the puppy championship.

There were two easy winners in the last two trails as Barton and Da Look took the open maidens and veterans respectively. Time Traveller and Cool Return were second and third in the maidens out of nine runners while only five contested the veterans with Night Shadow and Celtic Spirit following in the winner.

They also raced at Shap on Saturday and there was an exciting finish to the seniors where Tan Ted just got up to beat Marl almost right on the line. Ten metres away in third was Lady Bethan.

Lone Rebel was successful in the pups, taking the lead coming down the fell and going away on the finish to beat Jazz Band comfortably with Eden Rossi taking third.

There was a reward for patience in the open non-winners where Sparrowmire Lily, unraced as a pup took the honours from Eden
Rocco and the fast finishing Black Eyed Boy.

In the open restricted Rooster should crow for days after finishing more like a Swift to get through and beat Mrs McGregor with Howgill Benella taking third.

Huntsman’s Kraka was back in action at Grasmere Sports on Sunday but could only manage second place as Lone Rebel followed-up his Saturday success with another great effort which earned a clear-cut win. Marlou was third.

Much closer was the finish to the open restricted in which Tinkerbell just got the better of Cherish with Huntsman’s Jewel in third.

There were only six runners in the veterans but Da Look, who had also run the day before at Dearham, showed his versatility and well-being by winning comfortably from Tiagress and Thorn Girl.

Eleven contested the senior trail and it ended in a one-two for Patterdale as Jenny’s Rascal beat Jenny’s Choice by a short head.

They had company for much of the way but early pacemaker Bedazzled, who eventually finished third, took a wrong turn while
Capetown managed fourth but spoilt her chance by putting in a circle when still in contention.

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