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Great day's sport for Premier Trails PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 10 August 2020

tallentire action.pngThe season might have got off to a late start, and there have been several teething problems, but the HTA’S Premier Trails on Saturday were very successful.

Six trails attracted 98 runners and they all produced good finishes, some of them quite thrilling nail-biters.

Miterdale Shadow, the HTA table leader is in great form and has been winning with time and room to spare but this time had to fight hard to hold-off the 2019 puppy champ[ion Acorn.

Cracking Spirit had finished like a train to win at Bridekirk on Tuesday and was again the best finisher in the maidens, coming on well to beat Hawkswood.

Only nine pups, the smallest field of the day, contested the pups but there was an extremely tight finish with the verdict by a head going to Wait ‘n See and Cracking Last One Two who had finished the other way round in mid-week.

The puppy maidens went to Bretton who just had half a length on Shiraz at the line to continue the sequence of close finishes.miterdale tallentire.png

Kinniside Mick was one of the easiest winners of the day, but really he only had two lengths to spare over General James in the open restricted.

To complete a memorable afternoon there was another thriller in the final trail for veterans and Thorn Fire beat Marlou by a head.

Premier Trails – Tallentire Hill

Saturday, August 8

Hounds: 1, Miterdale Shadow; 2, Acorn; 3, Limber; 4, Forlorn Spring; 5, Babycham;
6, Mystery Bound. 13 ran, time 28.08.

Maidens: 1, Cracking Spirit; 2, Hawkswood; 3, Foxparke Mo Farren; 4, Blue Blaze;
5, Foxparke Parma Violet; 6, Kinniside Dan. 19 ran, time 29.10.

cracking tallentire.pngPups: 1, Wait ‘n’ See; 2, Cracking Last One Two; 3, Jenny’s Quest; 4, Overwater Louie;
5, Silver Dancer; 6, Kinniside Sandy. 9 ran, time 20.07.

Puppy Maidens: 1, Bretton; 2, Shiraz; 3, Meadow Misty; 4, Thorn Rose; 5, Foxparke
Gooey Louie; 6, Miterdale Fortune. 16 ran, time 21.04.

Open Restricted: 1, Kinniside Mick; 2, General James; 3, Kinniside Sam; 4, Meadow Spot;
5, Foxparke Shakalakaboomboom; 6, Overwater Robert. 23 ran, time 18.33.

Veterans: 1, Thorn Fire; 2, Marlou; 3, Meadow Josie; 4, Ladybird; 5, Dairy Lightning;
6, McCoy. 13 ran, time 18.42.waitnsee tallemntire.png

There should have been trails at Cold Fell in mid-week but for the second time this season the trailers had problems with the route, but this time in very foul weather.It was cancelled for a second time.

They did race at Bridekirk again on Tuesday when there was another win for senior table leader Miterdale Shadow, coming home well clear of Babycham.

The Mellon family then proceeded to take the remaining two trails as Cracking Last One Two finished really well to snatch the pups and Cracking Spirit also flew with the tape in sight to beat Thorn Fire in the open maidens.


Tuesday, August 4

Hounds: 1, Miterdale Shadow; 2, Babycham; 3, Opal; 4, Crazy; 5, Kinniside Jacko;

6, Silver Dusk.  19 ran, time 26.02.

bretton tallentire.pngPups: 1, Cracking Last One Two; 2, Wait ‘n' See; 3, Overwater Louie; 4, Silver Dancer;

5, Foxparke Buggaboo; 6, Silver Mist.  15 ran, time 18.12.

Open Maidens: 1, Cracking Spirit; 2, Thorn Fire; 3, Solitaire; 4, Overwater Robert;

5, Overwater Flash; 6, McCoy.  17 ran, time 18.11.

The winners are pictured in descending order - Sophie Steele with farmer Neil Marston, whose land the trails were run over and Miterdale Shadow; Neil is then with the Cracking Spirit team of Robert and Tina Airey and Pat Mellon; Keith Lynch with the puppy winner Wait 'n See; Julie Burkinshaw with the puppy maiden winner Bretton; Molly Burrow and Thorn Fire with the HTA treasurer John Brommage while completing the line-up is Kinniside Mick, pictured with Tony Steele who was representing Tony Jackson and Ian Rudd. kinniside tallentire.png thornfire tallentire.png

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