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Friday, 25 September 2015
WITH limited action over the past week it was rather unfortunate that two special Memorial trails were both staged on Saturday.

At Kirkstile, Loweswater the meeting was in honour of former official, owner and bookmaker Michael Renney with stalwart supporter Eric Walker also remembered.

Over at Coniston the meeting was dedicated to the memory of another popular figure on the trail field, bookmaker David Howson.

We will start at Kirkstile where conditions were warm and pleasant, with six trails providing good entertainment.

Huntsman’s Jewel won the Michael Renney Memorial Trophy for connections, perhaps a surprise winner of the senior trail, but finishing some 50 yards clear of Tan Ted with Jazz Singer in third.

Delta Dawn and Silver Charm led the others for a long time in the puppy trail but it was Bewitched who came through to challenge. In the end Delta Dawn just held on to beat the fast finisher with Silver Charm in third. Darren McMaster picked-up the Eric Walker
Memorial Trophy on behalf of the Dearham kennel.

There was a close finish to the senior maidens but Titanium just did enough to beat My Way and Dark Mist.

Bluebond was sent-off favourite for the puppy maidens but could only manage third in the end, coming home behind Stroll On and Persian Prince.

Keystone took the open restricted from Sundance with What Look heading a bunch of runners to take third place.

Only five contested the veterans and Da Look took another step towards that grade title with a comfortable win.

There was also a nice turn-out at Coniston Tops and some good finishes for punters to get excited about.

In the seniors Jenny's Rose and Marli had the race between them on the finish and in the end it was the former who just edged away to win by five yards. The Dick Thompson Memorial Trophy went to the winner.

The meeting was billed as the David Howson Memorial Trails and his trophy went to connections of Miterdale Prim who won the
open maidens by a length after a good battle with Mr Ant. Third place went to Full House.

There was a small but classy field of nine in the pups where Persian Sky continued her climb up the championship table, beating Jenny’s Delight by a length with title-chasing Daisy Dream in third.

In the open restricted Mr McGregor came with a nice-looking lead but Kerrymore produced a strong finish to get in front and win by five yards. Rooster took third.

The John Thompson Memorial Trophy was awarded to the winner of the veterans and Tiagress had about 15 yards on nearest challenger Cinnabar at the line. Thorn Girl finished third.

As I said it was a very quiet week with only trails to report on Wednesday and Thursday with trails at Westward and Latrigg Top.

We start at Westward where there was a rare defeat for Prudence who looked to be coming to win her race when she was out-sprinted on the finish by Another Bay, with the pair well clear of the third Canny Girl.

Persian Sky has been out-shining her sister Persian Bay of late and it was the same again as she beat her title chasing sibling by three length in the puppy trail. She is going well, but still has ground to make-up on the top four as this was her tenth success.
Bracelet was a close-up third.

The open maidens brought the meeting to a close and an eye-catching run up the finish by Sunset Ridge took the honours with Cracking Gold in second and Hunter's Dale taking third.

At Latrigg Top on Thursday there were five bookies hoping for a good night's work but the punters came-out on top as three of the four favourites obliged and the other trail went to a well-fancied contender.

Jenny's Rascal had led early on in the senior trail, only to give-way to Langdale Ranger but when they showed on the run to the line Jenny's Rascal had regained the lead, and although not running true as an arrow, held on in a good finish to beat  Quiet Linnet and
Night Vision.

The winner's kennelmate Huntsman's Kraka has rather stalled after injury in the puppy championship race and in the junior trail couldn't go with Lone Rebel on the run to the line and was beaten ten lengths. Persian Gold was third.

Blueboy was sent-off favourite for the open maidens and in a tense finish just pulled a length clear at the line to beat Foxparke Yabbadabbadoo with Foxparke So Be It close behind in third.

The one beaten favourite was Da Look who lost out by five lengths to Colleen, who had been fancied to pull off a shock in the concluding veteran trail.  Thorn Girl took third.

Finally a little plug for Joanna Satterthwaite who is selling calendars at £6 each, also Christmas cards at £5 per pack, in aid of the Junior Club.

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