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Friday, 14 August 2015

Prudence.jpgThe Premier Trails at Uldale were blessed with good weather, if a little breezy, which did not detract from the entertainment.

However it did cause a problem as the tent struts cracked, so Norma had to make do with the car.

Four hounds finished very close together in the opening senior trail but in the end Tommy’s Legacy beat Jazz Singer by a length with Lady Bethan and Huntsman’s Jenny close-up in third and fourth.

There were very good views of the hounds climbing the fell, so clear in fact that five senior maidens were seen going the wrong way round, and unfortunately there was no option but to declare the trail void.

This was desperately disappointing for Malcolm Holmes, whose Stand On was first over the line.

There was quite a wait for the puppy trail, as the trailers had a long walk. Fortunately the new rule introduced at this year's AGM was able to be implemented, allowing an extra five minutes on trails with a new route, because it was obvious as they set-off up the fell that they were going to be over 25 minutes.

Three pups had drawn away and in the end Mike Watson took first and second with Persian Sky and Persian Gold, with the Cockbain and Brownlee partners' Marlou a good third. Their time was just short of 27 minutes.

The puppy maidens were next, and they ran their trail well in 28 minutes. There was quite a group in contention coming down off the fell and into the field, but Chinook, always among the leaders, kept just a few yards in front to beat Eden Rossi and Lady Anne. This was some compensation for Malcolm Holmes, as he trains Chinook for granddaughter Hannah and co-owners Jan Tyson, Patrick Goode and Margaret Baxter.

A strong field of 36 ran in the open restricted, the winner being Lloyd Saunders, Louise Pounder and Liam Appleby's Simply Rascal, who beat Mrs McGregor and Celtic Ty in a good finish.

Finally the veterans, with a disappointing entry of just 10. James McClellan and Steven Irving's Da Look came in fast to beat Thorn Girl and Freebie.

HTA secretary Margaret Baxter said: “We want to say very many thanks to all who helped to make the day a success - trailers, catchers, officials, in particular Colin Satterthwaite and Dick Smithson.”

The week’s action had started on Tuesday at Millstone Moo and reigning champion took another step towards retaining her senior title. It was a comfortable win for Edward and Lisa Crosby’s charge, who was well clear of Tan Ted with Silver Spangle in third. With 19 wins to her credit she is currently 12 clear of her nearest rival.

Thorn Dancer is trying to make the four-way race for the puppy title into a five-strong competition. She recorded win number eight in the junior trail to close the gap on Huntsman’s Kraka, Persian Bay, Arizona and Daisy Dream.Uldale Seniors crop.jpg

A bunch of half a dozen had forged clear of the others and from that group Thorn Dancer galloped clear on the uphill finish. Arizona just beat Santino for second.

There was a very good finish to the maidens where Plan B just held-off a spirited challenge from Barton to hold-on by a neck. Titanium was a dozen lengths further back in third.

Good to see Fireman Sam back in action after injury and he showed his well-being in the All-in by digging deep to hold-off Overwater Bessy and Capetown.

Cold Fell was the venue on Wednesday and a special one at that as it was run for cancer research with two hound trailing stalwarts Wils Logan and Birkett Lawson the subject of the Memorial Trails title.

The senior trail was interrupted at one point when the hounds got wind of a fox, which made a dash for it and rather confused things for a while. But they did get back down to the business of racing and as Marli faltered on the finish, Celtic Malone prospered to come through and win with Galemire Grace in third. Marli did manage to get second.

Persian Sky looked quick in the closing stages of the puppy trail as she finished very swiftly and impressively to beat Bracelet and Paloma Faith.

In fading light Mr Ant, a model of consistency, came through to edge out Doll in the open maidens with Sundance taking third.

The open restricted rounded-off the night’s entertainment in gloomy conditions made worse by a torrent of rain. Levitate proved to have all the answers beating Carrick and Kerrymore.

They raced at Ings on Thursday and the Patterdale kennel of Barrow and Bland came close to a 1, 2, 3. They were looking good crossing the final road but in the end were first, second and fourth as Huntsman’s Hope came with a late run to take third from Huntsman’s Jenny.  Jenny’s Choice won the race from Jenny’s Rascal.

The kennel was close to a double but Jenny’s Delight was beaten half a length by Lone Rebel with Thorn Dancer nor far behind in

Miterdale Proper beat Thorn Girl by three lengths in the open maidens with Cool Return third of the ten runners.

Marli has problems seeing out her races but she made no mistake in the seniors at Calebreak on Monday. She was sent-off favourite and won nicely from Night Vision and Lady Bethan.

Lone Rebel moved to sixth in the puppy championship table with a sixth success, showing good resolve to hold-off a strong challenge from Persian Gold to take the honours by a length.

There were 23 sent to the slip in the concluding open restricted trail but there was a clear winner as Littman came home well in front of Mrs McGregor and Starlight.

The September issue of Dogs Monthly (on sale now) includes a long and very good feature on hound trailing by Deb Bridges, who
came to several meetings earlier this year, walked with trailers, and talked to members.

 There are also photos by Andrew Denley, and the whole article is a great advertisement for the sport.

Pictured - At the top Malcolm Holmes and three generations of the family basking in the glory of Chinook's win at the Premier Trails while lower down the column the first six hounds in the senior trail pose for a picture. Winner Tommy's Legacy is on the left.

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