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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Prudence.jpgPRUDENCE leads the HTA senior table by 13 points with six weeks of the season still to go - but won't establish a record for easiest championship win.

I am indebted to Edward Crosby, who owns and trains Prudence with wife Lisa (all pictured left), for the research which he produced this week on that very subject.

The highest winning margin for a senior championship is shared by two icons of the sport, Lady Pat and Master Dean.

In 1956 Lady Pat won 58 senior trails. Nimble was runner-up with 29 wins and hence the winning margin was also 29.

Master Dean equalled this in 1995 when he won the senior championship with 48 wins. Lady Bandress suffered a bad tendon injury that year and missed half of the season. However she was still runner up with 19 wins and again the winning margin was 29.

Edward observed: "Although our hound Prudence currently has a comfortable lead, she definitely wont get anywhere near this  record. For interest the biggest winning margin for a puppy championship was by the great Court Link in 1956. He won 59 trails, a
staggering 34 more than his nearest rival."

Thank you Edward, perhaps now you should confirm that we have never had a three-way tie for a title because that is still a possibility in the race for the puppy championship.

Meanwhile Prudence registered win number 24 at Westward last Wednesday with Overwater Arnie, the hound nearest to her in the table, back in third.

Canny Girl, who eventually finished fourth, had driven the trail until Tommy's Legacy and Overwater Arnie went past, closely followed by Prudence. When they got down to fight it out, Prudence battled well to beat Tommy's Legacy by a head.

Persian Bay maintained a strong challenge for the puppy title by taking the junior trail but was given a good battle by Santino, who was closing rapidly on the run to the line.

In the restricted trail there was a good battle at the sharp end with Two Tone just getting the better of Barton by half a length with Silver Lining taking third.

With nothing on Thursday to follow the blank Tuesday, two meetings on Saturday rather helped fill the void with trails at Dean and at

Prudence had not won at Dean this year and she didn't manage to break her season's duck in the final trails over the course. She was beaten three length by Tan Ted with Washington a little way back in third.

Persian Bay should have won the puppy trail but inexplicably ran-off with the race there for the taking. Instead it was Persian Gold who took the red ticket, beating Billy Bowe by a length with Arizona in third.

It was pretty tight in the open maidens, too, as Titnium beat Persian Sun by a length with Sunset Ridge taking third.

At Eskdale there was a Patterdale one-two in the seniors with Jenny's Choice beating kennelmate Huntsman's Jenny, followed in by Night Vision.

Marlou won the pups after Daisy Dream had spoiled her chances by going the wrong way and it was left to Bluebond and Artist to follow-in the winner.

Come Home Alfie was the winner of the open maidens, beating Miterdale Proper and Free Spirit while Quiet Linnet came home nicely to take the open restricted from Huntsman's Jewel and Cancellara.

Da Look has been dominating veterans trails but was beaten by Foxparke Homeward Bound on this occasion with Tigress taking third.
There was a meeting at Helton on Sunday and it brought a return to winning form for last year's joint puppy champion Endure. Without a win since the middle of May he looked to be back to his best, coming home well clear of the others who were led in by Where's Wallie and Marli.

Layla has now completed her quota of wins in the maidens after winning that grade by seeing-off Cracking Mover and Sparrowmire Lilly.

Jazz Band looked all over the winner of the puppy maidens but seemed to lose momentum on the finish and was passed by Persian Prince who went on to win readily. Eden Rossi took third.

That completed a kennel double as Persian Sky had won the puppy trail, beating Bracelet and Paloma Faith while in the open restricted Two Tone beat Carrick and Cartier.

At Low Place on Monday the front two had got clear of the other ten and it was a good battle to the line but Night Vision made it from Huntsman's Jewel with Try Again some way back in third place.

Daisy Dream stayed well in contention for the puppy title when she established a big lead and won comfortably from Thorn Dancer who had also forged well clear of the third, Persian Gold.

Bluebond was made favourite for the non-winners and did it cosily enough from Kinniside Joe with Midnight Show taking third.

It was pretty dark when the open restricted finished but Great Gable was eventually spotted taking the honours from What Look and Free Spirit.

Can I just give a little plug to Saturday's trails at Kirkstile, Loweswater when the Michael Renney Memorial Trophy will be presented to connections of the senior trail winner. Remarkably the trails in memory of a popular bookie, supporter and
official have been going since 2008 and a good crowd is anticipated.

The senior trail gets underway at 1pm and is followed by maidens, pups, puppy maidens, open restricted and veterans.

In previous years the Eric Walker Memorial Trophy has been contested on a different day but this time becomes part of
the Michael Renney fixture and will be awarded to the winner of the puppy trail.

Just some points for you now - Team Competion up to and Including 13th September:

Div 1 – Persian Runners (Ann Bell) 182, Muttley Crew (Lesley Miles) 120, Girls on the Run (Paul Airey) 106, Reivers (Claire Crone) 105, Eden Rascals (Michelle Addison) 101, Anthill Mob (Darren McMaster) 101.

Div 11 –
Eden Rascals 89; Reivers 74; Dearham Wanderers (Darren McMaster) 69; Just For Fun (Alison Langhorn) 66, Anthill Mob 64, Fred and Gingers (Ann Bell) 63.

Top Tipster Competition (up to and including 13th September): Stephen Irving 76, Lee Wall, Dean Pepper and Lucy/Dean Pepper 71, Joe Simpson 70, Jayne Petersen 65. 

Points, up to and including 13th September:  Open Maidens – Doll 66, nearest still eligible Sunset Ridge 48, Blueboy 35.

Open Restricted – Mrs McGregor 79, Littman 63, Starlight and Quiert Linnet 53, Cartier 49.

ONW – Meadow Josie 29 (finished), nse Miterdale Force 19, Eden Rocco 18.

Veterans – Da Look 87, Tagget 55, Thorn Girl 50, Tiagress 36.

Senior Maiden – Trooper Thorn 25, Cracking Mover 22, Foxparke Yabadabadoo 21, nse Foxparke Hurry On 17.

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