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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Former puppy champion’s late dash to clinch race

GLENIS Farren, a long-serving member of the Whitehaven Area committee, has hit back at comments which followed the senior trail at Egremont last Wednesday.

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Jacob McClink: first senior to reach two wins

She told me: “The comments made by members about Whitehaven Area Committee are in my opinion well out of order.

“There are eight people on the committee and on that night two of them were trailers, one was in the entry car and two were not at the meeting leaving only Maurice Bewley and myself on the field.

“I have been informed that most of the comments were related to betting on the race and I would certainly never make a decision with that in mind.

“The hound in question was looking about on the finish but never altered the race, and that was the reason it was not disqualified.

“I have been on the Area Committee for 20 years and have only stayed on to support Maurice but cannot see me carrying on much longer.”

Former puppy champion Dairy Diamond had produced a very good finish, storming up the hill to beat Night Spirit and Da Look.

Terry McVeigh’s Discard scored his first puppy win of the campaign, producing a storming finish to hold off the challenge of litter-mates Jupiter and Erin’s Lass.

The open maidens was very open with several of them having opportunities but it was the Pirie family’s Celtic Spirit who finished best of all to beat Shifter with Owtback in third.

On Thursday at Kirkbride Levi won the seniors after several of his main rivals had ran wide off the moss. He stayed on a straight course and went on to beat Artisan and High Challenge by three lengths.

Get Up looked to be in with a great chance of taking the puppy race but Acacia came past on the finish to win by a length and a half.

The Good Friday fixture at Askam was very well contested with 66 hounds contesting the four trails.

Kerrymore has been running promisingly and opened her account in the seniors when coming out on top of a hard, gruelling battle with Jacob McClink. These two had pulled away from the third, Black Eyed Pea.

Capetown had impressed a number of shrewd judges during the trials and the Wilson, Stainton and Pimbley’s charge scored her first junior win in good style.

Despite being only third when they came through the final gate she was very gritty in the way she finished, going past her rivals top win by six yards. Glory finished second and Rumours was in third.

Petersen and Oldcorn’s Cavendish, sent off the odds on favourite, was in the lead as the showed on the finish. Backers knew their money was safe as he charged home in determined fashion to beat Delahoya by nearly 20 yards with Cancellara in third.

Bowderdale Billy put in a storming finish at the end of the veterans trail but was held-off by the long-time leader Sensation who had shown great resolve to stay at the head of affairs. Sunlight also finished well to take third.

Bower House staged the Saturday night meeting and in the seniors Gordon Tinnion’s Quiet Swallow got away from her rivals to beat Fallen Spring and Quiet Siskin.

Steph and Tia Stainton, Nick, Trisha and Yvonne Wilson and Caroline Clough’s Baroness opened her account in the pups. After initially holding off her rivals she plugged on very gamely to win well from Jenny’s Rascal and Shameless.

The open-non winners trail produced a one-two for the Nicola, Robyn and Ellie Napier kennel. Alana just got the better of kennel-mate Foxparke Lady Margaret by half a length with the fast finishing Serenity taking third.

In the open restricted What Look appeared to have the race for the taking after dropping smartly off the fell and coming with a thirty yard lead. But he started treading water and was overhauled close to the line by Newtown Clover, who just beat Langdale Jack by a length.

Brian and John Graham’s Tagget was an easy winner of the All-in from Huntsman’s Gambler with Westgate Gypsy in third.

It’s been a busy start to the season at Askam, with three meetings in the first week of trailing.

Sunday’s renewal only had ten seniors but there was a thrilling finish after Nicola, John, Katy and Danny Lyon’s Black Eyed Pea got down to business to battle it out with the Oldcorn and Petersen partnership’s Pip’s Lad.

They had a great battle to the line but Black Eyed Pea just got his measure in the final few strides and went past the judge with a length in hand. Litter-mate Kerrymore came in to take third place.

Capetown had won the puppy trail on Friday and was well fancied to follow-up. She didn’t let-down her supporters either with a very impressive victory to move onto two wins for the season.

She had gone off like a scalded cat and was never headed throughout the trail, finishing particularly strongly to run away from the opposition who were led in by Misty Bay and Lady Helen.

Nine were slipped in the open restricted but the race really involved just three for Destiny, Cancellara and Wreckless Wren got well away from their rivals.

In the end it became a straight fight between the Pawley, Burrow, Hodgson and Bell’s Destiny and the Petersen and Oldcorn’s Cancellara with Wreckless Wren always booked for third.

Destiny just had a little more in the tank over the closing stages and won by three yards from her rival.

There were 13 in the veterans and again it really involved only three -. Toytown, Sunlight and Bowderdale Billy. In the end it was Geoff and Barbara Jones’ Sunlight who showed some good kick on the finish to go past Toytown and win well, repeating a win on the opening day of the season when she took the open maiden.

They also raced at Kirkbride again on Sunday where last year’s puppy champion Hello Dolly opened her senior account.

Hunter’s Rose led onto the finish but Hello Dolly came past to win well and make her first mark as an old dog.

It was desperately close in the pups where Chicharito just got the better of Acacia, with the camera revealing a marginal victory by a head. Believe was in third.

Enoch won the open maidens by a length and a half from Cracking Performer who just got up for second on the line to pip Rush.

The meeting finished with an all-in trail and Trinder was successful by two or three lengths from The Penny Arcade.

There was a modest turn-out at Lazonby on Monday, but the trails went well, and several visitors were present and enjoyed the afternoon.

Westgate Gypsy had her first success of the season after getting away from her eight rivals to win by about 80 yards, with Matador, Tarantino and Sunshine just nicely spaced behind her. These were well clear of the rest.

The pups showed going through the heather in a good line, but over the second half of the trail Canny Girl established a big lead, and she came home on her own. Stand On, Janet and Westgate Belle led the closely-packed chasing bunch.

In the open non-winners, Grey Owl finished very fast to beat Huntsman’s Hero and Hutton Dandini, while in the open restricted the first three were almost in line abreast, Sundown getting the verdict over Rose and White Diamond.

They were also at Nook Farm on Monday when the David Bulman-trained Quiet Siskin fought out a good finish with Quiet Swallow, and just got the verdict by a length. The first two had pulled a long way clear of Delahoya.

The maidens went to Celtic Spirit, who was a comfortable winner from This Is It, with Divot in third place.

Jupiter produced one of the most impressive finishing bursts in the Whitehaven Area so far among the junior hounds. Joe Fearon and Brian Rowlandson’s charge was in a group of four when he just sprinted away to beat The Look, Sental and Serenity.

The open restricted was a one dog affair as Da Look got clear to win by a distance from Red Pike and Newtown Ghost.

After 2011 off to raise her pups Miss Molly is relishing a return to the trail field. After finishing fifth in a maiden trail she turned her attentionto the veterans and after tracking Sensation came past when it mattered to win by a length. Black Poppy was third.

There was a pleasant evening at Grange-in-Borrowdale on Tuesday, even though a chill wind was blowing off the snow on the fells.

The Loan family’s Jacob McClink became the first senior of the season to reach two wins with a very easy win over Destiny and Kerrymore.

There was a good race for the pups, where table leader Capetown, owned by the Wilson, Stainton and Pimbley partners, was very determined on the finish when beating Jenny’s Rascal and Jammie Dodger by several yards.

The open maiden trail, with 20 runners, developed into a five-dog race. Finally Victor and Christine Brownlee and Eric Cockbain’s Mayfly finished just ahead of Tinkerbell and Jenny’s Dream, with Davina and Thorn Girl fourth and fifth.

Yvonne Wilson completed a double when Toytown easily took the All-In race from Desire and Minerva.

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