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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Quiet Swallow finishes first in rearranged classic

AFTER the ordeal of the August Classic being called-off because of the wet weather it was a great relief to see the sun shining on Sunday for the re-run at Bower House.

A previous postponement had been held over to the following year but on this occasion, as the original meeting had been planned to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, it was thought fitting to fit in a new date before the end of the season.

There was a loss on the day as the gate was well down and only two bookmakers took part but the meeting went off really well, everyone enjoying five good trails at this most scenic of venues.

The opening trail for the seniors went off with ten runners who were headed home by Quiet Swallow, beating Langdale Jack by a length with Brad in third.

In the senior maidens 13 took part and this completed a winning double for the Gordon Tinnion kennel as Quiet Swift took the honours.

Come Home Sid should have won but after coming with a 50 yard lead put in a circle to lose the initiative, dancing around in the last field. He only managed third place, much to the frustration of his supporters.

The winner received the John Jenkinson Memorial trophy, presented by John’s daughter Steph Steele.

During the interval Lisa Crosby organised a well attended puppy show judged by Dennis Reay and sponsored by Stephen Riley.

The results were: Bitches. 1, Bonny Lass/Westgate Kyza; 2, Beyonce/Huntsman’s Dazzler; 3, Ryan’s Lady/Westgate Kyza.

Dogs: 1, Beyonce/Huntsman’s Dazzler; 2, Bonny Lass/Westgate Kyza; 3, Bonny Lass/Westgate Kyza.

The overall winner was the best bitch walked by Trish.

Only eight pups took part in the junior race and the camera was needed to sort them out as only a length divided the first three.

Jenny’s Rascal did what champions do and stuck her head out at the right time taking the race by a nose from Cherish who ran wide coming into the last field spoiling her chances. Wistlo Spring took third.

In the puppy maidens Kelton Croft put in an impressive display for the Bryden family coming home clear of Come Home Alfie with Hurry On in third.

The Open Restricted had the best slip of the day with 19 setting off and on the finish Jenny’s Dream came with a lead. She did the usual business of looking to see where the opposition was and subsequently gave the trail to Tigress, denying Jenny Bland a double, though no doubt the kennel was well satisfied with their day. Da Look took third.

Jubilee mugs and rosettes were presented to all ticketing hounds along with the £150 prize money and a special for seventh in each race.

Whitehaven Area chairman Maurice Bewley thanked everyone who supported the trails all season and reminded them of the presentation night on November 3 in the Moor Row Club. Tickets are £12 and £6 for under 16s

The final points are: Seniors – Fallen Spring; Maidens – Come Home Sid; Pups -Valiant; Puppy maidens – Wistlo Spring; Open restricted - Watt Look; Veterans – Sensation.

Cash for Points – Fallen Spring, Valiant, Wistlo Spring, Serenity, Is He It, Miss Molly, Discard, Watt Look, This Is It, Celtic Spirit, Night Shadow, Sental, Romulus, Jupiter.

Rather sadly the re-staged Classic clashed with the meeting at Kendal’s Cunswick Fell or both meetings might have been better supported.

There have been three sunny weekends in a row for Kendal, and last Sunday was the best, with warm sunshine and panoramic views.

The seniors made a really great race of it, and coming up the finish it was neck and neck between the first three. At the line there was less than a length between them, the win going to Simply Rascal, from Ooh-La-La! and Kerrymore, with last time’s winner Jacob McClink 20 yards back in fourth place.

In the pips Capetown led Shameless all the way on the long finish and she came away on the run-in to win by ten lengths. These were well clear of Mister. This win took Capetown on to 18, level-pegging with Chicharito in runner-up position in the puppy table, drawing two ahead of Shameless.

All 11 open maidens were through the gate and coming for the tape together, and there was much studying of the camera before the judge’s decision was upheld. The kennelmates Sparrowmire Judy and Sparrowmire Rose were awarded first and second with only a whisker between them, and Freebie, last time’s senior maiden winner, was a close third.

Toytown sealed up the veteran title when she led Dusty Hare all the way on the finish to win comfortably. Honesty and Sovereign were well back, and the other two runners returned to the start.

At Helton last Wednesday there was a dead heat in the opening senior trail. Initially it looked as though Quiet Siskin had prevailed but a long look at the camera ended with Night Spirit also being given a share of the win. Hey Jude wasn’t far away in third.

Capetown continued her surge towards runners-up spot in the junior championship by winning the puppy trail from Endeavour and Get Up.

Jimmy Brown beat kennelmate Howgill Benella in the open maidens with Two Tone grabbing third.

Millstone Moor provides a rush of three trails marking the close of the season and the first of these was on Saturday.

Artisan, who will almost certainly finish runner-up to Dairy Diamond in the senior title race, chalked up win number 14 in the old dog opener.

It was a good race, though, with the favourite just beating White Diamond by a length while Silver Spangle were right behind in third and fourth.

The senior maidens were led in by No Bother who also had a length to spare on nearest rival Rush. Barncroft Secret came with a great late rattle to take third place.

Cracking Moment finished particularly well up the finish to win the puppy trail after four youngsters had been spotted with a chance.

Howgill Blondie was the first to drop out of contention after making a mess of the gate and then Cracking Moment hit the front and wasn’t going to be headed, pulling away from Chicharito and Endeavour.

There was a good finish to the puppy maidens in which Keystone withstood the determined efforts of Black Rose with Silver Wings not far behind, heading a small group of youngsters.

The Cold Fell committee are joining with the Eskdale committee to put on a joint presentation night on Friday, November 9 in the Egremont Catholic Club.

Winners of the various points competitions from the seven Cold Fell trails will receive their rewards, along with those from Bower House and Low Place.

It won’t cost a penny to go and there will be pies and peas for everyone, along with top class entertainment from Steve Spencer. An excellent night is in prospect with the flag dropped at 7-30pm.

Several of the HTA’s points competitions have already been decided. Rush takes the open maidens, with Keystone as runner-up, but it’s Keystone who comes out top in the open non-winners, beating Thorn Dolly.

There are just two puppy maiden trails left, and Thorn Dolly is in a strong position with 39, and her two lives intact. Keystone is at present in second place with 33, but can’t add to that total, while Black Rose, on 31, still has two opportunities.

Wattmore’s senior maiden win at Millstone Moor on Tuesday brought his final total to 53, leaving Davina in the lead with 54, and although there are three trails left in that grade, nothing can catch her.

Toytown takes the veteran title, with Bowderdale Billy as runner-up.

In the open restricted class, with three trails remaining, Jenny’s Dream has a life left and is on 77, the same total as What Look, who has finished his campaign. Nearest with a chance is Night Shadow, one life left, and on 64.

It’s going to be very close in the competition for the puppy with most tickets, as Jenny’s Rascal has 51 and Chicharito 50.

Close too in the Top Tipsters. Jane Laidler leads the pack with 80, followed by James Oldcorn 77, Dean Pepper 75, Dean and Lucy 73, Ann Bell 71 and Jayne Petersen 70.

It was with great sadness this week to hear of the death of Brian Fowler, a great hound enthusiast all his life until his health started to suffer.

He ran trails, sponsored trails and is fondly remembered for his association with the legendary Mrs Foy and Larty. Brother Peter is of course still involved and like Brian always available to help when called on.


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