24.2.22. Supreme Odin (pictured) added to his impressive tally of wins yesterday when landing his A3 by the minimum margin. The win was better than it sounds as two other dogs were gambled on in the race including one that Luigi beat last time he was in this grade. He trapped well only for that rival to get up inside him by the bend. They contested all the way to the line with traps one and six also getting involved but Luigi was extremely resilient and held them all at bay. Back to A2. That makes it eleven wins now! You can view the race on his dedicated page.
Noduff Excalibur contested his first A1 this week following his impressive A2 victory in 28.55. Jock absolutely flew from the traps and took a length’s lead into the bend. Hopes were high but the finisher in the field turned second dog and he got to Jock by the third bend. Jock stayed on OK for third place but his calculated time of 28.91 was a little disappointing given that he led. Subsequent investigation however revealed that he’d lost more than half a kilo in weight since his previous outing making his run far better than it first appeared. All eyes on the scales for tomorrow then!
Noduff Dunes is back on the card tomorrow following her absence for a toe infection and a course of antibiotics. Mia recorded a great sectional in her trial and led right to the shadow of the post when her lack of fitness took its toll. She is back down to A5 and runs from trap 5 tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if she traps as well as that would almost certainly see her lead.
Noduff Flamingo also continues her return from seasonal rest on Friday’s afternoon card. Raspberry is dropped to A10 and given a wide seeding. She is still only thirteen weeks out of season so we aren’t expecting much but she is certainly good enough to be winning in this grade when ready. When fully fit we will be pushing for a six bend trial as that seems to be where her future lies.
Mustang Highway returned to the UK yesterday following his spell of re-education in North Korea (Ireland) and will hopefully be trialling next week. It will be fascinating to see how Wilson goes.
Chasing Landy is back in action this Saturday in an extremely hot one-off open which includes the likes of Aussie Captain. Let’s hope Cooper doesn’t miss the break this time and then we can see how competitive he can be.
Noduff Joker has now had two grading trials. Rum was very slow away both times (recording sectionals in the 4.70s) and has looked very green and inexperienced indeed, moving in and out at various stages of the trials. We expect him to improve a lot.
Noduff Klondike has now been registered and Jake should have his first grading trial next week.
Finally, as you’ll remember Noduff Grand had to decamp to Crayford following his disqualification where Jim Reynolds and Donna Coney at Orchard Kennels have been schooling him over hurdles. Wallace has taken to it well and made his first trip to Crayford Stadium today for a hurdle handslip. He jumped well and will trial from the boxes next week. Exciting times for us and for Wallace!