13.6.22 – There’s lots to catch up on so straight to it. NODUFF KLONDIKE (pictured) improved for each of his first three runs, winning in A6 and A5 and dipping under the 29 second barrier both times. Upped to A4 and seeking his hat trick Jake was sent off joint favourite but missed his break and got lots of trouble and so the winning run came to an end. He is still a very exciting September 2020 puppy and it won’t be long before he opens his A4 account.
Supreme Odin was another seeking a three timer in May but Luigi has to lead clear in A2 and he couldn’t quite manage it despite consistent sectionals in the low 4.40s. He’s now having a deserved rest for a couple of weeks and will return later this month.
Noduff Aria is very much the kennel work dog! Fred had five outings in May and looks likely to emulate that feat in June. He thrives on racing however and it does him no harm at all especially as the track don’t currently have enough dogs to put on many six bend races. Fred hasn’t won for a while now. He keeps out of trouble on the wide outside and runs on stoutly but hasn’t had the luck in running that he needs to mount the winner’s podium.
Noduff Bellagio is now nine weeks out of season and we are ramping up her work at home ready for her to return with a trial. You may recall Bonnie had one trial following her muscle injury before she came into season. She’s now had plenty of time to recover and we have everything crossed that her injury is well and truly behind her as she bids to emulate her sister Bellmore Sally in the open race stayers’ rankings.
Noduff Dunes has also been in season and returned to the track last week for her first sprint trial. Mia will need a couple of four bend outings in addition and should be ready to make her comback appearance at the beginning of next month.
Noduff Excalibur looks to be coming to hand again, going down by the narrowest of margins in A2 company latest. Following his two top grade wins in 28.50 Jock was really up against it thereafter and was eventually dropped to A2. A slightly better break will surely see him back to A1 company.
Noduff Flamingo has struggled a bit since her purple patch in April. Flamingo was getting knocked from pillar to post in four bend races and it was a relief to see her upped to 630m in S2 company. She ran with great credit last time finishing runner up to a very good winner and her first six bend win can’t be far away.
Noduff Grand has been a revelation at Crayford and when Wallace lined up in the first round of a Guys and Dolls open competition last Saturday morning his statistics stood at 4 wins from his 6 races at the track. He was also seeking an open race treble over 540 metres. Unfortunately he missed the break but ran exceptionally well to drag himself from last to first, weakening a little off the final bend and ultimately finishing second. He nevertheless qualifies for the final next week and is doing us proud!
Noduff Hacienda continues to be very highly tried. After winning in A2 company, Ridley ran in an open maiden which he did very well indeed to win, coming from off the pace to get up in the shadow of the post. He has been running in higher grade opens since with little prospect of success and a return to A1 grade is awaited to hopefully get him back into winning ways.
Noduff Imperial was the third of our young ladies in season. Absinthe joined Mia last week by making her sprint trial return and will also look to return to racing at the end of this month. A warm welcome to Lee Styler who joins the syndicate.
Noduff Joker was another with three wins from four at the end of May before running into trouble in his first attempt at A5. Rum’s finishing time despite lots of trouble however suggests that he won’t be long in winning again and he goes again tomorrow. He has an exciting style of back running and looks made for six bends later in his career.
Mustang Highway has improved greatly as a sprinter winning two on the trot in D1 including a very speedy 15.28 – one of the fastest time at the track this year. A trip to Nottingham for an open saw Wilson drawn in five and hampered at the turn and he failed by a narrow margin from the same draw in a Monmore open next time out. We fancy him to win when next drawn out of three or four.
Chasing Landy hasn’t been himself recently and also went to Nottingham for a change of scenery. Cooper hasn’t won since January and is without a win in four attempts in A2 company which isn’t like him. He’s been running very wide off the second bend and giving himself too much to do. We won’t forget his achievement in getting to the Category One Gold Cup final last year though.
Glenside Anchor showed pace in his A10 debut which saw him well-backed and returned favourite on his second outing. Sadly Sailor missed the break and couldn’t recover but he will record his maiden success sooner rather than later.
Finally his littler brother Glenside Coach has recovered from a niggling injury and is trialling in over the sprint distance. This is where Carter will likely ply his trade to start with and he should be graded later this month.