Kindly sponsored by CHUDLEYS – 8 MAY 2016 at The Whippet Meadow, Detling.

150 yards straights; veterans ½yd/lb &yd/yr

It was the hottest day of the year and the track looked lovely; lots of people had camped overnight and enjoyed a relaxing, warm Saturday evening.

The First Championships is always a long day with the annual presentations but we worked to schedule and the racing was completed shortly after four, including trials. Well done to Ray Pond and his team for all the work on the ground and on race day.

Two new Whippet Club Racing Champions and five new Veteran Crowns, congratulations to WCRCh Vino, WCRCh Ryamber Something Extra, VC Enfys, VC Popstar, VC Blue Sea Of Ibrox, VC Tinkers Gypsy Joe and VC Guye’s Gone Fishing – there were some fantastically close finishes including the veterans who ran so determined and was a pleasure to watch; it tested the skills of the line judges. Overall, it was a good day’s racing and well done to all who took part!

The 16lb group was a solo run for Sapphire’s Peridot, while Ameesha Little Ebs was a comfortable winner of the 18-pounders, coming home three lengths in front of Linda Turner’s half-coat Great Fun. Vino secured the 20lb title at the first time of asking, she was beaten by Cheeky Devil in her semi but reversed the placings in a tight final. It was a closely-matched group – unusually, none of the finalists came into the race unbeaten.

In the 22lb weight class final, Sapphire’s Ruby Queen and Ryamber Spring Fever were unbeaten in heat and semi, and it was another close race, Ruby prevailing by about a neck. Christine Howard’s luck turned in the next final, however when *Ryamber Something Extra beat the Thomsons’ good half-coat Blue Dynamite Girl to become a WCRCh at the first attempt.

The 26lb final was a narrow win for WCRCh Fenland Whisper, *Radar so close to being “made up” at the first time of asking. Spooky that Whisper did the same time (9.12) as she did when winning the final a year ago!

WCRCh Scallywag was an easy winner of the 28lb final but a special mention for Gold Edition, who beat him by a head in the heats only to be out-trapped on the rematch. WCRCh Nip ‘N’ Tuck and WCRCh Markamy’s Red Fred added to their tally of titles in the 30lb and 32lb groups, each beating youngsters, Gunna Be A Devil and Laguna Lawns Le Lundi.

Unusually, the Fastest Time Rosette (9.05) was won by two whippets, WCRCh Scallywag and WCRCh Markamy’s Red Fred; a great effort by both.

The Veteran Crowns had a bigger-than-usual entry. For all five new winners it was their first WCRA title and a big reward for their owners’ patience. In the junior veterans, Enfys made Dave and Lynn’s day while Blue Sea Of Ibrox made the Thomsons’ long journey south worthwhile. The n/e 25lb class was a tough group with a dead-heat for second in one first-round race, and both the dead-heaters getting through their semi to face two high-class half-coats in the final. It was Popstar who prevailed to win her second championship weight class.

Heather How had both whippets in the lightweight senior veteran final, she’s had a series of near-misses but today it all came together. WCRCh VC Sapphires Gem – one day past her eighth birthday – took the middleweights while in the heavyweights Guye’s Gone Fishing came late to deny a brave Robbie “O”.

N/E 16 lb  
1stWCRCh Sapphire's PeridotSunlay Sapphire's Are Me
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Sunlay Sapphire's Gem
A. Parker
Ht: Sapphire's peridot

N/E 18 lb  
1stWCRCh Ameesha Little EbsAmeesha Pure Spirit
Busby Babe x Stokecourcy Hazel at Ameesha
E. Villis
2nd*Great Fun
3rdWCRCh Jett Black
4thAmeesha Red Rascal
Hts: WCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs, *Great Fun
Time: 9.36

N/E 20 lb  
1stWCRCh VinoAm I Bothered
Busby Babe x Gypsy Cream
D & M Sawyer
2ndWCRCh Cheeky Devil
3rdTinkers Moondancer
4thSapphire's Queen's Pearl
Hts: Tinkers Moondancer, Ameesha Misty, WCRCh VinoSemis: WCRCh Cheeky Devil, Sapphire's Queen's Pearl
Time: 9.63

N/E 22 lb  
1st*Sapphire's Ruby QueenSunlay Rock on Ruby
Busby Babe x Sunlay Queen's Topaz
A. Parker
2ndRyamber Spring Fever
3rdDizzy Rascal
4thRyamber Something Different
Hts: *Sapphire's Ruby Queen, Ryamber Spring Fever, Ryamber Something DifferentSemis: Ryamber Spring Fever, Sapphire's Ruby Queen
Time: 9.28

N/E 24 lb  
1stWCRCh Ryamber Something ExtraRyamber Keep On Running
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Ryamber Keep On Running
C. Howard
2nd*Blue Dynamite Girl
3rdWCRCh The Poet
4thSecrets & Lies
Hts: WCRCh The Poet, WCRCh Ryamber Something Extra
Time: 9.20

N/E 26 lb  
1stWCRCh Fenland WhisperSpinning Star
Drawn To Me x Carlstream Popstar
P. Billingham
3rdZola Go Quick
4thNubs Shifter
Hts: *Radar, WCRCh Fenland Whisper, Blue He's Mia's BoySemis: WCRCh Fenland Whisper, *Radar
Time: 9.12

N/E 28 lb  
1stWCRCh ScallywagInspired Twister of Carlstream
Drawn To Me x Carlstream Popstar
P. Gant
2ndGold Edition
3rdRyamber Likely Lad
4thLaw & Order
Hts: Ryamber Likely Lad, Gold Edition
Time: 9.05

N/E 30lb  
1stWCRCh Nip 'N' TuckGoodad Arch Event
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star Addition
P. Gant
2ndGunna Be A Devil
Hts: Gunna Be A Devil, WCRCh Nip 'N' Tuck
Time: 9.10

N/E 32lb  
1stWCRCh Markamy's Red FredGoodad Another Citizen
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star Addition
D & S Bursey
2ndLaguna Lawns Le Lundi
Hts: Laguna Lawns Le Lundi, WCRCh Markamy's Red Fred
Time: 9.05

Veteran Crowns

6 - 7 yrs 14-20lb  
1stVC EnfysRyemeadows Whipalong Enfys
Just Dandy x Laguna Lovely Lara of Ryemeadows
D & L Hunter
2ndBright Star
3rdWCRCh VC Fun Lovin'
Hts: WCRCh Fun Lovin', Bright Star
Time: 9.71

6 - 7 yrs 21 - 25lb  
1stVC *PopstarCarlstream Popstar
Sunlay Theatre of Dreams x Goodad Chic of Carlstream
P. Gant
2nd*Zula Go-Quick
3rdStripey Nancy
Hts: WCRCh VC Fun Lovin', Bright Star
Time: 9.68

6 - 7 yrs 26 - 32lb  
1stVC BLue Sea Of IbroxReal Good Looking Boy
One Of Us x Typhoon Tilly
M. Thomson
2ndAhoy Ramona
3rdMarkamy's Marley
4thSatin Star
Hts: Ahoy Ramona, Blue Sea Of Ibrox
Time: 9.56

8yrs & Over 14 - 20lb  
1stVC Tinkers Gypsy JoeGypsy Moth
Karyon Ring Of Fire x Breakingbury Cupid
H. How
Wdn*Tinkers Cloudy Moon
Hts: *Tinkers Cloudy Moon, VC Tinkers Gypsy Joe
Time: 10.27

8yrs & Over 21 - 25lb  
1stWCRCh VC Sapphire's GemSunlay Queen's Topaz
Run at Mill x Sunlay Star Of Sapphires
A. Parker
2nd*Laguna Lovely Lara
4thVC Pretty Colour
Hts: Laguna Lovely Lara, WCRCh VC Sapphire's Gem
Time: 9.93

8yrs & Over 26 - 32lb  
1stVC Guye's Gone FishingShimarih Kimmel Huney
Sunset In Gwithian Sandspring x Night Moongazer
K. Saxby
2nd*Robbie "O"
Hts: *Robbie "O", VC Guye's Gone Fishing
Time: 10.39

View the winners photos on our Photo Gallery page

Photographs © WCRA Official Photographer: Chris Doyle

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