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4 October 2015 at The Whippet Meadow, Detling – 240 yards bend
A lovely Indian Summer’s day and the ground getting closer to how we want it; credit to Ray Pond, Ian German and Garry Comber who have done the bulk of the preparations and ground work; improvements to the venue are set to continue over the winter months.
Today was a happy meeting; the trap team (Bill Henderson and Tony Mitchell) providing entertainment and professionalism; Ruth Mabb and Caroline Baldock (Caz) serving refreshments from Whippy’s Café and the smell of bacon enticing more racers to buy hot food. The raffle table was full of prizes and a special bottle of 20-year-old gin was raffled separately. The officials finished their day tired but comfortable that they too had enjoyed themselves which is always a good sign.
We started racing earlier than usual, at 11:45am, to ensure we finished with enough hours to effect the ‘take down’in daylight. The first rounds were set up to be less crowded but the racing hotted up in the later rounds with the finish-line video camera coming in very handy.
Well done to all those who ran and particularly the two whippets who were “made up” to Whippet Club Racing Champions.
The first, Angie Parker’s young lightweight Sapphire’s Peridot achieved her full coat in the 16lb final, while Liz Villis’ WCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs was a convincing trap-to-line winner of the 18lb group; WCRCh Jett Black ran a superb bend but couldn’t make up the ground he lost early on and the winner stayed on very nicely from the second bend. Two fast times for a little ‘un, she did 15:45 in her heatwhich suggested she’d have been a match for all of the other winners.
A popular win in the 20lb weight class and a very deserving one, Viv Thurman’s Cheeky Devil’s efforts to secure that elusive “other half” finally paid off after five second places. It’s always been a tough group, he has the likes of WCRCh Wonderwag and *Satin Secret to contend with as well as luck on the day and he battled through to gain his place as a Whippet Club Racing Champion – congratulations!
Gavin Cairns’ WCRCh Polly Flinders was very impressive in the 22lb group and the performance of Hot Right Now would normally have put her bang in contention for a weight class win, her calculated time (15.62) behind the winner was faster than the 20lb and 24lb winners.
Ryamber Something Extra did the Howards proud, winning a tight 24lb final by three-quarters of a length from WCRCh Satin Sunshine. The next final was a delight for Ian German when his dog Radar prevailed by two and a half lengths to gain his half coat in the n/e 26lb group, well done.
WCRCh Scallywag is another high-class champion running up a sequence of weight group wins; after impressive heat and semi-final wins, he was pretty well backed to win the 28lb final and duly prevailed by five lengths.
In the 30lbs, his kennel-mate WCRCh Nip ‘N Tuck had a tougher time of it before he could make it a double, he had two of the closest finishes with the durable 5-year-old WCRCh Markamy’s Black Bentley who made light of his age – an emotional day for his owners, the Bursey family, who watched with pride their dog run its last bend competition. Their heat was an extremely tight finish which was‘on the nod’ but a unanimous call from the judges and the video only used to confirm their decision. The re-match for the final didn’t disappoint; WCRChNip‘N Tuck broke first and stole a lead, WCRCh Markamy’s Black Bentley then used his strong middle pace to claw back from third with a superb bend (it was fascinating to watch him work for openings between dogs)which set up a stamina-sapping duel down the home straight. Cue an even closer finish, a majority decision this time and only the video could divide the two.
The day’s racing concluded with the 32lb final, a further weight class win for WCRCh Markamy’s Red Fred; bringing home the runner up Our Boy Ace with Harry Hotspur, the first Rescue whippet to run at the WCRA Championships for some years.
We finished nice and early, at a quarter to three and plenty of time after the presentation to do a long series of trials – overall a lovely day.
Report by Mark Etheridge.
|N/E 16 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Sapphire'd Peridot||Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Sunlay Sapphire’s Gem||Angie Parker|
|HT: Sapphire’s Peridot*|
|N/E 18 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Ameesha Little EBS||Busby Babe x Stokecourcy Hazel at Ameesha||E. Villis|
|2nd||WCRCh Jett Black|
|4th||Ameesha Red Rascal|
|HT: Great Fun*, WCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs|
|N/E 20 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Cheeky Devil||Busby Babe x Gypsy Cream||V. Thurman|
|HT: Cheeky Devil*, Sapphire’s Carnelian|
|N/E 22 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Polly Flinders||Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Our Little Dink||G. Cairns|
|2nd||Hot Right Now|
|HT: WCRCh Polly Flinders, Little Cracker, Blue Diamond, Hot Right Now|
|S/F: WCRCh Polly Flinders, Hot Right Now|
|N/E 24 lb|
|1st||Ryamber Something Extra*||Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Running in the Family at Ryamber||C. Howard|
|2nd||WCRCh Satin Sunshine|
|4th||WCRCh The Poet|
|HT: WCRCh Satin Sunshine, Ryamber Something Extra, WCRCh The Poet, Sydney*|
|S/F: WCRCh Satin Sunshine, Ryamber Something Extra|
|N/E 26 lb|
|1st||Radar*||Run At Mill x Eddie’s Belle of the Ball||I. German|
|2nd||Ryamber Fairy Nuff*|
|3rd||Ryamber Likely Lad|
|HT: Radar, Ryamber Likely Lad|
|N/E 28 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Scallywag||Drawn To Me x Carlstream Popstar||P. Gant|
|4th||WCRCh Shakira (withdrawn)|
|HT: Gold Edition, WCRCh Scallywag (fastest time of the day, 15.08)|
|S/F: WCRCh Scallywag, WCRCh Shakira|
|N/E 30 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Nip n' Tuck||Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star Addition||P. Gant|
|2nd||WCRCh Markamy’s Black Bentley|
|4th||Ted’s Bonny Lad|
|HT: Star Attraction*, WCRCh Nip ‘N Tuck|
|N/E 32 lb|
|1st||WCRCh Markamy's Red Fred||Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star Addition||D & S. Bursey|
|2nd||Our Boy Ace|
|HT: WCRCh Markamy’s Red Fred, Harry Hotspur|