The Whippet Meadow, Detling over 240 yards bends

and also – Superstars Veteran Sprint – 110 yards straights at ½yd/lb & yd/yr

Whilst the rain on Saturday wasn’t conducive for setting up the track, the helpers having to take cover under the marquee and paddock tent, it did provide for an excellent racing surface.

Fine sunny weather dawned on Sunday and made for good, safe racing – fantastic new running rails throughout which look brilliant, this racecourse has seen vast improvement in the first two years here.
Well done to Ray and his team for a professional and well-run day’s racing in good spirit with the lure driver and trap team working after the finals to run straight and bend trials. Special thanks to Ruth, Sheila, Caz and Kim for Whippies Café’s refreshments through the year – much appreciated.

Today was one of those rare Championships when no new Racing Champions were “made up”, seven current title-holders defended and well done too to Zola Go-Quick and Markamy’s Son And Air for achieving their half-coats.

The 16lb group was a solo run for WCRCh Sapphire’s Peridot. The 18lb group was won by the top-class WCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs. The runner-up WCRCh Jett Black did absolutely nothing wrong – he led from the traps and railed perfectly like the bend-racer he is, only for the winner to cap him by accelerating into the first bend (not many whippets can do that) and sweeping into a lead to win the weight group. This bitch has given the Villis’s a great season’s racing and they must be very proud.

WCRCh Sapphire’s Queen’s Pearl was the middle leg of another Angie Parker treble in the 20lb final, half-coat Satin Secret chasing her home, and the third leg was WCRCh Sapphire’s Ruby Queen winning a high-class 22lb weight group. On yard/pound handicap this was the fastest of all the finals, a yard faster than the 18-pounders; terrific efforts too from Dizzy Rascal was second all day, Mojo Risin’ third also winning the Fastest Time Rosette with a 15.09 in his heat, and fourth WCRCh Polly Flinders who surely has nothing more to prove, a wonderful racer.

The Hunters’ young Zola Go-Quick, dam and sire both top bend-racers has been improving steadily all season as she matures and won a tough-fought 24lb final by half a length from another proper bend-runner WCRCh Satin Sunshine. WCRCh Ryamber Something Extra, contending for the bitch Superstars title, was way out of luck in her heat with a fall going into the bend; she did well to finish as she’d lost about thirty lengths picking herself up and it was nice that she was reported okay afterwards, here’s hoping it stays that way. No such drama in the 26lb group, a solo for Markamy’s Son And Air while WCRCh Scallywag was an impressive winner of the 28lb final.

The heat times for the 30lb weight class suggested that WCRCh Nip ‘N Tuck had two lengths in hand over the half-coat Gunna Be A Devil; in the final they reproduced that running almost to the inch with WCRCh Nip ‘N Tuck gaining two yards early and he kept that lead the rest of the way, a taut two-length win making it a win double for Pat Gant. The bend-racing was completed with a solo run for the splendid heavyweight WCRCh Markamy’s Red Fred.

The Superstars Veteran Sprint was extended to four weight classes this time around, and run over 110 yards due to safety reasons; the veterans again gave us some exciting finishes and surprising a few owners by making up ground against the handicap. Sarah Layfield’s Winterfell Hellfire won the 20lb weight class, VC Raffles a popular winner of the 23lb, Satin Sings the 26lb and in the last race of the day WCRCh Markamy’s Black Bentley giving Dave and Sandra Bursey a treble by winning the heavyweights.

Report by Mark Etheridge.

4th WCRA Championships 2016 results

N/E 16lb   
1stSapphire's Peridot
(Sunlay Sapphire's Are me)
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Sunlay Sapphire's GemA Parker
Hts: Sapphire's Peridot
Time: 16:24
N/E 18lb   
1stWCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs
(Ameesha Pure Spirit)
Busby Babe x Stokecourcy Hazel at AmeeshaE. Villis
2ndWCRCh Jett Black
3rdAmeesha just a Breeze
4thAmeesha Red Rascal
Hts: WCRCh Jett Black, WCRCh Ameesha Little Ebs
Time: 15:77
N/E 20lb   
1stWCRCh Sapphire's Queen's Pearl
(Sunlay Queen's Pearl)
Busby Babe x Sunlay Queen's TopazA. Parker
2nd*Satin Secret
3rdCairdean Pipsqueak
Hts: Sapphire's Queen's Pearl, Cairdean Pipsqueak
Time: 16:20
N/E 22lb   
1stWCRCh Sapphire's Ruby Queen
(Sunlay Rock On Ruby)
Busby Babe x Sunlay Queen's TopazA. Parker
2ndDizzy Rascal
3rdMojo Risin'
4thWCRCh Polly Flinders
Hts: WCRCh Sapphire's Ruby Queen, WCRCh Polly Flinders, Ryamber Something Different, MojoRisin'Semis: WCRCh Sapphire's Ruby Queen, Mojo Risin'
Time: 15:44
N/E 24lb   
1st*Zola Go-Quick
(Ryemeadows Zola)
Wagtail Flash In The Pan x Matchington Zula of RyemeadowsD & L Hunter
2ndWCRCh Satin Sunshine
3rdWCRChThe Poet
4thQuick As A Flash
Hts: WCRChS atin Sunshine, Zola Go-Quick, WCRCh The PoetSemis: Zola Go-Quick, WCRCh Satin Sunshine
Time: 15:87
N/E 26lb   
1st*Markamy's Son and Air
(Ryamber Little Bents)
Goodad Special Duty x Running in the Family at RyamberD & S Bursey
Hts: Markamy's Son And Air
Time: 15:70
N/E 28lb   
1stWCRCh Scallywag
(Inspired Twister of Carlstream)
Drawn To Me x Carlstream PopstarP. Gant
2nd*Ryamber Fairy Nuff
3rdOur Boy Ace
4thWinterfell Crazy Laydee
Hts: WCRCh Scallywag, *Ryamber Fairy Nuff
Time: 15:48
N/E 30lb   
1stWCRCh Nip 'N Tuck
(Goodad Arch Event)
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star AdditionP. Gant
2nd*Gunna Be A Devil
Hts: *Gunna Be A Devil, WCRChNip 'N Tuck
Time: 15:64
N/E 32lb   
1stWCRCh Markamy's Red Fred
(Goodad Another Citizen)
Chalkners Flaming Arrow x Goodad Star AdditionD & S Bursey
Hts: WCRCh Markamy's Red Fred
Time: 15:40

WCRA Superstars Veteran Sprint results

6-9 yrs 14-20lb   
1stWinterfell Hell Fire
(Winterfellin Tinker's Pride)
Busby Babe x Winterfell TinkerbellS. Layfield
2ndVC Pretty Color
3rdCairdean Yoshimi
Hts: VC Pretty Color, Cairdean Yoshimi
6-9 yrs 21-23lb   
1stVC Raffles
(Sandspring Sir Wishingstar)
Karyon Ring of Fire x Sunset PromiseI. German
2ndGuye's Goldilocks
3rdStripey Nancy
4th*Zula Go-Quick
Hts: VC Raffles, Stripey Nancy
6-9 yrs 24-26lb   
1stSatin Sings
(Carlstream Satin Sings)
Sunlay Theatre of Dreams x Goodad Chic of CarlstreamC. Brown
Hts: Satin Sings
6-9 yrs 27-32lb   
1stWCRCh Markamy's Black Bentley
(Goodad Special Duty)
Bethnal Green Boy x Goodad Suits MeD & S Bursey
2ndMarkamy’s Marley
3rdWinterfell Arfa Must Dash
4thSatin Star
Hts: WCRChMarkamy’s Black Bentley, Winterfell Arfa Must Dash


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