PERSIAN Bay has taken over the lead at the top of the puppy championship table in one of the tightest battle for the crown in a long
Entering the final month of the season four pups are still in with a shout with Persian Bay one ahead pf Huntsman’s Kraka who is in turn one in front of both Daisy Dream and Arizona.
All four challengers lined-up at Seaton a week gone Monday but it was Persian Bay who came through to win well and go joint top
of the table, beating Try Time by three lengths. Huntsman’s Kraka, who hasn’t been able to win since returning from injury, finished a close fourth.
The other two contenders, though, Arizona and Daisy Dream finished out of the tickets.
Champion-elect Prudence collected her 25th win of the campaign when she raced clear in the closing stages, beating the Dearham kennel-mates Silver Spangle and Barton.
Another kennel mate Silver Lining was also second in the non-winners, finishing behind the winner Kaiser Sosa but well ahead of the other two finishers Barmcroft Return and Foxparke Mystery. Two didn’t get round.
On Tuesday at Millriggs, Kentmere trail followers had five races to enjoy and a puppy show to cast their eyes over.
There was an untidy finish to the senior trail where long-time leader Where’s Wallie was passed almost on the line by Langdale Ranger and then lost second place because of interference to the winner. This meant Canny Lass was promoted to second and Flawless took third.
The restricted trail only had seven entries and the favourite Tommy’s Legacy was beaten by Bedazzled with Highness in third.
Marlou threw away a big lead in the puppy tail and instead could only watch as Thorn Dancer tore past to win comfortably with Jenny’s Delight in third.
It was anybody’s race in the maidens and there was a tight, three-way charge for the line which was eventually sorted-out in a win for Persian Prince from Eden Rouge and Full House.
The veterans rounded-off the day’s entertainment and Colleen, made favourite on her recent form, obliged by beating Thorn Girl by ten yards with Da Look in third.
It was back to Kirkstile, Loweswater on Wednesday where Huntsman’s Jewel beat Tan Ted again, Jenny’s Choice took third.
Marlou was turned-out quickly after she had thrown away a lead the previous day, and this time she managed to hold onto the lead and beat the fast-finishing Remember Me by half a length with Dairy Thunder close-up third.
The open restricted wound-up proceedings and Great Gable just managed to hold-on to beat the Dearham kennel-mates Barton and Trooper Thorn in a finish where quite a few appeared to have a chance of winning.
At Fellside on Thursday the table leader Persian Bay suffered defeat in the puppy trail. Bracelet had been lying third behind Bay and
kennelmate Persian Sky but as they reached the descent she got into gear and burst past. Although the Persian pair tried hard they couldn’t get in a blow and Bracelet won well, with the three well clear of the remainder.
Galemire Grace continues to thrive after her mid-season injury and she was a gutsy winner of the senior trail. She got past Marli 30 yards from the line and ran out a good winner. Little Messy, the third hound to break clear, finished in third.
The open restricted trail rounded-off the meeting, but in fading light, although enough to see that Jazz Band couldn’t see it through after establishing a handy lead. Persian Prince came with a late rattle to snatch it on the line with Doll a close third.
At Eskdale Show on Saturday there was a one-two for the Patterdale kennel of Bland and Barrow as Huntsman’s Jewel got past Jenny’s Choice late in the race to snatch the red ticket. Night Vision finished in third.
In the senior maidens High Stile was disqualified for interference with Come Home Alfie which promoted Foxparke Turbo to first place. Come Home Alfie got second and Foxparke Yabadabadoo was third.
Daisy Dream stayed firmly in the title race when taking the puppy trail, finishing well clear of Marlou with Jenny’s Delight in third after the three had pulled clear of the other ten.
Great Gable held on to win the open restricted trail after a four-way battle to the line. Bedazzled and Rooster were finishing faster but couldn’t quite get there. Blueboy had also been in with a shout but faded into fourth.
Da Look has been forced to take a back-seat of late after a good winning run but was back in the groove, beating Tiagress by five lengths to take the veterans. Cinnabar was third.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise that Edward and Lisa Crosby had the senior trail winner at Tallentire Hill, but it wasn’t what people might have thought. Prudence finished out of the tickets after being side-tracked by a herd of cows and it was kennelmate Keystone who just got home ahead of Silver Spangle and Washington.
There was a great finish to the pups where Persian Bay held-off a great challenge by Silver Charm to win by a neck and go one clear at the top of the table. Another Dearham hound Delta Dawn was third.
Flash Dance beat Silver Lining in the open maidens with Howgill Benelle in third while the open restricted went to Another Bay from Barton with Jimmy Choo in third. That meant the Dearham kennel of Joseph Abram and Nicola McMaster took second places in all four trails – a stat they probably don’t want to linger long over.
It was back to Kirkstone Pass on Monday where Marli produed a great effort over the closing part of the trail. Much nearer last than
first in a big field of 28 she finished really well to get to the front and beat Jenny’s Choice by five lengths with Huntsman’s Jewel in third.
Paloma Faith was very impressive in the puppy trail, simply going away from Marlou and Huntsman’s Kraka.