Keith and Flash’s late run overcomes twitchy hoggs

GUS Dermody won both the nursery and the novice championships at the final Ringinglow trial held at Peak Forest in the wind and rain last Saturday.

Richard Saxon judged the trial entry of 39 nursery and novice dogs and then the two concluding championships each with three contenders, over a compact mainly flat course the running was on touchy Mule hoggs.

First to the post in the trial was Ben Smith with Pete.

Despite failing to pen, they stood top in the nursery class with 63 points until, at 35,

Keith Salisbury had the winning run with Flash. After good outfield work, Flash was also unable to box his sheep, but with 69 marks he took his first win by six points.

In the novice class, Gus set the standard with Jess with one of the few clean pens to score 78. At 21, Kevin Dodd and Malpas Bill were runners-up on 74.

Gus qualified Jess for the novice, while Gem was already in the nursery, having won the second nursery trial.

Gus and Gem were drawn to run second. After a very good start, they lost points over the crossdrive. A reasonable pen was followed by dropped points at the shed. With 73 points, Gem took her first championship title, four clear of Keith and Flash on 69. She was bred by G. Hodkinson, of Chipping, out of Kim and sired by Robin Dean’s Kit. Gem was the joint winner of the nursery aggregate along with John Harvey’s Jill. John also won the novice aggregate with Pat.

Gus ran first with Jess in the novice championship. After a good start, she lost points over the drive for line and slipping two sheep at the first obstacle. Despite further points being lost at the pen and shed, Jess’ score of 74 gave her a second championship title of the season. Failing to shed put Ian Gregory and Glen in second place on 72.

Fulwood Booth staged the second championship of the weekend above Sheffield where Jess Fletcher judged the trial entry of 33 and then the nursery and novice finals.

Only six finishers

Over the outfield, the Swaledale gimmer lambs ran well, but runs were generally spoiled by failing to pen, and only six finished.

At five Gus Dermody had the winning nursery run with Nat, who completed his trial with 69 points. At 30, Jim Witter also penned with Saul and matched their score, but were the runners-up on an outbye decision. John Chamberlain and Molly won the nursery aggregate.

Ian Gregory and Glen set the standard in the novice trial gaining 73 points at number 18. But Kevin Dodd took the title with Malpas Bill (76) and they also clinched the novice championship.

In the championship, the course remained the same, apart from the outrun, which was extended a further 100 metres. Kevin and Bill were drawn to run first. After a good start they lost points for line deviations before finishing clean at the pen to score 82 of 100. Gus Dermody and Jess challenged strongly but fell one point short to take second place.

In the nursery championship, Maurice Gregory and Jake ran first and their score of 85 held the lead. Philip Exelby and Perrydale Lisa, drawn second, were the runners-up on 83

After winning at Hayfield, this was Jake’s second nursery championship title.

Trevor Smith judged the entry of 36 dogs at the Trawden nursery held at Embsay on Sunday. Running at 32, John Palmer took his fifth win of the season with Sly on 85 points, with Dennis Purdham and Meg finishing as runners-up on 84.

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