Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest

As a general rule, when a bitch hits form after seasonal rest she is worth following, so long as the backer sticks to certain guidelines. It is useful to keep a record of a bitch’s individual characteristics, in terms of how she has fared after any previous lay-offs. The accepted period of time for a bitch to find her best form after seasonal rest is around sixteen weeks, but there are considerable variations either side of that. Some bitches may take all of five months to recapture their best form; others will be ready to win after twelve weeks. Some are capable of winning first time back on the track after seasonal rest, but most will need a few runs to find their form. A bitch returning from rest may fade in her first race back, even as early as halfway. Next time she may run well to the last bend before fading. That is a sign that she is close to returning to winning ways. Once she hits form and wins a race she may be capable of following up with a second victory, so long as the grader is not too hard on her.

It can be useful to know what a bitch’s ideal racing weight was before her season. She may return to the track as much as a kilo overweight, but as she regains her form she will return to the weight at which she is capable of winning races. A reduction in her racing weight is a sign that she is ready to show an improvement in form.

A bitch returning after seasonal rest may be able to run up a sequence of wins after recording moderate times in her trials through not being fully tuned up. So a bitch who, prior to her season, had the natural ability to compete successfully in A3 grade may post trial times more typical of an A5 dog. The grader has no option but to bring her back in A5, which gives her a relatively simple opportunity of winning once she recovers her form. She may go on to win in A5, A4 and A3 in a short space of time.

Swindon grader Molineux Darcy (blue bitch, whelped August 2009) is a typical example of a bitch improving after seasonal rest. Just before coming into season on 30th March 2011 she won consecutive races in A6 and A5. She was then off the track until 8th May. She subsequently ran moderately in A6 and A7 through May and early June, but gave notice that she was returning to form when twice finishing runner up in mid-late June. Finally, at the beginning of July, twelve weeks after her season, Molineux Darcy hit form with a vengeance. She won four of her next five races in A7, A6, A5 and A4. Her winning time in A4 of 29.40 seconds was fully 21 spots quicker than anything she’d achieved before, indicating that she was showing the natural improvement of a young bitch in addition to her progress after seasonal rest.

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