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THE PIN POINT HEALTH AND HOMECARE THREE STEPS TO VICTORY - SHEFFIELD (£10,000)

Roxholme Makes It A Dream Start 

 

This competition is ultra-exciting with the first-round being over 480m it is a dangerous hurdle to overcome. Many top stayers have bitten the dust at the first stage but 2014 Bitch and Stayer Of The Year Roxholme Dream sailed into the next round with a breathtaking display. Any worries that the 480m would perhaps catch her out where quickly dispelled when she rocketed out recording a 3.30 sectional and ran out a 1.75L winner over Viking Jack in a super time of 27.32 +20. You could not have been more impressed with Roxholme Dream, let's not forget Viking Jack is the 2014 Gold Cup winner and one of the best four-bend greyhounds on the circuit.

 

One man that will be breathing a sigh of relief is Colin Redden trainer of Elwick Glory. He twice tried to win this competition with his top stayer Anfi Gem but crashed out both times in the first-round. Elwick Glory had to play second fiddle on the night to Kevin Boon's Farneys Cookie who beat her by 3.5L in 27.52 +20. 

 

Elaine Parker's Russanda Brax came out on top in a cracking battle with Geelo Midnight to win by a neck in 27.78 +20.

 

Charlie Lister OBE who sent out Hather George to win this competition in 2013 saw his Coolavanny Fish dead-heat with Harry Crapper's Dinzeo in 27.79 +20. This was the race of the first-round with Coolavanny Fish showing fantastic early-pace but was equally matched by the finishing kick showed by Dinzeo.

 

These days it's rare to have a category-one competition and the champion trainer Mark Wallis not making an impact. He left his mark here with Jimmy Nailed On who was having his first look at the Yorkshire venue. He ran out a nice winner scoring by 1.75L over Cremartin Lark in 27.97 +20.

 

It was a good night for Jim Hayton, Viking Jack safely in the hat for the semi-finals but he also turned out Lowgate Jasper to win impressively by 2.5L over Quick Impact in 27.65 +20.

 

First-Round Times (track rated 20 fast)

 

Heat 1 - Farneys Cookie 27.52 

Heat 2 - Russanda Brax 27.78

Heat 3 - Roxholme Dream 27.32

Heat 4 - Coolavanny Fish 27.79

Heat 5 - Jimmy Nailed On 27.97

Heat 6 - Lowgate Jasper 27.65 

 

Semi-Finals - Tuesday 31st March 

Final - Tuesday 7th April (Live Sky Sports)