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British Breeders Stakes - Nottingham 500M - £8,000

BADABING toughed it out from the front to land the £8,000 British Breeders’ Stakes (500m) at Nottingham on Tuesday.

It was compensation for connections after the dog bred by Cheryl Janssens was so narrowly defeated by Bansha Rooskey in the final of the 70th British-Bred Produce Stakes at Swindon in July.

The John Mullins-trained July ’14 son of Kinloch Brae produced yet another performance out of the top drawer as he trapped well and then accelerated to the first bend to establish what was to prove a winning lead.

Badabing (trap three) took the first bend ahead of both Queen Asia (trap two) and the favourite Droopys Acrobat (trap one), and was followed around the turn by Carlos Court (trap five).

What looked like a fragile lead along the back straight proved stable enough as Badabing kept on well on the long run for home to score by a length from the Derek Deakin-trained Carlos Court in 29.94sec (0.20sec fast).

Lowgate Malfoy (trap six) proved too strong for Calco Flyer (trap four) by a head for third, whilst Droopys Acrobat and Queen Asia, both of whom had been squeezed for room at the first bend, were fifth and sixth respectively.

Given that his granddam is Star Of Dromin, it should come as no surprise that Badabing had the wherewithal to hold off those that challenged for the lead in the latter stages.

She was a multiple open race winner for Mark Wallis over extended trips between in 2005-2006 and Badabing, a finalist in the Champion Stakes over 575 metres, has clearly benefitted from the presence of that type of stamina in the gene pool.

The win meant a quick return on its investment for the Sopranos Syndicate, which bought Badabing, who has now won 10 from his last 18 races, just three weeks ago.


John Mullins (trainer of Badabing): “I thought it was a very brave performance from him. I know he’s not the fastest dog in the race but once he cracked away and went a length clear I knew the others had it all to do. It’s particularly special because I am a big supporter of British breeding and he’s one of my favourite dogs, primarily because he never gives up. He’ll now go to Yarmouth for the Elite Inter-Track (BAGS/SIS Track Championship) and then to Towcester for the Derby (British-Bred).”

Lee Calcutt (spokesman for the Sopranos Syndicate): “It’s his third Category One, so it’s a case for third time lucky. It’s amazing that he has won a race of this stature so soon after we bought him. I would like to thank Patsy Canavan for selling him to us.”