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Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British Bred Derby - Towcester 500M - £7,000

KING KID bounced back to winning ways in the first round of the Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British Bred Derby last Tuesday and the Liz and Rab McNair-trained runner can claim a place in the final of the £7,000-to-the-winner event in the third semi-final on Tuesday.

A leading member of the prolific December 2014 Droopys Scolari – Shaws Dilemma litter, King Kid dominated the RFS Puppy Derby at Wimbledon only to be beaten by his brother Kind Eden in the final of the competition when 4-6 favourite the Tuesday before last.

King Eden was surprisingly eliminated from this competition at the first round stage but, after a sluggish start, King Kid looked a most assured performer as he romped to a three and a half lengths victory over the talented Calco Flyer in 29.79sec – the fastest of the round.

He starts from trap six  on Tuesday and again faces Calco Flyer, in addition to the very useful Castell Henry and Lowgate Sirius, but, if running up to his best form, it is difficult to envisage defeat for this most talented of individuals.

Only the first two go through to the final on Tuesday week, which means connections will be on tenterhooks. I think Castell Henry, who looked slightly shy of his best in the heats, could take the remaining spot in the final from trap one, although it would be folly to dismiss the claims of Lowgate Sirius, who on Tuesday provided the first leg of a 152-1 double for his trainer, Jim Hayton.

I’ve been a big fan of Carlos Court since those impressive first few runs of his career over 480 metres at Monmore. The Derek Deakin runner impressed with a quick start and an equally speedy finish at the first round stage. He has some useful types in opposition – we’re talking about the likes of Bang On Giles and Westway Hawk to name but a couple – but a slick start should see him score in the second semi-final.

The first semi-final is hugely difficult to call. There is a good bit to like about Whatugonnado and he might just have the edge in a race summed up by the name of the dog in trap one – Reel Tricky.

 

The Semi-Final Draws

 

First Semi-final

1 Reel Tricky

2 Honest John

3 Whatugonnado

4 Lowgate Lucius (m)

5 Lowgate Malfoy (m)

6 King Alan (w)

 

Second Semi-final

1 Bang On Giles

2 Let Me Tell You

3 Salacres David

4 Carlos Court (m)

5 Westway Hawk (w)

6 King Diego (w)

 

Third Semi-final

1 Castell Henry

2 Calco Flyer

3 Lowgate Sirius (m)

4 Russanda Rubin (m)

5 Far Bank Frank (w)

6 King Kid (w)

 

 

First Round

 

Heat One

Carlos Count put this to bed with an electric start which saw him go clear from the outset. Injuries have meant Derek Deakin, his trainer, hasn’t had a great deal of luck with this February 2014 whelp but he seems now to be getting a tune out of him. Far Bank Frank quickly recovered from a slow start to take second and ran a sound race to finish two and a quarter lengths ahead of evergreen Honest John who was third. The winning time was 29.89sec (0.30sec slow) and the distances were three and a quarter lengths and two and a quarter lengths.

 

Heat Two

Lowgate Sirus was the first of a double for Jim Hayton and at 16-1 to boot! The eventual winner took it up from Reel Tricky, another big priced runner, approaching the third bend and stayed strongly to score by almost five lengths from the Philip Simmonds-trained runner in 29.83sec (0.30sec slow). The Romford handler also had the third home in the favourite Castell Henry, who simply had a bad day at the office. Thos same sentiments apply to Kind Eden, the recent Puppy Derby winner who failed to qualify.

 

Heat Three

King Kid, a litter brother of Kind Eden and the beaten favourite in the Puppy Derby decider, gave trainers Liz and Rab McNair some compensation but it wasn’t plain sailing. The December 2014 whelp broke slowly and had to cleverly sidestep a collision with a wide-running Queen Charlotte before setting out in pursuit of leader Calco Flyer. He caught and passed Mark Wallis’ dog at the fourth bend and quickly went on to score by three and a half length in 29.79sec (0.30sec slow). The fast-finishing Lowgate Malfoy was third.

Heat Four

A competition for the British breds wouldn’t feel the same without a winner from the Philip Simmonds kennels and Bang On Giles did the business for the popular Romford trainer. The Swindon Produce Stakes third produced the assured performance you would expect from an odds-on favourite when taking command from early-leader Let Me Tell You to win by a shade over three lengths in 29.94sec (0.30sec slow). King Alan was third.

Heat Five

Russandra Rubin provided the second leg of what was a 152-1 double for Jim Hayton with an impressive display of early speed, following a slow start, and a strong finish to see off Salacres David and Westway Hawk, in that order, to score by a length and a quarter and a short-head in 30.15sec (0.40sec slow). Queen Asia, the odds-on favourite, appeared handily enough place just behind Russandra Rubin at the second turn before she was forced to check when denied racing room, after which she backpeddled.

Heat Six

This proved a race of contrasting fortune for trainer John Mullins and, indeed, litter mates Whatugonnado and his brother Badabing, winner of the British Bred Stakes at Nottingham last month. The pair trapped well. Whatugonnado got the better of the early battle. At the bend, however, Badabing, who had been second, when his stride badly altered and he suffered an injury. Lowgate Lucius seemed to clip the hid-quarters of Whatugonnado which, if anything, acted to push the leader further clear. There was nothing further to report, other than Whatugonnado stayed on strongly to win by three and a half lengths in 30.05sec (0.40sec slow). King Diego was third.