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

WHATEVER the fate of his three runners in the final at Towcester on Tuesday, the Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British-Bred Derby will forever be remembered for the dominance Jim Hayton.

The Kinsley trainer simply ran riot in the during the preliminaries of this Category One competition and those that have followed his four winners so far in the stakes will by now probably be booking holidays in the Caribbean after they scored at odds of 16-1, 8-1, 5-2 and 12-1.

The shock eliminations of some of the bigger names in the earlier rounds of the competition have resulted in a competitive decider in which a Hayton one-two-three is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.

Russanda Rubin, a fast-starter who has made all in both heats and semi-final of the £7,000-to-the-winner, event would appear to hold chance of the Hayton landing the final.

But it wouldn’t be prudent to rule out the chances of littermates Lowgate Sirius and Lowgate Malfoy, both of whom have the strength to make an impact over this 500-metre trip.

Bang On Giles, a dog who performed admirably when finishing third in the final of the British breeders event at Swindon in the summer, has the make-up to come off best.

The dog trained by Philip Simmonds looks set to track probable early leader Let Me Tell You early on before delivering his challenge in the closing stages. Those are tactics which have paid off twice so far in this competition and few would argue with the bookmakers’ view that Bang On Giles should be favourite.

Evergreen Honest John, the runner-up to Eden The Kid in the British Breeders’ Stakes at Nottingham last year, can always be counted on to run a big race and he is another to considered.




Jim Hayton (trainer of Russanda Rubin, Lowgate Sirius and Lowgate Malfoy): “My three are in great form and we are really looking forward to the race. I believe Russanda Rubin has the ability to lead. If he does he will prove extremely difficult to pass. Both Lowgate Sirius and Lowgate Malfoy are strong and if there is any trouble among the front runners then either of those two could be there to pick up the pieces. We’ve had a great run through the competition. I cannot believe some of the prices the dogs have been.”

The Final Draw

1  Let Me Tell You 2  Bang On Giles 3  Honest John 4  Russanda Rubin (m) 5  Lowgate Sirius (m) 6  Lowgate Malfoy (w)



First Semi-Final

A strong-running performance paid dividends for Lowgate Malfoy. Jim Hayton’s dog tracked Reel Tricky for the first three bends before staying on strongly to score by an ever-increasing two and three-quarter lengths in 30.20sec (0.20sec slow). The Philip Simmonds-trained Reel Tricky failed to see out the trip and faded into fourth on the run-in as Honest John, who had been well-placed throughout, secured second place. Lowgate Lucius, a brother and kennelmate of the winner, was third.

Second Semi-Final

Bang On Giles, third in the final of the Swindon Breeders’ Produce Stakes, reached another decider with an impressive display of clever tracking and powerful running. In what was almost a carbon-copy of his first round victory Philip Simmonds’ dog settled behind early leader Let Me Tell You before staying better than Angie Kibble’s dog won win by a length and a half in 29.79sec (0.20sec slow) – the quickest of the three semi-finals. Carlos Court, a smart first round winner, was the favourite and seemed to be going well enough early on when second along the far side before tiring close home.

Third Semi-Final

King Kid was the odds-on favourite but Liz and Rab McNair’s runner was never a factor after trapping slowly and then being carried wide at the first bend by Far Bank Frank. It was that man again, Jim Hayton, who not only provided the winner in the shape of Russanda Rubin but also the runner-up, Lowgate Sirius. As punters, we didn’t learn our lesson. Last week, during the first round, Russandra Rubin popped up at odds on 8-1 and in the semi-final he went off at 12-1 before making all to defeat his kennel mate Lowgate Sirius in 29.81sec (0.30sec slow).