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RPGTV Oaks - Belle Vue 470m - £10,000

DOMINO STORM attempts to bow out of racing by landing the RPGTV Oaks at Belle Vue on Wednesday but she faces a top-class field, including Forest Twilght, with whom she was engaged a thrilling semi-final last week.

Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of Thursday’s race during which the pair served up one the best buckles of the year when slugging it out from start to finish. Domino Storm got the verdict by a short-head.

Mark Wallis, her trainer, announced sometime ago that the defence of the Oaks title she secured last year would be the last act from a bitch that has illuminated the tracks with her performances since she had her first race in the UK in the Spring of 2014.

Domino Storm, who defeated kennelmate Evanta Evita when landing last year’s Oaks, is unbeaten in the preliminaries and it would seem she is just one more electric start away from becoming the first since Cranog Bet (1963-64) to win the competition in consecutive years.

It won’t be easy, however, and Forest Twilight and Droopys Two, to name just two, will ensure the Towcester bitch faces stiff opposition for the £10,000 first prize.

The final will be Forest Twilight’s fourth race since August so there is a strong argument for her improving. Given that she was only beaten a short-head by Domino Storm in the semi-finals it is obvious that with another big break she is in with a massive chance.

Droopys Two really caught the eye with some smashing performances during the Lowther Stakes – a competition won in 2015 by Forest Twilight – and she has the advantage of being the only wide seed in the final here.

Huarache Madison finished fourth in the St Leger but she has looked impressive over this shorter 470-metre trip and will undoubtedly be on hand if the race opens up to a fast-finisher.

Steely Charm is the only locally-trained runner. The daughter of the Razldazl Jayfkay knows every grain of sand that makes up the Manchester circuit and has the advantage of the draw in trap one.

Barnagrane Glen has the pace to threaten in the early stages and will become a major player if the principals falter in this Category One final which is live on SKY Sports 5.

THE RPGTV OAKS FINAL DRAW

1 Steely Charm

2 Forest Twilight

3 Huarache Madison

4 Domino Storm

5 Barnagrane Glen (m)

6 Droopys Two (w).

 

THE RPGTV OAKS SEMI-FINALS – DECEMBER 8, 2016

The First Semi-Final

If an award existed for race of the year, then this would be amongst the front runners. It was an absolute thriller from the time the starting traps snapped open until Domino Storm and Forest Twilight crossed the line, and even then we had to wait for the judge to tell us who had won. The dominance the pair had in the betting was mirrored on the track and Domino Storm and Forest Twilight forced each other to produce more until they flashed across the line as one. The result was a win for Domino Storm, with only a short-head separating them. The time was 27.99sec (0.30sec slow). Steely Charm and Ballymac Deirdre sat a length or so behind the leading duo and they themselves had their battle for the remaining qualifying position which was won by Steely Charm by three parts of a length.

The Second Semi-Final

Droopys Two seems to have rediscovered her best form and the Dean Childs trained bitch registered her second straight win in this event with another impressive run from off the pace. The daughter of Loughteen Blanco has been hit and miss since reaching the Lowther Stakes final at Towcester in August but there has never been any doubt about her ability. In this she broke before gradually picking up the tempo to catch Barnagrane Glen, the leader from the first bend, in the latter stages to score by a length in 28.01sec (0.30sec slow). Huarache Madison had set the pace on the run to the first bend after inside duo Bubbly Madeva and Mustang Chick had hampered each other at the start. It proved a particularly disappointing race for trainer Carol Weatherall. She had two runners, favourite Mustang Chick and talented Greenhill Gem, but neither could make the frame – finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

THE RPGTV LAURELS FINAL – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 2016

The RPGTV Laurels is the highlight of the under card at Belle Vue on Wednesday and in Oscar Junior Charlie Lister is hoping for his sixth success in the one of the sports oldest competitions.

Derbay Flyer (1999), Ningbo Jack (2004), Blonde Boss (2005), Clash Harmonica (2006) and Jordans Brianna were the previous winners trained by Lister.

The Draw

1 Dorotas Tiger

2 Killieford Kane

3 Hiya Butt

4 Oscar Junior

5 Charity Dragon (m)

6 Droopys Country (w).