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William Hill Grand Prix - Sunderland 640M - (£15,000)

THE £15,000 William Hill Grand got underway with two tremendously exciting heats featuring brother and sister Shellam Delano and Shellam Maeby who produced uncannily similar performances to take the first and second qualifiers over 640 metres at Sunderland.

The duo, trained by Jimmy Wright and from a November 2013 Westmead Hawk – Woodhill Spark litter, are box office gold because of their ability to play to the grandstand with a dramatic late surge after dropping off the pace in the early stages.

Shellam Delano got the ball rolling in heat one when landing the odds with a last-gasp run around the outside to score by a shade over a length in 39.54sec. There had been good support for Postivereaction who lived up to his name from the start and at one stage appeared likely to make all until Shellam Delano and Cooly Caviar appeared on the scene to take the first and second place.

Shellam Maeby looked even less likely to ensure the bookies would be digging deep into their satchels when leaving her effort right until the last knockings in the second heat. Mustang Chick, who showed such tremendous early pace during the Regency, rediscovered her trapping boots to the extent that she led right up to the wire before being pipped by Shellam Maeby who won by three-parts of a length in 39.98sec.

Gary Carmichael, a Newcastle training colleague of Jimmy Wright, made it a clean sweep in the first three heats for the Tynesiders when Swift Leonard converted a second bend lead into a lengths and three parts winning distance in 39.79sec.

Spa Road Fever, a dog who it seems is often underrated, instigated a double for Kevin Boon – completed later in the evening when Shaneboy Freddie won a heat of the William Hill Classic – by staying best in heat four, during which warm favourite Patchys Kerry was eliminated after she was knocked over at the first bend.

The Paul Young-trained duo, Mustang Golden and Bubbly Torpedo, finished second and third, as Spa Road Fever came off the last bend in fifth gear to score by two and-a-quarter-lengths in 39.77sec.

Zulu Baran also instigated a double, this time for Hove trainer Claude Gardiner, when taking the fifth Grand Prix heat over odds-on favourite Coolavanny Lass by two lengths in 39.77sec. The Gardiner brace was secured by Baran Jack in the fifth heat of the William Hill Classic.

But the best, as they say, was kept to last when Pinpoint Boom was so impressive when making a winning six-bend debut in the concluding heat by nine and a half lengths in 39.43sec – the fastest of the round.

It was a fabulous performance of power running from Pinpoint Boom who left his rivals for dead and shot to the head of the ante-post betting on the event.

 

TRAINER QUOTES

Kelly Macari (Pinpoint Boom): “We never had any doubts about him staying the trip but we didn’t know how good he was going to be. I think there could be a bit more to come. He didn’t run the first bend as well as I would have liked and that is an area where he could improve. But we have to be very happy with that performance. He has come out of the race really well and we are looking forward to the semi-finals next Saturday. I’m happy enough with his draw in trap three. I’m not a great fan of trap one over six bends at Sunderland. It can get a little tight.”

 

William Hill Grand Prix Semi-Finals, June 9

1st Semi-Final

1 Swift Leonard

2 Boherna Pedro

3 Spa Road Piper

4 Shellam Maeby

5 Happy Man (m)

6 Fearsome Code (w)

BOHERNA PEDRO was strongly fancied to land his first round heat and lost nothing in defeat. It could pay again to follow the Doncaster-trained runner who has the credentials to score. Swift Leonard, Spa Road Piper and Shellam Maeby were all heat winners and must come into the reckoning. Expect a late challenge from Shellam Maeby to take the runner-up position.

 

 

 

 

2nd Semi-Final

1 Mustang Chick

2 Mustang Golden

3 Positivereaction

4 Farley Rio (m)

5 Calzaghe Rocky (m)

6 Shellam Delano (w)

 

THERE is a good bit of early speed in this line-up but the race could ultimately fall to a runner with pace off the back in the shape of Shellam Delano. Jimmy Wright’s stayer is so strong and, as the only wide seed in the line-up, can be relied upon to produce a huge challenge in the closing stages. Farley Rio, the 2014 winner and last year’s third, is another to consider, whilst Mustang Chick could take them along at a fair lick from trap one.

 

3rd Semi-Final

1 Cooly Caviar

2 Coolavanny Lass

3 Pinpoint Boom

4 Zulu Baran (m)

5 Bubbly Torpedo (m)

6 Droopys Benz (w)

 

PINPOINT BOOM couldn’t have been more impressive than on Saturday when he ran his rivals ragged. Connections are happy with this draw and a reproduction of the run at the weekend will put him right there. Coolavanny Lass is better than her first round performance and Cooly Caviar is another to consider, whilst Droopys Benz could be open to further improvement.