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British Breeders Stakes -Swindon 480M - (15,000)

WE may not be breeding as many racing greyhounds in the UK as in previous years but there is no doubt whatsoever that the quality of those that are coming through has in no way been compromised.

The 70th British Produce Stakes got off to a fabulous start over 480 metres on Saturday with a handful of performances right from the top draw.

The star turn was most probably that from Castell Henry in heat five. Philip Simmonds’ Ladbrokes Puppy Derby winner showed his class with a ten-length success off the front following a slick start. The 28.48sec recorded by Castell Henry was the quickest of the night – albeit by only one hundredth of a second.

Next best on the clock was Westway Hawk who scored by almost as far as Castell Henry – nine and a half lengths to be precise – when taking the seventh qualifier in similar all-the-way fashion.

Blissful Scolari and Bansha Rooskey couldn’t be separated on the clock after both stopped it at 28.76sec within a quarter of an hour or so of each other in heats nine and 10 respectively.

The former brought his career record to four wins from five starts and his eight-length winning margin meant the Pat Rosney-trained dog has won his last two starts by a combined 14 lengths.

If Castell Henry was the quickest winner of the round, then his brother Bang On Giles wasn’t that far behind when landing the third qualifier in 28.81sec.

The opening heat featured an interesting run from the Jim Hayton-trained Lowgate Hagrid. The son of Windy Millar caught the eye finishing second in the Gymcrack at Kinsley with a series of powerful fast-finishes. Swindon looks the sort of track that should suit and he stayed well to defeat favourite Thinkingofdarcy by a length and half in 28.98sec.

It was a good evening for Australian-bred, Ireland-based sire Kinloch Brae who was responsible for four of the 12 heats winners – Bang On Giles, Lotachoice, Castell Henry and Badabing. Favourite backers were less successful with fewer than half of the heats going to the market leader.

 

 

TRAINER QUOTES

 

Philip Simmonds (Castell Henry and Bang On Giles): “Both dogs have come out of their races well and we are looking forward to the second round – certainly the Gods are smiling down on us as far as the draws are concerned. We were very pleased with Castell Henry. I’m hoping he can continue to perform as well as he did on Saturday. If that is the case, we should have a decent chance. Bang On Giles hasn’t got quite as much early pace as Henry and might need a little more in the way of luck to progress to the latter stages. But this is a race we look forward to every year – in fact you could say it is our Derby.”

 

Angie Kibble (Westway Hawk and Mash Mad Lottie): “I’ve only had Westway Hawk for a short while and I am still learning about him. I must say that I have been very impressed. He came over with Peter Cronin for the Derby, went back to Ireland after he was eliminated and was then sent to me to run in the Produce Stakes. He looked good in the first round and has settled in very well. I will be interested to see how he copes when going up in class but so far so good. Mash Mad Lottie is a sister of Westway Hawk. She is just just 12 weeks out of season which is far from ideal but she should continue to improve and I think she’ll keep running well. Both go into the second round in good form and we are hopeful.”

 

70th Breeders Produce Stakes Second Round (480m) – Wednesday, July 12 2016

Heat One

1 Badabing

2 Fabulous Escape

3 Lowgate Belatrix

4 Fearsome Freckle (m)

5 Wise Choice (m)

6 Lowgate Malfoy (w)

BADABING moved well when winning at the first round stage and has been rewarded with a decent draw against the fence. He looks a nice sort for John Mullins and might have the edge. Lowgate Malfoy left himself with plenty to do after a slow start last time but ran on strongly and could be the forecast link.

Heat Two

1 Castell Henry

2 Nothing To Fear

3 Lowgate Hagrid

4 Fabulous Chic (m)

5 Tell Nobody (m)

6 Sawpit Successor (w)

CASTELL HENRY came into the stake have already established himself as one of the leading four-bend performers in training. He looked ever so good at the first round stage and is set to continue to make a significant impact on the event. Lowgate Hagrid has plenty of talent and will appreciate the size and shape of the Swindon track.

Heat Three

1 Whatugonnado

2 Lotachoice

3 Drink Up Bolt

4 Romeo District (m)

5 Westmead Winston (w)

6 Coolrus Robin (w)

LOTACHOICE might prove good enough to deny Whatugonnado in what could develop into a battle of the early pacers on the inside. The former is out of that cracking bitch Freedom Emma and he showed good all-round pace to make all in his heat to be the only one of this sextet to dip under 29-seconds.

Heat Four

1 Salacres David

2 Meadow

3 Romeo Talent (m)

4 Go On My Sin (m)

5 King Eden (w)

6 Westway Hawk (w)

WESTWAY HAWK has a real nice look about him. He impressed with a nine-and-a-half lengths victory at the first round stage in 28.49sec and a repeat of that should easily suffice. King Eden looks open to some improvement.

Heat Five

1 Fearsome Phantom

2 Mash Mad Lottie

3 Bubbly Cuba (m)

4 Blissful Scolari (m)

5 Coolrus Patch (w)

6 Dunham Brodie (w)

BLISSFUL SCOLARI is one of the most exciting young prospects at the moment and it is extremely difficult to ignore the claims of Pat Rosney’s runner. His style lends itself nicely to Swindon and he ought to win. Fearsome Phantom trialled well and could be the choice for second to follow his kennelmate home.

Heat Six

1 Bang On Giles

2 Westmead Joey

3 Bansha Rooskey (m)

4 Thinkingofdarcy (m)

5 Bitofapuzzle (w)

6 Glen Poppy (w)

BANSHA ROOSKEY caught the eye with a smart all-the-way victory at the weekend and could produce something similar here. Bang On Giles tracked cleverly from this draw last time and might prove the forecast link.