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

WITH the greatest respect to those that contested the William Hill Grand Prix, there was something of an air of inevitability about the outcome of the £15,000-to-winner competition after the first round when Patches Kerry went out and Pinpoint Boom proved beyond any doubt that he stayed the 640-metre trip.

And so it was on Wednesday that the Kelly Macari-trained Pinpoint Boom started the odds-on favourite for the final and won it in the style of a dog that will have a serious future in races up to and including 700-metres.

What put him apart from the rest was an eye-catching burst of pace from the starting traps and an ability to see out the – 640 metres at Sunderland – without any obvious deceleration.

Prior to the final Macari had expressed her concern about the draw for Pinpoint Boom in trap one. She reasoned that the red jacket was a difficult draw, especially if the dog starting from the inside was slowly away.

Imagine her concern then when Pinpoint Boom failed to trap with his usual pinpoint accuracy and was led into the first bend by Swift Leonard from trap two. But the mark of a good dog is his or her ability to make good difficult situations and Pinpoint Boom quickly changed gear to lead by the time they had reached the first bend.

As a contest the race ended there. Pinpoint Boom kicked clear off the second bend, quickly opened a gap on the others and then stayed on stoutly to comfortably hold a fast-finishing Mustang Gold.

The latter was second across the half-lap sectional and stayed there, if anything making up ground on Pinpoint Boom to reduce the deficit to three-and-a-lengths when the winner stopped the clock at 39.27sec.

A special word is due for Farley Rio. The dog fantastically handled by Kevin Boon finished third in the race for the second consecutive year, after winning the contest back in 2014 when defeating Bubbly Gold by almost three lengths in the final.

Fearsome Code, who had picked up after he was extremely slowly away, took fourth place, whilst Swift Leonard, the leader at trap-rise, was fifth with Zulu Baran back in sixth.

Patches Kerry, who was eliminated from the first round of the William Hill Grand Prix when knocked over in her heat, is being prepared by trainer Mark Wallis to defend her Champion Stakes title at Romford. The 575-metre competition gets under way on August 19.



Kelly Macari (trainer Pinpoint Boom): “We couldn’t be happier with him. It was a tricky draw and was worried when he didn’t trap as well as he can. But his early pace was good and once he got in the front he was always going to win. I never really had any concerns that he wouldn’t make into a good stayer. Everything about his runs over four bends suggested as much and I think there is plenty more to come. As for the future there is the chance he will go back to four bends with him. It all depends on what is in the GBGB Calendar.”