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British Breeders Stakes - Swindon 480M - £15,000

IT’S all to play for in the 70th Breeders’ Produce Stakes after just one hundredth of a second separated the fastest two heats winners in round two of the 480-metre Category One competition at Swindon on Wednesday.

Westway Hawk, whose career began in Ireland and included a tilt at the William Hill Derby at Wimbledon with Irish trainer Peter Cronin before arriving with current coach Angie Kibble, was the fastest when posting 28.47sec in heat four.

There is so much to admire about the no-nonsense approach of this April 2014 son of Coolavanny Bert who brought his record for Kibble to two wins from three starts with another quick break and a textbook display of front running.

Castell Henry, arguably the poster boy of the competition, was just a blink away from the time recorded by Westway Hawk when scoring in similar front-running fashion in the second heat.

Philip Simmonds, his trainer, hasn’t kept his admiration for the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby winner under a cloak of secrecy and admits he fancies him to be one of the major players in the competition.

Castell Henry proved a couple of lengths too good for the impressive Lowgate Hagrid, who again showed that he could develop into a decent stayer in time for trainer Jim Hayton. The time was 28.48sec.

Badabing, a nice young dog trained by John Mullins with an excellent strike rate, made it four wins from his last five starts with when carrying the red jacket to victory in the first heat of the evening.

The son of Kinloch Brae was slick from the starting traps and opened up to score by almost six lengths from Lowgate Belatrix in 28.54sec.

Mullins almost pulled off a double when Whatugonnado, a litter brother of Badabing, made them all go until the third bend in heat three when he was collared by the Richard Yeates-trained Lotachoice.

The winner, an October 2014 son of that cracking bitch Freedom Emma, tracked the leader early on before producing a powerful surge to score by a shade over a length in 28.93sec.

Philip Simmonds, who had earlier been successful with Castell Henry, notched a brace when his brother Bang On Giles stayed best to land the sixth heat by half a length from early leader Bansha Rooskey in 28.66sec.

Blissful Scolari, trained by Pat Rosney, was the odds-on favourite for fifth heat but had to give best to his lesser-fancied kennelmate Fearsome Phantom.

The winner forfeited a fair early lead to Coolrus Patch but, along with Blissful Scolari, who was badly hampered at the first bend and trailed the field at the second turn, he stayed on well to produce a winning challenge in the closing stages. Coolrus Patch held Blissful Scolari by two-lengths for third.

 

70th Breeders Produce Stakes Semi-Finals (480m) - Monday, July 18 2016

First Semi-Final

1 Nothing To Fear

2 Whatugonnado

3 Badabing

4 Lowgate Belatrix

5 Bansha Roosky (m)

6 Coolrus Patch (w)

BADABING appears to have the edge in a competitive contest. John Mullins’ runner has an excellent profile but is not the most consistent trapper. He has though plenty of pace which could prove the deciding factor. Whatugonnado has serious early speed and might steal a march if the selection fails to fire from the boxes.

Second Semi-Final

1 Lowgate Hagrid

2 Bang On Giles

3 Lottachoice

4 Castell Henry

5 Fearsome Freckle (m)

6 Westway Hawk (w)

THIS is a fabulous contest with four of the six second round winners drawn against each other. Preference, and this is purely on the draw, is for Westway Hawk who is in cracking form for Angie Kibble. It could be a real buckle along the farside between Castell Henry and Westway Hawk and don’t ignore Lowgate Hagrid who will produce a fast-late challenge to the front runners coming home.

 

Third Semi-Final

1 Meadow

2 Fearsome Phantom

3 Salacres David

4 Blissful Scolari (m)

5 Thinkingofdarcy (m)

6 Coolrus Robin (w)

BLISSFUL SCOLARI showed lightening pace after first and second bend trouble last time and gets the vote to resume winning ways here. The Pat Rosney-trained runner is hugely likeable and seems will suited to the Wiltshire track. Kennelmate Fearsome Phantom, who defeated Blissful Scolari at the second round stage, looks the forecast link. Thinkingofdarcy could also play a part.